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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Furnishing a Summer Home: Curating Your Style

Furnishing a Summer Home: Curating Your Style

Colorful Ideas, Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Tips and Tricks
Your second home, whether it’s a rustic cabin by a lake or a breezy Oceanside cottage, is an opportunity to curate a relaxing space. It should be an escape and a vacation. We want to help you choose the right pieces and curate a style you love. We spoke to our talented team of designers in the Pembroke showroom to get all of their expert tips on furnishing a summer home.   Where to start When it comes to decorating a space, you should always begin by asking yourself a few questions to get an idea of where to invest your money. The first, and most obvious, being: what do you need? Is your home partially furnished? What are you taking with you and what do you need to fill…
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A Guide to Wood Finishes: Paint, Stain, and Natural

A Guide to Wood Finishes: Paint, Stain, and Natural

Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
There’s a lot to think about when buying wood furniture. Do you prefer walnut, maple, or cherry? Do you want the natural color of the wood to shine through or do you want a stained or painted finish? We’re here to answer those questions, giving you an in-depth guide to wood finishes so you have all the resources you need before making an investment. We talked with Kelly Sullivan, a Design Consultant in the Acton showroom, to learn a little more about the wood finish options. Types of wood finishes Kelly says, “There are a lot of options for wood finishes when you’re buying furniture. In general, you’re choosing between paint, stain, and a natural finish option—which can either be lacquered or hand oiled.” There are pros and cons to…
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This Old House Project Spotlight

This Old House Project Spotlight

Buzz, Circle Furniture News, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Designers, Events and Fundraisers, Fun Report, General, Pick of the Week
We’re so excited to have had the opportunity to work with the iconic local PBS program, This Old House. Brian Bechard, our Visual Merchandiser, and Erica Tubman, Communications Director, give us the inside scoop on what it was like to be featured on This Old House. He says of the project, “We had worked with This Old House 10 years ago on a couple of different projects. When this house came along they thought of us because they knew we have mid-century modern pieces in our collection.” The furniture selection process The house, in Brookline, features mid-century modern architecture and our goal was to have the interiors to reflect that style. Brian chose and arranged furniture for the living room, the loft, the dining area, the master bedroom, and the…
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American Leather Comfort Air vs. Stressless Mayfair Recliner

American Leather Comfort Air vs. Stressless Mayfair Recliner

Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
There are a lot of choices when it comes to recliners, and it’s important to make sure you’re investing in a piece that’s going to work for you long-term. Yes, you want it to look good in your home. But you also want it to fit your lifestyle, support your body, and be ultra-comfortable. We spoke with Hawley Appleton to get her expert take on both the American Leather Comfort Air and the Stressless Mayfair Recliner. We’re giving you all the details you need to make an informed decision and choose a recliner that suits you perfectly. American Leather Comfort Air The American Leather Comfort Air is a recent addition to the American Leather collection. It's a unique chair that they describe as neither a recliner, a chair, nor a…
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Designer’s Pick of the Week: Chelsea Dining Table

Designer’s Pick of the Week: Chelsea Dining Table

Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
We met up with Hawley Appleton, a Design Consultant in our Cambridge store, to get her pick of the week, the Chelsea Dining Table.   The Chelsea is a customizable table, pictured here in cherry and available in several kinds of wood and finishes. “It would look gorgeous in walnut too,” Hawley says. “Although there are finishes available, I personally love the natural wood; it's beautiful to see the variegations.” What she loves most about the table is the considered design. She explains, “It’s a thick table but they’ve beveled the edges so it’s very delicate, and although it’s a trestle style table the legs are stylized. The attention to detail makes for an extremely aesthetically pleasing table.” The craftsmanship of the table stands out as well. She describes, “Their…
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Preston vs. Sarah: Comparing Hardwood Desks

Preston vs. Sarah: Comparing Hardwood Desks

Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
The desk is an important piece in the home office, if not the most important. It sets the tone for the style of the room and provides you a space to comfortably work. And that’s the goal, isn’t it? To be comfortable. If comfort for you means a sit-stand desk, check out our comparison and review of the BDI Sola versus the Copeland Invigo. However, if you prefer a more classic wood desk, you’re in the right place. Catherine Willey, our Framingham store manager, takes us through two hardwood desks, the Preston and the Sarah. Preston Desk The Preston desk is a classic desk with modern, clean lines and it’s available only in Cherry, in a variety of finishes. Catherine says, “The front’s finished nicely so it can be floated…
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