Houseplants 101: Cost, Care, and More

Houseplants 101: Cost, Care, and More

Colorful Ideas, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Fun Report, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
Bringing plants into your home is beneficial in so many ways. Countless studies, including one from NASA, have been conducted about the stress-relieving, soothing, and purifying properties that plants have in the home. And from a design perspective, the appeal is clear: houseplants bring the outdoors in and add texture, dimension, and color to your home. We also know that learning to take care of plants in the home can be a challenge. We spoke with Lindsey Swett, the owner and founder of Niche Urban Supply Plant shop to get her expert take on bringing plants in the home as a beginner. Let’s start with the basics Why should you bring plants into the home? Lindsey says, “We believe plants support your creativity and allow you to experiment and embrace…
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Community Connections: Pembroke Art Show

Community Connections: Pembroke Art Show

Colorful Ideas, Community and Boston, Events and Fundraisers, Fun Report, General, Pick of the Week
We make a constant effort to create connections within our community. Recently, we hosted an Art Show Brunch in our Pembroke location, inviting local artists to display their work. The art show was the brainchild of Lucia Ventura, our manager in Pembroke, who, as an artist herself, wanted to host a new kind of event in the store. I spoke to Lucia and the artists to hear their perspective on this outstanding event. How it came together The idea came about when Rita Berkowitz, an artist and old friend of Lucia’s, dropped by the store to buy furniture. Together, they came up with the idea of an art show, and the rest came together naturally. “It all fell right into place, and all of the artists that I spoke to…
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Dining Furniture: A Conversation with a Local Craftsman

Dining Furniture: A Conversation with a Local Craftsman

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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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Dining Room Paint Colors: From Neutral to Bold

Dining Room Paint Colors: From Neutral to Bold

Buzz, Colorful Ideas, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know
Thanks to our contributor this week, Bruce Irving, who spoke with us about his take on dining room walls. Check out his book, New England Icons, and his website. Enjoy!  During my years producing This Old House, the show visited many an historic home, and I was surprised by how often we’d see a dining room with red walls. Somewhere along the line, a house docent told us that red was traditionally believed to stimulate the appetite, and she said it as if we should have darn well known it already, being old house types. Fair enough.  According to Psychologist World’s website, “Red increases the pulse and heart rate, and raises your blood pressure. It increases the appetite by increasing your metabolism, which is why red is such a popular…
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New to Circle Furniture: The Cambridge Collection

New to Circle Furniture: The Cambridge Collection

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A new collection is always an excuse to celebrate. And this one even more so, as it’s inspired and named by the city where Circle Furniture began. The Cambridge Collection is exclusive to Circle Furniture and is a modern collection of timeless styles at a great price point. As someone with a newfound love for mid-century modern furniture and an affinity for jewel tones, this collection speaks to my design aesthetic. Peggy Burns describes, “I’m very excited about the collection first and foremost because it’s the most extensive exclusive collection that Circle Furniture has embarked on, available only in our stores.” Heather Chiapperini, the manager at our Cambridge showroom, is also excited about this collection, “The designs are on trend but offer a timeless appeal and customers are already loving the…
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Copeland Furniture Company: A Factory Tour and Inside Look

Copeland Furniture Company: A Factory Tour and Inside Look

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I had the opportunity last week to journey up to Bradford, Vermont to attend Copeland Camp, a 2-day jam-packed instructional camp, hosted by Copeland Furniture Company. Copeland has been creating sustainably harvested hardwood furniture since the 70’s, and we’ve been working with them for nearly 4 decades. On deciding to work with Copeland, Peggy describes, "One of the most important things for me is the care they give to the environment and their desire to protect it for future generations. Tim Copeland was also a founding member of the sustainable furnishings council along with Circle, and one of the first winners of the Sage award given by the National Association of Manufacturers back in 2008."   Copeland Furniture Company Copeland Furniture has many attributes, they’re known for hardwood furniture, local…
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