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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Copeland Invigo vs. BDI Sola: Comparing Lift Desks

Copeland Invigo vs. BDI Sola: Comparing Lift Desks

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As we become more health conscious as a society, lift desks have become more popular. It’s common knowledge that sitting all day is not the best for your long-term health, and sit-stand desks are an excellent way to have the flexibility to stand when you want to. Because lift desks are an investment in your health and your work lifestyle, it’s important to do your research before purchasing one. We talked to Catherine Willey, our store manager in Framingham, about the Copeland Invigo Sit-Stand Desk and the BDI Sola Lift Desk. Copeland Invigo Sit-Stand Desk The Invigo desk is, in Copeland’s words, “a highly configurable series of sit to stand desks that can be specified in a range of sizes and finishes.” It has a dual motor lift base with…
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American Leather Reinvented Recliner vs. Thayer Coggin Viceroy

American Leather Reinvented Recliner vs. Thayer Coggin Viceroy

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Push-back recliners allow for the ease and relaxation of a motorized recliner without the need for a motorized system. They float beautifully and act not only as a functional and comfortable seat but as a beautiful design addition to the home. We decided to compare two of our favorite push-back recliners: The Thayer Coggin Viceroy and the American Leather Reinvented Recliner. Catherine Willey, our store manager in Framingham, gives us her take on both to help you get a feel for which one may be the right choice for you. Thayer Coggin Viceroy The Thayer Coggin Viceroy, designed in 1965 by Milo Baughman, is an American-made classic and iconic design. Catherine says, “It’s a really well loved mid-century chair and it has the classic solid walnut frame. It’s designed to…
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