What is Crypton? [In Under 100 Words]

What is Crypton? [In Under 100 Words]

Design Inspiration, General, Things To know, Tips and Tricks
Chances are you’ve heard of Crypton. Particularly if you’ve been in the market for a stain-resistant, odor-resistant, and moisture-resistant performance fabric. What is it, exactly? Crypton is an engineered textile made with pre-tested fabrics with specific fiber and construction requirements. The fabrics undergo in an immersion process which creates an impenetrable moisture barrier. Besides being the most stain and spill resistant fabric, Crypton is also earth-friendly and the company pays close attention to sustainable practices. Crypton Fabric In addition to home fabrics, Crypton also offers outdoor options as well as non-toxic mattresses and bedding. If you have questions about Crypton or want to learn more about performance fabrics in general, come into any of our 6 showrooms to chat with a design consultant. They’ll answer all of your upholstery questions…
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What is Ultrasuede? [In Under 100 Words]

What is Ultrasuede? [In Under 100 Words]

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Ultrasuede is a performance fabric that’s often compared to suede leather because it mimics the soft, luxurious feel of suede. One of the reasons Ultrasuede is so popular is because it’s pet-friendly. It has an extremely tight weave that makes it near impossible for claws to penetrate through. Ultrasuede is cleanable, breathable, and durable and it can stand up to a high-traffic home. It also has all-weather flexibility, meaning it feels warm in cold temperatures and cool when it’s hot. It’s resistant to pilling, sagging, shrinking, and fading. If durability is your main concern and you have a few pets running around the house, Ultrasuede is a great option. If you have questions about Ultrasuede or want to learn more about performance fabrics in general, come into any of our…
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Preston vs. Sarah: Comparing Hardwood Desks

Preston vs. Sarah: Comparing Hardwood Desks

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The desk is an important piece in the home office, if not the most important. It sets the tone for the style of the room and provides you a space to comfortably work. And that’s the goal, isn’t it? To be comfortable. If comfort for you means a sit-stand desk, check out our comparison and review of the BDI Sola versus the Copeland Invigo. However, if you prefer a more classic wood desk, you’re in the right place. Catherine Willey, our Framingham store manager, takes us through two hardwood desks, the Preston and the Sarah. Preston Desk The Preston desk is a classic desk with modern, clean lines and it’s available only in Cherry, in a variety of finishes. Catherine says, “The front’s finished nicely so it can be floated…
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Copeland Invigo vs. BDI Sola: Comparing Lift Desks

Copeland Invigo vs. BDI Sola: Comparing Lift Desks

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As we become more health conscious as a society, lift desks have become more popular. It’s common knowledge that sitting all day is not the best for your long-term health, and sit-stand desks are an excellent way to have the flexibility to stand when you want to. Because lift desks are an investment in your health and your work lifestyle, it’s important to do your research before purchasing one. We talked to Catherine Willey, our store manager in Framingham, about the Copeland Invigo Sit-Stand Desk and the BDI Sola Lift Desk. Copeland Invigo Sit-Stand Desk The Invigo desk is, in Copeland’s words, “a highly configurable series of sit to stand desks that can be specified in a range of sizes and finishes.” It has a dual motor lift base with…
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American Leather Reinvented Recliner vs. Thayer Coggin Viceroy

American Leather Reinvented Recliner vs. Thayer Coggin Viceroy

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Push-back recliners allow for the ease and relaxation of a motorized recliner without the need for a motorized system. They float beautifully and act not only as a functional and comfortable seat but as a beautiful design addition to the home. We decided to compare two of our favorite push-back recliners: The Thayer Coggin Viceroy and the American Leather Reinvented Recliner. Catherine Willey, our store manager in Framingham, gives us her take on both to help you get a feel for which one may be the right choice for you. Thayer Coggin Viceroy The Thayer Coggin Viceroy, designed in 1965 by Milo Baughman, is an American-made classic and iconic design. Catherine says, “It’s a really well loved mid-century chair and it has the classic solid walnut frame. It’s designed to…
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Defining Design Services: Online, In-Store, and Interior Designers

Defining Design Services: Online, In-Store, and Interior Designers

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Interior design is a multifaceted topic and there are a lot of options out there when it comes to getting design services for your home. What’s the difference between a free design service and an interior designer? How do online versions like Havenly measure up? And how much do they cost? We’re here to give you the answers to all those questions and more so you can make an informed decision about how to find design help your home and create a space you love to live in. We spoke to Gary Fisher, our Director of Sales, to get his expert take. Online services like Havenly or Design in a Box Online services can be great options if you’re starting from scratch and aren’t sure where to begin. If you…
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Sunbrella, Crypton, and Ultrasuede: An Overview

Sunbrella, Crypton, and Ultrasuede: An Overview

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Performance fabrics have become increasingly popular over the years. And although these fabrics aren’t invincible, they're far more cleanable and durable than others than the market—making them perfect options for those with small children or who prefer to worry a little less when it comes to their upholstery. We spoke to Cindy Rubenfeld, our manager in Middleton, about the three most well-known performance fabrics, Sunbrella, Crypton, and Ultrasuede. What are they? Sunbrella Sunbrella was originally invented for outdoor purposes with a heavy canvas feel that was extremely durable and fade-resistant. Over time, Sunbrella was adapted for interior upholstery. Cindy explains, “Sunbrella is the most colorfast and fade-proof fabric.” It’s also mold and mildew resistant and can be power-washed and cleaned with bleach. Although it used to be a stiffer fabric,…
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