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 love autumn in New England and enjoy taking time to appreciate the majestic rolling hills of color that surround our location. The scenery is fresh and everchanging just like our selections of beautifully custom-made upholstery, dining rooms, bedrooms and fine accessories. Take a leisurely drive down Dresser Hill Road to visit our gorgeous showrooms during the month of October: it will provide you with nothing but treats for your senses! You don’t get tricks when you walk through our doors, but you will have fun with our creative staff, designing exceptional American-made furniture especially for your home!
At this time of year, thoughts of crisp weather begin drifting into our minds: A cozy sweatshirt and your perfectly broken in jeans, hot apple cider, buffalo wings, and everyone’s favorite football team – The New England Patriots! Where do you celebrate the weekly Sunday ritual? Is your furniture as All-American as your team? Come in to see and feel what it's like rooting for the home team while lounging on handsome leather and bold, stain resistant textures and patterns! Power recline yourself into touchdown heaven - and be the GOAT of your watch party!
As the kids go off to school and our beloved New England Fall returns, you may find yourself spending more time at the family dining table helping with homework, preparing meals, or even doing some early gift wrapping! The most hardworking piece of furniture in your home can be equally as stunning! Our unique dining sets will summon the legacy of our country’s master craftsmen. We represent artisans who “Still make em’ like they used to” producing heirloom quality American works of art that you can pass down through your family’s generations!
My name is Brian and I am one of the delivery drivers here at Charlton furniture. Since I started working here I have discovered a few things that I really enjoy about the job. I get to meet new people, bring them nice things and I get to work outside. I am also one of the first people to see new furniture and art brought into the store. It is this last perk that I was recently able to take advantage of. The other day I received a shipment of new art for the store. As I was looking through the paintings and pictures I noticed one that really stood out to me. It was a photograph of a canoe on a lake. I thought to myself, this is awesome! I have to get this before someone else does. This photograph was perfect for me for three reasons. First, my bedroom is like a cave with only one tiny window. It could definitely use something to bring the outside in and brighten the space up. Second, the canoe is identical to the one my parents had when I was growing up. I have it now and still paddle it every weekend. Third, I paddled professionally for 11 years. So I can I obviously relate to the scene depicted in the picture. Needless to say, I quickly spoke to the powers that be and got the thumbs up. At the end of the day I rushed home and hung the picture behind my bed. Now every time I go into my bedroom I smile. Then I bolt out the door, grab my boat and head to the river.
*What Brian is too humble to mention is that he MADE the oars that he displayed with the art work! - VL
Here in New England, early spring can be a bit gloomy. Our “April Showers” can feel cold and dank until later in the month when the warmer weather sets in. As much as we love grey as a modern neutral, we crave color! Now is a great season to liven up your décor with a big splash (or small accent) of fresh color. Here are some of our favorite examples…
Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world.
A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.
– from www.pantone.com
See their beautiful video here:
And come and see it here at Charlton Furniture...
Everyone loves a great Christmas movie and “Home Alone” is one of our favorites! As adorable as the story is, we can’t stop thinking about that beautiful house! Learn more about it on our blog today!
Learn more here:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/ct-biz-home-alone-house-may5-photogallery.html"It took almost a year, but a new owner paid $1.585 million in 2012 for the right to slide down the foyer stairs of the red-brick Winnetka Georgian immortalized in 'Home Alone.' Here are some images of the house as it was seen in 'Home Alone' and "Home Alone 2," as well as what the house looks like today."
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!