Joyful Décor, Festive Food & More

It is true that there is no place like home for the holidays. But if you look around and notice that your home décor or furniture could use an update, Indian River Furniture can assist in a variety of ways. Services include space planning, furniture selection, paint colors, custom wall art, custom area rugs, interior plan reviews, window treatments, decorative lighting, decorative accessories and installation.

indian-river-furnitureEstablished in 1939, Indian River Furniture is a third generation family owned and operated business in Rockledge. From start to finish, Indian River Furniture provides a wealth of experience and knowledge, while assisting customers in making furniture selections for their homes. Now owned by Forrest Lilly and his wife Bridget, the company was founded by Forrest’s grandfather. Fifteen years later, his father took over the business; in 1978, it was passed down to the third generation.

Indian River Furniture’s design oriented environment is created by Bridget Lilly and complements a comfortable, no pressure shopping experience, based on custom capabilities. The knowledgeable sales staff led by Gayle Marie Rokjer provides in home design consultations, offering a wealth of experience from room arrangement, furniture and color coordination and finishing touches like accessories, draperies and lighting. 

The warehouse, deluxing, delivery and in-home service teams are highly trained providing craftsmanship and a professional experience to customers, assuring a memorable lasting impression.

“Our customers are the reason that Indian River Furniture is still in business after 75 years,” Bridget said.

From their customers and their families that have returned for years, the various nonprofit organizations that have benefited from Indian River Furniture’s generosity, to the staff that has grown with them throughout the years, Indian River Furniture has not just been a business in the community, but a partner and contributor.

With the help of Forrest’s brother, Brian, who performs inventory management, Forrest and Bridget continue to develop the business. Bridget’s background makes her a natural for purchasing and creating the unique environment found in the store. She hand picks items for the showroom and stays informed of the latest trends. Indian River Furniture is well-known for coastal, tropical and cottage styles, perfect for any Florida home and lifestyle.

2015 Holiday Decor Trends


Copper and bronze are alternatives to gold and silver and can be used for similar effects. Metallics are expanding from silver and gold to bronze, copper and jewel-toned colorways.

Prints and Patterns

Small printed designs are being used to break up solid blocks of color. These tight, scaled-down prints draw heavily from florals and nature motifs. Fashion’s influence on Christmas décor remains apparent with on-trend patterns such as chevrons, ikat and animal prints.


Lighted LED items are only increasing in popularity as more sophisticated ways emerge to integrate the twinkle of lights in both indoor and outdoor décor. Items include lighted florals, shadow boxes and glass ornaments.

Winter White

Shades of white, ivory and cream mixed with a variety of metallic colors, create magic during the holiday season.


Consumers are interested in making eco-friendly choices in their seasonal merchandise and using natural materials such as jute, burlap and papier-mache. This has ledshutterstock_121679710 to a “farm to table” look, composed of earthy, organic and natural trends in design.

Stylized Woodland

Small woodland creatures including foxes, squirrels, owls, bears and deer continue their popularity as a cast of characters for rustic, woodland and lodge themes; however now these icons are appearing in more modernized versions.

Beach Chic

While nautical motifs still remain popular, there has also been a shift to celebrate coastal living with greens and earth tones, a woodsy mood and Americana accents.

Popular Color Combinations for Holiday Décor:


Florida allows the use of coastal colors for holiday decorating as seen in this Christmas tree. White, turquoise, pinks and silver all complete a tropical themed tree.

Slipcovers are gaining in popularity because they can be easily removed and cleaned or replaced when needed.

Indian River Furniture has a diverse line of accessories to complement any style and taste needed. 


About the Furniture Pictured:

  • Slip cover sofa and swivel glider chair from Four Seasons Furniture
  • End tables and coffee table from Stanley Coastal Living Furniture
  • Stationary sea shell print chair from Rowe Accessories: Coral mirror from Uttermost, lamp from Light & Living Co., rug from Kaleen Rugs


About the Family: Justin, Corine, Ava, Emma and Abby Connors

Justin Connors, foundindian-river-furnitureer and CEO of Connors Wealth Management, is a graduate of Cocoa Beach High School. After earning his degree, he returned to his roots in Cocoa Beach instead of Wall Street, and built a wealth management firm, Connors Wealth Management, founded on a deep relational connection with each client, with locations in Cocoa Beach, Viera and Vero Beach. His wife, Corine, is the company’s director of community relations and is also a licensed real estate agent with Walker Bagwell Properties. They have three daughters – Ava, 8; Emma, 5; and Abby, 3.




This article appears in the December 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Living.
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