What to Do with Your Old Furniture

What to Do with Your Old Furniture

Community and Boston, Eco Friendly, General, Things To know
When updating décor or moving, you’re faced with the often challenging question of what to do with your old furniture. We spoke to Circle Furniture’s Boston location manager Linda Maguire to get some tips about dealing with pieces you already own. Linda recently completed a downsizing move, so she was freshly well versed on how to approach this conundrum. Plan, Plan, Plan If you know you’ll be making big changes, like moving or redecorating many rooms, give yourself plenty of time to plan. Many of the suggestions here require research and multiple steps to execute. Giving yourself some runway means you won’t be left making hasty decisions or suffering undue stress. What’s Your Goal? The first objective is to determine what your ultimate outcome is. If, for instance, you’re moving,…
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Top 4 Benefits of Going Solar

Top 4 Benefits of Going Solar

Community and Boston, Eco Friendly, General, Green Design, Things To know
Here at Circle Furniture , doing our part to care for the environment has, and will continue to be, an important part of how we run our business. We take every opportunity to follow sustainable practices and carefully choose business partners that take pride in their green mission. Going solar was a natural step in our evolution and has allowed us to source clean, renewable energy for our warehouse and offices as well as several of our showrooms. We spoke to Keith Hevenor of Nexamp, to learn about the top 4 benefits of going solar so you can learn a little more about why we’re passionate about clean energy. Firstly, what is solar energy? Solar energy, in the simplest explanation, is energy given off by the sun and converted into…
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Copeland Furniture:  A Talk on Quality and Design

Copeland Furniture: A Talk on Quality and Design

Eco Friendly, General, Pick of the Week, Things To know
Copeland Furniture Company is known for high-quality, hardwood furniture that pushes the boundaries of modern design. We spoke with Tim Copeland, the president of Copeland Furniture, to discuss their design influences, how they ensure quality in their furniture, and his tips for caring for your wood furniture. Tim has been with Copeland since 1975 and has worked with Circle Furniture since the early 80s. Tim says of Copeland, “We specialize in hardwood furniture, made in the United States, in a modern and transitional design.” Quality Maintaining quality throughout their construction process is incredibly important for them. Tim explains, “Quality is extremely important. There are so many low-price options out there. For us to be successful we’ve got to provide quality and we have to stand behind our furniture. And we…
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Dining Furniture: A Conversation with a Local Craftsman

Dining Furniture: A Conversation with a Local Craftsman

Buzz, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Eco Friendly, General, Green Design, Things To know
After visiting another of our local vendors, we continue to be impressed by the attention and care that our partners put into every aspect of furniture making. We visited the factory who make our Alden Collection, located in Winchendon, MA, a few stepping stones away from where it used to be located, in Gardner. Gardner was and remains to be to known for, its hustling and bustling furniture community. A sense of history and pride runs through their business as they're essentially the last factory standing in what used to be a hub of furniture making in Massachusetts. Who are they? As for why they make furniture, it wasn’t happenstance. The owner, Peter is, in his own words, “deep into the craft of making furniture.” And they’ve been making it,…
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Spotlight on a Charity We Love: Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

Spotlight on a Charity We Love: Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

Community and Boston, Eco Friendly, Events and Fundraisers, Fun Report, General, Pick of the Week, Things To know
We’re passionate about supporting the local community, both by partnering with local businesses and supporting local charities in any way we can. Today we’re putting a spotlight on an organization we’ve been partnered with for over 20 years. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay was founded in 1986. We’ve been working with them since 1996, and have since formed a long-lasting and mutually rewarding relationship. The Circle family feels strongly about restoring and protecting the Boston harbor, and we’re proud to be aligned with an organization that cares equally about the beautiful city we live in. Who are they? We met with Bruce Berman, director of Strategy and Communications, to talk about our partnership with them and what the charity has accomplished. He described, “Save the Harbor was founded with a clear mission:…
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Handmade Furniture: a Tour of a Local Woodshop

Handmade Furniture: a Tour of a Local Woodshop

Eco Friendly, General, Random, Things To know
Recently, we had a chance to visit a local woodshop that we’ve been partnered with for over 30 years and get a peek into their daily routine. They’ve been making hardwood furniture for around 35 years, and they specialize in bedroom furniture as well as mirrors, tables, and occasionally media cabinets. We spoke to Chris who’s been with them for 19 years. He describes the wood they use for their pieces, “Everything we do is cherry, but our secondary woods for the drawer sides are pine. Most of our cherry comes from the Alleghany National Forest in Pennsylvania.” Sustainability Caring for, and not harming, the environment is important to them and they take care to ensure that the wood they source is from sustainable forests and that trees are continually…
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Homeowner’s Guide to Natural Wood in Furniture

Homeowner’s Guide to Natural Wood in Furniture

Eco Friendly, General, Green Design, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
There are numerous natural wood types used in furniture, ranging in density, color, grain pattern, and price. The more informed you are about the wood used in your furniture the easier your shopping process will be. It will also give you a greater sense of connection to your furniture. Wood is, after all, a living material. By nature, it is varied, unique, and has its own story to tell. We decided to create this guide so that you would have all of the need-to-know information about wood furniture in one place. Natural characteristics of wood The first thing to keep in mind when thinking about wood furniture is that wood is a living material. Its characteristics will never be uniform, and perfection should never be expected. A tree, and therefore…
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