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Master bathroom design by LDa Architecture & Interiors, construction by F.H. Perry Builder
Posted May 5 at 4:17 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Soothing, soulful, restorative. No other room in the house washes away the stresses of the day like the master bath. This room also has the distinction of being the one place you're granted a little peace and privacy. BDG's Best this month called for a roundup of the most beautiful master baths. The response? Pure bliss. We think you’ll agree.... LEFT: Awash in sunlight, this restful refuge...
Tennis court design by Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design
Posted May 1 at 9:14 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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While landscape architects and contractors have a gift for cultivating natural beauty and singular outdoor vistas, they also have a great sense of fun. With warm weather finally here, we take a look at some of the fantastic recreational features they’ve envisioned for private residences. Each is a quarantine dream to have in one’s own backyard. Bocce Landscape architecture by Katherine Field and...
Modern architecture by Jill Neubauer
Posted Apr 27 at 1:03 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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When asked what appeals most to her about modern architecture, architect Jill Neubauer of Jill Neubauer Architects, Inc. answers slowly, “Modern architecture is responsive.” There’s a freedom to it, a fearlessness in thinking beyond the safety of a traditional four walls, maybe even a responsibility. “Modern means opening yourself up to the site, to the possibilities, to the earth and the sun, to...
Coastal meadow expansion and cultivation by Landscape Creations
Posted Apr 21 at 8:22 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Though a glorious meadow on the sound in Stonington, Connecticut, looks the way nature intended, the hand of landscape contractors Landscape Creations is undeniably present. When a client sought to expand and rehab the reedy, colorless coastline that stood between their property and the water, they envisioned a minimalist, native-looking landscape that could serve as a border between the lawn and...
Urban courtyard designed by a Blade of Grass
Posted Apr 17 at 6:57 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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Thanks to landscape design and maintenance firm a Blade of Grass, the backyard of a Boston residence went from an untapped wasteland to a multipurpose urban eden, tailor-made for entertaining. This multi-tiered courtyard is every inch an extension of the South End home—an open-air living room, really—in large part because every inch was used to its advantage.  What we find to be most impressive...
Shingle-style home by architect Shope Reno Wharton
Posted Apr 16 at 11:13 AM in Inspiring Projects by Andrea Mingels
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First impressions matter, especially when it comes to the front entrance of the home. The entry is the focal point of an exterior, as it draws the eye towards the front door and welcomes visitors inside the home. It contributes to the identity of the property and the initial experience shared by guests. What impression does your home entry make? Is it welcoming and warm or extraordinary and...
Elegant dining room design for a country manor by Kotzen Interiors
Posted Apr 10 at 2:41 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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While our Easter and Passover gatherings are certainly more intimate than in years past, we are all for making an event of it. Now more than ever, you have good reason to use your dining room. Not only does it get you to spend time in a fresh—and different—setting, it also brings festivity and formality to your springtime celebrations. So break out the silver, the crystal and table linens and...
Custom mudroom by Catherine Truman Architects
Posted Apr 3 at 4:55 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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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...
Garden landscape by Sudbury Design Group
Posted Mar 27 at 2:47 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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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
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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 ...

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