Just for Fun!

Design Inspiration
Not that you have a lot of time on your hands, (who does?), but if you happen to find yourself up late some night finishing off the Ben & Jerry's in your pj's, step away from the Chunky Monkey and check out this colorful design site. Talk about inspiring! Design Sponge - LOVE IT! The mini-trends section of Design Sponge is chock full of fun ideas and a great place to start your Christmas list! Thecity guide is AWESOME if you're new to Boston or even just looking for great places to hang out, shop or eat. Then, when you book your trip to Seattle, Santa Fe or Sydney you'll know just where to go to find the coolest of the cool. But...my favorite section is the sneak peeks. The images might even wake you…
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As I Was Saying…Sustainability Rocks!

Design Inspiration, Green Design
We're getting closer to that big Earth Day celebration next week so we decided to give props to the vendors and manufacturers who make the furniture we so proudly sell. Today, it's all about "Soy". What? Soy. As in, soybeans. Let me explain. Many of our upholstery vendors, such as American Leather, carry something called BiOH polyols, a soy-based ingredient used in making flexible foam for their seat and back cushions. Why would anyone use soy in making cushions? Good question. You see traditional foam is made from petroleum-based products. BiOH products are made from soybean oil, thus cutting back on the amount of petroleum-based ingredients. As they say on BiOH's website, "Foam cushioning made with BiOH polyols is comparable to existing foam used by the home furnishings and automotive industries while…
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Hip Hip Hooray!

Design Inspiration
We want to congratulate our friends at Copeland Furniture on winning this years Sage award. Ok, so you may not have heard of the Sage award, not a problem. Here's how it's described by the experts. "The Sage Award was created to seek out and recognize innovators with a commitment to sustainable practices, social equity, and profitable growth in the home furnishings and bedding industries."  So who are we talking about? A company we've been buying gorgeous, hardwood furniture from for years. A company we trust and respect. Here's the nomination lowdown - check it out. "Copeland Furniture has been committed to sustainable manufacturing practices long before eco-friendly became a trend in the residential furniture industry. The company holds a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain of custody certificate and currently manufactures eight…
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Small Space? No Problem!

Design Inspiration, Designers
Picture it. You have a small room. You’ve been dreaming of turning it into your “perfect” home office. It has functioned as a closet for years. You know, clothes strewn over the recumbent bike. Crates you've had since college, stacked in the corner, filled with embarrassing pictures of yourself from the 80's, and old, sappy love letters from previous, ridiculous relationships. Yikes! It's time to grow up. Get organized. Experience the freedom of de-clutterizing! But wait...Where do you start? No worries, Libby can help! Join us on Thursday, September 24th, 6:30pm, at Circle Furniture's Cambridge Showroom for a fun night with Libby Langdon. Libby, star of HGTV’s, Small Space, Big Style,, will be revealing her secrets to designing small spaces and she’ll be signing books too. We’ll have wine and cheese and the event…
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The Real Design Star

Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Designers
A couple of years ago I worked on a Design Home in Cohasset. Circle Furniture was designing the master bedroom, living room and dining room, using furniture designed by Candice Olson. The project was labor intensive, but boy did we have fun. Why, you ask? Candice. We are lucky enough to sell a line of furniture designed by Candice Olson. If you're a fan of HGTV I'm not telling you anything you don't already know - Candice rocks! She has a show on HGTV called a Divine Design. Her furniture lines are inspiring and eclectic; a perfect fit for Circle. She also happens to be a really nice, down-to-earth person. And tall. And super funny. The best part of the story is...drum roll please... she actually came to the opening…
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Small Space? No Problem.

Design Inspiration, Designers
I love my apartment. Honestly, since the first day I laid eyes on it. I live in an awesome part of Boston, close to amazing restaurants - shout out to Zon's, Ten Tables and my new fav down the road, Sophia's Grotto. Mmmmm. Anyway...although I love my place, it has, what I used to call a downfall...It's really, really small. Like so tiny, I even have a "baby" stove, as my nephew calls it. When I first moved in this presented a problem...where to put all my furniture I've collected over the years? I've tried all different layouts, never really feeling like I had found the golden ticket....or golden floor plan, as it were. This past April I had a revelation. I was sitting at a breakfast in High Point,…
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Let Your Guests Decide

Design Inspiration
Ok, so I just read somewhere that we are only something like 126 days away from Black Friday. I thought, are you kidding me? Holidays. Who can think of the holidays at this point? While those of us in the Greater Boston area are still waiting (and longing) for the first signs of summer, shopkeepers and retailers all over the country are gearing up for the holiday season. Making plans. Getting their ducks in a row. So this got me thinking...Not only are you and I going to have visits from old friends and relatives during the coming holidays...but what about all the other days of the year? All the friends that are in town for a job interview and need a place to crash. Or your sister-in-law who is…
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