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Cozy Spaces by Fallon Custom Homes and Renovations
Posted Mar 23 at 11:45 AM in Lifestyle by Andrea Mingels
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It is no secret that the global health crisis is seriously unsettling—COVID-19 has abruptly interrupted our daily lives with no clear end in sight. While we all wish we could actively contribute to help end this pandemic, we are encouraged to be passive and stay at home as much as possible. Find a comfortable spot in the house to read a good book, binge-watch a new show, spend quality time with...
Planting spring bulbs
Posted Mar 19 at 6:12 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Given that the professionals of the BDG community are exceptionally creative and have made homelife their business and passion, we reached out to members of the trade for some tips and diversions that make sheltering in place not only bearable but enjoyable. It is our hope that this advice, and all that follows, helps everyone adapt to the new norm. Our friends at Sudbury Design Group, one of New...
Indoor pool by Combined Energy Systems
Posted Feb 20 at 4:36 PM in Lifestyle by Andrea Mingels
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As Daylight Savings approaches, we are reminded that summer is on the way! Days are getting longer and the weather is warming. Most of us are dreaming of 80-degree days and relaxing poolside; however, New England never fails to test our patience when it comes to gifting us warm weather. While we still have a long four months to go, indoor spas allow us to enjoy the summertime perks of hot...
Posted Jan 13 at 10:12 AM in Lifestyle by Andrea Mingels
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Ringing in a new year often brings lists of personal resolutions and goals to conquer. But what about the home? It is, after all, the place we spend most of our time with those closest to our hearts. Start off the new decade with a committment to your abode and these four resolutions....     Get Organized Declutter the house and create more space. From the closet and mudroom to the garage and...
Traditional custom wine cellar by Charles River Wine Cellars
Posted Dec 31 at 10:59 AM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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The wine cellar: it’s where all great New Year’s celebrations begin and end. As we prepare to usher in not only a new year but a new decade, we raise a glass to five extraordinary designs. Cheers! Wine Vault This wine room, complete with zinc walls and stainless steel dowels, calls to mind a bank vault. Architecture by MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architects; construction superintendent: Wayne Caruso...
Landscape designer Matthew Cunningham's high-end private garden
Posted Nov 7 at 3:42 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Matthew Cunningham, owner of Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design, had been living in downtown Melrose with his partner Cody Thornton, when he knew it was time for a change. Melrose, which lacked privacy and wide-open green spaces, “was killing my soul,” he says earnestly and without a hint of hyberbole. After all, both Thornton and Cunningham were raised in rural environments, and switching to a...
Posted Oct 8 at 2:47 PM in Lifestyle by Kathleen Parente
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There’s no better way to welcome in the brisk autumn air than with seasonal floral designs. Adding warm autumn tones is a quick and easy way to decorate your home and welcome guests for gatherings and holidays. We turn to landscape professionals, a Blade of Grass, for the freshest designs in outdoor door decor and these "pumpkin spice" inspired urns.  Photography provided by a Blade of GrassA...
An Residential Makeover on Boston's Waterfront by Divine Design Center
Posted Jul 29 at 5:45 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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For the renovation of key features of a townhouse on Boston’s Union Wharf, Divine Design Center made the most of every square inch. Divine Design Center, a design and build resource and showroom with a European flair, was tasked with creating a fireplace feature wall in the living room with plenty of storage and style and a modern kitchen that plays up the home’s harbor views. Owner and principal...
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...

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