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Living room interior design by Elizabeth Home Design & Decor
Posted Mar 14 at 4:44 PM in Inspiring Projects by Kathleen Parente
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In an ode to spring and vitality, we go beyond the clover green of St. Patrick’s Day to highlight the many faces of this versatile, feel-good hue. From Kelly and electric lime to soft jades, and moss and meadow greens, this tone runs the spectrum, to be sure. Green is an instant mood-lifter; it’s blissful in a serene wash and downright unstoppable in apple.This buoyant couch provides a shock of...
Contemporary music room by architect John D. Battle
Posted Feb 26 at 4:05 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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“Artists are lively souls,” asserts architect John D. Battle of Battle Associates Architects, and he enjoys tapping into their creative spirits with his designs. Recently, he created a “farmhouse reinterpreted” on a New England countryside setting for a duo of artists who had known Battle’s work from the studios he designed for Bard College’s Fisher Art Center 20 years ago. They had tucked Battle...
Provincetown renovation with period details by Bannon Builders
Posted Jan 30 at 12:00 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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When a client from Manhattan sought to revive and add to a historic home on Provincetown’s Commercial Street, one of the seaside destination’s most coveted thoroughfares, they looked to Bannon Custom Builders. It wouldn’t be an easy job. Though the property reads like a single colonial home from the street, it is actually a four-unit condominium. The home receiving the rehab is the majority...
Pebble terrace on Ernie Boch Jr.'s garden pavilion
Posted Jan 22 at 9:20 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Interior designer Anthony Catalfano, who has worked with Ernie Boch, Jr. on his home and on the many structures throughout his property, calls the grounds of Boch’s estate, “the most beautiful garden you’ve ever seen. [The Pebble Terrace] is made of black and white stones that make a pattern,” he continues. “It’s crazy beautiful.”  Comprised of contrasting Mexican beach stones, the Pebble Terrace...
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...

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