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Ray Bachand of 60nobscot
Posted Aug 19 at 4:50 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
“One at a Time, One of a Kind” is how Ray Bachand approaches every piece of furniture he constructs at 60nobscot. Following a career in the music software industry and as a teacher at Berklee College of Music, Bachand is now enjoying a full-time gig in woodworking at his Cape Cod shop. There are more than a few parallels between music and woodworking, says Bachand. Being in a studio is akin to ...
Concrete countertop by Elements Concrete Co.
Posted Jul 24 at 2:33 PM in Tips & Trends by Kendra Keelan
Elements Concrete Co., a locally owned and operated artisan concrete company based in South Chatham, is changing the way we think about concrete. The studio specializes in concrete countertops, sinks, furniture, and decorative and architectural pieces for residential and commercial projects, harnessing the versatility of the material. Elements Concrete Co. can do it all—think vanities, soaking...
Waterstone faucet from Monique's Bath Showroom
Posted May 26 at 8:49 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
What are all the sinks wearing? Statement-making fixtures that shine in the heart of the home. Waterstone is the brand in demand for those with traditional taste and for those with a flair for the contemporary. Photo by Michael J. Lee Photography The Gantry Faucet in satin brass (above) is a focal point in kitchen designer Donna Venegas’ own home and selected as it had the “height and the...
Parterre Garden Services
Posted May 8 at 10:27 AM in Tips & Trends by Andrea Mingels
As Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and quarantine is still firmly in place, many families are questioning how to celebrate this honorary day while being stuck at home. Though your go-to Mother’s Day plans may not be an option this year, with a little ingenuity you can still plan a meaningful and memorable Mother’s Day. Left photo by The Tilery Create an at-home spa experience complete with...
Hearty hewn custom cabinetry by Crown Point Cabinetry
Posted May 4 at 4:28 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
With the home cooking, prepping and assembling that has been going on of late, we all are spending more time than ever in our kitchens. Storage shortcomings are coming to light, functionality issues are making their presence known (all too frequently!) and many of us are pining for the beautiful new look that custom cabinetry brings. If you’re among those contemplating a kitchen renovation, Crown...
Frank Webb Home Bathroom Lighting Solutions
Posted Apr 29 at 10:10 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
While most people choose their lighting fixtures based on how the fixture looks, you should select bathroom lighting for how it makes you look and how well it illuminates this all-important space in your home. “Bathrooms should have a combination of ambient and task lighting,” explains Jim Henderson, Frank Webb Home’s lighting specialist. “Ambient lighting is your main lighting source. It’s...
Inground gunite pool by SSG Pools
Posted Apr 24 at 12:24 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
As New Englanders look ahead to summer, holding out hope that the current health care pandemic loosens its grip, homeowners have a lot of questions. Many are likely wondering how they can make the most of their own backyards, and what they can do to take family fun and recreation into their own hands. We reached out to the experts at SSG Pools, Massachusetts and New Hampshire’s top gunite pool...
Living Room transforms into a Gaming Room by Cutting Edge Systems Corp.
Posted Apr 20 at 12:05 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
These days, home theater systems are not solely about movies, says Evan Struhl, President and CEO of Cutting Edge Systems Corp. “You can watch TV or choose to become captivated by playing video games.” Along with streaming video, gaming has become an obsession among millennials, and, for the young residents of a beautiful new Beacon Hill townhome, it is undoubtedly “their hot spot.” They...
Living room interior design vignette by Interiology Design Co.
Posted Apr 15 at 9:52 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Now that we’ve all been sheltering in place for quite some time, what we love most about our living spaces—and what we don’t—has suddenly become crystal clear. We know it from our own experiences, and it’s also what President Mark Haddad of Interiology Design Co. has found in speaking with clients of his Watertown, Mass., interior design studio. “As we're forced to be home for this length of time...
Velux Skylights fill a living room with natural light
Posted Apr 13 at 2:31 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
When people think of skylights, often age-old concerns come to mind, even though skylights today are light years away from those of the past. Nearly ten years ago, VELUX, the ahead-of-its-time market leader in the manufacturing of skylights and roof windows, completely redesigned the skylight, with a mission to bring “confidence back into the category.” The resulting product is glorious, issue-...