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Spanish furniture designer Jesus Gasca is known for his striking Scandinavian-style furniture that features a Mediterranean touch. The Zero Table, a beautiful chrome and walnut piece, is a great example of his work. Available from Design Within Reach, sells for $1,495.


At Art Van Furniture, we thing great design should be even closer to reach. Our Rostrum Table features a 44” walnut top and chrome base. The two tables look nearly identical, but our version sells for just $299 – one fifth the price of the designer table.


Which one will you reach for?

shrimp boil


Summer is the time for outdoor parties. If you’re looking to host a casual large gathering and you love shellfish, there’s nothing better than having a shrimp boil. This type of party requires very little prep and cook time. You simply boil the ingredients and serve.


Grab your calendar and put a shrimp boil on the schedule. Here’s the simple recipe from

  • 4 pounds of large or jumbo shrimp, heads off
  • ½ cup shrimp boil seasoning, such as Old Bay
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 12-ounce can of beer
  • 2 large onions, cut in quarters
  • 8 red potatoes, cut in quarters
  • 6 ears of corn, cut in half or thirds
  • 2 pounds of spicy sausage


Fill a large stockpot with four quarts of water, and place over high heat. Add Old Bay, salt, water and beer. When the water is boiling, toss in the potatoes and onions, and cook for 8 minutes. Next add the sausage, cooking on high for 5 minutes. Then add the corn, and continue to boil for another 7 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for 4 minutes. Drain the liquid, and pour the contents into large bowls, shallow pails or on a tabletop covered with brown paper. Give guests plates and plenty of paper towels. Serves eight. Enjoy!

Updating your home for spring can be as simple as combining colors that make a fresh statement. The designers at HGTV have identified several fun combinations for spring. Which of these three is your favorite?


Orange Chair Pink Art

Burnt Orange + Hot Pink

“Hot pink can take a classic spring palette and instantly make it more modern. Add some fun to your home by mixing hot pink with burnt orange and ultra white.”


Teal Chair Dandeloin Table


Dandelion + Aqua

“Mix warm and cool tones with dandelion paired with aqua. Keep the bold colors balanced with a backdrop of dove gray.”


Emerald Green Chair Blush Rug

Emerald Green + Blush Pink

“Complementary colors are always a perfect combination, since each color sits directly opposite the other on the color wheel, resulting in the perfect contrast. Here, red and green are given a fresh twist for the season. Red is toned down to blush, and green has a touch of blue, making it appear more emerald.”

Midwest summers are spectacular, and they’re best enjoyed on a patio or deck. You may have seen some inexpensive outdoor seating groups at the grocery store and wondered why prices can vary so greatly. Those cheap sets might get you through a season, but you’ll likely need to replace it next year.


Fortunately, Art’s Backyard is stocked with quality sets that don’t break your budget. When you’re ready to shop for a new seating group, here are “Good,” “Better” and “Best” options that will help you soak up the season in style.




Good. The Doral Seating Collection will help you welcome guests to your back yard with casual elegance. It features a welded aluminum frame and removable seat cushions that are upholstered in 100% solution dyed olefin to prevent fading. Complete the look with two toss pillows, two lounge chairs, and a cocktail table with a ceramic tile top.



Better. The Milano Seating Collection features elegant curves, turning your patio or deck into a spot for relaxation. Larger in scale, it is crafted with welded aluminum frames and deep seat cushions that are 100% solution dyed olefin fabric to maintain its color. This collection is sold a la carte, with a sofa, loveseat, lounge chair, swivel lounge chair, ottoman, cocktail and end table, so you can configure your space your own way.



Best. The Carmel Seating Collection brings your classic indoor style to the outdoors. Hand-woven wicker is fashioned over a commercial grade aluminum frame. The thick weave and variegated color offer all-weather durability. Added design touches, like welting and cushions covered in Sunbrella fabric, make this set both stylish and durable. And the sectional can be used in multiple configurations, allowing you to customize your space.


Which collection is your favorite? Art’s Backyard will help you love your patio or deck for years to come.

If you’ve seen inexpensive outdoor dining sets on display at your grocery store and wondered why prices can vary so greatly it’s because you get what you pay for. A $199 dining set probably won’t hold up for more than a season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t budget-friendly groups that will.


When you’re shopping for an outdoor dining set, here are “Good,” “Better” and “Best” choices from Art’s Backyard, along with information that will help you understand the difference in construction and price.



Good. The five-piece Rugby Dining Set brings a modern trendy style to any backyard setting. The collection features steel construction with powder coat finish to hold up to the elements. The slat-top steel table comes in square or rectangular versions. And the low-maintenance sling chairs dry quickly, offer a contoured back for lumbar support, and stack for easy moving and storage.



Better. If you love to entertain, the Jamestown Dining Set is a beautiful choice. Made of a rust-free cast aluminum frame and a multi-step hand applied finish, it features a thick apron around the table edge that provides outstanding stability. The double hoop design at the table base is not only attractive; it improves durability with welded connection points. Great for busy families, the chairs are rated to a 500-pound static load test.



Best. The Franklin Dining Collection is not only gorgeous; it’s built to last. The table features an all-aluminum frame, porcelain tile top with an aluminum trim, and a fiberglass resin base for long lasting durability. The woven chairs are beautiful and low maintenance. Quick drying foam cushion are built under the seat, offering the comfort of a cushion chair without separate cushions.


Which collection is your favorite? When you bring home a set from Art’s Backyard, you’ll love your patio for years to come.


One of the most important pieces of furniture in a living or family room is the sofa. The largest furnishing in the room, it provides you with a place to relax or gather with friends and family. The perfect sofa does more than that, though; the perfect sofa also serves as a reflection of your personal style.


To find the right one, you’ll need to consider your design preferences and lifestyle. We’ve made it easy with this fun quiz that will help you find the sofa that’s right for you:


1. When it comes to accessorizing a room, I …

A.) Use three or five accents, as long as they’re child friendly

B.) Prefer one statement piece

C.) Think the more the merrier

D.) Choose pieces that have a sense of history


2. On a typical day, you’ll find me wearing …

A.) Khakis, a comfy tee and flip flops

B.) Slim black slacks and a leather jacket

C.) A classic shift dress and smart flats

D.) Jeans and boots


3. My ultimate ride is a …

A.) Classic SUV, laid back and roomy

B.) A two-seater coupe, fast and stylish

C.) An elegant luxury sedan, sophisticated and safe

D.) Jeep, rugged and rough


4. The magazine I carry on the plane is …

A.) Better Homes & Gardens

B.) Architectural Digest

C.) The Smithsonian



5. My favorite dining room centerpiece is …

A.) Brightly colored Gerbera daisies

B.) The drama of an orchid

C.) Red roses

D.) Wheat grass


6. If I’m choosing the restaurant, we’re going to a …

A.) Family-friendly pizzeria

B.) A trendy downtown sushi spot

C.) An elegant steak house

D.) Farm-to-table hot spot


7. When my friends come over, we like to …

A.) Share a potluck dinner and play board games

B.) Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and discuss current events

C.) Sit down to a formal multi-course dinner and swap stock tips

D.) Have a backyard barbecue and talk about our latest travels


8. When I have an afternoon to myself, I like to …

A.) Curl up on the sofa with a good book

B.) Visit a local art gallery

C.) Volunteer at a local nonprofit

D.) Take a long hike in the woods


If most of your answers were “A” your style is most likely Casual. This style is inspired by an active, easy lifestyle. Your home is simple and warm, and your accessories are lighthearted and whimsical.


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The Twilight IV Sofa would be the perfect choice for your Casual home. Its grey neutral color is trendy but timeless, and its deep cushions are kid-friendly. For more Casual sofa options, click here.



If most of your answers were “B” your style is most likely Modern. This style is inspired by the hustle and bustle of a cosmopolitan city. Your home is sleek and sophisticated, and you appreciate straight lines and geometric shapes.


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For you, the simple shape of the Avery II Sofa provides a striking spot for relaxing with friends. Its rich grey upholstery is very current, while the metal legs provide a bit of drama. For more Modern sofa options, click here.



If most of your answers were “C” your style is most likely Traditional. This style is inspired by a sense of family and tradition. Your home is formal and elegant, and your furniture has feminine shapes and rich detail.


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The Bennett Sofa, in grey genuine leather, will be a great addition to your Traditional home. Its classic details such as rolled arms and nailhead trim are sophisticated and elegant. For more Traditional options, click here.



If most of your answers were “D” your style is most likely Urban. This look is inspired by the energy of city living. Your home is filled with texture and organic materials, with accents collected from your travels.


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You’ll love the unique lines of the Abbott Sofa. The comfortable piece has just enough edge to make it noteworthy, while the graphite grey upholstery looks city smart. Or for more Urban sofa options, click here.

One of the best ways to get or stay healthy is to eat right, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables should be on your shopping list. Whether you visit your local farmer’s market or the produce section of your local grocery chain, here’s a list of what is in season for June:


  • Green beans
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Vidalia onions
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes



  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Watermelon

From premiers to parties to A-list status, celebrities live big lives filled with special treatment. But when it’s time to relax, most love to find an oasis in the seclusion of their own back yard. You can live like a star, too, by setting up an outdoor space that pampers you and your friends and family. Take a look at the backyard retreats of these four celebrities for inspiration, and then visit your nearest Art Van Furniture showroom because we’ve got the look:


Wayne Gretsky


When Wayne Gretzky played hockey, he earned the nickname “The Great One.” Turns out he has great taste, too. Take a look at his Spanish-Mediterranean style home, nestled in Scottsdale, Ariz. One of 13 homes in a secluded development, the property includes this covered poolside patio for outdoor entertaining.


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If you like Gretzky’s style, recreate the look by creating a cozy sitting area with four deep club chairs, such as our oversized Brunswick Chairs. The synthetic wicker material is durable and stylish, and the neutral cushions are classic and contemporary.


Hilary Swank Backyard


Oscar award-winning actress Hilary Swank has created a swanky and relaxed outdoor gathering area in her Mediterranean-style California mansion. Two curved sofas upholstered in sunset orange cushions flank a roaring firepit, creating an intimate spot for nighttime fun.


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Create the look in your back yard with our Soho II Collection Sectional. The curved design is striking, while the light blue cushions are on trend.


Jodie Foster Backyard


Oscar award-winning actress Jodie Foster is known for loving her privacy, and her secluded California home provides just that, sitting on a quarter-acre lot on one of Hollywood Hills’ most famous streets, Flicker Way. With a brick patio, palm trees and gorgeous foliage, the Mediterranean-style back yard is a feast for the senses.


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You can easily bring this look to your patio by simply adding the Dover Sectional. The neutral colors can easily be dressed up with toss pillows to reflect your mood or design aesthetic.


Johnny Depp Back Yard


When you’re an apartment or condo dweller, a back yard can be a rare treat. Johnny Depp’s New York apartment included this hidden gem. With climbing vines and an earthy vibe, this patio is a great spot to start the day with a cup of coffee or end the evening with a glass of wine.


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Create Depp’s hip, bistro-style look on your patio by choosing a set of sleek chairs that offer seating as well as style, such as these Golden Beach Chairs. The straight lines are contemporary and classic.

When the spring fashions went down the runway at New York Fashion Week, several designers were showing yellow – and not the mellow shade. Bright, bold sunshine-inspired clothing literally lit up the catwalk. The inspiration? Beyoncé’s Lemonade album.


Home design trends often follow fashion. Here are three fun yellow pieces to brighten your room.


Lemonade Shelf  Lemonade Night Stand  Lemonade Chair

One of the quickest ways to make a design statement in your room is to introduce a pattern. Whether it’s with wallpaper, upholstery or accent items, patterns set the tone and define your style. When choosing a pattern, there are a few things to consider:


Jordan Accent Chair

Area. Think about the size of the furnishing or wall that the pattern will cover. A large-scale pattern on a large piece of furniture might overwhelm the space. A bold pattern on a chair, ottoman or toss pillow, however, adds just the right amount of panache to the room.

Chevron Rug

Energy. Certain patterns can introduce a sense of movement to a room. For example, herringbone or chevron floor adds energy, while squares or geometric shapes bring a sense of order. Consider the energy a pattern will bring to your room and ensure that it matches the feeling your want to evoke.



Layers. When you choose a pattern, especially in a large area, consider if it will “play” well with others or if it’s a statement pattern that works better with solids. Stripes and checks work well with many other patterns, while florals are best combined with non-florals or florals in a different scale. Choose a main pattern that will be your inspiration – it’s often the largest in scale – and select other patterns based on it.

Pattern Balance

Balance. Too much pattern can be overwhelming or distracting. If you want to use something bold, balance the room by using solids. Or spread the pattern throughout your space, such as using toss pillows or accessories, to give a sense of visual “breathing room.”


Room. Some rooms dictate the kind of pattern that looks best. A dining room can handle a bold pattern because it’s most often used in the evening when an element of drama is welcome. A busy pattern looks great in a kitchen where most of the space is covered with cabinets. Patterns in the bedroom set a mood; decide if you prefer something restful or filled with energy.