Welcome to Inspirations
Nothing pleases us more than offering quality, elegant name brand furniture and accessories to our customers, and ensuring their satisfaction for years to come. At Charlton Furniture we are proud to have such a loyal customer base, and we love to see you when you visit. Of course, we also love to meet people who are new to the Charlton experience, and to see their expressions as they view our incredible selection for the first time!
The Charlton Furniture experience, however, is about more than sales, service and delivery. We have a passion for furniture and design. Talking shop is one of the great joys of working at Charlton Furniture.
That’s why we are pleased to announce our new blog Inspirations. It provides an inside glimpse at things we love, offers tips on decorating and designing your home, and lets you in on new products, special deals, and upcoming discounts going on at Charlton Furniture. In short, you get the inside scoop from us! Sometimes you just need a little inspiration to complete that perfect room in your home – and that is why we are adding this new feature to our website!
So let this new blog be your official welcome to the virtual version of Charlton Furniture. We cordially invite you to check back for updates and tidbits, and to learn about the latest trends that inspire us!
We have been noticing an increase in customers who are considering and purchasing custom sectionals for their homes. A sectional is an unbelievably functional piece of furniture. It is a family-friendly and versatile way to maximize seating options and is perfect for those who lounge in front of the television or regularly host a crowd. The first sectionals were created before the Civil War for wealthy people who could afford to hire craftsmen to create the highly custom designs. Unfortunately, specialty items and furniture production came to a halt as a result of the war’s turmoil and it wouldn’t be until the mid-20th century when we would see this nifty style re-emerge into American homes.
For those of you that may feel a bit overwhelmed by creating the perfect arrangement for your room, we have some helpful terms to guide you through:
RAF stands for Right Arm Facing. When facing the piece, the arm is on your right.
LAF stands for Left Arm Facing. When facing the piece, the arm is on your left.
Corner Sofa- a sofa that has a back that forms the corner of the sectional. It saves you having to purchase a separate corner piece. It also saves on the cost of the configuration.
Rounded corner (corner wedge)– a corner option that is curved and big enough to accommodate more room for seating.
Square corner – fits directly into a corner. Useful when working with smaller spaces.
Chaise lounge – a one arm piece at the end that provides an extra-long seat to help you stretch out.
*Come shopping with a detailed floor plan. Note where the doors, windows, fireplace, and stairways are located along with a basic length and width measurement. This information will be valuable when figuring out what size to buy.
Once you have determined the correct size and style, tape off the area that the sectional will occupy so you can envision the traffic flow and get a better sense of the overall footprint. You can also work with a trusty Charlton Furniture design consultant to transfer your notes onto a floorplan which will show an aerial view of your room’s layout.
Finally, kick up your feet and relax on your cozy sectional and spend quality time with your friends and family knowing that you made a great choice for your lifestyle!
Each year, we the staff like to dream of our favorite pieces off the showroom floor. This is what we came up with this year:
This is the Conversation Sofa by Wesley Hall. It is my favorite piece because it has an updated, sharp design and it is as functional as it is stylish for an open floor plan.-Johnna
I love the new Zimmerman draw-leaf table. Gorgeous hand planed finish along with the 2 tone chairs is a beautiful setting. -Judy
The Unity cocktail table by Lyndon is one of my favorite pieces on the showroom floor. The natural walnut wood compliments the unique knot base. It is a piece of art in any room. -Lisa
I love the forged iron with that thick solid top. The clear coat on the wormy maple really shows the grain variations. And the curvy chair really balances the look! - Karen
Perfect for all the extra winter gear-coats and scarves and deep drawers for hats and mittens! -Gayle
These occasional tables from Charlston Forge are so sophisticated -Valerie
This Jessica Charles chair is Joe's favorite. He hasn't decided on which of the numerous fabrics he likes best, though.
One of the most common questions people have about purchasing a new sofa is: how will it hold up to my pets? - The fur, the claws, the stains, and drool: all of the gloriousness that comes along with the most adored members of the family. We are here to guide you and make sensible recommendations for your project."Animal proof" fabrics do not exist. However, there are certain products that will be a lot easier to take care of if your pet spends time with you on the sofa. Look for very tightly woven upholsteries that have uncomplicated textures. Cats especially like to play with nubby textures and thick chenille. Fragile fabrics such as velvet, silk, linen, or wool should be avoided (or maybe saved for the decorative pillows or an accent piece that doesn’t get as much daily action). Indoor performance fabrics like Sunbrella and Inside Out have been introduced throughout the furniture industry. They are an excellent choice and will lend you more peace of mind. Microfiber fabrics are also great because of their smooth flat texture. We have heard from several cat owners who swear by the ease of microfiber. Slipcovers made from a soft denim or canvas are another great solution because you can remove them and have them laundered, in some cases right in your own washing machine!
The material that rises to the top of the list for ease of care with pets is leather. Leather can be quickly wiped down. Fur does not cling to its’ surface and it also can take more of a beating in general. There are certain leathers that will show a desired patina of markings over time allowing you to embrace the scratches. (Try to keep those pet nails nice and trimmed to avoid punctures through the hide.)
With any upholstery, we recommend frequent vacuuming and cushion rotation to keep it looking its best for as long as possible. Watch out for areas of direct sunlight and keep a cozy blanket over the spots that your furry friends prefer to sit, then throw it in the closet when company comes over. They’ll never know!
Enjoy your pets and your beautiful furniture at the same time!
This summer, we had the opportunity to work on a project that was inspired by the Hollywood Regency style…which is, in my opinion, one of the most fabulous styles in the entire world! This look is not what the typical New England customer usually goes for when they are furnishing their homes. It has lots of glamour and sparkle and metallic boldness. The style is a nod to Hollywood’s golden age when movie producers created ridiculously opulent sets to attract major star power for their films. The movie stars then translated the excessive details into their personal spaces creating a signature of their wealth and enormous success and popularity.
We’ve been watching as the current trends are bringing back a touch of gold here and a splash of richly colored velvet or pattern there. A glass topped cocktail table or a beautiful bar cart are also welcome details in modern day furnishings. There is a lot of freedom of expression that comes with this style which makes it so fun to incorporate! It’s all about unusual and flashy accessories and multiple textures and patterns. It allows for a bit of the unexpected which is refreshing and easy to blend into existing furnishings. Add in some mirrors, lacquer, and/or marble and you will be well on your way to having your own slice of timeless, enchanting luxury in your very own home!
As you’ve probably heard, Massachusetts is having its annual Sales Tax Holiday Weekend on August 17th and 18th. This is the perfect time to purchase that new furniture that you’ve been eyeing! (During the 2015 Tax Holiday, MA shoppers saved $25 million! -WWLP News)
The exemption is only valid on those dates but… nothing says that you can’t come in and pick out what you want beforehand. Furniture and upholstery choices take time, and no one wants to rush such an important decision. Let us help you now so that you can process your purchase later. By pre-selecting your furniture, you can avoid the crowds on that Saturday and Sunday. (we aren’t allowed to place your order until then, though). Some other guidelines to consider:
- Each item purchased must be $2500 or less. Your complete order can be more if EACH ITEM is less. Since we sell dining tables and chairs separately (not as sets), your purchase could be tax free! The same applies to bedroom furniture; unlike many other stores, you can choose the individual pieces that you want instead of being obligated to a “set.”
- Your purchase must be paid in full on the Tax-Free Weekend. Ordinarily, we place your order with a deposit, but the state rules ask that it be paid for in entirety.
- The Mass Tax-Free Holiday is intended for personal purchases by Mass residents only. If you are buying for your business, taxes still apply. ☹
Stop in and create the interior of your dreams: take advantage of our already-discounted prices AND the hundreds more you can save on the Sales Tax Holiday!
We, the staff at Charlton Furniture have the pleasure of working among an array of finely constructed, solid wood furniture every day. Whether it is a piece for our showroom floor, or a custom order to be delivered to someone else, we all love to see the different furniture designs come through our doors. Being able to offer options that are crafted in the highest quality and standards is a huge point of pride for us. We guide our customers through the many design choices that need to be made including species of wood and color of stain, as well as hardware and specialty treatments such as distressing or wire brush techniques. Often, I will imagine what my own choices would be if the piece was destined for my home.
My moments of pondering led me to conduct a store-wide pole to find out which wood is the “house favorites”! The main species options include: Cherry, maple, walnut, elm and oak. Each species has its own sub varieties as well. The species that rose to the top of the list was Tiger Maple! Tiger maple is an exotic hard wood with a distinctive wavy pattern that resembles a tiger’s stripes. It’s durability and array of patterns make it a popular choice for those who want a unique and decorative piece of furniture. Much of the mainstream furniture industry does not use Tiger Maple because it requires sorting and re-positioning of the boards. It also requires a highly skilled craftsman who can make judgments during the building process instead of treating every board the same way as larger factories do.
The results of this pole conclude that the Charlton Furniture staff has extraordinary taste for truly impressive furniture design!!!
This month, in our Design Center, we are taking on a few painting projects to spruce up for Spring! For one display area, we have chosen a beautifully deep shade called “Dark Pewter” by Benjamin Moore. The idea of going dark and bold can be intimidating, but honestly, it is one of the most effective ways to get your furniture to “pop’ in its space. Something special, dare I say, magical happens to the other colors in the room when they are surrounded by intensely pigmented walls. Bright colors are amplified, finishes and sheen are pronounced, textures become more interesting, and warm and cool metals give off a little extra sparkle! You can create a formal feeling by adding contrast and drama with dark color, or you could embrace a playful aspect of dark walls with chalkboard paint which is highly entertaining for the kids! If you are in the mood for something different, and you wish for a quick fix, try a darker color- It’s an inexpensive but highly rewarding way to mix things up!
We are half way through February in Massachusetts – winter’s most drab and serious month – the time of year when everyone you talk to is wishing for a tropical beach vacation or simply for the sun to stay out from behind the clouds for more than an hour at a time. Towards the end of these cold, short days I find myself retreating earlier and earlier to my cozy bedroom surrounded by warm blankets, pillows, and soft lighting. One of the things I love most about my room, and what I feel makes it so inviting is my upholstered headboard.
Out of all the items in your home, your bed is probably the most personal of the investment pieces. This is the room where you begin and end your day, and where you technically spend almost half of your life. When deciding what kind of bed suits you, there are a few things to consider: How do you truly use your bed; Is it solely a place where you sleep, or do you like to spend time reading, using your tablet, or watching TV? Style plays a big role here as well. Fabric allows you to infuse your room with a pop of color, a splash of pattern, or a sumptuous texture. Compared to hard wood, an upholstered headboard creates an entirely different feeling in the room. Upholstery, is comfortable to lean against, has a luxurious feel, and looks beautifully tailored in a large or small space. Those who enjoy their pets close to them at night may have concerns about the longevity of a fabric headboard that is exposed to fur, dirt, and claws on a daily basis, but the emergence of performance fabrics have checked a lot of those boxes with upholsteries that are engineered to be easier to maintain and are generally more durable. Leather is also an excellent choice for those who want a more traditional and classic look but want the comfort of something soft. Come in and take a look at some of the models we have in our design center and decide for yourself if your ready to make the switch!
For many months now, we’ve had a small problem here at the store: There is a large, online retailer (we don’t name names 😊) that markets a line of goods with a name that is similar to ours. Their poor customers are so confused by this, that they continually call and/or email us here at Charlton Furniture for answers to their questions and (many) problems. The truly sad part is, the name they are using is entirely JUST A NAME. Consumers are led to believe that the item that they purchased online was manufactured by a company that doesn’t exist. As we have learned, each of the items has a different manufacturer that is not (usually) listed in the description. It’s heartbreaking for us to explain this to their customers.
So… who made YOUR sofa? What is the name of the person who sold it to you? When you shop locally and buy American-made furniture, you know the answers to these questions. It’s very convenient to buy online (just click and it’s done), but if you have any problems (shipping delay, incorrect size/color, damages, addition pieces) who are you supposed to call? The customer service department at that large online retailer has even told customers to Google search the “manufacturer” for themselves, instead of assisting them as they should.
Here at Charlton Furniture our staff is ready to help with YOUR furniture needs. Most of us have been here more than 10 years (some are at 20 years!). It’s very likely that you can work with the same designer or sales consultant that you were comfortable with the last time you came in: How many “big box stores” can say that? And chances are good that you’ll meet one of our 2 owners (brother and sister) while you are here. What’s even better is that we often remember YOU too!
When you #shopsmall and #shoplocal , you get the care and service that you deserve, you support your community, and get a quality product for your hard-earned money. Put down your laptop/tablet and come in to Charlton Furniture so that we can prove it to you!