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Architectural Elements
Posted Apr 4 at 10:31 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
President Mark White of Architectural Elements came from a woodworking background. Today, he specializes in architectural and decorative millwork that looks like wood. His Boxborough business boasts a palette of shapes for products and systems for indoor and outdoor use that may well be the largest in the country. His authentic-looking mouldings, accents, trim, railings and more have appeared on...
Audio Video Design
Posted Mar 30 at 3:28 PM in Tips & Trends by carly stewart
(A view of the home theater's proscenium and screen, designed to evoke a ship's interior. The beautiful millwork and lighting were designed around the theme of "Captain's Quarters." Photo by Greg Premru) An unused space in our client's Weston basement provides big time fun when transformed into a fabulous home theater/media room. The family uses this space for movies and gaming together and...
Pantone Color of the Year 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity
Posted Jan 7 at 10:26 AM in Tips & Trends by Jen Harvey
Pantone for the first time ever has chosen two colors as the color of the year. For 2016 they chose Rose Quartz (Pantone 13-1520) and Serenity (Pantone 15-3919).   The two colors come at a time when balance and tranquility have become important factors in every day life. The Pantone website states that with modern stresses, these welcoming colors are designed in a way to fulfill our yearning for...
MAISON&OBJET 2016: Anticipate the latest trends
Posted Dec 16 at 3:56 PM in Tips & Trends by Anonymous
MAISON&OBJET 2016 is coming up on January 22-26. This year's show is divided into 3 lifestyle sections: Maison (Home fashion) - Objet (Designer Objects) - Luxe, Design & Architecture d'interieur (Luxury, Design and Interiors).   "WILD" will be the theme for the Inspiration area, where new and innovative trends will be unveiled. Free shuttles will be operating from Porte Maillot (metro)...
How To Prepare Your Home For Winter
Posted Dec 4 at 2:15 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
(Patrick Ahearn Architect) Is your home truly ready for the cold? This is the list you should be checking twice. It’s no secret that last year Old Man Winter really packed a punch. Many New Englanders regretted not taking the necessary steps to ready their homes for the arctic blast we endured. This year, we’re doing our part to limit the shoulda, woulda, couldas and help you get your gloves up...
Architectural Salvage
Posted Nov 18 at 4:27 PM in Tips & Trends by Anonymous
On Thursday November 19th, Restoration Resources, located in Boston’s historical South End and Boston’s only Architectural Salvage business, will host “Architectural Salvage: Tour, Tips, Demo, Design, Projects & More”, exclusively for attendees of ABX, who will also earn 2.5 continuing education and AIA (American Institute of Architects) learning units.   ABX is the leading building industry...
Trending: Winter Cream
Posted Nov 17 at 1:47 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Chloé For late fall/ early winter, many fashion lines are making a subtle variation to classic winter white this year by adding just a hint of golden yellow or taupe to their pieces. The look is rich, classic and captivating both on the runway and in the home.     LDa Architecture & Interiors, photo by Sean Litchfield When treated with a minimalist hand, cream is particularly alluring. Chloé...
Fall Fashion’s Signature Looks
Posted Oct 26 at 2:44 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Valentino This year, we identified some of the hottest looks for fall—romantic frocks, Victorian influences, statement jewelry—and asked our team of interior designers to do some trend spotting in their home designs. They happily complied, and with more than a few similarities. The best part? These looks don’t require a size 0 frame. The Language of Romance There’s a heady air of romance in many...
Flower Power
Posted Oct 26 at 2:12 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Duro Olowu Gone are the days when florals are strictly for spring. This season, high fashion is coming up roses, as well as an array of other posy-minded patterns.     Interior designers have long known that colorful florals, with their interesting tangles of vines and blooms, lend grace and opulence to the home. It appears that fashion houses have followed suit. Burberry Carter & Company...
Weekend Photo Roundup: All About Fall
Posted Oct 21 at 2:07 PM in Tips & Trends by Anonymous
Timberlane Shutters gave us major Halloween inspiration with this gorgeously festive front porch.  With beautiful October days and peak leaf-peeping season upon us, here's what the Boston Design Guide community has been up to.     Pellettieri Associates has the right idea with large corn stalks, multiple pumpkins, and mums in all colors to make this entryway all about autumn. a Blade of Grass...