The 5 Best Online Room Planners

The 5 Best Online Room Planners

Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
When you’re looking to update, redo, or even just rearrange your interior design, an online room planner is a great place to start. But what room layout planner should you use? There are so many! We chose the 5 best online room planners to help you navigate this crowded sector. Liz Balestrero, a professional design consultant in our Acton showroom, helped provide some clarity around the home use of online planners and why “best” can be a misleading term in this niche. Her input helped inform our choices. To explain. So What Does “Best” Mean When We're Talking About Room Planners? Liz was quick to point out that what many people might highlight as the "best" screen-based planners are those that are built for experienced designers. These programs offer seemingly…
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Why is Upholstery Fabric so Expensive?

Why is Upholstery Fabric so Expensive?

Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
When purchasing new upholstery, the cost of fabric is inevitably going to play a role in the conversation. How fabric will affect the cost of your upholstery depends on several factors. Liz Balestrero, a Design Consultant in Acton, breaks down what impacts the cost of fabric and why it’s generally worth spending a little more. What impacts the cost of fabric? When discussing fabric, four major factors impact the cost the most. Where it comes from, what it’s made up of, whether or not it has a pattern, and the brand name. Origin The origin of the fabric you choose plays a big role in the cost. Liz explains, “Fabric from Turkey, Belgium, and Italy tend to be higher quality and higher price, whereas domestic fabric is generally less expensive.”…
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Online Room Planner vs. In-Store Design Services

Online Room Planner vs. In-Store Design Services

Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
Space planning and creating a room plan is the first step in designing a room that’s both functional and beautiful. If you’ve ever tried an online room planner, then you’ll know they can be incredibly helpful to get started. But what’s the difference between an online room planner versus going in and getting a design service and a room plan from a professional? We spoke to Liz Balestrero and Renee Devlin from our Acton Showroom to learn about the merits of both. Online Room Planner Online room planners vary in how much they will offer you. Some are free; for example, our Online Room Planner, Room Sketcher, Plan Your Room, and Havertys OmniVue Room Planner. Other room planners, like Havenly, have varying costs depending on how in-depth you want your…
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American Leather Comfort Sleeper vs. Monika Sleeper

American Leather Comfort Sleeper vs. Monika Sleeper

Colorful Ideas, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, General
At Circle Furniture, two distinctly different but popular sleeper sofas we offer are the American Leather Comfort Sleeper and the Monika Sleeper. Here we compare the two, highlighting their salient similarities and differences to help you in your decision-making process. To provide insight and expertise to this process, we spoke to Circle Furniture Boston store showroom manager Linda Maguire. Today’s sleeper sofas: Elegant design, quality sleep Since Bernard Castro popularized his Castro Convertible sleeper sofas in the mid-1900s, this smart two-in-one piece has become a fixture for easy room-use changeability and space saving. Problem was, however, that neither the couch nor the bed were particularly comfortable early on, and the pull-out mechanisms (despite Castro’s ad claims that “even a child could do it”) were often difficult to use and clunky.…
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How to Choose the Best Bar Stools for Your Kitchen

How to Choose the Best Bar Stools for Your Kitchen

Colorful Ideas, Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
For many, a formal dining space is a thing of the past. With open-concept kitchens becoming more popular, the bar stool has gone from occasional seating to where you have your coffee every morning. If you’re spending a good portion of your meal times sitting on a bar stool, then it’s important to know how to choose the right one. A bar stool that’s all at once comfortable, stylish, and functional. Catherine Willey, our Store Manager in Framingham, walks us through the different options and gives us a guide to choosing the best stools for your home. Questions to Consider How many people do you want to seat and how much room do you have to move around your island? This will determine the best size and shape for your…
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Why Are Dining Room Chairs So Expensive?

Why Are Dining Room Chairs So Expensive?

Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
The dining room table is where you gather with family and friends, and it’s most likely where you eat all of your meals. Although dining chairs may seem like an afterthought, it’s important to invest in high-quality, durable, and comfortable chairs that will last through the years. A dining chair can range anywhere from $99 to upwards of $1,000 per chair. That’s a wide range and it’s hard to know how much you should spend or where to begin. We spoke with Catherine Willey, our Store Manager in Framingham, to discuss how much a well-made chair costs and why it’s worth investing your money in quality. Questions to ask before you shop When it comes to how much you’ll spend on a dining chair, it depends on what you’re looking…
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New Product Reviews: Camden Sofa and Thayer Chair

New Product Reviews: Camden Sofa and Thayer Chair

Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Pick of the Week, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
Today, we’re introducing you to two new products that we’re excited about: The Thayer Chair and the Camden Sofa. We met up with Stephanie Birchenough, our Merchandiser, to hear about the features, pros, and cons so you can get to know the products and decide if they’re right for you. Thayer Chair The Thayer Chair is a new style that we’re really excited about. It has a tight-seat and a tight-back which means there are no loose cushions. “The benefit of a tight-seat,” Stephanie explains, “is that it always looks neat because there’s nothing to fluff.” The chair has a low arm that slopes down which Stephanie says is “part of the charm of the chair.” As far as style goes, it leans mid-century modern but is a timeless frame…
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