Designer’s Pick of the Week: Savoy Sofa

Designer’s Pick of the Week: Savoy Sofa

Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Pick of the Week
It’s coming on fall and that means our designers are looking forward to cooler weather and shorter days, snuggling up with a good book and time in front of the fire. And there is no more perfect place to experience this than in the sublime comfort of quality sofa. We’re not certain that’s why Middleton design professional Valerie Folan chose the Savoy sofa by American Leather as her pick of the week, but it certainly meets that need. Valerie did tell us many other reasons she loves this piece. Features and benefits She started with the fit. Valerie noted that this sofa doesn’t sit too high (20 inches), so someone who is shorter can still get their feet on the floor. But you can also sit back into this piece,…
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Downsizing Spotlight: The Pinehills in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Downsizing Spotlight: The Pinehills in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Colorful Ideas, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Designers, General
Downsizing is a complicated transition; it requires letting go and embracing change. While it can be difficult, it’s also incredibly exciting. It’s a chance to start over, live in a more functional space, and design a home that’s catered to your new lifestyle. We had a chance to visit Betsy, one of our Design Consultants in Pembroke, in her new home in The Pinehills. She talked to us about her experience downsizing and how fun the design process was. What is the Pinehills? The Pinehills is, in their words, “a new take on the classic New England village, offering inspired new homes and daily adventure in Plymouth, Massachusetts.” They offer individual homes of all sizes; condominiums, townhomes, as well as luxury apartments for rent. Betsy describes her move to Pinehills,…
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How to Choose the Right Leather for Your Sofa

How to Choose the Right Leather for Your Sofa

Design Inspiration, Furniture Care Q&A, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
Leather is a popular choice for upholstery and with good reason. When taken care of, leather ages like a fine wine—it only gets better and softer with time. Once you’ve decided to go down the leather path, it’s important to learn how to choose the right one. Cindy Rubenfeld, our store manager in Middleton, helps us navigate the different leather types and gives you some tips on how to choose the right leather for you. Why choose leather? First, why choose leather in the first place? “Well to start,” Cindy explains, “Most leathers are going to last 7 times longer than any fabric. It’s one of the strongest and most durable upholstery options.” Besides being extremely durable, leather is, for the most part, easier to maintain and clean than fabric.…
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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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