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Container Gardens + Boutique Garden Services
Posted May 26 at 4:50 PM in Tips & Trends by Anonymous
Artefact Home|Garden shares their tips for creating beautiful container gardens and offers custom boutique garden services.  Containers are the ultimate way to add interest to your garden, patio, entryway, or uninterrupted expanse. They are also an immensely cool way to add sculpture, texture and ‘a bit of the outside’ to your interiors. They can add a colorful, sculptural, or textural element...
Breath of Fresh Air: Springtime in the Mountains
Posted May 6 at 12:04 PM in Tips & Trends by Anonymous
People often associate mountain homes with fall and winter, but there’s something so peaceful and refreshing about a mountain home in the warmer months. Flowers and trees come alive, and nothing beats that mountain air and view.  Below, a rural hillside residence in Penobscot, Maine returns to a more natural state through a landscape architecture overhaul by Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design....
Design, Decor and DIY with Joanne Palmisano
Posted May 5 at 4:35 PM in Tips & Trends by Anonymous
Join Joanne Palmisano, internationally-acclaimed author and award-winning contributing Designer for DIY Network for an Artweek Boston exclusive event, taking place on Saturday, May 9th 1:30 pm-4:00 pm, in Circa at Restoration Resources in Boston’s historical South End.    Enjoy Joanne’s unique presentation on creative interior design ideas, and re-use salvaged and reclaimed vintage materials....
How To Host a Kentucky Derby Party
Posted Apr 30 at 12:45 PM in Tips & Trends by Anonymous
Recipes & photos from The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, and what better excuse to host a party than “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”? The Kentucky Derby is a Louisville horserace that has run uninterrupted since 1875. Here, we help you plan a festive, Southern-inspired gathering for this riveting Run of the Roses. The most important element of any party is, of course...
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...