Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Best Tropical Palettes for Your Furniture in 2017

When Pantone announced their colorways for 2017, one in particular stood out for tropical décor. The Florabundant palette, inspired by rosy reds, rich pinks, deep corals, and varying shades of green, is as tropical as it gets. It’s all about bright, bold floral shades that can perk up your décor in a stylish way. These colors paired with complementary hues create a space that pops with personality.

baers furniture floribundant palette

How to Work Florabundant into Your Tropical Décor

Whether you are looking for a dramatic change in your décor, or a small accent to add a little flair, the Florabundant palette might just offer what your home needs.

Tommy bahama tropical Decor at Baers furniture

Living Room

A lighter color scheme can add as much impact as a darker hue. A teal floral throw rug, quirky art on the walls, tropical-inspired throw pillows in oranges and reds, and bright blooms give this tropical living room a modern update. The Bali Hai Harborside Sofas by Tommy Bahama in cream upholstery create a neutral backdrop for the bright pillows and area rug. The wicker arms, back, and base enhance the tropical feel of the décor. The upholstered accent chairs add laid-back appeal to the space. (All items in the Bali Hai collection are available in more than 800 upholstery options.)

Although the Florabundant palette is filled with rich pink and red colors, the patterns don’t have to be floral. So, if florals aren’t your thing, you can still use this palette in your space with geometric shapes. To keep the décor on the tropical side, add potted plants or original artwork instead that reinforce the theme and put a modern spin on tropical style.

Dining Room

Natural light, bright white walls, and indoor plants will keep your dining room fresh and modern. Add a teal and red area rug – a surprisingly stunning color combination that will liven up the space with a tropical vibe. If you love copper, you’ll be happy with the deep jewel tones in the Florabundant colorway. A clean, natural wood dining set and navy accents keep the space from getting too “hot”. Or, you can go bold with a pink floral area rug and upholstery on your dining room chairs. Wood floors and simple window treatments keep the look in check.

tropical bedroom with Baers Furniture and Tommy Bahama


Bedrooms are traditionally soft and soothing, and this is well within the Florabundant palette. The king Island Breeze Rattan bed from Tommy Bahama creates an elegantly exotic look with its leather-wrapped frame of bent rattan and reeded posts crowned with ball finials. Notice the deep corals, greens, and reds that dress the bed, allowing it to take its rightful place as the focal point of the room. The soft cream walls and natural fiber rug are a perfect foil for these colors. And as is almost mandatory in tropical décor, flowers on the bedside table provide the natural version of the Florabundant hues.

Gone are the days of dull, reserved shades. Tropical décor in 2017 will challenge you to take color to the next level with the creative use of color to evoke emotions in a space.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Warm Up Your Home with Tropical Upholstery Furniture

Florida is home to lush green lawns, swaying palm trees, fresh sunshowers and beautiful beaches. Tropical home décor is a great way to bring everything you love about Florida living indoors.
However, making your home a tropical oasis doesn’t have to involve palm trees, pineapples and floral décor. There are many ways you can give your home a tropical feel without going overboard and incorporating every single Florida element available.

Upholstered Furniture

One way to bring the tropics home is to choose furniture with tropical upholstery. The Tommy Bahama Benoa Sofa is a wonderful addition to any living room or seating room. Plush back cushions and deep seat cushions provide comfortable seating. The intricately carved, wooden front arms give the sofa a unique look. When you settle into the couch, you’ll feel like you’re settling right into a seat at the lobby of a beautiful, Caribbean resort.

Tommy Bahama Benoa Sofa at Baer's Furniture

While a tropical off-white color will match most any home design, this item is also available in a variety of colors and patterns. Choose between beachy blues, tropical greens, neutral browns and coastal/tropical patterns. You can even choose from animal patterns in a variety of colors. Light, natural colors, such as light blues or cream, are safe. But don’t be afraid to go bold by choosing a deep blue or daring print for your upholstered furniture.

Tropical Accessories

There are many ways you can also accessorize your home with tropical features. The Tommy Bahama Benoa Arm Chair is a great choice for your living room or even in a bedroom alcove. The deep cushions will lull you into a nap just as a beachside hammock would.

Tommy Bahama Benoa arm chair at Baer's Furntiure

Again, you can choose from dozens of colors and patterns. You may decide to pair an off-white sofa with a boldly patterned Benoa armchair in order to add some flair to your furniture.

Another way to add to the tropical feel of your home is through accessories. Pair vibrant throw pillows with cream upholstered furniture. Use a brightly colored or patterned rug, such as one with palm fronds, to add to the tropical vibe. You could also use different materials, like jute or sisal, for a living room rug. Changing rugs, pillows and draperies can make a big difference in whichever room you are re-designing.

Visit a Baer’s Furniture near you to learn more about the Tommy Bahama Benoa sofa and arm chair. An interior design professional from Baer’s can also help you in choosing furniture, rugs, throw pillows and even window treatments that will work best and fit your unique vision.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Leather Furniture in Neutral Colors: Perfect for Mixing and Matching

When choosing new furniture, you often want to choose a style and color that will fit into your home design. However, if you’re the type of person who enjoys changing their home décor often, your options for leather furniture may feel limited.

Many times, home décor is chosen around your furniture. However, when you choose leather furniture in neutral colors, you can make changes to your home décor and accessories as much as you want.

Natuzzi white leather sofa at Baer's Furniture
A white leather sofa is timeless and you can mix and match accessories to suit your mood or the seasons. The Natuzzi CollectionsStationary Contemporary Sofa features track arms and exposed wood feet. Covered in Italian leather, the sofa is a great option if you like to change your look every once in a while. Change the throw pillows every season or consider a patterned area rug to make the room more vibrant. With a white leather sofa, you can change the pillows, area rug, and other living room décor as often as you wish.

Neutral Beige leather sofa from Natuzzi
For some, white can be intimidating due to the fear of stains and spills. Beige, also known a cream, tan and even khaki, is another neutral to consider if you enjoy mixing and matching your living room décor. Though beige can be paired with black, it is also great with reds, navy or gray. Warm, yellow beiges work, such as the Natuzzi Editions Donatello Contemporary Sofa, well with teal, turquoise and other yellow-blues. Darker warm beiges work well with red.

Beige is a great option for an eclectic room that has lots of colors. If you opt for beige leather furniture, choose brightly patterned curtains to add some color to the room. You might also consider pairing a beige sofa with a large chair in a bold color or pattern.
Brwon Leather sofa from Hooker Furntiure at Baers
Brown is another classic neutral color and with leather, there is an array of browns to choose from. The Traditional Sofa with NailheadTrim by Hooker brings country club style right into your home. The elegant brown sofa is plush and comfortable, while the nailhead trim gives it a unique detail that will stand out in any home.

If you enjoy switching things up in your home, leather furniture in neutral colors will fit into your every design change. Visit a Baer’s Furniture near you for a complete selection of leather furniture in neutral colors.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Old Hollywood Furniture Style: Glamour Décor to Make Your Home a Star

The glamour, the glitz, the big time drama – Hollywood has the reputation of a place where dreams come to life through the camera lens and where super rich actors live life in the fab lane. When movie stars began to decorate their homes with glitz and glamour, a new design style was born. Although its popularity began in the 1930s, Old Hollywood furniture style is not a relic of the past.
Going Old Hollywood style is all about the details. It is luxy fabrics, fringed lampshades, and crystal chandeliers – all details that imbue any space with style and glamour. Here's how to add a little Hollywood Glamour elements to your home decor.

Lots of Luxe

Luxurious drapes, silk lampshades, and thick, plush carpets fall within the Old Hollywood design style. The style harkens back to an era where people really wanted to impress each other with their home décor. Using showy fabrics in your decorating scheme will give your home a sense of glamour and scale that harkens back to the era. Back then, homes were considered destinations.

Watch the Scale

In an era of overstuffed sofas and double-chaise lounges, small-scale furniture seems like a novelty. But that is what Old Hollywood style is all about. It can be difficult to get the scale right. The Miramont Collection embodies this aesthetic by taking traditional designs and reimagining them. The collection incorporates artistic elements such as dramatic fluting and reeding and unique moldings. It balances refinement and glamour in keeping with Old Hollywood style where creating a room around the furniture and the way people interact made the scene.

Glitz, Glamour and Gorgeous

The essence of Old Hollywood style is the eclectic mix of styles but the focus is on luxury. Often people go wrong thinking they can throw any flea market find into the mix. While the style does lend itself to mixing and matching, the elements still need to adhere to the overarching theme of glamour. It’s classic furniture that never goes out of style – it comes in and out of style because it is glamorous and luxurious, so keep this in mind when creating this look in your home.

The Miramont Chest in Silver Sand Finish adds a touch of glamour to the dining room. The four spacious drawers give you plenty of storage space for silverware and linens, while the silver sand finish adds glamour and refinement to the space. Although a throwback to another era, Old Hollywood style is still modern and relevant. The style evolved around entertaining – enjoying people and enjoying time together. It is also ideal for today’s design where people view their home as a haven where they can relax from their hurried lifestyle. 

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Home Accessories Gift Guide

Do you have a hard-to-buy-for interior design maven on your gift list this year? In the holiday gift-giving scheme of things, accessories are one of the best gifts to give. Accessories are personal, but not too personal – just be sure to take into consideration your recipient’s taste, style, and color palette. Below is a holiday gift guide of home accessories that will make anyone’s holiday bright.


Mirrors are a great way to add some flair to the living room, dining room or entryway. If you have a friend with an empty space on their wall just begging to be filled, consider getting them a mirror. The Salon Oval Mirror from Bernhardt will give anyone’s home décor a shot of energy. The eclectic sunburst frame radiates warmth and fits in with many design styles. It introduces light and space into any room in the home.


When you give someone a warm, chunky throw, it’s like giving them a hug. They are thoughtful and well-received gifts that show your love and affection for the recipient. A soft, cozy throw blanket sets the perfect mood for a special someone to snuggle up with you on the sofa and enjoy the warm candlelight. Throws are one of the many home accessories you can use to bring some seasonal décor into your home. They also make great hostess gifts when you attend holiday parties or dinners.


Throw pillows breathe new life into a room and can be used to bring in a little seasonal cheer. Although decorative, the main function of a pillow is to provide comfort, so keep that in mind when choosing your gift. You can go safe and choose a seasonal pillow that adds a little shimmer and shine, or be bold and choose one you know will go with their current décor. Or do both, the silver-gray sheen on this pillow by Surya adds a festive touch to the space, while the neutral gray will fit in with any décor. The holidays are a great time to give a pillow as a gift since many people like to trade out pillows to reflect the season.


Area rugs bring color and functionality into a room and make great gifts. However, in this instance, you’ll probably lose the element of surprise gift giving. It would be best to let the recipient know your intentions and have them choose the rug for their home. This will ensure that your gift is appreciated and doesn’t end up in storage. Small area rugs can be good surprise gifts, but be sure your recipient is open to receiving home accessories as a gift.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Create a Vintage Vibe with Broyhill Furniture Attic Heirlooms

The term vintage has been tossed around a lot recently, but what does it really mean? It refers to items or styles that aren’t old enough to be considered antiques, but not quite new enough to be considered used. Vintage styles should feel as if it represents a specific time period. So that when you look at a farmhouse table, you automatically think of visiting your grandparents – even if they never lived on a farm.

Vintage style is a mixture of old and new – it makes you feel nostalgic, but it is also fresh and new. It’s the vintage vibe without the grunge. The best thing about decorating your home in this style is that when you are finished, you get something that is one-of-a-kind, fun, and unexpected. To get the vintage look in your home focus on two overarching ideas: statement pieces and the details. Once you’ve found a statement piece you love, focus on the details that will make it truly stand out.

You don’t have to scour the flea markets to find the perfect statement pieces. The Attic Heirloom Collection by Broyhill Furniture gives you the look of a flea market find with the durability of new furniture.

One way to create a vintage feel is to create vignettes by mixing and matching objects and pieces of furniture. For example, choose a dining room set with simple, elegant lines. You don’t have to have chairs that match. Try a bench on one side for an eclectic look and feel. The chairs reflect a subtle country charm that makes the space homey and warm. The neutral walls and area rug let the table and chairs take center stage. The prints on the wall help pull the look together and create curated and well-traveled look – even if you purchased the prints and furniture.

Or create a vintage feel in your bedroom with the Attic Heirlooms Queen Feather Headboard. Vintage style gives your bedroom a charmingly old-fashioned, cozy, and cheerful look. Even though the hallmark of vintage style is a look that seems collected over time, you should avoid clutter to create a peaceful, non-busy space.

Keep in mind that vintage design should look like it developed organically over time. It’s all about collecting, layering and putting your mark on your home to make it totally reflect who you are. And there is something else that almost inevitably comes with vintage style – charm. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bernhardt Furniture Combines Casual and Classic with the Criteria Collection

If you are looking for a design style you will love for a long time to come, consider a casual, classic design for your home. Classic doesn’t always mean traditional and classic doesn’t have to be boring.

Dining Room

Classic mixed with casual dining room décor will stand the test of time. The heather gray finish of the table and chairs of the Criteria Dining set by Bernhardt gives this room a fresh, modern appeal. The double pedestal table base creates a classic silhouette. The splat back chairs balance the look. The metal and glass chandelier gives the room an edge that keeps it from being too fussy while the purple area rug grounds the space and keeps it from becoming too monotone.

Living Room/Family Room

To create a furniture layout that always works, put matching armchairs facing the sofa, with a rectangular coffee table in between. This gives quests a place to sit and socialize. The CriteriaSquare Cocktail table balances a simple shape with a sumptuous embossed top to add a twist to the classic shape.

Windows are rarely left bare, window treatments give softness to the hard edges of a room. The classic boxed-pleat can add a formal air to keep a room from seeming too casual. Bamboo shades, on the other hand, can keep a room from seeming too formal. Use whichever you think best keep your living room or family room in the classic and casual realm.

Master Bedroom

It’s hard not to want a touch of drama in the bedroom, so just give in to it. The Criteria Upholstered bed creates a luxurious look without going overboard. The warm, contemporary light gray upholstery keeps it both classic and casual. The pale blue walls, another classic bedroom color, make the room conducive to relaxing and restoration. The bachelor’s chest completes the unfussy, sophisticated look of this bedroom while the books piled by the bed add to its casual appeal.

Create Balance

Remember that your classic, casual home must strike a balance between these two elements. Accessories such as area rugs, lighting, pillows, and artwork can all tie the look together. Don’t hesitate to experiment, add, take away, and move things around until your house feels like home. 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Decorations & Accessories for a Festive Home

The arrival of winter’s shorter days and cooler nights mean the holidays are nearly upon us, bringing with them gatherings of friends and family and homes filled with love and laughter. Whether you are hosting a large get together, putting up-of-town guests, or merely taking a moment to relax on the sofa, you can make your home warmer and more inviting with a few festive touches and holiday decorations.
Living in south Florida, we don’t experience winter snows and freezing temperatures. However, there is a coolness in the air and starry skies that let us know that winter has arrived. It’s the perfect time for lighting up the fire pit and hosting big get-togethers and intimate evenings. Here are some easy updates to your home décor that make your home a festive home.


Add Metallics

Adding a metallic touch to your decor will radiate light and holiday cheer. Adding a few throw pillows with some metallic accents will become instant holiday decorations. You can choose red and gold for a vibrant bold look, or grey or white if you like something a little more subtle. Switch out a small table with one that has gold or silver accents for a little extra sparkle. Put a metallic drink table alongside your favorite chair. Or stack a collection of small silver boxes on the coffee table for extra shine.

Chunky Throws

A throw in a chunky knit adds instant warmth. A soft, luxurious throw draped casually over a chair, the sofa or the end of the bed makes any room look warmer. For the holidays, choose from vibrant, saturated reds, greens, and blues. A thick, cable-knit throw is perfect for wrapping up in on cooler nights by the fire pit. You can also roll them up and store them in the living room or family room. Buy a few extra, they make great gifts.

Add Light

Candles are a quick and easy holiday decorations that imbue a space with a sense of wintry romance. Group several smaller candles together in a glass hurricane or on a glass or crystal tray to let the warm candlelight permeate the room. Another option is to create a sophisticated centerpiece by placing candles of different sizes on a large silver tray. 

Add a Touch of Whimsy

Add a little whimsy to your home holiday decorations. A single strand of white, twinkling lights around a window or door will give you just enough sparkle to feel special. Drape one around the mirror in the guest bathroom or make an impromptu centerpiece by stringing one around a group of glass vases and tuck the cord behind so that it stays out of sight.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Create a Soothing Bedroom Space with Tommy Bahama Furniture

Your bedroom is a sanctuary, a place to escape, relax, and rest. Or at least it should be. If you don’t feel that way, take a look around, maybe your bed needs a dramatic headboard, or maybe you should redo the entire space in soothing neutrals? If you thought yes to any of these questions, then it might be time for a bedroom refresh with pieces from the Tommy Bahama Ivory Key Collection.

Build a Foundation

When it comes to bedroom décor, the bed almost automatically commands the most attention, so why not make it a stunning centerpiece in your room? Invest in a good bed with decorative elements that set the style for your space. Get an updated yet traditional look with details such as leather wrapped rattan and Chippendale inspired design such as the Tommy Bahama Ivory Key Pritchards Bed. This will give you a lasting foundation that you can change at any time by merely swapping out bed linens, painting the walls, and changing the throw pillows. Or you can opt for just the headboard if your space is limited.

Your bedroom is a place of rest, so consider a color scheme in soft neutrals—they don’t have to be boring. When you set the tone with neutrals you can add pillows in grays, blues, greens, and lavenders without detracting from the tranquility of the space. Think of your bed linens as a design element, you can change them at time to remake the look and feel of the space, but remember to keep it calm and soothing.

tommy bahama ottoman at baers furniture

Add Some Seating

If you have the space for it, add a seating area to your bedroom. A comfortable chair or chaise will give you a place to curl up and read, or just enjoy some time to yourself. You could also add a bench or chest at the end of the bed. At first you may not feel like you need one, but once it’s there, you’ll be surprised how useful it becomes. Having a bench at the end of the bed gives you place to put on your shoes and can even provide extra storage.

Another option is to use two smaller ottomans together. Two Half Moon Caye Ottomans from Tommy Bahama make a statement at foot of your bed. Available in customizable upholstery options, they add softness and subtle color to your bedroom while staying within the overall theme. 

Additional Touches

You may prefer an armoire instead of a dresser—go ahead and swap them out. If you your television currently rests atop your dresser, consider an armoire that provides a place to discretely house the TV without losing storage space.

Remove the carpeting, if you can, and replace it with wood flooring or tiles. If you are worried about cold toes add an area rug with a nice woven texture or subtle design. Every wall in your home needs great artwork, so put together a gallery wall of botanical prints or hang just one eye-catching piece of art.

And last but not least, consider the lightning needs of your bedroom. To keep the calm, soothing vibe, don’t go for anything too bright. You can bring in a hint of glamour by hanging a chandelier, but be sure to include bedside lamps if you enjoy reading before you sleep.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Easy Ways to Make Your Home Feel Cozier

Making your home cozy – a place you never want to leave and can’t wait to return to – makes it an enjoyable and memorable space. People find themselves drawn to spaces that are warm, inviting, comfortable, and cozy. And remember, houses are not just for looking at, they are for living in. A home that is truly cozy will also be truly beautiful.

Curl-upabble Furniture

There’s furniture that is beautiful to look at and furniture that you just want to snuggle into. Ideally, the perfect seating will strike a balance between these two extremes. However, before you purchase any seating, you need to think about its curl-uppability. Try to picture yourself curled up on the sofa on a Sunday afternoon, feet up, reading a book, or watching TV. The Kilimanjaro Riversdale sofa by Tommy Bahama exudes cozy comfort. The super plush cushions make it the perfect spot for tucking your feet up and relaxing.

Mix it up a little

These days, most people are not looking to buy furniture in the same style. In a cozy room, many styles will mingle and blend harmoniously. Think less about what matches and more about what goes. Mixing pieces from different styles creates visual texture, and this may make your space more cozy and inviting.

Make Your Home Tactile

Leather furniture is one way to add something touchable to your décor. When people see leather furniture they almost always just have to touch it. The warm, traditional look of the Grandville Sectional Sofa from Broyhill adds instant coziness to any room. The accent pillows provide textural, visual interest and comfort. Add a fluffy throw or patterned rug or other items with lots of texture that just beg to be touched. This will add warmth to your room’s décor.

Warm It Up with Color

You may not realize this, but every color has a mood. Most restaurants are red because people tend to eat more in a red room. Cooler colors make rooms seem airier and larger. Warmer colors do the reverse – they will make your space seem cozier and smaller. And every color can have warm or cool undertones, even blacks and whites.

Lighting, Lighting, Lighting.

Lighting is an important factor in creating mood, but many people overlook it. When you see a beautiful, drool-worthy image in a magazine, it is probably because of the lighting. It is especially important for a living room to have many different light sources: bright light for large gathering and softer light for intimate gatherings. In addition, you may need task lighting if you like to curl up and read. Try switching your bulbs to ones that give off warm light for instant cozification.

Fill Your Home with Things You Love

Almost everyone has something they love: a collection, an heirloom, a piece of art. These are the things that remind you of places and people you love. They are the things that make your house a home. And when you feel at home, you feel like you truly belong. Your guests will pick up on this vibe. And that’s what makes your home feel cozier. 

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Partyproofing Your Home against Unavoidable Messes

As the holidays approach, so does the seemingly endless round of parties and events. And while everyone enjoys a good get together, the aftermath can be epic if you happen to be hosting the event. Once you’ve finalized your guest list and planned your menu, there is one more thing you can do to make the day’s events less stressful for you.

Instead of avoiding Cabernet or Shiraz and sticking to stain-proof food and drink, partyproof your home so that clean-up is easy and stress-free.

Steps for Partyproofing Your Home

  1. Store your fragile items and valuables in a cabinet that can be locked and is not easily accessible to guests. This is especially important if children are invited. Don’t forget to secure any breakable family heirlooms and sharp objects that could be a hazard. 
  2. Use flameless candles. There are so many varieties that add ambiance to your home. There are even some that are scented. 
  3. Try a slipcover or throw on top of any stain-prone upholstered furniture pieces. 
  4. Place a small fire extinguisher in the kitchen – nearly 47,000 fires occur during the holidays. 
  5. Keep wipes or detergent sticks handy in the main entertaining areas so you can do sneaky clean up just as it happens. 
  6. Have plenty of coasters on hand, especially for your glass and wood tables where rings are visible. 
  7. Put welcome mats inside as well as outside the front door to keep dirt from being tracked through your house and onto your carpets.
  8. Use table cloths, runners, or placemats to protect furniture from spills. They also add a festive touch to your holiday event. If possible, keep drinks in their own serving area so that you can quickly wipe up red wine or soda spills.
  9. If you are worried about your carpets or scuffing on your wood floors, request that guests remove their shoes. Keep a basket and bench or other seating at the front door so that guest can easily remove their shoes.
  10. Supply plenty of napkins and make sure they are easily accessible to your guest so that they don’t have to hunt around for them when they need them. 

These tips will help partyproof your home and make cleaning up that much easier. Be sure to let your guests know any house rules such as no smoking, keep out areas, and if you wish them to remove their shoes. Hanging the appropriate signage will clearly communicate your wishes without the appearance of rudeness. This will ensure that you and your guests enjoy the party without unfortunate mishaps.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bring Subtle Luxury into Your Home with Bernhardt Furniture

When you consider how you want your home to look and feel, keep in mind that luxury doesn’t have to equal over the top. You can add simple, luxurious touches to your home that will create an understated and timeless style that you and your family will love. You deserve to have a home that welcomes you at the end of each day. And the Crusoe Collection from Bernhardt does just that. Follow the tips below to put together a subtly luxurious room you are not afraid to live in.

baers furniture bernhardt sofa

Give Every Room Some Focus

A quick and easy way to create a luxurious feel in your home is to make sure each room has a defined focal point. It may sound fancy, but this just means that each room has a point at which the lines converge and immediately draw the eye. An architectural detail such as a large or unusually shaped window provides an instant focal point that lets in a lot of natural light. Frame out the window to underscore its beauty.

If your room doesn’t have an architectural detail to highlight, you can create a focal point by splurging on a couch that makes a statement, such as the Andrew Stationary sofa from Bernhardt. It combines sophisticated design with comfortable styling to bring a subtle luxury into your home.

Offer Plush Seating

Imagine yourself living a life of luxury — are you reclining into pile of plush pillows or struggling to get comfortable on minimalist seating? Probably the former. So add a luxurious touch to your home by including ample, plush seating. That means cushioned and upholstered furniture pieces with rich, high-quality fabrics to really bring home a luxurious feel. Try a textured fabric to add an extra layer of depth to your living room.
Baers furniture inviting sofa

Warm It Up with Color

Inviting — that’s what you think of when you think of any luxurious space. You want your family, friends, and guests wish that they could spend all their free time in the comfort of your home. Choosing the right paint color will give you the welcoming atmosphere you desire. Warm colors such as orange, red, and yellow create a cozy, intimate space. Cooler colors such as beige, gray, greige, and green evoke calmness and can make a room seem more spacious. Use warm colors to draw your guests in, if cooler colors are your preference, use jewel tones to keep the feel of the space luxurious.

We all want a home that seems like a high-end oasis. With a few simple touches, you can create a subtle, luxurious look that makes you, your family, and your friends feel comfortable.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Discover Your Ottoman Style with Sherrill Furniture

Ottomans come in a variety of shapes, sizes and color. They can be used for storage, putting your feet up, or as additional seating when company is over. They can be mixed up with different pieces or matched with the perfect chair, used in your living room or in the bedroom.
There are many different ottoman styles to choose from, but you want to find one that not only fits your home décor style but also suits your needs. In order to discover your ottoman style, there are several factors to consider first.

What's the Purpose of Your Ottoman?

Do you need an ottoman to rest your feet on, or something to serve as a bench for your bedroom? Determining the purpose of the ottoman will help you decide on the ottoman style. The Transitional Ottoman by Sherrill with upholstered base makes an excellent footrest. The off-white color can be paired with a bold chair.
off-white ottoman footrest

The Masterpiece Carved Bench Ottoman with Semi-Attached Pillow Top is great as a standalone piece in the bedroom or foyer. This piece could be used as a place to take off your shoes or to be used with a vanity in the bedroom.
carved wood traditional ottoman

Ottoman Shapes

From rectangular to square to circular, you will need to choose which shape fits best into your home décor. While most ottomans are rectangular, some are longer or shorter than others. A longer piece could pair well with a loveseat. The Traditional 3-Piece Bench/Ottoman Set with Tufted Tops and Skirts features a center rectangular ottoman and two half-circle ottomans. Use it as a bench in the bedroom or foyer. Optional wheels also allow the pieces to be moved when you need additional seating.
3 piece upholstered bench

A Variety of Colors

Your ottoman doesn't always have to match the sofa or chair. If you plan to use it as a standalone piece, you can choose something with more pizzazz. The Transitional Ottoman with Shelf and Upholstered Seat is stylish with red and black floral fabric. The wood frame is accented with fabric lining while the traditional bench style provides some storage room.
wooden ottoman with red floral fabric

The Corintrian Aqua Leather Ottoman with Caster Wheels is accentuated with alligator trim at the bottom.
blue leather ottoman with alligator trim and wheels

The Traditional Rectangular Ottoman with Argyle Nailhead Trim on the sides also comes in a bold red, which will stand out in any room.
modern red ottoman with argyle nail trim

When it comes to choosing an ottoman, Sherrill Furniture has a variety of styles, shapes, and colors to choose from. Visit a Baer's Furniture near you to find the perfect match.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Tips for Using End Tables to Accent Your Room Décor

They’re called accent tables for a reason: end tables, console tables, coffee tables all help accent the design of your room. They are an easy way to add style into a room. If you are not sure how to style your end tables, read on. Here are some tips for creating a cohesive look for your space. Although styling end tables and other accent tables may seem tricky, keep in mind that it is all about using accessories to make your tables look like they were added to the space with purpose.

Tip No 1: Add a shallow bowl or basket to end tables or coffee tables. This helps keep TV remotes together while also adding color and texture to your living room. In the earth-toned room above, the shallow bowl on the table repeats the color of the wooden coffee table and end tables. The color added can be subtle, as above, or bold and dramatic, depending on your taste.

Tip No 2: Add flowers or plants. This adds life and softness to your room. Although real is best, it’s fine to use faux plants and flowers – if they are real looking. And these days it is much easier to find faux flowers and plants that took very realistic.

 Tip No 3: Decorate end tables that sit beside a wall with tall objects, such as a tall vase with long-stemmed flowers such as gladiolas. This will soften the corner of the sofa and bring any wall art you have into the grouping, making the room cozy and welcoming. A tall table lamp will also do the trick, the key is to bring some height into the space.

Tip No. 4: Placing table lamps on console tables or end tables add task lighting and help differentiate the space in an open concept home. If your dining and family rooms are an open concept, you can create two separate zones and make them cozy by adding a console table at the back of a sofa. Use matching lamps to add lighting as well as delineate the space by separating the living room from the dining room.

Tip No. 5: Putting a decorated console table next to a stair wall – the wall under or near the stairs – is an ideal way to add some style to what can be an awkward and often ignored space. Make sure the console table is clear of the stairs so that nothing will get knocked over. Then add a basket or two, a vase of flowers in bloom, or prop a piece of art on the wall. If your console table allows, you can add baskets for extra storage.

The right end tables, coffee tables, and console tables can not only accentuate your style, they can have a practical purpose in your home. Decorating can be like math – adding and subtracting just the right elements to your home until it perfectly reflects your taste and style.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Computer Desk and Home Office Design

With an increasing amount of people either working from home or self-employed, setting up a home office is no longer a luxury but a necessity. And even if you only work from home part-time, there will probably be times when you need to see clients or co-workers in your home office. The space in which you work and entertain clients says a lot about your personal brand. Creating a simple, luxurious, and comfortable home office space will impress your clients and give you the room you need to work productively.

Choose Your Style

Just because you are setting up a space to work, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be stylish and reflect your personality. You will probably work more efficiently when you are in a space that is comfortable and stylish. Modern office furniture designed specifically for home use gives you everything you need to be productive and impress clients.
You can create a luxurious ambiance with a functional computer desk for your home office. Molding details and decorative hardware add an air of luxury to the Brookhaven Executive “L” Return Desk by Hooker furniture. Even the name says executive, and that’s what you are when you are in your home office. Why not use a home office design that reflects that? This desk features a utility drawer with a drop front that serves as a computer desk, a file drawer to keep important papers near, and a pullout writing shelf.

Create Your Space

Home offices are no longer consigned to an unused nook in the dining room or kitchen. Let space, style, and personal preference guide you when decorating the space. Wood-paneled walls or classic wood furniture evoke elegance and sophistication without being too formal and intimidating. While you can set up your space adjacent to family areas, remember that when you have clients in, they can see that area, so the styles should complement each other.


You will need the proper lighting for your home office. If you have windows, take advantage of the natural light as much as possible. However, there will be times when you need task lighting. When lighting any space, layer it to enhance the various functions of the room. Task lighting – a desk or floor lamp – is essential for your work space. You’ll also want softer ambient lighting for when you see clients, so that they don’t feel like they are under a microscope.

Choose Your Chair

If you plan to spend hours toiling at your work desk at home, be sure to invest in a comfortable office chair. Look for a chair with wheels that allows you to adjust the back angle for comfort and lumbar support. The Brookhaven Desk Chair features pneumatic lift, leather upholstery, and casters.


In addition to a computer desk and filing system, you may need some storage. You don’t want your home office to be buried in paper, with supplies scattered about willy-nilly. Floating shelves, bookcases, and cubbies are all good options, depending on your style. Large wood bookcases will give your room a more traditional look, while open shelving will give it a more airy feel. You’ll need a lockable filing cabinet for sensitive documents, and a tray organizer for incoming mail and bills.

Design for Productivity

Keep yourself organized and productive with whiteboards, bulletin boards, or a wall covered in chalkboard paint if you are more adventurous. Stationary and office accessories such as pencil cups, magazine holders, and paper trays can add color and pattern. Desk lamps, calendars, family photos, souvenirs, clock, and maps can be added mindfully to reflect your personal style. Above all else, go for a practical, clutter-free space that is easy to work in.

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Home Décor Service from Baer’s Furniture

People often shy away from using a home décor service because they think they’ll lose control and end up with a home they don’t understand. Or that it will be too expensive. When working with a Baer’s Furniture design professional, nothing could be further from the truth. You are more likely to stay within your budget because a design professional can help you avoid making expensive mistakes. You will be working with an expert who can help you turn your vision into reality.

baers interior design service

Perfectly put together spaces don’t happen by accident. Of course, we all have that friend who seems to be able to effortlessly put together a room that is aesthetically pleasing as well as perfectly functional. However, the majority of us struggle with this. What seems so easy on the surface can quickly turn into a nightmare.

An interior design professional has extensive training and experience. They have learned how to visualize and plan a room based on design principles such as balance, rhythm, harmony, and emphasis as well as proportion and scale. They also understand the importance of the elements of design: space, line, texture, color, light, and pattern as well as shape and mass. As design professionals, they use their knowledge of these principles and elements to create spaces that are emotionally and physically comfortable as well as functional and beautiful.

Benefits of Baer’s Home Décor Service

  • Bring your style to the forefront. An interior design professional will work towards designing a home that shows who you are. They help you decide from among many possibilities to guide you to a style that suits you and your family’s lifestyle.
  • Each project is different and, regardless of size, presents challenges. A home décor service can provide solutions for every issue, and solve problems as they arise.
  • Keep you within budget. There are many choices available for materials, some of which you may never have heard of. An interior design professional can tell which materials are best for each purpose, from cabinet and countertops to flooring, window treatments, and upholstery. They can find the perfect materials to suit any budget and help you determine where to splurge and where to cut back.
  • Make your life easier. An interior designer will help you make the most of what you already have – a special piece furniture, your favorite color, or your preferred style. They do the research and legwork for you, and when your home is completed, it will not only be beautiful, it will be functional for the way you live your life.
  • Keep your project on schedule. A Baer’s Furniture interior design professional has relationships with expert painters, installers, and contractors. They will ensure that your home is completed down to every detail, including staying on schedule.
  • Access to resources. There are many resources available only to interior design professionals. Working with a home décor service can help you get access to these. 
interior design by baers

Maybe you only want to redecorate a room, a whole house, or a vacation home. Baer’s Furniture design professionals take on every project with the same attention to detail. They can help you with furniture choices, window treatments, flooring, molding and cabinetry, painting and wallpaper, bedding, mattresses, and accessories. In fact, as a Baer’s design client, your interior designer will help you accessorize your home. They will bring a selection of accessories to your home, show a variety of arrangements and groupings and let you decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back.

Using a home décor service will only enhance your home and your quality of life in your home. Hiring a design professional enriches your experience and can turn your house into a home that tells your story.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Light Fixtures That Light Up Your Rooms

You know how beautiful photographs of furniture looks in magazines and catalogs? Everyone wants their homes to look just as glowing. There’s a trick designers use to achieve this look: layers of light. When you layer light sources, you create a textured look that shows off the best features of your room. To do this, you’ll need to combine different types of light sources and fixtures. Below is a guide to achieving layered lighting for any room.


Yes, windows. It seems obvious, but sometimes the obvious is overlooked. However, if your room has great windows that provide lots of natural lighting during the day, you’ll need to take this into consideration. Daylight is what we are usually trying to imitate when we add lighting to a room, so if you have it, use it.

Keep in mind that even on the sunniest South Florida day, a single window may not give your room sufficient light. And it will vary depending on the time of day. Placing light sources near the window will give subtle lighting that creates a balanced, beautiful space no matter what time of day it is.

Pot Lights

Pot lights, also known as recessed downlights, are often used to modernize and brighten a space. They can spread light throughout a large area, especially the center of a large space where wall lights might not reach.

Track Lights

Track lighting can overcome its bad reputation when used in the right way – especially in kitchens. They have the ability to put task lighting right where you need it.

Pendants and Chandeliers

Pendant lights or a chandelier. I’ve put them together here because the line between them is often blurry. A chandelier is often larger and more decorative, but basically still a pendant light that hangs from the ceiling. More important is where the light is aimed: either down or up to provide a general glow.

Turned downward, the light can illuminate a dining room table or console and create an intimate mood. Aimed upward they will project more light to the room’s center and can highlight overhead features in a room.

Dropped Ceilings

In some instances, pendant lighting will not work, for example in a condo with a concrete ceiling. In this case, a dropped ceiling panel can supply the space to put in lighting fixtures such as pendants or pot lights.


Sconces can be artistic and ornate or simple and sleek and they come in many sizes. Evenly spaced single-bulb sconces add light at eye level and provide even brightness. Or, if you wish to eliminate shadows, place your light fixtures close together.

Standing Lamps

Standing lamps – table lamps and floor lamps both fall into this category – are useful for adding task lighting for reading. They also throw off a gentle glow wherever they are placed and can be used to target the center of a space or the corners. When placed near a window a floor lamp, they can substitute natural light that would stream in during the day.

Wall Washers

As the name implies, wall washers are installed on the wall, or sometimes on the ceiling. They are used to highlight decorative features in a room, such as a statement wall or piece of art. In addition, they will make the entire room seem much brighter.


If you have a decorative ceiling, you can show it off with uplights. Combined with a wall washer they can put your architectural features on full display. Uplights are often installed in the floors of contemporary homes, and combined with wall washers and pot lights can seem modernist and cold to some. So unless you like a minimalist, gallery-type look, you may not want to use them excessively.

Very few people are going to walk into your home and complement you on your lighting scheme. But that’s not the point. If you have layers of light implemented correctly, what they will do is complement you on your home.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Area Rugs, Pillows, Throws, and Accessories: Layers of Texture Every Home Should Have

All rooms need texture to create depth and interest in the décor. But, what does that mean, exactly? What designers usually mean when they talk about texture is that it has both visual and tactile appeal. Texture adds dimension and is a really great way to add visual interest to a room that might otherwise seem one-dimensional. For example, an all-white or all-beige room can easily become boring, but making careful choices about how you use textiles can make it dramatic – even if they are in the same color palette.

Architectural features such as a stone fireplace, columns or paneling on the walls can add texture. And you can also choose furniture for the texture it brings to your space. A wicker chair or leather chair or tufted velvet sofa can add a layer of visual interest. However, you may not want to replace furniture, add a fireplace or panel your walls. If you want to quickly refresh the look of any room, add some texture with area rugs, pillows, throws, and accessories.

surya area rug gemini collection

Area Rugs

Wall-to-wall carpeting is cushy under foot, but isn’t always visually interesting. And although wood flooring or tile is beautiful, it can often seem uninviting and cold. In these instances, adding an area rug can add texture and interest. Adding area rugs to bedrooms and family rooms may seem obvious, but have you considered adding an area rug to the kitchen? Or a runner in a hallway? Cowhide, sisal, flat weaves, rag rugs, kilim rugs – just about any rug you can think of will add texture and warmth in these unexpected spaces. A rug from the Gemini collection by Surya will add elegance and charm to a room with any type of décor. Hand tufted from banana silk, the muted colors add extra dimension and softness.

surya rugs mammoth pillow


Pillows are another easy way to add texture they're called throw pillows for ao reason. Just choose from the thousands of different styles available and toss a few on your sofa, chair, or bed. When creating texture with pillows, look for different fabrics such as velvet, chenille, or linen. The pattern and texture on the Mammoth pillow from Surya will add visual interest to any room.

surys rugs woven throws


Throws add an extra layer of texture as well as extra warmth. They can by casually draped on couches, footstools, or chairs, or across the foot of the bed. They come in a variety of textiles such as high-end silk of cashmere, soft flannel, chunky cable knit, lightweight cotton, or even fur. You can use a textured weave or pattern to create more interest. The Throw Blankets collection by Surya Rugs gives you seemingly endless option in color, weave, texture, and pattern that will add depth and warmth to a bedroom, living room, guest room or den.

tommy bahama decorative mirror palm leaf motif

Decorative Accessories

Once you’ve built your foundation with area rugs, pillows, and throws it’s time to accessorize. There are many decorative accessories can add texture, here are just a few to give you inspiration.
  • Baskets
  • Crystal or wooden candlesticks
  • Ceramics vases
  • Natural elements such as shells, coral, driftwood, or stacked firewood
  • Wood or silver picture frames
  • Embroidered, ruffled or antique lampshades
  • Interesting mirrors
  • Rustic or hammered metal finishes on bookends or lamp bases
  • Stacks of books with decorative covers
  • Furniture with nailhead trim
  • Cut-glass furniture pulls
  • Trees or plants
  • Lamp bases with geometric finishes, interesting shapes or textures
Just keep in mind that your accessory groupings should vary in height, weight, size, and shape. Use the rule of three and add a little greenery.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Bedroom Furniture and Design Basics

The bedroom serves a very specific function in your home – a space for sleep and relaxation. It is a place to retreat and regroup after a hectic day. It is for this reason that you often see bedrooms designed with soothing colors and furniture that minimizes distractions. Below are some guidelines for turning your bedroom into a true comfort zone.

tommy bahama bedroom furniture at Baers

Bedroom Furniture

Make the most of your space with your bedroom furniture placement. The size of your bedroom will be the guiding force behind how much bedroom furniture you will need. There are some musts: bed, dresser, bedside tables, and lamps are the bare minimum.

It’s unavoidable, the bed is both the focal point and the most important piece of bedroom furniture. It is also the most important design element in the space. Since the bed is the largest piece of furniture in the bedroom, begin by placing it first. The most common places for the bed are across from the door or along the longest wall. If you have a great view, be sure to take advantage of it by placing your bed in such a way that you can see the view as you wake up each morning. In fact, the view or windows can be considered an important design element.

Then, decide where you want to place the dresser, generally across from the bed, but this will depend on the amount of space you have. Now that the larger pieces of bedroom furniture have been placed, you can decide if you want to add a chair or bench at the foot of the bed or a sitting area if you have the space. If you have the space, a comfortable chair, vanity, or a small sofa are nice additions.

kingsdown mattress

Choose the Right Mattress

But beyond the looks of the headboard and bedframe, you’ll want to choose a mattress that gives you a comfortable night’s sleep. Speak to a sales professional and take advantage of the Kingsdown bedMATCH™ technology to help you find the best fit for you. After lying on the test bed for 3 minutes, the technology uses your personal profile information and more than 1,000 calculations to determine which mattress will give you the best support. Bedding makes your room complete, so choose those that complement your design theme and color palette.

Bedroom Lighting

Lighting can set the mood, and the mood you want here is relaxation. Keep the lighting soft, subtle, and easy to turn on and off. Add lamps to the bedside tables if you like to read at night. If you tend to fall asleep with the lights on, use a light with a timer. Not only does this save energy, it also conducive to getting a better night’s sleep. Pendant lamps, chandeliers, sconces, and table lamps are all good choices for bedroom lighting.


Always the finishing touch, add accessories. This is also where you can play. Add an area rug, throw pillows, and a grouping of pieces from collections you own. Put these items in your line of site so that you can see them first thing in the morning. That will get your day off to a great start.

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