Cars & Fashion: Merging for a Good Cause

Once a year, there’s a magical night called prom. Girls get all dressed up in fabulous gowns and guys make sure their prized ride is looking fine. Fast forward a few years into adulthood to another magical night called the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview.*

Known around town as “Auto Prom,” the premise is the same as it was when you were an awkward teenager, but with a much bigger “WOW” factor.

Dressing “to the nines” is still a must, but so is making sure you’re wearing the right outfit. We suggest reading fashion writer Georgea Kovanis’ recent article in the Detroit Free Press to make sure the fashion police don’t issue you a moving violation on the big night. In the piece, Karen Daskas, co-owner of the Birmingham boutique Tender, says color is often more interesting than basic black and suggests standing out in vivid hues like red, purples, a really deep teal, or forest green.

But let’s face it, the night really belongs to the cars, and they’re eager to put their best foot forward, too! Check out the 2011 Dodge Charger R/T taking to the street in Toxic Orange or Blackberry Pearl. Or cruise around in the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year®, the Chevy Volt — snazzy in Viridian Joule Tricoat (that’s a fancy way of saying blue/green). The “North American Truck of the Year” Ford Explorer also keeps things fresh with Red Candy and Kona Blue. And it’s no coincidence that you’ll be seeing some of these hot colors on our showroom floors and in our spring catalog.

In the meantime, you’ll find us raising the style status quo in the VIP lounge with our exclusive genuine leather Perla Collection from ROMA. And after you’ve taken a few spins around the floor, visit us on the concourse by the Joe Louis statue to test drive one of our Robotic Massage Recliners from Human Touch®.  With just the push of a few buttons you can undo knots and kinks without the expense or time of visiting a masseuse. And while you’re relaxing, you can check out the newest HD 3-D TVs from Paul’s TV.

If you can’t make it downtown, then join us in Grand Rapids as we present the Auto Show Spectacular on February 2, 2011, benefitting the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation. Just remember to have your date home by midnight.

* Funds raised will support vital services for children of all ages from birth to eighteen. Since 1976 the Charity Preview has raised nearly $82 million for southeastern Michigan children’s charities – over $37 million of which was raised in the last seven years alone. Source: www.naias.com

Keep the Partridge and the Tree

Since the late 1700s, carolers have been singing some variation of The 12 Days of Christmas. Have you ever wondered what a Christmas like that would cost your true love? Well, if you bought all 78 items on the list, you would end up parting with $23,439.38, which is way cheaper than if you bought the 364 items repeated in all the song’s verses — from 12 drummers drumming to a partridge in a pear tree — that would cost $96,824.*

Assuming you don’t have that kind of money to spend or the space to store all those presents, Art Van Furniture has a solution: we’ve uncovered 12 (plus a few extra) fantastic gift ideas that won’t force you to rent a storage space or leave you broke.

 Good Tidings

 Make your guests feel right at home with an appealing entryway. A nicely-priced cedar chest offers an inviting spot to sit while taking off coats and boots (and a great place for storing them, too).

Once coats have been hung and the cold shaken off, warm everyone up with a festive cocktail from the bar. Our wine cabinet is sure to keep the holiday cheer flowing and encourage lots of mingling. Keep glasses within reach on top, and swing open the swivel door on the bottom to reveal bottles of your cherished Cupid Cabernet or Comet Chardonnay.

 

 

Comfort

Let it snow… while you enjoy stretching out like a lady of leisure on a chaise. “Dressed to the nines,” its form offers a show-stopping presentation. Place a snazzy 17-inch square pillow behind your head (chic at $19.99), nestle in, and cover up with a warm throw (comfortably priced at $29.00). It’s our solution to peace on earth. 

Chances are, you know a gal or guy striking out on their own. If their new place is short on space, try giving a gift that’s two-in-one: The Hide-a-seat Collection features a range of colorful ottomans that conceals a seat and cup holder! It’s innovative, fun, functional, and a must-have for any hip home.

 Joy

After a long day of hauling decorations from the attic and hanging lights outside, give merry gentlemen a place to rest with a reclining massage chair (including power!) that will melt away the season’s stresses faster than the time it takes to untangle tinsel.

For a little more TLC, try a therapeutic massage chair. Three auto massage programs work out the kinks in the back, neck and shoulders like a professional masseuse would. You definitely won’t have to worry about the fire slowly dying with an electric console fireplace. Move it from room to room to feel its warm glow — without ever going out to cut wood in the snow!  And on top is the perfect spot for a flat-panel HDTV from Paul’s TV.

Heavenly Peace

Make sure they get the most of their Silent Nights by offering the priceless gift of sleep. Right now we’ve stocked our sleighs with ultra premium latex pillows for a sweet sugar-plum price of $39.99. For a stocking, slip in a scented candle or relaxing room spray. Even an eye mask can help a tired elf attain sleep nirvana.

Tick-tock. Treasure your time this holiday with a Howard Miller grandfather clock. From now until January 2, we’re taking 40% – 50% off the “compare at” price. Plus, with every purchase you’ll receive a satin brass-finished “Carols of Christmas II” musical tabletop clock (sounds like a good hostess gift to us).

If you’re still scratching your head trying to think of the perfect gift, try an Art Van Furniture gift card. Available online from $25-$500, you can also grab one in-store in any denomination you want! It’s the perfect way to invest in their home and guarantee you’re always welcome to visit!

Christmas Eve is almost here, so come into one of our convenient locations or shop online to see more ideas that will help solve most of your gift-giving dilemmas, and set the stage for a very Happy New Year!

*Based on the 2010 calculations from the PNC Christmas Price Index: http://www.pncchristmaspriceindex.com/CPI/2010/prices.html

Creating an All-Star Space

Attention, Sports Fans! With baseball season in full swing, you want to maximize your television’s viewing possibilities before the World Series rolls around. Whether you get a new big screen from Paul’s TV in Art Van, or just plan to make the most of your current set, there are a few basic guidelines to make sure your television set-up hits a home run.

Westwind Entertainment Collection

The size of your TV often depends on the room. For a kitchen or bedroom, you can easily view something like a 24-inch screen, but for a family room or home theater, you should go as big as your space and budget will allow. Start by measuring the room you’ll use. If the TV will be against a wall, that space should be at least a foot wider than the base of the screen, to allow for the frame and ventilation (you don’t want it overheating during the seventh inning stretch). If the TV is on a console or in a wall unit, there will be six inches to a foot of space behind it, bringing it further into the room. The TV should be proportional to the furniture, or you risk having an off-kilter room, or worse: damaging your expensive equipment on a too-small console.

Your room’s seating is also very important when deciding the right TV size. For rooms with seven or eight feet between the sofa and the TV, 32 or 36 inches is a good size screen. For a larger room, with 10-12 feet between the sofa or recliner and TV, you can go as big as 50 inches. Keep in mind, sitting too close to large screen may cause the pixels to be distracting and make it hard to watch. But if you’re too far away, you’ll miss the “movie theater” impact, and all those slo-mo replays and “outta the park” hits will lose their thrill factor.

By carefully choosing your furniture—and television—you can make the most out of summer sports, and have a rocking room the rest of the year.