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Marble Terrace and Fire Feature by Boston landscape professional Onyx Corporation
Posted Nov 15 at 4:08 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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It used to be that Onyx Corporation was thought of as just an excavation company. No longer. These days, the full-service Acton-based landscape contractor is tending to projects as varied as pools and entertainment spaces to orangeries and orchards to reclaimed hardscapes for historic homes. During autumn, however, “fire features seem to be what people are thinking about,” says Landscape Division...
Ernie Boch Jr. gives a video tour of his Garden Pavlion
Posted Oct 31 at 3:22 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...
Handcrafted cupolas and weather vanes by Cape Cod Cupola
Posted Sep 26 at 10:44 AM in Inspiring Projects by Edie Ravenelle
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If your roof could talk it might just ask for a cupola. Why? Because a custom cupola and weather vane can bring eye-catching ornamental "bling" to your home, not to mention timeless appeal. Cupola is an Italian word from the Renaissance, a time when ornamentation defined building design. Kim and Mike Roderick, new owners as of May 2019 of Cape Cod Cupola, are all about expounding on the merits of...
High-end inset custom cabinetry by Crown Point Cabinetry
Posted Sep 24 at 5:07 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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A Manhattan homeowner first fell in love with Crown Point Cabinetry at NYC’s Home Show. It was there that she met Tedd LeBlanc of Crown Point Design/Sales and caught sight of the cabinetry that would complete the vision of her town house’s upcoming kitchen renovation. Her dream kitchen wouldn’t come to fruition until eight years later, but when it did it would include Crown Point Cabinetry.  For...
Custom Cape Cod boathouse by McPhee Associates of Cape Cod
Posted Aug 30 at 2:32 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Ahhhh, Cape Cod….sandy beaches, tangles of beach plum, classic weathered shingles. There is an undeniable vibe to this idyllic locale and the nearby islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and certain staples that we’ve come to associate with the good-for-the-soul summertime haunt. When we think of the Cape and Islands, sun-swept boardwalks, refreshing outdoor showers, perch-perfect...
The Arts and Crafts-style meets English Country in a custom suburban Boston home
Posted Aug 26 at 4:28 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Architect John MacDonald of Morehouse MacDonald and Associates, Inc. took a different approach when designing a new home for a genial, multigenerational family, who, after living in California, has put down roots in a wooded suburban lot in the Boston area. Instead of reinterpreting the Colonials and Tudors that dot the picturesque locale, MacDonald channeled the Arts and Crafts style, creating...
Roomscapes Cabinetry & Design Center Coastal Kitchen Design
Posted Aug 21 at 3:01 PM in Inspiring Projects by Edie Ravenelle
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Whether or not your home has actual ocean views, the right coastal kitchen design can feature all that you love about your favorite shore. Here's how five pros achieve that end for their clients.  Instantly Entertaining in Chatham Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center; photo by Derrick Zellman Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center Director Judy Whalen knew her clients were all about making the...
High-end landscape design and construction by Pellettieri Associates, Inc.
Posted Aug 14 at 9:14 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Meandering pebble drives. Jaw-dropping views. Mossy, stepping-stone paths. Granite hardscapes that take on the tones of the lake. Landscape design/build firm Pellettieri Associates, Inc. brings nature’s splendor to higher ground. President George Pellettieri, who has been in the business for 35 years, offers advice for homeowners in search of the terrain of their dreams.  George’s foremost tip? “...
Inside a vexing renovation of a beloved Cape Cod home
Posted Aug 6 at 9:14 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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A soft blue waterline remains prominently featured in the dining room of a Gambrel home nestled within a historic, picturesque village in Falmouth, surrounded by the sea on three sides. Painted by young decorative arts painter Ralph Cahoon, who came to be a noted Cape Cod luminary, the rhythmic detail marks the level of saltwater that the Great Hurricane of 1938 sent coursing through the cottage...
Sparkling pool design by Bernice Wahler Landscapes
Posted Jul 25 at 4:11 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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We dive in to some spectacularly enticing pools by Boston’s most talented landscape architects and contractors. Whether you’re sitting beside them or fully submerged, these pools and pool terraces are nothing short of paradise.  Oyster Harbors Retreat Landscape design by Bernice Wahler Landscapes; contractor E.J. Jaxtimer Builder, Inc. This award-winning infinity-edge pool by Bernice Wahler...

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