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Renovation to an antique home
Posted Sep 17 at 9:04 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Talk about taking your job home with you… Own our Publisher Melanie Perillo really went the extra mile on this Makeover Monday and is now firmly ensconced in a renovation of her own at her 1790s antique Sudbury home. The goal? A modern farmhouse kitchen, and then some. Today, the crane came out and the project has entered the demo stage. “It’s all happening,” says Melanie, and there’s no going...
Interior Design for the NH Designer Showhouse
Posted Sep 12 at 2:46 PM in Events by Sandy Giardi
Kacey Graham and Michaele Boehm of Boehm Graham Interior Design (BGID) created a Scotch men’s lair for the New Hampshire Designer Showhouse at the Frank E. Anderson House. The interior design was a meaningful journey, not to mention loads of fun, for the talented mother-daughter team, as it gave the designers a rare opportunity to conceive something personal, rather than client-driven. As with...
Contemporary Cambridge Renovation
Posted Sep 10 at 4:32 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Principal Doug Hanna of S+H Construction knew immediately that the transformation his firm and Architect Will Ruhl were planning for a 3,500-square-foot contemporary home in Cambridge would not be your everyday makeover. The property of interest was formerly an abandoned municipal garage that was converted into a residential living space in the 1950s by Paul Rudolph, one of the Modernist era’s...
Mugnaini pizza oven installation
Posted Sep 6 at 9:36 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
  A beautiful kitchen-in-the-making in Chestnut Hill, designed by Duckham Architecture & Interiors, just received the highlight of the room—a Mugnaini pizza oven—and Boston-based builder Fallon Custom Homes & Renovations called us in to see a slice of their progress. Mugnaini specializes in authentic wood-fired pizza ovens that bring that warm, open-hearth experience home. These ovens are...
Luxury high-rise bedroom design
Posted Sep 5 at 1:46 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
How did Merz Construction handle a small-scale bedroom with expansive views of Boston’s skyline at the ultra posh, 60-story high-rise Millennium Tower Boston? They built a wall. Don’t worry; this one is completely innocuous and brilliant, really. It is also a “fake” with a contemporary flair that serves a dual purpose.  For one, this attractive wall has an angled design that allows the bed to be...
Patrick Ahearn Wellesley Gambrel
Posted Sep 4 at 10:42 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
Standing within her elegant, cream-colored living room, which adjoins a bright, four-season sunroom, which, in turn, opens up to lush grounds gilded by the dappled light of deciduous canopy trees, a homeowner shares that she and her husband sought out Patrick Ahearn Architect to design “a new home that looks old” for her picturesque, forested lot in Wellesley. They went to the right place. Brand...
Newport Secret Garden Tours, Sept. 7-9
Posted Sep 3 at 2:50 PM in Events by Sandy Giardi
If you’re like us, coming off of a great weekend we like to look ahead to the next and hatch a plan (or some semblance of one) for fun. We’ve got just the thing: Newport Secret Garden Tours. This fall installment of this self-guided walking tour, called “On and Off the Avenue & Drive,” is held daily Sept. 7-9, 10am-5pm, and features private, picturesque gardens on and off historic Bellevue...
Metal architectural staircase
Posted Aug 31 at 3:02 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
There is nothing Paul Meneses, founder of Make Architectural Metalworking, likes more than being hands-on in his shop or on an installation, and present for the design and fabrication of custom architectural metalwork. Good thing, because the demand for his medium has exploded within the last decade, and he has positioned his versatile studio to ride the groundswell. Meneses comes at...
Great room by the water by Sherman Associates
Posted Aug 30 at 2:34 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Labor Day is upon us, which means that vacation homes will soon be at capacity as owners and their houseguests come by car, plane and ferry to celebrate the best of the extended, if bittersweet, weekend. To honor this more-the-merrier outlook, we showcase eight gorgeous great rooms. The following come-hither open-plan living spaces are where the action is—at least, when revelers aren’t on the...
Posted Aug 27 at 4:55 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Landscape architecture firm The MacDowell Company took a cookie-cutter backyard in Lexington to a higher level, creating an alfresco living room and outdoor kitchen where family and friends can gather to barbecue and watch the game. The spacious grounds provided a ready canvas for a redesign, which began with the removal of the deck and stair off the kitchen for the upgrade to a multi-programmed...

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