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Pebble terrace on Ernie Boch Jr.'s garden pavilion
Posted Jan 22 at 9:20 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Interior designer Anthony Catalfano, who has worked with Ernie Boch, Jr. on his home and on the many structures throughout his property, calls the grounds of Boch’s estate, “the most beautiful garden you’ve ever seen. [The Pebble Terrace] is made of black and white stones that make a pattern,” he continues. “It’s crazy beautiful.”  Comprised of contrasting Mexican beach stones, the Pebble Terrace...
Ernie Boch Jr. gives a video tour of his Garden Pavlion
Posted Jan 18 at 2:22 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
President and CEO of Subaru of New England, arts advocate, musician and philanthropist Ernie Boch, Jr. gives us the grand tour of his breathtaking garden pavilion, where members of his family are interred and where he plans to be laid to rest one day.  This two-floor sanctuary—hand crafted by the best of best in the New England design and construction community and located in his very own...
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...
A look inside a traditional new home in Wellesley
Posted Jan 11 at 10:00 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Jeff Birnbaum, President of Pioneer Construction, takes us inside a beautiful new build in Wellesley to show us some of his favorite spaces. As owner, Birnbaum has his hand in every detail. He keeps his firm “boutique” in scale, for lack of a better word, to ensure that he not only has an easy rapport with the full design team, which, for this home, includes architect Tom Catalano, interior...
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...
PRELUDE COVER
Posted Jan 8 at 6:47 AM in From the Publisher by Melanie Perillo
As Dr. Seuss says, “Oh, the places you’ll go”…. Isn't that the truth? I am happy to introduce BDG's inaugural issue of PRELUDE. When I started BDG 23 years ago, it was always my intent to get up close and personal with the businesses we feature and reveal their behind-the-scenes stories. I wanted everyone to know and see the amazing talent and expertise that I have been privileged to witness...
Ernie Boch Jr.'s Garden Pavilion
Posted Jan 7 at 10:46 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Not far from a busy, divided highway dotted with traffic lights and populated by strip malls and car dealerships, within a private block cloistered by hundreds of Norway spruce, is a garden for the ages. The extraordinary, expansive landscape, inspired in part by the vistas and terraces of the Dumbarton Oaks estate in Washington D.C., has an unmistakably European feel. Its series of structured...
In-home squash court by Sanford Builders
Posted Jan 4 at 2:52 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
Area architects and builders have dug deep (we’re talking far below basement and subbasement levels) to give homeowners ready-when-they-are sport courts. In their hands, a pickup hoops game or the chance to perfect that stroke is just a flight of stairs away. We are seriously impressed by these athletic cellar dwellers. Above, Sanford Custom Builders crafted a subbasement regulation squash court...
AF Hultin Home
Posted Jan 4 at 12:29 PM in News by Kathleen Parente
A.F. Hultin & Co. and ZeroEnergy Design were recently honored with BRICC's Gold Award for Excellence in New Single-Family Home Design and Construction. The recognition was for a new three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath green home in Wellfleet, Mass., created for a West Coast couple that wanted a vacation home for themselves, their family and for use as a rental property.  Several green...

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