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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What is Sunbrella? [In Under 100 Words]

What is Sunbrella? [In Under 100 Words]

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Sunbrella is a performance fabric designed specifically for fade resistance and outdoor use. It was invented in the 1960s with a focus on outdoor seating and over time has developed a soft and luxurious feel. It’s engineered to be resistant to fading due to sun or chemical exposure. Sunbrella is perfect for outdoor spaces, sunrooms, and any room that gets a lot of sunlight. Besides being fade-resistant, Sunbrella is also stain-resistant, easy to care for and is extremely easy to clean. It’s mold and mildew resistant and it can be cleaned with bleach. You can even put it in the washing machine (just skip the dryer)! The cleanability of Sunbrella makes it a low-maintenance fabric that’s perfect for a second home. It comes in an array of beautiful solids and…
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What is Crypton? [In Under 100 Words]

What is Crypton? [In Under 100 Words]

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Chances are you’ve heard of Crypton. Particularly if you’ve been in the market for a stain-resistant, odor-resistant, and moisture-resistant performance fabric. What is it, exactly? Crypton is an engineered textile made with pre-tested fabrics with specific fiber and construction requirements. The fabrics undergo in an immersion process which creates an impenetrable moisture barrier. Besides being the most stain and spill resistant fabric, Crypton is also earth-friendly and the company pays close attention to sustainable practices. Crypton Fabric In addition to home fabrics, Crypton also offers outdoor options as well as non-toxic mattresses and bedding. If you have questions about Crypton or want to learn more about performance fabrics in general, come into any of our 6 showrooms to chat with a design consultant. They’ll answer all of your upholstery questions…
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What is Ultrasuede? [In Under 100 Words]

What is Ultrasuede? [In Under 100 Words]

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Ultrasuede is a performance fabric that’s often compared to suede leather because it mimics the soft, luxurious feel of suede. One of the reasons Ultrasuede is so popular is because it’s pet-friendly. It has an extremely tight weave that makes it near impossible for claws to penetrate through. Ultrasuede is cleanable, breathable, and durable and it can stand up to a high-traffic home. It also has all-weather flexibility, meaning it feels warm in cold temperatures and cool when it’s hot. It’s resistant to pilling, sagging, shrinking, and fading. If durability is your main concern and you have a few pets running around the house, Ultrasuede is a great option. If you have questions about Ultrasuede or want to learn more about performance fabrics in general, come into any of our…
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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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