Three Vacation Inspired Patios

Summer is winding down, and you can best enjoy its last days by hanging out on your patio. Why not make it special by recreating your favorite vacation spot right in your back yard? A vacation inspired patio will make summer last a little longer. Take a look at these three vacation inspired patios dreamy destinations:

Vacation inspired patios
The Brookstone Chaise is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Malibu

Malibu is the quintessential beach town, with its laidback style and glamorous touches. The Brookstone Collection will help you chill Malibu fashion with its crisp white cushions and sleek, curvy styling. Imagine inviting friends to this sophisticated setting complete with a lime green zebra rug.

Vacation inspired patios
The Lakehouse Glider is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Cape Cod

Bring the feel of the Cape Cod to your patio with classic silhouettes and a touch of preppy plaid. A white and grey palette works well with any style décor. You’ll enjoy evening conversations relaxing on a glider while the firepit table removes the chill from the night air.

Vacation inspired patios
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Savannah

Bring home the Southern charm of Savannah with a dining set that is rich with details. The elegant pattern on the chairs and table will blend into your lush landscape, giving your patio the feeling of a secret garden.

Which vacation inspired patios is your favorite?

 


Sleep Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Your Bed?

How much do you know about your bed and sleep environment? You might be surprised at a few facts. Take this better sleep quiz to see if you’re “sleep smart.”

Sleep quiz mattress facts
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1. How often should you replace your mattress?
    • a.) Every three years
    • b.) Every five to seven years
    • c.) Every 10 years
    • d.) Every time you get a new bedroom set

Answer: Replace your mattress every five to ten years. Sleeping on older mattresses causes unnecessary back pain.

2. True or false: Your mattress can double its weight without a proper protector.

Answer: True! Dirt, oil, skin cells and dust mites get trapped inside, weighing it down as well as causing allergic reactions.

3. True or false: Sleep is more crucial to survival than food.

Answer: True! A human can survive two months without food, but only 11 days without sleep.

better sleep quiz
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4. How often should you replace your pillow?
  • a.) Every 12 months
  • b.) Every three years
  • c.) Every five to 10 years
  • d.) The age of the pillow isn’t important

Answer: Replace your pillow every 12 months? Hair and body oils soak into a pillow’s fabric and stuffing, making it a breeding ground for bacteria.

 

5. How long should it take you to fall asleep?
  • a.) As soon as your head hits the pillow
  • b.) 10 to 15 minutes
  • c.) 30 minutes
  • d.) 45 minutes

Answer: If it takes you less than five minutes to fall asleep, you’re probably sleep-deprived. Ideally, falling asleep should take 10-15 minutes.

How did you do on this better sleep quiz? Let us know in the comments below. And if you need to update any of the items in your room, head over to Art Van PureSleep for the latest technology and sleep solutions.


Using Nautical Accents at Home

No lake house? No problem. You can bring the look of the water home when you use nautical accents throughout your home. You don’t need to go overboard (bad pun, we know!) A few well-chosen accessories are enough to get that relaxing atmosphere. Here are five pieces that will make you think you’ve gone on a mini vacation right at home.

Nautical Accents
The Sailboat Wall Décor is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Nautical Artwork

Sailboats are beautiful, and this metal sculpture will turn your wall into a view of the ocean. The antique finish and sleek metal design adds texture and light.

Nautical Lamp with shells
The Capiz Shell Table Lamp is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Shell Lamp

Nautical accents can be subtle, and this chic shell lamp will give you just enough of an ocean feel at your desk. It’s also the perfect nightstand accessory.

Nautical accents oar wall decor
The Nautical Chevron Oar Décor is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Oar Décor

Think outside the frame when it comes to art above a bed. These beautiful oars create a lake-house feel in your master suite, helping you drift off to sleep (yes … another bad pun.)

Nautical accents compass pillow
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Compass Pillow

A navy and white compass pillow leads the way to relaxation, especially when it dresses up a white chair or sofa. The graphic design is striking and bold.

Nautical accents rope chandelier
The Tuscan Light Rope Chandelier is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Rope Chandelier

The use of rope provides nautical flair, and this chandelier brings some seaside energy to your living or dining room. The natural material also offers texture.


Color Crush: Navy Blue

Navy is timeless. It’s neutral. And it’s rich. When you choose navy furniture and accessories in this important color you can’t go wrong. Navy offers a sense of Americana that’s true blue. Here are five pieces that would make your room bold and timelessly on trend.

The Alexis Navy Wingback Bed is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Navy Upholstered Bed

The rich navy bed is a wonderful contrast to crisp white bedding. The color combination is classic.

The Clyde Linen Chair is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Navy Accent Chair

A Midcentury Modern-style chair in navy blue is a sophisticated choice for seating. Place two by the fireplace, one in a grouping with a sofa or loveseat, or use a few at a table for a chic dining experience.

The Beatrix Settee is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Navy Settee

Navy is also a wonderful color for traditional style homes. This settee offers elegance with tufting and carved legs. Place it at the foot of your bed, in a foyer, or use it as seating with a farmhouse style table.

The Mulberry Navy Table Lamp is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Navy Lamp

Add a touch of color to your end table with a navy lamp. The linen shade provides contrast, and both the base and the shade add texture. When lit, the lamp will highlight the beautiful shape and color of the base, putting a spotlight on itself.

The Martha Navy Bench is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Navy Bench

Put a bench at the foot of your bed or in your foyer to offer a comfortable spot to sit and unwind. When it’s in navy, the look is chic and sophisticated. It pairs beautifully with gray, beige, white or khaki walls, and the metal legs provide a sense of luxury.


Stripes are Stars of Home Style

Paisley, chevron, honeycomb and floral … patterns may come in and out of style, but stripes last forever. Classic and crisp, stripes transcend any style and look at home in traditional, casual, rustic or contemporary décor. Uniform and symmetrical, using stripes in decor brings a look of order to any space.

Has your room earned its stripes? Here’s what they can do for you:

The Ralph Dining Chair is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Stripes dress up a room

Striped upholstery is like a pinstriped power suit; it makes a great first impression and is always in style. Our Ralph Dining Chair fits the bill with its business-class style and chic metal ring detail.

The Stripe Duvet is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Stripes play well with others

Stripes in decor mix effortlessly with patterns such as floral, plaid and check. Our Stripe Duvet is perfectly paired with a floral quilt or sheets, balancing a room with a masculine touch.

The Pearl White Chair is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Stripes can be elegant

When used tone on tone, stripes make a room feel more formal. Our Pearl White Chair with whitewashed wood trim dresses up living room seating or creates an elegant dining area. You can also paint the walls with tone-on-tone stripes, mixing flat with gloss or eggshell finishes to create a subtle texture.

The Envy Bench is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
Stripes command attention

When used in contrasting colors or unexpected places, stripes in decor grab the spotlight. Take a look at our Envy Bench—its style is hard to ignore! The sleek design combined with bold black and white stripes make a statement in your room, marrying function with fashion.

The Multi Stripe Grey Rug is available now. Shop the look at artvan.com.
And stripes tease the eye

When used on walls, stripes can reshape a room. Painted vertically, wide stripes add depth and dimension, while thin stripes create interest. Applied horizontally, stripes make a small room seem larger. On the floor, they can have the same affect, making a small room feel larger, such as this Multi Stripe Grey Rug.

So how will you use stripes in your home?