Posts Tagged ‘Roma’

12, Jan

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

14, Dec

Close your eyes and let visions of white begin to dance in your heads. We’ve got another classic movie party inspiration guaranteed to make your next ring-a-ding-shindig shine as bright as a thousand Christmas lights!

Welcome to Pine Tree, Vermont

Hearing Bing Crosby croon White Christmas instantly puts us in the mood for hot cocoa and a warm fire. But you don’t have to just dream about the perfect holiday: by incorporating soft textures, a little shimmy-shimmer, and lots of white, you can create your own glamorous and idyllic wonderland.

In the movie, Wallace (Crosby) and Davis (Danny Kaye) bring their entire Broadway show to Pine Tree, Vermont, to help save their beloved General’s inn. And while you won’t need to make room for a cast of hundreds, you’ll want enough space to keep your guests entertained, which starts with your seating. The Bianca two-piece sectional is a fantastic fit for our all-white theme, with a sleek outline that adds design interest and a swanky feel. For a more fluid look, try the Nero two-piece sectional from ROMA. This Art Van Furniture exclusive is also upholstered in white leather, and we like the way the chaise’s round end gives you an unexpected seating spot. Invite a couple of arm chairs to join in and you’ve got a conversation hot spot. Your guests will also get a kick out of the convenient and unique Pantinoire Collection. The versatile nesting tables give you a large and small surface, while the sofa table can easily be turned into a serving station.

Now the movie is also a love story, so make sure the fireplace is going strong so couples can snuggle on the sofa underneath plush white blankets. Keep good cheer flowing all night long by turning a sideboard into a makeshift bar area and serve signature drinks that relate to the movie like Irving Berlin Eggnog or Clooney Cranberry Coolers, so that at the end of the movie everyone can raise their glass and jovially sing, May your days be merry and bright; and may all your Christmases be white.

Serve up one of Annabel Cohen’s palate party pleasers and you may find it hard to get your guests to leave!

Eggnog

There are many recipe for eggnog – I like this one because it’s creamy and mellow with touch of cinnamon.

4 large egg yolks

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups whole milk

1/4 cup rum, brandy, cognac, whiskey or bourbon

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Combine yolks and 1/3-cup sugar in a large mixing bowl and whisk until well blended. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine the milk, cream, cinnamon and nutmeg and bring just to a boil, whisking frequently. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk a ladleful of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Gradually whisk the egg yolk mixture into the hot milk mixture. Chill until cool.

In another bowl, whip the cream soft peaks.  Fold or whisk cream into the milk mixture. Serve cold. Makes 8 servings.

Clooney Cranberry Coolers

1 can (6 ounces) frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 can (6 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed

4 cups cranberry (or cranberry-raspberry) juice cocktail, chilled

1 liter ginger ale

Fresh lemon and lime slices

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl or pitcher. Serve chilled or over ice. Makes 12 or more servings.

Cozy Tomato Cheddar Cider Fondue

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 cup finely chopped (or petite diced) drained canned tomatoes

1/4 cup apple cider

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

4 cups finely grated Cheddar cheese

Heat olive oil and garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and cook until much of the liquid of the tomatoes is absorbed. Dissolve the cornstarch in the cider and add the pan. Slowly stir in the cheese (a handful at a time) until melted. Keep warm (do not boil!). Serve with fresh French bread cubes.  Makes 8-12 servings

2, Dec

 

The holiday season is all about peace and harmony, so what better way to display those sentiments (literally) than by highlighting eclectic styles that can really work a room?

Eclectic was a big trend our buyers saw earlier this year at High Point Market. And from what we can tell, it’s a trend that’s going to be around for quite some time. So what exactly qualifies as “eclectic?” Well, pretty much everything! This style hinges on being able to bring styles together in a way that was once considered taboo. For example, take a rustic dining table and hang a crystal chandelier above it (it’ll be ok, Grandma).

The key to making it all work is picking elements that offer similar colors and finishes. Meaning you can take the casual dark brown, leather sofa from Cindy Crawford’s Chastain Collection and pair it with the vibrant lime green color of a contemporary accent chair. Since the chair has a dark brown finish on its arms and legs, it ties in with the color of the sofa. The green color also complements the shades found in the toss pillows.

For a slightly more polished look, grab the Gino sofa from our exclusive Roma Collection and have it sit for a spell next to an accent chair covered in a muted tan, leopard print.

Natural materials like exotic woods and metals paired with smoky grays and elegant neutrals are also a great way to play up the eclectic trend — and don’t forget about pieces that feature raw or distressed wood.

Stop by one of our “homes” to see how we’re decorating our atriums the eclectic way. With a few quirky touches here and there, your home will be simply irresistible — just in time for the holidays!