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Louver shutters on a farmhouse
Posted Feb 5 at 12:38 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Looking to up your home’s curb appeal? Custom premium shutters can change the look—even the personality—of your home considerably. Take a look at how Timberlane Shutters transformed a rustic stone farmhouse. Initially, the exterior façade of the picturesque home came off as cold and a bit austere. Once the honey-colored stained louver wood shutters were installed, however, the home took on a new...
cutting edge systems
Posted Jan 31 at 2:27 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Are you ready for some football? We’ll help you get there. Those of us who aren’t in Minnesota are gearing up for Super Bowl parties here in Patriot Nation. Here is what you need for game day. A Big-Screen TV When it comes to Super Bowl LII, let’s face it; you’re watching the game at the home of the person with the biggest and best TV. Today’s TVs, like the Sony OLED TV 4K, take picture quality...
How to arrange a bookshelf
Posted Jan 16 at 5:05 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Creating a great-looking bookcase may come naturally to those in the design world, but to most of us it is not an inherited trait. The placement of showcased items should be thoughtful, not arbitrary, and done with an eye for balance and beauty. LDa Architecture & Interiors; photo by Greg Premru BDG connected with two industry insiders—an interior designer and an architect—to learn their...
Restored antique pool table
Posted Jan 8 at 12:19 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Talk about going the extra mile…. When billiards aficionado Paul Lohnes was in the market for Brunswick’s ‘Monarch’ pool table—arguably the most coveted antique pool table created by the leading billiard authority—he brought friend and owner Stephen Kelly of Boston Billiard Emporium with him to California to scope out the find prior to purchase. Monarchs, built back in 1865, are an investment...
Winterizing outdoor plants
Posted Dec 12 at 11:45 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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(Photo via thegardenbuzz.com) Unless you live by the coast or have plantings atop your city roof deck where there are high winds, you don’t need to wrap your evergreens in burlap, says Vanessa Tropeano, General Manager for Parterre Garden Services. And that’s good news, considering snowflakes have already been flying, coating the ground and the trees. After all, a large reason that homeowners...
high-end home lighting fixtures
Posted Nov 30 at 12:07 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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(Left: Interior Design by Audrey Sterk Design | Middle: Arteriors Lighting available at Lucia Lighting | Right: Interior Design by Manuel de Santaren) When an interior designer first takes on a project, lighting is almost always an issue. It is also an essential, multifaceted design feature that warrants a bigger conversation than it often gets, explains interior design principal John Day of LDa...
barn house christmas tree decorations
Posted Nov 28 at 5:43 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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You should have an artificial tree if… You’re a nonconformist…. Evergreen shmevergreen, you’re thinking you may want a snow-white tree this year strung with candy-colored ornaments or maybe you're in a blue Christmas state of mind. Colors aren’t just for Easter anymore, in this age of Pinterest, we’re seeing white, sapphire and orange trees out there and plenty of merry makers looking to get...
holiday decor bar cart furniture
Posted Nov 28 at 4:52 PM in Shopping, Tips & Trends by Carly Stewart
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Bar carts—like alcohol—are here to stay in style all year long!  Make sure to keep up with the holiday trends and accessories to have your bar cart looking both festive and fancy for all seasons. (The Cottage, Liam McInerney Photography) We are obsessed with this walnut bar cart design by The Cottage in Concord. The rustic, wooden structure is gorgeous enough that simple, clear glassware and a...
Bathroom trends
Posted Nov 14 at 9:55 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Matte is the new black. Homeowners and interior designers are thinking beyond brushed nickel and chrome and asking for matte black, as well as brass and bronze shades for their bathroom fixtures. Our sources at Splash, a boutique kitchen and bath showroom, contend that even the manufacturers who didn’t venture there before are diving into special finishes. Homeowners are relishing the new looks...
indian themed room design
Posted Oct 26 at 1:08 PM in Inspiring Projects, Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
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Video of Inside Ernie Boch Jr.'s Indian-Inspired Home When auto scion, world traveler and culture seeker Ernie Boch, Jr. sought to channel a faraway land in an entertaining space on the top floor of his carriage house, he enlisted designer Anthony Catalfano of Anthony Catalfano Interiors, Inc. to weave magic. After they chose an Indian theme, Catalfano was given the freedom to...

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