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!
This well-designed desk by Paula Deen is a must-have for busy families. Never forget another appointment with the convenient chalk board; and on the left side, behind the door there are metal hooks for your keys. The transitional style lends country charm to any décor while the built-in charging station keeps your electronics functional. It’s available in two stain colors: the creamy white with a hint of gray rub-through or a deep brown with a bit of sheen.
February is truly upon us. The weather has been harsh, and we are white-washed with mini mountains of snow, glittering icicles and icy cold. As the snowflakes swirl about outside, on yet another Currier and Ives-looking day, inside we may be battling those evasive drafts around our windows and doors.
Though homes today are built much better and snugger than years past, one of the main jobs they do is to keep us warm, just as homes did in Old England and Colonial America. Back then drafts were a constant problem. So the Wing Chair was born out of necessity. The ever popular Wing Chair was made to keep out those pesky drafts. It worked well in 17th century England and continues to today.
The Wing Chair was sometimes referred to in our past as a grandfather chair, as the elderly male favored it, or the forty-wink chair (I like that name). And sometimes it was called the easy chair, which has now become another name for our club chair.
Pull a Wing Chair up to the warmth of a fire and the wings, sometimes called earpieces, can be from small to exaggerated in size. These will shelter the person sitting in the chair and help to block any drafts. You could also hide behind these wings and take a nap without your head falling or eaves-drop on another’s conversation.
Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries many Wing Chairs were made here in America on our East Coast from Boston, Massachusetts, Newport to New York and south. Most chairs were made in the Philadelphia and Charleston, SC areas.
If you happen to be a Wing Chair aficionado or historian you can time date chairs by their styles: Queen Anne, Charleston Chippendale, Massachusetts Chippendale, Philadelphia Chippendale, George III, etc. They’ll be different in leg style, foot (pad foot, ball & claw), stretchers, wings, backs (cantered, barrel-back), arms as well as seats.
Back then you were lucky to own a beautifully crafted Wing Chair, it was a status symbol. Today these chairs are still being made here in the USA and will never go out of style. They have again morphed in size, in styles, in body fabrics and comfort as well, but are still a wonderful addition to any room. A beautiful chair has always been a symbol of hospitality! Come in and “Please be seated” in one of our 2015 Charlton Furniture Wing Chairs.
* Thanks to my many notes from History of Furniture class.
Like fashion, we in the furniture industry need to stay current with the trends. And snow days are a great opportunity to surf the web! Inspiration can come from anywhere but, like you, we scour the internet (HGTV in particular) for the latest, freshest ideas. Here are some of the articles that we have enjoyed most recently.
“It’s only paint!” can be a motivating adage when one needs a fresh, revitalizing look to existing tired, dull looking space. Color is amazingly emotional and personal. Within us we all have color preferences as specific as our DNA. Color can calm us down; tranquil shades of light blues and greens sending spa-like cues for us to relax, become interiorly settled and quiet. Vibrant orange, red and yellow speed us up and keep us moving quickly. (Ever notice fast food spaces: the vibrant yellows of McDonalds, intense reds of Wendy’s, or the oranges in Burger King’s interior and marketing signage?)
Selecting a paint color can be daunting if you “think too much”! Be true to how color affects you.
Selecting a paint shade that complements an existing room is easier than you know. The “right” shade can literally “finish” your room. A design principal to be aware of is that everything lives in relationship to that which is near. If the wall palette chosen is similar to fabrics, upholstery, rug, even accent pieces in a room, you achieve a monochromatic effect…the space feels bigger since the color hues are similar. Conversely, choose a color which contrasts those items and you get higher contrast. Think of artwork framed. The frame alone makes the scene stand out. Place matting around that same scenery within the frame. The matting color selected around the scenery highlights that similar color in the scenery.
I’ve been a Benjamin Moore girl for years. I love their product and its performance as a former interior painter. The American & Historical palettes endure and compliment most interiors. Open their 2015 Color Trends for wonderful possibilities. http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/welcome-to-benjamin-moore?utm_source=eblast&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=trends15_ad_us&sp_rid=Mzk5NTA3OTYyNgS2&sp_mid=47337291
Recently, I did my bedroom in Guilford Green HC-116. This is the last hue prior to my sleep and first to wake come mornings’ light. Smiling and still loving it!
A little more than 4 years ago, I purchased a Howard Miller entertainment center similar to the one pictured below. I love the traditional style that blends well with the transitional pieces I own. I also look for furniture that is made in the USA (which the majority of Howard Miller items are). But what I REALLY love about it is its storage capacity.
I am amazed at the amount of “stuff” that the entertainment center holds: CDs, DVDs, VHS, books, knick-knacks, everything. All of my components (cable box, DVR, etc.) fit very comfortably behind the doors, and the glass means that my remote controls work easily without needing any special aim. The baskets are great for storing less attractive items such as gaming systems and their controls. Decorative boxes that match my décor are stacked behind the glass to disguise other items I don’t need displayed. Most importantly, my TV looks great on top of it!
The Howard Miller Custom TV Consoles and Home Storage (formerly known as “Ty Pennington Collection”) are available in a vast array of styles and seven different finishes. Door styles and hardware are also changeable. If you have a storage challenge in your home, I would highly recommend this line.
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:
When we started talking about what our favorite item in the store is, I started thinking about all the things I love and wish were in my home and I didn’t think I would be able to pick just one. And then I thought that truly – my favorite thing in the store I already own.
Last year, we purchased a set of Serta iComfort Directions bedding, and it’s the best thing we ever did for ourselves. My husband was having back problems, so we decided to invest in a good set of bedding, and after much deliberation, chose the Reinvention with an adjustable base. It’s a combination of latex and gel and memory foam and all I know is that my husband’s back is better, and my hip no longer aches when I wake up! Words can’t express the difference this set of bedding has made in our health and well-being. I know that sounds canned and corny, but I can climb in bed with aching muscles, put on the zero gravity setting, and all the stress seems to leave my body. No more flopping around trying to get comfortable.
So if you’re not sleeping well, do yourself a favor and invest in a good set of bedding. You will be amazed at the benefits you will experience.
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.