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Metropolitan: Benjamin Moore & Co. Color of the Year 2019
Posted Jan 17 at 11:26 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Apparently subtle, heathered grays in home décor aren’t going anywhere…just yet. Last year, Benjamin Moore & Co. named the highly saturated red Caliente its Color of the Year, and the Pantone Institute just announced the bright and beautiful Living Coral its hue of the moment for 2019. By making Metropolitan AF-690, which has been part of the Affinity Color Chart for three years, the 2019...
A look inside a traditional new home in Wellesley
Posted Jan 11 at 10:00 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Jeff Birnbaum, President of Pioneer Construction, takes us inside a beautiful new build in Wellesley to show us some of his favorite spaces. As owner, Birnbaum has his hand in every detail. He keeps his firm “boutique” in scale, for lack of a better word, to ensure that he not only has an easy rapport with the full design team, which, for this home, includes architect Tom Catalano, interior...
Image suggesting Alexa is recording our conversations
Posted Jan 10 at 2:16 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
With the introduction of the newest voice-activated 5.8-inch employee, who plays music and places paper towel orders, we’ve become increasingly concerned that Alexa is recording our conversations. And our team is not alone. As more incidents of recorded conversations surface, many people are worried about the vulnerability of these devices. With 50 million Amazon Alexas sold as of August, we...
Franke Chef Center multi-functioning sink
Posted Jan 8 at 3:21 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Leave it to the Swiss to make one of the hardest-working fixtures in the kitchen work even harder. And smarter, for that matter. Franke’s Chef Center, available at Splash, takes the basic kitchen sink to a higher level, with its integrated ledge system and custom-fitting accessories. In a world of open-concept living spaces, where everyone seems to gravitate to the kitchen, Franke’s design have...
PRELUDE COVER
Posted Jan 8 at 6:47 AM in From the Publisher by Melanie Perillo
As Dr. Seuss says, “Oh, the places you’ll go”…. Isn't that the truth? I am happy to introduce BDG's inaugural issue of PRELUDE. When I started BDG 23 years ago, it was always my intent to get up close and personal with the businesses we feature and reveal their behind-the-scenes stories. I wanted everyone to know and see the amazing talent and expertise that I have been privileged to witness...
Ernie Boch Jr.'s Garden Pavilion
Posted Jan 7 at 10:46 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Not far from a busy, divided highway dotted with traffic lights and populated by strip malls and car dealerships, within a private block cloistered by hundreds of Norway spruce, is a garden for the ages. The extraordinary, expansive landscape, inspired in part by the vistas and terraces of the Dumbarton Oaks estate in Washington D.C., has an unmistakably European feel. Its series of structured...
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...
AF Hultin Home
Posted Jan 4 at 12:29 PM in News by Kathleen Parente
A.F. Hultin & Co. and ZeroEnergy Design were recently honored with BRICC's Gold Award for Excellence in New Single-Family Home Design and Construction. The recognition was for a new three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath green home in Wellfleet, Mass., created for a West Coast couple that wanted a vacation home for themselves, their family and for use as a rental property.  Several green...
Wisteria coral wallpaper by Farrow & Ball
Posted Jan 3 at 1:08 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Every year, the Pantone Color Institute rolls out a vibrant and nuanced shade that taps into the current collective mood and spirit of the populace. The hue is determined by the Institute’s experts, who comb the world over for trends and color influences. For 2019, they’ve given the honor to Pantone’s 16-1546 Living Coral, a vital, immersive hue that is rooted in nature and yet friendly and...
Cozy fireplace in a great room by D. Michael Collins Architects
Posted Jan 1 at 8:55 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Come January, the fervor and frenzy of the holiday season gives way to peaceful hours spent fireside. These glowing settings are perfect for curling up with a good book, sipping a hot cup of coffee or cocoa, or drowsing alongside a flicker of flames.    In the image above, a rustic brick hearth makes its presence known from many angles of a new farmhouse designed by D. Michael Collins Architects...

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