“Life. Styled.” Art Van Furniture’s new fall catalog sure gives me an improved perception of what they offer for my clients! The catalog itself is very well done—excellent photography and inspirational styling, with lots of design hints and tips.
Though I have shopped at Art Van with design clients in the past, I’m more eager than ever to do so now. Many of the new looks are much more streamlined and modern—something I appreciate, personally. There is still a lot of value, of course, as you would expect from Art Van. Most of the fabric choices are available without an extra charge; and the prices are reliably good.
As far as design options, I especially like the upholstered headboards that you can get in a variety of fabrics—how fun is that? Also, the painted furniture pieces could really make a statement in a room. Then there are the electric fireplaces—several great options, including some made especially to hold a TV, and even one that’s wall mounted (and very stylish with stainless steel surround)!
It looks like the sectionals in the Cindy Crawford Home collection can be taken apart and the pieces used separately, as the sides appeared to be fully finished. As a stager, not having this feature is a pet peeve of mine. When I try to rearrange large sectionals for better flow, often I’m prevented by the unsightly unfinished edges that are revealed.
There are now several good-looking, tailored sectionals available at Art Van. So much better than all that puffy stuff ! Some of the leather furniture is also more streamlined, which is a welcome addition.
The catalog shows lots of variety in dining room sets. They have some that use benches as a seating option, and the idea of mixing various chair types or colors is also presented. I always suggest to my clients to mix up their chairs a bit, but not everyone is that daring!
If you aren’t aware, you can get practically everything decorative for your home at Art Van, including flooring and big-screen TV’s. They have a good selection of art as well. I have purchased many accessories for my staging business there, at better prices than other design stores.
My one hesitancy with Art Van is quality. Not sure how much that has improved, but I’m thinking that Cindy Crawford and the other designers will be careful to keep up their quality to secure their good reputations.
So, not only is Art Van now positioned more positively for designers, it’s also better suited for those stagers who want to add to their own staging inventory! I’d love to use furniture from Art Van to stage an upscale house and prove how stylish and today the look can be—while also introducing the store to some buyers who may have never previously considered shopping there. (hint, hint Art Van…)