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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...
Seasonal tips for your yard
Posted Apr 17 at 3:11 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
We won’t sugarcoat it. This winter has left a mark, and sprucing up your yard is going to require some doing. Broken tree limbs are littering landscapes and roads; mailboxes have yelled “timber!” and sad, sagging fences are in dire need of repair. Luckily, BDG has just the professionals to help you tidy up your yard but good. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you beautify your outdoor space....
Homeowner landscape tip: how much mulch
Posted Apr 16 at 10:00 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Though R.P. Marzilli & Company lays down mulch as part of its landscape services, president Robert Marzilli was kind enough to share his tips for Boston homeowners who choose to tackle those piles on their own.    #1) Out with the old… Clean your flower beds to rid them of last season’s bark before laying down new. #2) Don't over-mulch. Only use about two to three inches of mulch, and only...
Garage door makeover
Posted Apr 9 at 7:24 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
As your home’s single largest opening, a renovation to your garage doors gives your entire home an instant facelift and ups the curb appeal significantly. Most people don’t think twice before renovating the kitchen or the bathroom, but some guests to your home never see those areas, explains Eric Euell, business manager of Garage Headquarters. Nearly everyone catches a glimpse of your garage, as...
High-end interior design
Posted Apr 5 at 9:24 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Nothing beats a fresh coat of paint to reinvigorate a living space. And when that paint is white, the effect can be all the more resplendent. But all shades are not created equal. We asked the pros for their favorite paint brands and colors, or “the perfect white.” It was a tall ask—these are trade secrets, after all—but they were happy to help homeowners get results they’ll love when they tackle...
Benjamin Moore paint, color rental
Posted Apr 3 at 11:23 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Debsan the Decorating Store has an ingenious paint program to help homeowners add color to their lives. The Natick Center store allows customers to rent a quart of Benjamin Moore paint—in some 3500 shades—for just $4 to sample their selections at home. Upper Wall: Sun Porch 2023-30; Lower Wall: Stonington Gray HC-170, both interior paint, flat Whether you gravitate toward a color palette of...
TV cabinet with splash art
Posted Mar 22 at 9:52 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Pierre Matta, co-owner and designer of Newton Kitchens & Design, is always thinking of contemporary new takes on cabinetry. He’ll do an acid wash on cabinetry doors, use studs for a contemporary look, metallics, even shagreen, for a sharkskin leather look. Lately, he’s partnered with local artist Giovanni DeCunto to bring painted artistry to his designs. Typically, art is something we find in...
Wallpaper trends and tips from high-end interior designers
Posted Mar 8 at 1:05 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
It has taken some doing, but wallpaper is on the comeback trail and one of the spring’s hottest new trends. Dean Sawyer, an Interior Designer at LDa Architecture & Interiors, tells us, “People have let go of the bad ’70s wallpaper and are looking to be more adventurous with their design. Wallpaper is the perfect way to add another layer for dimension, texture and depth.” LDa Architecture...