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26 Jun 2017
PSA: Chandeliers aren't just for dining rooms. Quirky or sophisticated, modern or traditional, the right chandelier will add ambiance, character, and light to your space. It can, however, be a tough choice - and once you've made it, how do you hang it up! Here are some pointers from our designers.   First, listen to what the house is telling you. Is it modern or classic, industrial or transitional The same chandelier will operate differently depending on the space. Do you want it to be the focal point of your room, or would you prefer for it to blend seamlessly in with the existing design Don't shy away from placing chandeliers in rooms throughout your house; they're not just reserved for dining ...
06 Apr 2016
As a provider of beautifully crafted solid wood furniture we often get asked, "what type of wood is used to make your tables, chairs, dressers, etc." We have carefully selected wood shops to partner with that not  only build beautiful long lasting wood furniture but also  source it locally from sustainable forests. Here are some of  the wood species we use and their characteristics: MAPLE   Characteristics: Maple sapwood is creamy white with a slight reddish brown tinge. Maple heartwood varies from light to dark reddish brown. Wood has a close, fine texture and is generally straight grained but it can also feature fiddle-back, tiger, burl and birds-eye figuring. Maple is a heavy wood. CHERRY   Characteristics: Sapwood is creamy white. Heartwood is red to reddish brown. When first ...
28 Apr 2015
Ready to leave the world of hand-me-downs and particle-board furniture behind but not sure you have the HGTV-worthy design skills to build yourself a beautiful adult space While working with a designer may seem even more intimidating as designing a new space yourself, it doesn't have to be. These six tips will help you get thinking about what you what out of your redesign, and they'll help your designer create a space perfect for you.    1. Identify the showcase items in the room you're redesigning.  Do you have beautiful windows you want to show off A family heirloom like a chest or a chair that needs to be in the room you are redesigning Be sure to let your designer know so ...
29 Dec 2014
It always catches up to us before we know it - the new year is almost here, which means it's time for a roundup of what's hot for 2015! Let's kick things off with color! Pantone has deemed "˜Masala' as their Color of the Year. While this hasn't appeared to be a favorite amongst designers or consumers, colors will trend on the cooler and softer side with subtle warm tones that follow a minimalistic theme. Think pastels and colors found in nature. While that might be easy on the eyes, 'Greek Blue' is making a strong appearance on everything from walls, to accent furniture and much more. This saturated, almost electric blue is joined by mustard yellows, energized reds and ...
04 Apr 2014
We all love color. There is nothing better than throwing a fresh coat of paint on a wall to liven our space. Clean. Fresh. Ahhh. Inspiring, yes   Last week we were thrilled to host an event in our Boston store featuring Lisa Teague from Quiet Home Paints. Lisa, and her partner/daughter Andi, teamed up to create a line of paint that boasts vibrant, beautiful colors and is safe for the home. The paints are odorless, solvent-free, no VOC's, and water-based. They are free of pesticides, herbicides and entirely non-toxic. Lisa and Andi have created a fabulous paint line and we want our customers to know about it. In our Boston and Cambridge stores we have a small kiosk with samples of QHP's ...
26 Feb 2014
Pantone's Color of the Year - 2014   For those who keep up with design trends, you've had a couple of months to let the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year sink in. For those who aren't in the know...the winner was Radiant Orchid. So what's the word on the street Do we love it or shall we lock ourselves in our homes and not come out until 2015 Here's what we think at Circle. Bring It On! No, it's not that we're obsessed with all things pink/purple. Trust me, we love our neutrals just as much as the other guy...but pops of Radiant Orchid make us swoon. Seriously. I mean, how can you resist a bit here and there... In your ...
06 Aug 2009
I love my apartment. Honestly, since the first day I laid eyes on it. I live in an awesome part of Boston, close to amazing restaurants - shout out to Zon's, Ten Tables and my new fav down the road, Sophia's Grotto. Mmmmm. Anyway...although I love my place, it has, what I used to call a downfall...It's really, really small. Like so tiny, I even have a "baby" stove, as my nephew calls it. When I first moved in this presented a problem...where to put all my furniture I've collected over the years I've tried all different layouts, never really feeling like I had found the golden ticket....or golden floor plan, as it were. This past April I had a ...