The $1,000 Art Van Challenge

1000 Ways to Buy

Be honest. You’ve daydreamed of going on a shopping spree before. It’s a fun mental exercise to do when you enter any store: if you had money to burn, what would you load up your cart with? The AV Insider Team was scrolling through and wondered the same thing – which items would we spring for if we had free reign at an Art Van store? Many friendly debates followed. Do you upgrade your recliner or your sofa first? Patio furniture or a PureSleep purchase? How many ottomans is a person reasonably allowed to own?

After hours of heated banter, the rules of this hypothetical shopping spree were defined:

  1. You get $1,000 to spend.
  2. You can get as much (or as little) as you want under the spending limit.
  3. You can choose from the Art Van Showroom, Outlet and/or PureSleep.

Challenge Accepted

We posed this question to some of Art Van’s finest employees to see what they would do. Spoiler alert: it turns out you can do a lot with a grand at Art Van, and our employees love sleeping. Take a look at what they chose and get inspired for your next visit to Art Van.


Jackie was dreaming of a better sleep, so she went with the functional and comfortable Sterns & Foster Ease 2.0 Queen Power Base ($799). She said “I am always propping myself up in bed with approximately 2-3 pillows to watch TV, read or shop online. An adjustable base would be the perfect solution for that.” She also noted the additional health benefits of a Power Base, which are a great bonus to this purchase.

Stearns and Forster Ease 2.0 Queen Power Base
Stearns and Forster Ease 2.0 Queen Power Base

To top off her purchase, she opted for the Core Queen Sleep Bundle ($189.96), which includes two pillows, Queen sheets and a mattress protector. She added, “We spend about 1/3 of our lives in bed, I’d say sleep is a pretty important investment!” We couldn’t agree more, Jackie.

OLU FADARE – Manager Test & Learn Analytics

Olu went all in to fill the missing piece in his favorite room. He chose the Matrix Brown Power Wall Recliner ($824.99), an amazingly comfortable recliner with cupholders, USB Ports and AC outlets. He chose it “for my man cave/basement where I relax with my over-sized television, high-tech gaming system and record player.” The recliner has great reviews from our customers, which influenced his decision. Let’s assume the leftover $175 will go towards more video games and records.

Matrix Brown Power Wall Recliner
Matrix Brown Power Wall Recliner

ERIN MURRAY – Corporate HR Manager

Our trusty HR Manager also went the sleep route but chose to use her grand on redoing the entire bedroom instead of a Power Base. Erin started with the Brady Tufted Upholstered King Bed ($299), a regal bed frame that she described as a “statement piece.” She added to this bold bedroom statement with some great buys at low prices: the Love Grey 20″ x 20″ Pillow ($19.99), the Motif Grey Pillows ($59.99) the Hadley 2 Drawer Nightstand by Cindy Crawford Home ($262.99) and the Mercury Table Lamp (a set of two for $99.99).

Brady Tufted Upholstered King Bed
Brady Tufted Upholstered King Bed

To top it all off, she chose lovely Dot Fringe 3-Piece King Comforter Set to complete the room. Props to Erin for getting the most items with her $1,000!

ZACHARY RUBIN – Senior Category Manager

Zach and Jackie were on the same page about upgrading their sleep situation: Zach also selected the Sterns & Foster Ease 2.0 Queen Power Base ($799). He said, “After realizing the benefits of an Adjustable Power Base such as alleviating back pain, improving digestion and of course watching TV, I knew I had to get one.” From there, Zach went for different finishing touches than Jackie. He chose the I Love My Pillow OutCold Mid Profile ($89.99) for its longevity (5-7 years!) and the HoMedics Gather Aroma Diffuser ($109.99) for some soothing smells at bedtime. “My family swears by Aroma Diffusers…after trying one last month I knew I had to have it.”

HoMedics Gather Aroma Diffuser
HoMedics Gather Aroma Diffuser

Turn Your Décor Dreams Into Reality

That’s how our employees would spend their ten Ben Franklins at Art Van, but there is still plenty of ground to cover on Take a look at everything we have to offer and start daydreaming about how you would spend $1,000.

10 Ways To Furnish Your First Apartment

Striking Out On Your Own

Leaving the nest is never easy, but eventually we all have to learn to fly. Discovering your style can be a fun and frustrating journey, especially if your big ideas don’t fit into your new space.

Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to get your first new digs in order from furniture, to décor and accenting everything with the right pieces.

Liven Your Living Room

  1. Sofas, Sectionals & Futons – The first order of business for any new space is getting your seating squared away. Sofas and sectionals are a great start, but if you’re looking to save a few bucks, futons work just as well.
  2. Coffee Tables – For tabling, coffee tables work the best, but multiple end tables also work.
  3. Loveseats – If your budget allows, tossing a loveseat into the mix is always a good idea when entertaining guests.
Beckett Silver Sofa
Beckett Silver Sofa – $549

If you’re looking for a quick solution to fill your living room, check out our multi-piece living room packages.

Dining Party

  1. Fill your dining space with some slick dining table and chair sets. For more intimate spaces, a bar table and bar stools might be a better fit, but you’ll have to make that choice.
  2. If you want to buck tradition, turn your dining area into a reading/office nook for any and all projects with a recliner or rocker. It’s a good way to wind down after a long day of classes or the hustle and bustle of work.

Bedroom Build-outs

  1. Dressers – Keep your clothes, accessories, and other personal things organized while adding some character. Dressers are not necessary, but certainly don’t hurt.
  2. Beds & Bed Frames – The place your rest your head is important. Quality mattresses and bed frames are more affordable than you think at Art Van.
  3. Night Stand – Well, you’ll need somewhere to put your phone, book or glasses. A night stand is a great surface to keep convenience close and adds more personality to your space.
Brady Tufted Upholstered Queen Bed
Brady Tufted Upholstered Queen Bed – $199

Extras We Take For Granted

  1. Rugs – A little accessorizing goes a long way. Adding a rug or two is a great way to add pops of color to contrast with plain walls. You can also use rugs to create some pattern ambiance for all of your spaces.
  2. Floor Lighting – With all the décor and decorations you have going, it would be a shame if the right light couldn’t illuminate it. Floor lighting is a great idea to give an even balance of light to bring out colors and highlight angles that standard overhead apartment lighting may not do well.
Champagne Gold Table Lamp
Champagne Gold Table Lamp – Set of Two, $99
Moroccan Area Rug
Moroccan Area Rug – $149

There’s no need to break the bank to furnish your new apartment. You can find excellent sectionals, sofas and love-seats from Outlet plus coffee tables that fit tons of tastes. Art Van makes spreading your personality and personal flair throughout your place easy.

Take Your Indoor Vibes Outside

Comfort in your own backyard

Your living room and dining room can speak to what’s in your backyard. Translating your indoor style to your outdoor setup is easier than you think. With Art Van’s vast selection of choices and looks, you can completely fulfill your vision.

Imagination station

How exactly do you get your preferred style for a sunshine hangout? Well, you’ve got to first decide what set pieces you’re working with. Are you looking to spruce up a deck, backyard or patio? What are the major attractions (bonfire pit, pool, stone path etc.)? Once you figure out the basics, you can start getting your outdoor space together.

Let your style shine

When you’re ready to start filling out your outdoor space, don’t overthink it. Start off simple with a few pieces in your preferred style. Then you can get more ambitious if you want by adding another that complements your first style. The important part is that you feel good about the look.

A great way to get started is to select a large piece of outdoor furniture like an outdoor sectional, such as the Dockland Three Piece Sectional, dining set, or large coffee table then build around it. Don’t be afraid to mirror the focal point of your living setup for outdoor if that makes things easier. The goal is to have a reference point for making your outdoor space just as cozy as your living room.

Dockland Sectional
Dockland 3 Piece Brown Sectional

Bring it all together

With so much sunshine, it would be a shame not to enjoy it. Taking your indoor setup outside lets you get the best of both worlds and maybe even a nap in the shade. After getting a grasp on what you’ve got to work with outdoors, focus on that central furniture piece that’s going to influence your space. When everything is said and done, you just might spend more time lounging outdoors than indoors.

Five Tips for Mixing His and Her Style

His style is dark and rugged while her style is light and airy. Is it possible to design a home that suits them both? Yes! The trick is to combine the best of both worlds of his and her style through balance, texture, color and lines. Here are five things to consider when you’re sharing a home with the opposite sex:

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1. Think about lines

The shape and scale of your furniture can be considered masculine or feminine. Feminine furniture focuses on curves, details and embellishment. It’s smaller in scale and lighter in style. Masculine pieces, however, focus on function. They tend to be larger and more angular in design. Marry both looks with clever combination. For example, choose a round ottoman to soften the feel of furnishings with masculine patterns.

2. Color and textures count

Another consideration when it comes to striking balance with his and her style is color and texture. Dark colors and heavy materials are masculine, while light colors and materials are feminine. Complement a light sofa, for example, by pairing it with dark draperies. Or make a masculine leather sofa feel more feminine by choosing one a light color, such as ivory.

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3. Strive for equality

Keep his and her style in harmony by balancing masculine pieces with feminine furnishings that complement. In the dining room, for example, an industrial-look steel table can be paired with upholstered chairs.

4. Choose rooms

Strike a balance by using masculine and feminine styles in the right rooms. The bedroom, for example, is an area that often leans toward feminine. While you might want to forego an overwhelming amount of floral and curves, you can compromise and create an elegant look in simple patterns or light solids. The family room or den, however, tends to lean toward masculine style, but wood paneling and too much plaid can overwhelm. Instead, choose darker colors in smaller scale furnishings or soften with accessories, such as a floral rug in dark tones.

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5. Accessorize

Accessories are often called the “woman’s touch,” and they can quickly offset too many masculine furnishings. Place a vase of flowers on a reclaimed wood end table, for example. Use damask toss pillows on a leather sofa. Or drape a soft blanket on the arm of a leather chair. While it’s easier to add feminine elements to a more masculine room, you can do the reverse, as well. A feminine room can find balance through masculine accessories, such as metal, wooden or natural items.

How to Choose an Accent Chair

Just as its name implies, an accent chair is a piece of furniture that adds an accent to your room. Combining fashion and function, it complements your décor while providing a focal point and a bit of contrast to your seating group. It doesn’t match the other furnishings and it gives the space personality. From Modern to Traditional and everything in between, you’ll find an accent chair that can become a star player in your room no matter what style. Here are some of our favorite choices to provide some interest as well as a nice place to sit:

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The Mist Accent Chair offers a bold stripe that will wake up your casual living room grouping. While the colors are subdued, the contrasting pattern steals the show. You’ll love how the upholstery matches the toss pillows on the sofa and loveseat.

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In classic navy and cream, the Maya Accent Chair offers a farmhouse twist on classic buffalo plaid. This chair would provide a wonderful focal point to your room, mixing well with a cream or khaki sofa.

The Taylor Accent Chair is available now. Shop the look at

Every Mid-Century living room should have a pop of color, and the Taylor Accent Chair will do the trick in a rich persimmon red. This special seating will add personality and spice to your space.


The Baden Hanging Chair is available now. Shop the look at

Modern style is fun, and the Baden Red Hanging Chair is the epitome of playful design. Imagine how this piece would enhance your modern décor. You’ll be floating with design excitement as well as a pop of red!


The Kodiak Accent Chair is available now. Shop the look at

Curves and elegant details make a Traditional home stand out, and the Kodiak Accent Chair is regal enough to live up to the lifestyle. In rich brown with a timeless pattern, it will add refinement to your seating area.


The Romeo Tan Leather Chair is available now. Shop the look at

An Urban style home celebrates your sense of adventure, and the Romeo Leather Chair in tan will add to the storied look with its rich leather patina. The retro silhouette is sleek, not overpowering the space but adding to it.

Which chair is your favorite?