Saturday, July 21, 2018

6 Home Décor Trends Inspired by Travel

Travel souvenirs are by their very nature a little kitschy, a little tacky, and a whole lot of fun. When you are enjoying your vacation these little trinkets are hard to resist. However, once you get them home, you may wonder what in the world you should do with them.

I say, incorporate influences of your favorite places into your home décor. It’s a great way to personalize your space. Here are six decor trends inspired by travel to get you started.

leather couch and map of the world

1) Put Your Voyage on Your Wall

One way to incorporate a travel vibe into your space is to use maps as design elements. You can use colorful maps you picked up on your travels, or framed maps that represent where you’d like to go. Nothing says sophisticated design like a vintage-inspired map of an iconic city such as Paris, New York, or London. The Foster Sofa by Bernhardt in brown leather adds to the well-traveled look of this space. You can just imagine relaxing in its depths and planning your next adventure.

2) Decorate with Travel Trunks and Old Suitcases

Decorating with vintage, or vintage-looking trunks and old suitcases is a trend that’s here to stay. You can stack them and use them as side or coffee tables, or just put one in a corner to remind yourself that you’re ready to go on an adventure at a moment’s notice. I’ve seen them used as small plant stands, storage on top of an armoire, and impromptu night stands. There are countless ways to incorporate vintage luggage into your décor.

tropical-inspired carved rosewood chest

3) Add Accent Pieces to Your Décor

If you love the tropics and can’t wait to get back there, bring a little tropical flair into your home. This Landara Balboa Carved rosewood chest from Tommy Bahama is Asian in shape and style, but adorned with exquisitely carved flowers, palms, and tropical grasses to give your space exotic appeal. It’s also a stylish way to add a little extra storage to your space.

4) Create a Postcard Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are back (or they never really left), and a fun way to liven up a casual space such as an office or a guest room is to make a gallery wall out of postcards and photographs from your travels. You can frame them if you're super fancy and hang them with vintage-style travel signs. Or create a bulletin board display for your office.

5) Add a Travel Inspired Area Rug

If you fell in love with the vibrant colors of Spain or the deep blues of the Mediterranean Sea, you can add that inspiration to any room with the right area rug. A Moroccan influenced kilim with a handcrafted look will bring exotic comfort into your home.

6) Style Your Shelves with Souvenirs

Let’s get back to those kitschy souvenirs I mentioned earlier. Create distinctive shelf styling by mixing and matching your souvenirs into little vignettes. Keep in mind the basics: balance your shapes, heights, and colors just like you would any accessories on a shelf or coffee table. Mix in books and postcards to complete the look.

There are many ways to decorate with travel-inspired pieces. And it doesn’t matter whether you are a world traveler or just want to be one. Maybe you just want to give your favorite destination a nod. Whatever the reason, begin with the suggestions and go where the journey takes you.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

The Beginner's Guide to Living Room Décor

Putting together a living room that is comfortable, cozy, and reflects your style isn’t as easy as you might think. It takes more than just choosing paint and sliding a couch up against the wall across from the TV. There’s a lot that goes into making a living room functional and quite a few tips and tricks to get the perfect look you want. If you’re stuck somewhere in creating your living room décor, here are a few guidelines that can help you get the result you want.

beautiful family room decor

Plan before You Arrange Your Furniture

Many people get stuck when arranging their living room furniture. Then they do the usual: push the sofa up against the wall and throw in a few chairs and maybe a coffee table and call it a day. With a little bit of planning, you can create a more pleasing design in a much shorter amount of time. Choose your focal point, create a conversation area (more than one if you have the space), and consider the traffic flow through the room.

Even if you have a small room, leave a little breathing space between the furniture and the walls. You’d be surprised at how this can make your room seem bigger. The Bernhardt Bradley Leather Sectional above is pulled just enough away from the wall to create the illusion of more space.

Perfectly Placed Area Rugs

Area rugs can be confusing. There are many reasons why you should use them - they anchor the furniture, add warmth and comfort, absorb sound, and more. But before you rush out and buy one, it’s important to know all the guidelines for using them. First, consider the size of both your space and the rug you want to use. If the area rug is too small, it can make the room look unbalanced.

Ideally, all of your furniture should be sitting on the area rug, or at the very least the front legs of the sofa and chairs, and there should be about 10-20 inches of floor showing between the wall and the edges of the area rug. If you are feeling adventurous and bold, try layering several rugs for a unique look.

Make a Statement with Artwork

Empty walls make a room look incomplete. You don’t have to fill every inch of wall space, but adding some art to the walls is an important finishing touch. Art is very subjective, and your taste can differ drastically from someone else’s, so follow your instincts when choosing art that will go on your walls.

To avoid peppering your walls with holes, make a layout ahead of time, especially if you are arranging a gallery wall. If you are hanging many pieces together, treat them as one piece of art. If you are hanging numerous pieces around the room, make sure the middles line up.

Light Up the Room

Living room lighting can be tricky, since the living room is often used for a variety of activities: watching TV, reading, visiting, playing board games, and more. You’ll need ambient lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting placed at different levels throughout the room.

Choose a combination of overhead lighting, floor and table lamps, and wall sconces to create the right types of lighting for the space. Consider adding dimmers to help control the brightness and mood.

Last but Not Least: Choose Your Paint Colors

Many experts recommend choosing your paint colors last. Consider this, especially if you are struggling with deciding what color you want on your walls. Of all your living room décor expenses, painting is one of the lowest.

Choose your more important pieces first, any new furniture or heirlooms that you want to include in the room, and then choose your paint color based on those pieces.

Measure Twice, Choose Your Décor Once

Whether you are choosing living room furniture, area rugs, window treatments, or paint, make sure you have the exact measurement you need written down. Memory is notoriously unreliable for these types of things.

So make sure you have your measurements handy and take them with you when you purchase rugs, paint, or furniture. There’s almost nothing as frustrating as buying a piece of furniture that you can’t fit through the front door or finding that you don’t have enough of the exact paint color mixed up to finish the room.

Keep in mind that these are just guidelines, in the end, you need to create a room that works best for you and your family. The guidelines exist to help you determine what is most pleasing to your eye.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Take the Home Décor Personality Quiz

If you are having trouble redecorating your home, it could be because you are not sure what your style is and how to find the right furniture and accessories. No need to worry. We’ve outlined each style below and matched them to a color personality. Take the quiz to find your match.

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beautiful mid-centru modern family room

If Your Style Is Mid-Century Modern

An iconic furniture aesthetic, mid-century modern’s minimalist silhouettes, simple lines, and natural shapes make it instantly recognizable. It is known for its creative ways of using the once new materials such as aluminum, molded plastic, and plywood. Although the term refers to 1950’s furniture style, it wasn’t in use until the 1980's, when this style regained popularity. Accessories include starburst clocks, geometric patterns on rugs, pillow, and wall art, as well as wood furniture and trims.

The style is uncluttered and the palette leans toward colors such as browns, golds, turquoise or aqua, medium greens, and bright oranges and pinks. The Shadow Play collection from Lexington Furniture is a contemporary take on mid-century modern. It features sleek lines, mixes metals and wood, and is available in hundreds of colors that pop.

coastal cottage style bedroom

If Your Style Is Coastal Cottage

Drawing on the ocean for inspiration, coastal style blends traditional fabrics with beachy accessories that create a relaxed, beach house feel. The look is crisp and sophisticated, not fussy, frilly, or cluttered, with a palette of whites, neutrals, and blues. Accent colors include corals and blue-greens. This style features easy-going pieces with organic, clean lines for a cozy vibe. Accessories are beach-inspired, such as pieces of coral or shells, botanical prints, and brass hardware.

The Coastal Living Resort collection from Stanley Furniture mixes modern sophistication with warm cottage love for a laid-back look that is the epitome of coastal cottage style.

pretty pastel traditional style living room

If Your Style Is Traditional

Do you love traditional furniture and classic home design? It’s okay to admit it. Traditional décor gets its inspiration from the past, but it doesn’t look dated. This style has remained popular because it exudes comfort and warmth. Every piece feels welcomingly familiar, like an old friend. It’s full of skirted pieces that feel cozily balanced by leggy chairs and tables arranged to inspire conversation. The colors are neutral, mellow, and laid-back.

Beige, cream, taupe, and tan are traditional colors, but you can mix in new neutrals such as such as tea rose, pale peach, mint, lavender, and lilac in restrained prints, as seen in the Paula Deen Home collection by Universal. Bright colors such as sunshine yellow, turquoise, or fuchsia will be out of place.

eclectic dining room

If Your Style Is Eclectic

Eclectic style draws from many influences to merge what seem like unrelated pieces into a cohesive design. It is arguably the hardest style to do well. You don’t have to stick to a particular profile or periods, but you do have to stick to the fundamentals of good design. It’s about knowing which rules you can break with impunity and collecting what you love. With this style, you have to be careful not to stray from contrast into chaos. When it comes to color, mixing bold colors with neutrals, or bright shades with lighter hues is the way to go.

If you want to elevate your style into the realms of successful eclecticisms, start with the Panavista Collection from Stanley Furniture. This mix of shapes and materials screams eclectic design. When done right, it demonstrates your bold style and a strong personality.

soothing transitional style bedroom

If Your Style Is Transitional

Transitional style is known for its fresh material combinations, decorative elements, and vivid colors, making it ideal for designing one-of-a-kind rooms. Although the design is about meeting in the middle, the look is not middle of the road. You get the best of both worlds: still comfortable and familiar, but with the ability to freshen the look when you wish. You can incorporate current trends without having to toss out your favorite pieces, and create a space that exudes harmony.

The transitional palette features neutrals to create a backdrop that lets colorful accents pop. Don’t be afraid to experiment with pieces that have unusual details, such as this bedroom with pieces from the aptly named Vibe Collection by Broyhill. Let your creative side run wild as you add attractive touches that exemplify your personal style. After all, it’s your home, why should it be ordinary when you are anything but?

tropical style sitting area

If Your Style Is Tropical

Botanical motifs and patterns give this style its lush detail. The luscious tropical palette features the colors of tropical foliage such as greens, browns, and blues complemented by neutral ivory and sandy beige. Alternatively, you can opt for muted shades of olive and sage blended with vibrant greens to add texture. Or, if you prefer, add some spice with the warm reds, corals, oranges, and yellows borrowed from exotic flowers.

White walls create the perfect backdrop for a vibrant palette of greens, corals, and blues, evoking the salty fresh smell of the ocean waves and the sometimes startlingly loud chorus of brightly colored birds. Crushed bamboo, woven raffia, and rattan give this style its laid-back appeal and fun tropical prints keep in lively. The Twin Palms Collection by Tommy Bahama takes tropical furniture to the next level, turning your home into a destination resort that you can relax in all year long.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Baer's Furniture Reviews: The Best Furniture Shopping Experience

Furniture shopping can be exciting, stressful, and confusing all at the same time. So many choices, so many decisions, so many challenges when you want to find just the right piece or pieces for your home. Luckily, Baer's Furniture is here to help. At Baer's, you'll find a helpful sales staff, an in-house complimentary design service, and a professional delivery service that will make the entire experience stress-free and enjoyable.

Read the Baer's Furniture reviews below to find out more about the furniture buying experience at Baer's.

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“Steven at the Tamarac store was great. He helped us pick out a great bedroom set. … the delivery men were professional and efficient. … We had a great experience.”

-Stu M.

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“… great place to shop. … Everyone was very kind, from the store manager to the people I talked to on the phone regarding delivery, to the two gentlemen who delivered the furniture and made sure it was placed exactly how I wanted it. … highly recommend …”

-Barbara A.

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“… We will definitely shop there again. Great selection of furniture, great prices, and great service!”

-Linda Kost

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“… very happy with my shopping experience and prompt and professional manner with my salesperson Mr. Frye. … Will definitely be back.”

-Shirley Patterson

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“Excellent customer service from Peggy. … very helpful with the added information we needed on the piece we were interested in. The store itself, great! … We will be purchasing more in the near future!”

-Kelly Rafter

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“My girlfriend and I love this store. We walked in and were immediately greeted at the door by a gentleman named Darryl. He was extremely professional, a good listener … We definitely recommend …”

-Chais Lazarescu

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“We found working with Sarah to be a refreshing experience while shopping for a dining room set … very helpful and friendly.”

-Aden Jackson

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“Peggy was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. … I would highly recommend going there. They have the most beautiful furniture and accessories that you will not find anywhere else.”

-Sip 2

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“Pam was absolutely wonderful! … completely informative and helpful, she was also cooperative in a way that you don't see too often. I would definitely shop at Baer's again because of Pam!”

-Patricia Foulds

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“Excellent experience. Very thorough presentation by Julie. … she was excellent with suggestions and important factors to think about when selecting my bedroom set. Looking forward to having my new suite!”


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“… the best experience I have ever had in a furniture store. Rick Storey knows the business and learns his customer’s tastes … Highly recommend Rick and Sarasota's Baer's Furniture.”

-Donald Amundsom

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“Really great customer service and gorgeous selection. … Love their sales associate Taryn. She is delightful and knowledgeable.”

-Susan Brown

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In addition to top-notch customer service and excellent design advice, you'll find the guaranteed lowest prices on name brands such as Tommy Bahama, Natuzzi Editions leather furniture, Bernhardt, Lexington, Huntington, Hooker, Broyhill, Paula Deen and more.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

How to Choose the Right Area Rug for Your Space

There are many good reasons to add an area rug to your décor. They provide cushioning, comfort, and warmth on a wood, tile, or concrete floor. You can even layer them over carpeting to add some artistic flair to a room’s design. Some even consider area rugs artwork for the floor. However, adding the right area rug to a space is often a big concern when you are trying to create a well-balanced room.

Some designers say to start with the area rug first, and match the rest of the décor to it. While this method has its benefits – you can select paint colors, throw pillows, and artwork to go with the area rug – it isn’t always practical.

Whether you choose your area rug before or after you choose the rest of your décor, just remember this general rule: your area rug should be at least 6 inches from the wall and no more than 2 feet away from it. Follow the tips below to choose the right area rug for your space.

dining room area rug

Tip 1: Area Rugs for the Dining Room

To choose a rug for your dining room, begin by measuring the width and length of your table. Your rug should extend a approximately 2 feet from the back of the chairs when they are pushed in. This will ensure that there is enough room for your guests’ chairs to rest evenly on the rug.

Tip 2: Area Rugs for the Kitchen

Putting an area rug in front of the stove or sink helps alleviate pain in the lower back, feet, and legs. Depending on the size of your kitchen, you can choose a runner or a full-fledged area rug. Whichever you choose, keep the edges 6 inches away from the base of the cabinets. If you have a kitchen/dining room, you can use an area rug to define the two spaces. Use a rug pad if the area rug doesn’t have slip-resistant backing, to help prevent slips, trips, and falls.

area rug placement in the bedroom

Tip 3: Area Rugs for the Bedroom

An area rug can help make the bed the star of your bedroom. Ideally, the area rug will extend 2 feet from the foot of the bed, and each side. This is a space where you may have to layer your areas rugs, so don’t hesitate to get creative. Another option is to place a runner on each side of the bed so that your feet have a soft, warm place to land in the morning.

Tip 4: Area Rugs for the Entryway

Make a great first impression and welcome your guests with an area rug. Select one that is wider than the doorway, as people tend to linger in this area when arriving and departing.

Tip 5: Area Rugs for Hallways and Passageways

Runners are great for hallways and passageways. Choose one that gives you 6 inches of floor space on either side, or if your hallway doesn’t have enough room for 6 inches on each side, leave the same amount of space on each side and at the ends to create balance. If you place furniture in the hallway, keep it off the runner entirely.

Tip 6: Area Rugs with Shapes

Consider using a shape other than a rectangle. Round rugs are great for defining seating areas, such as in an eat-in kitchen or entrances. Runners, squares, oblongs, and animal hide rugs can be used to add interest and texture to a space.

area rug placementy in family room

Tip 7: Area Rugs with Solid Colors

Follow the 60-30-10 rule to coordinate your area rug with your color palette. About 60% of the room should be your dominant color, such as the walls or the largest piece of furniture. Your secondary color should be 30% of the room, so your area rug should contain this color. And your tertiary color should be 10%, so your lamps and vases should bring this color into the space. Accent color from the rug shouldn’t be dominant or secondary, so the entire room goes together.

Tip 8: Area Rugs with Patterns

If you are looking at area rugs with patterns, first consider your space. Do you have a lot of patterns on your furniture or walls? If you do, you may want to choose a subtly patterned rug, or even a solid color. If your space is filled with solid colors, a bright, bold pattern on the area rug will liven up the space.

Tip 9: Area Rugs in High Traffic Areas

Consider the foot traffic in the area where your rug will be placed. Low pile works well in high traffic areas, since wear and tear doesn’t show as much. A detailed pattern is also good for high-traffic areas, since the pattern can help camouflage stains.

High-pile rugs are good for areas where you want a soft, luxurious surface, so use them in bedroom and sitting areas.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

How to Incorporate International Style into Your Interior Décor

Style may come and go, but classic elements of interior design will never go away. A variety of fabrics, prints, colors, and accessories can be used to create a stunning variety of home designs. And this includes inspiration from international styles that create a well-traveled design style.

asian-inspired dining room

Minimalist Asian-Inspired Design

One of the fundamental principles of Asian-inspired interior décor is simplicity and a connection to nature that creates a feeling of serenity, peace, and harmony. Its minimalist aesthetic has deep roots in the concept of ancient Zen philosophy in keeping with today’s desire for minimalist, uncluttered lives.

This interior décor style inspires a feeling of tranquility, with stylish houseplants and carefully curated shelves displaying only the items that bring you joy. A pair of Island Fusion Tonga Tiered Bookcases by Tommy Bahama fills your home with natural elements key to Asian-inspired design.

Balance is often the key defining element of Asian design, so you need the right balance of colors, textures, and elements. Even if you are only adding touches of this design style to your space, remember that it works best in a clean, minimalist design.

french-inspired decor in bedroom

Romantic French-Inspired Design

French interior décor can be summed up with two basic elements: crystal chandeliers and fresh-cut flowers. A crystal chandelier adds a touch of Parisian glamour and a bouquet of fresh flowers gives the space a romantic atmosphere. The French certainly know how to create chic spaces, and with a few tips, so can you.

Nothing makes a bedroom more romantic than soft curves and gleaming metallic accents, and this is totally in keeping with French décor. The Miramont Bedroom Group by Bernhardt creates a striking yet sophisticated look that brings French glamour into your home. In addition to muted color palettes, such as creamy white, soft sage green, blush pinks and light blue, French décor always includes a warming touch of silver or gold, since glamour is the foundation of their elegant creations.

English cottage inspired breakfast room

English Cottage Inspired Design

English cottage style is known for the warm, cozy feelings it evokes. It’s more about creating a mood than checking off a list of must-have elements. The look is more casual and developed over time than carefully collected and curated. With the right supporting players, your décor can sprout into signature English cottage style.

A vintage-inspired pedestal table, such as the Paula Deen Home Round Pedestal Table by Universal, offers the perfect setting for brunch or small, intimate gatherings. Everything else – the floral curtains, ladder back chairs, and circular area rug – nods to the table’s vintage appeal without overpowering it.

Floral patterns on upholstery, pillows, and curtains are just one way to bring the glory of a country garden inside, and they last much longer than cut flowers. Painted pieces and bead-board walls or wainscoting are also signature elements of English cottage style.

Whether inspired by your own globe-trotting adventures, or just leafing through design and travel magazines, using these tips, you can incorporate international style into your own home décor.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Add Touches of the Pantone Color of the Year to Your Décor

Each year Pantone predicts a color that they think will trend in home décor. While beautiful, these colors are so unique, and sometimes so far out, that you may wonder how and if you will incorporate them into your home décor.

This year’s color, Ultra Violet, is no different. The color is gorgeous, but it may be impractical to think that everyone will be running out and painting their walls purple or make a statement with a room full of purple furniture.

However, this pretty color can be used to add some color and sophistication to your home without overwhelming it. So, let’s jump right in and discuss how you can use it in your home.


Add Some Accessories

If you are not sure you want to commit to ultra violet, try it out with some accessories. It can be a little less overwhelming and accessories are easy to change. Try artwork, baskets, pillows, throw blankets, art glass, and candles. If you want to go a little bolder, try anchoring a room with an audacious purple rug. The simple shapes and monochromatic tones in luxurious materials of the Criteria dining set by Bernhardt keep the purple from overwhelming the space.

Create an Accent Wall

Whether used on one or all the walls in a room, ultra violet can stop people in their tracks. The color is great for an accent wall or in a small space such as a foyer or hallway. Add some molding for architectural interest and use the color on an accessory or small chair to add dimension.

Add a Statement Piece of Furniture

Try making a statement with ultra violet on a sofa or chair. Use it as the only pop of color in a neutral palette to draw the gaze into the room. It creates a refined and elegant look in a dining room or family room. If you’ve chosen to use it on a sofa, add pillows in the same color on the occasional chairs for a clean, modern look. Silver and metal finishes add a fresh look to the otherwise neutral palette.

Use Ultra Violet in a Guest Room

I often think of my guest room as a place to try out new decorating ideas. This is the perfect space to try out some ultra violet. It adds an air of playful sophistication to a room that can often look like an afterthought. Use it on the linens, comforter, and shams as well as on the artwork and other accessories.

Mix It Up with Some Turquoise or Lime

Mixing ultra violet with a deep turquoise definitely adds sophistication to a room. Either use ultra violet on the furniture and turquoise on the walls, or vice versa. Look for a turquoise that has a little purple in it. Adding a little lime green on a chair or throw pillows adds a little whimsy and fun to a space and keeps the color from becoming overwhelming.

Boldly Go Where Others May Be Afraid To

If you absolutely love this color and also love to take risks, consider using ultra violet in your kitchen cabinetry. This is a great color for a butler’s pantry or as shelving in an office or family room.

Whether you embrace Ultra Violet or are still skeptical, using these tips will help you add a little bit of it to your spaces this year. And before you know it, you may find that this color brings out your adventurous side.

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