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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...
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...
Architect Tom Catalano
Posted Dec 27 at 12:42 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
We meet Architect Tom Catalano, principal of Catalano Architects, in the front entry court—an “outdoor room,” so to speak—of a beautiful new construction in Wellesley.  Catalano worked closely with the homeowners and a team including Pioneer Construction, Melissa Gulley Interior Design, Dan Gordon Landscape Architects, and Venegas and Company, to design and deliver a “passion project” that takes...
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...
Open-concept living area with texture
Posted Dec 21 at 2:26 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
The goal of every custom new home is to create a welcoming, pleasing living environment that an owner will enjoy to the fullest. From the get-go, the architects, designers and builders set out to craft “joy-filled, happy spaces,” says architect Thomas Catalano of Catalano Architects. That goes without saying.  But not all new construction homes cast a light and exuberance of time gone by the way...
Posted Dec 17 at 2:31 PM in News by Sandy Giardi
Anthony Catalfano of Anthony Catalfano Interiors and Anthony Catalfano Home in Wells, Maine, is the first recipient of BDG’s Legend Award. This distinction celebrates an individual, who, through sheer talent and professionalism, has made an indelible mark in the home and design industry. Why Anthony? While he humbly resists being singled out, in our minds, his contributions cannot be denied. A...
Clarkes Corporate Executive Chef
Posted Dec 16 at 4:29 AM in Lifestyle by Kathleen Parente
Clarke’s Executive Corporate Chef John Craig dishes out three simple tips for holiday cooking and entertaining. 1. Plan the menu a week in advance, and select only the best ingredients (ie Yukon Gold potatoes).2. Offer a variety of options, and invite others to bring a dish to lighten your load as host.3. Don't stray too far from traditional dishes (think roasted carrots and mashed potatoes!),...
Modern kitchen design by LDa Architecture & Interiors
Posted Dec 14 at 2:14 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
From candy apple to carnelian, the color red wears many faces. It can be festive, elegant, warm, saucy, passionate, vital and timeless. It’s both a power color and a period piece (and everything in between!), and as at home in traditional Victorian brownstones as it is in high-wattage modern condominiums. We can’t get enough of the versatile shade any time of year, enjoy a few of our favorite...
Posted Dec 12 at 12:36 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
The holidays are fast approaching, are you ready? From the art aficionado and hostess on your list to the golf or wine enthusiast, we've amassed 12 inspired gift ideas to help you wrap up your shopping. 1. Marilyn Pop art darling Marilyn Monroe finds new expression at Renjeau Galleries, with Craig Alan's mixed media on canvas. Framed 27x27, $4500. www.renjeau.com2. Antique Golf Club Bottle...
Holiday Trunk Show at Artefact
Posted Dec 7 at 3:20 PM in Events by Sandy Giardi
Looking for unique gift ideas? Artefact Home | Garden, a purveyor of curated decorative home accessories and furnishings, is holding its 4th annual Holiday Trunk Show Dec. 8, 11am-5pm. Mingle with the artisans and shop their inspired wares including: Jewelry by Hannah Blount Jewelry Bags and felted wool by Mulxiply Scarves, clothing, and trays by PilgrimWaters Reusable gift wrap by Rapt...

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