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Timeless blue and white kitchen constructed by Whitla Brothers Builders and designed by Patrick Ahearn Architect
Posted Jan 21 at 5:20 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
We’re currently running an Instagram contest to see what kitchen BDG followers like best, but before we did, we asked top builders, architects and designers in the BDG community to submit what they consider to be their firm’s best. We were thrilled at the reply, and even more pleased to showcase these standout kitchens with the following, slightly more comprehensive, highlight reel. Which one is...
Traditional gas log fireplace by Boston Fine Home Details
Posted Jan 20 at 3:53 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
As a society, we have long been drawn to fire, and captivated by the dance of flames. Plus, let’s face it, during the big chill of winter, especially here in New England, the room with a fire is where we want to be. Gas-burning fireplaces are the most coveted for their convenience, but which option is best for you? Whether you’re in search of hygge (the oft-repeated Danish word for the art of...
Cape Cod home designed and built by Polhemus Savery DaSilva
Posted Jan 15 at 1:42 AM in Inspiring Projects by Edie Ravenelle
What happens when you hire an experienced and highly collaborative team of licensed architects and contractors, landscape architects, construction managers, cost estimators, and master craftspeople to design and build your dream home? You get a home that’s better than you imagined. As a full-service firm, with an integrated process, Polhemus Savery DaSilva (PSD) provides just that. From first...
Control4 home lighting automation creates the idea of mockupancy
Posted Jan 14 at 12:33 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
“A lot of people think of TV and music when they think of Control4,” says Director of Sales & Development Dave Noland of Sounds Good. “The security side is overlooked.” The Waltham-based tech integrator is hoping to change that. Control4’s smart home capabilities go beyond the atmospheric, its systems also bring considerable peace of mind.  Control4 safeguards properties in a number of ways,...
Posted Jan 13 at 10:12 AM in Lifestyle by Andrea Mingels
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...
Tour and Pour Event for the Trade at LeaMar Industries Jan. 30
Posted Jan 9 at 3:08 PM in Events by Andrea Mingels
Calling all members of the trade! Join Cape & Islands Design Guide for the Winter Gallery Tour at LeaMar Industries on January 30th. Enjoy a night out and tour the hand selected, one-of-a-kind natural stones found in LeaMar Industries’ 80,000 square-foot warehouse. LeaMar Industries is a family importer and distributor of natural stone and tile with roots that span over four generations,...
Design applications of Pantone Color of the Year 2020, Classic Blue
Posted Jan 8 at 2:23 PM in Inspiring Projects by Andrea Mingels
For over twenty years, the Pantone Color Institute has declared a fresh, vibrant shade as the Color of the Year. Every year, the Institute’s color experts travel the world, analyzing trends and searching for global color inspiration in all areas of design before choosing a shade to honor. This year, the Pantone Color Institute decided to name 19-4052 Classic Blue as the color of 2020.  Left...
Boston Stone Restoration refines and polishes a marble kitchen island
Posted Jan 6 at 3:12 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Did your holiday festivities leave a mark on your surfaces and countertops? We all love a house full of family and friends, but we can do without the etch marks, scratches, nicks and ring marks that often accompany a great party. Don’t live with less-than-perfect surfaces beyond January; Boston Stone Restoration can return your countertops to their pre-merriment glory. Take a look at what they...
Ultra modern makeover for a traditional oceanfront home in Marblehead by Groom Construction Co.
Posted Jan 3 at 1:37 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
A traditional oceanfront home, located right on the coast in Marblehead is going ultramodern within. Groom Construction has been hard at work renovating a neo-Georgian oceanside home in Marblehead for owners who are leaving South Boston for a more spacious environment in which to raise their twin girls. That is, if you can call it a renovation. Both Residential Project Manager Tim Dougherty of...
Landscape lighting by Cutting Edge Systems Corporation
Posted Jan 1 at 3:54 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
What better day than the first of the year to reflect on the instant appeal of the homes and scenes crafted, designed or treated by top Boston professionals. We know that generally we shouldn't rush to judgment, but there is something to be said for captivating first glances and that sense of promise. From timeless homes high on street presence, to grand entrances (whether a lake house or the...

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