How to Choose a Cocktail Table

Whether you call it a cocktail table or coffee table, the piece of furnishing meant to hold your beverage of choice is not only practical, it’s a focal point in your living or family room. It’s important that you take the time to choose the right one. Here are a few things you should consider:

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The first consideration is size. If your cocktail table is too small, it can feel “swallowed up” by the other furnishings. Too big and it can do the swallowing. You want to choose a table that has a similar scale to the pieces that will be around it. Cocktail tables should be no larger than two-thirds the length of your sofa, and should be able to allow about two feet of space around it for walking.

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Square, rectangle, triangular, round and oval – cocktail tables can be a lesson in geometry. Rectangular-, triangular- and oval-shaped tables tend to look better in smaller rooms. Square or round tables are good when you have a larger seating area, as their larger size draws attention. If you have children, you might choose a table with rounded edges, to prevent injuries on corners.

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You’ll also need to consider your table’s material and finishes. Wood is one of the most popular cocktail table materials. If other furnishings in the room are wood or have wooden legs, choose a cocktail table that matches for a coordinated look. Glass top tables can make a small room look more open. Metal tables add a reflective tone to the room and add extra light. If your room is contemporary, you might choose a glass or metal table. And wood tables complement the décor of traditional and casual rooms.

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Finally, think about the other purposes your cocktail table can serve. Do you need extra storage in your room? Consider a cocktail table with drawers or shelves, or use a trunk. Entertain occasionally? Consider using an ottoman as a cocktail table. It can be used as extra seating. If you entertain often, you might also look for a cocktail table on wheels that can easily be moved around the room if you need more floor space.


We’ve Got the Look: Keri Russell’s Living Room

Keri Russell Living Room

As the star of FX Network’s critically acclaimed series The Americans, Keri Russell plays a Russian spy who tries to uncover secrets during the Cold War. Fittingly, Elle Décor magazine took a peek into Russell’s private life in a recent issue, with a feature on the Brooklyn brownstone she shares with her husband, Shane Deary, and their young son, River. The son of a contractor, Deary did much of the renovations, using mostly recycled materials. When it was time to decorate, Russell chose neutral pieces that wouldn’t detract from the beauty of her husband’s work.

If you love Russell’s calm Brooklyn oasis, we’ve got the look. Take a peek at these easy-to-live-with pieces that mirror Russell’s style:

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The Chairs

Russell’s living room features linen-upholstered armchairs by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Our Mila Chairs have the same clean lines. Covered in grey and tan houndstooth check, the contemporary look is crisp and classic.

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Trunk End Table

Between the chairs, Russell has an end table made of reclaimed wood. Our Edgemont Trunk End Table offers the same distressed feel, providing a nice contrast to the contemporary look of the seating. With three drawers for storage, it’s crafted out of dark brown leather and accented with chocolate-colored trim.

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Loveseat

A loveseat, placed parallel to the chairs, provides more seating but its scale doesn’t overpower Russell’s room. Our Carly Loveseat coordinates well with the Mila Chairs. The understated piece in a neutral fabric has rolled arms, button details and straight back for a tailored look.

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Ottoman

The tufted ottoman in Russell’s living room provides a bit of traditional to an otherwise contemporary space. While our Illusions Square Cocktail Ottoman has different proportions, the effect is similar. In a beautiful mocha-grey, the piece adds a punch of color as well as additional seating when needed.

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Mirror

Russell’s husband made the mirror that hangs above the fireplace using reclaimed wood. Not handy? Save the elbow grease and select our beveled version, with ribbed gold leaf finished frame.

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Rug

The ivory rug in Russell’s space continues the room’s feel of softness and begs you to remove your shoes and relax. Our Bliss Ivory Rug will do the same thing. With its hand-woven construction and plush two-inch depth, it provides a perfect backdrop and lets the neutral furnishings stand out.


Three Questions to Ask Before You Buy a New Patio Set

It’s time to start enjoying the patio or deck … finally! If you’re thinking of updating your outdoor furniture this year, there are several things to consider besides style. Before you start shopping, answer these three questions:

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How do you use your patio or deck?

Do you use your outdoor space to read and relax? Dine and entertain? Or a little of both?

If it’s mostly R&R, you’ll want to look for comfortable seating. Our plush-cushioned groupings are perfect for lingering outside. Also consider a fire pit, which will let you enjoy the area when it gets chilly at night. For the occasional party, you can purchase some less expensive, folding or stackable chairs that can be easily stored and pulled out when needed.

If you entertain quite a bit, look for seating sets made of lighter materials, such as aluminum, that can be moved into different configurations. Just because it’s light, doesn’t mean it’s fragile; today’s outdoor furnishings are built to be durable and withstand the weather.

For outdoor dinner parties, consider how many guests you regularly have. Rectangular and circular tables will seat six to eight, while a square table is perfect for two to four.

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How much space do you have?

Whether you have a two-tier deck or an apartment balcony, you’ll want to consider how much square footage you need to fill.

For larger yards, break the space into two areas, one for dining and another for conversation. For a mid-sized space, consider chairs with a cocktail table that can serve as a socializing and dining area. For small spaces, consider a bistro table for dining, or two chairs with a shared end table. Outdoor storage chests, made to hold cushions, can also double as seating if your tight on room.

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What kind of exposure to the elements will your patio furniture face?

Think about the direction in which your outdoor area faces. If you get several hours of sun, you’ll need an umbrella to provide shade. Choose umbrellas that can be used in the center of your dining table, or select a freestanding umbrella that can be adjusted when needed. Be sure to use it with a base; strong winds can take your umbrella sailing. And always keep it closed when not in use.

Outdoor furniture manufacturers make their products to last several years. Lightweight and durable, aluminum is powder-coated to be rustproof. It’s also easy to move inside if you’re worried about strong winds. Steel is heavier than aluminum. It’s also powder-coated to withstand rain. Once a fragile choice, today’s wicker is made of resin and it’s suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Wood is another good choice. Made from tropical hardwoods, it’s naturally resistant to the elements.

Finally, consider using covers to protect your investment. Even though outdoor furniture is made for the outdoors, furniture covers can extend the life of your pieces.


Introducing the HGTV Collection: Woodlands

Art Van Furniture is excited to be the exclusive carrier of the HGTV Home Furniture Collection in Michigan. Experts in design, HGTV has taken the intimidating task of designing a room and made it fun and easy with their inspired takes on timeless style.

Several collections are available – Modern Heritage, Woodlands, Park Avenue, Greenwich, Classic Chic, Meadowbrook Manor and Water’s Edge – each with a distinct style all its own.

Today, we want you to meet the Woodlands Collection. The HGTV Designers describe it this way: “For a suburban home or a cozy woodland retreat, the Woodlands Collection is a great choice for a style update. It provides the versatility and freshness to give any room that special touch.”

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The Woodlands Collection offers respite from the hustle and bustle of the day by reinventing the rustic elegance of a wood-side cottage. Imagine a cozy getaway in the woods where the birds chirp in the morning and the shadows dance as the sun breaks through the trees. Now imagine the feel of this retreat resides inside your home. The seasoned look of this collection comes from details such as well-worn dark pier finish on ash and an abundance of textures such as rattan and parquet that add dimension and sophistication. The result is a totally new style that creates a comfortable and superbly warm, inviting atmosphere.

 

The Details

Casual but refined, the Woodlands Collection offers an updated feel to rustic style. Signature details include fret design, pierced wood motifs, stylized compass-inspired hardware and fresh fabrics that combine masculine and feminine flair.

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Here Are a Few Striking Pieces from this Collection

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The contemporary pulls and base on the Woodlands Hall Chest give this rustic piece enough modern flair to make it relevant and cherished in any style home. With four drawers, this chest is a wonderful addition to a foyer. It’s also a wise addition as an end table or nightstand. Or put one in a home office. It will hold anything you wish out of sight and in style.

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Nothing spells rustic chic like updated farmhouse furnishings. The Woodland Collection Dry Sink in pale green has that countryside cottage feeling but in a fresh, clean approach. Perfect for a kitchen nook or eating area, this piece will also be at home in a dining space or family room. Use it as a bar or buffet. Or adorn with plants. It’s soon to become a favorite heirloom.

woodlands desk Who says work has to be boring? A seat at this rustic yet refined writing desk will boost your creativity and brighten your day. Pretty, it’s practical too, with a flip-down front drawer for keyboard use, four drawers for storage and one drawer that accommodates files. The piece also provides the convenience of pre-wired recharging plugs for laptops or phones.

 

And Now for the Big Reveal

woodlands big-reveal HGTV is known for its makeovers. Look what they did to this great room. With wood paneled walls, it had wonderful architectural details but it was ready for an update. Adding the Woodlands entertainment wall, with its unique well-worn dark pier finish on ash, invokes a warm, retreat-like atmosphere. Combined with the Rusche leather sofa and chair and an accent cocktail table made of woven sea grass, this living room took on a rustic, classic, aged look but with a tailored approach for a cozy, woodland retreat.

 

Did you love the Woodlands Collection? Visit any of our convenient locations to see it in person, and explore the unique point-of-view of HGTV’s top designers.


Art Van Does Art Deco, Gatsby-Style

“Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!”

This is what Jay Gatsby tells his friend Nick Carraway as the pair discusses Gatsby’s plan to reunite with his love Daisy Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic book The Great Gatsby.

While Gatsby didn’t exactly repeat the past with Daisy, you can repeat it by incorporating the look of The Great Gatsby in your home with some Art Deco-inspired pieces from Art Van Furniture. A design style born in France in the ‘20s and all the rage until the post World War II era, Art Deco is a rich look with polished hardwoods and lacquer finishes. Its signature feel has sleek curves and simple lines, accented with neutral colors, geometric patterns and touches of metal.

You don’t have to do an entire Gatsby-inspired room – although it would be fabulous – the style complements contemporary, traditional and casual homes. This summer, consider incorporating one of these Gatsby-esque pieces into your home:

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A Sleek Accent Chair

A martini will taste better when you’re relaxing in a sleek chair like our Max Accent Chair. The soft curves of its back and arms are signature Art Deco. The polycover, which is available in Molasses, Quarry, Taupe, Peanut, Dove and Chili, is durable and affordable. With a slight sheen, it reflects the light and adds a touch of glamour to your room. Use one or a pair in your living room or master suite.

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A Geometric- Patterned Rug

The geometric patterns that were hallmark of the Art Deco look added a sense of boldness to a room. The Kyle Clay Collection Rug – featuring an oval design in brown, gold and cream tones – is a great example of Art Deco drama. It would add wow factor to a foyer as well as to a living room, and sets the stage for an elegant affair.

troy tableA Black Cocktail Table

Rich, dark wood was a staple in Art Deco design, and the Troy Oval Cocktail Table is a great example of the look. Featuring an ebony finish and smoked glass inset top, the table is simple in style yet striking in effect. This powerful piece would be stunning with a white leather or grey upholstered sofa.

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An Ornate Lamp

Accessories in an Art Deco room have details that provide a layer of complexity to the streamlined furnishings. This Metal Floor Lamp is very Gatsby. Featuring two ornate curved arms and simple glass shades, it is grounded by its a dark bronze finished base.

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A Round Mirror

There’s something so chic about a round-framed mirror. Dramatic yet simple, it provides a modern but timeless detail to any room. This round beveled mirror with its ribbed gold leaf finished frame would add a touch of glimmer to a living room, foyer or hall. It’s also the perfect accompaniment to a vanity in an Art Deco inspired dressing room.