The Look: Finer Recliners

Dad called. He loved the slippers you got him for Father’s Day last year. And the robe was nice, too. But this year, he’d like something that offers him total comfort. This year, Dad really wants a recliner.

Luckily, Art Van Furniture has recliners Dad and Mom will love … recliners that will fit into any décor. Here are a few of our favorite choices:
Classic LeatherDeclan Leather Rocker Recliner

Brand new, the Declan Leather Rocker Recliner by La-Z-Boy would look right at home in Casual or Rustic style homes. Its bucket seat makes the chair a perfect fit for all sized dads, and the detailing on the arms and leg rest provide an interesting visual element. Or check out the models from La-Z-Boy’s Calvin Collection – another timeless, rich look. The Wall-Saver Recliners and Rocker Recliners come in coffee or wheat color, and feature curved, padded arm rests and leg rest with locking positions.

 

Galaxy Recliner

 

Contemporary Style

Modern dads will love a contemporary recliner. Contemporary recliner? Absolutely! Take a spin in the Galaxy Collection. In classic black or power red, the stylish Galaxy Power Recliner lets Dad recline and stop in any position, all at the touch of button. And the sleek design will make this chair the focal point of any room.

 

 

Hampton Push-Back Recliner

Traditional Style

Shhh. No one will guess these wingback chairs are actually recliners. Our Hampton Push-Back Recliner has traditional Queen Anne features that include sculpted back and warm cherry legs, adding elegance to any room of your home. Or choose a more masculine version, such as the Wellington Push-Back Recliner, in cordoba whiskey or burgundy leather. Whether he’s watching baseball, golf or the Food Network, Dad will look stately and feel comfortable.

 

 

Art Van Signature Recliner

 

Chairs that Pamper Dad

Give Dad the ultimate treat by getting him an end-of-the-day oasis: a chair from the Art Van Signature Recliner Collection. This recliner will indulge Dad with heat and massage features for total relaxation. It comes in a rainbow of colors, including chocolate, fern, red, blue, brown and beige microsuede, as well as chili, chocolate and mink leather.

 

 

 

For Grandpa, choose a reclining Lift Chair; a great option when getting in and out of traditional chairs becomes difficult. Practical, stylish and durable, the Lift Chair offers independence as much as a great spot to watch TV.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, the Human Touch Robotic Massage Recliner is more than a chair; it’s a personal masseuse. With robot technology, Human Touch chairs include pre-programmed settings that replicate techniques used by medical professionals. As part of your overall wellness plan, Human Touch chairs help alleviate pain and stress … and what dad wouldn’t want that?


What’s New: Gathering-Height Tables

Sometimes the answer to a design issue is to kick it up a notch or two … or six.

Such is the case with the latest trend in dining: the Gathering Height Table. Sometimes referred to as pub tables, these counter-height options – ranging from 36 to 42 inches tall – provide an increasingly popular alternative to traditional tables. And they provide the perfect solution for common design dilemmas.

For example, Gathering Height Tables are perfect if you have a small eating nook or space-challenged dining room. The extra height allows the eye to see more floor area and gives the area an illusion of being more spacious.

Or if you want to incorporate a game area in your family room, Gathering Height Tables are a fashionable and functional choice. The taller table is the perfect place for projects, puzzles or a game of euchre. And many feature storage in the base where you can keep games, poker chips or art supplies.

Whether your home is casual, contemporary, traditional or rustic, Art Van Furniture has an option for you.

Sierra Collection

For the casual home, the Sierra Dining collection features a lazy Susan center; in a pecan finish, this table is a perfect match for busy families. Or check out the espresso-finish Lattice Collection, which has an expandable tabletop and storage cabinet in the center.

Roma Collection

For the contemporary home, meals become a work of art with these types of dining collections. Choose from natural oak or merlot finish, with stylized chairs that add the finishing touch. Or choose the Roma Dining Collection, which features a dark, espresso wood table paired with sleigh back Parsons stools in a variety of colors, such as ruby red, kiwi green, snow white and jet black.

Diamond Collection

For traditional homes, the Diamond Collection gathering table is an elegant choice. The diamond design on the chair backs provides a rich detail, and the glass table features a slate center ring. The combination of iron, glass and slate provides a textural feast for the eyes.

Timber Ridge Collection

Art Van Furniture has several more gathering-height table choices, one that is sure to match your décor and budget. Visit our website at www.artvan.com to see them online or stop in at one of our 34 locations.

Then gather your family and friends and enjoy!


Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge

“If you’re fortunate enough to be as successful as our company has been, then it’s your responsibility to give back. I just believe that.” – Art Van Furniture Chairman & Founder, Art Van Elslander

It’s no secret that Michigan’s economy took a beating during the past few years, and some of the groups hardest hit were Michigan’s charitable organizations. Chairman and Founder Art Van Elslander saw what was happening and rose to meet the need.

To celebrate Art Van’s 50th anniversary in 2009, he launched the Million Dollar Charity Challenge, donating $1 million to be divided among 50 charities that focus on children, health and human services throughout the state. The grants, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, are “challenge grants” in order to maximize giving potential. In the past, charities have spread the word and turned the $1 million into over $4 million through additional fundraising efforts.

In its fourth year, this year’s Million Dollar Charity Challenge includes an additional challenge; three additional grants will be awarded through an online voting contest. Charitable organizations have been challenged to spread the word, and the top three vote getters will win grants of $25,000, $15,000 or $10,000.

Last year was the first year the Million Dollar Charity Challenge included a voting competition. The winners were Senior Neighbors, $25,000, which promotes the health and well-being of older adults in Kent County; Seedlings Braille Books for Children of Livonia, $15,000, dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality, low cost Braille books for children; and North Star Reach of Ann Arbor, $10,000, a camp experience for children and families of children with serious or life-threatening health challenges.

To participate, visit www.artvancharitychallenge.com where you can learn more about the deserving organizations and vote for your favorite. You’ll also learn how you can donate to causes throughout Michigan. But hurry! Voting ends May 31,


Say “Squeeze!” The Community: Lemonade Day

Thirsty? Saturday, June 9th is a day for quenching thirsts and launching future entrepreneurs. It’s Lemonade Day Detroit, and its goal is to give hundreds of area kids a taste of being your own boss.

Started in 2007 by Houston philanthropist and entrepreneur Michael Holthouse, Lemonade Day has become a national event where children learn how to start and run a successful business. Last year, more than 120,000 children poured lemonade in 31 cities across America and Canada – 2,600 of whom were in Southeast Michigan.

To participate in this year’s event, visit any Metro Detroit Art Van Furniture Store and pick up a free Lemonade Day backpack. It includes an Entrepreneur Workbook that will teach your child how to operate a lemonade stand, set goals, develop business plans, secure investors, create a product, make a profit and give back to their community.

Kids keep the money they earn and are encouraged to spend some, save some and give some to charity. In 2011, approximately 8,000 backpacks were distributed locally, and area kids donated an estimated $160,000 to charities.

We thought it would be fun to get some business tips from last year’s participants. Here are Seven Secrets of Highly Successful Lemonade Stands:

1. Think up a creative business name.

2. Make sure your product is delicious.

3. Get the word out.

4. Treat customers well and be polite.

5. Remember to thank your supporters.

6. Most of all, have fun!

7. Then sit back and count your profits.


What’s New? Fire Up Your Summer

The hottest addition to backyard living is the firepit. It not only adds style, but functionality. Just like a fireplace inside your home, a firepit instantly becomes the focal point of your outdoor living space. And a firepit can make spending time outside more comfortable, especially during the cooler months.

Depending on your space, use and budget, Art Van Furniture offers several choices, one of which will be a perfect fit for you.

Here’s what you need to consider:

If you love the smell of a campfire, the taste of roasted marshmallows and the sound of crackling embers, a wood-burning version will light up your senses. For stationary use, a firepit table creates the setting for an intimate gathering. Pull up a chair; the cocktail height is the perfect place to set down your drink or snack and enjoy the warmth. The aluminum frame is durable and resists rust. Art Van Furniture has two styles to choose from, with prices starting at $549.

If you want a firepit that’s on the go because you are, a portable wood-burning firepit is for you. Starting at $89, Art Van Furniture offers four choices, one of which is sure to match your personal style. Easily mobile, wood-burning firepits are perfect for anywhere, anytime. They can be used on your deck or patio as well as on a picnic at the lake or parking lot tailgate party. Fill one with well-seasoned hard woods, such as oak or hickory, to reduce smoke. The set comes with a poker to start and stoke the fire; a mesh fire screen, to help control sparks and debris; and a protective cover for when not in use.

Finally, if low prep and high design are your deciding factors, you’ll want to check out the propane firepit collections at Art Van Furniture. Connect the firepit table a propane tank, and simply push the ignition button; the flame—which is diffused through lava rock—instantly lights. Paired with four chairs or a loveseat/chair combination, one of our four stylish collections will transform your patio or deck into an outdoor room—and the perfect place to relax in the crisp air of a summer night. Prices start at $1149.99.