5 Historical Homes to Visit Near Hartford, Connecticut

If you’re interested in American history or architecture, Connecticut is one of the very best places to be in the entire country

If you’re interested in American history or architecture, Connecticut is one of the very best places to be in the entire country. Our home state’s architectural design is steeped in history from the nation’s earliest days dating back to the colonial period and on through the Revolutionary War. There are many historic homes and sites that relive the stories of legendary figures and teach us more about the places we know and love.

For this article, the Furniture Barn staff has compiled a list of favorite historical homes in the area that are worth learning about and visiting. Some of them are well-known to locals, while others are hidden gems in the Hartford region of Connecticut. We’ll touch on the historical relevance and different architectural styles of each home and whether any of these classic styles are still used in modern furnishings we offer today. We’ll also include some logistical details about how to visit these iconic sites in our local community.

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Outdoor Furniture Design Ideas for Spring

Outdoor Furniture Design Ideas for Spring

With the spring season well underway and many of us spending more time outside in the pleasant weather, now is the perfect time to talk about outdoor design! Instead of dusting off all your old outdoor furniture from the garage, perhaps it’s time to reevaluate, re-purpose, and replace. With comfortable options and beautiful designs, you’ll be more likely to spend time outdoors and experience the nature that surrounds you.

Here we’ll discuss some ideas for replacing old patio furniture with new and improved pieces to enjoy your outside space this spring.

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How to Design a Balanced, Productive, and Cozy Home Office

keep Furniture Barn in mind for all your home office furniture Connecticut needs

More and more employees are beginning to work from home each year, and the remote working trend is gaining significant traction among many types of companies. It’s important for work-at-home employees to have a designated space to focus on professional tasks and conduct business in an efficient way. But when designing a home office, it is beneficial to strike a balance between the productivity of a work environment and the comforts and peacefulness of your house.

Finding a balance between these two elements is crucial for anyone who needs to complete tasks from a desk at home. And fortunately, there are some wonderful home office furniture and design strategies that can help you achieve this balance. This article includes tips and insights on how to design a home office space that achieves a balance between the productivity of work and the comforts of home.

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Spring Cleaning Tips to Freshen Up Your Home for the Season

Spring Cleaning Tips to Freshen Up Your Home for the Season

With springtime just around the corner, now is a perfect time to welcome in spring vibes and send those winter blues away for good! As the temperatures warm up, open up your windows to let the fresh air inside and take advantage of a little more outdoor time in the evening thanks to Daylight Savings Time.

Spring is a time of renewal and refreshment – for the mind, body, and soul. Here are some spring cleaning tips to welcome the new season, as well as some decorating ideas made possible by the furniture stores in CT.

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Five Fun Ways to Entertain Kids During the Last Weeks of Winter in Connecticut

Make “spring fever” feel a lot more manageable at home!

Now that Daylight Savings Time is in full swing and spring is just around the corner, we’re all looking forward to spending more time outdoors to enjoy some nice weather. But with snow still in the forecast and temperatures dipping well below freezing, it doesn’t exactly feel like springtime yet in Connecticut.

“Spring fever” affects even the most resilient Northeasterners, but kids are often the ones struggling the most to stay indoors around this time of year. Luckily for parents, there are some incredible indoor options nearby for kids that are perfect for getting through this last stretch of winter weather.

Here are our top five picks for keeping children entertained over the next few weeks in the Cheshire and Hartford areas. These are favorite local spots of the Furniture Barn staff to keep you sane, your kids occupied, and everyone a little happier until spring weather finally arrives.

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Strategies for Home Energy Efficiency without Sacrificing Style

Strategies for Home Energy Efficiency without Sacrificing Style

As energy costs continue to rise across the country, one of the biggest trends in home design for 2017 is energy efficiency. Homeowners are always searching for ways to save, and municipalities are enforcing stricter energy codes to keep households and businesses in check.

Fortunately, there are many ways that you can reduce your family’s carbon footprint and still make your home look the way you want it to. Energy efficient appliances have been on the market for a long time now, but there are other great ways to cut your consumption too. With a few energy efficient updates and contemporary furniture stores CT, you can save money and love the space you’re in.

Here are some strategies for embracing the energy efficiency trend without sacrificing the style and design of your home.

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5 Chic & Unique Restaurants for Foodies in Connecticut

It’s an incredible time to be a foodie right now in Connecticut

Our Spring 2017 In-Store Raffle For A Viron Rondo Gift Card

It’s an incredible time to be a foodie right now in Connecticut. Some of the most varied, high-quality, and tasty dishes are being served up around the state, and the local food scene has become more exciting than ever before. Knowing that, Furniture Barn is excited to announce an upcoming in-store raffle for a $100 gift certificate to Viron Rondo Osteria; one of Connecticut’s trendiest restaurants.

As of now, the date is TBD but all you have to do to qualify for the raffle is stop by Furniture Barn, leave your name and email address and we will reach out to you on the day of the drawing. During your visit use the opportunity to browse our exclusive selection of bedroom, dining room and living room furniture, lighting, rugs, accessories and so much more.

In preparation for the in-store raffle, we at Furniture Barn wanted to highlight our chic raffle sponsor as well as 4 other of our favorite restaurants in the Cheshire, Hartford area right now. They’re unique, trendy and each have their own delicious dishes to tempt your taste buds.

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Dual-Purpose Dining Rooms: How to Decorate for Regular Use and Special Occasions

Dual-Purpose Dining Rooms: How to Decorate for Regular Use and Special Occasions

In many modern households, the dining room is “off limits” for daily use and saved for rare, special occasions. Families often eat meals in the kitchen or living room in order to save this precious space for impressing guests. But this is really a shame because your dining room has tremendous potential for versatility and to become a multi-functional space that knows no limits.

Here are some decorating ideas to make this room feel like a frequented space while still keeping it formal and beautiful for others to enjoy. With a little help from dining room furniture stores in CT, a multi-purpose dining room is well within your reach.

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6 Ways to Design Your Bedroom for a Better Night’s Sleep

6 Ways to Design Your Bedroom for a Better Night’s Sleep

In today’s high-pressure, action-packed, and ultra-digital world, getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night can feel impossible. The use of electronics in the bedroom can be detrimental to one’s sleep schedule, but the way that your bedroom is organized and decorated has a profound impact as well. For example, clutter, a misplaced work desk, and bright color schemes can all contribute to sleepless nights.

Fortunately, there are many different ways that you can design your bedroom to maximize your sleep schedule. Simple adjustments to your bedroom furniture in CT can make a huge difference in how you feel all day long.

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Local Breweries and Wineries Near Cheshire, Connecticut

Like in many parts of the country, the craft beverage industry in Connecticut is growing and thriving right now. Local wineries and breweries have attracted a huge following and offer tastings, festivals, and trails all throughout the year. For example, the Connecticut Beer Trail makes stops in Greater Hartford/River Valley, Litchfield Hills, Fairfield County, Greater New Haven, and Mystic County. And the Connecticut Wine Trail celebrates one of the fastest growing vineyard regions in the U.S. with daily tastings, live music, and a fun passport program with prizes.

In this article, we at Furniture Barn would like to highlight three wineries and three microbreweries in the Cheshire area that are doing impressive and innovative things in our community. Each one has something a little different to offer and helps contribute to the things that make this part of Connecticut so amazing! Read more