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Roger Pelissier, portrait photographer in Wellesley
Posted Nov 8 at 9:13 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
In a day and age filled with amateur photographers where everyone has an iPhone, we felt compelled to highlight the talent of Roger Pelissier of Roger Pelissier Portrait Photography in Wellesley, Mass. We’ve been spending a great deal of time with Roger of late as we work toward an exciting upcoming project, and have been struck by his affable manner and knack for capturing great shots. We’ve...
Winter prep for new plantings
Posted Nov 7 at 9:00 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
With all the rain we’ve been having lately, it’s hard to believe that we’re talking about how to keep moisture in your evergreens and shrubs over the winter (somebody please tell Mother Nature that it’s April showers), but indeed we are. We asked Erik J. Bednarek of EJB Designs, LLC—who has over two decades of expertise, including managing the landscape and sites of public parks and communities...
Cutting Edge Homes: Black Frame Windows
Posted Oct 31 at 12:25 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Lately, it seems that everywhere we turn we’re seeing new builds with black window frames. And it’s no wonder. These striking windows have a high-contrast, clean-lined sensibility and a timeless yet contemporary style. In fact, BDG’s publisher Melanie Perillo is incorporating Pella Windows and Doors’ black casement windows into her kitchen addition as we speak. Paired with a black matte stove,...
SMART Mirrors in the Bathroom
Posted Oct 25 at 4:46 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Forget "Who’s the fairest of them all?" (we know the answer to that!), mirrors are now addressing more pressing questions, like "What’s the weather today?," “How is the Dow performing?” and "What does my schedule look like?"  With Séura SMART Mirrors, homeowners are instantly informed as they prepare to meet the day with a personalized digital hub at eye view. Maverick Integration can integrate...
Wood as a ceiling or feature wall
Posted Oct 24 at 12:22 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Designers these days are shaking things up, and mixing woods and different materials throughout the home. Just ask Mac Davis, owner and CEO of Mac Davis Flooring, whose hardwoods are often found on ceilings and on accent walls for a stunning and gravity-defying effect. “It used to be that if the homeowner picked a solid white oak, it was going to be used everywhere and in the same color,” says...
Busts in interior design
Posted Oct 19 at 10:26 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Athena. Poseidon. Aphrodite. We wouldn’t dare say that the antiquities are trending right now, but we can say with certainty that we've seen a reemergence of classical busts in home décor. After all, why should museums have all the fun? Traditional, transitional and eclectic interior designs can all benefit from a little Greco-Roman flair. When done well, busts as home accents are beautiful,...
How to throw a great fall outdoor party
Posted Oct 12 at 11:25 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
It's Friday, and we feel like raising the barn, er, we mean, the roof! In this spirit, we share five easy entertaining tips for hosting a festive fall barn party. #1) Set the Stage Setting is key for a great autumn event, and the more rustic the better. Barns and carriage houses make for warm and wonderful settings and have a cozy, buttoned-down flannel appeal. Use mason jars for centerpieces,...
Luxury high-rise bedroom design
Posted Sep 5 at 1:46 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
How did Merz Construction handle a small-scale bedroom with expansive views of Boston’s skyline at the ultra posh, 60-story high-rise Millennium Tower Boston? They built a wall. Don’t worry; this one is completely innocuous and brilliant, really. It is also a “fake” with a contemporary flair that serves a dual purpose.  For one, this attractive wall has an angled design that allows the bed to be...
The best landscape lighting
Posted Aug 9 at 4:13 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
“Just like the rest of the home’s environment, the smart home has infiltrated the backyard,” shares Elite Media Solutions’ founder Brian Gibson. And, just as it’s commonplace to see outdoor TVs and music, outdoor lighting is now huge for the home integration specialist. “We’re putting it in like crazy,” says Gibson, and that includes the landscape outside their newly-revamped Wellesley Hills...
Professionals' top choices for grills
Posted Jun 15 at 9:11 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
In honor of Father’s Day weekend, we’re firing up the barbie and getting ready for tasty outdoor eats. Since grilling officially becomes the cooking method of choice from this point forward, we asked Boston appliance professionals for their greatest grill picks. A side benefit? For any of you who have yet to purchase a gift for dear ol’ Dad, these grills and outdoor kitchen features make the...