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02 Oct 2018
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 ...
21 Sep 2018
  A new collection is always an excuse to celebrate. And this one even more so, as it's inspired and named by the city where Circle Furniture began. The Cambridge Collection is exclusive to Circle Furniture and is a modern collection of timeless styles at a great price point. As someone with a newfound love for mid-century modern furniture and an affinity for jewel tones, this collection speaks to my design aesthetic. Peggy Burns describes,  "I'm very excited about the collection first and foremost because it's the most extensive exclusive collection that Circle Furniture has embarked on, available only in our stores." Heather Chiapperini, the manager at our Cambridge showroom, is also excited about this collection, "The designs are on trend ...
14 Sep 2018
The dining room has evolved over the years. Many people are opting for an open concept kitchen and shifting what "dining" means to them. However, the dining room is by no means extinct.   The idea of a separate dining room to host family on holidays is still idealized and loved by many. Or perhaps you don't have the budget for a major renovation.   Either way, we're here to help you design a modern dining room. Whether you're starting from scratch or updating an older room, everything you need to bring a little contemporary flair into your dining experience can be found here.     What is a modern dining room?   Where a traditional dining room is defined by formality and rigidity, a modern dining room is ...
31 Aug 2018
The dining room is an integral room in the house. It's a space for gathering, eating, and bringing the family together for the holidays. Oftentimes the furniture you decide to buy, if it's high-quality and well-made, will last through generations. But how much will it cost Whether you're starting from scratch or just filling in a few pieces, we want to keep you informed about every aspect of the design process.     First Steps   When furnishing a dining room and deciding where to invest your money, there are a few important questions to ask yourself.   What are the dimensions of the space This will determine the size of the dining room table and the rug. How many people need to fit at the table every ...
20 Jul 2018
  Whether you're downsizing or you just don't have the space for a separate guest room, having an office that serves as a guest room is sometimes necessary. However, office spaces don't always lend themselves to being comfortable, homey environments for guests.   There are several steps you can take to create a multi-purpose space that acts as both a home office and a guest room.   What are the benefits of a multi-functional room?   In a lot of cases, you may not have a choice when it comes to deciding between a guest room and an office. Maybe you don't have an extra room but you want to be able to put up guests.   Or, you might have guests coming to stay very infrequently. So even ...
13 Jul 2018
A home is only truly beautiful when it's functioning correctly. Space planning is the comprehensive organization and mapping out of your home design.   It allows you to make sense of your space, scale your furniture to your home, and take your design to the next level.   Space planning allows you to visualize, whether in an online Room Planner  or on paper, exactly how your space will function and where the furniture will be placed inside it.     What is space planning?   Will Correia, from our Pembroke showroom, describes, "Space planning is mapping out a room, figuring out your focal points, what the function of the room is, and determining the scale of the room and the furniture within it." When space planning, designers map out ...
03 Jul 2018
  Downsizing can be very liberating. It forces you to think about what you truly need and it allows you to live the lifestyle you've always wanted, whether that means moving closer to the city or setting up camp by the ocean. It can, however, be overwhelming if you don't know where to begin. This guide will give you everything you need to know about downsizing so you're not making the move in the dark.   Plan ahead   With any major design project, whether you're remodeling or moving house, the first step is to take inventory and to plan as much as possible.   Take inventory   What are you keeping What are you selling, donating, or giving away   Take measurements   Do you have a floor plan or an architectural plan Measure ...