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28 Aug 2019
Downsizing is a complicated transition; it requires letting go and embracing change. While it can be difficult, it's also incredibly exciting. It's a chance to start over, live in a more functional space, and design a home that's catered to your new lifestyle.   We had a chance to visit Betsy, one of our Design Consultants in Pembroke, in her new home in The Pinehills. She talked to us about her experience downsizing and how fun the design process was.     What is the Pinehills?     The Pinehills is, in their words, "a new take on the classic New England village, offering inspired new homes and daily adventure in Plymouth, Massachusetts." They have an emphasis on green space and offer individual homes of all sizes; condominiums, ...
16 Aug 2019
When you're looking to update, redo, or even just rearrange your interior design, an online room planner is a great place to start.   But what room layout planner should you use There are so many! We chose the 5 best online room planners to help you navigate this crowded sector.   Liz Balestrero, a professional design consultant in our Acton showroom, helped provide some clarity around the home use of online planners and why "best" can be a misleading term in this niche. Her input helped inform our choices. To explain.     So What Does "Best" Mean When We're Talking About Room Planners   Liz was quick to point out that what many people might highlight as the "best" screen-based planners are those that are built for ...
01 Aug 2019
Save on big-ticket items this Sales Tax Holiday at your local retailer or online.   What is Tax-Free Weekend (Also known as the Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday)   You may have heard chatter about it in the past but this year is the first year that the MA state government planned ahead to assure a sales tax holiday weekend. In 2018, after a two-year hiatus, the sales tax holiday came back and it is here to stay based on the Grand Bargain signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018. This new legislation established the MA Tax holiday will happen annually and the date will be determined by June 15th each year, rather than late July as it had been previously.    Why should you care    For large ...
30 Jul 2019
Here at Circle Furniture , doing our part to care for the environment has, and will continue to be, an important part of how we run our business. We take every opportunity to follow sustainable practices and carefully choose business partners that take pride in their green mission.   Going solar was a natural step in our evolution and has allowed us to source clean, renewable energy for our warehouse and offices as well as several of our showrooms.   We spoke to Keith Hevenor of Nexamp, to learn about the top 4 benefits of going solar so you can learn a little more about why we're passionate about clean energy.     Firstly, what is solar energy   Solar energy, in the simplest explanation, is energy given off ...
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 ...
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 ...
20 Jun 2019
Home renovations are an exciting chance to customize your living space and build your dream home. They also require a lot of time and money and can easily become stressful.   We met up with Megan Lynch, a Circle Furniture customer, who recently renovated her beautiful home in Concord, Massachusetts. She gave us some insights into the process and highlighted the things you should know before you start a home renovation.     Be realistic about your budget and your timeline   Megan explains, "You have to be realistic about the process; the time it's going to take as well the money. The first, and probably the most obvious point is that you have to be cognizant of your budget.  When it comes to the budget." She ...
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