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!
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 ITEMS 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. 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!
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Looking back at the last year, there is a category of furniture that seems to have experienced a surge in popularity and that is the highly personable swivel chair!
Knocking down walls in favor of a large open floor plan has been a major remodeling trend for a while now. When walls disappear, our beloved New England Colonial and Cape Cod interior architecture transforms into a multi- functional, family friendly space ideal for entertaining and leisure. Sight-lines are expanded and allow conversations to take place between two major seating areas and this is where the swivel chair gets to shine. You can spin yourself around with ease from your Monopoly game and chat with the person working in the kitchen. You can attain the perfect TV viewing angle one minute, and in seconds that little swivel chair can be put right back into showroom ready position. Now add a rocker, glider, or reclining feature with maybe a little power head tilt action and you’re practically at Six Flags!
Swivels chairs look great in pairs or in a conversation “pod” with a table in the center. They can provide a fresh seating option for those who are tired of the traditional sofa and love seat configuration. Swivel chairs also work nicely in the bedroom where many people have reading nooks and a second television or maybe a beautiful view that they’d like to take advantage of. So much style…so much function! Find your swivel chair with us today!
The fabrics were hung by the chimney with care in hopes that the perfect choice soon would be clear!
Word continues to travel that if you buy new pieces for your home from Charlton Furniture, you probably won’t need to replace them for many years, if not decades to come. Our furniture is engineered and built for endurance and sustained good looks. Thinking your investment through and feeling confident that the colors and the styles will remain interesting to you for the long haul is all part of the furniture buying process, but it can be challenging. We never want our customers to feel silly for taking the time needed to make the choices that are best for them. It is rare for someone to come in and make up their mind about a custom sofa on their very first visit. One of the best ways to choose your favorite is to take some fabrics home with you for a couple of days to see what they look like in your personal environment. Watch how the shades of the fabric may slightly change from morning to night, from natural light to lamp light. Pay attention to the other finishes that are already in the room so that you may create harmony between your new and existing furniture. This is also a good way to get the rest of the family involved in the decision.
This topic was inspired by my own Mother who is trying to buy a swivel chair for her living room. She has literally taken out about forty-five fabrics and has changed her mind at least seven times because she wants to make certain that she is making the right choice (Love you Mom). The thing to remember about decorating is that there may be several options that work nicely. It’s easy to weed out the ones that don’t make sense but narrowing down to the winner and actually pulling the trigger is the goal.
The staff at Charlton Furniture excels at guiding people to the finish line. We offer several levels of design service from simply steering you in the right direction in the showroom to house call appointments with fully executed floorplans accompanied by suggestions for frames, fabrics, rugs, art and accessories. We will give as little or as much input as you desire. The best rooms come together when there is a happy collaboration!
November is in full swing and Thanksgiving has come and gone! Everyone is gearing up for the holidays and it feels great! This is the time of year when you can sense a little extra energy in the air! This wonderful season of happiness and gratitude is upon us and we have so much to be thankful for here at Charlton Furniture! There have been major awards, fascinating trips, and spirited design sessions that help our customers cozy up their homes for the long winter ahead. We’ve been watching the handcrafted dining room tables and chairs being delivered to their new homes all month with the promise of festive family dinners right all season long. These are the quality pieces that memories are made and passed down around. These are the heirlooms that your children and grandchildren will inherit and enjoy for many years to come! We are so thankful for all of our customers!
Earlier this month, Lisa and I were invited to jump on a plane to visit the furniture capitol of the United States - North Carolina! While there, we were enriched with fabric and furniture knowledge from a premier upholstery company, Taylor King! Located about an hour North West of Charlotte, Taylor King’s facility calls the small town of Hickory its home. We were treated to a private tour of the factory where we got to meet the people we speak to on the phone every day, then we witnessed the entire process of how their beautiful furniture is created from early concept and fabric design all the way to how it is packaged up for delivery and we even found out how they come up with the names of their frames and fabrics! Seeing the genuine care and intense labor that goes into making a Taylor King piece has solidified why our customers have their sofas for 20 plus years, only to visit us because they got tired of the fabric – they are truly “Heirloom Quality.”
We were also lucky enough to visit Highpoint, N.C. which boasts the semi–annual Furniture Market! For those of you who aren’t familiar, attending Highpoint is akin to going to the SuperBowl or the World Series except it’s for furniture people! Here in New England, we can relate to the excitement of having our team involved in such an event! We were able to see the very newest and freshest looks not only from Taylor King, but from the amazing Hancock and Moore leather company, as well as the extensive collection of chairs by Jessica Charles. Each of these companies are showcased here in our Charlton Furniture showroom! You’ve heard the expression “Kids in a Candy Store?” – well, that was the perfect way to describe how we felt surrounded by the best that the industry has to offer! It was a playground of colors, textures, and pure luxury unlike anything we had ever seen! We took home samples of all the new fabrics so our customers can have them before anyone else!
There is an expanding class of upholstery fabrics in the furniture world that is ideal for embellishing the hardworking spaces of your home. These fabrics are easy to clean, and are also fade, mold, and mildew resistant. They are engineered to retain their good looks even after being abused by your children and pets. We refer to these powerhouse textiles as “Performance” fabrics.
What’s the point of having a gorgeous room if you are afraid to use it? Many families are opting for the functionality and peace of mind that a performance fabric provides. There was a time when these materials could only be found on awnings and patio furniture, but now designers have created stylish, high end weaves and patterns that have the luxurious textures of traditional upholstery. Companies like “Sunbrella” and “Crypton” are making it so much easier to feel confidant about ordering a new piece of furniture. Relaxing on your beautiful custom sofa with the game day snacks or a glass of red wine won’t be a concern when you know it is protected with the armor of a Performance upholstery fabric.
Most of these materials can be cleaned with a bleach solution which seems unbelievable! The fibers are dyed all the way through instead of just on the surface. This technique not only holds the color, but also stops the sun’s damaging rays from deteriorating the fibers over time. At Charlton Furniture, we represent many quality, American-made furniture manufacturers and they have all incorporated Performance fabrics into their selections.
There are so many things that cause worry and stress in our lives, but using your furniture like it was meant to be used doesn’t have to be one of them!