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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...
Western Window Systems' Series 7000 Performance Line
Posted Dec 12 at 4:13 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Lovers of contemporary home design, an architectural style quickly gaining traction here in the Northeast, should consider inviting aluminum doors and windows into the home. The versatile metal is an optimal choice for the boundary-defying glass expanses with minimal sightlines that have become a mainstay of ultramodern architecture. Aluminum’s clean-lined good looks are a natural for today’s...
Monique's Bath Showroom of Watertown, Mass.
Posted Dec 10 at 3:19 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
The experts at Monique’s Bath Showroom don’t want homeowners to get lost in a sea of fixtures. That’s why, though they offer a diverse selection of the bath and kitchen industry’s best, their Watertown showroom boasts a neighborhood feel.  The family-owned, second-generation business is “passionate about what they sell,” says Sales Associate Chris Sawicki. They are also knowledgeable. As a...
Details, Inc. interior design shop, services and client consulations
Posted Dec 9 at 5:28 PM in Tips & Trends by Edie Ravenelle
As you drive east through Harwich Port's burgeoning but still "Olde Cape Cod" town center, glance right to catch the sign at 573 Route 28 for Details, Inc., a retail shop and interior design business tucked slightly back from the main road. Better yet, stop in. You'll be rewarded with an enchanting array of home decor items curated by owner Carole King. Her store's eclectic aesthetic reflects the...
High-end kitchen renovation using the Kallista Multiere Stainless Steel Sink, available at Splash
Posted Dec 6 at 2:36 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Robin Shor, Builder Liaison for Splash, the state-of-the-art kitchen and bath showroom located in Newton, has long been a favorite among contractors for both her insight and energy. And when Boston Design Guide publisher Melanie Perillo embarked on her own kitchen and laundry room renovation, it was easy to see why. Robin has an amiable, get-it-done attitude that is refreshing when you’re in the...