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Custom mudroom by Catherine Truman Architects
Posted Apr 3 at 4:55 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Come April, the mudroom is the hardest working room in the home. Mudrooms not only serve as the bridge between the outdoor and indoor realms, supporting our comings and goings, they are also the catchall for the family’s gear and the grit of the great outdoors. A well-designed mudroom helps tame the clutter and keeps the rest of your home spotless, and is a must if you’re building or renovating a...
A family using electronic devices
Posted Apr 1 at 1:20 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Larry DiFoggio, President and Electrical Consultant of DiFoggio Electric, the full-service electrical contracting company that, in large part, has kept Boston running for over 40 years, wishes he could do what he and his colleagues usually do right now: fix things. It’s unsettling to be grappling with something that is real but unseen. “That’s my biggest problem,” says DiFoggio. “I can’t fix...
Inventive shiplap applications by Hawthorn Builders
Posted Mar 30 at 5:44 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
While shiplap has been around forever, there is no doubt that the clean-lined application is the darling of home design. Homeowners adore the rustic yet refined “modern farmhouse” look, and shiplap is one of the style’s defining features. Yes, Joanna Gaines of Magnolia fame and television’s many home shows deserve some of the credit, admit Design Associate Lauren Passaretti and Jessica Chabot, VP...
No-Knead Bread, recipe by Sullivan Street Bakery
Posted Mar 29 at 10:41 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
BDG Publisher Melanie Perillo has long been singing the praises of Sullivan Street Bakery’s No-Knead Bread, pictured above. It is one of the most popular recipes The Times has published, and with good reason. As it has just a few ingredients, it is easy to prepare; it just requires a bit of time for the dough to rest and rise. Melanie often tosses in cranberries and nuts as well, for another...
Garden landscape by Sudbury Design Group
Posted Mar 27 at 2:47 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Formal, carefree, historic or Japanese in spirit, these edens are carefully cultivated to delight the senses.... Landscape construction by Schumacher Companies; photo by Mitch Harper This slice of paradise on Cape Cod, installed and maintained by the landscape artisans at Schumacher Companies is sunny and resplendent. The garden’s pleasing symmetry, punctuated by circular urns in full bloom and...
A New England escape designed for an equestrian
Posted Mar 26 at 9:46 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
When one thinks of building a summer home in New England, Sudbury typically isn’t the first locale that comes to mind. But, for a dressage rider who lives, trains and competes year-round in Florida, heading north to enjoy New England’s short but sweet season with her family and pack of horses was a natural fit. She has roots there, a barn for her horses and rolling, family-owned land where she ...
Home office design carved right into the wall by Adams + Beasley Associates
Posted Mar 24 at 8:30 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Working remotely is the new norm. These smart home office designs suit any style and are as varied as the individuals behind each desk.... Above, Adams + Beasley Associates carved out a polished workstation right in the wall, using gleaming cabinetry (complete with a door!) and floating shelves. Photo by Eric Roth photography The masculine and masterful home office above by Fallon Custom Homes...
Cozy Spaces by Fallon Custom Homes and Renovations
Posted Mar 23 at 11:45 AM in Lifestyle by Andrea Mingels
It is no secret that the global health crisis is seriously unsettling—COVID-19 has abruptly interrupted our daily lives with no clear end in sight. While we all wish we could actively contribute to help end this pandemic, we are encouraged to be passive and stay at home as much as possible. Find a comfortable spot in the house to read a good book, binge-watch a new show, spend quality time with...
Outdoor design tips by Plymouth Quarries
Posted Mar 21 at 11:10 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
While the showroom at Plymouth Quarries is currently closed, the sales team and yard staff is open for business and working hard to get homeowners and members of the trade samples, stone, pavers and products so that those outdoor spring projects aren’t put on hold. The professionals at Plymouth Quarries have made themselves available by phone (781-335-3686) and will load products from the yard...
Pj and Lizzy of Oak Development & Design
Posted Mar 20 at 10:59 AM in News by Kathleen Parente
A New England home renovation show, Heart of Oak follows PJ and Lizzy Antonik and their team from Oak Development & Design as they tear houses apart to turn them into beautiful custom renovated homes.  As real as it gets, there’s no script and no fluff - just an authentic look at building in New England.  Season 2 features multiple projects including The Squirrel Hill Project where PJ and...

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