We’ve Got the Look: Lauren Conrad’s Living Room

Lauren Conrad is a young style icon. The fresh-faced reality TV star took advantage of her popularity on MTV’s Laguna Beach and The Hills and launched three fashion lines, all offering a feminine look with a California vibe. The same description applies to her home. Classic in style, it features a feminine touch that isn’t too frilly. Take a look at how she effortlessly mixes crisp white seating with rich woods in her Spanish-style Hollywood home.

 

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If you like Lauren Conrad’s living room, we’ve got the look:

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Start with a pair of Cindy Crawford’s Hadley chairs, featuring a neutral body fabric and contrasting exposed wood base. The lines of this chair are clean and transitional. And the tufting on the back cushion adds that extra detail.

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Next, add the clean, classic Marlo Sofa. Upholstered in an ivory-colored fabric, it gets a pop of color with butter and taupe floral and striped pillows. The look is fresh and young.

conrad cocktail table

Next, select a cocktail table. The Brunswick Square Cocktail Table serves as a contrast to the simplicity of the seating, with unique stretcher design and eye-catching turned legs. A single drawer provides concealed storage for a clutter-free room.

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Anchor the room with the Old World-look of the Kharma Rug. Its rich color palette appears to be delicately aged, adding another element of contrast to the crisp, new seating. The Kharma Rug offers timeless style you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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An Upholstered Bench, in soft cream, provides extra seating. While Conrad has hers placed near the fireplace, you can use a bench anywhere friends gather. Top with a tray and your bench quickly becomes a table.

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Conrad’s living room has a console table against the wall, and our Key Town Sofa Table will serve a similar function in your room. With a distressed dark brown finish and recycled leather accents, it mixes well with the room’s other unique furnishings. It also balances the focal point of the fireplace.

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Finally, hang our Gold Rectangular Mirror over the console. In a two-tone finish with an added detail of raised dots, it will reflect the light and provide some needed sparkle to the dark wooden furnishings. The result is a fresh, contemporary take on traditional style.


Try this Trend: Geometrics

Octagons, rectangles, hexagons and parallelograms – today’s hottest patterns are a virtual lesson in high school geometry. From upholstered furniture to rugs to bedding, you’ll find mathematical shapes popping up everywhere.

One of the great things about geometric patterns is that they transcend styles. Use geometrics in a contemporary, casual, traditional or rustic home; they effortlessly mix with what you have. Take a look at these five on-trend pieces:

geometric kate chair

Like a gold watch or a white cotton sweater, our Kate Accent Chair goes with everything. The just-right size has classic soft curves and a scooped back. Upholstered in an overall geometric pattern of ivory and yellow-green, it would be a great complement to your tan, brown, black or ivory furnishings.

geometric ottoman

Who couldn’t use a super-sized cocktail ottoman? The contemporary black geometric pattern is striking, and would look great with your existing ivory, black, sage or khaki furnishings. Fashionable, the piece also serves many functions. Top it with a tray to hold beverages. Use it to put up your feet. Or offer friends a seat during a large gathering.

geometric tablesGeometric shapes can also be found in the lines of the Perspectives Collection. Choose from rectangular or round end tables, a square cocktail table or a rectangular sofa table. The contemporary pieces provide a punch of powerful black to your room, and the striking silhouettes look like pieces of art.

 

geometric rug

 

Geometry is the foundation for math and can also be the foundation for your room. Our Rome Gold Rug is a compilation of gold, khaki, and cream tones that combine in a contemporary geometric design. The plush texture is produced through a process of hand tufting, shearing, and brushing. And the look is Art Deco inspired – great for contemporary or traditional homes.

geometric comforterThe City Balance Comforter Set is a dramatic way to make your bed. With a contemporary black and silver rectangular print, it creates a sophisticated look for a city loft as well as a suburban bungalow. The set includes a comforter, two shams, one double sham, and one accent pillow.

 


Six Essentials for Your Dorm

You’re headed off to college on your way to conquer the world. Your dorm room will be command central for the next several months, so you’ll want to make sure you have all of the comforts of home in order to make your school year successful.

You’ve packed your clothes, a mini refrigerator and a case of Red Bull, but don’t forget the dorm room essentials. Put these six items on your packing list:

 

1. A Good Mattress

Dorm rooms are typically equipped with a twin bed, but old college mattresses are not a good way to start the year! Nothing’s more important than good sleep, and you want both the right support and a healthy sleeping surface. Art Van Furniture offers the new Twin XL mattresses to fit the dorm frame. They start at just $99, and we’ll deliver right to the dorm or apartment on move in day.

 

2. A Washable Comforter

You’ll also need a comforter. Since the bed is the biggest piece of furniture in the room, it will be the focal point. Choose a comforter that reflects your sense of style. If you have a roommate, you can coordinate your colors and patterns, too, creating a unified décor in the room. Your comforter should also be washable because spills will happen. Take a look at these three styles from Art Van Furniture:

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3. Task Lighting

Chances are you’ll be up late studying. If your roommate is asleep, you’ll need a lamp so you don’t have to use the overhead lighting. You can choose a desk lamp to provide task lighting. A small table lamp will also do the trick. Or choose a floor lamp that can be positioned where you need it in case you prefer studying in bed.

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4. Storage Totes

Dorm rooms are small and usually include a dresser and a tiny closet. If you have a lot of clothing or other equipment that you’ll be bringing, storage totes will be a helpful way to keep your room looking tidy. In fact, studies show that clutter can affect your ability to concentrate; you’ll want to make sure your room is conducive to studying. Consider bringing storage ottomans, which will also provide a handy footrest or a place for friends to sit when they inevitably drop by.

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5. A Rug

When your alarm goes off for your early morning class, you’ll want your feet to land on a nice warm rug and not a cold floor. While some of the newer dorms are carpeted, many still have tile floors so consider bringing a rug. It will also add pattern and interest to your room. Rugs also do a great job at camouflaging spills and dirt.

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6. A Place to Study or Chill

When the weekend comes, you’ll be ready for rest and relaxation. Be sure to include a comfortable place where you can kick back and enjoy college life. Our Big Joe Dorm chair is made for the university setting. Available in black, pink, blue and lime, the Big Joe Dorm chair has a drink holder and easy-carry handle so you can bring it down to your neighbor’s room for those late night chats when you plan your life after graduation.

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How to Choose Bunk Beds

Whether you’re pairing siblings into a single bedroom or creating a cool hangout for your child and his or her friends, bunk beds are the way to go. A symbol of childhood, this piece of furniture not only makes the most of your space, it provides several levels of function.

Choosing the right bunk beds for your child takes a little thought and planning. If you’re shopping for bunk beds, here’s what you need to know:

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Measure Your Space

Bunk beds will maximize space in a small room, but be sure to check that they fit. Measure your floor space as well as the ceiling height; you should have between two and three feet of space between the bunk bed and the ceiling to prevent bumps. Once you know how much room you have, you can consider special features such built-in desks and trundle beds.

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Determine Your Needs

After you determine how much space you have, consider your needs. Today’s bunk beds can sleep one, two or even three children comfortably. How many children will sleep in the room? Do you host frequent sleepovers? Will your family grow? The answers to these questions will help you decide if you want a twin-over-a-twin bunk, twin-over-a-full bunk or a loft bunk.  Also decide if you need special features, such as a built-in study area or storage.

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Select your style

Your child’s room doesn’t have to be a departure from your home décor. At Art Van Furniture, we have a variety of styles to choose from, including traditional, casual and contemporary. You’ll find an array of finishes, from warm oak to classic white and modern cherry. And most styles can easily be disassembled into standard twin or full beds when the bunks are no longer needed, giving you more years of use.

 

Use all of the safety features

All of the bunk beds we sell at Art Van Furniture meet the safety guidelines put in place by the Consumer Product Safety Council. To properly use bunk beds, know that the Council recommends that kids be six or older to use the top bunk. Don’t allow more than one person at a time on the top bunk and a ladder should always be used for access. Guardrails must be present on both sides of the top bunk, even if the bed is pushed against the wall. And the top of the top guardrail should be approximately 5″ above the top of the mattress.

Be sure to get your child’s input once you’ve narrowed down the choices. Bunk beds are meant to be a fun part of childhood – a place where bedtime stories come to life.

 


Out of the Ordinary

Neutral colors are always a safe bet, but sometimes it’s fun to think inside the (crayon) box. If you’re looking for whimsical and fresh, then look to Out of the Ordinary, the eighth in our series of home color collections for 2013 from Pantone. Choosing the right color collection can be an intimidating job, but Pantone’s color experts make it simple and fun. Just look for the palette that resonates with you.

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Maybe it’s the attention-grabbing colors of this palette: Bonnie Blue, Puréed Pumpkin, Chocolate Truffle, Amber Green, Linden Green, Golden Rod, Bright Violet, and Rosebud. We think they’d make a memorable family room. Take a look:

trio sofa

Start with our Orange Trio Sofa – yes, orange! In 100% genuine leather, the slightly flared arms give the sofa a modern look, and the tailoring of this piece is crisp. The Trio Sofa can be dressed up or down with throw pillows, depending on the lifestyle of your family.

mellow chair

Next add a pair of Apple Green Mellow Chairs in 100% genuine leather. Mirroring the lines of our sofa, the tight back and seat keep with our neat and contemporary feel. Assemble the seating however your family will use your room – be it movie watching, game night or in thoughtful conversation.

out of ordinary rug

Tie the color combination together with this psychedelic pattern of our colorful Accent Rug. A bold statement, it combines many of the hues of the Out of the Ordinary palette. And its plush pile will add warmth and comfort to the contemporary furnishings.

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Top the rug with the sleek Tocara Cocktail Table from Metropolitan Home. With a polished metal base with oak veneer top, the modern look is a good match for the sophisticated lines of the sofa and accent chairs. And the dark color helps ground the colorful palette. The Tocara Collection also includes handy End Tables, which can add more function to the space. Top the end table with this colorful lamp in teal, picking up on yet another Out of the Ordinary color.

distressed sideboard

Finally, add an unexpected element – this reclaimed wood sideboard with louvered doors. The distressed multi-color finish picks up on the unusual palette. Beautiful to look at it, the sideboard also provides much needed storage in a family room that is sure to be well loved.