Thursday, January 21, 2021

What Is Florida Style Furniture and Décor?

When you live in a tropical climate, it makes sense that your home décor reflects that with Florida-style furniture and décor. No matter where you live, you can create the feeling of being at the beach by bringing some of that vibe into your abode. 

The biggest reason Florida style furniture remains popular is that it helps you create a warm, relaxing, and inviting space in your home. An area where you can enjoy time with family and friends as well as the rare instances when you have time to yourself. 

If you're looking to integrate a Sunshine State feeling into your home, learn what to look for with these tips.

 

The Colors of Florida Décor

Just as the sound of the waves can create a relaxing atmosphere, so can adding Florida colors to your décor. Soft tropical colors such as seafoam green, cream, sky blue, living coral, sandy brown, and gentle gray are often used in Florida décor. Deeper blues and bright citrus colors can be added to create impact. Against these colors, accents of coral patterns and decorative glass are especially striking.

Coastal Living Furniture Patterns

Over time, specific patterns have come to represent Florida style décor. One of the great things is there is a lot of variety to choose from, so you can fit almost anything you like into the style. Stripes, botanical, and trellis patterns can all be used.  

How to Decorate Each Room in Your Home, Florida-Style

So how does all this work in your home? Florida style furniture can be used to add charm and relaxation to every room. Here are some ideas to spark your creativity.

Florida Style Furniture and Décor for the Living Room

Whether you call it a living room or a family room, this is where you want to create the most relaxing vibe. In Florida design, the living room should be a great place to play games with the family, have casual conversations, read a good book, or take a quick nap during a lazy afternoon. 

Above, the Florida style living room with the Island Estate Boca Cocktail Table with Woven Accents from Tommy Bahama Home does just that. Not too fancy for a casual afternoon, but not too casual for entertaining, this room is Florida décor to a T. The light upholstery and fresh green color create a bright, airy, and open feel. The eclectic mix of furniture in this room is playful and fun.


Florida Style Furniture and Décor for the Dining Room

When considering Florida style for your dining room décor, simplicity is key. Rugs made of sisal or jute bring in a touch of nature and create the perfect foundation for the Ocean Breeze 5-Piece Dining Set from Tommy Bahama Home. The wooden furniture in the fresh shell white finish is the epitome of Florida furniture style. The metal table base and woven chandelier make a perfect juxtaposition of style and materials.


Florida Style Furniture and Décor for the Bedroom

The bedroom is your private space, so here you can show off everything you love about Florida style. Of course, you want to craft a soothing, calming atmosphere and pull the look of your entire home together by weaving calming tones throughout. 

That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with color, as seen in this bedroom featuring the Bali Hai Bedroom Group from Tommy Bahama Home

This style of furniture gives you the best of both worlds — eclectic and exotic combined with luxurious style. Your master bedroom will feel like a relaxing spa or resort with this bed, upholstered in Bermuda Sands fabric and featuring intricately carved artichoke finials. The coral motif in blue paired with the paisley print on the bed brings in plenty of color. 

These are just some of the many ways you can design a casually chic home with Florida style furniture and décor. What touches would you add to create your own personal haven?


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Are Glass Top Dining Tables Back in Style?

Glass-topped dining room tables may seem like a retro look, but these days, everything old is new again, and they are definitely back in style.

Benefits of Glass Top Dining Room Tables

Glass-topped dining tables come in many styles, from traditional to modern. Whatever their design, they can give your dining room a classy and sophisticated look. Glass tables create an open yet formal feel in the space, inviting guests to stay awhile and turning family dinners into special occasions. Here are some benefits of glass-topped dining room tables.

Adds More Than a Touch of Elegance

A glass top table with a metal base can make your dining room look chic and elegant. For instance, the Gustav Round Glass Top Dining Table with Polished Metal Base from Bernhardt Interiors creates a sleek, modern feel that can easily shift from formal to casual. The round glass tabletop sitting above the bold polished steel pedestal base gives the space a glamorous feel.

Brings Light into the Space

The transparent quality of the glass distributes light throughout a room, giving the space a fresh and airy feel. But more than that, a glass top gives visual lightness to your dining room, making it look larger and wider. Your home will feel more spacious and modern. This makes glass-topped dining tables a great option for breakfast nooks or small dining rooms.

Highlights the Beauty of Wood Furniture

Wood and glass complement each other. Glass brings out the beauty of the wood while wood enhances the qualities of glass. This combination creates magnetism and attraction, making a harmonious whole when used together in a dining room table.

Glass Topped Tables with Pedestal Bases

The reimagined glass top dining table is gorgeous with a streamlined pedestal base, or double pedestal base, depending on the size of the table.

Single Pedestal Table Base

This type of base can be simple or complex but is always one central base that looks like a column upon which the glass top is balanced. The creativity and types of pedestal bases continue to grow, as seen in this stunning Ocean Club 54 Inch South Sea Round Glass Table from Tommy Bahama Home. The eye-popping, geometric, distressed base takes this table to the next level. Because the tabletop is round, you can dress it up for a formal dining space or dress it down for a casual dining nook.

Double Pedestal Table Base

The name says it all, this type of table has two pedestal bases supporting its weight. This type of table is larger and often used in high-traffic areas such as the kitchen where you may need extra durability but still want a full measure of style. Looking for a fresh way to update your space this year? Shop our dining room tables to find a glass-topped table that suits your space.

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Friday, December 18, 2020

4 Tips on Finding the Perfect Headboard

The focal point of any bedroom is the bed, and one of the first impressions is certainly made by the headboard.
Choosing the right headboard can make all the difference to the look and feel of your bedroom. There are many headboard options, made in many different materials, so knowing what to look for and what you want will help you find the one that suits your life and enhances your style.

These four tips can help you choose the right headboard for your space. 



1. Focus on Your Headboard Style

The right headboard will add an element of interest and fashion to your bedroom. The most important thing to remember is that your headboard should reflect who you are. Material and texture will make a difference.

A classic, elegant example is a tufted headboard such as the Michael Weiss Tufted Headboard Bed by Vanguard Furniture Bowers.

Embellishments such as lace, metallic, or, in this case, deep button tufting, add to the overall interest of your headboard. The deep button tufting on this headboard makes this bed a polished centerpiece in the space. The winged shape and chic edging keep the look timeless.

2. Headboards Come in a Variety of Materials

When you start shopping for a headboard, you’ll soon notice that they are available in a multitude of materials, from wood to metal to fabric.

Wooden headboards can be either traditional or contemporary, and come in many types of wood, such as mahogany, teak, pine, and walnut. Different stains and shapes create a wide variety of options.

Metal headboards can be simple and clean, or elaborate patterns that evoke a different era. Whether modern or traditional, these headboards may come in wrought iron, steel, or an alloy, and some feature coatings so you can customize the color to your heart's content.

Upholstered headboards come in an array of fabrics, from satin to leather. With upholstery, you can get creative with color and detailing, such as buttons, patterns, and trims. 



3. Headboard Size Matters

Of course, your headboard needs to fit the size of your bed, but you also need to take into consideration the size and proportions of your bedroom. Most headboards are offered in king or queen size, such as the Oxford Transitional Queen Sleigh Bed with USB Ports by Aspenhome.

If you have a smaller space, you may want to opt for a more compact headboard, and likewise may wish to forego a full-frame bed in favor of a headboard accompanied with a simple metal bed frame.

In a larger space, if you want to make a statement, oversized headboards are on-trend as we move into 2021. Some options extend your headboard to ceiling-height, while others can span the width of an entire wall, adding texture and dimension to your bed. 



4. Headboard Style and Color

Whether you buy your headboard first and design your space around it, or it is the finishing touch on your design, you need to keep the overall look you want to create at the forefront of your mind. If you’ve got a feminine design, you’ll want to enhance this theme with your headboard. A tufted headboard or embellished headboard will match your bedroom’s aesthetic. If your style is minimalist, go with something simpler with clean lines.

Similarly, you’ll want your headboard to support your color palette. You can go two ways with this:

  1. Complement your palette: choose a neutral shade that goes with your palette to give your bedroom a light and airy feel. Calm, soothing colors work well in bedrooms, creating a relaxing atmosphere for sleep.
  2. Contrast with your palette: choose a darker headboard that will stand out when used with a lighter palette, or vice versa.

The juxtaposition of the dark wood in the Island Fusion King-Sized Shanghai Bed Headboard from Tommy Bahama Home against the lighter wall behind creates a stunning look in this bedroom. The natural materials and neutral palette keep it calm and soothing, while the fretwork on the headboard creates depth. The Pan-Asian design brings harmony and balance to the otherwise contemporary space.

Keep these tips in mind when it's time to shop for your headboard. Choosing the right headboard doesn’t have to be a chore. Armed with knowledge, you’ll find the one that suits your space and style.




Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Offsite Blog: Bring Winter Colors into Your Living Room Décor

As the nights get cooler and darkness falls sooner, thoughts of winter fill our heads. Even if you don’t live in an area with frosty weather, you can still bring a little winter warmth into your home.

As one of the most used rooms in the home, there’s no better place to show off your home’s winter décor than the living room. It’s comfy, cozy, warm, and welcoming, no matter where you live.

If you enjoy incorporating seasonal colors into your home and want new living room winter décor ideas, keep reading for some tips and inspiration.



Add Some Seasonal Delight to Your Living Room

It’s the little touches that make a difference, as you can see in this warm living room. Rich brown leather furniture and creamy white walls work well in any season. All the room needs are subtle touches.

Creating a centerpiece filled with red apples, dried flowers, and some greenery, will make the room feel extra special for the winter holidays and beyond. Another idea is to add some scented pinecones and up the ante with the comforting aroma of cinnamon and vanilla. These touches create an atmosphere that easily moves in and out of the holiday season.

Add Winter Pillows and Throws

Comfort and warmth are a major part of winter feels. Liven up your space by adding crisp white or jewel-toned fabrics. 

In the kitchen and bathroom, you can update your dishtowels, hand towels, and even washcloths in ruby red, hunter green, or sapphire blue to make the holidays bright. In your living room and throughout gathering spaces, add pillows and throws in these colors to create a nice touch for the season. The bedrooms can also get this treatment, whether it be your windows or your bed.




Adorn Your Door for the Winter

Get your guests into the spirit of the season by hanging a festive floral arrangement or wreath on your front door. Look for rustic ones with twine, greenery, dried oranges, and cinnamon, or fancier ones with brightly-colored flowers. When it comes to door displays, the options are endless. 




Add Winter-White Flowers in a Pretty Vase

If you don’t want to go all out, that’s okay. Do it subtly by adding a pretty vase of winter-white blooms to the dining room table. It will freshen up the space and bring a little reminder of the season into your dining room. It’s easy to spice it up a little for special occasions, or just let the flowers speak for themselves.

Scent Your Home with Winter Flavors

Fill the air in your home with scents of the season. This can easily be achieved with candles in cinnamon, vanilla, and pine scents. 

If you're feeling DIY, you can make your own scent mix with a simmer pot on the stove. Just add your favorite fall spices, such as cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Add some sliced oranges or cranberries, and even a dash of vanilla. Experiment until you get the scent you want. These scents will add a special touch to the wonderful winter colors that fill your home.



Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Football is Back: Furnishing the Ultimate Man Cave

 Football is back, baby. Those who say it’s only a game don’t understand.

When it’s time for football, it’s time to get your man cave ready. Before you start, there are a few things to consider. Of course, a man cave is the place to watch sports and be the host with the most on big game days. But the ultimate man cave can be so much more.


When football season ends, you’ll still have your man cave. So, make sure you have everything you need to host poker games, hang out, watch TV, practice hobbies, and even enjoy movie night with the fam if you so choose.

Basically, anything you want. After all, it doesn’t take much to make you happy... just your own private retreat.

By moving all your activities to your man cave, you’ll have everything conveniently in one space. And your partner will no longer complain about you monopolizing the TV or tripping over the remnant of your last project scattered throughout the house.

Let’s explore what it takes to create the ultimate man cave.



Man Cave Essentials

What will you need? Man cave furniture, of course. This can run the gamut from a leather recliner to a full-on sectional or stadium seating. Plus, a media center, coffee table, club chairs, and more. You’ll also want to think about things like a bar or fridge, pool table, dartboard, or poker table so that you can host a friendly game or two. Dream big, the sky’s the limit when planning your ultimate man cave.


Seating for the Whole Stadium

If your primary purpose is watching sports or home movie nights, a leather sectional gives you all the seating you need. You’ll be able to stretch out and nap, read, or watch TV on your own. You’ll also want plenty of room to seat a crowd, so consider this when you choose your man cave furniture.

Since the man cave is your space to relax, getaway, and watch sports or movies, the seating needs to be comfortable. The chances are that you’ll take a nap on the couch, so a reclining couch or sectional recliner is a must because you don’t want to wake up with a stiff neck after a nap.

This reclining sofa is perfect for man caves:

Not only does this couch come with 3 separate power recliners for your headrest, backrest, and legrest; it has built-in USB ports on each end so your devices can power through the game, too.

More of a sports car style guy? This sofa looks like it's ready to race, and features adjustable headrests, fluffy back pillows, and a cupholder cushion along with 2 reclining footrests. It's even available in black and red.


Let’s Talk TVs and More

Of course, you’ll want the biggest TV you can fit in your man cave, and if you're going to make it an awesome home cinema, make sure the screen and sound system are up-to-date. If you are short on space, mount the TV on the wall and use a soundbar instead of surround sound. Make sure you have a strong internet connection for gaming and streaming.

Some great media centers for man caves:

Simple, yet classic, this console has a nostalgic feel and a handsome wood finish, with just enough storage for your equipment with a little extra room to display memorabilia. Pair this with bookshelves to expand your display space and make your TV the center of attention.

If industrial is more your style, then this 2-piece entertainment wall unit will make a great showcase in your man cave. With a 70" wide and 42" high space to fit your flat-screen, plenty of shelving, and metal accents, this console is trophy-worthy.



Décor and Accents for Your Man Cave

For epic movie nights and gaming marathons, dark walls give more focus on the screen. Consider paints in dark khaki green, navy blue, or dark gray; they are all great choices.

You will also have to choose flooring. If you’ll be having lots of friends over, or even just relaxing on your own, an easy-to-clean floor is the best choice. Consider smooth vinyl or laminate tiles, or glass, stone, or polished porcelain for a more striking surface.

Also consider:

  • Bar & Fridge — to keep cold beverages and snacks handy. A full bar is excellent, but if your space is limited, a fridge will do.
  • Pool Table — for those times when you need entertainment other than the TV.
  • Dartboard and/or Poker Table — useful for parties or get-togethers, a dartboard or poker table are fantastic additions to any man cave.
  • Additional Seating – a sectional is less than ideal for hiding your poker hand. For areas not focused on TV watching, you'll need bar stools or a table and chairs to get the guys together.

Accents and finishing touches to consider:

Custom Artisan Cabinetry is 5-star rated and based in Boca Raton, with a 35-year history in excellent craftsmanship. Start with a free 30-minute consultation to begin choosing design, lighting, and finishes for your home bar.

Bost Billiards is a 5-star rated pool table supplier in South Florida, with a wide variety of man cave equipment to choose from, including new and used pool tables, poker tables, shuffleboard, and more.

Go full-Vegas with these plush barrel chairs, available with casters or swivel bottom. So comfortable, it'll be hard to be on-tilt through those extra hands.



Smart Home Technology for Your Man Cave

The ultimate man cave is loaded with smart outlets and plugs so you can turn on or off anything you wish or adjust the temperature with an app on your smartphone. A cool bit of tech for any man cave!

Get beginner tips to set up your smart cave from PCMag: https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-set-up-your-smart-home-a-beginners-guide

Add Your Personal Touches

Once you have the basics, it’s time to personalize your man cave. Add sports memorabilia of your favorite sports team, coin, or comic book collection, whatever makes the space your own. Neon sign? Why not, it’s your space. Now is the time to take your signed football and give it a place of honor. After all, if you are watching sports in your man cave, why not be surrounded?

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Refresh Your Living Room Style

Some people love graphic contrast and clean, modern lines while others gravitate to more eclectic or rustic designs. No matter what your living room style, at some point, you may feel like you are stuck in a rut with the same style you’ve had for the last decade or so. Or even just season, depending on your need for change.

You’ve probably spent a great deal of time, effort, and thought to achieve the look you want, one that reflects your aesthetic and your personal style, so you may hesitate to give that up. Luckily, you don’t have to. If you still like your aesthetic and feel it reflects who you are, but may need a little refreshing, you’ve come to the right place. You can easily freshen up your design without tossing everything out and starting over.

Begin by looking at your living room with fresh eyes. It’s not about getting rid of those things you’ve lovingly chosen for your home, it’s about looking at them in a new way and tweaking your design to give your space a refresh. So, you may not have to get rid of your grandfather’s secretary if you don’t want to, you may just end up placing it in a different room where it has more use and freeing up the space in your living room for something else.

Here are some living room style ideas to refresh your home and update your design.

Rearrange Your Furniture

A great way to refresh your living room is to rearrange your furniture, and maybe add a new piece or two. Begin by clearing the space to see what you have to work with. Make a list of what you have and what you think you’ll need. Sketch out a few ideas, or use a free design app, that way you won’t have to move the furniture too many times. Your helpers will thank you for that.

Then add pieces back mindfully to create the look you are going for. This will also help you see where you have room for something new. The Lexington Upholstery Barrier Swivel Chair with Nailhead Trim is a great choice. Its clean lines and modern shape fit into any décor. And, it is available in 751 cover options, so you can find one that goes with your current color palette.

Add Colorful Pillows

Almost nothing creates a fresh look in your living room like switching out the throw pillows. It’s easy, and you don’t have to move furniture around if that’s not your thing. Adding some bright, tropical pillows gives your room a pop of color, or you may prefer some lighter, woven pillows for a more hygge design. If you’re going for a more modern look, try a geometric print in black and white.

Playing with throw pillows is also a safe way to test adding new colors to your palette. If you like the way one of these colors goes in your space, you can consider adding a chair or area rug that pulls in more color.

Add a Piece of Statement Art

If the same statement artwork has hovered over your sofa for more than a decade, it may be time to switch it out for something new. When you update your wall art, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the increased attention your living room gets.

Adding a modern piece above a transitional sofa such as the Mila Transitional 5-Piece Sectional with Exposed Wood Legs from Bernhardt makes the space feel fresh and modern. You can keep the modern feel with metallic end tables and other accessories, or go more eclectic with a pop of color and some traditional pieces, it’s your choice.

Bring in Flowers for a Breath of Fresh Air

Flowers are another great way to add vibrancy and color to a room. Try adding some fresh, colorful blossoms, you may find you like it so much you’ll keep this living room style tip going all year long. If flowers aren’t your thing, choose some succulents and make an arrangement for your coffee table. Succulents are fairly low-maintenance and come in a wide variety of colors and sizes.

Once you’ve tried these living room style ideas, take a look around and see if anything pops out as needing a little more love and attention. Then relax in your (almost) new space.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

5 Interior Décor Tips to Beautify Your Home

Creating a comfortable, functional, and beautiful home is something every homeowner wants. It’s great to hear guests marveling at how well coordinated your home décor is, and even better when you relax, in comfort, for a little family time.

When looking to beautify your home, remember to choose things that make you happy. Chances are you’ll find that all the things that make you happy go well together in your space. Keep an eye on maintaining a sense of harmony and balance in the space. And remember to add a bit of color here and there to liven up a neutral space. With that in mind, here are some interior décor tips to level up your space.


1. Add Some Eye-Catching Shimmer and Shine

Nothing catches the eye like a little shimmer and shine, so it’s a good thing this is considered a great idea for interior design. Adding crystal accessories and furniture with metallic accents is a great way to do this without going overboard.

With a perfect balance of shine and sophistication, A.R.T. Furniture Inc La Scala 7 Piece Dining Set gives your dining room a unique glam yet contemporary feel. The flared legs lead the eye up to the warm pearlescent tabletop with its wraparound metallic trim.

2. Arrange Attractive Seating in Unexpected Places

Placing pretty chairs just inside the front door makes your home both practical and polished. A few chars and a console table give an unmistakable air of comfort and invitation to your home. You can choose a pair of chairs and a console table, or a small bench. Whichever you choose, this practical and cozy arrangement will make an excellent first impression on your guests.



3. Put a Console in the Foyer

If you have limited space in your entryway, placing a slender console such as the Ocean Breeze Rover Oaks Console Table by Tommy Bahama Home is the perfect, practical solution to what can be an awkward space. Its turned wood posts, and creamy white finish makes it a beautiful way to add a touch of vintage charm to your home. You can dress it up with modern accessories for an eclectic look, or keep the accessories vintage for a coastal or farmhouse feel. This piece can easily be styled to convey any look you desire.




4. Incorporate Unique Designs
Another great way to make your space a unique reflection of your style is to choose a piece of furniture with a truly unique design. Making the Island Fusion Hermes Reef Glass Cocktail Table with Metal Base from Tommy Bahama Home the focal point of your space is easy. Placed in your living room, the custom-designed table with the fused-glass top is an automatic conversation starter. Its unique construction adds nature-inspired Zen and the open, Pan Asian fretwork base adds a touch of contrast. Decorative pieces like this one leave your guests both impressed and inspired.

5. Dress-Up Your Walls

With so many unique prints to choose from, it’s no surprise that the wallpaper trend is going strong. It’s a great way to add color, design, and flair to your home. Unusual patterns and colors will have guests talking and will create a chic and elegant space for your family to enjoy. You can choose nature-inspired prints or abstract designs that turn your walls into a beautiful work of art.

No matter what space you are decorating, paying attention to the details and expressing your creativity is the best way to achieve the look and feel of your vision. Using these interior décor tips to add extra touches will take you one step closer.

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