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!
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!
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.