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High-end Boston landscape design
Posted May 21 at 6:53 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Thanks to a Blade of Grass, a family in Weston can feel like they’re on vacation on their very own property—they simply have to step outside. The award-winning Boston landscape design, installation and maintenance firm transformed a nondescript backyard into an elevated playground. Instead of a slide, swings or monkey bars, this inspired landscape design features generous bluestone paving, an...
High-end lighting and landscape designs
Posted May 17 at 10:13 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Same garden, two distinct looks. New England landscape professionals create sunny edens by day and spin magic come nightfall, carefully considering how their gardens look hour by hour and in every light. Coastal Retreat Landscape architecture by Sudbury Design Group The difference in this Cape Cod pool terrace conceived by Sudbury Design Group is, well, night and day. This coastal retreat, which...
High-end shagreen in Boston
Posted May 15 at 7:40 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Shagreen, a term that typically refers to the skin of a stingray or shark, isn’t new. The exotic leather has long been prized, and may even date back to the time of the pharaohs and the Chinese Han dynasty, and appeared during the Middle Ages on the sword hilts and armor of Japanese samurai.  Europe started importing objects with a shagreen sheath in the mid-1700s, when a Parisian tanner—...
High-end shutter transformation
Posted May 14 at 1:31 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
We recently asked a group of New England architects and builders what they would suggest for a quick beautification project to their home’s exterior. Their tip? A resounding, “add shutters.” Shutters can animate, polish and maximize a home’s curb appeal, impacting the home in a positive way—in very short time. We looked to New England Shutter Mills to see firsthand the kind of impact shutters...
High-end nursery in Boston
Posted May 10 at 8:57 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Adorable spaces for the baby, tot and tween. Because you’d give them the world (and the sun, moon and stars) if you could…. The North End nursery above, built by S+H Construction, is chock full of spirit and character. Its many architectural merits (bricked walls, oversized windows and casings) are played up by the room’s lively color palette. The homeowner did the interior design (thanks, Mom...
AstraZeneca Hope Lodge
Posted May 9 at 1:37 PM in From the Publisher by Melanie Perillo
The American Cancer Society’s Annual Key Gala, held last Thursday, May 3rd, is an event close to my heart. I remember standing alongside the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Joyce Kulhawik when they raised the first beam of Boston’s Hope Lodge (designed by CBT Architects) in 2008, and chairing the very first Key Gala that launched the construction mobilization a few years prior to that. Today, the...
High-end homes with a nautical flair
Posted May 8 at 4:15 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
High-gloss surfaces, deep navy blues, starched whites, colorful flags. We can almost taste the Veuve Clicquot. We spotlight high-end living spaces that cast a maritime tone—in architecture, finishes and accents or all of the above. Kotzen Interiors Kotzen Interiors' handsome sitting area in Chatham, designed by principal Barbara Kotzen, has us yearning to breathe in salt air. Shiplap (what else...
High-end addition and renovation on Cape Cod
Posted May 7 at 4:15 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Principal Doreve Nicholaeff of Nicholaeff Architecture + Design worked makeover magic when she transformed a humble Cape Cod ranch-style home into a glorious Osterville gem. It’s hard to imagine that this is the same house, but it is indeed—and then some. Nicholaeff gave it a full renovation and addition, and more than a little vision and architectural flair. She took a home that was firmly in...
High-end Equestrian Estates and Stables
Posted May 3 at 2:44 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Country grandeur. Rolling, grassy paddocks. Raw power and beauty. Utility and grace. A beautiful farm property can move you with its natural majesty, transporting you to another time and place. Here follows a gallery of equine-minded homes and stables that are, in our minds, thoroughbreds.  Forest Edge Architecture: Shope Reno Wharton; landscape architecture: LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects;...
Mint Julep Recipe by Boston Bar
Posted May 2 at 3:39 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
A trip to Churchill Downs wasn’t in the cards, but we never turn down a reason to stop in to The Backroom at Moody’s in Waltham. Our mission? To get a stellar recipe for the Kentucky Derby’s beverage of choice: the mint julep. The mint julep has been associated with the “Run for the Roses” for nearly a century, and, each year, during Derby Weekend, nearly 120,000 of the spiked quencher are served...

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