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Historic renovations and additions by Jan Gleysteen Architects
Posted Oct 20 at 8:13 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Jan Gleysteen, principal of Jan Gleysteen Architects (JGA), describes himself and his colleagues as “avid students of the homes of the past.” Having studied under the architect Robert A. M. Stern at Columbia University, Gleysteen has a deep understanding of different architectural styles and how to design within those styles. And while the firm is best known for its distinctive and distinguished...
Custom kitchen designed for Venegas and Company showroom
Posted Oct 19 at 11:18 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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According to kitchen designer Donna Venegas, the ultimate kitchen is one that facilitates her clients’ lifestyle, there is no one right answer. There is however, one common denominator, she says: “Every client would like more time!” The answer? Efficiency. “If things are easy to find, if the design creates a logical flow and offers organization, cooking becomes more fun, and ultimately saves...
A new home in a historic Boston neighborhood designed by Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors
Posted Sep 16 at 1:29 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Within the bucolic neighborhood of Brookline’s Pill Hill, a historic district so named for the doctors in residence who wanted an idyllic locale and proximity to Boston’s top hospitals, lies a surprise of a house designed by Meyer & Meyer Architecture and Interiors. The finely-detailed home, which sits atop a leafy slope, is a revelation for a few reasons. Firstly, at only 4,000 square feet,...
Illuminated pool terrace by Sudbury Design Group
Posted Aug 28 at 6:27 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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There’s something about the charged atmosphere and magic of night swimming. When the balmy summer air mingles with the glow of the pool against the dark sky and light dances within the water, suddenly we all feel a sort of kid-like wonder that inspires us to come on in! The following landscapes beautifully capture that mystique, elevating these residences to resort status. Water Dance Landscape...
Modern lake house designed by Foley Fiore Architecture
Posted Aug 26 at 12:39 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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While meteorologists would likely contend otherwise, here at BDG, we think of the “Lake Effect” as the phenomenon that occurs the moment we cast our eyes on the shimmering, blue-green waters of a lake, and spend time within an “of-the-landscape” home crafted to take full advantage of those picturesque water views.   There is something about those sun-dappled waters, disturbed only by the...
Murphy Wall Bed by California Closets
Posted Aug 10 at 4:48 PM in Inspiring Projects by Andrea Mingels
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While everyone loves the idea of having a guest room for their friends and family to crash, these spare rooms are often impractical as they are rarely used and often come at the cost of giving up your dream home office, media room, playroom, etc. Instead of having to choose one over the other, choose both! Optimize your space and create a multifunctional room by installing a California Closets’...
Sustainable garden of daylilies
Posted Aug 3 at 4:46 PM in Inspiring Projects by Andrea Mingels
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Kimberly Mercurio Landscape Architecture has mastered the art and science of creating gorgeous, sustainable gardens that are easy to maintain, work well with existing regional conditions, and, most importantly, have a positive impact on the environment. When a client requested to fill in an empty lot next to their Chatham home with a colorful garden that would bloom throughout the summer months...
Gambrel Shingle Style Cape home designed by Catalano Architects and constructed by Travis Cundiff Associates, Inc.
Posted Jul 22 at 9:11 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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The family that plays together, stays together. That is certainly the case for a tight-knit family that gathers regularly on Cape Cod to enjoy the sun, surf and one another’s company. Over 25 sons, daughters and grandchildren join the family matriarch from Memorial Day through the shoulder season in numbers that exceed the bedrooms and bunk rooms of her exquisite seaside home, and guest home. But...
Joyful coastal interior design by Donna Elle Design
Posted Jul 7 at 9:03 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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It is good to have lifelong friends. And even better when one of your closest has not only your best interests at heart, but an ear to the ground. That’s how a family from Ohio, who had vacationed in Nantucket every summer since 2002, came to live their longtime dream of owning a home there. When Robert Deuberry, a builder with his own Nantucket home, caught wind that an 1800s sea captain’s house...
Nautical blue and white entryway designed by SLC Interiors
Posted Jul 3 at 1:02 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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We pledge allegiance to spaces and styles that celebrate the all-American motifs. The featured designs incorporate stars or stripes or both, giving a nod to Old Glory. Whether subtle, as in the crisp Nantucket entryway (shown above) conceived by SLC Interiors, where a set of constellations suspended from a midnight-blue ceiling softly illuminate a space that points all to the beach, or more overt...

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