Monday, May 16, 2016

What's Your Style: Cool Coastal Home Office from Sligh Furniture

Do you love Jimmy Buffet? Strolling barefoot in the sand? Shell motif on almost anything? Bright, breezy coastal style that transports you straight to the beach could be the perfect style for your home office. Think light palettes with colors drawn from shells, sand, sea and sky. Even better, if this is the look you love, you can pull it off in your home office, even if you are miles away from the seashore, with the Bal Harbour collection from Sligh.

Isle of Palms wood credenza and desk

Weathered Woods

Traditionally, coastal style dictates light, weathered wood with a sun and salt kissed patina. Blond maple and ash, whitewashed or pickled woods, and bamboo all fit within the dictates of the style. Beadboard and painted planks are also classic renditions of coastal style. A more modern take is the combination of bamboo, rosewood, and leather found in the Isle of Palms Credenza and Desk from Sligh. This coastal-style piece includes Caribbean influences that provide an authentic, beachy atmosphere.

Clean, Crisp Fabrics

Keep the fabric effortless and unpretentious, such as cotton rugs, linen slipcovers, and sheers or linen panels that catch the breeze as window dressing. Pure white is commonly used, but washed-out pastels and tailored stripes also work with the look. Feel free to use shell or nautical themed fabrics, but beware of straying into kitsch.

Natural Fibers

Natural fibers such as sea grass, straw, and jute in rugs, furnishings, and accessories create natural warmth and add texture to a coastal-themed office. Touches of woven panels and crushed bamboo door fronts as found in the Malibu Writing Desk by Sligh are true to the theme and make your office work anything but boring.

Tropical Wood Desk by Sligh at Baer's Furniture

Abundant Light

Light is probably the most important, but most overlooked element of coastal style. Give it some thought: have you ever walked into a beach house that felt dark, cramped, and cluttered? There’s a reason why white is the signature color of coastal interiors: it reflects and amplifies light instead of soaking it up. A coastal interior will blur or remove the line between indoors and outdoors. Picture windows, skylights and glass doors all letting sunlight to stream in.

If your home doesn’t have these features, you can use lamps and sconce to create the proper atmosphere. Simple window treatments won’t subdue the glow and adding a few carefully chosen accents that reflect the light—a mirror on a wall opposite the window or a glass topped table—will keep the room light and bright.

If you want to turn your home office into a beachside getaway with furniture from Sligh, visit a Baer’s Furniture Showroom near you. Take advantage of the free design service and speak with a design specialist about creating your style.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Couples (Design) Therapy with Tommy Bahama

Combining households can be both exciting and frustrating. You may be in love, you think your compatible, but do your design preferences play well together? You may be imagining a house full of vintage-inspired pieces while your significant other is getting to move in his green leather sofa. Sadly, couples aren’t always on the same page when it comes to home décor. The Ocean Club Collection by Tommy Bahama Home combines feminine and masculine elements into one cohesive style.

It is important to remember that the home you share should reflect both of you. A happy balance can be achieved—one that results in a space that isn’t too feminine or too masculine—if you take the time to decide on a look that you both agree on. Once you’ve done this, you’ll know what you are keeping, what you are getting rid of, and what you are replacing.

Ocean Club bedroom set by Tommy Bahama

Find Inspiration

Create an inspiration board, or at least a file with images of rooms that you like and hope your significant other will also like. Include furniture styles and color schemes that you are drawn to. Get together and go over the images. Discuss what you both like or dislike about each, this is a useful exercise—it will help you develop a mutually agreed upon aesthetic that can become the foundation of your couple’s style.

Buy a Bed

This is an important piece, it is the foundation of the bedroom you will share. Keep in mind that a woman may like a romantic, four poster bed with a canopy while a man might prefer a bed that reflects his desire to come home and put his feet up in comfort. Be practical and considerate, that always pays off. Find some common ground, and choose a style that embodies feminine and masculine elements. The Ocean Club Paradise Point Bed by Tommy Bahama Home features clean, geometric pattern that balances the feminine and masculine in a way that pleases both. The warm wood and rich walnut finish creates visual appeal.

Shop Together

This may seem like a no-brainer to some and torture to others, but in the end it will save you time and heartache if you just bite the bullet and make the rounds for furniture stores together. Keeping your aesthetic in min, you can pick out pieces that fit your needs. When you are both present, you’ll avoid arguments later and find pieces that you both will love.

Ocean Club Chair at Baer's Furniture

Personalize It

Make the space your own by adding personal touches. Keep in mind the things that are special to you as a couple as well as those things that are special to each of individually and devise a plan to include those elements in your new space. The bottom line is that this is a space you share, so it should reflect both of you.

To view more pieces in the Tommy Bahama Ocean Club collection and speak to a design professional — it’s free — about how to create your “couple” style, visit a Baer’s Furniture showroom near you.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Make the Most of Your Master Bedroom with Bernhardt Furniture

Your master bedroom should be an oasis of calm, a relaxing space where you can escape from life’s seemingly never-ending stresses. So, how do you create this space in such a way that it provides equal parts indulgence and functionality? Don’t fret — here are some ideas you can use to turn your master bedroom into your favorite room in your house with Bernhardt Furniture.

Montebella wooden sleigh bed by Bernhardt Furniture

Make a Sanctuary

Your bed is the centerpiece of your bedroom oasis. It is the most important piece of furniture in the room so be sure to get the bed you love. Take into consideration the size of your room so that the furniture doesn’t crowd the space and make it seem awkward. The Montebella Sleigh Bed from Bernhardt gives you the look of a Mediterranean country villa in your bedroom. The gently rolling headboard and footboard evoke sprawling hillsides and sculpted moldings add dimension and texture.

Create a Multi-Functional Room

Ideally, your bedroom should be more than just where you sleep—it should be a place where you want to spend all your free time. An easy way to achieve this is to create a seating area where you can hang out when you don’t want to lounge in bed. Do you want to curl up with a good book? You can place a comfortable armchair next to a small table of bookcase. Would rather have a place to binge watch your favorite shows? A loveseat, chaise, or daybed will give you the room you need to stretch out.

Layer on the Texture

Texture plays an important role in how a space feels. You’ll want your master bedroom to feel warm, cozy, and inviting. Using plenty of the right textiles will help you bring a homey feel to your space. Begin with the obvious—the bedding. Layer on multiple materials such as down, silk, or woven textures. Then continue to warm up the room with a throw rug or pillow and blankets in your seating area.

Montebella Dressing Chest and Mirror at Baer's Furniture

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

If you struggle with storage, consider bringing the issue to the forefront of you bedroom design. By incorporating your storage solutions into your décor, you can give your master bedroom a lasting design that wills withstand the test of time. With twelve drawers, the Montebella Dressing Chest and Mirror gives you ample space to store your possessions in style.

While everyone wants their bedroom to feel like an escape from the stresses of life, sometimes it is difficult to balance function and indulgence. Visit Baer’s Furniture to find more pieces in the Montebella Collection by Bernhardt to help make your bedroom as indulgent as it is functional.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Add Geometric Shapes to Your Home Design with Bernhardt Furniture

Geometric shapes in home design is a perennial favorite, they help create bright, modern interiors while balancing and harmonizing modern interiors. They add a fresh, modern twist to home design. Great interior design combines elements in a room to create a balanced space.

Instant Visual Interest

If you want a room that looks like it hopped off the cover of a magazine, adding some geometric shapes for visual interest is one of the quickest ways to get there. While patterns can play an accent role, they can also take center stage. In a dining room, the table is automatically the focal point, and using it to add a geometric pop can elevate your style from good to great.

modern dining table and chairs

A room full of pattern would overwhelm the senses, giving the eyes no place to rest. Instead, one or two design elements, such as the subtle geometric detail of the table base of the Salon Dining Table by Bernhardt furniture. The round glass table top finishes the look, exuding elegance and character.

Balance and Harmony

Paired with the table are creamed colored Salon Upholstered Wing Dining Chairs with an Alabaster wood finish, providing luxurious comfort with their softly modern style. Home furnishings placed in a useful, pleasing and harmonious way create beautiful and comfortable interior design in harmony with geometry laws. Geometric forms and shapes, decoration patterns and prints are more than just trends in decorating. Their continual appearance in design demonstrates our fascination with the geometry that balances life.

geometric dining table at Baer's Furniture

All interior decorating themes are based on basic geometry. It reflects every day human activities and comfortable homes, using geometric shapes to form balanced living spaces and add grace, interest, and harmony to modern decor. Geometric decoration—patterns, shapes, prints, and forms—create harmonious relationships between human beings and the built environment, stunning interior design, and stylish decorating.

In the world of interior design, geometric patterns are resurging in popularity. If you’re looking to add a touch of elegance to any room in your home, a geometric design element could be just what you are looking for. Geometric patterns and prints provide bold accents that bring harmony to body, soul, and mind, conveying more meaning into modern interior design.

If you are looking for geometric inspiration for your home, check out the entire Salon Collection by Bernhardt at the Baer’s Furniture showroom near you.

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