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Traditional gas log fireplace by Boston Fine Home Details
Posted Jan 20 at 3:53 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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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...
Control4 home lighting automation creates the idea of mockupancy
Posted Jan 14 at 12:33 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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“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,...
Boston Stone Restoration refines and polishes a marble kitchen island
Posted Jan 6 at 3:12 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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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...
Home renovation by Longfellow Design Build of Cape Cod
Posted Dec 30 at 10:12 PM in Tips & Trends by Edie Ravenelle
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If what makes a house an exceptional home pivots on customized, well-executed and beautiful design—not extravagant square footage—then Cape Cod’s Longfellow Design Build has it down. “So many of our customers are looking to build their second home on the Cape to accommodate kids who are in college, or married and starting their own young families,” says Longfellow’s Owner Mark Bogosian, “but that...
Western Window Systems' Series 7000 Performance Line
Posted Dec 12 at 4:13 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Lovers of contemporary home design, an architectural style quickly gaining traction here in the Northeast, should consider inviting aluminum doors and windows into the home. The versatile metal is an optimal choice for the boundary-defying glass expanses with minimal sightlines that have become a mainstay of ultramodern architecture. Aluminum’s clean-lined good looks are a natural for today’s...
Monique's Bath Showroom of Watertown, Mass.
Posted Dec 10 at 3:19 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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The experts at Monique’s Bath Showroom don’t want homeowners to get lost in a sea of fixtures. That’s why, though they offer a diverse selection of the bath and kitchen industry’s best, their Watertown showroom boasts a neighborhood feel.  The family-owned, second-generation business is “passionate about what they sell,” says Sales Associate Chris Sawicki. They are also knowledgeable. As a...
Details, Inc. interior design shop, services and client consulations
Posted Dec 9 at 5:28 PM in Tips & Trends by Edie Ravenelle
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As you drive east through Harwich Port's burgeoning but still "Olde Cape Cod" town center, glance right to catch the sign at 573 Route 28 for Details, Inc., a retail shop and interior design business tucked slightly back from the main road. Better yet, stop in. You'll be rewarded with an enchanting array of home decor items curated by owner Carole King. Her store's eclectic aesthetic reflects the...
High-end kitchen renovation using the Kallista Multiere Stainless Steel Sink, available at Splash
Posted Dec 6 at 2:36 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Robin Shor, Builder Liaison for Splash, the state-of-the-art kitchen and bath showroom located in Newton, has long been a favorite among contractors for both her insight and energy. And when Boston Design Guide publisher Melanie Perillo embarked on her own kitchen and laundry room renovation, it was easy to see why. Robin has an amiable, get-it-done attitude that is refreshing when you’re in the...
DiFoggio Electric, a full-service electrical contracting company in Boston
Posted Dec 4 at 2:18 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Founded by President and Electrical Consultant Larry DiFoggio in 1973, DiFoggio Electric, a full-service electrical contracting company serving the residential and commercial markets, has been powering Boston for over 4 decades.  From townhomes in historic Louisburg Square to Back Bay icons like the Four Seasons to burgeoning new builds in the Seaport District, serving Boston residents has become...
Custom, high-end windows: Signature Modern collection by Marvin
Posted Nov 13 at 1:16 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Like never before, homeowners here in the Northeast are looking to bring their outdoor environments indoors, and yearning for that pared-down, light-filled aesthetic that modern architecture brings. Marvin responds to this growing trend with its new Signature Modern collection, a line of windows and doors that combine “functionality and freedom,” offers Sue Shockley, Marvin Brand Ambassador at...

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