Sustainable Products for Every Day

At Boston Interiors, we strive to be an environmentally responsible retailer. We wanted to share some of the programs in which we’re able to do just that. First:

we believe it’s important to be eco-friendly

We are proud to partner with manufacturers who are members of The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), and The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC), all of whom practice sustainable forestry. Additionally, we seek out beautiful furniture that incorporates reclaimed wood in its designs.

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left: Hugo Display Cabinet (reclaimed pine); center: Coleman Crank Table (reclaimed teak top); right: Antique Stool (reclaimed elm)

Although wood is a key component in so much of what we sell, there are other materials with which we can help make an impact. For example, you’ll find some of these materials throughout our products as well:

  • organic fabrics that are bleach-free;
  • cushions that are constructed with soy-based foams and recycled fiber filling;
  • natural materials are found in many of our products, such as bamboo, cotton, linen, hemp, abaca, silk, wool & jute;
  • cushion springs made from recycled iron; and
  • water-based glues, paints, and finishes.

We also felt it was important for us to be members of the SFC, where we commit to everyday business practices that are healthy for our world.
1% for PlanetAdditionally, we have begun a relationship with 1% FOR THE PLANET, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting business, consumers, and nonprofits. We will give a portion of our proceeds—during key times of the year—directly to non-profits who give back to the earth.

Our first effort is in June, with a focus on all of our recycled products to benefit the New England Forestry Foundation.

And last but not least:

we believe it’s important to recycle

All of the furniture we receive is shipped to us in packaging materials, including massive boxes or plastic.  So that this does not become waste, each year in our warehouse facility alone we recycle approximately 269 tons of plastic and cardboard packing materials.

We also participate in recycling programs at our offices, store locations and distribution center, and we always use energy-efficient lighting in our facilities.

Shop with a purpose this month. Visit www.bostoninteriors.com for more information!

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fabrics for everyday living

Terrified of spills? Fretting over pets on the furniture?  Worry not! Performance fabrics offer built-in protection for everyday living.

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Pippa the puppy on the Atwood Sofa, available in performance fabric by special order.

What are Performance Fabrics?

Performance Fabric IconPerformance fabrics are textiles engineered to resist stains, abrasions, fading, and pet-hair damage. Easy to clean, they will offer years of carefree maintenance when it comes to caring for your upholstery. Look for the performance fabric icon on our frames stocked in these fabrics. Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes in North Carolina

Spring is here and it’s time to get out—so we did just that!

A team of our design associates headed to North Carolina for a behind-the-scenes look at how our beautiful fabric and furniture are made.

First stop: the wood factory.

We watched how our tables and chairs are carefully crafted from a raw piece of wood to a gorgeous smooth finish, resulting in many stains and colors.

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To see the finished products, check out our vast selection of chairs and stools!

We learned even more about quality construction and where the wood comes from (right here in the US!) A few of us even got to practice wood finishing on our own small pieces.

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customizing your wood furniture

In a recent post, we discussed how we can help you make decisions on all of the options for customized upholstery pieces. Did you know there are also a ton of options for your wood furniture as well? Living room, dining room, bedroom…many come with a variety of choices!

Choices are wonderful, and short of getting our own hammers and nails and building pieces ourselves, don’t we just love the ability to make things special to us?! But with all this power of selection at our fingertips, it is easy to be overwhelmed and confused.

Once again, break it down and if needed, ask the experts for some help!

monroe-600blogMonroe 5-Piece Dining Set- Mist, Monroe Windsor Arm Chair – Mist, Swanson Cabinet, Hampton Views Artwork

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customizing your upholstery

In this day and age, we can customize and build our own anything…which is great, right? We get to decide on our personal coffee flavor, order custom fit jeans or update our phone case with a picture of our new puppy. But did you know, you can also customize your own upholstered sofa, chair, or even a headboard?

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It’s true! And the choices and combinations are almost endless! Choose from: over 500 fabrics, hundreds of styles & configurations, wood color on legs, nail head trim, or fabric piping.

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What does this all mean? How do you choose when the selection is so overwhelming? Let us help. You can do it in 4 easy steps:

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