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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Massachusetts Tax-Free Weekend August 17 & 18, 2019: What You Need To Know

Circle Furniture News, Community and Boston, Events and Fundraisers, General, Promotions, Things To know
Save on big-ticket items this Sales Tax Holiday at your local retailer or online. What is Tax-Free Weekend? (Also known as the Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday)  You may have heard chatter about it in the past but this year is the first year that the MA state government planned ahead to assure a sales tax holiday weekend. In 2018, after a two-year hiatus, the sales tax holiday came back and it is here to stay based on the Grand Bargain signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018. This new legislation established the MA Tax holiday will happen annually and the date will be determined by June 15th each year, rather than late July as it had been previously.  Why should you care?  For large purchases, such as furniture, the Massachusetts…
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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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American Leather Comfort Sleeper vs. Monika Sleeper

American Leather Comfort Sleeper vs. Monika Sleeper

Colorful Ideas, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, General
At Circle Furniture, two distinctly different but popular sleeper sofas we offer are the American Leather Comfort Sleeper and the Monika Sleeper. Here we compare the two, highlighting their salient similarities and differences to help you in your decision-making process. To provide insight and expertise to this process, we spoke to Circle Furniture Boston store showroom manager Linda Maguire. Today’s sleeper sofas: Elegant design, quality sleep Since Bernard Castro popularized his Castro Convertible sleeper sofas in the mid-1900s, this smart two-in-one piece has become a fixture for easy room-use changeability and space saving. Problem was, however, that neither the couch nor the bed were particularly comfortable early on, and the pull-out mechanisms (despite Castro’s ad claims that “even a child could do it”) were often difficult to use and clunky.…
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Decorating a Rental Home: Expert Tips and Tricks

Decorating a Rental Home: Expert Tips and Tricks

Colorful Ideas, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
Whether you purchased a second home knowing you’d rent it out, or you’re converting a loft space into an Airbnb, it’s important to pay careful attention to how you decorate your rental space. Many people these days are opting to rent instead of staying in a hotel for their vacations. Which means that you won’t be the only one offering up your space on Airbnb or another rental site. But have no fear, our team of designers in Pembroke gave us their top tips to make your rental home stand out among the crowd. The best furniture to invest in You may be tempted to save money on furniture for your rental space. But investing in a few key pieces can be the deal-breaker between whether or not your guests…
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5 Things to Know Before a Home Renovation

5 Things to Know Before a Home Renovation

Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
Home renovations are an exciting chance to customize your living space and build your dream home. They also require a lot of time and money and can easily become stressful. We met up with Megan Lynch, a Circle Furniture customer, who recently renovated her beautiful home in Concord, Massachusetts. She gave us some insights into the process and highlighted the things you should know before you start a home renovation. Be realistic about your budget and your timeline Megan explains, “You have to be realistic about the process; the time it’s going to take as well the money. The first, and probably the most obvious point is that you have to be cognizant of your budget.  When it comes to the budget." She states, “Double your budget. Whatever you think…
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This Old House Project Spotlight

This Old House Project Spotlight

Buzz, Circle Furniture News, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Designers, Events and Fundraisers, Fun Report, General, Pick of the Week
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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