Furniture Consignment Gallery Blog

Lazy Days of Summer? Not at FCG

Posted by Jay Frucci on Sat, August 20, 2016 @ 08: 30 AM


Page 5. That's how far my teenage son has gotten with his required summer reading. Suddenly, though, digging into a book that's been gathering dust all summer on his nightstand is a matter of the utmost urgency. That's probably because I asked him to weed the garden. We've got crabgrass on steroids out there.

Like most teenagers, he's horrified at the thought of undertaking such backbreaking labor under the brutal rays of the summer sun. His idea of vigorous exercise is hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock. Or twiddling a video game controller.

Okay, maybe I am being a little hard on the kid. He's had a long and successful summer of competitive waterskiing. But by mid-August, the scheduled activities have ground to a halt. Making microwave popcorn and balancing a bowl of cereal on his belly while watching television are the highlights of his Summer Olympics.

In my book, that means it's time for SCHOOL.

Meanwhile, our stores have never been busier. Our delivery teams have been logging long hours picking up consignments and jamming our three showrooms full of amazing new furniture. Summer's at a standstill, but FCG is in full bloom and our showrooms are ripe for the picking.

We've got dozens of great dining room sets for the holidays and cozy leather sectionals for football season. Best of all, you don't have to wait six to ten weeks for shipping as you would at many of the major furniture dealers. Find it at FCG and take it home that day.

So drag your teenagers out of the house and tell them you need help loading some new furniture in your car. So what if they're only on page 5! They've got all next week to polish off that reading – while you're polishing your new cherry breakfront.

Topics: Boston Marathon

Boston's Junior League 2016 Designer Show House: The Media Room

Posted by Jay Frucci on Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 11: 04 AM

newsletter-with-text.jpg From any angle, the house was a challenge. Neglected for decades, its plaster walls were pocked with holes. Its floors were uneven. The plumbing gurgled as if it had intestinal distress and sparks flew from an antiquated electrical system. Outside, the paint was chipped and the shutters askew.

But the house has a rich history. Built in 1854, it was home to one of the nation’s first co-ed schools and it was a stop on the Underground Railway during the Civil War. So, this spring, the area’s top interior designers came to its rescue, and they’ve transformed the ramshackle place into a captivating show house of inspired design.

Among them was Diana Frucci, ASID, my wife and co-owner of Furniture Consignment Gallery. Her assignment was one of the most difficult. She was assigned a small, bland, windowless box just off the kitchen.

Over the last couple of weeks, she’s transformed it into a new-concept Media Room. “My vision for the room was a comfortable multi-purpose cocoon for the family,” she explains. “And I wanted an artful mix of edgy modern furniture along with some classic, timeless pieces.”

Working with Huntington Homes Media Systems, she installed a state- of-the-art audio-visual system with a projection screen for lazy winter afternoons binge-watching Netflix. Venetian sconces flank the fireplace. A rug splashed with blues and grays was donated by the courtesy of Landry and Acari. For a stylish pop of color, Diana added a pair of B&B Italia contemporary chairs with ottomans in tangerine. Diana’s Media Room is a hint of the extraordinary mix of furniture we’ll be featuring when we open our new FCG showroom in Natick this July. Along with the brand-name, high-quality classic and traditional furniture for which we are known, Natick will offer a large selection of upscale contemporary pieces made by Mitchell Gold, Roche Bobois, and Rolf Benz.

So visit the Nathaniel Allen House in West Newton, MA, the Junior League of Boston’s 2016 Designer Show House. Linger in the Media Room and imagine the possibilities of bringing a fresh, new and edgy look into your home. We’ll have just the mix of furniture you need – at bargain prices – starting this summer in Natick.

Topics: Boston Marathon

Remembering A Runner

Posted by Jay Frucci on Sat, April 16, 2016 @ 08: 27 AM


We shared the same jogging route in our hometown of Hanover, though we ran at different times. A labor-and-delivery nurse, she was training to run the Boston Marathon to raise funds for Beth Israel’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Then, two days before Christmas, she was struck and killed while on a run by a driver high on a combination of drugs.

While I didn’t know her well, I’d coached her son in soccer. Our boys shared a desk at school. My wife had spent some time poolside with her as our sons took swim lessons. Her senseless death was stunning to those of us who knew her and to the local running community.

On Monday, 30,000 runners will toe the starting line of the 120th Boston Marathon. Every one of those runners will pit their bodies and their spirits against an intensely grueling athletic challenge: 26.2 miles.

Some are running towards a goal. Others are running away from something. Some run to check off an item on a bucket list. Others run for the greater good of humanity, raising funds to support a charity. Fundraising for the NICU was an important goal for this single mother. And to date, some $25,500 has been donated on her fundraising page, which is still active.

As the runners jam the streets from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, we ask you to take a moment to remember and honor the memory of the fallen runner. At FCG on Monday, we plan to tune in to the race and cheer on the 30,000, remembering her spirit and dedication.

All of our showrooms will be open on Monday, Patriots’ Day, including our store in Chestnut Hill. (That store is typically closed on Mondays.) Godspeed, runners.

Topics: Boston Marathon