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Boston courtyard design by Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design
Posted May 30 at 3:30 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Top designers and builders embrace the beauty and warmth of this prized material - inside and out!  In the rec room...For a harborside oasis in Marblehead, Groom Construction Co., Inc. layered an entertainment center in quartersawn white oak. The material is blong and beautiful within the contemporary cabinetry, shelving and built-ins and in the arched slotted designof a dramatic barrel ceiling....
Imperial Danby marble kitchen counter by Onyx Marble & Granite
Posted May 6 at 1:01 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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“When it comes to choosing kitchen and bathroom countertops, TV’s home improvement shows would have you believe that granite is the only option,” says President Jose Moraes of Onyx Marble & Granite. Not so. Hearty quartz is also a popular choice, and luxurious marble, with its timeless look of beauty, has also had a recent renaissance. Which stone is for you? The professionals at Onyx Marble...
Vedana care unit by BainUltra
Posted Apr 23 at 3:19 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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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...
Ketra color temperate lighting
Posted Apr 11 at 9:02 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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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...
Duravit OpenSpace shower available at Frank Webb Home
Posted Apr 9 at 3:45 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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For those tight on space in their urban digs, Frank Webb Home has an ingenious design solution: a “collapsing” shower that all but disappears when it’s not in use. Manager Deb Dumel of Frank Webb Home’s South Boston showroom introduced us to Duravit’s OpenSpace, an incredible shrinking shower enclosure with doors that fold inward towards the wall and flush with its brilliant chrome frame. When...
Marble stone transformation by Boston Stone Restoration
Posted Apr 8 at 4:18 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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During the restoration of Greenfield Town Hall in Western Mass., Boston Stone Restoration pulled up carpeting that had been there for decades to reveal checkerboard marble. Thankfully, marble is the stone care specialists’ “sweet spot,” says co-owner Melissa Bunis, though they also work on granite, terrazzo and other natural stone. Melissa and her husband, Paul, with whom she owns the company,...
Plymouth Quarries used granite steps
Posted Mar 19 at 9:33 AM in Tips & Trends by Kendra Keelan
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As a five-generation deep business, Plymouth Quarries has established itself as a leading resource center for your hardscape, masonry and landscape needs. For 105 years, Plymouth Quarries has been expanding to offer everything from stone, brick and concrete products to mulch, soils and decorative stones. New ideas are always at the forefront of their business, as is a quality product. Just in...
Black Horse Real Estate, Inc. home facade
Posted Mar 8 at 10:50 PM in Tips & Trends by Kendra Keelan
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Sellers! With the spring real estate market on the horizon, your home needs to stand out to buyers. “Image is everything,” says Laura Meier, owner of Black Horse Real Estate, Inc. in Sudbury, so it’s important to prepare your property to look as desirable as possible from the inside out.  "When comparing your home against others, potential buyers will see its condition as a direct reflection on...
WOON-Tech in-glass printing, grid shower
Posted Feb 14 at 1:01 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Since 1946, WOON-TECH has been the go-to destination for flat glass fabrication. The boutique glass fabricator has edged glass, polished it, sandblasted it, beveled it and more, and has incorporated textures and patterns in everything from elevator cars and conference rooms to squash courts and kitchen cabinets. Admirably, the company is just as progressive as it is experienced, and has a playful...
The Best TV for the Big Game
Posted Feb 1 at 3:55 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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"You’d think that given that the Patriots have gone to the Super Bowl nine times in the Brady-Belichick era, homeowners would already have their Big Game-worthy TVs," says founder of Elite Media Solutions Brian Gibson. Turns out that even though we’re blitzing for six, getting the ultimate TV beforehand is still very much a thing. Why? Because the technology keeps getting better and the prices on...

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