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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Designer’s Pick of the Week: Comfort Air Chair

Designer’s Pick of the Week: Comfort Air Chair

Buzz, Design Inspiration, Designers, Fun Report, Pick of the Week
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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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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Top 6 Places to Visit in Cambridge, MA

Top 6 Places to Visit in Cambridge, MA

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Harvard Square might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Cambridge, but there's so much more to the city. Sitting opposite Boston on the Charles River, Cambridge is a university community and a hub of innovation. We have roots in Cambridge going back over 60 years. In fact, Circle Furniture takes its name from the location of the original store, in Putnam Circle (now Putnam Square) in Cambridge, MA. We still have a beautiful showroom in Cambridge right in Fresh Pond. Over the years we've discovered so many reasons to love Cambridge and we want to share them with you. Why we love Cambridge Heather, from our Cambridge showroom, has "enjoyed walking around Fresh Pond for many years." The Fresh Pond Reservation Loop trail is a beautiful…
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What’s the Buzz: Trend Report from Spring Furniture Market

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Having just returned from this year’s furniture market in High Point, North Carolina, I thought I would share my thoughts on trends and forecasts. First let me just say there was a lot of discussion  and controversy over the most recent legislation passed in North Carolina - the HB2 law; and I will say that we have the support of our North Carolina partners to publicly stand against it. Modern was definitely the theme of this year’s market and styles tended to be smaller scale and transitional. Neutrals were definitely the theme along with a lot of blues; and grey is still the dominant finish on wood products . Live edge or raw edge was still very popular along with varying degrees of metal bases, and all size cocktail and dining tables.…
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