This Old House Project Spotlight

This Old House Project Spotlight

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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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Top 5 Reasons to Shop Local

Top 5 Reasons to Shop Local

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As a local company, we are very invested in our community, and naturally, big supporters of shopping local. The reasons for shopping local go far beyond what can be covered in an article and they also go far beyond the statistics and facts.   Chances are you already know how the community builds and grows around local shops! Does your hometown have a locally owned store where the owners have become your friends? Or a local restaurant that gets involved in community events? These stores are what makes a town a community. Here are our top reasons why shopping local is so important. Minimizes Ecological Footprint The first reason to shop local? It’s so much better for the environment. The longer the transportation between factory and consumer, the more waste,…
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Boston Design Week 2019: Everything You Need to Know

Boston Design Week 2019: Everything You Need to Know

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The Sixth Annual Boston Design Week 2019 is taking place from March 27th to April 7th, spanning 12 days of events and activities surrounding design in the Greater Boston area. There will be events on the topic of graphic design, fashion, interior design, technical design, historic preservation, and architecture. We spoke to Meaghan Flaherty from Fusco and Four, about the inspiration behind Boston Design Week and what she’s excited for this year. About Boston Design Week Boston Design Week was held for the first time in March 2014, although the idea for it had been in the works for years prior to that. Meaghan describes, “Boston really needed a celebration of all aspects of design. We wanted to create an event that was accessible to everyone. A lot of people…
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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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Designer’s Pick of the Week: Comfort Air Chair

Designer’s Pick of the Week: Comfort Air Chair

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Catherine Willey, store manager and furniture fan in our Framingham showroom, has a new favorite from our product line up.  The Comfort Air Recliner, in particular, the Cirrus model. Catherine chose this as her pick of the week because of the unique comfort of the chair and the way it conforms to your individual seating style. “I was that kid who sat cross-legged everywhere, or with my legs hanging over the side of the furniture. Standard seats are not for me. The Comfort Air Recliner uses advanced foam technologies in combination with a very mobile and flexible body construction to create seating that's all about the user.” This chair can be paired with an ottoman, or not, and it swivels, glides, reclines, and rocks to move with your body. Its…
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High Point Market: Fall Trend Report

High Point Market: Fall Trend Report

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  The merchandising team has returned from the Fall High Point Market in North Carolina with exciting new home décor trends. After visiting many showrooms, we found several common threads throughout. Here are some of the top trends we took away from this High Point Market visit. Shades of blue The first trend that was prevalent throughout Market was the color blue. As far as shades of blue, they varied, but navy in particular dominated. Blue is soothing, calming, creating an oceanic feeling, whether seen on furniture, wall coverings, or artwork. It's an easy color to bring into the home and looks beautiful contrasted against warmer, orange tones as well as weaved into a cooler toned palette. Our Davis sofa, featured in Indigo, is a lush, jewel-toned addition to any space.…
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Dining Room Paint Colors: From Neutral to Bold

Dining Room Paint Colors: From Neutral to Bold

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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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