Touch of Hue

Colorful Ideas, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Events and Fundraisers, Green Design, Pick of the Week, Random
We all love color. There is nothing better than throwing a fresh coat of paint on a wall to liven our space. Clean. Fresh. Ahhh. Inspiring, yes? Last week we were thrilled to host an event in our Boston store featuring Lisa Teague from Quiet Home Paints. Lisa, and her partner/daughter Andi, teamed up to create a line of paint that boasts vibrant, beautiful colors and is safe for the home. The paints are odorless, solvent-free, no VOC's, and water-based.  They are free of pesticides, herbicides and entirely non-toxic.  Lisa and Andi have created a fabulous paint line and we want our customers to know about it. In our Boston and Cambridge stores we have a small kiosk   with samples of QHP's brilliant and refreshing paint colors. Soon we will…
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Green Living

Events and Fundraisers, Green Design, Random
Green. Eco-friendly. Natural. Organic. Biodegradable. Carbon footprint. Energy efficient. Sustainable. Re-purposed. And so on...Let's face it, there are a lot of things we need to know about pertaining to green living. That's why we were thrilled last week to host a "Green Living" seminar with The Boston Globe at our Danvers showroom. Our first speaker was Rich Menard from Benjamin Moore. He taught us about the many options of ec0-friendly paints they have available. Next time you need to paint a room, please research their "green promise" paint line.     Next up was Alicia and John Hunt from Green Lifestyle Consulting. If you are trying to live greener they can teach you hundreds of ways to start. Would you like to save a little more on your heating bills?…
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We LOVE Home Energy Efficiency Freebies!!

Community and Boston, Green Design, Promotions, Random
As hurricane season hits, we know that the summer is coming to a close. OK, not that fast, because we still have some good BBQ weather ahead of us, but while we relish these last few months here is one reason you may want to consider planning ahead for the upcoming change in seasons. Performing an energy audit on your home now could give you some time to prepare for fall and winter while taking advantage of some of the great rebates Massachusetts has to offer as incentives to increase the energy efficiency in your home. We love any green and sustainable, so if you are a fan of this blog we bet you do too. One local Massachusetts company on the rise is Next Step Living, "a residential energy efficiency company,…
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Walk This Way…

Community and Boston, Green Design
After four years in the making, Cleantech Homes, LLC. is unveiling one of the most energy efficient, sustainable homes in the nation in Beverly, Massachusetts. This showcase home will be used as a prototype to educate the public in sustainable building techniques and design as well as an exhibition site for new products and materials used in the construction of high performance homes. Schools, universities and professionals in the home construction industry will be invited to tour the house.  We're so excited and proud to have furnished the home with eco-conscious furniture from vendors such as Copeland Furniture, C.R. Laine, American Leather and Gat Creek. “We are thrilled to provide furnishings from our wonderful vendors like Vermont-based Copeland Furniture, winners of the 2009 Sage Award for green manufacturing,” says Peggy Burns, Queen Bee of Circle Furniture. “In this…
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Happy Earth Day!

Community and Boston, Green Design
Happy Earth Day everyone! I want to give a shout out to all our eco-conscious vendors and say thanks for all you're doing to create earth-friendly sustainable products for Circle to sell! Copeland, Cherry Pond, CR Laine, Lee Industries, Vermont Tubbs, Vermont Furniture, Gat Creek, American Leather, Company C, Brown Street, Ultrasuede® and many more are all fighting the good fight and we appreciate it. Thanks to all our customers as well who recognize the importance of sustainable furniture!  And... In reading up about the 40th anniversary of Earth Day I can't help but be excited for the events going on in Boston. For those of us working today and tomorrow, here are some fun ideas for the weekend taken from our friends at boston.com. 1. Celebrate Earth Day at New England…
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As I Was Saying…Sustainability Rocks!

Design Inspiration, Green Design
We're getting closer to that big Earth Day celebration next week so we decided to give props to the vendors and manufacturers who make the furniture we so proudly sell. Today, it's all about "Soy". What? Soy. As in, soybeans. Let me explain. Many of our upholstery vendors, such as American Leather, carry something called BiOH polyols, a soy-based ingredient used in making flexible foam for their seat and back cushions. Why would anyone use soy in making cushions? Good question. You see traditional foam is made from petroleum-based products. BiOH products are made from soybean oil, thus cutting back on the amount of petroleum-based ingredients. As they say on BiOH's website, "Foam cushioning made with BiOH polyols is comparable to existing foam used by the home furnishings and automotive industries while…
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