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09 Aug 2019
When purchasing new upholstery, the cost of fabric is inevitably going to play a role in the conversation. How fabric will affect the cost of your upholstery depends on several factors.   Liz Balestrero, a Design Consultant in Acton, breaks down what impacts the cost of fabric and why it's generally worth spending a little more.     What impacts the cost of fabric   When discussing fabric, four major factors impact the cost the most. Where it comes from, what it's made up of, whether or not it has a pattern, and the brand name.   Origin   The origin of the fabric you choose plays a big role in the cost. Liz explains, "Fabric from Turkey, Belgium, and Italy tend to be higher quality and higher price, whereas ...
05 Aug 2019
Space planning and creating a room plan is the first step in designing a room that's both functional and beautiful. If you've ever tried an online room planner, then you'll know they can be incredibly helpful to get started.   But what's the difference between an online room planner versus going in and getting a design service and a room plan from a professional We spoke to Liz Balestrero and Renee Devlin from our Acton Showroom to learn about the merits of both.     Online Room Planner   Online room planners vary in how much they will offer you. Some are free; for example, our Online Room Planner, Room Sketcher, Plan Your Room, and Havertys OmniVue Room Planner. Other room planners, like Havenly, have varying costs ...
25 Jul 2019
At Circle Furniture, two distinctly different but popular sleeper sofas we offer are the American Leather Comfort Sleeper and the Monika Sleeper. Here we compare the two, highlighting their salient similarities and differences to help you in your decision-making process.   To provide insight and expertise to this process, we spoke to Circle Furniture Boston store showroom manager Linda Maguire.   Today's sleeper sofas: Elegant design, quality sleep   Since Bernard Castro popularized his Castro Convertible sleeper sofas in the mid-1900s, this smart two-in-one piece has become a fixture for easy room-use changeability and space saving.   Problem was, however, that neither the couch nor the bed were particularly comfortable early on, and the pull-out mechanisms (despite Castro's ad claims that "even a child could do it") were ...
22 Jul 2019
For many, a formal dining space is a thing of the past. With open-concept kitchens becoming more popular, the bar stool has gone from occasional seating to where you have your coffee every morning.   If you're spending a good portion of your meal times sitting on a bar stool, then it's important to know how to choose the right one. A bar stool that's all at once comfortable, stylish, and functional.   Catherine Willey, our Store Manager in Framingham, walks us through the different options and gives us a guide to choosing the best stools for your home.     Questions to Consider   How many people do you want to seat and how much room do you have to move around your island   This will determine ...
18 Jul 2019
The dining room table is where you gather with family and friends, and it's most likely where you eat all of your meals. Although dining chairs may seem like an afterthought, it's important to invest in high-quality, durable, and comfortable chairs that will last through the years.   A dining chair can range anywhere from $99 to upwards of $1,000 per chair. That's a wide range and it's hard to know how much you should spend or where to begin.   We spoke with Catherine Willey, our Store Manager in Framingham, to discuss how much a well-made chair costs and why it's worth investing your money in quality.     Questions to ask before you shop   When it comes to how much you'll spend on a dining ...
11 Jul 2019
Today, we're introducing you to two new products that we're excited about: The Thayer Chair and the Camden Sofa. We met up with Stephanie Birchenough, our Merchandiser, to hear about the features, pros, and cons so you can get to know the products and decide if they're right for you.   Thayer Chair     The Thayer Chair is a new style that we're really excited about. It has a tight-seat and a tight-back which means there are no loose cushions. "The benefit of a tight-seat," Stephanie explains, "is that it always looks neat because there's nothing to fluff."   The chair has a low arm that slopes down which Stephanie says is "part of the charm of the chair." As far as style goes, it leans ...
10 Jul 2019
Whether you purchased a second home knowing you'd rent it out, or you're converting a loft space into an Airbnb, it's important to pay careful attention to how you decorate your rental space.   Many people these days are opting to rent instead of staying in a hotel for their vacations. Which means that you won't be the only one offering up your space on Airbnb or another rental site. But have no fear, our team of designers in Pembroke gave us their top tips to make your rental home stand out among the crowd.     The best furniture to invest in   You may be tempted to save money on furniture for your rental space. But investing in a few key pieces can be the ...