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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...
clutter-free kitchen design
Posted Oct 26 at 11:22 AM in Inspiring Projects, Tips & Trends by Carly Stewart
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Though homeowners’ design tastes range from contemporary to classic, there is one thing that stands consistent: providing ample storage. Whether you’re building a new home or renovating an existing one, people are constantly seeking a haven at home with today’s hectic, over-scheduled lifestyle. Custom cabinetry is an option to facilitate an efficient, clutter-free way of life. Keep every-day...
trendy halloween decorations
Posted Oct 25 at 4:22 PM in Tips & Trends by Carly Stewart
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2 Spooky Chic 3 Cute but Classy 4 Silly and Fun 5 Dark but Elegant See Skull Style for more trendy Halloween decor ideas. 7 Table Settings for Fall
Rock pond kitchens
Posted Oct 12 at 4:42 PM in Tips & Trends by Jen Harvey
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Article by Paul Lazes of Rock Pond Kitchens There are certain design choices that are nearly always right: black dress, black suit, white kitchen. There’s value to keeping things simple. Less can be more. Everyone knows a woman who wears black with a set of earrings or other jewelry has a complete look. It’s similar with a white kitchen. It’s classic and what makes it individualized are the...
 Lavish Collection JD Staron Home Life Rose Ann Humphrey
Posted Oct 10 at 7:49 AM in Tips & Trends by Jen Harvey
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JD Staron is a favorite floor covering resource for Home Life. Founder of Home Life Rose Ann Humphrey is excited to share their new Lavish Collection. She explains, “Their coverings are fantastic, beautiful and even romantic!” The Lavish Collection is JD Staron’s first collection that uses three textural fabrics weaves along a single needle yam insertion. This allows the fabric to stay intact...

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