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Outdoor Kitchen Designs and Tips from the Pros by Wolf
Posted Jul 1 at 10:44 PM in Tips & Trends by Edie Ravenelle
Summer is in full swing, so it's time to make the most of every fair weather day we get. These outdoor kitchens do exactly that: They inspire summertime entertaining at its blue-ribbon best. Together, they showcase key elements to consider in designing your own exceptional outdoor kitchen experience. Refreshments with a View Architecture and construction by Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects...
Sub-Zero PRO 36 available at Clarke
Posted Jun 19 at 2:45 PM in Tips & Trends by Kendra Keelan
Designers and homeowners have been asking for this for years, and now Sub-Zero has fulfilled their wishes with the new smaller version of their wildly popular PRO 48...the PRO 36! The boldest, most iconic design yet is now available in a 36-inch-wide model, allowing for a fit into almost any kitchen. This new model has only .3 cubic feet less refrigeration than its predecessor, offering 18.4...
Custom Building in Boston, Adams + Beasley Associates
Posted Jun 11 at 9:22 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
"Building in the city is not for every contractor," says co-founder Eric Adams of Adams + Beasley Associates. "There's a huge amount of risk and liability to manage projects in the urban context gracefully." Building successfully in the city requires planning that’s as finely tuned as a Swiss watch. It means securing parking permits for cranes and lining up police details (even when the city has...
Hawthorn Builders Master Bathroom with Palmer Sink Legs
Posted Jun 4 at 9:00 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Van Halen sang about them, but we're guessing David Lee Roth wasn’t referring to Palmer custom sink legs when he was belting out the rock anthem “Drop Dead Legs.” We’d contend, however, that this new bathroom staple, available at Moniques Bath Showroom, among other locales, is heavy on sex appeal. Lately, the statuesque sink legs are popping up in powder rooms and in master baths everywhere and...
Boston courtyard design by Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design
Posted May 30 at 3:30 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Top designers and builders embrace the beauty and warmth of this prized material - inside and out!  In the rec room...For a harborside oasis in Marblehead, Groom Construction Co., Inc. layered an entertainment center in quartersawn white oak. The material is blong and beautiful within the contemporary cabinetry, shelving and built-ins and in the arched slotted designof a dramatic barrel ceiling....
Imperial Danby marble kitchen counter by Onyx Marble & Granite
Posted May 6 at 1:01 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
“When it comes to choosing kitchen and bathroom countertops, TV’s home improvement shows would have you believe that granite is the only option,” says President Jose Moraes of Onyx Marble & Granite. Not so. Hearty quartz is also a popular choice, and luxurious marble, with its timeless look of beauty, has also had a recent renaissance. Which stone is for you? The professionals at Onyx Marble...
Vedana care unit by BainUltra
Posted Apr 23 at 3:19 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Splash, Newton’s state-of-the-art kitchen and bath showroom, features a unique—and luxurious—way to transform your bathroom into a nexus of relaxation, health and bliss. BainUltra’s Vedana care unit unites spa technologies with therapeutic techniques to elevate daily personal care rituals and improve one’s physical and mental well-being. Created for use in the shower, Vedana combines five...
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,...