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!
First, a few statistics…
American Business is Overwhelmingly Small Business
In 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, there were 5.73 million employer firms in the U.S. Firms with fewer than 500 workers accounted for 99.7 percent of those businesses, and businesses with less than 20 workers made up 89.6 percent. Add in the number of nonemployer businesses – there were 23.0 million in 2013 – then the share of U.S. businesses with less than 20 workers increases to 97.9 percent.
Among employer C Corporations in 2012, 99.2 percent had less than 500 workers, and 86.2 percent had fewer than 20 employees.
So what does that mean to the employees of Charlton Furniture?
Karen (19 years): Unlike “big-box” stores, we know what our local customers like and therefore are better equipped to fulfill their needs. I get great satisfaction knowing that we are helping our neighbors create the home of their dreams.
Lisa (about 1 year): My favorite part of working in a small business is the relationships I’ve created with the customers in the community. We really have their best interest at heart when selecting furniture for their home.
Valerie (12 years): As an employee of a small business, we “wear many hats.” I enjoy the diversity of my job but I really love knowing that what I do here matters (both to my fellow employees and our customers) At big companies, it’s easy to feel like just another cog in the machine.
Joe (2 ½ years): I like seeing our customers back in the store after they already had a delivery. It’s nice to know that they are happy enough with their purchase to come back for more. I think it’s reassuring for them to see me too, to be familiar with who is coming into their home.
Melissa (16 years): Family owned businesses are important in their strong commitment to quality and relation to their own family name. Their humanity in the workplace shows the care and concern for employees and customers as extended family.
Susan (since birth!): My father opened this store with a commitment to customer service. We continue this tradition and I recognize its value every time a customer comes in and tells me that their parents, friends, or neighbors recommended us! We have a unique atmosphere at our store and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with!” – Dorothy, in The Wizard of Oz
Our designers, Deborah and Lisa found inspiration right here in our beautiful landscaping. Drawing from the colors and textures of this colorful planting, they came up with a design plan that would complement any home. Come in and talk with them about how to bring top-quality furniture at great prices into your vision of a perfect home.
*Follow us on Instagram for more design inspiration! @charltonfurniture!
Autumn in New England is a special time of year. Tourists flock here for our festivals, apple picking, and celebrated fall foliage. A relaxing drive through our countryside (“leaf-peeping” as it’s known) becomes a colorful tour of American history. Amid the orange, red and golden trees are New England’s antique barns and farmhouses.
Our neighbors in Pennsylvania share this rich history and re-purpose it into beautiful (and eco-friendly) furniture. Rustic Country Heirlooms features bedroom, dining and accent furniture; all made in the USA.
From the website www.rusticcountryheirlooms.org
About: Rustic Country Heirlooms:
Barns of centuries past were the backbone of our country - offering shelter for livestock, and crops. At Rustic Country Heirlooms, we honor the great heritage of the American settlers who first timbered this land by reclaiming antique barn wood to create beautiful furniture built to enjoy forever.
Just as our ancestors pegged barns together by hand, we painstakingly reclaim old growth barn wood - making sure to retain its original patina and the unique characteristics gained through decades of exposure to the elements. Then the wood is lovingly hand crafted into heirloom - quality furniture. Each piece of RCH furniture has its own unique characteristics. Every creation a bit of history - worthy of respect a designed to live on for generations.
To experience the charm of reclaimed barn wood, visit Charlton Furniture to see Rustic Country Heirlooms on our showroom floor.
Like many people, we here at Charlton Furniture are creatures of habit. We spent the beginning of the summer planning for the Massachusetts sales tax holiday: What sales can we offer? Do we have enough stock? We’ve even started planning our family vacations around it. And now - *poof!* - no sales tax holiday. Needless to say, we are as disappointed as you are.
Please don’t misunderstand: we know that the state government has good reason for the decision. But we also see our customers that anticipate the event because they want to save some good money.
Don’t worry! We, like many other retailers, are offering deals that surpass the 6.25% savings. This week we will pay the sales tax for you on in-stock items. And for special orders, we will discount even lower than our usual “up to 40% off retail.”
So if you want great quality furniture (most of which is made in USA) and save a bundle of money, come into our store and see what we have to offer. And check out our website at www.charltonfurniture.com
What leopard print is to fabric (classic with an edge) Tiger Maple is to wood furniture…
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Flame maple (tiger maple), also known as flamed maple, curly maple, ripple maple, fiddleback or tiger stripe, is a feature of maple in which the growth of the wood fibers is distorted in an undulating chatoyant pattern, producing wavy lines known as "flames". This effect is often mistakenly said to be part of the grain of the wood; it is more accurately called "figure", as the distortion is perpendicular to the grain direction. Prized for its beautiful appearance, it is used frequently in the manufacturing of musical instruments, such as violins and bassoons, and fine furniture. Another well-known use of the material is its use in guitars, especially the venerated Gibson Les Paul. The Gibson Les Paul "Standard", initially manufactured from 1958 to 1960, sported a flame maple top finished in a cherry-red sunburst on a mahogany body. Today, these instruments are some of the most prized on the vintage guitar market, and as such are unaffordable to most musicians.
Color is a funny thing. We all love it, but when it comes to choosing it for our furniture, most of us are afraid to commit to anything beyond a neutral. The bigger the piece, the leerier we become of making a choice that we might hate in a short period of time. But using all neutrals can leave a room looking boring and flat.
An easy solution is to keep larger scale pieces in neutral tones, and save your pops of color for accent chairs, rugs, accessories or artwork. This way, if you tire of the color you chose, it’s easy to change.
But how do you commit to that “pop” of color? Where do you get your inspiration? It can be as close as your closet! See what colors you wear most – they must make you happy or you wouldn’t keep wearing them. And if you look good in them, you’ll probably look good on them!
Blend your choices the same way you might put together your outfit
- Mix textures and patterns for the most interest.
- Think of your shoes or boots, and bring in a statement leather piece.
- Jewelry adds sparkle to your outfit: try metallic accents or accessories in your home.
- Use your fashion sense and have fun with it!
Here are some of our favorite colorful rooms.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.
Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).
It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
Recently, our sales staff had the opportunity to tour the manufacturing facility for Saloom Furniture in Winchendon, MA. The ladies had a great time learning exactly how these hand-crafted items are made: Right here in Massachusetts!
The Saloom Story: American Design & Craftsmanship
The dining table is the heart of your home, it’s where you share family meals, have celebrations, and help with homework. Something so important should be designed by you to fit your style, and be built to last.
Peter and I started Saloom Furniture in 1982 with a mission to make great furniture, create quality jobs, and be a positive influence in our community. We feel fortunate to live and work in Massachusetts which has a rich furniture manufacturing history. All of our furniture is hand crafted by our New England artisans, who take pride in their work and in building a dining set made just for you.
“Our mission is to make great furniture, create quality jobs, and be a positive influence in the community."
Peter & Linda Saloom
From our friends at HardenFurniture.com
The use of upholstery nail head trim dates to the Louis XIII period – approximately 1600. It is likely that decorative nail heads were intended to be a more refined way to upholster and not considered for their aesthetic value.
Today nails are very popular, particularly on leather upholstery and there is an almost unlimited variety available. Harden offers 17 standard nails, but we can also accommodate customer nails or source a specific nail. We even offer a turquoise nail that is a perfect accent on the right piece with the right fabric or leather.
The location of nails is dependent on the frame – there has to be a solid frame part under the fabric for the nail to fasten to. Generally speaking, if there is a corner or edge where two panels of upholstery meet then that is where nails can be applied. Some frames require nail head as there is not another convenient way to cover the line where a panel has been attached to the frame.
Nails are mostly applied by hand, using a nylon tipped tack hammer that will not damage the finish on the nail and also not damage the surrounding upholstery. On occasion a pneumatic nail gun is used, but accuracy can be a concern and when nailing next to an exposed wood frame part care has to be taken to avoid damage.
Some manufacturers use plastic nail strips that are easy and fast to apply, but in most cases it is obvious that real steel nails have not been used. Plastic nail strips are “faux” nails with an occasional real nail that is attached to the frame.
- Come into Charlton Furniture to see the quality workmanship that Harden offers – and we are having a great SALE on in-stock and special order items from Harden.
Our customers are always looking for better ways to dispose of their old furniture and we love this idea from HGTV.com. See the whole article here: http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/transform-a-dresser-into-a-potting-bench?soc=social_20160405_60045416&adbid=10153778808794213&adbpl=fb&adbpr=16801589212
Let us know how yours turns out!