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peaceful high-end landscape
Posted Mar 3 at 1:09 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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After a coastal nor’easter with whipping winds and high tides, we thought we'd bring you some visual solace. These projects are the lamb to March’s lion, and some calm after the storm.... Enjoy these soothing spaces and sites—they’re easy on the eye and good for the soul. Architecture by Catalano Architects; construction by JW Construction; landscape architecture by Gregory Lombardi Design;...
Veuve Clicquot Yurt at Park City, Utah
Posted Feb 24 at 11:33 AM in From the Publisher, Lifestyle by Anonymous
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There is après-ski and then there is après-ski. Leave it to champagne makers Veuve Clicquot to design the ultimate yurt at the Montage Hotel in Park City, Utah, where my family and I were thrilled to park our skis for a midday toast. For those of you who may not know, yurts are round, portable structures with a collapsible wood frame and fabric coverings. They have been around for centuries (...
Long Weekend Breakfast Recipe
Posted Jan 12 at 2:51 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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For those of you who didn't resolve to eat healthy or go dry this month, we’ve got just the French toast recipe for you as you head into the weekend. The keys to this indulgent yet easy-enough recipe are the brioche, caramelized bananas and small-batch syrup. We used Fireking Baking Company’s out-of-this-world Cinnamon Bread, out of Braintree, Mass., (We’ve seen it at Brothers Marketplace, Roche...
The Perfect Cheese Board
Posted Dec 21 at 4:16 PM in From the Publisher, Lifestyle by Anonymous
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(photo courtesy of Wasik's Cheese Shop) A well-turned cheeseboard is a go-to for me when I entertain. And I entertain a lot. Whether it’s a planned luncheon for 12, a shared glass of eggnog and snacks with neighbors, or an impromptu cocktail catch-up with guests from out of town—a cheese board is a menu mainstay for me. From about mid-December on, I keep ingredients on hand, so when an...
yuletide cocktail
Posted Dec 15 at 3:46 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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Santa can have his milk and cookies; we’d rather sip a soul-stirring seasonal cocktail in the Red Bar at Hyannis’ Pain D’Avignon, the French café-boulangerie, bar and bistro that provides a table for all reasons. Tom Catalano of Catalano Architects first turned us on to this stylish French haunt, and we can’t think of a more festive spot for a little revelry and fortification. As the eatery’s...
Small batch bourbon
Posted Nov 19 at 5:57 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
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The bourbon business is booming, and cocktail nation is relishing the corn-based all-American whiskey with a fervor that may not have been since, well, Prohibition. We’re seeing new craft distilleries, bourbon tastings, and eateries with bourbon on tap alongside their IPAs. Connoisseurs of all ages are sipping bourbon, and the industry is answering with inspired new riffs on the high-end spirit....
table settings for fall
Posted Oct 9 at 10:15 AM in Lifestyle, Shopping by Carly Stewart
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This white pumpkin floral arrangement brings a fun and creative sense of elegance to any table top. Keep the contrast with a color coordinated arrangement of green-toned gourds. Incorporating a combination of richly colored plants and flowers beside some candles and metal silverware make for a luxurious and festive table setting. A touch of eggplant purple is the finishing touch to this...
metallic design trends for fall
Posted Oct 7 at 1:21 PM in Lifestyle, Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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5 Hot Fall Fashions in the Home 5. Metallics On the fashion front, metallics are everywhere—and bringing looks that range from the chic and elegant to the edgy and futuristic. Designers like Christopher Kane are trotting out outfits in head-to-toe silver, as is Chanel, though, at times, Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld opts to tone down the glitz a tad by pairing statement-making glitter boots...
glamorous home design for fall
Posted Oct 6 at 1:15 PM in Lifestyle, Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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5 Hot Fall Fashions in the Home 4. Glamour! Prada Last year’s trend toward glamour is back and stronger than ever. Designers from Miuccia Prada to Saint Laurent to Givenchy have taken a shine to lavish beading, fringe, sequins, and, yes, even feathers. These embellishments are adorning everything from slip dresses and gowns to denim and hats. LDa Architecture & Interiors; Photo by Sean...
best places to live in Massachusetts
Posted Sep 25 at 3:46 PM in Lifestyle by Carly Stewart
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According to MONEY Magazine, Waltham, Massachusetts is ranked number 13 on the Best Places to Live in America 2017. MONEY identifies 100 cities that offer 'a healthy economy, affordable homes, and a high quality of life.' Sitting near the top at No. 13, Waltham represents one of the oldest cities in America located on the Charles River nearly 10 miles from central Boston. The area is easily...

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