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 were thrilled to learn that The Publick House in Sturbridge was renovating and expanding. Charlton Furniture has been a part of this community for more than 40 years (a mere “baby” compared to the 245 years of Publick House) so we are honored to be a part of this exciting time for them. Our delivery crew has been hard at work bringing in the beautiful new furniture for the recently renovated rooms.
If you are not familiar with The Publick House, here is a little bit about their history (from www.publickhouse.com)
The Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, where good food comes out of our Yankee ovens and warm hospitality greets every guest.
Ebenezer Crafts opened the Inn in 1771 as a gathering place for citizens of Sturbridge and weary travelers along the Boston Post Road. In 1923, the property was purchased as a boarding house for women and renamed The Elms. During the 1940's, then owner, Richard Paige, leased the property to the US Army as a post for soldiers en route for training. The Publick House, during this time, moved across the common to a large white house. Not one day has been missed in providing good hospitality in over 230 years.
Since 1771, Publick House Inn has been the lodging and dining hub for esteemed visitors, from George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and General Lafayette to present day travelers, such as actors Bill Murray, Susan St. James and John Travolta. Today, the old world spirit continues welcoming guests with open hearths and Yankee hospitality. The dining room features an indulging array of duck, lamb, lobster, and other specialty meat and seafood dishes, including a traditional Thanksgiving fare available all year long.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
According to this cute video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9sjWAEYwU0 ), there are 3 types of people in bars. Fortunately for all of us, bar STOOLS have way more personality. If you are looking to add some character to your room, consider these options from Jessica Charles and Wesley Hall. Or perhaps one of the sleek options from Charleston Forge.
Whichever style you prefer, don’t skimp on quality. Solid, American-made stools will last for years to come. And let’s not forget about comfort - cute furniture is great but if no one wants to sit in it, then it’s useless!
Whatever “last call” looks like for you, make sure you and your family have a great place to sit J
Here at Charlton Furniture, we love wood! Bedroom, dining room, media centers, end and cocktail tables (known as “case goods”) come in a prism of beautiful finishes and can last a lifetime or longer when cared for properly.
- Try to maintain a room temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep furniture away from direct sunlight, which can cause finishes to fade or even crack. Don’t ever store furniture in damp conditions.
- Dust furniture regularly and wipe moisture away with a clean cloth. When necessary, dampen cloth with a solution of mild soap and water, then dry thoroughly. We also carry several wood care products that we have found effective -ask your sales consultant!
- However, NO cleaning products should be used on wood within the first 6 months of ownership!!! This allows the finish to fully cure and will help it look beautiful longer.
- Use coasters for both hot and cold beverages. Tablecloths and placemats are a great way to add color and texture to your dining room while protecting your table top. ALWAYS use a trivet or thick cloth under hot serving dishes!
- Don’t lean back in chairs or use tables as footrests. (Your mother was right!)
- Let wood surfaces breathe: Rotate accessories – especially within the first 3 month (see manufacturer specifications) Don’t cover or expose furniture to plastic or leather for extended periods of time.
- Place felt pads under lamps and accessories and at the contact points for electronics or anything that sits on a wood surface.
- Avoid contact with anything that may stain, imprint or damage wood. Nail polish and markers are obvious culprits, but scented oils are a secret enemy; spraying air freshener over your wood surface can cause tiny discolored dots. Spilling of candle wax or plug-in air fresheners will cause difficult-to-repair damage.
- Be sure to lift, not drag your furniture when moving items around the room. (Be nice to your floors, too!)
- If you are unsure about a stain or damage, seek professional help.
My husband and my dog have a “love/hate” relationship. As affectionate as they are with each other, they seem to enjoy harassing each other even more. The other night, while watching TV, Zoie, our 8 year old Keeshond, was barking furiously at my husband and we couldn’t figure out what she wanted. He invited her to sit on our Bradington Young Yorba sofa with him but she declined and continued to disrupt his TV show. (Ours is dark brown, not red like in the stock photo)Finally, he relented and got down onto the floor to play with her. Instantly, she jumped onto the sofa and lay down to make herself comfortable (in the spot where he had been sitting!) Apparently, even dogs prefer American-made construction with glove soft leather and down cushions!
From our friends at Houzz.com
What Is Linen?
Linen is made from the flax plant, which looks like a cross between a cornflower and a lavender plant. It’s a bast fiber, which comes from the tough, stalky, supportive part of a plant. Flax is grown worldwide, but since the 1950s, most of the flax used for fabric has originated in Northern Europe, namely France, the Netherlands and especially Belgium, because of the ideal climate. You’ll notice a lot of linen decor fabric is touted as Belgian linen.
Read the whole article: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/50967361?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u1591&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery12
Hancock & Moore is unleashing their inner rock star. They recently released new metallic leathers in edgy colors. Up your heavy metal factor with stainless steel accents. Quality, American made furniture in leathers that would make Eddie Van Halen proud!
Be sure to check out their rocking promotional video here: http://hancockandmoore.com/Soul_video.asp
Being a small, family-owned business, we love dealing with other small business that share our passion for beautiful, hand-crafted furniture. So many of our vendors are still managed by their namesakes; some even a second or third generation. We are fortunate to deal with so many of them directly instead of getting pre-recorded messages or dealing with company employees that have never even met the head of their company. These people care deeply about the furniture that they create and it shows in their final product.
Charlton Furniture customers have loved Gat Creek for years. The line is very popular for the unique style and premium quality. Be sure to visit the website to learn about this American company. http://www.gatcreek.com/
Here is a little bit from the “About Us” page:
|Growing up in West Virginia, I lived in a contemporary home surrounded by tall trees and mountains. My brother and I spent many of our days playing along a small creek that wound through the valley behind our house. Being a year older and four inches taller than my brother, I saw the creek first and quickly proclaimed it mine. My brother protested; I boasted. Giving in to the fatigue created by chasing two boys under the age of five, our parents simply relented, “Okay, it’s Gat’s Creek.” The name stuck and actually appears on maps now. My brother eventually and kindly forgave me. Today, Gat Creek lives in our minds as a home of youth, nature and discovery—the essence of furniture that you will find in the following pages.
I began designing furniture in 1996 after purchasing a small furniture manufacturing company. The company, located in my home state, has built beautiful antique reproductions for over
|40 years. Believing that great craftsmanship need not be limited to traditional furniture, I created Gat Creek. While the furniture bears my name, it really comes from the dedicated work of over 175 people that share a passion for woodworking, nature and home.
We build Gat Creek furniture specifically for you. We don’t import, and we don’t run an assembly line. Each piece is hand-made from solid Appalachian Cherry and personally signed by the person who builds it.
Over the past five years we have won a number of design, environmental and workplace safety awards. The award we cherish most is our customers’ trust. We hold home sacred and hope to have the opportunity to share some of our craft with you and your home.
Everyone knows that we at Charlton Furniture love American-made furniture. The vast majority of our vendors are American companies with factories here in the good-old USA. Included in our proud inventory: we have beautifully crafted case-goods from the Amish in Pennsylvania, solid sofas and sectionals from Indiana, stately pieces from upstate New York and much of the furniture in our store is crafted in North Carolina (among other states). In fact, Cambridge Mills, a fine bedroom manufacturer in New York includes this beautiful tag on all of their sales. We love its message and share in their patriotism.
Pantone’s color of the Day is “Raw Sienna.” They describe the color as “Feisty, Nurturing and Adventurous.” http://www.pantone.com/colorstrology How will it translate in your home?