Bit by bit, piece by piece, we put together this game-changer of an ad to let the world know that Ethan Allen's designers – and the free design service they provide – are the best in the business. Every detail matters is Ethan Allen's brand statement. It's a promise that what we stand for – from manufacturing to logistics to the Design Center floor; from service to the stitching on a sofa to the finish on a well-crafted coffee table – is attention to every little thing. It's kind of a big deal! Music: Putting it Together, Sondheim; arranged and recorded by Anna Dellaria.

Girl Scout troop members try their hands at interior design in our Whippany, New Jersey, Design Center.

Go-getters. Innovators. Risk-takers. Leaders. In other words, the power of G.I.R.L. On December 3, the Whippany Ethan Allen team had the privilege to offer nearly 40 Girl Scouts  a behind-the-scenes peek into the wonderful world of interior design. Scouts from grades three to eight came prepared with design ideas; the older participants even brought their own handmade pillows and artwork to coordinate with Ethan Allen furniture and accessories.  The scouts toured the Design Center and took copious notes on their favorite styles. Ethan Allen | Disney was a big hit, especially when the designers-in-training saw that they could mix elements of this whimsical line with other styles they liked. The young designers sketched layouts for the bedrooms of their dreams, choosing the lighting, seating, and bed that best fit their vision. All the participants were thoughtful and engaged in each aspect of the process as they carefully considered elements like color, texture, scale, and proportion. The scouts earned a Room Makeover Badge for their participation. They also received custom-made Ethan Allen Design Badges in recognition of their excellent work. Ethan Allen designers Linda Tann and Lydia Marmisch-Morano, along with Design Center manager Susan Vena, served as their guides. To all the future designers who attended, we look forward to seeing your portfolios and resumes in a few years! Many thanks to Girl Scouts, Heart of New Jersey for giving us the chance to inspire the next generation of creative design pros.  

Disney-Inspired Home Away From Home

When Buffalo's John R. Oishei Children's Hospital opened its doors recently, Ethan Allen of Western New York was there to help celebrate. As one of many area donors who helped to raise nearly $55 million toward the establishment of New York state's only freestanding children's hospital, independent retailer Ken Slomovitz realized that he – and Ethan Allen – had more than money to contribute. Ken and his team outfitted the hospital's bright, airy 11th-floor Imagination Room with furniture and accents from the Ethan Allen | Disney collection – what a wonderful use of these fun, kid-centric furnishings! Families visiting the hospital now have space for playing, reading, drawing, playing games, and making new friends. It's a fun area families can use during quick appointments, and a vibrant, welcoming retreat for families of kids who are at the hospital for long-term treatment. "I want to just say that Ethan Allen is proud to be part of this, and proud to be part of the Western New York community," said Ken during the donor recognition event. And we're proud to have thoughtful, generous people like Ken representing our brand. We hope the Imagination Room at the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital is a comfortable and happy space for patients and their families for many years to come.  
Happy birthday to us! Ethan Allen is 85 years young! To celebrate, we’re dusting off our old scrapbooks and sharing some great memories. When you’ve been around as long as we have, you see a lot of trends come and go … and it’s fair to say we’ve lived in more than a few “of-the-moment” rooms. We’ve discovered some fun pics from decades past, including this one featuring red shag carpeting and wallpaper in the same pattern as the sofa (the ’70s were something else)! Did you grow up with Ethan Allen furniture? Did you sleep in one of our beds? Do you remember Thanksgiving dinner at one of our tables?  Why not join the party? If you have any photos you’d like to share, we’d love to see them! And because we keep making memories every day, we’d also love to see how you live with Ethan Allen now. Let’s enjoy a blast from the past—and present—together. Share your memories—tag your photos with #EthanAllenThenAndNow—and we’ll do the same!      
It’s our anniversary!  This fall we’re celebrating 85 years of craftsmanship, innovation, style, service, and quality. We picked Labor Day to kick off the party—a day that honors the great tradition of the American worker. Appropriately, we’re celebrating 85 years of jobs well done. We’re so incredibly proud of our workers—from the craftspeople who make our wood pieces to the designers who help our customers create beautiful rooms. Throughout September we’ll be celebrating our history (look for highlights of our timeline), our favorite anniversary palette (beautiful black and gold), and the creativity of our artisans. We’ll be sharing entertaining “then and now” stories and going behind the scenes inside our photo studio and manufacturing plants. Don’t worry. We’ll still be sharing our Design Stars’ stories and serving up fresh decorating ideas, but we’ve got some serious celebrating to do this September. We may be 85, but we can party with the best of them—come along for the ride! —The Ethan Allen Design Team      
This spring, designers Kate Marchesini and Andrea Pinto from our Somerville, New Jersey, Design Center participated in the area’s prestigious Mansions in May Showhouse and Gardens to benefit the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center. The designer duo had the honor of transforming the Grand Foyer of the historic Alnwick Hall  - The Abbey mansion into an impressive statement of modern glamour.  Check out how they reimagined the entranceway of this spectacular estate—and steal some of their ideas! Built in 1904, Alnwick Hall is an example of Tudor Gothic design. Its interior draws from several historical periods and boasts ornate quatrefoil ceilings with gold leafing and mahogany raised paneled walls. To complement this opulent space, Kate and Andrea conceptualized a dynamic, glamourous design, choosing stylized silhouettes and a high-fashion, high-contrast color scheme of black, fuschia, and gold. As the first room in the showhouse, the Grand Foyer serves as a place for imagined guests to await reception. Kate and Andrea chose the rich and refined Ashcroft table in a mahogany finish to serve as a focal point. Then, they gave it a fashionable twist with a luxurious shag rug, a trio of Gavin bunching ottomans upholstered in a hot pink velvet, and dazzling white, gold, and glass tabletop accents. The designers also added the Brighton cabinet with interior lighting to display artifacts they envisioned to be of interest to the imagined guests of the estate. The sinuous Selby wing chair in a dual Greek key and solid fabric treatment, paired with the Madeleine Trumeau floor mirror in antique gold, echoes the rich decorative motifs of the mansion while adding a fresh glamorous vibe. To lighten up the heavy Gothic architecture in the space, the designers framed the archway leading to the rest of the home by adding overscaled panels of cream and gold wallpaper and white floor-to-ceiling drapery. The curvy Donatella console table in white and the vibrant abstract artwork add a modern, glossy pop to the traditional space.   You don’t have to have a Grand Foyer to make a grand style statement. Here three tips for making a great entrance of your own:
A focal point draws guests in the moment they arrive. A console table or cabinet with a work of art is a quintessential and powerful pairing. Give it your own twist with additional pieces that fit your space, such as accent wallpaper, a chandelier, ottomans, or chairs.
  • GO FOR “WOW”
The entryway is an opportunity to make a great first impression about your style—so don’t be afraid to be daring! Consider pieces with striking silhouettes, captivating color and finishes, and unexpected details.
Take a cue from Kate and Andrea’s creative use of the Brighton cabinet and add intriguing accents that spark conversation. Just one small unique piece can have an unforgettable effect.
ICYMI! Last month marked the introduction of Ethan Allen | Disney to China, where we have more than 70 Design Centers and the launch party was just too fun not to share! Disney fans and special guests got together on the lawn of the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel for food, drink, fireworks, and facetime with none other than Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Some of our favorite pieces from the collection were set up for everyone to see, touch, and enjoy, and the incredibly talented Derrick Warren, a craftsman from our workshop in Maiden, NC, mesmerized the crowd by building a Bravo chair completely on site!