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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...
DiFoggio Electric, a full-service electrical contracting company in Boston
Posted Dec 4 at 2:18 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Founded by President and Electrical Consultant Larry DiFoggio in 1973, DiFoggio Electric, a full-service electrical contracting company serving the residential and commercial markets, has been powering Boston for over 4 decades.  From townhomes in historic Louisburg Square to Back Bay icons like the Four Seasons to burgeoning new builds in the Seaport District, serving Boston residents has become...
Custom, high-end windows: Signature Modern collection by Marvin
Posted Nov 13 at 1:16 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Like never before, homeowners here in the Northeast are looking to bring their outdoor environments indoors, and yearning for that pared-down, light-filled aesthetic that modern architecture brings. Marvin responds to this growing trend with its new Signature Modern collection, a line of windows and doors that combine “functionality and freedom,” offers Sue Shockley, Marvin Brand Ambassador at...
Custom oil-rubbed elevator for a Cape Cod home by Above & Beyond Elevator, Inc.
Posted Aug 8 at 12:12 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Going up? As more and more homeowners are looking to capitalize on the beautiful coastal expanses that stretch from their vacation properties—and satisfy current FEMA requirements—“upside down” homes are becoming the new norm on Cape Cod. “Upside-down” homes flip traditional layouts, and position the main living areas on the second and third stories, making elevators a new must in home...
Glamp created by Cape Cod architect Jill Neubauer
Posted Aug 7 at 7:01 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Architect Jill Neubauer of  Jill Neubauer Architects would do a “glamp” on every project if she could. She’d all but drop everything, she laughs, to draw these tented structures that are equal parts glamour and camp for a client. In fact, her firm can pull one off in about three months time, and has an enduring relationship with the Denver Tent Company, who will do any shape or size for her....
Closed cell spray foam application by Anderson Insulation
Posted Jul 30 at 1:01 PM in Tips & Trends by Kendra Keelan
Have you ever asked, What’s the difference between an LED, LCD or Plasma TV? The difference has to do with the light source behind the screen. Well, according to the pros at Anderson Insulation, an equivalent question in the insulation world is: What is the difference between open cell and closed cell spray foam? Sales Manager Patrick Ford of Anderson Insulation answered that million-dollar...
Colorful high-end interior design by Martha's Vineyard Interior Design
Posted Jul 24 at 10:19 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Boston’s interior designers and industry professionals are using bold color (and lots of it!) in creative looks for the home. From broad swaths of look-at-me tones to bright white spaces that crackle with coral or pop with turquoise, top minds in home décor and design are expressing their clients’ style with panache. Since the joie de vivre in these homes is contagious, we thought we'd pass along...