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How to arrange a bookshelf
Posted Jan 16 at 5:05 PM in Inspiring by Sandy Giardi
Creating a great-looking bookcase may come naturally to those in the design world, but to most of us it is not an inherited trait. The placement of showcased items should be thoughtful, not arbitrary, and done with an eye for balance and beauty. LDa Architecture & Interiors; photo by Greg Premru BDG connected with two industry insiders—an interior designer and an architect—to learn their...
Post and Beam Renovation
Posted Jan 15 at 2:25 PM in Inspiring by Sandy Giardi
A client with Floridian sensibilities approached general contracting firm Wood & Clay, Inc. to give their post and beam a whole-house renovation that would lighten up their Lakes Region home. While the client wanted a sunshine state for their Northern home and a “beachier” vibe, the dwelling’s new look is still a product of its New Hampshire setting. Along with white clapboard and gray tones...
Matthias Lupri's Iceland Dark
Posted Jan 15 at 2:05 PM in Happening by Sandy Giardi
Opening reception Thursday, January 18, from 6-8pm. IL Décor and Canvas Fine Arts present “Art Amidst Design," featuring the works of oil painter Matthias Lupri, at IL Décor’s Back Bay showroom this month. Matthias Lupri's Elle Sophia's Grotto Part of an ongoing series that explores art within the context of modern home design, IL Décor’s latest show features Lupri’s most recent abstract...
Long Weekend Breakfast Recipe
Posted Jan 12 at 2:51 PM in Sharing by Sandy Giardi
For those of you who didn't resolve to eat healthy or go dry this month, we’ve got just the French toast recipe for you as you head into the long weekend. The keys to this indulgent yet easy-enough recipe are the brioche, caramelized bananas and small-batch syrup. We used Fireking Baking Company’s out-of-this-world Cinnamon Bread, out of Braintree, Mass., (We’ve seen it at Brothers Marketplace,...
Views from the East show at Three Stones Gallery
Posted Jan 11 at 1:55 PM in Happening by Sandy Giardi
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 27 6:30-8:30pm Three Stone Gallery unveils its winter show "Views from the East." Curated by Jennifer M. Johnston and Shelley Drake Hawks, this new exhibit showcases the works of Yary Livan, one of the few master ceramists to have survived the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. “Views from the East” also features paintings, photography, miniatures and mixed...
Patriots Game Tailgate
Posted Jan 10 at 1:57 PM in Sharing by Melanie Perillo
Never mind the forecast (what ice storm?), we’ve got just the post for those of you gearing up for the 2018 New England Patriots playoff game at Gillette this Saturday. Check out our 6 pregame tips for your tailgate, culled from our recent Christmas Eve outing at the Pats game. #1  Don that Gronk jersey and Brady-esque beanie. This is a no-brainer, but show your true colors by wearing Patriots...
Ultra Violet: Pantone 2018 Color of the Year
Posted Jan 9 at 9:00 AM in Inspiring by Sandy Giardi
Jimi Hendrix riffed on it, Prince wore it, U2 named a song for it, and now the Pantone Color Institute has dubbed it the 2018 Color of the Year. That’s right, the global color authority has tapped Ultra Violet: 18-3838 as the hue that both resonates and reflects the masses’ collective sensibility, mood and inspiration. Image via quartzy.qz.com Dubbed the color of the cosmos, of mindfulness and...
Restored antique pool table
Posted Jan 8 at 12:19 PM in Resourcing by Sandy Giardi
Talk about going the extra mile…. When billiards aficionado Paul Lohnes was in the market for Brunswick’s ‘Monarch’ pool table—arguably the most coveted antique pool table created by the leading billiard authority—he brought friend and owner Stephen Kelly of Boston Billiard Emporium with him to California to scope out the find prior to purchase. Monarchs, built back in 1865, are an investment...
Colorful interior design
Posted Jan 7 at 10:46 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Without a doubt, today’s marketplace is highly decorative. Homeowners and interior designers alike are making bold and offbeat choices with furnishings and floor coverings that are wildly successful and unique. Homes are reflecting personalities, preferences and the travels of occupants. Heather Vaughan Design This out-of-the-box thinking results in some pretty electric and extraordinary spaces...
contemporary rugs and furniture
Posted Jan 6 at 5:24 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Contemporary rugs run the gamut and can range from shimmering monochromatic floor coverings to brilliant and bold designs. Geometrics figure in greatly to contemporary styles, and so do the tactile aesthetics of the weave underfoot. Often, designers integrate bamboo silks for a subtle shimmer or play with the pile length for a three-dimensional look. Atsu Gunther Interior Design For a modern...

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