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Inspiring Projects

Coastal meadow expansion and cultivation by Landscape Creations
Posted Apr 21 at 8:22 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
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
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
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
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
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
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...
Modern Asian Art Garden by Amy Martin Landscape Design
Posted Mar 12 at 10:54 AM in Inspiring Projects by Andrea Mingels
As the days get longer and the weather begins to warm, we are reminded that spring is on the way and it is time to plan the landscape you’ve been longing for all winter. If you are dreaming of an outdoor sanctuary that is breathtakingly beautiful, clean-looking and unique, look no further than Amy Martin of Amy Martin Landscape Design. Martin is well-known for creating gorgeous, one-of-a-kind...
A naturalized pond restoration by landscape contractor Landscape Creations
Posted Mar 5 at 11:31 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
“We can never have enough of nature,” Henry David Thoreau famously said, and it seems that a client of Landscape Creations would have to agree. An environmentalist at heart commissioned the landscape contractor to revive a pond on their New England property, and give them a natural refuge, or, you might say, their very own Walden. Landscape Creations would have to find it first. The pond, which...