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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Designer’s Pick of the Week: Savoy Sofa

Designer’s Pick of the Week: Savoy Sofa

Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Pick of the Week
It’s coming on fall and that means our designers are looking forward to cooler weather and shorter days, snuggling up with a good book and time in front of the fire. And there is no more perfect place to experience this than in the sublime comfort of quality sofa. We’re not certain that’s why Middleton design professional Valerie Folan chose the Savoy sofa by American Leather as her pick of the week, but it certainly meets that need. Valerie did tell us many other reasons she loves this piece. Features and benefits She started with the fit. Valerie noted that this sofa doesn’t sit too high (20 inches), so someone who is shorter can still get their feet on the floor. But you can also sit back into this piece,…
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Top 5 Benefits of a Comfort Sleeper

Top 5 Benefits of a Comfort Sleeper

Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
The Comfort Sleeper from American Leather is renowned for being the ultimate in comfort when it comes to sleeper sofas. The fact is, sleeper sofas aren’t always known for their comfort. They are a function piece; one that serves two purposes well but doesn’t excel at either. The Comfort Sleeper, however, manages to break this mold. American Leather cuts no corners when it comes to creating the most comfortable sleeper sofa on the market. This is all well and good, but besides comfort—what are the benefits of investing in a Comfort Sleeper? We met up with Georgianna Stevens, our Cambridge showroom Store Manager, to find out. What is the Comfort Sleeper? You’re probably wondering what exactly is the Comfort Sleeper and how does it differ from other sleeper sofas you’ll…
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Top 5 Best Sleeper Sofas

Top 5 Best Sleeper Sofas

Designers, General, Pick of the Week, Things To know
When it comes to finding the best sleeper sofa, we realize that each person’s criteria are unique. Some people want a showpiece sofa that offers a luxurious night’s sleep. Other’s need a piece for the occasionally used guest room where a visitor might stay a night or two. Or this may be a piece for a kid’s or romper room where friend sleepovers are in heavy rotation. Some people need their sleeper today! While others are excited to spend time getting every detail just so for their customized piece. We present our choices for the top 5 sleeper sofas with all of these interests in mind. Our intent is that, whatever sleeper sofa you need, there is an option here for you. To assist in the process of picking 5…
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Downsizing Spotlight: The Pinehills in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Downsizing Spotlight: The Pinehills in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Colorful Ideas, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Designers, General
Downsizing is a complicated transition; it requires letting go and embracing change. While it can be difficult, it’s also incredibly exciting. It’s a chance to start over, live in a more functional space, and design a home that’s catered to your new lifestyle. We had a chance to visit Betsy, one of our Design Consultants in Pembroke, in her new home in The Pinehills. She talked to us about her experience downsizing and how fun the design process was. What is the Pinehills? The Pinehills is, in their words, “a new take on the classic New England village, offering inspired new homes and daily adventure in Plymouth, Massachusetts.” They offer individual homes of all sizes; condominiums, townhomes, as well as luxury apartments for rent. Betsy describes her move to Pinehills,…
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How to Choose the Right Leather for Your Sofa

How to Choose the Right Leather for Your Sofa

Design Inspiration, Furniture Care Q&A, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
Leather is a popular choice for upholstery and with good reason. When taken care of, leather ages like a fine wine—it only gets better and softer with time. Once you’ve decided to go down the leather path, it’s important to learn how to choose the right one. Cindy Rubenfeld, our store manager in Middleton, helps us navigate the different leather types and gives you some tips on how to choose the right leather for you. Why choose leather? First, why choose leather in the first place? “Well to start,” Cindy explains, “Most leathers are going to last 7 times longer than any fabric. It’s one of the strongest and most durable upholstery options.” Besides being extremely durable, leather is, for the most part, easier to maintain and clean than fabric.…
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The 5 Best Online Room Planners

The 5 Best Online Room Planners

Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
When you’re looking to update, redo, or even just rearrange your interior design, an online room planner is a great place to start. But what room layout planner should you use? There are so many! We chose the 5 best online room planners to help you navigate this crowded sector. Liz Balestrero, a professional design consultant in our Acton showroom, helped provide some clarity around the home use of online planners and why “best” can be a misleading term in this niche. Her input helped inform our choices. To explain. So What Does “Best” Mean When We're Talking About Room Planners? Liz was quick to point out that what many people might highlight as the "best" screen-based planners are those that are built for experienced designers. These programs offer seemingly…
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