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ARTEFACT's new store in Boston's South End
Posted Apr 30 at 6:58 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
ARTEFACT Home | Garden, the beloved Belmont store, is celebrating the grand opening of a second outpost—a Verellen boutique—on Washington Street in the South End. As the area is quickly becoming a hotbed for home design, owners Maureen and Sue Walsh have taken the leap—and the commute—to bring the distinguished Verellen upholstery brand as well as a highly curated array of their exquisite, often...
A historic renovation with a French flourish by Patrick Ahearn Architect
Posted Apr 29 at 4:24 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
In order to write the next chapter for an Italianate farmhouse, with roots embedded generations deep in Belmont’s farming history, Patrick Ahearn Architect had to first work backwards. His firm, which is renowned for steeping new builds and restorations alike within a historic vernacular, had to deconstruct and remove some wayward, quick-sell renovations done in the 1990s before they could...
Newton Kitchens & Design new showroom space
Posted Apr 26 at 12:30 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Pierre and Tricia Matta of Newton Kitchens & Design were looking to start fresh when their lease was up, and their new 6500-square-foot space on Wexford Street in Needham provided a blank canvas. The move allowed the family-owned business to undertake a complete gut renovation and conceptualize (in a mere 16 weeks!) an artful new home with plenty of room for their custom and cutting-edge...
Nantucket Daffodil Festival
Posted Apr 24 at 1:13 PM in Events by Kendra Keelan
Nantucket Island is in full bloom this weekend with the 45th Annual Chamber Daffodil Festival, April 26-28, presented by Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines. It is BDG’s pleasure to be a media sponsor for this joyous ritual welcoming springtime on the enchanted isle.  Nantucket Chamber of Commerce’s signature event promises a weekend full of spirited, quirky and fun events—from festival mainstays to...
Vedana care unit by BainUltra
Posted Apr 23 at 3:19 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Splash, Newton’s state-of-the-art kitchen and bath showroom, features a unique—and luxurious—way to transform your bathroom into a nexus of relaxation, health and bliss. BainUltra’s Vedana care unit unites spa technologies with therapeutic techniques to elevate daily personal care rituals and improve one’s physical and mental well-being. Created for use in the shower, Vedana combines five...
Hunt Slonem Solo Exhibition at DTR Modern Galleries
Posted Apr 18 at 3:54 PM in Events by Sandy Giardi
The number of bunny sightings on Newbury Street is multiplying over the course of the next few weeks with the arrival of the “Hunt Slonem Solo Exhibition” at DTR Modern Galleries. This show, which is now on view, features a wide array of Hunt Slonem’s globally recognized butterflies, bunnies and birds and is sure to delight art connoisseurs and budding collectors alike. Striped Diamond Bunnies...
Custom car salon designs
Posted Apr 16 at 6:42 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Nevermind pahking the cah on Hahvahd Yahd, this is where premium vehicles are yearning to be when they’re not in the fast lane. We explore the designs of four gleaming, high-octane auto salons (we couldn't possibly call them garages) that are home to high-performance Porsches, thundering Ferraris, classic Mercedes and Corvettes and Minis with big dreams. Photography: Chuck Choi, Marcus Gleysteen...
One Family nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homelessness and cycle of poverty
Posted Apr 15 at 10:27 AM in Events by Kendra Keelan
For many years, Thoughtforms has engaged in volunteer activities that give back to the community. This includes focusing on connecting people to the environment, supporting family-oriented activities, and developing all generations intellectually and personally. As a custom builder, not only does Thoughtforms build homes, they are deeply committed to building and strengthening the community in...
Porte-cochère of a historic renovation by Patrick Ahearn Architect
Posted Apr 12 at 3:43 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
The porte-cochère, meaning carriage entrance in French, began as an architectural feature on palaces and manors during the reigns of Louis XIV and XV. The roofed structure, which extends from the entrance of a building over an adjacent driveway or courtyard, provided a bit of ceremony as well as functionality. Carriages could enter an interior courtyard to drop off and pick up passengers under a...
Ketra color temperate lighting
Posted Apr 11 at 9:02 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Maverick Integration is one of the first in New England to embrace a new frontier in residential lighting control: the advent of color temperate lighting calibrated to the time of day. Ketra lighting (later followed by USAI, Savant and LF Illumination) has redefined fixtures with automation that harnesses the color and temperature of natural light and brings it indoors. Gone are the days of the...

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