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Peter Fallon Web
Posted Apr 5 at 4:53 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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When it came to the millwork of his new house on a quiet street in Wellesley, Peter Fallon, founder of Fallon Custom Homes & Renovations, went deep. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the high-end custom builder with his own in-house cabinetry and woodworking shop. Last fall, he welcomed us into the stately new build he had just completed, and we were greeted by layers of fine cabinetry,...
Living Room to Home Theater Transformation
Posted Apr 3 at 12:48 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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No need to descend a flight of stairs to access your home theater. Now, your living room can double as your very own screening room at the touch of a button. Evan Struhl, President and CEO of Cutting Edge Systems Corp., walks us through this living space’s A/V metamorphosis. A custom soffit was engineered around the room to house the equipment and mechanicals for the projector and the motorized...
Living room interior design by Elizabeth Home Design & Decor
Posted Mar 14 at 4:44 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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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...
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...

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