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Image suggesting Alexa is recording our conversations
Posted Jan 10 at 2:16 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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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
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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...
Wisteria coral wallpaper by Farrow & Ball
Posted Jan 3 at 1:08 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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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...
Anthony Catalfano
Posted Dec 18 at 5:03 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Clients who work with interior designer Anthony Catalfano of Anthony Catalfano Interiors know that he has no shortage of inspired ideas and fabulous design solutions up his cuff-linked sleeve. From architectural details and woodwork to fabrics, furnishings and accessories, the creative well he draws from is seemingly endless. And, while he considers each client, project and/or home individually,...
Posted Nov 20 at 4:35 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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We recently met Executive Corporate Chef John Craig of Clarke at the 7 Tide Showroom in the Seaport, where he whipped up a holiday feast on Wolf’s professional grade (and time-saving!) appliances. We are certainly thankful for the following recipes and wanted to share…. Herb-roasted Cornish Game Hens, prepared in the Wolf M-Oven 4 Cornish game hens Salt & pepper to taste 1 tablespoon...
Roger Pelissier, portrait photographer in Wellesley
Posted Nov 8 at 9:13 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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In a day and age filled with amateur photographers where everyone has an iPhone, we felt compelled to highlight the talent of Roger Pelissier of Roger Pelissier Portrait Photography in Wellesley, Mass. We’ve been spending a great deal of time with Roger of late as we work toward an exciting upcoming project, and have been struck by his affable manner and knack for capturing great shots. We’ve...
Winter prep for new plantings
Posted Nov 7 at 9:00 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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With all the rain we’ve been having lately, it’s hard to believe that we’re talking about how to keep moisture in your evergreens and shrubs over the winter (somebody please tell Mother Nature that it’s April showers), but indeed we are. We asked Erik J. Bednarek of EJB Designs, LLC—who has over two decades of expertise, including managing the landscape and sites of public parks and communities...
Cutting Edge Homes: Black Frame Windows
Posted Oct 31 at 12:25 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Lately, it seems that everywhere we turn we’re seeing new builds with black window frames. And it’s no wonder. These striking windows have a high-contrast, clean-lined sensibility and a timeless yet contemporary style. In fact, BDG’s publisher Melanie Perillo is incorporating Pella Windows and Doors’ black casement windows into her kitchen addition as we speak. Paired with a black matte stove,...
SMART Mirrors in the Bathroom
Posted Oct 25 at 4:46 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Forget "Who’s the fairest of them all?" (we know the answer to that!), mirrors are now addressing more pressing questions, like "What’s the weather today?," “How is the Dow performing?” and "What does my schedule look like?"  With Séura SMART Mirrors, homeowners are instantly informed as they prepare to meet the day with a personalized digital hub at eye view. Maverick Integration can integrate...
Wood as a ceiling or feature wall
Posted Oct 24 at 12:22 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Designers these days are shaking things up, and mixing woods and different materials throughout the home. Just ask Mac Davis, owner and CEO of Mac Davis Flooring, whose hardwoods are often found on ceilings and on accent walls for a stunning and gravity-defying effect. “It used to be that if the homeowner picked a solid white oak, it was going to be used everywhere and in the same color,” says...

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