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16 Aug 2019
  A member of the Tubman family has been riding or volunteering in the Pan Mass Challenge since 2008. This amazing charity raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses Massachusetts. Circle Furniture is proud to have had a team of riders and volunteers participating in this event over the past eleven years. Beyond riding, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, we also transport the bikes of Team Lick to Sturbridge and have furnished the lobby of the Pan Mass Challenge HQ in Needham. So, you could say, we're committed.   The 40th PMC took place on August 3rd and 4th with a goal of raising $60 million dollars. The following is a ...
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 ...
14 Aug 2019
We're excited to introduce a new power sectional from the Roma collection, the Tivoli Sectional. We met up with the team in Middleton to chat about features, benefits, and why they love this addition to our upholstery collection.   What is it The Tivoli is a leather sofa available in a sofa, loveseat, and sectional and it comes with or without a power recliner. There's also the option to get a chaise lounge on your sectional. The Tivoli is highly customizable, you can choose the configuration of the sectional as well as where you want the recliner sections to go. It starts at $8,190 in a sectional with three recliners.   Because it's so customizable, it's a great option for smaller homes and unique spaces. ...
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 ...
02 Aug 2019
Sleeper sofas are common "must have" pieces of furniture, and here we'll review one of the most popular options, the American Leather sleeper sofa, the Comfort Sleeper.   This piece is a regular favorite, year on year. At Circle Furniture, we often hear from customers that it's the sleeper sofa a friend recommended, or the one they remember sleeping on at a family member's house, or while on a hotel stay, like at the Westin.   This popularity is well earned. The Comfort Sleeper is well-designed and well-made, and it's comfortable"”in both of its configurations: as a sofa and as a bed.   In a recent blog post, we compared this perennial crowd-pleaser to the Monica Sleeper, so you'll find information about the piece there. In ...
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 ...