What is Sunbrella? [In Under 100 Words]

What is Sunbrella? [In Under 100 Words]

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Sunbrella is a performance fabric designed specifically for fade resistance and outdoor use. It was invented in the 1960s with a focus on outdoor seating and over time has developed a soft and luxurious feel. It’s engineered to be resistant to fading due to sun or chemical exposure. Sunbrella is perfect for outdoor spaces, sunrooms, and any room that gets a lot of sunlight. Besides being fade-resistant, Sunbrella is also stain-resistant, easy to care for and is extremely easy to clean. It’s mold and mildew resistant and it can be cleaned with bleach. You can even put it in the washing machine (just skip the dryer)! The cleanability of Sunbrella makes it a low-maintenance fabric that’s perfect for a second home. It comes in an array of beautiful solids and…
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What is Crypton? [In Under 100 Words]

What is Crypton? [In Under 100 Words]

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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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6 Tips to Make Your New House Feel More Like Home

6 Tips to Make Your New House Feel More Like Home

Colorful Ideas, Design Inspiration, General, Tips and Tricks
Moving houses is often a challenging task. When all the technical things are done and you finally move in, your new home won’t always feel like home right away. You may find yourself referring to it as the “new house” while your old place will still be referred to as “home.” Getting adjusted to a new living situation takes time, so it shouldn’t worry you that you don’t feel like you’re truly home yet. To help speed up the process, you can always take matters into your own hands. Soon enough, you’ll be referring to your new place as “home," while your “old place” stays just that. 1. Focus on natural light If your new house is dark and gloomy or filled with artificial lights, it’s not going to feel…
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