I am writing to you concerning my recent visit to the Baer’s furniture store in Stuart, Florida. This past Saturday I spent most of the morning going in and out of consignment shops and used furniture stores. If memory serves me correctly it was 7 in all. I was able to find two great pieces, one of significant age that I almost feel guilty about paying so little for and another great piece that is going to cost a small fortune recovering.
I then drive north past the Baer’s store. I couldn’t help but noticing all the cars at the store. I made a quick u-turn and headed inside. I was met immediately by Donna Mason. She asked what I was looking for and I honestly had to stop and think about my answer before giving her one. Finally I told her either a coach or sectional. I briefly described my taste and style and off we went, all the way to the back of the store. We turned the corner and there it was…a sectional. It was spot on. Just the right size and comfort level I was looking for and the color/fabric was perfectly neutral. Then there were two more surprises…it had a fold out bed and an AMAZING price!!! Where do I sign and how do I get out of here?
If only that were the case I probably would have never taken the time to write you. I want you to know, I spent about another hour in the store. I purchased a gorgeous coffee table and a matching high top table. Then there was the TV/entertainment unit with Zebra wood inlays…fabulous piece and I had to have it!!! Four pieces in about an hour! I came into the store with absolute no intention on buying anything.
I had to rest and Donna needed to go fill out paperwork. She came back about 30 minutes later and by that time I had some bad news for her. I told her to look at the chair I was sitting in. She did and asked why. Because you’re going to have to add it to the order I replied. 5 pieces…there goes my budget! Not at one time did Donna push, or twist my arm to buy anything. She stood back and let me go about my business, pointed out the things she knew I would be interested in. Told me who the manufacturer was and what they were known for in the business. We had a lot of fun and it was truly a joy to work with her.
Finally it was time to pay. I have to say, I almost felt guilty paying so little for the quality I am going to receive. The store manager, Virginia came over and thanked me for the business. Right after I signed on the dotted line I was introduced to a lady by the name of Cathy Baer…you may know her. She too was gracious enough to come and thank me personally for coming into the store and purchasing all the items. I felt like a rock star!!!A truly happy rock star!!!
BTW…received my furniture yesterday, 4 of the 5 pieces I purchased were floor models, all in excellent condition, no new scratches or stains. The delivery crew, Mitch and Sean were friendly, courteous, and aware of walls and obstacles in my home and paid close attention to not damaging anything. They even put little pads on all the legs for me so it didn’t scratch the tile if I needed to move the pieces later.I have been absolutely blown away by my shopping experience at Baer’s, from the top down. The products and service levels are spot on and I know that it must be extremely difficult for your company to keep up this pace during this sales event, but keep it up any way.I am heading back to Baer’s this weekend to purchase the end table that matches my coffee table and desk. Who knows what else I’ll find while I’m there. It really doesn’t matter as I am now one of Baer’s #1 fans and will be for life! I’ll probably make it part of my weekend routine.
Florida, furniture and Facebook. With more than 750 million users on Facebook, Baer’s Furniture joins its loyal customers on the social media network as a way to offer added a community forum to receive Facebook only exclusive offers, contests, discounts and designer insights.
Launched in April 2011, the Baer’s Furniture Facebook Page is a place to plug in and find out what is trending in Florida’s retail furniture fashion and trends.
One Florida lucky winner will receive $2,500 worth of designer home furnishings brands consumers know and love, like Tommy Bahama, Martha Stewart, Lexington and Broyhill., Bernhardt and Paula Deen. The value of the furniture is based on manufacturer’s suggested retail prices. The winner will be able to choose the items of his and her liking from our vast selection of high quality living room, bedroom or dining room furniture, as well as many other items, from one of Baer’s 14 showrooms.
Baer’s is giving this prize away to one lucky Facebook fan. To enter, customers can head over to Baer’s Facebook page and click on the “Like” button at the top of the site. (Entrants need to be an official Facebook fan in order to be eligible for the grand prize)
From there click on the tab marked Sweepstakes, which can be accessed directly by clicking here, and filling out the required information. The contest can also be entered by accessing this webform. The contest is open until September 1, 2011 to all Florida residents over the age of 21, but , Baer’s employees and their immediate families are not eligibile. For complete contest rules, click here.
The winner will also be featured in an upcoming blog story right on Baer’s.com.
About Baer’s Furniture
In 1945, Melvin and Lucile Baer founded Baer’s Home Outfitters in South Bend, Indiana, based on one simple concept: offer customers famous brands that they can trust, quality craftsmanship and lasting designs at tremendous discounts. It was there, under their parents’ loving guidance, where Jimmie, Allan and Bobby were taught the retail furniture industry at every level. While the family-owned company continued to prosper in Indiana, the Baer’s Florida vision started, when Bobby moved to Florida in 1968 and opened the Dania store. The elder Baers and the rest of the family eventually settled in South Florida and moved the business along with them. Today, Bobby is CEO and Allan is President along with the third generation in top management positions. They run a furniture dynasty that now has fifteen showcases and two warehouses.
When your company bears your name, there is a special pride in everything you do for the customer and community. We are proud to continue with our founder’s philosophy of making Baer’s the finest premier furniture and design showcase.
It is sometimes unusual today to receive standout care so here is our story. We originally purchased a beautiful bedroom set in Miramar from your clearance center. Ms. Dame was extremely professional, courteous and able to provide an acceptable resolution when an issue arose. I was referred to Alan Bachrach in Pompano by a friend who had purchased furniture from him earlier this year. Even though he was leaving for vacation, he took all of our information and made it very easy to come in and purchase another bedroom set.
Living closer to the Pines store, my husband and I came in to pick a new set and you very happily told I I could purchase the furniture there with Alan still receiving credit. Both times a set was delivered; the furniture was wrapped better than any I have ever seen (I have purchased furniture from Baer’s and nearly all your competitors over the years). The deliverymen, Romaine and Frantz, were efficient, careful, on time, and polite.
Again, please thank everyone involved for this very positive experience; we will always go to Baer’s first from now on. If you would kindly forward this to Ron Baer I would appreciate it.
Buying a new home or remodeling seems to always throw us a design challenge curve ball. Even when you think you’ve got it all figured out with your existing pieces. It is inevitable. Just as you place your favorite sectional sofa in the new space, you begin to hear that nagging little voice in your head. “Hmmmmmm….if only.” If only what? Panic ensues. You begin to survey your other “perfectly good” furnishings. There is no way you are giving up your beloved grandparents dining room table, chairs and hutch filled with precious memories. But, in this new space? Yikes!
Stick with your timeless or “can’t live without” pieces. They have history, say something about you and in a pinch.. save you from awkwardly silent situations by allowing you to share a story or two about that history with visitors. There isn’t a design problem that can’t be overcome when you love something! Keep them current by reinventing or mixing them with something new. For example, keep your beloved table and consider having it resurfaced. Replace the dining chairs, or update them by recovering with a beautiful fabric to compliment a new sofa in your living room. You can even use them for seating extra guests in the living room now that you’re color coordinated!
You know the colors you love, and while they may have looked perfect in your old space, perhaps they don’t work so well in this new tabula rasa (clean slate). Committing to new colors can be confounding and confusing. Should you follow fashion trends to get an idea of the current, trendy colors? The answer is a resounding YES! While you do not always have to go with the trend color throughout, a small amount to accent is usually terrific and easy to update when that funky salmon pink goes out of style. Don’t sit there and try to pretend you don’t remember that color from the 80’s! I think I’m still recovering! The terrific thing about color though, is how easily it reinvents your space. Color and coordinated color themes make your home flow. If your favorite color doesn’t fit your new color pallet, don’t abandon it if it makes you happy! Simply use a splash of it and let the dominant color palate continue to carry the flow throughout.
Design Tip From Baer’s: Home is where the Round Furniture Is
A new study shows that people prefer to socialize in spaces filled with curvy forms and shapes.
"Curvilinear forms create warmth," said Sibel Dazkir, a doctoral student in design and human environment, who conducted the study.
In the study, participants viewed four computer-drafted room interiors and rated how each made them feel. The rooms were viewable only in gray scale, to avoid other influences, such as color and texture, Dazkir said. Two rooms contained rounded furniture, while the other two had rectangular furniture arranged the same way.
Participants stated that the curvy rooms made them feel happier, more hopeful, comfortable and relaxed than the sharp-angled rooms, according to Dazki. Although the study subjects found the all-gray rooms “boring,” they indicated the rooms with rounded furniture were more pleasurable and approchable (meaning, they’d rather socialize in it.)
So, adding a round object such as a rug, table or ottoman to your home will make guests feel more at home in your home.
Find your curve appeal at Baers http://www.baers.com/.
For most of us, there’s no place like home, especially when it’s warm and welcoming. Mixing elegant, colorful touches with your existing neutrals will enliven your rooms and bring out their inherent beauty.
If you introduce a mirror into a room, be sure that it reflects something beautiful.
If you group accessories, do them symmetrically. However, symmetry evokes a more formal feel, so arrangements should reflect your personal preference. A typical grouping consists of three items and utilized to add dimension and visual interest.
On a bookshelf, unless the room is defined as “library,” don’t just display books. Incorporate travel mementos, pictures in beautiful frames, colorful plants and other items you hold dear. The key is to not create clutter, but to feature special mementos and treasured finds with stories you can share with guests.
Candles can create a romantic glow and feeling of tranquility, but what is really terrific about them is that they come in a wide array of colors. Simply pick colors that match your new silk throw pillows or compliment your new area rug for that “finishing touch” feel.
Drapes, art, lamps, pillows, throws, area rugs, an occasional chair and anything else that strikes your fancy can add just the right touch of colorful panache to reinvent any space. Your home should always reflect your own personality and fit your lifestyle. Refreshing your space doesn’t require you to get rid of artwork and accessories you enjoy or hold special meaning. Sometimes moving them into a different room or in a new grouping does the trick!
Looking for interior design inspiration? To get a glimpse of current trends, open any glossy fashion magazine. Did you know home décor fashions trend right along with high fashion? While you may tend to gravitate towards your favorite colors, open yourself to the possibility of considering a new color palette. And because colors create different feelings, you may find you have a whole new and improved attitude.
For a bright, cheery, playful atmosphere, consider incorporating yellow into your space. For a softer, more serene setting, a soft green or blue. Red is considered a sexy color. And if you are watching your weight, putting blue in or near your kitchen is a great idea because blue is known to suppress the appetite. This 48” round table and Sea Watch chairs from the Coastal Living Sand Dollar Collection by Stanley even gives you that extra kick of blue!
When a customer comes into Baer’s Furniture asking for design help, no problem! There’s a design team waiting to listen and brainstorm. So when a Fort Myers-based Baer’s customer came in wanting a home makeover, one room at a time, one of Baer’s design team experts was there to help.
“The customer wanted to proceed slowly, starting with a very small area,” said Charlotte Conklin, Florida Licensed Interior Designer with Baers in Ft. Myers.
Part of the Baer’s design process is a personal visit to the customer’s house, so Conklin headed to the project to scope out the area. Together, the client and Conklin selected a color palette, moving from strictly beige to soft, warm and inviting colors and a contemporary set from the Tommy Bahama Ocean Club.
Initially, the project was only a small patio, but grew into a new wood floor for the living, dining room and den, as well as sectional and entertainment center for the living room. Conklin teamed up with Baer’s Ft. Meyers rug expert, Jim Bennight and on the day of delivery, Conklin brought several sample rugs for inspiration, showing how the possibilities are endless.
This rug from the J2 collection of Jaipur Rugs pulled the final look together perfectly!
“We always try to create fun, excitement and value, and then maximize the client’s area and view,” noted Conklin.
Create the right mood with color Looking for décor inspiration? To get a glimpse of current trends, open any glossy fashion magazine. While you may tend to gravitate towards your favorites, challenge your personal color preferences and open yourself to the possibility of considering a new color palette. You may find the new attitude you seek since colors create different feelings.
For a bright, cheery, playful atmosphere, consider incorporating yellow into your space. For a softer, more serene setting, a soft green or blue. Red is a sexy color. And if you are watching your weight, putting blue in or near your kitchen is a great idea because blue is known to suppress the appetite. http://baers.com/current/design/philosophy.aspx
Clean, timeless furniture in a neutral palette is ideal, but it never has to be boring! Just like with fashion, a colorful handbag or sparkling jewelry will make a beige dress look fabulous. Change the feeling of any room by adding color and interest through accent pieces. The best part about adding “bling” to a neutral palette is that it’s not a commitment! If your tastes change, you can still reinvent without getting rid of important pieces you love. Instead, transform the look of your rooms with stylish wall colors and accessories. ~ Wayne Bell, Baer’s Design Consultant