Saturday, September 22, 2018

Baer's Furniture Reviews: The People behind the Service

At Baer’s Furniture, we believe it is our professional, friendly staff, top-notch customer service, and guaranteed lowest prices that sets us apart from the crowd. And we’re always happy to know that our customers agree. Read the Baer’s Furniture reviews below to hear what our satisfied customers have to say.

“Our bed arrived this morning and it had two different sideboards. The workers were unable to complete the bed. … Did speak to our sales lady and she assured us that Baer's will be contacting me shortly to fix the problem. … Baer's worked hard all day to find the missing bed pieces. They came back that evening to build the bed. Great customer service!”
- Jackie Moore
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“I love the quality … An even better bonus- they are very comfortable. I am always pleased with Baer’s products. Their personal service is also appreciated.”
- Mary Miranda
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“Was referred to store by a cousin in the area. She said to ask for Wendy. This was the start of a wonderful shopping experience she came to our place then helped us pick out all furniture fir Nate's bedroom. … Great quality. Reasonable prices. Highly Recommend this place. Ask for Wendy.”
- David Ainbinder, DDS
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“Best experience ever. … My sales person was awesome, he goes extra miles to satisfy us. I forgot his name. I will go back to this store again. Thank you Bears Furniture for my bedroom set.”
- Line Na
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“Jeb, our salesperson, was amazing! … He’s a 10. Love our new furniture. Entire experience was great.”
- Linda Poznak
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“Jonathan was a great and knowledgeable individual. … very helpful with furniture and life in general. 6 stars!”
- Jonathan Beach
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“Mike Decrescenzo was wonderful to work with. Took the time to walk the store to show us many different pieces. Thanks Mike!”
- Cheryl Bentley
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“ … Wendy Rossi. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Will definitely seek her out again. Furniture selection is great.”
- Sheila MacFarland
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“Great experience with Baers! Roy was so helpful in suggesting pieces that would work for me and I’m thrilled with everything. He was not pushy at all, just helpful. … I love my furniture! They have items for various tastes and budgets. We will be going back!!!”
- Kelly Dobrowolski
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“We worked with Ramon and had the most pleasant experience!! … Baer's has very nice quality furniture. You can be rest assured no matter what you end up purchasing, it will be a worthy investment.”
- Kimberly Reed
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“My experience at Baer’s was largely positive. We worked with an excellent store designer, Irina Shtemler, who worked diligently to get us the sofas we wanted in the perfect color for our great room. I recommend her highly. …”
- Susan Cohen
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“Excellent customer service from Peggy. … She was very helpful with the added information we needed on the piece we were interested in. The store itself, great! Had all kinds of price ranges for amazing looking pieces. And they all looked to be high end & very sturdy! We will be purchasing more in the near future!”
- Kelly Rafter
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“Toni, the Interior Designer, was extremely patient and friendly! She sent me measurements of the bed I wanted and even responded to my emails while she wasn’t in the store. … Couldn’t be happier with the quality of the bed, the service and the overall experience.
- Kerriane Wilhite
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Your home is more than just a place to sit, or put your plate, or lay your head. It’s where you live your life, through good times and bad. At Baer’s Furniture, our mission is to give you the perfect backdrop for all the events in your life.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Best Interior Design Web-Based Tools and Apps

Stymied by interior design? Not sure what colors go together? Having a hard time visualizing the space? Yes, there’s an app (or two) for that. From color planning and furniture arranging to choosing the right style for your home, there’s an app for almost every step of the home décor process.

The great thing about these tools is that you don’t have to repaint your rooms or rearrange your furniture a gazillion times. You get a pretty good idea of what you need and can tweak the plan as you go. Read on to discover the best web-based tools and apps to help you begin your room re-design.

beautifully designed room

Web-Based Design Tools That Put Everything into Perspective

1) Roomstyler 3D Home Planner With this cool web-based tool, you can upload your own floor plan, or find a floor plan that matches yours, and go to town on designing your space. You can insert doors, walls, windows, and choose from a plethora of interior finishes. There’s a quick tutorial that makes getting started easy.

The interface is easy to use, so you can review your plan and 3D image at the same time. You even paint the walls from a large color selection built into the tool. You can design rooms or create a mood board and browse other interior designs for inspiration. You can use the software without signing up, but sign up is free, so there’s really no reason not to.

As a member, you can save your rooms and access them from anywhere. It’s a great tool to get your ideas organized and share them with an interior designer.

room designer tool from Baer's Furniture
2) Start a Room Plan Baer’s Furniture’s Start a Room Plan tool is available right on their website. It’s free, but you do need to create an account to use it. You can find it in the lower right-hand corner of every page. Click on it and a floorplan will come up. Choose your room, add your dimensions, and drag and drop furniture from the sidebar on the left.

You can change the furniture’s dimensions and placement in the room. What size sofa is best for your space? Can you fit a sectional? Do you want to? All these questions and more can be answered by the Start a Room Plan tool. You can save your floorplan and it will be accessible from anywhere. Or print it out and take it with you when you go furniture shopping.

The great thing about this tool is that it is right on the Baer’s site, where once you decide on your furniture, you can browse different pieces until you find the ones you like. Or head into the store and take advantage of the complimentary design service. An in-house designer can help you choose the perfect pieces for the plan you’ve made.

3) Design a Room Color matching is one of the biggest stumbling blocks when choosing a new sofa, paint color, area rug, and just about anything else you put into your space. You can’t always take your favorite chair with you, or those pillows that you want to keep in your design. Enter Design a Room from Armstrong Flooring.

This 3D virtual program lets you see a variety of color combinations for cabinetry, flooring, walls, ceilings, and even countertops. It does not include furniture choices, fabric colors, or upholstery options. But, it does help you learn about the products. When choosing flooring for a bathroom, you might see a note letting you know if your choice – hardwoods for example – is recommended. This means that your room will not only look beautiful but be functional as well.

Apps for iPhones and Androids

4) Color Capture Have you ever been out and about and see a color, or color combination you love? And then wondered how to find it in a paint? Now you can with Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture app. Just use your phone’s camera to take a photo of what inspires you, and the app will give you the matching paint color as well as coordinating shades. You can save them for later. Users have commented that the actual paint color is usually darker than what you see on the app, but that is not unusual since no screen displays a color exactly the same. But, this gives you a good start of finding the color palette you want for your home.

5) SizeUp If you, like many of us, often forget to measure before you head out on your shopping trip, SizeUp might just be a life-saving tool. Just like an actual tape measure, this app gives you the length, width, and height of a space of object by moving your phone from point to point.

Simply place your smartphone on the surface you want to measure, press start, and move your phone in a straight line to the end point. You can measure any object, including couches, chairs, and dining room tables and store their dimension for future reference. That way, you’ll have all your measurements in one place, so if you happen to see a piece of furniture you like, you won’t have to go home and check to see if it fits.

So, before you embark on your next design project or furniture shopping trip, check out these apps that take some of the stress out of planning a room, or even an entire home.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

What Is Eclectic Décor? Dos and Don'ts

Have you ever gone into someone’s house and fell in love with the comfortable, casual mix of time periods, textures, trends, colors, and styles? Chances are you’ve wandered into a room decorated in eclectic style. There’s a difference between a well-thought-out eclectic room and a room that is a hodge-podge of elements that don’t seem to go together at all.

Although it may seem like anything goes in eclectic design, there are a few dos and don’ts when orchestrating an elegant pairing of old and new. Check out the dos and don'ts below and see if you can identify the dos in this room featuring the Synchronicity Bedroom Group by Universal.

beautiful eclectic bedroom decor

Do: Pay Attention to Your Layout

When designing an eclectic style room, it’s easy to get hyper-focused on choosing the textures, colors, and patterns that will pull the look together. Not that those elements aren’t important, but the layout is also an important element. Maybe even more than the fabrics or colors. How you arrange your furniture will make it more welcoming and inviting. Before you purchase anything, have a clear plan where each furniture piece will go. This way, you will know what you have space for in the room.

Don’t: Forget to Create a Focal Point

Keep in mind as you plan out your room that although eclectic style involves combining periods and styles, the look shouldn’t seem haphazard or unfocused. Choose one eye-catching element such as a bold, decorative item or accent wall.

Do: Design for Practicality

Remember that your room will be lived in, so be sure to include useful pieces. Thinking about how you will use the room can help you pull it together. Baskets, drink trays, card tables, and bookshelves can all add a cozy, lived-in atmosphere to your design.

Do: Create a Cohesive Design throughout Your Home

Eclectic style mixes many styles together, but in a cohesive way. So make sure each room in your home does the same. You want them to complement each other by carrying eclecticism throughout your home. If you change styles abruptly from room to room your home will seem disjointed.

Do: Create Continuity with Color

Choose one color to unify your design. This color should run through your design to pull together the overall look.

Don’t: Compare Too Many Colors

When choosing your go-to color, you may be tempted to paint samples on the wall, and then choose from the lineup of colors. This can make it much more confusing. Try painting the colors you like onto boards, and look at them on their own. Your painted boards will come in handy when shopping for fabrics and décor since they are easy to take with you.

Do: Find Balance

Use scale and symmetry to create balance. Even if the pieces have different textures, are different styles, or are from different periods, similar lines will create design harmony.

Don’t: Confuse Eclectic for Anything Goes

There’s a difference between collected and layered and distracting and busy. While it’s okay to break some rules, eclectic doesn’t mean breaking them all. Limit the number of contrasting styles you use in any one room so that the style looks purposeful and curated, not random.

Do: Try New Styles

When you add a new style to your eclectic décor and are unsure of the outcome, refrain from changing it right away. Wait until you have completed your room and live with it for a while. The things that you are sure will annoy you when you first put your room together often turn out to be inconsequential when the design is complete. That paint color might have seemed brighter than you expected at first, but once you’ve added furniture and accessories, it might just be perfect.

Don’t: Be Shy

A multitude of patterns, fabrics, textures, and items are the hallmarks of eclectic style. So go wild. Home accents such as area rugs, throw pillows, and artwork are great ways to bring the right level of mismatch into any space.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Best Bookshelf Styling Tips for Book Lovers

Are you a book lover? Then you are probably always looking for a place to put your books. Sooner or later, piling them up by the side of your bed or in the family room just won’t do. If your favorite thing to do is to find a comfy spot and lose yourself in a good book, these tips are for you. They'll help you create perfect bookshelf look to keep your books neat, tidy, and handy.
Bookshelves often do double duty, housing books and displaying accessories and decorative items. Even book lovers can agree that their shelves should be both fully functional and perfectly pleasing to the eye.

beautiful bookshelf

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

If you want your bookshelves to look neat and organized, resist the urge to pack everything in. Keep a clean look by using two colors: a bright white for accessories and a dark wood bookshelf. Mix up shapes and heights and place items off-center.

Step back every once in a while to assess your design and make changes when necessary. Continue until you like what you see. It’s okay to let the design “rest” a day or two and then make your edits. The Cherry Creek Bookcase Modular Wall System by Hooker Furniture gives you plenty of options for storing books and decorative items. It features doors to conceal clutter (we all know that happens sometimes) as well as adjustable shelving and canister lights to display special pieces.

Tips for Adding Interest

  • Alternate horizontally and vertically stacked books for visual interest.
  • Use your accessories and picture frames as bookends.
  • Create display platforms by stacking books horizontally and placing objects or small potted plants on them.
  • Play with layers on deep bookshelves by leaning artwork against stacked books.
  • Organize shelves by color to create a decorative look without accessories.
  • Hang mounted pieces of art off the shelves to break up the line of books.
mid century modern bookshelf

Less Is More: More Space, That Is

Some bookshelves call for a sparse look, so in these instances group together a small set of books that are about the same size. Accessorize with simple vases and metallic accessories, leaving plenty of open space to let the styling shine through.

This grouping of Shadow Play Windsor Open Bookcases by Lexington could easily overpower the spaces, but the airy combination of books and accessories keeps the décor light. The adjustable glass shelves help you get the most out of this storage while keeping the open feeling.


Alternative Arrangement Provides an Eclectic Vibe

To create an eclectic and interesting display, organize your accessories and books on staggered or odd-shaped shelving. Horizontal and vertical shelves make the Ocean Club Tradewinds Bookcase/Etagere from Tommy Bahama even more interesting with small and large compartments. For a living room bookshelf, place two units together and arrange the most attention-grabbing books and artwork at eye level for guests to peruse.

When decorating shelves, highlighting accessories gives you the most impact. When you have art pieces that have a variety of styles, they can all work together on a bookshelf, as long as colors coordinate. So, now that you have impeccably styled bookshelves, what are you going to read next?

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.

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 Mirren Harbor collection from Broyhill 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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