Sustainable Furniture and Why It’s So Important for Our Environment

Sustainable furniture is important for our environment

At Furniture Barn, we don’t just sell beautiful furnishings that make a house a home. We are also passionate about the environment and aim to educate our customers and the community about the importance of sustainability in the home design industry.

To help bring awareness to this important cause, we have partnered with the Sustainable Furnishings Council, which is a coalition of home furnishings manufacturers, retailers, and designers who care about the environment and want to promote sustainable practices. This council was created in 2006 and has a mission of working alongside companies, like ours, reduce furniture-related environmental impacts and environmental pollutants that put human health at risk.

Here is some information about our exciting partnership with the Sustainable Furnishings Council and why sustainable furniture is so important for our environment and health right now.

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3 Must Visit Farms and Local Growers in Hartford County

Gotta's Farm, Grescyzk Farms and Beckett Farms in Hartford Connecticut

Grocery shopping is one of the most common routines that we do every week or so. It’s easy to revisit the nearest chain supermarket week after week to walk through the familiar aisles to feed our families. But one of the best things about living in Connecticut is the abundance of local farms that grow and sell fresh produce throughout the year.

In this article, your local Furniture Barn team will discuss the wonderful benefits of shopping at farmers markets and highlight three farms that travel to farmers markets in Hartford County.

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Take Your Living Room’s Design Focus Off the TV

Take Your Living Room’s Design Focus Off the TV

For far too long, televisions have been the primary focal point in American living rooms. Dating back to the 1950s, families have been gathering around the living room TV to watch the news, favorite sitcoms, and tune out after long days of work and school.

But these days, our lives have become so bombarded by technology that it’s become a challenge to take breaks from screen time and actually interact with family and friends. Interestingly, the design of your living room has a lot to do with how you and your loved ones connect with each other and spend time together at home.

Here some design tips for creating a living room space that isn’t centered on the television, but is more like a tech-free sanctuary that adds value to your relationships and personal life.

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Transform a Backyard Patio into Your Summer Dining Room

Transform a Backyard Patio into Your Summer Dining Room

In the summertime, there’s nothing better than enjoying an al fresco meal with friends and family. Restaurant patios are buzzing right now with activity as hungry diners soak up the sunshine and fresh air of the season. But if you love to cook or are trying to feed a family on a budget, there’s no need to go out to eat for every meal when you feel like being outdoors.

In this article, we’ll suggest a few ways that you can transform your backyard patio into a summer dining room that’s intimate, festive, and convenient. We’ll also touch on some stylish ideas to protect you and your guests from the environmental elements of summer, such as sun, wind, and insects.

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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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