Designer’s Pick of the Week: Milford Sofa

Designer’s Pick of the Week: Milford Sofa

Design Inspiration, Designers, Fun Report, Pick of the Week, Things To know
This week, Gary Fisher, our Director of Sales, shares his pick of the week in the form of the ultimate cozy sofa: The Milford. “Who wouldn’t want to sit on this?” He asks. The sofa is available in multiple configurations, but he’s pictured on the Cuddle Chaise Sectional. “It’s exactly what it sounds like. The perfect spot to cuddle up with your pet, your spouse, your whole family.” A cuddle chaise is also a great option for those who can’t fit a traditional chaise. The sofa has a deep seat and a plush feel. “It’s the ultimate family sofa. I can almost guarantee kids will sit still on this.” The fabric, in particular, is one of Gary’s favorite aspects of the Milford. “It’s featured in a super chunky corduroy with…
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Creating a Calm, Peaceful Environment in Your Home

Creating a Calm, Peaceful Environment in Your Home

Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
Creating a calm and peaceful environment in your home is incredibly important. Brian Bechard, our Visual Merchandiser, explains, “There are so many stresses in life. Your home should be the one place you can turn to as a sanctuary and a safe haven.” Because ‘calm’ means something different to everyone, there are no steadfast rules here. It all comes down to personal preference. We’re here to be your guide to all things calm so you can feel relaxed in your home. Consider the calm The first place to start is to consider what calm means to you. What colors are soothing to you? How does your environment currently affect your mood? Brian says, “The bottom line to creating a space that feels calming and relaxing is surrounding yourself with things…
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Dining Furniture: A Conversation with a Local Craftsman

Dining Furniture: A Conversation with a Local Craftsman

Buzz, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Eco Friendly, General, Green Design, Things To know
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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Handmade Furniture: a Tour of a Local Woodshop

Handmade Furniture: a Tour of a Local Woodshop

Eco Friendly, General, Random, Things To know
Recently, we had a chance to visit a local woodshop that we’ve been partnered with for over 30 years and get a peek into their daily routine. They’ve been making hardwood furniture for around 35 years, and they specialize in bedroom furniture as well as mirrors, tables, and occasionally media cabinets. We spoke to Chris who’s been with them for 19 years. He describes the wood they use for their pieces, “Everything we do is cherry, but our secondary woods for the drawer sides are pine. Most of our cherry comes from the Alleghany National Forest in Pennsylvania.” Sustainability Caring for, and not harming, the environment is important to them and they take care to ensure that the wood they source is from sustainable forests and that trees are continually…
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Current Trends in Upholstery: Fall 2018

Current Trends in Upholstery: Fall 2018

Colorful Ideas, Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Pick of the Week, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
Upholstery and interior design trends are constantly in flux. And, as with everything else, it’s important to invest in pieces that work for you and your lifestyle. That being said, learning about the latest trends will inspire you, inform you, and help you along your design journey.   High Style, High Performance There are a few key elements in upholstery that are trending right now, including layering textured styles, and softened shapes. But the main takeaway? You want a fabric that looks beautiful but isn’t high maintenance. In other words, as Catherine Willey, our store manager in Framingham, likes to call it, “High-Style and High-Performance.” While patterns and color trends come and go, the trend is consistently moving towards fabrics that are made for real life. You might have small…
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How to Expertly Decorate an Open Floor Plan

How to Expertly Decorate an Open Floor Plan

Colorful Ideas, Design Inspiration, Designers, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
Open floor plan living areas are incredibly beneficial to the flow of a house. They’re great for entertaining, they invite conversation, and they allow you to easily transition your décor from one space to the next. They do, however, provide somewhat of a challenge. It’s necessary for an open floor plan to differentiate between two functional spaces, like a kitchen and living room, while at the same time remaining cohesive. Delineate Determine how you’re going to define the two areas. Placement of furniture is key, and it becomes more important the larger the area is. Generally, the easiest way to do this is to float your furniture. This may mean placing a sectional or a sofa facing away from the kitchen, with two upholstered chairs beside it. It could also…
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