The Post & Rail Collection

If you admire the craftsmanship of antique furniture but cringe at heirloom price tags, take a look at the Post & Rail Collection.  The furnishings were inspired by a time when carpenters worked without screws or staples. Instead, junctions have internal dowels or have mortised and tenoned with supporting hardwood timber nails. And each piece is crafted of recycled and reclaimed wood and hand-cast hardware.


These are the antiques of the future. Visit any Art Van Furniture location to experience them in person. But hurry: the pieces are bench built and are available in limited quantities. Take a peek at five of our favorites:


post and rail dresser


The Jamaican Sunset finish on the Seven-Drawer Dresser is as stunning as it is warm. The instant heirloom has hand-cast metal pulls, which give the piece character and texture. Its simple lines and solid craftsmanship would be at home in a rustic or casual setting as well as in an urban atmosphere.


post and rail table Dining Table

Made of reclaimed pine, the Post & Rail Dining Table is durable and earth friendly. Dress it up or down with your choice of seating. With matching chairs, this table would invite gatherings in an informal kitchen. Or add leather Parsons chairs with nailhead trim for a more modern look.


post and rail sideboard


The Post & Rail Sideboard adds much needed storage to any dining room or kitchen. With five drawers and two cabinets, it will hold china, linens, serving pieces or even barware. The Sideboard would also make a great addition to a family room and could easily hold games and movies.


post and rail consoleConsole

Imagine coming home and tossing your keys on this gorgeous console table. Placed in a foyer, its welcoming design would fit any style décor. With two drawers, it can easily hold small necessities, such as gloves or a lint brush. It’s also a great piece to be used behind a sofa. But make sure it’s in full view, as its craftsmanship deserves to be seen.


post and rail blanket chestBlanket Chest

Finally, the Post & Rail Blanket Chest is a piece of furniture with nine lives. Use it as a living room cocktail table. Place it in a bay window with cushions for seating. Use one to hold a flat-screen TV. Place one in your master bedroom to hold extra blankets and pillows. Put one in your mudroom and use it as a place to put on boots. The possibilities (and compliments) are endless.

Go Your Own Way

You’re one of a kind – shouldn’t your home furnishings be, too? Custom orders might seem like an expensive luxury, but remember Art Van Furniture is the expert in affordable home furnishings. We have several collections that can be custom ordered in your choice of fabrics and finishes in six to eight weeks AT NO EXTRA CHARGE!


Custom ButtonThe process is easy. Simply, visit any Art Van Furniture location and look for the Custom Order button that indicates that the piece can be specialized. Then select from hundreds of leather, fabric and finish options for a look that reflects your taste and style. You can also choose your accents, including decorative trim and accessories. Create a look that’s as detailed or as simple as you wish.


Art Van Furniture has 13 collections with custom options. We’d like to introduce you to five of those today.



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Broyhill is one of the most recognized and trusted brands in furniture. Made in the USA, the company is grounded in the belief that quality and value never go out of style. Art Van Furniture carries a great selection of Broyhill’s sofas, chairs, sectionals, and sleepers, and you can choose from over 300 custom order upholstery fabrics and finishes (on select pieces) to create the perfect living room look for your home.


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Style Collection

The Style Collection is an Art Van exclusive. Made in the USA, the pieces have a smaller-scale design that makes it easy to mix and match a custom ensemble for your home. With relaxed casual and stately traditional groupings, the company has something for everyone. Choose from more than 50 fabrics – the prices are as attractive as the furnishings.


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Thread & Feather

Art Van Furniture’s exclusive Thread & Feather Collection offers a range of on-trend fabrics, trims, and finishes that will bring out your home’s personal best. Each piece is built in the USA with a superior eight-way, hand-tied premium construction to ensure quality, durability, and beauty for years to come.


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HGTV Home Furniture

Decorating can be daunting, but the design experts at HGTV have created a furniture collection that makes the process pressure-free. Each collection offers a fresh take on modern and Classic styles. Mix and match the pieces, and then make them your own with one of several upholstery options. You’ll have a room that looks like the “big reveal” of your favorite design makeover show.


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Finally, create a custom look in your bedroom with the CMI’s upholstered headboard collection. Go elegant, casual or even dramatic, with one of 54 fabrics. You can also add details by choosing one of three nailhead finish options (on select beds).

Try this Trend: In the Right Circles

Open any home design magazine, and you’ll find that the geometric shape of choice these days is the circle. And why not? Circles have no beginning or end. They’re classic as well as current. And they effortlessly fit into homes that are contemporary, traditional and everything in between. Circles add a sense of rhythm and flow to a room. And they can be masculine as well as feminine.


If you want to add circles to your décor, it can be as simple as picking up an accent piece. Take a look at these six circular beauties, one (or all) of which would be perfect around your home:


circles accent table


This vintage-inspired Accent Table from the Marlow Collection adds personality to an otherwise functional piece of furniture. In matte brass, it’s on trend in color, shape and design. The rings add texture to the room. Use one in a contemporary living room. It would also look at home in your casual style family room.


circles screen


Create privacy or define a space with our contemporary Three-Panel Screen. Its circular motif will add style to your room. Available in yellow, green, blue and orange, the distinct shades also add a pop of color. Use one to separate a great room into living and dining spaces. Or add one to a bedroom to create a private reading nook. It’s also gorgeous placed behind a sofa and used as art.


circles chest


This Black and Graphite Chest from the HGTV Home Furniture Collection will add a touch of drama to your home. With three drawers, it’s the perfect piece for an oversized foyer. You could also use it to hold games and blankets in your family room. The piece would make a striking dining room buffet, as well. With its traditional shape, contrasting colors and circle design, it will update any style room.


circle chair


In shades of white, grey, orange and black, the Archer Accent Chair would make a bold addition to your home. Upholstered in a geometric circle pattern, the piece will spice up your neutral décor. Pair it with a grey or ivory sofa or black leather sectional. Its design will make your room feel fashion-forward.


circle lamp


Our Iron Linked Circle Table Lamp will not only light up your room, it will light up your eyes. In oil-rubbed bronze, it easily provides a unique focal point in your living space. Topped with a beige linen drum shade, the piece could easily fit with traditional, casual, rustic or contemporary décor.


circle mirror


A mirror is welcome addition to any room, but our Round Mirror surrounded by mirrored circles will have your heart spinning. The circles-on-circles design creates an eye-catching accessory for your room. And at 31” in diameter, its dramatic size will make a statement. Whether it hangs in your foyer, master bedroom or living room, you’ll never tire of its beauty and function.

Dazzle Me

Pantone recently announced its Color of the Year for 2014 and it’s dazzling – Dazzling Blue, that is. The company revealed its spring palette at New York Fashion Week, which began September 5, 2013. If you’re on Facebook, you’ve already seen it. Dazzling Blue looks strikingly similar to the color used on the Facebook logo.


pantone dazzling blue

Do you “Like” it? If so, bring home a touch of this color. Like fresh and vibrant denim, Dazzling Blue adds a punch of fun to a timeless hue. Here are a few pieces that will dazzle you:


dazzling blue lamp

This Ceramic Table Lamp with its drip glaze finish features Pantone’s hottest color in harmony with some complementary hues. With a bronze metal base and finial and beige linen shade, the lamp would work well with ivory, grey, black and navy décor.


dazzling blue bombe chest


The Indigo Blue Bombe Chest from HGTV’s Home Collection would be a striking addition to your home. Its rich shade adds an unexpected element to a piece of traditional style furniture. With two lined drawers, it would be perfect in a foyer, family room, dining room or guest bedroom.


blue rug


Add just a touch of Dazzling Blue with our Tarkan Collection Patchwork Rug. Made from 75% wool antique and vintage Turkish rugs, the gorgeous piece features several traditional rug designs sewn together to create something totally unique. The blue areas give the rug a pop of interest.


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Update your ivory or gray sofa with our Accent Pillows in Dazzling Blue. You can also use these pillows in a bedroom. In graphic patterns, the throw pillows are a fun and easy way to be on trend.


blue chair


Finally, update the look of your dining room with our Hitchcock Denim Parsons Chairs. With individually applied, shiny chrome nail trim accents, the chairs add a casual feel to a traditional piece of furniture. These chairs would also look great in a country kitchen. Or use a couple as extra seating in a family room. The look is rugged yet stylish, and very all-American.

Design Dilemma: How to Make the Most of a Large Room

When we think of design dilemmas we often think of small spaces, but large rooms have challenges all their own. They can feel cold and uninviting. Furniture placement can feel awkward. And space can go underutilized.


If you’re lucky enough to have a spacious room, how do you make the most of it? Here are five tips that will turn your room from cavernous to cozy.


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1. First, choose furniture that fits the scale of the room. Small furniture – such as a settee or a pair of slipper chairs – will look even smaller in a large room. Think sectionals, large square cocktail tables and oversized accent seating, such as a chair and a half. And look for heavier pieces, such as wooden tables or rich leather sofas that will “fill” the room with color and volume.

santa fe oversized room oversized room media center

2. Create zones. Large rooms can multitask so be sure to set up areas for various activities by dividing it into zones. For example, create a seating area around a media center for television and media watching. Then add a table that can be used for playing games or putting together puzzles. A drop-leaf style will allow you to minimize floor space when needed.


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3. Add occasional pieces. Sometimes a large room comes in handy, such as during holiday family gatherings or when hosting parties. You’ll want to use the entire space, so include pieces that can be moved around or out of the way. Look for nesting tables, benches and ottomans.


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4. Create a divider. If you want to section the room in two, use a divider that will create the illusion of a wall. Bookshelf dividers can create two rooms from one. Or use a sofa as a divider, with a sofa table on its back that can be part of another seating group.


oversized room chaise oversized room accent chairs

5. Add a reading nook or conversation area for two. Finally, create a feeling of coziness by including a reading nook for one or a conversation area for two. A bay window or quiet corner can easily be filled with a chaise lounge or pair of accent chairs.