Five Shades of Blue

Pablo Picasso had his Blue Period. From 1901 to 1904, he created monochromatic paintings in shades of blue that were considered somber works at the time. Today they are among his most popular – most likely because blue is soothing and neutral color, and easy to incorporate.

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Art Van Furniture has its “Blue Period,” too, in the form of a collection of chairs that provide respite to any room of your home. Whether you’re feeling blue or just soaking in its calm, here are five shades that will a Picasso-inspired feel to your home.

The cool splash of this blue Room Changer Occasional Chair will provide the icy sparkle of an early frost to a living room or bedroom corner. With two matching toss pillows, it will also provide a warm comfortable place to chat with friends or curl up with a book.

light blue chair

The whimsical pattern of our armless Keara Chair adds eternal spring to your room. The floral pattern features taupe, ivory and teal flowers against a neutral background. Perfect for a family room, it is also an unexpected option for dining room seating.

keara chair

The gentle curves of our Marlene Accent Chair provide a striking silhouette for its bold peacock finish. Upholstered in a graphic teal and ivory pattern, Marlene steals the show. Whether it’s the seating area of a master suite to a living room conversation grouping, all eyes will be on “her.”

marlene accent chair

Our Lorenzo Chair is a wow piece! With its dramatic wingback shape and intense turquoise leather upholstery, it has about as much personality as a room can handle. A faux crocodile pattern and silver nail head trim only add to its intrigue. You might consider a pair, because Lorenzo will be everyone’s favorite chair.

lorenzo chair

Navy blue is timeless and easygoing, blending with just about any color it meets. That makes our Room Changer Occasional Chair in navy and white an effortless addition to your home. Introduce it to a room with chocolate brown, dandelion yellow or Pantone’s color the year, emerald green, for a relaxed and comfortable look.

navy chair


The Grace of Downton Abbey

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Get out the silver and steep the tea. Let’s chat about the Grantham and Crawley families over scones. Have you caught Downton Abbey, the PBS drama set in a gorgeous Edwardian country house during the 1920s? Whether it’s to enjoy the delicious drama of their lives or to soak in television’s most elegant setting, Downton Abbey is a guilt-free pleasure … it’s PBS after all!

While you might not have the official title of Lord or Lady, you can still bring a little Downton into each of your rooms with some of the fine pieces from Art Van Furniture.

 

Accent Chair

Start with an accent chair. Furniture was certainly functional during the Edwardian time, but decorative value definitely took precedence. Our Eloise Chair instantly adds class to your room. The carved wood has braiding detail for interest, and the two-patterned fabric application is very sophisticated. A pair near the fireplace will be divine.

eloise chair

 

Dining Room

Dinner at Downton is a formal affair. One doesn’t simply show up, one arrives. Create an aura of elegance at your next gathering with our Grandover Collection. In rich dark cherry finish, the heirloom quality suite will set the stage for thoughtful conversation.

 grandover

Writing Desk

Before there was text messaging, Facebook or Twitter, there was the writing desk. It’s where you composed a note to your true love or penned a scathing letter to your foe, sealing it with your wax stamp. The Heritage Hill Writing Desk would do the trick, with its hand-painted leaf and scroll design. Poison pen not included.

heritage hill desk

Canopy Bed

Dreams in Downton are best enjoyed beneath the shelter of a canopy bed. No need for a compelling script, a warm and inviting canopy bed creates drama in a room all on its own. Our Olivia Canopy is regal as well as romantic, with fluted columns and gold and marble accents. It includes the silk-look canopy fabric, and is available in queen and king sizes.

canopy bed

Rug

In the parlor or in the study, an Old World rug set a stately tone underfoot. The rich palette of our Kharma Rug appears to be delicately aged to create an authentic period look. The classic style will bring warmth to your room for many years to come.

kharma rug

Globe

Finally, even in a beautiful setting like Downton, residents dream of travel. What better way to make plans than by spinning the globe. Perfect for a study or den, our tabletop version will transport you around the world and back … if you choose.

downton globe


From the Runway to Your Home

In September, the world’s top fashion designers unveiled their looks for Spring 2013 to a packed house of reporters, buyers and celebrity friends in New York’s Lincoln Center. Called Fashion Week, it’s the world’s first look at what the stylishly chic will be wearing when the leaves on the trees start to bud the following year.

The shapes, colors and patterns seen on the runway often make their way to home decor. Whether the inspiration is subtle or obvious, combining fashion with furnishings creates gorgeous pieces that dress up your home.

Take a look at some of the fashion-forward furniture available at Art Van Furniture, and the runway looks they resemble.

 

Calvin Klein

Known for minimalist, urban design, Calvin Klein showed this gorgeous layered black moiré over a white shift. With a wave pattern, it delicately frames what’s beneath. Our Metal Denmark Bed has a similar curved, fine-lined silhouette. In black finish, it will allow your linens to take center stage.

 

calvin klein runway look Metal Denmark Bed

Proenza Schouler

The wearable luxury of the Proenza Schouler label has an edgy flair, which is evident in their red and black eel skin and leather jacket. While not made of those same hip materials, our Shuffle Sofa creates similar drama with its striking red and black combination. The fun “Relax” pillow adds a pop of rock-inspired playfulness to the piece.

proenza Proenza sofa

 

Marc Jacobs

Known for classic and current, Marc Jacobs used stunning horizontal lines to create this beautiful and bold dress. Its linear look can be found in our Howick Collection Master Bedroom Suite. Available in high gloss black or high gloss white, the sleek panel design is simple yet sophisticated.

marc jacobs  marc jacobs bed

 

More Marc Jacobs

Mixing graphic patterns was another theme Marc Jacobs used in his Spring line, especially in black and white. The graphic look of his gowns can be felt in our Lucky Accent Chair, with its striking black and white scheme.

marc jacobs 2 marc jacobs 3 lucky accent chair

 

DKNY

Donna Karan is known for creating garments that have heart and soul, and she showcased this beautiful yet casual color-blocked leather dress and white trim during Fashion Week. Our Prize Sofa offers a similar feel, with flared lines and contrasting welt. The styled accent pillows add a lighter touch of caramel for a look that says effortless glamour.

dkny dkny sofa


Pure Couture

The chairs in our Couture Collection don’t just make a statement; they tell an entire story. In fact, we can’t help but wonder if each of these chairs had a past life. Forget walls, if chairs could talk we’d sit down and soak up every word these gorgeous pieces would say.

We can only imagine that …

Couture

Daisy Nottinghill

Daisy was a can-can dancer at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. Quite the flirt, she earned the attention of many a gentleman as well as the hearts of countless admirers. High spirited and always laughing, Daisy was the life of the party. Channel your inner Parisian by putting our Daisy Accent Chair in your powder room, boudoir or living room. Her whimsical ruffled skirt and rosette toss pillow are ultra feminine. And her red-corded welt trim coordinates with the splash of red found on her fabric-covered buttons. Très fantastique!

Mabel Couture

Mabel

Mabel was a naive troublemaker. While the name Mabel is derived from the Latin “amabilis,” which means lovable and dear, our Mabel was also … shall we say, precocious? The younger sister of an English Lady, she was too pretty for her own good and flirted with the husbands of her sister’s friends. Of course, when her sister chastised her, she batted her eyelashes and claimed to not know what she was talking about. Our Mabel Accent Chair would be a wonderful addition to a living room or study. Upholstered in a vibrant collage combining pinstripe, jacquard, and crewelwork fabrics, she has detailed ruching, contrast welt, and just a bit of a skirt. But watch your back; Mabel will steal the show!

Couture Chaise Dinah

Dinah

Dinah was the quintessential Southern Belle. Growing up on a large plantation, she was never without her lace fan. She used it to cool herself on a hot day, flirt with the boys on a walk through town and swat her brother when he laughed at her games. Most days you could find Dinah on her chaise, with a tall glass of iced tea and an earful of gossip. Our modern Dinah Chaise features hand-carved wood trim, nail-head accents and silk pillows adorned with tassel fringe. She’s the perfect addition to a bedroom or sitting room. We do declare, you’ll find her quite relaxing.


Pantone Color of the Year

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

According to Pantone, the global authority on color, Emerald is the 2013 Color of the Year. Replacing 2012’s  Tangerine Tango, Emerald is being described as “a vivid, verdant green that enhances our sense of well-being by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.”

 

emerald pantone

Associated with brilliant gemstones, the hue is considered the color of new life in many cultures and religions. It also represents healing and prosperity.

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

Here are three easy ways to make room for this gem of a color in your home:

1. Accessorize

A splash of Emerald quickly and effortlessly wakes up a sleepy décor. In fact, it’s a universal accessorizing color. Emerald looks great with tan or khaki. It makes black look regal. And it breathes life into often cold gray.

Choose an Emerald pillow or throw. Dress up your dining room with Emerald stemware. Or add Art Van Furniture’s Emerald Green Lamp or Decorative Accent to your living room or bedside table. The punch of color is just enough to catch the eye without being too bold.

Lamp  

 

2. Make a Statement

If dipping your toe into the Emerald pool just isn’t enough, you can always go bolder. Pantone offers a paint collection in their signature colors, and Emerald is the perfect choice for an accent wall in your home. Or a front door.

You could also create drapes out of the color to rev up a special space. Check out this interior from Veranda Magazine.

Emerald

This dramatic look would be perfect in a living room paired with Art Van Furniture’s Kate Collection.

Kate Collection3. Go All In

Make the Wizard of Oz proud by creating an Emerald City in your home. Paint an entire room in this hue. It’s a great backdrop for furnishings that are black and white, or gray. Check out this Emerald room from CCSR Interiors.

Emerald Room

And this one, featured in Good Housekeeping magazine.

Emerald Room

The color would go great in a living room with Art Van Furniture’s Elle or Gibson Collections. Or let it jazz up a dining area that features our Summerton Collection.

Elle Collection

Summerton CollectionHowever you choose to incorporate Emerald, one thing is for sure. Your friend will be green with envy!