Goldilocks and the Three Daybeds

Whether your home is a cottage in the woods or a two-story in the ‘burbs, you’ll find that a daybed is one of the most versatile pieces of furniture you can own. Part bed and part sofa, a daybed transforms a home office into a guest bedroom, creates a reading nook in a playroom, turns a child’s room into sleepover central, and makes a teenager’s room feel like a lounge.

And many come with optional trundles, so you can always welcome drop-in guests … or not.

Art Van Furniture offers several styles of daybeds. Here are three of our favorites: One for Papa Bear, one for Mama Bear and one that Baby Bear can eventually take to his studio apartment.

Masculine and Stately

Our Springfield Collection Daybed, upholstered in brown bi-cast leather, is the perfect piece for the home office. In fact, researchers say a mid-afternoon nap boosts productivity, so Papa Bear can conveniently take a nap after reviewing those honey production spreadsheets. The hidden trundle pulls out and easily turns the home office into an accommodating guest room.

Daybed

Soft but Chic

The Rose Collection Daybed is like adding a piece of art to a room. In fact, its design was inspired by the petals of a rose. This precious piece looks even better when you add pillows – lots of pillows – so Mama Bear will be snug and cozy when she peruses the latest issue of Redbook. Use it to create a reading nook in that extra bedroom. It’s available in textured white or aged steel finish.

Rose Daybed

Just Right

Finally, the casual Augusta Collection Daybed is the right piece for any style home. Made in a classic bead-board design, its country cottage style comes in both black or white finishes. Use it in Baby Bear’s nursery to offer a bedtime story area. Change the bedding to create a Teen Bear lair. And then send it off with him, when Baby Bear leaves the nest.

Augusta Daybed


Try This Trend: Curves

One of the hottest home design trends we spotted at High Point Market is the use of curves. With gentle waves and feminine lines, several new furnishings are displaying the softer side of chic.

And it’s a trend you should try: Researchers from Oregon State University found that rooms with curved furniture evoked more positive emotions, such as relaxation, happiness and hopefulness, than did rooms with rectangular furniture.

If you’re looking to relax with some curved and affordable furnishings, Art Van Furniture’s got the look. In fact, we’ve got pieces for every room of your home.

Living Room

One of our newest arrivals is the Primo Collection ROMA genuine leather sectional. And has it got curves! The rounded back and curved sides are made even groovier by the bumper ottoman that can be moved and used wherever you wish. The collection also includes a two-toned ottoman and swivel chair, both featuring ivory leather complemented by circular-patterned fabric.

curves sofa

Add more curves to the room with our London Sofa Table. Featuring a glass top and wavy wooden bottom shelf for display, the Asian hardwood table also has curved legs that bow out from the top. Use this piece behind a sofa to hold a lamp and accessories, or as a sophisticated catch-all in the foyer.

Sofa Table

Dining Room

Distinctive and modern, the curved-back chairs of our Crosstown Dining Collection soften the look of its X-shaped trestle table. Together, it creates a striking setting. In oak and meranti wood veneers, the dark espresso finish sets the tone for a leisurely and luxe dinner with friends. You’ll linger over espresso all night.

Dining Room Table

Master Bedroom

You’ll feel like you’re floating when you rest your head with our Breakwater Collection Master Suite. The sleigh-style bed features a platform height footboard and curved sides. The curves can also be found on the drawer fronts of the coordinating six-drawer dresser and two-drawer nightstands.

Breakwater Master Bedroom

Home Office

You can even add curves to your home office with our e2 Curve L Desk. In a deep merlot finish with polished nickel hardware, the Espresso e2 Collection creates a contemporary work environment. Or go for a more traditional look with our e2 Curved Top Desk. Available in brown cherry oak and espresso finishes, the curved edges of the pedestal desk create an overhang on both sides for partner use.

Curved E2 Desk Aspen Desk


Rugged Individuals

Little House on the Prairie has come of age.

Pantone’s Rugged Individuals is the fourth in our series of home color collections for 2013, and if you’re a fan of anything outdoorsy or rustic, you’re going to love this palette.

pantone rugged individuals

Pantone makes the often-intimidating job of color selection simple and fun; you simply look for the palette that feels like you. Here’s how the company describes Rugged Individuals:

 

“From out-West to Outback, cowboy and cowgirl style rides again, imbued in Pantone’s Rugged Individuals Palette. The rugged individuals convey the legend that influences a look of the natural shadings of the vastness of the Prairie, and its interior trappings of polished leather, weather wood and animal hides.”

 

With colors named Stonewash Blue, Raw Sienna, Vintage Indigo Jeans, Baked Apple, Goat, Prairie Sand and Chipmunk, you might be tempted to start churning your own butter and making your own bread, but rest assured these colors look at home in a modern setting, too.

 

Of course, Art Van Furniture has the look. Take a peek at this Rugged Individuals family room:

 

Set the tone for the room by starting with our Bronze and Green Rug. Inspired by ethnic textiles, its rich hues are in colors of spices. While the colors are aged, its burst pattern gives the room a modern twist.

Bronze Green Rug

Next, add the Celia Sofa and Loveseat in Bronzy Taupe leather. While the covering is definitely rugged, the look of the collection is up to date and casual. The pillow-top design is not only inviting but is comfortable, as well. And the multicolored pattern toss pillows bring in more colors from the palette.

Celia Love SeatThe Santa Fe Rectangular Cocktail Table and End Table furthers the rustic flair of the room, with its natural slate tile inserts, rich dark chocolate finish, and durable design. On casters, the piece is mobile while its deep drawers offer convenient storage.

Santa Fe Storage Cocktail TableOr lean toward the contemporary with the Rock and Roll Collection. The simple lines and metal detail of its Cocktail Table and End Table are complemented by its mosaic top, giving the room a nature-inspired combination of color and texture.

Square Cocktail TableAdd more storage to the room with a piece from our Summer Breeze Collection. The Three-Drawer Entertainment Center in a red finish is a great place to house your media for smaller rooms. Or chose the Gentleman’s Chest with eight drawers and two shelves that provide ample room for family room necessities such as games, DVDs, CDs and blankets.

Three Drawer Entertainment CenterTake this look to the nines with our Rustic Antler Table Lamps. Put one atop the Gentleman’s Chest as an eye-catching accent piece, or use a pair on end tables for task lighting. Then sit back, light a fire and pop in an old John Wayne DVD. And reminisce about the good ol’ days of when the West was won.

Rustic Table Lamps


Family Ties

Art Van Blog Michael J Fox LRWith boyish good looks and charm, Michael J. Fox is certainly one of Hollywood’s favorite actors. In fact, you might be glad to hear he’s planning a return to the small screen next fall with a TV sitcom loosely based on his life with Parkinson’s disease.

The Manhattan home he shares with his wife, actress Tracy Pollan, suits the man best known for his roles as Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties and Mike Flaherty on Spin City.

The couple recently challenged Manhattan-based Gomez Associates to redesign their Upper East Side apartment into a place where family – their family – comes first. The results were featured in the December 2012 issue of Architectural Digest.

According to the article, the idea behind the living room was that people not things would be the focal point. It features clean lines and modern furnishings, including blue-glass table lamps, a pair of sofas, piano and an early-20th-century Turkish Oushak carpet.

Of course, Art Van Furniture has the look. To recreate the feel of Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan’s home, consider these pieces:

Start with a pair of our Kate Sofas. Its sleek, simple lines are a near match for the sofas used in the Fox/Pollan home. And its small scale makes using a pair instead of the typical sofa/love seat combination practical. The piece includes bolster pillows in grey, ivory and a light green, or you can swap them out for solid blue and taupe pillows used by the designers. Next, you’ll want to add a side chair. Our Birmingham Exposed Wood Chair is slightly different than the one used in our inspiration room, but the formal feel is very similar. Shown in a red and brown pattern, it’s available in over 50 custom order fabrics, so you can choose ivory upholstery to closer match the sofas.

For a cocktail table, select our Urbana Round Cocktail Table. A transitional piece, it is the perfect bridge between the contemporary sofas and traditional side chair. The glass top gives a feel of openness, and the wood matches that of the side chair.

For an end table, we chose the Rectangular End Table for the Baker Collection. With a glass top, it allows light to reflect and move through it. And it coordinates well with the cocktail table.

Now add a Sofa Table from our Lucca Collection. Notice how the warm spice wood finish is different from the deep cherry finish of the cocktail and side table? Using more than one wood finish in a room adds a layer of depth as well as interest.

Balance the Sofa Table by using a Server in a similar wood on the opposite side of the room. Normally used in a dining room, a server is a great option for a living room, offering concealed storage. Use it to hold blankets, board games or DVDs.

Add a couple of Kate Ottomans around the room for additional seating or for a footrest, and a large traditional rug underfoot. This Welbourne Sage Coffee rug has a beautiful blending of soft tones, and will anchor the room in sophistication.

Finish the room with a pair of table lamps. The Fox/Pollan home has a pair of blue glass lamps. You can choose from our unique Bluesmoke Table Lamp with linen shade or a Contemporary Table Lamp with chrome accents and cracked glass base.

 


Table Talk

Holiday dinners become feasts for the senses when you take a moment to creatively set your table. It’s not hard – we promise – and the effort will be well worth the oohs and aahs you’ll receive.

While holiday candlesticks, Grandma’s matching china, and the napkin rings you received as a wedding gift are all wonderful, the secret to creating a dining experience this season is to look at all of those things differently.

Here are tips from Art Van Furniture’s merchandising expert Sarah Ambrose.

First, build height in the center of the table and then slowly taper it down the sides, thinking like the sides of a triangle.  Tall vases and candlesticks always work, but you can also use creative things to build height on your table. Use something different like books with a vase stacked on top, a flat rectangular vase on its side, a stack of extra plates, or wrapped boxes which are especially good at Christmas time!

Layer colors. Don’t be afraid to mix two or more sets of china together. Use a charger in one color, a plate in a second color, and a bowl with a third color or pattern. Or roll two napkins in contrasting colors together. If you stick to two or three colors, you create interest. More than that and it can become overwhelming.

Think outside the ring for your napkins. Fold them in a pretty pattern. Or tie them with ribbon that matches your décor. You can also simply place a fresh flower, sprig of ivy, or pine branch atop a folded napkin.  If you are using place cards, consider cutting oversized tags out of cardstock, writing names in scrolled fonts. Attach them to your napkin with string. Or write names on ribbon with fabric paints.

Finally, consider all of the senses when you choose items for your table. Use different textures of placemats and tablecloths. Think about the scent of the candles you are using; will they complement or fight the aroma of your meal? Unscented candles often work best and they’re often available in a variety of different colors. Consider putting your dining room chandelier on a dimmer so you can adjust the level of light. And don’t forget the holiday music!