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Landscape designer Matthew Cunningham's high-end private garden
Posted Nov 7 at 3:42 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...