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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...
Wisteria coral wallpaper by Farrow & Ball
Posted Jan 3 at 1:08 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Every year, the Pantone Color Institute rolls out a vibrant and nuanced shade that taps into the current collective mood and spirit of the populace. The hue is determined by the Institute’s experts, who comb the world over for trends and color influences. For 2019, they’ve given the honor to Pantone’s 16-1546 Living Coral, a vital, immersive hue that is rooted in nature and yet friendly and...
Anthony Catalfano
Posted Dec 18 at 5:03 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Clients who work with interior designer Anthony Catalfano of Anthony Catalfano Interiors know that he has no shortage of inspired ideas and fabulous design solutions up his cuff-linked sleeve. From architectural details and woodwork to fabrics, furnishings and accessories, the creative well he draws from is seemingly endless. And, while he considers each client, project and/or home individually,...
Posted Nov 20 at 4:35 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
We recently met Executive Corporate Chef John Craig of Clarke at the 7 Tide Showroom in the Seaport, where he whipped up a holiday feast on Wolf’s professional grade (and time-saving!) appliances. We are certainly thankful for the following recipes and wanted to share…. Herb-roasted Cornish Game Hens, prepared in the Wolf M-Oven 4 Cornish game hens Salt & pepper to taste 1 tablespoon...