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Posted Oct 13 at 3:08 PM in Inspiring Projects by Jaci Conry
The Scandinavian term friluftsliv translates to “open-air living.” Coined in the 1850s by playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen, the term was used to describe the value of spending time outdoors exploring and connecting with others to enhance physical and spiritual well-being. Friluftsliv is a bit of a buzzword these days, says landscape architect Bernice Wahler, who notes that she is guided by the...
Posted Oct 8 at 10:39 AM in Inspiring Projects by Jaci Conry
A cherished 19th century residence is reimagined to suit the tastes of a young family. Set on a verdant lot near Newton’s Waban Village, the homeowners loved the gracious Victorian they bought in 2018. “Aesthetically, however, it wasn’t them,” says interior designer Heather Vaughan, who collaborated with architect Peter Sachs to renovate the home to suit the family. The project involved...
Back of house
Posted Oct 6 at 5:01 PM in Tips & Trends by Jaci Conry
Laplante Construction sheds light on current window trends. There are more options for window aesthetics than ever before. We sat down with Bill Laplante, president of Laplante Construction, to discuss the different types of windows his firm has recently installed on residential projects. A rounded dining area features windows on three sides (shown above). “To expand the height of the windows, we...
front view of modern house
Posted Oct 1 at 4:33 PM in Inspiring Projects by Jaci Conry
Marcus Gleysteen designs a Maine residence that’s fine-tuned for its empty-nester inhabitants. Architect Marcus Gleysteen is most interested in designing floorplans based on the real needs of the people who will live in the home. For a couple in their 50s with grown children, he recently implemented a prototype concept he devised for empty-nesters in which all the primary living spaces are on one...
Dusk view of custom designed Needham home
Posted Sep 30 at 10:41 AM in Inspiring Projects by Jaci Conry
A new home is designed in reverence to its deeply wooded setting.   When the homeowners asked Michael Lynch, of Lynch Construction and Remodeling, to visit a lot they were considering purchasing to build their next home, he noticed another much larger parcel across the street. “I suggested that they consider the other lot instead, because it had so much more value than the first one,” recalls...
family room with large windows surrounding
Posted Sep 28 at 10:16 AM in Shopping by Jaci Conry
JB Sash & Door carries one of Marvin’s most essential collections. If you’re looking for windows and doors with exceptional design, quality and performance you’ll want to consider the Essential™ collection by Marvin®. Essential windows and doors interiors and exteriors are made with Ultrex® pultruded fiberglass, a material that Marvin created over 20 years ago. Ultrex is more rigid and...
entryway to building
Posted Sep 20 at 8:46 AM in Events by Jaci Conry
As an encore to its annual spring showcase, Boston Design Week hosts a fall round of events, September 27- October 16. Under the theme “Fall into Art and Design,” Boston Design Week’s 3-week festival offers a range of programs geared to increase awareness and appreciation of the vital role design plays in our lives.    Some of highlights include a presentation from Fall River-based rug ...
Bedroom
Posted Sep 14 at 3:58 PM in Inspiring Projects by Jaci Conry
An antique carriage house is reimagined for a couple of doting grandparents by Acampora Interiors. The homeowners of this 19th century home in Concord—a former carriage house—downsized from the large house in which they’d raised their four kids. “However, the couple is very family-centric. They have lots of grandchildren and two dogs,” says Corinne Acampora, principal of Wellesley Hills-based...
kitchen
Posted Sep 14 at 1:35 PM in Inspiring Projects by Marykate Forte
A revamped roofline accommodates more opportunities to take in the view. With copper gutters, extensive trim details, and an abundance of custom elements, this renovated home in Harwich Port is full of nautical charm. Yet the current owners felt that the original Cape design did not capitalize on the second-floor square-footage or take advantage of the home’s incredible harbor view. A renovation...
outdoor party setting
Posted Sep 1 at 1:25 PM in Events by Jaci Conry
In celebration of the Cape & Islands Design Guide To mark the launch of the annual Cape & Islands Design Guide, the BDG team hosted a late August afternoon event at the Green Pond Yacht Club in East Falmouth. The day was blissfully beautiful, with high temperatures and a light breeze off of the ocean. Guests came from all over the Cape & Islands, and several traveled from Boston and...

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