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Mint Julep Recipe by Boston Bar
Posted May 4 at 3:39 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Happy Derby Day! Sip like you're at Churchill Downs with this delicious mint julep recipe courtesy of The Backroom at Moody’s in Waltham.  The mint julep, the Kentucky Derby's beverage of choice, has been associated with the “Run for the Roses” for nearly a century, and, each year, during Derby Weekend, nearly 120,000 of the spiked quencher are served. It appears the mint julep may actually have...
Kitchen Designer Donna Venegas' Charlestown Kitchen
Posted Apr 10 at 2:28 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Owner and Designer Donna Venegas of kitchen design studio Venegas and Company was challenged when renovating her marina-side Charlestown kitchen. “It’s easy to listen to somebody and guide them,” she explains. “But to do your own house is hard, because everything you pick, is everything you didn’t pick.” She needn’t have feared. Her kitchen, which spills out to a patio where she grills (a lot...
Boston Landscape Architect Gregory Lombardi on location at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses
Posted Feb 27 at 9:50 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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When we asked to photograph landscape architect Gregory Lombardi of Gregory Lombardi Design in his environment, he suggested meeting at Historic New England’s Lyman Estate in Waltham instead. While it isn’t his own backyard, it holds meaning for him; Lombardi is on the board of Historic New England and on its Preservation Committee. This marquee property, however, is one of his favorites, both...
A Café & Bakery is Now Open in Wells, Maine
Posted Feb 16 at 6:03 PM in Lifestyle by Kendra Keelan
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Relaxing with a hot cup of coffee and a fresh pastry is one of the best ways to greet the morning during the cold winter months. With the long weekend upon us and, for some, vacation week, the time is right for a stop into the new A Café & Bakery. Interior designer Anthony Catalfano, the mastermind behind the eatery, has swept across Wells, Maine, revitalizing the area and making it the site...
In-home squash court by Sanford Builders
Posted Jan 4 at 2:52 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Area architects and builders have dug deep (we’re talking far below basement and subbasement levels) to give homeowners ready-when-they-are sport courts. In their hands, a pickup hoops game or the chance to perfect that stroke is just a flight of stairs away. We are seriously impressed by these athletic cellar dwellers. Above, Sanford Custom Builders crafted a subbasement regulation squash court...
Icelandic wine cellar by S+H Construction
Posted Dec 28 at 6:04 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Over the course of this festive long weekend, many will be making a descent into their wine cellars for a prize bottle or two to ring in the New Year. We’re guessing, however, that most won’t look quite like this one.  This wine cellar, which graces the basement of a minimalist Cambridge smart home renovated by S+H Construction, Inc., was created for homeowners who hail from Iceland, and champion...
Holiday Cocktails
Posted Dec 21 at 9:20 PM in Lifestyle by Guest Blogger
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Guest Blogger: The following content was shared by Grace Herron of Darby Road Home The holidays are in full swing and that can only mean one thing- time for holiday parties! Nothing is better than getting together with friends, old and new, and family you haven’t talked to all year. We decided to gather a list of our favorite holiday cocktail recipes and share them with you as our inaugural post...
Clarkes Corporate Executive Chef
Posted Dec 16 at 4:29 AM in Lifestyle by Kathleen Parente
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Clarke’s Executive Corporate Chef John Craig dishes out three simple tips for holiday cooking and entertaining. 1. Plan the menu a week in advance, and select only the best ingredients (ie Yukon Gold potatoes).2. Offer a variety of options, and invite others to bring a dish to lighten your load as host.3. Don't stray too far from traditional dishes (think roasted carrots and mashed potatoes!),...
Front doors dressed for the holidays
Posted Dec 5 at 8:29 PM in Lifestyle by Kathleen Parente
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Deck the halls, the foyer and the front doors! When it comes to holiday decorating, starting outside the home can set a joyful tone for all your visitors. From warm lights and gorgeous garlands, to wreaths and planters adorned with fresh elements and seasonal fruit, a Blade of Grass is spreading holiday magic with elegant front door decor. Here's a glimpse at just a few of their works of art...
winter window box
Posted Dec 1 at 12:36 PM in Lifestyle by Kathleen Parente
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  Gorgeous greenery and natural elements arranged in window boxes and urns greet guests with a merry impression. The landscape team at R.P Marzilli shows off holiday containers gussied up with holly, spruce and pine cones that provide a warm winter welcome all season long.     Winter greens, magnolia leaves and dried pomegranates fill this stunning urn      Lush layers of greenery and pops of...

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