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Posted Aug 17 at 4:34 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
Going into the weekend, we’ve got summer soirees and raw bars on our minds, and just had to share this genius addition to the bar of a Chatham vacation home. This freestanding ship’s wheel sink, designed by Judy Whalen of Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center and in collaboration with Kathleen Hay Design, is positioned between the dining room and L-shaped bar (with a walk up pass-through window...
Carefree coastal home
Posted Aug 16 at 2:35 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
“The hardest challenge about creating this waterfront shingle style home was making it appear to be simple,” confesses Arthur Hanlon, AIA principal of Shope Reno Wharton (SRW), and the project architect for a refreshing yet serene summer getaway located on an incredible piece of property. The home, a new construction built by Kenneth Vona Construction, is accessed by a wooded road that meanders...
Nantucket Looms
Posted Aug 13 at 4:02 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
True to its old-world craft and traditional artisan quality, yet delightfully of-the-moment, Nantucket Looms commemorates 50 years in business. And they have plenty of reason to celebrate! For starters, its weaving studio and retail shop, which was opened in 1968 under the ownership of Andy Oates and Bill Euler with the shared goal of supporting island craftspeople year-round and their exquisite...
The best landscape lighting
Posted Aug 9 at 4:13 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
“Just like the rest of the home’s environment, the smart home has infiltrated the backyard,” shares Elite Media Solutions’ founder Brian Gibson. And, just as it’s commonplace to see outdoor TVs and music, outdoor lighting is now huge for the home integration specialist. “We’re putting it in like crazy,” says Gibson, and that includes the landscape outside their newly-revamped Wellesley Hills...
Cape Cod bar design
Posted Aug 6 at 12:12 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
There’s an easy, feel-good rhythm to days spent on Cape Cod. We wake and make a beeline for the ocean. Next, we find a view and maybe a little shade and pull up a chaise or Adirondack chair closer to home. Before we know it, it’s cocktail hour, and time for spirited conversation and sunsets. Lastly, satiated and wonderfully weary from the sun, salt and surf, we’re ready for a well-deserved...
Indestructible beach home
Posted Aug 2 at 4:29 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
A family had spent just one weekend in their new Falmouth beach home when a microburst from an epic summer storm barreled up Buzzards Bay as they slept, lifting a portion of the roof from their traditional Cape house. While the family was shaken, they were unharmed. Their home, however, was not. Because of the excessive storm and water damage, the only real option for the young family was to...
Upside-down house
Posted Aug 1 at 3:13 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
This modern new construction, propped high on piles, was designed by Gakidis & Stewart Design Group and built by Bannon Builders. With a carport and elevator on the ground level, the beach home’s livable spaces begin on the second floor, making the one-story cottage that sits between the home and the water, a nonissue. Three bedrooms and two baths occupy the second story, while the living...
Contemporary Beach Home on Cape Cod
Posted Jul 31 at 12:51 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Within a seaside enclave lined with hydrangea and traditional beach cottages clad in cedar shingles turned silver-gray by salt air and the passage of time, a contemporary beach house has emerged. The retreat, designed and built by Architectural Design, Inc. (AD), sits atop a coastal dune overlooking the famous Brewster flats, where it has a front-row seat to dramatic shifts in the shoreline of...
Tennis Court by landscape architect Karen Sebastian
Posted Jul 12 at 10:21 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Strawberries and cream? Check. Pimm’s Cup? Check. It’s time for Breakfast at Wimbledon, a beloved summertime ritual where we genteelly nosh while watching the latest tennis phenoms grunt and sweat it out at the storied All England Club in London. In honor of the finals this weekend, BDG has created a bit of a racket of our own. Here follows five smashing tennis court designs by Boston's top...
Posted Jun 29 at 4:24 PM in Events by Sandy Giardi
The latest edition of BDG's Cape & Islands magazine has arrived! BDG's third issue features timeless architecture, quintessential beach homes, the latest trends in coastal design, as well as an ode to the Cape Cod lifestyle we all know and love—and have been patiently awaiting, we might add, after this winter! As always, BDG brings you the best of the best on every page, showcasing top-tier ...

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