The shorter days of fall are here—time to hit the lights! Our lamps and chandeliers do more than just brighten up your rooms. (more…)
Rest easy—our new introductions include some pretty and petite bedroom pieces.
Many living spaces, especially bedrooms, are tighter today than they were a generation (or even a few seasons) ago—but they can still look airy and stylish. If your bedroom isn’t quite as spacious as you’d like, we recommend you dream big and furnish small.
Here are a few ways to fool your eye into thinking your room is roomier than it is:
- Paint your walls a light color.
- Choose pieces with visually lighter profiles (pieces with legs and open frames; no dark, boxy upholstery).
- Streamline accents and artwork (no heavy frames or crowded gallery walls).
- Keep furniture low to the ground.
- Opt for metal and glass when possible; they consume less visual space.
- Minimize clutter on all surfaces.
And here are some of our newer, slimmer pieces for bedrooms:
A streamlined steel frame transforms a traditional slatted bed into a modern, minimalist statement piece. Emmett’s clean-cut silhouette suits a retreat of any size.
RIVER SLIPPER CHAIR
Our Danish-inspired slipper chair sits gracefully low to the ground. River features a freshly interpreted design, modern lines, and a relaxed vibe suitable for any space.
MONTCLAIRE NIGHT TABLE
It’s perfect for a lamp, a book, and an alarm clock, but the Montclaire night table (finished on all sides) invites you to think outside the bedroom, too.
ROSEMOOR END TABLE
Well grounded, yet sleek and airy, the Rosemoor glass-top end table is a living room darling that brings casual, contemporary, sculptural appeal to the bedroom, too.
RINNA PEDESTAL TABLE
A petite piece with a big presence, Rinna is a versatile pedestal table inspired by antique candlestands. Its flawless detail adds high style to rooms with low ceilings.
VERENA SAWHORSE DESK
We took a classic sawhorse design for a modern spin and called it Verena. It’s chic and minimalist, a barely-there desk for a tight corner in a snug space.
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.
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.
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.
See what’s new! Fresh looks inspired by midcentury modern style, updated for the way we live today.
Allow us to introduce our new introductions! They’re easy-to-live-with pieces inspired by timeless designs—from midcentury chic to Scandinavian fresh. They all have the same modern, polished vibe, so we’re showing them together, in rooms imagined for today’s lifestyles. But they play well with a variety of design aesthetics; you might be surprised at how seamlessly mid-modern can fit into more traditional spaces.
With that, we invite you to mix things up; you can do a whole room over if you like (how awesome would that be?) or meld something new (a slipper chair? glam bar?) with the things you already love. The options are endless.
THINK FORM, NOT FORMAL. Simple, comfortable. All that, plus sleek and streamlined. We call it new modern, but you just call it home.
- The Marcus sectional, hand-upholstered and available in two Quick Ship fabrics, delivered in thirty days or less.
- The minimalist Mira chair, with a barely there frame that embodies modernism.
- The hand-knotted wool-blend Jahnu rug, an exclusive design with a fresh geometric pattern that looks carved but isn’t.
HOME IS A MIRROR OF YOU AND YOURS. It’s as unique and familiar as, well . . . family. To you, decorating family style is like breathing.
- The Hazelton dining table and comfy Vera chairs, with their fab midcentury curves. They invite gathering in the dining room (or nook or corner).
- The Nolita sofa and Marcus chairs, low to the ground and high on style. They just made the great room greater!
ALL THE COMFORTS OF COUNTRY, BUT FRESHER. When every piece has a story to tell (and they’re not all antiques) you want modern country, pure and simple.
- The new Rinna pedestal table, artwork, wall sculpture, and graphic pillows, all new introductions that add modern notes and visual interest to an already up-to-the-minute space.
Coming soon: A Nod to Mod: Small Spaces, posting later this month. We’ll be highlighting new pieces designed to suit—and wow—scaled-down living and dining rooms. Never miss a new introduction: Subscribe to The Art of Making Home and check us out on Instagram @ethanallen.
You’ve seen Lora dressed for the Kentucky Derby and kitted out as the star of the best guest room ever. This month, we’re sharing tips for turning this bar cart into a fab, functional, modern-looking marvel.
An uncluttered workspace is a good workspace! Leave plenty of room on the top shelf for prepping, mixing, and serving. When you’re not putting Lora to work, it’s easy to style her for the season with a bowl of fruit, a few succulents, or some flowers (fresh or faux).
Save some space and time when you’re hosting: Cut citrus in advance; spear some olives on toothpicks if martinis are on the menu, and keep them in a low jar in their brine.
A little task light can go a long way! If the base is small and the body is slender, you’ll add useful light without taking away from the utility of the space. (Check out our brand new Magnus desk lamp for inspiration – coming soon!)
Give your hardworking bar a focal point: A small framed print or photograph propped on the top shelf (or even hung right above it) says that even the most functional space can have flair. For a modern look like ours, go abstract.
Add pops of color with bright glassware – or rely on the pretty hue of the delightful drink in your pitcher to jazz things up!
Now for the supplies: Ice bucket and tongs? Check! Cocktail shaker and a spiffy stainless steel 1 oz./2 oz. jigger? Check! Foil cutter, corkscrew, and bottle opener? Check times three! The second shelf is a great spot to stash the tools you’ll need for any occasion.
Even a petite bar like Lora has room for the ingredients for success: Bourbon, gin, rum, scotch, tequila, triple sec, and vodka are the building blocks from which most popular beverages are mixed.
Are you thirsty yet? A classic Cosmopolitan is pretty, pink, and perfectly refreshing. Here’s our favorite recipe – stir it up by the pitcher to satisfy a crowd.
- 1 1/2 oz vodka
- 1/4 oz lime juice
- 1/4 oz triple sec
- 1/4 oz cranberry juice
- 1 cup ice
- 1 lime wedge for garnish
Combine vodka, lime juice, triple sec, and cranberry juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wedge.
*This classic Cosmopolitan recipe has been brought to you by, www.allrecipes.com.
Check out the video to see five ways we set the bar with Lora!
Our ever-popular Villa bookcases are currently enjoying a bit more than fifteen minutes of fame, thanks to the role they played in a recent Harper’s Bazaar makeover video (check it out at harpersbazaar.com). Here’s why they deserve the attention!
The library bookcase was an innovation of George Hepplewhite, one of three extraordinary cabinetmakers (along with Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Chippendale) who changed the face of furniture in eighteenth-century England and beyond. Well-known for his shield-shaped chairs with carved backs, Hepplewhite has been accused by some of sacrificing comfort for style. His extraordinary glass-front cabinets, however, had a very practical purpose so they were in great demand: They were designed to house the collections of fine books acquired by his wealthy patrons. These cases often consisted of several units that could span the length of a room; it’s an idea that still works! Check out Alia’s “Behind the Scenes” blog post here.
Our Villa bookcase design is an homage to Hepplewhite’s classic styling, updated for today. It has full crown molding and lower-than-usual base cabinets (maximizing display space), and it’s modular, offering dozens of possible configurations. Because it’s timeless, beautiful, and functional, Villa is, not surprisingly, one of our best sellers. Take a look at everyone’s favorite through the years (and the styles) and see for yourself just how versatile it can be.
For trivia lovers, here are a few fun facts:
- Made from maple with a tight, uniform grain, and maple veneers, every piece in the Villa series is made in America.
- The series is modular to the nth degree. Choose stand-alone units with complete crown molding or right- or left-facing units with molding that turns the corner on only one side; or units with nocorner molding at all, so you can line up any number of units, any way you like.
- A single Villa bookcase consists of one upper shelf component and one lower base cabinet or file cabinet. You can also choose a standalone Villa bookcase with adjustable wood shelves.
- Base cabinets have two raised panel doors, with an adjustable shelf behind each door.
- File cabinet bases have drawers instead: one upper for general storage and one lower for file storage, both with soft-close glides.
- Uppers have three adjustable glass shelves in wood frames with plate grooves.
- Uppers can be ordered with open shelves or with glass doors and dimmable recessed lighting.
- Villa is available in single, double, and triple widths.
- There’s a media center, too! It includes left and right bookcase cabinets, a ventilated center media base, a bridge, and a video panel with a wire management cut-out.
- Villa comes in a wide array of finishes. Many of them are available online; you can see them all at our Design Centers. The most popular by far is Cirrus White, a lightly distressed, crisp white paint with a medium sheen.
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Put the finishing touches on your outdoor décor with gorgeous outdoor accents! These outdoor accessories stand up to the elements—and they look beautiful doing it.
The garden gnomes at Ethan Allen have been very busy this spring and summer!
In May, we launched a new selection of pillows, cushion fabrics, umbrellas, and outdoor rugs. We’re also launching two new lines of patio furniture in August: Vero Dunes, an all-weather wicker wonder, and the modern teak Bridgewater Cove collection. In addition to having the durability and quality you expect from Ethan Allen, they have clean lines and deep, comfortable seats, perfect for chatting at a garden party, lounging with a good book, or relaxing and watching the fireflies.
Decorating an outdoor room is a lot like decorating an indoor room. Well-designed outdoor spaces, like their indoor counterparts, are perfected with carefully chosen finishing touches. Once you’ve settled on the perfect patio furniture, these products, from gorgeous outdoor fabrics to stunning accessories, will help you top off your patio in style.
Our new fabrics are color coordinated for easy mixing and matching. We start with three choices for cushions (navy, taupe, and white) to form the base for your outdoor palette.
The next thing to consider are pillows. In most instances, you can just pick your favorites and feel confident that they’ll play well together. Even so, these hints will help you mix patterns like a seasoned design pro—and of course, if you get stuck, you can always schedule a complimentary appointment with an Ethan Allen designer!
Take a look at this pillow-palooza from our recently released digital Home and Garden brochure. Here’s how we put it together:
- You need a hero. Start with a hero pattern that’s bold and large in scale. We chose the Falco Indigo outdoor pillow, with its large medallion design, as our starting point.
- Give it some sidekicks. Pair your hero with partners that share the same colors but have smaller patterns. Here, the Collins Indigo outdoor pillow, with its modern ikat pattern, and the Distin Navy outdoor pillow, with its diamonds, are complementary without being overwhelming.
- Anchor it. The Reale Turquoise outdoor pillow has the dreamy appeal of an Caribbean oceanfront—but its solid styling helps your hero and sidekick grouping stay grounded.
The best thing about our outdoor cushion and pillow fabrics is that they’re as durable as they are beautiful. They’re made from Grade-D Sunbrella fabric that’s colorfast, stain- and mildew-resistant, and very easy to clean and maintain.
Of course, you have to be practical—no pillow left out in the elements, 24/7, is going to look perfect at the end of summer. It’s always a good idea to store your cushions or pillows when they’re not in use, and protect your furniture frames with sturdy, weather-resistant covers.
Once you’re chill-axing on your comfy cushions and pillows, it’s time to think about what’s underfoot. A rug really brings a room together, even outdoors. You can add pattern with rugs—either make the rug the hero or make sure it knows its place as a sidekick!—or choose a solid that fits your pillow pattern play.
For a bold, summery navy-and-white striped hero, choose our LaGrange rug.
Note that subtle patterns, like herringbone, can function as a solid while adding more visual interest. Our Willow Grove and Splendor Lake rugs, both available in five gorgeous color combos, make excellent sidekicks in any pattern story. Neutrals are also good, particularly when they add a textural touch. Check out our Marilla rug; its flat weave almost gives it the look of grasscloth, but it’s made from high-performance fibers. Finally, we’ll let you in on a little secret: both our pillows and our rugs are as lovely indoors as they are outdoors.
Our patio umbrellas are no shrinking violets. Our rectangular models are 8′ x 11′, and our round umbrellas has a 9′ diameter, which helps ensure your garden party goes forward, rain or shine. They’re also vented to help them handle wind gusts and summer storms—but again, be practical. Make sure to crank them closed when you’re not using them.
Our patio dining tables are available with and without holes for your umbrella. If you choose a patio umbrella, make sure to purchase one of our decorative stands to support it. Our umbrellas are easy to tilt, to keep you shaded at any angle.
Take a look at our Home and Garden brochure to see how these outdoor styles come together. We’ve made it easy to take the art of making home outdoors.
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Summer brings warm days, cool drinks, and – sometimes! – vacationing visitors. With our Lora bar cart ideas for your guest room, you can be the host with the most.
They’ve traveled many weary miles, or maybe just across town. They’re staying for a week, or a weekend, or a night. You’ve opened your doors to them, and you want your overnight guests to feel like the VIPs they undoubtedly are.
Help is on the way—in the form of our Lora rattan bar.
Now, we’re not suggesting that you tie one on, although that’s one way to relax with your guests! Instead, we’re going to give you ideas for how to style a bar cart in a whole new way. Making guests in your home (or even in your Airbnb rental!) feel at home comes down to providing a few simple conveniences. Lora, as the perfect combination of organization and presentation, has you covered.
1. Luxurious Linens
In addition to providing clean sheets and pillowcases for the guest room, stock Lora with some bedding basics, like an extra blanket, pillows, or a cozy throw, so guests can make themselves as comfy as they’d like. Retailers often carry inexpensive unisex waffle-weave robes – another item your guests might appreciate. These items fold easily and tuck into Lora’s shelves.
Bonus: For cold nights, we love Naked Cashmere’s Helen hot water bottle. It’s a hot water bottle tucked into a cashmere sleeve—a gorgeous way for your guests to stay warm.
2. Spa Serenity
Provide guests with soaps, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other essentials. Place them in one of our Apollo apothecary jars and put the jar on one of Lora’s shelves. If there’s a tub and your guests are the soaking kind, bundle up some bath bombs or bubble bath to help them relax. Also, don’t skimp on the fluffy towels and washcloths! Lora has plenty of room for storage.
3. Everyday Electronics
Nothing is more frustrating than forgetting a hair dryer or a phone charger when you go on vacation. In addition to providing a spare hair dryer, keep an assortment of extra chargers, cords, and adapters for your guests—or even a charging pad if you’re feeling fancy! Roll the cords and secure them with hook and loop tape to keep them from getting tangled. Then, corral them in an Apollo jar, and place the jar on one of Lora’s shelves.
While you’re thinking of it, make sure there’s a visible, accessible electrical outlet or power strip, so guests don’t have to move your furniture to charge their phones or tablets.
4. Marvelous Miscellany
As you’re coming up with ideas for your guest room cart, take a tip from Airbnb superhosts everywhere: It’s the little things that mean a lot.
- Stock Lora with a stack of fun paperbacks or decorating lookbooks (stack heavy items on the bottom shelf to prevent tipping!);
- light reading, like local magazines or The New Yorker, which has great fiction;
- activities like Sudoku or crossword puzzles, a deck of cards, or a few board games; and
- nonperishable sips and nibbles, like cookies, crackers, fruit, or nuts, plus a carafe of water.
As a finishing touch, top off your Lora guest cart with a vase of fresh flowers. And why not add a bottle of wine, a corkscrew, and some wine glasses? We’re talking about how to style your bar cart, after all!
With Lora in your corner, that little B&B down the road will have nothing on you! Whether you’re entertaining family and friends or making Airbnb guests at home, everyone will feel pampered and welcome – and you’ll earn that rep as the Best. Host. Ever.
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See how the Greek key motif has evolved from decorative border to noteworthy detail to centerpiece—and beyond.
They say everything old is new again, and that’s surely true of the Greek key. It’s a design pattern both classic and classical* that can be traced to the fifth century B.C., the Golden Age of Greece. Curiously, versions of the Greek key have been found in the artifacts of other civilizations predating (and following) this period, but the motif has always been most closely associated with Greece.
At its most fundamental, the pattern, also known as the meander motif, is made up of a long, unbroken line that repeatedly folds back on itself. It’s said to mimic the ancient Meander River of Asia Minor, notable for its many twists and turns. (It’s the same 250-mile river known as the Menderes that flows through Turkey today.) The motif was believed to symbolize infinity, or the eternal flow of life. Among many other things, it was used as a decorative border on Greek pottery, mosaic tiles, and temples.
Fast forward to the eighteenth century, by which time the motif had made its way into the design vocabulary of most of Europe. It was an ornamental favorite during the French Empire and English Regency periods. And in the nineteenth century, archaeological digs in Greece, Rome, Egypt, and Pompeii turned up Greek key-inspired styles in furniture and art on both sides of the pond.
The Greek key figured prominently in the U.S. during the Hollywood Regency period, where it appeared on everything from chair arms and table legs to cabinet hardware, and it has remained a constant in present-day neoclassical architecture. Because of its elemental simplicity, it lends itself beautifully to contemporary uses in furnishings—from textile and rug patterns to metal bases and wood inlays. The Greek key border provides contrast on draperies, pillows, and bedding. It brings a fresh, stylish sensibility to any interior; there’s a reason why it’s stood the test of time.
Here are some key interpretations from our recent introductions.
An open base with Greek key contours lends the Delos Island side table a classic look and a light and airy feel.
The bold Greek key border on the demilune Kronos chest takes the piece from petite and practical to sublime.
What happens when the Greek key is the piece? Our Zee lacquered accent table turns the motif on its head, with contemporary flair.
Full disclosure: the Greek key nailhead detail is optional. But just how fetching is the Madie square ottoman when embellished like so?
Greek key feet and a smooth marble top combine to create the Willow Key, a little goddess of a table that can live in any room.
*Classic is used to describe something traditional, enduring, serving as a standard of excellence; while classical relates to the ancient Greek and Roman world, especially to its literature, art and architecture.
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Summer is the perfect time to bring some color into your life. Check out these inspiration photos and tips for great summer decorating ideas.
Summer. It’s the season for bold blooms and emerald leaves—the season of color. If you’re like a lot of people, you’re ready to nix winter’s neutral palette and embrace the full spectrum of summer.
Of course, seasonal changes aren’t the only reason to add color to your space.
- You may be an apartment dweller whose landlord insists on covering every wall with a coat of primer and keeping it that way.
- You could be trying to escape the 1990s suburban development palette of beige, beige, and more beige.
- You’ve gotten a bold new lease on life, and you want your home to show it!
Check out these summer decorating ideas, from subtle to splashy, that will help you bring some color into your space.
Add a Little Color Here and There
You don’t have to go big and paint your walls Ultra Violet (although it is the color of the year!). Instead, you can start by bringing in a bit of color using decorative accents, like pillows, florals, candles, and more.
Starting small is a great idea when you’re not quite sure what you like, and it’s a lot less expensive that reupholstering your sofa in lime green and regretting it later. You can experiment with some small accents for a while and easily switch them out when you’re ready for something new.
Make a Bigger Statement
If you’re more confident about your palette, but again, you’re not quite ready for that lime green sofa, then choose some bolder statement pieces that bring the pizazz. Larger-scale summer room décor, like a stunning piece of abstract artwork, can create bolder strokes—again, without breaking the bank.
Making a statement isn’t only about color; it’s also about expressing your personality and being surrounded by what you love. It’s okay to stick with neutral colors on your investment pieces, but when it comes to art, rugs, bedding, or other statement accents, follow your heart: Choose pieces in colors that make you feel happy in your space.
Go All In for Color
If you’re ready for a sofa decked out in a bold pattern—lime green? Hey, go big or go home!—then you’re ready to commit to upholstering in color. When you’re making these big decisions, help from an Ethan Allen designer can really make a difference. Visit a Design Center to check out our extensive fabric and leather options. Help from our designers is always free—and fabulous.
That Color Looks Great on You!
Check out the inspiration images below for some ideas, big and small, about bringing color into your space. Also, keep an eye out for our new augmented reality app, inHome—it will give you the power to preview Ethan Allen furniture and decorative accessories, right in your space.
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