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Ernie Boch Jr. gives a video tour of his Garden Pavlion
Posted Jan 18 at 2:22 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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President and CEO of Subaru of New England, arts advocate, musician and philanthropist Ernie Boch, Jr. gives us the grand tour of his breathtaking garden pavilion, where members of his family are interred and where he plans to be laid to rest one day.  This two-floor sanctuary—hand crafted by the best of best in the New England design and construction community and located in his very own...
A look inside a traditional new home in Wellesley
Posted Jan 11 at 10:00 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Jeff Birnbaum, President of Pioneer Construction, takes us inside a beautiful new build in Wellesley to show us some of his favorite spaces. As owner, Birnbaum has his hand in every detail. He keeps his firm “boutique” in scale, for lack of a better word, to ensure that he not only has an easy rapport with the full design team, which, for this home, includes architect Tom Catalano, interior...
Ernie Boch Jr.'s Garden Pavilion
Posted Jan 7 at 10:46 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Not far from a busy, divided highway dotted with traffic lights and populated by strip malls and car dealerships, within a private block cloistered by hundreds of Norway spruce, is a garden for the ages. The extraordinary, expansive landscape, inspired in part by the vistas and terraces of the Dumbarton Oaks estate in Washington D.C., has an unmistakably European feel. Its series of structured...
Cozy fireplace in a great room by D. Michael Collins Architects
Posted Jan 1 at 8:55 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Come January, the fervor and frenzy of the holiday season gives way to peaceful hours spent fireside. These glowing settings are perfect for curling up with a good book, sipping a hot cup of coffee or cocoa, or drowsing alongside a flicker of flames.    In the image above, a rustic brick hearth makes its presence known from many angles of a new farmhouse designed by D. Michael Collins Architects...
Architect Tom Catalano
Posted Dec 27 at 12:42 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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We meet Architect Tom Catalano, principal of Catalano Architects, in the front entry court—an “outdoor room,” so to speak—of a beautiful new construction in Wellesley.  Catalano worked closely with the homeowners and a team including Pioneer Construction, Melissa Gulley Interior Design, Dan Gordon Landscape Architects, and Venegas and Company, to design and deliver a “passion project” that takes...
Open-concept living area with texture
Posted Dec 21 at 2:26 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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The goal of every custom new home is to create a welcoming, pleasing living environment that an owner will enjoy to the fullest. From the get-go, the architects, designers and builders set out to craft “joy-filled, happy spaces,” says architect Thomas Catalano of Catalano Architects. That goes without saying.  But not all new construction homes cast a light and exuberance of time gone by the way...
Modern kitchen design by LDa Architecture & Interiors
Posted Dec 14 at 2:14 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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From candy apple to carnelian, the color red wears many faces. It can be festive, elegant, warm, saucy, passionate, vital and timeless. It’s both a power color and a period piece (and everything in between!), and as at home in traditional Victorian brownstones as it is in high-wattage modern condominiums. We can’t get enough of the versatile shade any time of year, enjoy a few of our favorite...
Alluring Dining Room Table Design
Posted Nov 22 at 8:19 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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It's the time of year when people have taken planes, trains and automobiles for the opportunity to gather around the tables of family and friends and share a delicious meal and bright conversation. These days, it seems harder to stop the breakneck speed of the daily race to just be. This is one of the reasons we love Thanksgiving. It's a time of gratitude, of course, but it also seems to come...
BDG Publisher's Renovation Project
Posted Nov 19 at 4:37 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Let there be light! Pella Windows & Doors has made a special delivery to BDG Publisher Melanie Perillo’s house, and we’re happy to report that the “house she’s adding to her addition,” ahem, is now blessed with floor to ceiling windows and lots of natural light. In all seriousness, her new kitchen renovation is really shaping up— and in short time—and it’s exciting to see the black-framed...
Navy accents in custom luxury condo
Posted Nov 5 at 12:10 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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When Sleeping Dog Properties, Inc. worked with Elms Interior Design to reimagine this luxury condo at Boston’s Millennium Tower, a dynamic navy blue figured in greatly to the design mix. In this expansive, sky-high space, with the city at its feet, this accent color was a natural choice, complementing the tones of the panoramic views found outside a perimeter of floor-to-ceiling windows.   Blue...

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