Friday, December 15, 2017

'Tis the Season for Outdoor Fire Pits

Our attraction to fire is almost primal. It keeps us warm, lights the darkness, and cooks our food. And this time of year when the Florida weather has a hint of coolness, what can be more heavenly than cozying up to a fire pit?

A fire pit is a great way to extend the usable space of your patio and a great place to entertain during the cool, or even occasional cold winter nights. Entertaining around your fire pit doesn't have to be complicated or difficult. Just think about relaxing around a crackling fire and toasting marshmallows in your own backyard.

Decide what type of fire pit you want for your outdoor space. Modern fire pits feature a touch-of-a-button fire pit control, allowing you to remotely adjust the fire to three different levels. Another feature to look out for is an ample service area that lets you accommodate your guests.

Choose the Right Fire Pit

Decide what type of fire pit you want for your outdoor space. Modern fire pits feature a touch-of-a-button fire pit control, allowing you to remotely adjust the fire to three different levels. Another feature to look out for is an ample service area that lets you accommodate your guests.

tommy bahama island estate fire pit

The Island Estate Lanai Outdoor Gas Fire Pit is as romantic as fire pits can get. The base consists of all-weather synthetic wicker with an intricate woven pattern that will draw the eye and invite the touch.

The Castelle Round Firepit with Coffee Table Extension gives you plenty of room for entertaining. It turns your patio into the perfect space for parties or romantic tete-a-tetes. It imbues any gathering with a sense of warmth and festivity.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This Is Why You Should Choose Quality Leather Furniture

Quality leather furniture with sensuously curved legs, an aura of luxury, and an undercurrent of rebellion seeks enduring relationship with family home.

Buying leather furniture is like entering into a romance: in the beginning, it is love at first sight. Then, as romance deepens into love, leather becomes more attractive and softer over time, its comforting embrace like that of a long-time lover. And yet, a little bit of the passion of the first embrace lingers.

There’s just something about quality leather furniture that is hard to resist. It’s got good looks, charm, charisma, and, of course, sex appeal. Its soft, supple look begs us to touch it and see how it feels. It appeals to the eye like few other natural materials, and it draws us in with an element of fun and surprise.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Baer’s Furniture Reviews from Summer 2017

In today's competitive furniture market, furniture stores have to go the extra mile to offer the best prices and outstanding customer service. Luckily for Baer's Furniture, this is nothing new. These customer reviews explain why Baer's has been a part of the South Florida community for almost 50 years.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

6 Things You Can Do with Your "Empty Nest" Room

Maybe you hesitated when your kids were in college because they would come home from time to time and needed a place to stay. We know it’s a tender time when your children are ready to leave the nest, but now that they are grown and flown, it’s time to reclaim some square footage for yourself. Whether you choose indulgent, useful, or practical, here’re a few ideas on how to transform those empty bedrooms your children have left behind.

empty nest guest room makeover

1. Guest Room

The first, and most obvious, choice for an empty bedroom is making it into a guest room. This serves several purposes. It gives your kids a place to stay, if they come to visit, where they’ll always feel welcome. However, you can transform it from your child’s personal space into a calming, welcoming room where your guests will feel at home. Remove old posters, photos, trophies, and other awards, and put them in storage. Give the room a fresh coat of paint, upgrade the bed to at least a double if it is smaller, with plenty of pillows, and a bedside table. If you have the space, a chair or end-of-the-bed bench is a nice touch.

2. Home Office

A home office is no longer a luxury, as more people telecommute or work as independent contractors, it has become a necessity. It’s easier to be motivated and productive when you have a space where you can shut the door and focus. You’ll need a desk and a comfortable chair, of course, and a place to store supplies and papers.

3. Walk-In Closet/Dressing Room

Why not create the closet of your dreams? If you’ve put up with a tiny closet for far too long, a spare bedroom makes a perfect walk-in closet. The luxury of spreading out as you get dressed and having a small sanctuary you can retreat to is a great way to use an empty room in your home. Add shelves, plenty of good lighting, a full-length mirror, and a dressing table with a chair.

4. Library

If you are a book lover, a home library will give you all the space you need to collect, display, and read. If you don’t want to dedicate a whole room to your reading habit, you can commandeer a corner in your new guest room. Adding shelves to a wall or two and stocking them with books is a good way to store your favorites and give your guests plenty of reading material. You can add some personal items such as vacation mementos, family photos, and other keepsakes to create a warm, welcoming vibe for your guests.

5. Man Cave

A man cave doesn’t have to be in the garage, it can just as easily be in a spare bedroom. Whether listening to loud music or watching sporting events, having a place to call his own is a good thing for him – and his significant other. When the nest is empty, there are plenty of opportunities to spend time together, so space for a little time apart can’t be bad. A man cave can also double as a dressing room for him, with closets, shelves, and storage.

6. Lady Lair

Create a meditation, exercise, or craft room where you can indulge in what you love best. If you have a bathroom adjacent to your extra room, you can turn it into the ultimate spa experience, complete with a steam shower, Jacuzzi bathtub, vanity, a TV, and whatever else you need for complete relaxation. Add a treadmill or stationary bike in one corner, along with an exercise ball and a yoga mat for stretching. Paint the walls a soothing neutral, add a plush area rug, and a comfy chair for meditating, reading, or napping. Or, if you prefer, choose a daybed or some big, comfy pillows for the floor. Put the lights on a dimmer so you can control the amount of ambient light in the room.

Whatever you decide, whether it be guest quarters, a yoga studio, or a personal retreat, an empty nest gives you the opportunity to create the home of your dreams, one empty room at a time.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Best Throw Pillows for a Leather Couch

When choosing pillows for a leather couch, color, size, shape, and patterns are all a part of the equation. You should also take into consideration the style of your couch and your overall design before you go on the hunt.

Tips for Shopping for Pillows

Take a picture of your room so you have a reference for the colors in your room and what will go with your current décor. This is also helpful if you shop at a store that provides a complimentary design service to assist customers.

bears furniture lexington leather couch

What Size Throw Pillows Do You Need?

The size of your throw pillows is determined mainly by the size of your couch. The average throw pillow is 16-18”x16-18” and this generally works well for larger leather couches. Small pillows will be overwhelmed and seem out of place on a large couch. Bigger pillows, about 24”, create a comfortable, lounge-like feel, but should be used only on oversized furniture. If your leather sofa is a minimalist, modern style, choose smaller pillows so that the clean lines of your sofa shine through.

How To Make Your Throw Pillows Stay Put

Since leather is smooth, throw pillows tend to slide right off. They look messy and it is difficult to use your throw pillows to bring color and texture into the space. Try down/feather pillows that tend to be heavier and conform to the shape of the couch so that they stay put. In addition, stay away from slick fabrics, because they are more likely to end up on the floor. Another option is adding a complementing throw folded across the seat and back that can help anchor the pillows.


Shapes, Patterns, and Colors

Throw pillows come in four basic shapes: bolsters, rectangles, squares, and rounds. Squares are the most versatile and provide full-back comfort. Rectangles support the neck or lower back, so consider how you will use the pillows on your couch. Bolsters are especially nice for back support on a leather couch, since they slip less. You can also mix your shapes and sizes to add texture.

If your leather sofa is dark, consider light neutral colors as a contrast to the dark leather. Another option is bright, bold color to highlight the leather. A black leather sofa with red and gray pillows makes a stunning statement. A white couch is a perfect backdrop for bright colors such as orange, teal, or green.

Use pillows with interesting, textured fabric. You can mix and match textures, colors, and patterns to create visual interest. At this point you may be worried about how to choose which patterns and colors go together. Choose prints that include neutral colors, which will make it easier to mix prints and solids.

Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. Just make sure that most of the pillows in the mix have at least one color in common.

Pay attention to the scale of the patterns, so that each can stand on its own. If one pillow has a large pattern, make sure the other has a smaller print. If you place two pillows next to each other, make them different, one a pattern and one a solid.

Once you get going, it’ll probably be hard to stop, but you don’t really have to. Changing out your pillows is a fast and easy way to freshen up your room’s décor.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Dining Table and Chair Sets with a Bench

Traditionally, table and chair sets that include a bench were reserved for the outdoors and cottage style homes only. Due to the simplicity in design and ease of building and transporting, it made sense to utilize the bench style for outdoor events and patio seating.

However, recently there has been a surge in dining table sets with benches for indoor use. Have you looked into incorporating a dining table set with bench seating for your home? We’ve jotted down a few considerations why this option has become so popular.

Space Saving Seating Option

The most popular reason so many people have chosen to make the switch to bench seating in their dining room is the amount of space this option saves. If you are short on space or want to transform a six-seat set into eight, incorporating benches is the simplest way to do so.

Just as you might opt for bar seating in the kitchen to save valuable space around the counter, using bench seating in the dining room will save a ton of room around the table. The Ellen DeGeneres Iredell Dining Bench allows you to sit side-by-side with family and friends. The dark fumed oak has a contemporary appeal that also fits in with rustic décor.

If you do not necessarily need the space year-round but would like the extra seating space for holidays and guest visits, there is always the option of choosing a bench that you can switch out for your regular dining room table chairs whenever the need arises. My parents-in-law opt for this when we are all over for dinner parties. They keep a bench in the study that they bring out to the dining room whenever it is required.

Kid Friendly Bench Seating Options

I have found through personal experiences that kids do great with bench seating. While adults may not prefer to be seated so closely to one another, children really do not mind. On top of this, it is easy to fit more of them onto one single bench. While it may be impossible to squeeze an extra four seats for children at the table, they may all fit quite comfortably on a bench. They usually won’t complain about the lack of back support either.

New Modern Styles

Dining tables with bench seating sets are no longer solely sold in pale oak with basic legs and a hard surface to sit on. Today, sets can be found in various designs to compliment any décor and are crafted with upholstered seating for maximized comfort. The Salon 3 piece dining set from Bernhardt captures the grace and formality of traditional design with the eclectic look of modern décor.
Whether you have selected a more traditional dining room style or would like to stick to modern pieces, you can find a dining set with a bench that will pair well with your design goals.

With all of the positives of incorporating a bench into your dining table furniture, it is important to consider some issues. In my opinion, the biggest downside to bench seating is the lack of comfort and back support, which could be a problem for some of your guests. Although personally, this would not bother me during meal time, I am not sure I would feel comfortable asking my father to sit on a bench during dinner. It is also important to consider if any guests have back issues, as they may feel too much strain sitting without back support for lengthy periods of time. Choose a bench with back support, as pictured above, or be sure guests with back issues are seated in a comfortable chair.

However, if you have enough chairs to cover the number of guests that may require regular dining chair seating, opting for a dining table and chair set with a bench is a stylish and practical option.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Textures that Pair Well with Leather Furniture

Leather pieces tend to be large, comfy, and classic — all features that make them a popular choice for living room furniture. But too much bulk can make a space look heavy, dark, and just not really interesting. If you are wondering what to do to spice up your leather furniture, read on. These ideas should help.

Gray, White, and Texture

If you have a black leather sofa, playing up texture and shine will really keep things interesting in your space. Leather furniture in neutral colors is perfect for mixing and matching. Try smoky, mirrored furniture, grey marble-topped tables, grey-hued prints, or even a mirror on the wall. Soft yellows, grays, and whites are great partners for black leather furniture. In the example above, the sleek lines of the sofa play well with the big, floral-patterned area rug.

Rich Colors and a Moroccan Rug

Paint the walls peacock blue – this is a bold but very livable color for walls, and works especially well in smaller rooms. The intense, saturated hue will uplift and enhance dark leather furniture. Try pairing it with a wood table, a Moroccan rug, and a gallery wall of books.

If you have wood cabinetry, bookcases, or built-ins in the room, think about painting them to match the walls. Or, to create a subtler effect, paint the interiors of the bookcase or cabinets. Add some contrasting orange accents to increase the intensity of the walls. A pair of footstools, a bench, or an ottoman in a bold orange should to the trick.

Use Area Rugs Rugs to Warm Up Leather Furniture

An easy way to warm up leather furniture is to throw down an area rug. Choose one with warm colors, a rich pattern, and a flat weave to help leather pieces settle into their space. Area rugs are especially dynamic when paired with modern pieces such as a leather chair.

Lighten Up with Neutrals

A red leather couch makes a bold statement, but you can soften the mood by surrounding it with warm neutrals such as ivory, beige, sand, gold, and wheat. Creamy walls and a soft wood floor, a pale natural fiber rug, and some contrasting throw pillows will make an impact. Or toss a throw and some pillows on your leather piece to lighten the look.

Wood and Charcoal Create a Luxurious Look

A deep, dark charcoal-colored rug in a natural fiber gives caramel-brown leather furniture an even more luxurious look. Wooden side tables, wood-framed mirrors, and canvas, coarse burlap, or wool pillows can create a rustic-modern mood.

Texturize with Fabric

Leather shines alongside rich, jewel-toned velvet, rustic, nubby linen, or even autumnal fabrics such as tweed. If you have a complete set of leather furniture, try breaking them up and pair one or two of the leather pieces with a piece upholstered in one of these delicious fabrics. Your leather will look richer and you’ll feel cozier.

Go Boldly with Pillows

Leather, even a bold red leather couch, works as a neutral in your space, so you can throw just about any color pillow on it. Try changing up your colors seasonally – fresh blues and greens in spring and summer, warm cranberry, persimmon, cinnamon, and pumpkin during the fall and winter. For a red sofa, black and white pillows create a striking look.

Careful mixing of colors, patterns, and textures will give your leather furniture a soft, comfortable feel that will make your entire space warm and inviting.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Collections at Baer's Furniture: Tommy Bahama Cypress Point

Tommy Bahama Home furniture is almost synonymous with Florida style, a style that epitomizes the Tommy Bahama philosophy of never leaving the beach. It’s a lifestyle that moves at a little slower pace and requires a little easier, little more relaxed style.

All of these elements are present in Tommy Bahama’s latest collection, Cypress Point. This collection blends the elegant, touchable materials of high fashion and the refined, structural lines of architecture. Recognizing great style is like recognizing a comfortable space: you may not be able to describe it, but you know the vibe when you feel it.

The Cypress Point collection has that je ne sais quoi that makes a house a home. Its understated luxury and well-tailored wood furniture reflect the evolution of Florida’s modern design sensibility. It exudes classic tropical beauty and understated modernity.

tommy bahama cypress point dining room at Baers furniture

The casually elegant five-piece dining set, with its natural grain texture and weathered gray finish, embodies a relaxed feel that was previously reserved for Cottage or Coastal style furniture. The dining table is expandable and the classic pedestal base features textural metal supports.

The chair’s clean, classic shape is highlighted by chic, antique brass nail heads. You can choose from hundreds of fabric options, including leather, to create the exact look you want. With a design that spans traditional and modern, these pieces give you an easy way to spice up your industrial, country cottage, coastal, or relaxed vintage décor.
tommy bahama cypress point bedroom furniture at Baers
The pieces in this collection are accented by smoky-gray woven rattan. The collection uses a curated mix of materials such as sealed travertine, textured metal bases, and Cathedral-Cut Gray Elm to create a sophisticated palette. It offers a wide range of pieces for every room, from custom-upholstered sofas for the living room, to two types of beds to choose from for your master bedroom.

Your style may define you, but you can’t be defined by a single look. Your home reflects this sensibility. Taking a sophisticated approach to casual, contemporary style, Cypress Point merges comfort with style to create a sense of authenticity. However you style it, Cypress Point is relaxed, comfortable, contemporary elegance.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Love Seats You'll Love

Nothing says love like a love seat. It’s even in the name. There are many types of seating, but there’s only one that brings to mind images of intertwined hands, intimate moments, and romance.
Although the name of the official inventor of the love seat is lost in the sands of time, the earliest versions were not intended for amorous activities. Their initial purpose was to give women a place to sit and smooth, fluff, and otherwise arrange their big poufy dresses. I almost said not designed for amorous purposes, but in fact the design was perfect for the pursuit of love.

Love Seats Make a Comeback

Often used in smaller spaces as a mini sofa, love seats are seeing a resurgence in popularity. When you have a space that needs a little personality, a welcoming entry or reading nook, a love seat is the perfect size. It can be used as an oversize chair for reading, seating in the foyer, or a dining banquette. So let’s take a look at a few love seats you’re sure to love, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

A Love Seat by Any Other Name

Is it a love seat or a settee? It almost doesn’t matter what you call this pretty little piece. It is perfect for additional seating in a living room or on its own in a reading nook. The design is casual enough to put everyone at ease, while it is sophisticated enough to showcase your style. The gently tapered and flared rear legs and elegantly turned front legs add class to the sophisticated Diane Settee from the Lexington Upholstery Collection. With custom upholstery options, you can add this piece to almost any décor.

When Two Are Better Than One

If one love seat is good, two is better, right? Of course right. There is no interior design law that says you must have a sofa in your living room. Two love seats facing each other are perfect seating for a small area. This configuration is also great for smaller, formal living rooms that may have poor options for placing a sofa. Two love seats can also help define the space in an open floor plan, so that you have several defined areas in the large space. The Kilimanjaro Sloane Settee from Tommy Bahama instantly adds an elegant touch to any space. The seats offer ample comfort and style.

Is It a Bench or a Love Seat?

This modern version of a love seat can be used as an accent bench, a living room settee, or in a hallway. It’s striking, tailored upholstery in an eye-catching geometric print makes what is generally seen as a traditional piece seem fresh and new. The Foundry Bellevue Bench by A.R.T. Furniture provides a more streamlined look than a traditional love seat but just as much style and functionality.

Get Fun and Funky with a Love Seat

You can even get a little fun and funky with a love seat. The sleek lines of this Modern Settee by Century Chair are juxtaposed with a charming and quirky animal print. It makes a statement in your entryway that your guests won’t soon forget. Or add it to you bedroom décor, either at the foot of the bed, in a nook, or under a window, depending on your space. With more than 2000 fabrics to choose from, and 65 finish choices, this piece will add a little panache to any space.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Desks with Hutches: Storage with Style

Whether you are setting up a complete home office, or you just need a place to put your computer, a desk is a multifunctional, useful addition to your home décor. Before even looking for a desk, decide how you plan to use your new desk. A home office will require something that is functional, comfortable, and equipped with storage capabilities.

If you use your home office as a place to store your computer and use it only to pay bills, a smaller desk may be all that you need. Laptop users have a little more leeway in terms of space, so they can choose either a small laptop desk or a larger model if they need more storage. If you have a complete home office, you may need something a little more robust, such as a desk with a hutch for extra storage. When looking for the right desk with hutch combination, consider your needs and the size of your office.

If your style is more traditional, the Arcadia Credenza and Hutch by Aspenhome is a choice that will transform your home. With seven drawers in total, the credenza features three utility drawers and a locking file drawer, a flip-down center drawer, a pullout work surface, two pullout shelves, and one adjustable shelf. It also provides a USB charger, LED touch lighting, and two AC outlets so that you can easily charge phones, laptops, and tablets. The adjustable shelving lets you customize your space so that you get all the storage you need. There’s even a space to keep your printer handy.

If you need something a little more streamlined, the Napa Kneehole Computer Credenza from Aspenhome presents elegant, old-world styling perfect for executive home offices. The desk and hutch give you ample room to store supplies with five drawers, one of which converts to a drop-front, pull-out keyboard tray. The right pedestal of the credenza gives you space to house a printer, CPU, or scanner and the left side offers a locking file drawer and two utility drawers. It also has a USB power hub and three-way touch lit display.

If you prefer something a little more modern, the Viewscape Double Pedestal Credenza and Hutch provides an updated take on classic office space. Sleek and modern, the desk and hutch is computer ready with a removable flip down drawer, a CPU door, and enough room to fit your monitor. It also provides two USB charging stations, three AC outlets, and a locking file drawer so that you can keep important and confidential papers safe. These stylish and practical features help you stay organized and productive.

If you are looking for a solution that will save space and give you plenty of stylish storage, consider a desk with a hutch. A hutch will give you additional vertical space so that you can spread your items out and create a more streamlined storage system. 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Décor Essentials for a Relaxing Bedroom

Your bedroom should be your sanctuary, a place where you can relax, revive, and renew. So, of course, the bed is important, but what else do you need to make your bedroom into a retreat that keeps you coming back for more?

Relaxing bedroom furniture from Baer's

Clear the Clutter

This is a refrain you hear over and over, yet it seems difficult to live a clutter-free life. However, the bedroom is probably the most important area to minimalize clutter. If you want to create a calm bedroom, free it of excess stuff. This applies not only to the floor, but also the walls. Select one or two pieces of art for one wall and leave the rest bare. Apply this less-is-more approach to the furnishings and accessories as well. Keeping your bedroom distraction free will help you get a relaxing night’s sleep.

A Noteworthy Night Stand

A bedside table is a key element of bedroom furniture and can help you keep your bedroom free of clutter. It gives you a place to set a glass of water and favorite book – two key elements for comfort and relaxation. The Retropolitan Demilune Nightstand from Hooker Furniture gives you plenty of storage for items you want close to hand but to keep out of sight. It features a power bar with a built-in touch dimmer and a removable shelf for flexible storage.

End-of-Bed Seating

It’s nice to have a place to sit down and remove your shoes and socks in the bedroom. It just makes life a little bit easier. Whether you use a small chair to the side or a bench at the end of the bed, be sure to make room for secondary seating in your bedroom. You can always choose a bench with storage if you just can’t eliminate all your clutter.


Waking up to a room filled with natural lighting can really invigorate your day, so if you have it, take advantage of it. However, it is also important to have dimmed mood lighting at night. You can easily install a dimmer switch to control the lighting. And add a bedside lamp for reading at night.

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