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Inspiring Projects

Design applications of Pantone Color of the Year 2020, Classic Blue
Posted Jan 8 at 2:23 PM in Inspiring Projects by Andrea Mingels
For over twenty years, the Pantone Color Institute has declared a fresh, vibrant shade as the Color of the Year. Every year, the Institute’s color experts travel the world, analyzing trends and searching for global color inspiration in all areas of design before choosing a shade to honor. This year, the Pantone Color Institute decided to name 19-4052 Classic Blue as the color of 2020.  Left...
Ultra modern makeover for a traditional oceanfront home in Marblehead by Groom Construction Co.
Posted Jan 3 at 1:37 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
A traditional oceanfront home, located right on the coast in Marblehead is going ultramodern within. Groom Construction has been hard at work renovating a neo-Georgian oceanside home in Marblehead for owners who are leaving South Boston for a more spacious environment in which to raise their twin girls. That is, if you can call it a renovation. Both Residential Project Manager Tim Dougherty of...
Landscape lighting by Cutting Edge Systems Corporation
Posted Jan 1 at 3:54 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
What better day than the first of the year to reflect on the instant appeal of the homes and scenes crafted, designed or treated by top Boston professionals. We know that generally we shouldn't rush to judgment, but there is something to be said for captivating first glances and that sense of promise. From timeless homes high on street presence, to grand entrances (whether a lake house or the...
Posted Dec 31 at 12:18 PM in Inspiring Projects by Kathleen Parente
2019 marked another year full of incredible projects and spectacular inspiration. We were fortunate to once again feature the industry’s top professionals and tradespeople and to be welcomed into exquisite homes across New England— viewing works in progress and final masterpieces. We share a glimpse into this greatness with the top nine projects our readers loved most this past year on BDG's...
New England home dressed for the holidays by The Schumacher Companies
Posted Dec 19 at 3:32 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Here at BDG, we believe that nobody wears holiday finery and decorations quite as well as the homes of New England. Our region’s classic properties were tailor-made for garlands of pine and traditional wreaths punctuated with bright red bows. As for our contemporary homes? They become even more dazzling when illuminated by thousands of tiny lights. Our (knit) hats are off to the following snow-...
The breathtaking foyer of a new residence in One Dalton, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences designed by Carter & Company
Posted Dec 16 at 2:21 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
A dynamic unit in One Dalton, Boston's chicest new address, and its antithesis—a New Hampshire lodge where time stands still—reveal the artistic range and talent of interior designer Michael Carter. At Carter & Company, “our job is to create environment,” says Principal Michael Carter slowly, in his honeyed North Carolina drawl. It goes beyond imagining beautiful spaces with pretty things. It...
High-end Boston penthouse renovation for Kistler & Knapp Builders
Posted Dec 13 at 11:15 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
A developer, who had converted a South End church into high-end city residences, was vexed at how to configure the second floor of a penthouse suite blessed with sloping roofs and a great octagonal drum. A vast space with 20-foot-high ceilings, arcing custom windows and 360-degree skyline views is a rare gift in Boston, but how do you make it a home? You hire Ruhl Studio Architects and Kistler...
Custom high-end Maine home by Slocum Hall Design Group
Posted Dec 6 at 3:50 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
We’d gladly make tracks to these wonderful, wintry retreats in the mountains... Dream of a Post and Beam Photo by Daniel Nystedt A client of Slocum Hall Design Group purchased an abandoned post and beam structure in Stowe, Vermont, with the intention of transforming the original mixed-use building (it had previously housed a small business and residence) into an inviting year-round retreat. The...
A large-scale custom renovation of a Georgian colonial in the Boston area
Posted Dec 3 at 9:10 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
A couple had long admired a gracious Georgian estate in Wellesley. They were taken with its streetside presence and imagined raising their family there. And though they weren’t looking to move, when they learned the home had been put on the market, they jumped at the chance to make the dream a reality. Suddenly talk of “if only” became a matter of “when,” and there was a new conversation—how to...
Custom high-end renovation for a Cape Cod home by Salt Architecture
Posted Nov 25 at 5:16 PM in Inspiring Projects by Edie Ravenelle
A Scraggy Neck island house in Bourne had coastal views and good bones, yet neither were being featured well. So, Alissa Hike Harris and Chris Harris, co-owners of Salt Architecture Inc. in Falmouth, launched a renovation to fix the home's impediments. "We opened up water views from a kitchen that had been set back and walled off from the view," explains Alissa, "in addition to enlarging the...