How do you pull together a variety of traditional styles to create a fresh modern look? Ask our Design Star Brittany Whitney, who brilliantly balances myriad elements to create simple, stylized interiors. The award-winning designer from our Bellevue, Washington, Design Center believes less is more, and she’s passionate about expressing her clients’ ideas in ways that free them from clutter. See how Brittany blends different looks to create a crisp, sophisticated style. We love how beautifully Brittany balanced traditional, fashionable, dressy, and casual styles to create this semiformal living room for a multigenerational family. Facing pairs of Suzette and Grayson chairs, upholstered in a fashionable blue and green ikat and Greek key pattern, respectively, complement the sleek style of the blue Abington Leather sofa with eye-pleasing symmetry. Brittany opted for a pair of Corbin ottomans to allow traffic flow while keeping an open visual line to the kitchen. She strikes a balance once again, trimming them in a nickel nailhead for a more traditional twist. The streamlined Hadley dining chairs complement the kitchen’s sleek style and are dressed in a classic navy-and-white stripe outdoor fabric to add a punch of fade-resistant color. Nickel nailhead trim echoes the traditional touch on the Corbin ottomans while the green fabric on the counter stools ties to the living room’s fashionable color story. A bedroom by the water gets a chic nautical nod with a navy blue and white palette. Brittany creates a contemporary feel, balancing bordered custom window treatments and pillows with a floral Boucle Linen pillow and Blue and White Porcelain vase. Blue accents make simple yet powerful design moments throughout the space. A blue contrast welt on the Nassau ottoman makes a striking statement while small and large Brayton Indigo vases capture the natural daylight from the window and add a cool, luminous touch. Brittany balances the simplicity of the office space with a blend of patterns in the Tulu rug, Stamp art, Greek key upholstery fabric, and custom striped window treatments.  
Design Star Janet Morganti knows a thing or two about using the color blue in the home. Ok…she knows a lot more than that! The award-winning designer has been with Ethan Allen for twenty years creating interiors in the U.S. and abroad. Her design philosophy is, and always has been, to make clients happier and more comfortable in their homes—and that’s exactly what she did in two notable projects, where she used the classic blue and white color combo to create two very different desired looks. “Blue can be very cool, but very calming,” says Janet. While she points out that pairing it with white can really make it pop, her projects demonstrate that the color combo isn’t just a nautical style. With the right mix of tones, textures, and styles, blue and white can be anything from dress-down to dressy. Take a look at how she used blue and white and pick up some pointers for yourself! FARMHOUSE FORMALITY Janet took an unexpected formal twist in an older farmhouse-style home, choosing an inky blue and white palette to create a bright and cheery elegant look in the living room. Its well-appointed style is a mix of old and new—combining the client’s existing Ethan Allen pieces with new furniture and accessories in updated traditional styles. Janet enhanced the glamorous quality of the blue with a tufted Chadwick sofa. She dressed the rest of the room up with metallic and glass Jocelyn coffee and end tables, along with dazzling accents. The deep blue wall color and lustrous Loomed Wool rug in navy create a rich backdrop for the room’s elegant furnishings. A pair of Rand wing chairs upholstered in a blue and white paisley print fabric inspired the room’s overall style. Also a pair of white leather Corbin ottomans by the fireplace, as well as the spider back Cristal Chair by the windows, provide everyday functionality with a fashionable flair. BEACHY KEEN COMFORT For a client with eight grandchildren and aging parents, a beach house family room needed to be comfortable (and resilient) for everyone from the age of eight to eighty. Janet turned to the crisp and classic navy blue and white color palette to create a coastal comfort zone for beach days to rainy days. Janet strikes a perfect balance between comfort and style—and it’s all in the details. The Retreat sectional with chaise is upholstered in a soft, easy-care outdoor fabric with contrast welting, and accented with fashionable outdoor pillows. The artwork and custom drapery on the windows weave the blue and white story throughout the space with clean, crisp symmetry. High performance meets high style: the indoor/outdoor rug handles all the high traffic beautifully while the Villa media center—finished in a striking white with contrasting navy blue interior—provides ample storage for kids’ games and electronics and displays chic coral accents.
Want to give the dads in your life something they’ll treasure today and always? Consider quality time. Retail experts say some 77% of Americans celebrate Father’s Day, and most do so by giving a store-bought card or present. But more and more of us are opting for an experience (dinner out, tickets to a concert/sporting event) over a tie, money clip, or grilling tools. And an increasing number of dads say that over anything else, they prefer doing something special with the family on Father’s Day. So, nix the neckwear. For ties that truly bind—and memories that fathers cherish—try time and togetherness with the tribe!
Cynthia Bliss Ray (known for her “color confidence” and big heart, as you’ll soon find out) of our Design Center in Plymouth, MA. had the privilege recently to make a real difference in the life of one of her clients, Wendy, whose home was destroyed in a fire. The tragic loss of her belongings made Wendy appreciate her family and friends more than ever. Her family needed shelter, of course, but more than that, Wendy longed for a place to gather with them; she missed her family home. When Cynthia stepped in to help Wendy re-create the home she’d loved—out of the ashes and very much in the spirit of the house that was gone—she was overwhelmed. Here's Wendy’s story.    
Today marks the beginning of flag season in America. Take a walk around Anytown, USA and you’ll find Old Glory everywhere: decorating the lawn, lining the sidewalks, in windows, hanging on front doors, and rippling in the breeze at the top of a flagpole. Many of us fly our flags through the summer because red-white-and-blue holidays abound (Memorial Day is today; Flag Day is June 14; Independence Day is July 4; and Labor Day is September 4 this year). We have a better idea: Why not show your patriotism (and good taste) by displaying the Stars and Stripes indoors—in a uniquely artful way—all year long? A few years back we decided to partner with Annin Flag, the oldest flag manufacturer in the US. Annin has been in the business of meticulously stitching flags in its own American workshops since 1847, so we knew we’d made a good choice when we commissioned three iconic styles of American flags, in three sizes (the largest is more than six feet wide). Since we live in the land of opportunity, we reasoned you should be able to choose the way you want to display your Stars and Stripes. THE ONE WE KNOW AND LOVE The US flag has thirteen stripes (for each of the thirteen original colonies) and fifty stars (one for each state). By order of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, it was named the official flag of the United States on July 4, 1960. THE BETSY ROSS This flag with thirteen stripes and a ring of thirteen white stars is an early version commonly attributed to Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress. It was adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777 and remained the fledgling nation's official flag until 1795. THE BENNINGTON This flag features thirteen white stars and a “76” commemorating the year the Declaration of Independence was signed. Dating from circa 1812, it is thought to be the oldest US flag showing stars and stripes. All of our American-made flags are mounted on linen under glass and hand-framed by artisans in our own Passaic, New Jersey, workshop. Display yours in an ebony or white shadowbox frame and show your patriotism your way—today and always. On this Memorial Day, we honor the memory of the men and women whose bravery has made our freedom possible. In appreciation of their service,                                                                              —Your Ethan Allen Style Team          
We simply adore Joelle. From the hand-carved apron and legs to the milky painted finish—what’s not to love? When we designed this console table, we were inspired by the Louis XV style (also known as the French rococo style) that was both decorative and a little simpler than the Louis XIV style. The French rococo style was also notable for its superior craftsmanship. Back then, painted wood furniture was used to unify a room with painted wall panels and other furnishings. Funny thing is, that historic POV is still relevant today! Get more of Joelle’s back story here.  
For our Ethan Allen | Disney collection, we wanted to create seating that would be very special for little kids and big kids. Ta-da! We created the Tuft Love Sofette, pictured here in glam hot pink plush velvet. It’s super soft—and it's stain resistant, too! To get the full luxurious effect of just how fabulous plush velvet is, we had to tuft it—button tuft it, to be exact. It’s all done by hand by our craftspeople: One. Stitch. At a time. We added chrome nailhead trim for an extra touch of pretty bling, and the hand-finished ice-cream-cone-inspired legs add another scoop of sweetness! Love it. Oh, just one more scoop: This month get your Tuft Love Settee shipped for free! Get more info here. Designed for you, The Ethan Allen design Team      
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