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Ketra color temperate lighting
Posted Apr 11 at 9:02 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Maverick Integration is one of the first in New England to embrace a new frontier in residential lighting control: the advent of color temperate lighting calibrated to the time of day. Ketra lighting (later followed by USAI, Savant and LF Illumination) has redefined fixtures with automation that harnesses the color and temperature of natural light and brings it indoors. Gone are the days of the...
Duravit OpenSpace shower available at Frank Webb Home
Posted Apr 9 at 3:45 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
For those tight on space in their urban digs, Frank Webb Home has an ingenious design solution: a “collapsing” shower that all but disappears when it’s not in use. Manager Deb Dumel of Frank Webb Home’s South Boston showroom introduced us to Duravit’s OpenSpace, an incredible shrinking shower enclosure with doors that fold inward towards the wall and flush with its brilliant chrome frame. When...
Marble stone transformation by Boston Stone Restoration
Posted Apr 8 at 4:18 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
During the restoration of Greenfield Town Hall in Western Mass., Boston Stone Restoration pulled up carpeting that had been there for decades to reveal checkerboard marble. Thankfully, marble is the stone care specialists’ “sweet spot,” says co-owner Melissa Bunis, though they also work on granite, terrazzo and other natural stone. Melissa and her husband, Paul, with whom she owns the company,...
Plymouth Quarries used granite steps
Posted Mar 19 at 9:33 AM in Tips & Trends by Kendra Keelan
As a five-generation deep business, Plymouth Quarries has established itself as a leading resource center for your hardscape, masonry and landscape needs. For 105 years, Plymouth Quarries has been expanding to offer everything from stone, brick and concrete products to mulch, soils and decorative stones. New ideas are always at the forefront of their business, as is a quality product. Just in...
Black Horse Real Estate, Inc. home facade
Posted Mar 8 at 10:50 PM in Tips & Trends by Kendra Keelan
Sellers! With the spring real estate market on the horizon, your home needs to stand out to buyers. “Image is everything,” says Laura Meier, owner of Black Horse Real Estate, Inc. in Sudbury, so it’s important to prepare your property to look as desirable as possible from the inside out.  "When comparing your home against others, potential buyers will see its condition as a direct reflection on...
WOON-Tech in-glass printing, grid shower
Posted Feb 14 at 1:01 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Since 1946, WOON-TECH has been the go-to destination for flat glass fabrication. The boutique glass fabricator has edged glass, polished it, sandblasted it, beveled it and more, and has incorporated textures and patterns in everything from elevator cars and conference rooms to squash courts and kitchen cabinets. Admirably, the company is just as progressive as it is experienced, and has a playful...
The Best TV for the Big Game
Posted Feb 1 at 3:55 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
"You’d think that given that the Patriots have gone to the Super Bowl nine times in the Brady-Belichick era, homeowners would already have their Big Game-worthy TVs," says founder of Elite Media Solutions Brian Gibson. Turns out that even though we’re blitzing for six, getting the ultimate TV beforehand is still very much a thing. Why? Because the technology keeps getting better and the prices on...
Metropolitan: Benjamin Moore & Co. Color of the Year 2019
Posted Jan 17 at 11:26 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Apparently subtle, heathered grays in home décor aren’t going anywhere…just yet. Last year, Benjamin Moore & Co. named the highly saturated red Caliente its Color of the Year, and the Pantone Institute just announced the bright and beautiful Living Coral its hue of the moment for 2019. By making Metropolitan AF-690, which has been part of the Affinity Color Chart for three years, the 2019...
Image suggesting Alexa is recording our conversations
Posted Jan 10 at 2:16 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
With the introduction of the newest voice-activated 5.8-inch employee, who plays music and places paper towel orders, we’ve become increasingly concerned that Alexa is recording our conversations. And our team is not alone. As more incidents of recorded conversations surface, many people are worried about the vulnerability of these devices. With 50 million Amazon Alexas sold as of August, we...
Franke Chef Center multi-functioning sink
Posted Jan 8 at 3:21 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Leave it to the Swiss to make one of the hardest-working fixtures in the kitchen work even harder. And smarter, for that matter. Franke’s Chef Center, available at Splash, takes the basic kitchen sink to a higher level, with its integrated ledge system and custom-fitting accessories. In a world of open-concept living spaces, where everyone seems to gravitate to the kitchen, Franke’s design have...