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Interior Springtime decor from Summerland Homes and Gardens
Posted Apr 9 at 1:35 PM in Tips & Trends by Andrea Mingels
After a long, dreary winter in New England, spring revitalizes us as it reconnects us with nature, boosts our mood, and rewards us with extra sunlight throughout the day. While we all wish every springtime day could be an ideal, warm and sunny 60 degrees with birds chirping and flowers blooming, New England always seems to be iffy about gifting us warm weather on time. Instead of patiently...
A family using electronic devices
Posted Apr 1 at 1:20 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Larry DiFoggio, President and Electrical Consultant of DiFoggio Electric, the full-service electrical contracting company that, in large part, has kept Boston running for over 40 years, wishes he could do what he and his colleagues usually do right now: fix things. It’s unsettling to be grappling with something that is real but unseen. “That’s my biggest problem,” says DiFoggio. “I can’t fix...
Inventive shiplap applications by Hawthorn Builders
Posted Mar 30 at 5:44 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
While shiplap has been around forever, there is no doubt that the clean-lined application is the darling of home design. Homeowners adore the rustic yet refined “modern farmhouse” look, and shiplap is one of the style’s defining features. Yes, Joanna Gaines of Magnolia fame and television’s many home shows deserve some of the credit, admit Design Associate Lauren Passaretti and Jessica Chabot, VP...
No-Knead Bread, recipe by Sullivan Street Bakery
Posted Mar 29 at 10:41 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
BDG Publisher Melanie Perillo has long been singing the praises of Sullivan Street Bakery’s No-Knead Bread, pictured above. It is one of the most popular recipes The Times has published, and with good reason. As it has just a few ingredients, it is easy to prepare; it just requires a bit of time for the dough to rest and rise. Melanie often tosses in cranberries and nuts as well, for another...
Make-At-Home Cleaning Agent
Posted Mar 26 at 3:23 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Citrus Cleaner Given that cleaning products are somewhat scarce these days, Kim Vuona at the Kinefac Corporation shared this do-it-yourself option for making an all-natural cleaning agent at home. Add lemons, lime or orange peels to white vinegar. Just toss them in and let them sit. “The longer they stay in the better,” says Vuona. “Just keep adding vinegar as needed.” “The acid in lemons is...
Outdoor design tips by Plymouth Quarries
Posted Mar 21 at 11:10 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
While the showroom at Plymouth Quarries is currently closed, the sales team and yard staff is open for business and working hard to get homeowners and members of the trade samples, stone, pavers and products so that those outdoor spring projects aren’t put on hold. The professionals at Plymouth Quarries have made themselves available by phone (781-335-3686) and will load products from the yard...
Traditional gas log fireplace by Boston Fine Home Details
Posted Jan 20 at 3:53 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
As a society, we have long been drawn to fire, and captivated by the dance of flames. Plus, let’s face it, during the big chill of winter, especially here in New England, the room with a fire is where we want to be. Gas-burning fireplaces are the most coveted for their convenience, but which option is best for you? Whether you’re in search of hygge (the oft-repeated Danish word for the art of...
Control4 home lighting automation creates the idea of mockupancy
Posted Jan 14 at 12:33 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
“A lot of people think of TV and music when they think of Control4,” says Director of Sales & Development Dave Noland of Sounds Good. “The security side is overlooked.” The Waltham-based tech integrator is hoping to change that. Control4’s smart home capabilities go beyond the atmospheric, its systems also bring considerable peace of mind.  Control4 safeguards properties in a number of ways,...
Boston Stone Restoration refines and polishes a marble kitchen island
Posted Jan 6 at 3:12 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Did your holiday festivities leave a mark on your surfaces and countertops? We all love a house full of family and friends, but we can do without the etch marks, scratches, nicks and ring marks that often accompany a great party. Don’t live with less-than-perfect surfaces beyond January; Boston Stone Restoration can return your countertops to their pre-merriment glory. Take a look at what they...
Home renovation by Longfellow Design Build of Cape Cod
Posted Dec 30 at 10:12 PM in Tips & Trends by Edie Ravenelle
If what makes a house an exceptional home pivots on customized, well-executed and beautiful design—not extravagant square footage—then Cape Cod’s Longfellow Design Build has it down. “So many of our customers are looking to build their second home on the Cape to accommodate kids who are in college, or married and starting their own young families,” says Longfellow’s Owner Mark Bogosian, “but that...