Style. Color. Fabric. Fashion. At Art Van, We've Got The Look! Our team of fashion and furniture 'Insiders' take you behind the scenes for the greatest trends, décor and design tips. Looking for what's new and what's next? It's here!
The right light can turn a basic room into a stunning space, and these two chandeliers would certainly be up for the task. One is the beautiful geometric Appollo Chandelier from Art Van Furniture, featuring 15 amber glass bulbs and a design that mixes art and science. It retails for $599. The other is the Modo Chandelier from Design With Reach, designed by lighting architect Jason Miller with a display of 10 bulbs. The price tag on this option will set you back $3900.
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One of the best ways to save money at the grocery store is to buy in-season produce. Not only is it at the peak of flavor; it’s at the best price because it’s plentiful and available from local farmers. Get your carts ready: Here is a list of fruits and vegetables that are in season for May:
- Brussels sprouts
- Collard greens
Just like on the fashion runway, colors trends happen in home design. You can design an entire room around a palette, or simply update your accents or art. Either way, you will breathe fresh life into your spaces – which is a great way to start off Spring.
Our Creative Director Broc Clark has identified six fresh color trends that will transform your room into a fashion-forward statement. Pick the collection that represents your personal point of view. Then let us know which is your favorite in the comments below!
Day Dreaming. This palette puts pastels in the spotlight, with shades that evoke weightless thoughts that contrast to the heaviness of day-to-day stresses. Look for blue, pink, lavender and green in their lightest tones.
Florabundant. Just like its name implies, Florabundant fills your room with the sumptuous beauty of rich floral hues. This palette offers a lot of drama with shades like pink yarrow, chrysanthemum and red dahlia, combined with varying shades of green.
Country Comfort. This palette features lots of wooden surfaces paired with 70s shades of navy, caviar, tan and Epsom. Accent pieces bring touches of brighter colors.
Glam Getaway. This color trend turns your room into a stylish escape by using the sophisticated colors of camel, ecru and taupe-grey. Antique brass adds a touch of class and allure, and shades of vanilla emphasize the dramatic lines for a look that’s stately and superb.
Peacock Alley. This color trend embraces our desire to connect with nature and incorporate alfresco experiences into our lifestyles year round. The palette is combined with abstract patterns to introduce decoration into this wholesome trend.
American Coast. This palette is inspired by the brilliant water and umbrella-lined beaches of Bay Harbor, one of Michigan’s favorite destinations. You’ll find patriotic colors of red, white and blue, with splashes of sky and denim.
Mother’s Day is the time to treat Mom like a queen, and every queen needs her throne. Pamper mom by giving her the best seat in the house. From trendy to modern farmhouse and everything in between, there’s a look to match mom’s personal style.
Garden Mom will beam at the colorful Lola Flower Armless Chair that features pink, green and teal. The whimsical design will add a layer of pattern to her bedroom or family room, brightening up the space like a summer bouquet.
Elegant Mom will adore the Bliss Swoop Arm Chair dressed in grey and white. The curved lines are modern and sophisticated, and the floral pattern is soft and feminine.
Classic Mom will enjoy the Hannah Flannel Accent Chair with its wingback style. The soft upholstery will pamper her and the button tufting adds a contemporary twist.
Modern Farmhouse Mom will fall in love with the Autumn Accent Chair. Contrasting patterns in soft colors look fresh and interesting, while the nailhead trim adds a contemporary detail.
Trendy Mom will fall for the Flynn Velvet Chair in striking navy. The sleek modern lines are fashion forward while the rich blue color is current and fresh.
They say kids are a reflection of their parents, so why not celebrate Mother’s Day this year by reflecting her good taste with a stylish mirror? Here are three options that Mom would love to hang in her bedroom, foyer or family room:
The Pierre Gold Round Wall Mirror will add an Art Deco inspiration to Mom’s room, with geometric shapes that are attractive and modern. The gold trim is on trend, adding a touch of warmth to Mom’s décor.
The Moroccan-inspired Vishnu Mirror resembles the roof of a temple, adding a lightly exotic air to Mom’s room. The black frame is dramatic, making it the perfect piece for a foyer or powder room.
Let the sun shine on Mom with the Mikah Gold Sunburst Mirror. A classic piece, the bold frame and round mirror will instantly brighten up Mom’s space, making her smile every time she sees it.
Looking for more Mother’s Day ideas? Check out our complete gift guide by clicking here.
Kourtney Kardashian must have had fun designing this nursery for her daughter Penelope. With a pink ceiling and walls and lattice-style wainscot, the whimsical room is filled with delightful things to capture the little girl’s attention – including a show-stopping chandelier. If you like the Kardashian style, we’ve got the look at a price that won’t break your budget!
Start with a classic white crib that features straight lines. Our 4-in-1 Fancy Crib is a great choice and it’s practical, too. The piece converts from a crib to a toddler bed, to a daybed and to a full size bed with headboard and footboard. The mattress has three height options, making it safe for all stages. And it’s just $249.
Next, add a bookcase to hold wonderful books for bedtime stories as well as toys and accessories. Our Harbor View Open Library has the same quaint cottage style as the Kardashian room and it features three adjustable shelves as well as an enclosed back panel that offers cord access for electronics. Solid wood turned feet add to that shabby chic style, and at just $169 it’s a great value.
The Kardashian nursery features a gorgeous turquoise chandelier that adds an element of contrast to the totally pink space. While not a match, our sweet Crystal Chandelier brings a similar touch of glamour. Perfect for a little girl’s room, it would grow with your child and coordinate with her changing color favorites. It could also be easily transitioned into a foyer, powder room or guest bedroom. At just $249, it’s a great investment in style.
The Kardashian nursery has a touch of orange, which makes the pink walls feel playful and young. Our Hudson Area Rug would be a great choice, adding a splash of orange as well as a sophisticated and classic pattern. This 5’ x 8’ rug is from our Clearance Center and is just $299.
Add pink paint, and you and your little bundle of joy can certainly keep up with the Kardashians!
Bringing mom flowers on Mother’s Day is a great way to show her you love her, but unfortunately even the most beautiful bouquets fade with time. Why not give mom blooms that will last forever? These three works of art feature different styles of floral design, with one sure to fit Mom’s décor. Which one will she love?
The Blossom Painting features stunning hand embellished detailing on gallery wrapped canvas and a beautifully crafted frame. It’s made using an ecofriendly process and materials, and would be a great complement to a modern or casual style room.
The Tree Blossom Acrylic Painting features hand touched embellished petals made of newsprint on gallery wrapped canvas. The vibrant blue serves as a beautiful backdrop for the white petals, making it a great choice for an urban or traditional style room.
The Poppy Acrylic Painting features hand touched detailing on a gallery wrapped canvas. The bright blue flowers are whimsical and fresh, making it a great addition to a contemporary or casual style room.
Looking for more Mother’s Day ideas? Check out our complete gift guide by clicking here.
The best part of summer is dining al fresco – under the sun or under the stars. Make it memorable by bringing home a dining set that reflects your personal style as well as the type of atmosphere you’d like to set.
Here are five things to consider before buying a new table and chairs for your back yard:
How much space do you have?
Just like your dining room or kitchen, you want to make sure the furniture you choose is the same scale as the outdoor area in which it will be used. If you have a small deck or balcony, you’re better off choosing a small bistro set. If you have a large patio, select a larger grouping to maximize the space. Or if you’re creating zones, such as separate dining and seating areas, make sure the sizes complement each other.How many people do you sually host?
If it’s just your family of four, a round table with four chairs is a good choice. You can select a style with stacking chairs to keep on hand for those occasions where you have extra guests. If you regularly host a crowd, consider a large rectangular table, and bench seating, which can make room for more.
What is your interior style?
Your deck or patio should be an extension of your home, so choose lines and colors that blend. From rustic to modern, you can easily find a set that continues your style outdoors.
What kind of weather will your furniture experience?
It can be helpful to choose materials based on the exposure your deck or patio receive. If you have a lot of direct sunlight, aluminum is a good choice. It’s lightweight and rust-resistant, and it’s durable enough to stand up to the elements. Make sure you choose a set that includes a umbrella, so you can get some relief from the heat.
If your patio or deck is covered, wood furnishings are a nice (and natural!) choice. The finish can fade if it’s exposed to a lot of direct sunlight, and it requires more maintenance to protect it from the elements, but the beauty and patina will improve over time.
Will your dining area double as a sitting area?
Wicker furnishings make a great choice. Today’s versions are made of resin and are more durable than wicker of the past. This material works best with cushions, which means you can easily update the look and color by swapping them out. And wicker chairs are as comfortable as indoor furnishings, so family and friends will love to linger.
Ahhh … the carefree days of summer. Lounging on the deck chaise. Dining with friends on the patio. Reading a book under the big umbrella. In Art’s Backyard, the items we stock to make your summer carefree are virtually care-free themselves. Designed to be durable, rust proof and weather resistant, you can keep your outdoor furnishings looking like new with some easy maintenance.
As with any piece of furniture, the first step is to read the label and manufacturer’s instructions. Using products that are stronger than needed, such as bleach or harsh cleansers, may not only damage your furnishing but might also void the warranty.
In Art’s Backyard, we offer aluminum and wicker seating and dining groups; both are easy to clean. For aluminum pieces, simply wipe down the frames with mild detergent and water. A light coating of wax will protect aluminum, but be sure to read the manufacturer instructions first.
The wicker pieces we offer are made of a synthetic, all-weather material and will last longer than traditional wicker. Like aluminum, caring for these pieces is easy. All they might need is to be swept with a soft bristle brush. Dirtier pieces might benefit from a rinse with a spray nozzle on a garden hose. You can also use mild detergent and water.
Outdoor cushions are made to stand up to the elements, resisting sun damage, stains and mildew. To freshen cushions, start by sweeping the surface with a soft bristle brush. This will often do the trick. You can also wash with mild detergent and water. For tougher stains, use a soft brush with soap and water.
Caring for umbrellas is similar to caring for cushions; most can be cleaned with a brush, mild detergent and water. Our Treasure Garden umbrellas are machine washable. Simply remove the canopy, toss in the washer with mild detergent, and then replace on the umbrella frame and open for drying. Also, check to see that the frame is operating well. You might need to oil areas to keep it opening and shutting smoothly.
To extend the life of your outdoor furniture and protect your investment, consider a cover that will offer protection from daily sun and downpours, as well as provide an option for year-round outdoor storage. We carry covers that are made from durable Rhino-Weave fabric, which is water resistant, breathable and will not crack or peel. When not in use, the covers easily store inside their own built in pouch. We have sizes available to fit dining tables and chairs, sofas, loveseats, chaises, firepits, lounge chairs, and umbrellas.
Outdoor furniture maintenance is quick and easy, giving you more time to enjoy the weather. Iced tea anyone?
Enjoy the spring weather from the best seat in the house: a lounge chair on your patio or deck. Make sure your view is fresh and nice by doing these three spring-cleaning tasks:
- Pressure-wash your patio and deck to blast away dirt without chemicals. If you don’t own one, rent one for about $75, or put a spray nozzle on the hose and scrub with a 10:1 solution of water-and-dish-detergent mixture.
- Clean your grill while it’s warm (but not hot.) Use a wire brush to scrape off charred food remains. Or soak grill grates in soapy water for a half hour and scrub with steel wool.
- Wash outdoor light fixtures and yard accents, such as birdbaths and fountains. Mix a 1:10 bleach:water solution to kill mold and algae.