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!
Our delivery crew is the best in the business. But even the professionals run into the occasional challenge. Here are some helpful notes if you are having a furniture delivery in the near future:
- Let your salesperson know if there are specific days that are more convenient for you (“I have Wednesdays off!”) or you need the new item before a particular date (“We’re having a baby shower on the 10th!”) One of the joys of buying from a small business is that we do our best to be flexible.
- Measure your home carefully! Nothing is more heartbreaking than finding, ordering and receiving the perfect furniture only to discover that it won’t fit through an interior door way. Staircases with landings, narrow hallways and sharp turns are challenging too. This goes for bedding as well: Queen sized box springs are available in a split design if needed.
- If your delivery is to take place after a storm, please be sure that your driveway and walkways are clear of ice, snow and debris. Safety first!
- Saying goodbye to old furniture can be bittersweet. If it’s in good condition, consider donating it to your favorite charity or ask family and friends if they might have a use for it. Your well-loved furniture will live on and you’ll save on a disposal fee.
And as always, it’s better to ASK if you have any questions!
Trends come and go but good design lasts far beyond tomorrow. Here at Charlton Furniture we will help you find styles that suit your lifestyle and personality to give you a well-designed, beautiful room that out lasts the “trendy”. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Mix old with new. Contrast a fusion of pieces that you already have and add fresh new pieces from our store. It can vary from transitional to contemporary but the difference will be fresh.
- Grey is the new black. It blends with any style and works with many colors. It’s a great update from beige.
- Experiment with the bold and beautiful area rugs that we carry; Perfect for striking the balance of classic and current design for each home.
I was watching Brain Games on NatGeo last night, and they were talking about how we are wired to be followers. Really? Not what I wanted to hear. Our brains our telling us to follow along with what everyone else is doing. But I guess it’s built into our DNA for survival – take cues from what’s around us so we don’t miss the danger just behind the next trend.
Seriously though, we are barraged by advertising that tells us what the latest and greatest styles are that we HAVE to have. Our homes should look like a carefully staged catalog page. But that’s not reality. What we really have to do – at least when it comes to furniture - is figure out what works in our own homes. Still stylish, but really what fits for how we live, and where we are in our lives. What makes sense when we are alone is entirely different than what happens when there are kids or pets around.
According to Candace Olsen, “That's not to say if you have a busy lifestyle with kids and pets, you can't have a gorgeous, stylish home. Companies have caught on and now function can be stylish, too. For instance, there are great-looking, durable fabrics that are made to handle extreme wear and tear. Some are even made with Teflon. Sometimes you might pay a little more for a high-performance material that looks great and can stand the test of time.”
Check out this fabulous chair. It swivels and glides, it’s soft and white (OMG), but it’s made out of Sunbrella fabrics, which are so easy to clean (even with bleach!) and are also fade resistant.
If you keep this in mind and choose wisely, you can go ahead – use and enjoy your furniture, and it will still look good for years to come.
We, the staff at Charlton Furniture, are surrounded by beautiful furniture and accessories every day. We love to “ooh” and “ahh” as new items are brought to the showroom floor; gushing ensues when new fabric samples arrive from the manufacturers. So when we asked our staff to choose a “favorite” item off our showroom floor, the debating began. Stay tuned for some of our favorite responses:
One of the most versatile and comfortable chairs on our showroom floor is the 932 style tilt-back chair and ottoman by Smith Brothers (pictured below). It is quite stylish and can be added as an accent chair in many different settings. You can read, tilt-back to relax or take a nap in this beautiful chair and ottoman. The fabrics choices are fabulous, and it can be ordered in leather as well. It is so comfortable, you may want a pair. The quality is superb, and it is made in the heartland. If you want to be inspired, come on in and give it a try. -JH
Quick tips to get started…..
With winters approach, we’re all hearth-side and warming up from the cold. “Tis the season” to be indoors. As we glance around our most lived-in room, we eventually “see” what needs attention.
Don’t be daunted by the domino effect; (OMG if I change one thing I’ll need an entire make-over). Be open. Being practical does mean beautiful and affordable options. Focus on the one piece that would give you the best “lift” both practically and visually to the way you use this space.
So let’s get going….
What furniture frame provides the specific body comfort and performs exceptionally in that particular space?
• A relaxing luxurious leather recliner to ease the daily stressers away…
Currently the recliner industry fabricates sleek frames which rock or glide, and even swivel for multiple use.
• A trim, comfy cushion sofa to accommodate guest and friends, or a solo lounging time with hot beverage and a good book…
• A pair of swivel chairs can connect multiple focal points…be that TV viewing, a beautiful view through your picture window, and most importantly the fine art of conversation.
Keep the process simple. When you visit our 3 beautiful showrooms, “test-drive” frames to get your specifics met. Charlton Furniture shares our talented salespeople for expert assistance. Your new frame selection needs to compliment existing furniture pieces stylistically or color-wise. Designers often use throw pillows or a new area rug option to be the “connector” between what’s existing and your new purchase.
Here are some of my favorite frames which have worked so very well in family rooms after my designer home visit
While traveling the back roads to Charlton Furniture each day I cannot help but notice the interesting colors of late November, those quieter colors that might feel dull after the riotous burst of oranges, reds and yellows of October. However, November colors make very good calming neutrals to consider using in your room settings as they bring that softer, faded, more grayed tone to the scheme that has become so popular. Colors like the faded barn red and pale mahogany of the maple leaves and softened copper oak leaves that dance on the air currents make wonderful leather color choices. The vanilla cream and hush pink of the tall swaying grasses are beautiful, currant tints for fabric and wall choices. There are a multitude of great tree bark colors that are on display now that the trees are bare; nutty browns to silver-squirrel-tail gray/browns, to lichen gray/green browns that are easy to live with textile colors. Old stone wall grays are more noticeable now too, with their varied tints and shades of gray and silver-sparkle-mica that can be found in many of our upholstery fabrics today. Manufacturers like Lee Ind., Wesley Hall, Harden, C R Laine and Vanguard all carry these beautiful gray-toned textiles.
Take a good look at your late November surroundings to see and appreciate those wonderful softened hues that mother nature gives to us while the earth gets ready to nap. You could think Gustavian tones, another always popular colorway and keep things light through the darker months.
I think the warm weather is finally here to stay! When you walk outside and see the flowers blooming, you slow down, take a deep breath and make that walk last as long as possible!
There are 3 buildings at Charlton Furniture, and when the good weather comes….we do a lot of visiting between them.
And those visits make me appreciate how much extraordinary furniture we carry.
I have been working here for over 15 years – I came here with little knowledge about furniture other than the fact that I loved it! I love the colors and patterns of fabrics, the feel and smell of leather, and probably most of all, the beauty and uniqueness of each piece of wood used in the many styles we offer.
Each board is painstakingly chosen to work with the others used in the case. The grain patterns, the knots, the sap marks, and the pits are all are taken into consideration when selecting where each piece will be used. And it’s not always the clear pieces that make the front- sometimes those with the most character are the ones featured!
These qualities are most evident in our American made lines. There are too many to list – each with its own niche. All of them offer different wood species, finishes, distress levels, and hardware choices - options that make your piece of furniture unique to you.
A bedroom set from Millcraft Furniture just arrived this week that exemplifies all of the above. Beautifully constructed of rustic cherry, the finish on this set is so smooth you just want to keep running your hand over it. The above picture is the coordinating entertainment center. It shows the option of adding a stunning ebony inlay detail that highlights the abilities of the craftsman that hand laid it. It’s not only beautiful to look at, but constructed to last. To paraphrase this company’s philosophy, they “live simply, and that simplicity requires hard work, sharpened senses, and a diligent eye for detail. Lest we forget…simple isn’t always easy”
At Charlton Furniture we appreciate that sentiment as much as the furniture that results from it.
As the bookkeeper and office manager here at Charlton Furniture, I work amongst beautiful furniture everyday. And as a fan of fashion, I’m always thrilled to see the lush fabrics and supple leathers that our designers choose for our showrooms. Their artistry combines color coordination, scale/proportion, fit and, of course, visual appeal: much the same as a fashion designer or stylist. Our homes are as much of an expression of ourselves as our wardrobes. So, only makes sense that apparel and furniture share the same aesthetic.
Hancock & Moore get it right in this ad. These looks are the hottest for this coming season. Spring liberates us from our heavy sweaters and bulky jackets. It’s a great time to reveal our vintage florals and light-heartedly mix our prints. The best part is that none of the featured looks (fashion or home décor) appear dated or too trendy.
“Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” – Coco Chanel
This famous quote is as true for furniture as it is for clothing. The pops of color and distinct designs caught my eye immediately. I wanted to share this with you in hopes that you will too, be inspired by the latest Home Spring Trends. Why keep your décor in the dark ages? Stop in and talk with one of our talented designers about updating your home. And, of course, if you want to discuss the latest issue of Vogue feel free to stop by my office and say “hi!”