Livable Luxury

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”—Coco Chanel


The Scott Shuptrine Showroom inside Art Van Furniture is the place to find livable luxury at an affordable price. The stylish and unique pieces range from furniture to custom window treatments, floor coverings and accessories.

The designers at Scott Shuptrine are experts at creating welcoming yet indulgent spaces. Here are four ways you can add a little luxury to your home:

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Incorporate texture

Texture enhances any room by adding dimension. Choose an accent chair in a richly woven fabric. Replace matching pillows with textured, contrasting designs. Or add a faux fur throw to the arm of a sofa or across an oversized ottoman.  Mixing textures increases the feeling of depth in a room. So, pair silks with linen or wool with velvet, and create a room that beckons you inside.


Mix patterns

A variety of patterns add visual interest to a room, but mixing can be daunting. Know that stripes play well with many patterns, so start there. Be selective and keep balance and scale in mind to achieve a look that is stylish and sophisticated. Keep the number of patterns in a room to three or less, or it can look chaotic. And if you need help, the experts at Scott Shuptrine can show you patterns that combine well.


Add in the shiny finishes

Metal, glass and mirrors add opulence to a room. Use metallic accent pieces such as a mercury glass vase filled with hydrangea blooms. Or place a silver tray on a cocktail table. Prop an oversized mirror against the wall, or choose a mirrored end table, which will reflect the lamp set on top. And accessorize fireplace mantels or sofa tables with crystal candlesticks, which are classic and elegant.


Choose rich colors

Deep colors – whether on the walls or in the furnishings – add a touch of drama. Jewel tones, such as ruby, emerald or amber, are synonymous with luxury and make great accent pieces. Or choose rich colored furnishings, such as mahogany tables or cabinets, burgundy leather armchairs, and charcoal upholstered sofas.

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One visit to Scott Shuptrine and you’ll discover how easy it is to add a touch of luxury to your home – whether it’s with their accent pillows, rugs and throws, or by bringing home an entire room of furnishings. Pamper yourself and your family, and enjoy returning home at the end of each day.

Spring Cleaning Made Easy

Snowmen. Icy walkways. Long afternoons filled with sledding. Winter has a habit of inviting mud, salt and other debris into your home. But spring is here, and it’s time to sweep out of all the remnants of the cold weather.

woodlands spring cleanThe good news is that you don’t have to tackle this task yourself. Art Van Furniture has teamed up with Floor Savers to begin a new home cleaning service in Metro Detroit – Clean Team by Art Van.

“Clean Team is just one more way that Art Van Furniture has sought to serve our guests,” said Art Van Elslander, Art Van Furniture founder and chairman. “So much of our hearts go into making our houses a home. Marc and his team have a long track record of providing exemplary service that will help preserve the quality and beauty of these treasured belongings.”

“If you can walk, sit, or play on it, it can be cleaned, restored and protected,” says Marc Munyan, President of Clean Team by Art Van. Munyan has more than 25 years in the floor cleaning business offering easy, effective, and affordable solutions.

The Clean Team by Art Van will clean your carpet, tile and grout, wood floor and upholstery. It’s as easy as picking up the phone.


To maintain your furniture, Art Van offers programs to protect your investment. Click here for more information. And for everyday care, check out these six tips on caring for your furnishings:

  • For upholstered pieces, never rub a spill, not even with a soft cloth, as you can permanently damage the fabric. If a spill occurs, immediately blot it with a clean, absorbent white cloth or paper towel.
  • Rotate cushions and pillows weekly to redistribute wear, extend the life of the foam core and keep cushions and pillows looking newer longer.
  • Take care not to leave newspapers, magazines or other printed materials, as well as flowers and plant foliage on or near upholstered furniture as certain inks and pigments may stain the fabric.
  • Wood surfaces that are used daily as eating areas should be wiped with a slightly damp (not wet) lint-free cloth; dry immediately and thoroughly.
  • Once a week, dust the furniture with a lint-free cloth dampened with Art Van Furniture Cleaner so that dust particles will have less of a chance to build up, potentially scratching the wood’s finish.
  • Clean table and desktops each month with Art Van Furniture Cleaner, formulated specifically to preserve the finish of wood. Do not let the cleaner soak into the wood surface, and immediately follow the cleaning with our furniture polish to give the wood a vivid finish.


Designing a Kid-Friendly Room

When you have children – or regularly welcome them to your home – you have a little bit of a design dilemma. While you don’t want a home with rooms you’re tempted to rope off like a museum, you don’t want a home that looks like a child-care center, either.

The solution is to choose attractive, comfortable and durable furnishings that have adult style and kid-proof features. Here are some things to consider:


You might choose to forego the white sofa, and opt for a seating group with a pattern. Keep an eye open for a design that will camouflage spills – they’re bound to happen.

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Or welcome light colored upholstery … as long as the covering is stain-resistant. Leather, microfiber, twill, denim and ultrasuede are all durable choices. And Art Van Furniture offers fabric protection plans for added peace of mind.


Cover floors with area rugs. They warm a space and have the added benefit of being removable – so they can be sent to the cleaners. All-wool or wool-blend rugs will wear well and resist stains, and dark or patterned rugs will hide spills. Opt for easy-to-clean low pile, and don’t forget the non-skid pad.

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Your sofa will become a trampoline. And the cushions will be used to build a fort. Choose sturdy furnishings that can withstand attempts at destruction. Look for solidly constructed pieces with well-made cushions. You might also look for rounded corners on tables to prevent injuries.

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Kids have stuff. When purchasing furnishings, look for savvy storage solutions. Board games can be stored in a sideboard. A media center needs plenty of room for DVDs and video games. And choose family room tables with drawers or shelves for toys and books.



Finally, children grow up and (most) leave the nest. You might consider this when you select furnishings, especially those for their rooms. Instead of a toy box, consider a chest that can later hold linens or baskets that can eventually store magazines. Opt for a double or queen-sized bed instead of a twin. Or consider purchasing a daybed that could double as a seating area if you plan to turn your child’s bedroom into a home office when they go off to college.


Whatever you do, don’t wait to decorate until the kids are older. Children learn to respect and care for belongings when they grow up in beautiful homes.

Pantone’s Extracts Palette

Sugar and spice and everything nice … that’s what Pantone’s Extracts palette is made of. The fifth in our series of home color collections for 2013, Pantone makes the often-intimidating job of color selection simple and fun. Just look for the palette that resonates with you.

Extracts takes its cue from the spice cabinet, with tasty colors in luscious and light shades. The effect is comforting yet a little surprising, with pops of color that might not be expected in a home. The six-color collection sounds like a dessert bar, with Spiced Coral, Brandied Melon, Apple Cinnamon, Dusty Pink, Baked Clay and Green Banana.

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If Extracts speaks to you, consider a family room makeover.

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Start with our Spectrum sofa. At 83″ long, it’s a good choice for any size room. And the classic lines and rolled arms will fit any style home, from traditional to casual. Choose from clay or beige microsuede twill fabric. Throw pillows in a neutral yet colorful pattern add a layer of interest.

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Next, add a pop of color with our contemporary Attica Swivel Chair. In terra cotta fabric, it is grounded by its exposed wood frame. With a tight back and rolled arms, the small-scale chair works well with the Spectrum sofa. Use alone or grab a pair and create a conversation area.

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Another option is our Mellow Chair in apple green. Its sleek design is contemporary and it, too, coordinates well with our Spectrum sofa. In 100% genuine leather, the piece also comes in black, red, cream and walnut brown.

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Tie the colors of the sofa and chair together with our Carolina Wild Collection rug with paisley design. Featuring many of the colors from the Extract collection, the quality piece is woven with a 35mm pile height for dimension. The edges are finished with a fray proof surge to prolong the life of each rug.

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Next, add our Rectangular Cocktail Table from the Hudson Collection. In burnished bronze metal, the light-looking piece is topped with glass, allowing the beauty of the rug to shine through. The circular design in the center of the base complements the paisley rug. Matching end tables are also available.

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Finally, light up the room with our gourd lamp. In an oregano green, its shapely silhouette blends with different styles of decor, from modern to traditional and everything in between. Use a single lamp on an end table, or a pair on a sofa table.


Using a Settee

Smaller than a sofa, more elegant than a loveseat and sturdier than a bench, the settee is a multitalented piece of furniture. Designed to seat two, it’s the perfect seating solution in tight spots. In larger rooms, it can be the building block of a secondary grouping. And it can be put to use in most any room of your home.


Here are five ways to use a settee in your home:

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1. A settee instantly transforms an eating nook into a dining banquette. In pale green, our Thread & Feather Carly Settee is sophisticated and crisply tailored. With an ivory contrast welt, it creates a welcoming breakfast retreat where your family will enjoy a cup of Earl Gray and the New York Times.

topaz settee

2. A settee is the perfect seating solution for a reading loft or dressing room. Our Style Collection Topaz Settee features a single bench seat cushion and a button tufted back. Upholstered in an ikat pattern of soft orange, green and yellow, it beckons you to curl up with a fashion magazine or laptop.

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3. A settee looks elegant when placed at the foot of a bed. And our Thread & Feather Lauren Settee is a perfect accompaniment to your master suite. Exquisitely tailored with a dressmaker skirt in a mocha colored fabric with an ivory contrast welt, this furniture starlet will never go out of style.

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4. A settee is a welcome addition to a nicely sized foyer, where it offers a place to take off your boots and put on your slippers. The antique linen finish of our Belmar Settee is a classic look, greeting guests in style. Its diminutive size won’t overpower the room.

giselle settee5. Finally, an armless settee is an unexpected alternative to the standard piano bench. Our Giselle Settee provides an air of sophistication to a rousing rendition of Chopsticks, with nail head trim that contrasts the charcoal upholstery. A patterned pair of pillows provides added interest as well as added back support.