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Waking the Gardens
Posted Apr 29 at 4:30 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Parterre Garden Services After the rigorous winter we’ve had, leading horticulturists weigh in on how to ready your beds, bushes and yards for springtime splendor.   Just as green thumbs and landscape professionals put gardens to bed every fall, so too must they “wake them up” come spring, explains landscape designer Gregory Lombardi of Gregory Lombardi Design. After weathering one of New England...
How to Downsize Successfully in Boston
Posted Apr 28 at 11:19 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
(Boston High Rise. Built by The Holland Companies; Photography by Greg Premru)  More and more homeowners are trading in the suburbs for the city. Boston Design Guide explored this of-the-moment trend at a Boston Design Week event. Boston Design Guide’s open-panel event and reception last month at The Seaport’s District Hall proved a great success. Themed “Urban Renewal: The Trend Towards...
En Plein Air
Posted Apr 13 at 11:34 AM in Tips & Trends by Anonymous
(Architecture by A. Tesa Architecture) Pantone’s recently released Spring Color Report is showing an affinity for the softer, more natural shades on the color wheel. We’re talking Toasted Almond, Custard, Lavender, and Strawberry Ice, among others. Mixed in with these soft hues are some brights—Scuba Blue, Tangerine, and Lucite Green, for example, are colors that pop against the softer, more...
Posted Jan 20 at 12:45 PM in Tips & Trends by Anonymous
What better way to spend a cold winter afternoon than by organizing a closet that has gotten out of hand over the past year? We've compiled beautiful closets that will inspire you to get organized once and for all. Closets don't just have to be for storing. As in the California Closets space below, lit shelving and glass-front doors allow the purses and shoes to be displayed, so they're easy-to-...
Our Pros Forecast Design Trends in 2015
Posted Jan 13 at 11:43 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
(Caisson Studios) Last year at this time, we touted Toto toilets, fawned over the Eames chair, gushed over industrial faucets, and fancied the art and texture of decorative wallpapers. This year, we went straight to the professionals to compile our 2015 trend report. Here follows their take on what is in demand on the luxury home front. Feeling Blue Yes, we know Pantone has named Marsala the “it...
Posted Dec 11 at 2:07 PM in Tips & Trends by Anonymous
When building or remodeling a kitchen or bath, there is no better resource than a comprehensive showroom for high end home appliances in Boston. Showrooms give prospective builders and remodelers a chance to experience the products in a working display to determine which ones will fit best within their own home.  We've compiled a list of the best kitchen and bath showrooms in New England: Frank...
A renovated Victorian with Modern Flair
Posted Sep 2 at 1:49 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Theirs wasn’t an especially glamorous request. Opting out of country life for the urban lifestyle of a city square, a young family sought to renovate a late-1800’s home and attach a garage to the property. The tight lot, the home’s proportion and a significant grade change from the ground to first-floor level didn’t present an obvious solution. But “obvious” doesn’t describe the business that...
Posted Feb 21 at 11:33 AM in Tips & Trends by seo
A sliding barn door inside your home is a stylish way to close off a room. Using new or reclaimed wood, the door can be mounted to the entrance of any room. It’s also a great space-saving design that’s practical and charming.  Sliding barn door used as an entrance to a bedroom. (Custom Built by C.H. Newton Builders; Architecture by Hutker Architects; Interior Design by Williams & Spade...
 Radiant Orchid
Posted Dec 5 at 2:23 PM in Tips & Trends by Jen Harvey
  (Seen at New York Fashion week – Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2013) (Seen at Milan Fashion week - Left: Missoni women’s Spring-Summer 2014 collection/ Right: Max Mara women’s Spring-Summer 2014 collection) (Interior Design by LDa Architecture & Interiors uses orchid as an accent throw pillow; Photography by Greg Premru) (Interior Design by Heidi Pribell Interiors uses a colorful carpet with...
Boston Garage Floor Coating
Posted Jul 11 at 12:21 PM in Tips & Trends by Jen Harvey
The garage is often one of the most used spaces in the home. It’s used regularly for vehicle and personal storage, and as a main entrance into the home. With high-traffic in garages, high-performance floor coatings are a must have. Boston Garage specializes in garage flooring. They provide high quality, durable and easy to maintain surfaces. Here are 5 benefits of having garage floor coatings: 1...