Everything small is big again. Take a look at what’s new.

Our fall introductions all have a polished, up-to-date vibe and they play well with a variety of decorating styles. Some are petite, while others have visually lighter profiles or frames. Many of them have one awesome thing in common: They add loads of modern moxie to smaller spaces.

Here are some eye-catching choices for living rooms:

DILLONVALE DISPLAY BOOKCASE

Packing a lot into a small footprint, Dillonvale has form and function in equal measure. It’s finished on all sides, with a mix of materials and a few industrial notes.

ESTELLA TABLE

Graceful, graphic, and handcrafted in India, our Estella marble-top accent table delivers an air of modern luxury to any nook or niche in the house.

ARMOUR BAR CABINET

The secret to gracious entertaining, the Armour bar cabinet features storage to spare: a self-close drawer, removable wine rack, and room for your beverage of choice.

GALEWOOD TALL DISPLAY CABINET

Resting on a simple, visually light contemporary steel base, the Galewood is a show-off; the slim display cabinet elevates anything you place in it.

LOYOLA SECRETARY DESK

A drop-front desk designed for today, the Loyola is a modern piece perfect for storing laptops and other electronics, while adding style to any corner of the house.

MONTCLAIRE DOUBLE DRESSER

The clean and simple Montclaire double-sided dresser looks modern, feels minimalist, and provides an overabundance of storage.

SMALL WONDERS

Form meets function in this fantastic array of accent tables. They’re made from a modern mix of materials: lightweight glass, reinforced fiber cement, mother-of-pearl, mango wood, smoky glass, steel, and marble.

 

 

 


This Father’s Day, we’re taking a break from design to ponder why so many famous, fictional dads are either wise and wonderful—or really dumb. Think you know pop culture? Take our quiz.

Somehow, fathers have locked down the reputation for being the wise and insightful parent (if you don’t believe this is a thing, just check out the Father’s Day greeting card assortment at a store near you). Hollywood has always loved a smart and sympathetic father figure—think Mufasa, Atticus Finch. (Of course, this doesn’t explain Thanos or Darth Vader.)  But TV is overpopulated with bumbling and hapless fathers, dads who are never in on the joke—from Phil Dunphy to Homer Simpson (most of the sage, if sometimes clueless, TV dads—from sitcoms most of you won’t remember, like Father Knows Best—are long gone.

In honor of Father’s Day, we tried to wrap our heads around this dichotomy of cads vs. dear old dads, and this is what we found out:

  1. Most fictional fathers are more complex than we give credit for.
  2. The wisest dads have been known to spout stupid things.
  3. Even the dopiest dads sneak in a good line every now and again.

With that, we’d like to share some fatherly pearls of wisdom written for some (mostly) awesome characters in (mostly) recent memory—and wish a happy day to all the dads out there who like to keep us guessing!

Who said it?

1. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.

A. Han Solo, Star Wars

B. Charles Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie

C. Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

2. That’s the main thing … the goal that every individual is shooting for … It’s kinda the prize of the game: to be happy.

A. Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump

B. Andy Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show

C. Chief Martin Brody, Jaws

 3. A wrong decision is better than indecision.

A. Walter White, Breaking Bad

B. Howard Cunningham, Happy Days

C. Tony Soprano, The Sopranos

4. The most amazing things that can happen to a human being will happen to you if you just lower your expectations.

A. Phil Dunphy, Modern Family

B. Frank Gallagher, Shameless

C. Don Draper, Mad Men

5. It’s so simple to be wise… just think of something stupid to say and then don’t say it.

A. Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

B. Dre Johnson, Black-ish

C. Jay Pritchett, Modern Family

6. A wise king never seeks out war, but he must always be ready for it.

A. King T’Challa, Black Panther

B. Odin, Thor

C. Ned Stark, Game of Thrones

 7. Well, that’s the thing about life, it’s the surprises, the little things, that sneak up on you and grab hold of you.

A. George Banks, Father of the Bride

B. George McFly, Back to the Future

C. George Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life

8. Alone, we can only move buckets. But if we work together, we can drain rivers.

A. John Walton Sr., The Waltons

B. Mike Brady, The Brady Bunch

C. Danny Tanner, Full House

9. There’s nothing you can get from a book that you can’t get from a television faster.

A. Frank Reynolds, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

B. Harry Wormwood, Matilda

C. Archie Bunker, All in the Family

10. I’m only brave when I have to be.Being brave doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.

A. Herman Munster, The Munsters

B. Bryan Mills, Taken

C. Mufasa, The Lion King

11. A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.

A.Jack Byrnes, Meet the Parents

C. Clark Griswold, National Lampoon’s Vacation

D. Vito Corleone, The Godfather

 

 

ANSWERS:

1. Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

2. Andy Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show

3. Tony Soprano, The Sopranos

4. Phil Dunphy, Modern Family

5. Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

6. Odin, Thor

7. George Banks, Father of the Bride

8. Mike Brady, The Brady Bunch

9. Harry Wormwood, Matilda

10. Mufasa, The Lion King

11. Vito Corleone, The Godfather

For more Father’s Day conversation starters, subscribe to The Art of Making Home and check us out on Instagram @ethanallen.


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