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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...
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...
Cozy fireplace in a great room by D. Michael Collins Architects
Posted Jan 1 at 8:55 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Come January, the fervor and frenzy of the holiday season gives way to peaceful hours spent fireside. These glowing settings are perfect for curling up with a good book, sipping a hot cup of coffee or cocoa, or drowsing alongside a flicker of flames.    In the image above, a rustic brick hearth makes its presence known from many angles of a new farmhouse designed by D. Michael Collins Architects...
Icelandic wine cellar by S+H Construction
Posted Dec 28 at 6:04 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
Over the course of this festive long weekend, many will be making a descent into their wine cellars for a prize bottle or two to ring in the New Year. We’re guessing, however, that most won’t look quite like this one.  This wine cellar, which graces the basement of a minimalist Cambridge smart home renovated by S+H Construction, Inc., was created for homeowners who hail from Iceland, and champion...
Architect Tom Catalano
Posted Dec 27 at 12:42 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
We meet Architect Tom Catalano, principal of Catalano Architects, in the front entry court—an “outdoor room,” so to speak—of a beautiful new construction in Wellesley.  Catalano worked closely with the homeowners and a team including Pioneer Construction, Melissa Gulley Interior Design, Dan Gordon Landscape Architects, and Venegas and Company, to design and deliver a “passion project” that takes...
Holiday Cocktails
Posted Dec 21 at 9:20 PM in Lifestyle by Guest Blogger
Guest Blogger: The following content was shared by Grace Herron of Darby Road Home The holidays are in full swing and that can only mean one thing- time for holiday parties! Nothing is better than getting together with friends, old and new, and family you haven’t talked to all year. We decided to gather a list of our favorite holiday cocktail recipes and share them with you as our inaugural post...
Open-concept living area with texture
Posted Dec 21 at 2:26 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
The goal of every custom new home is to create a welcoming, pleasing living environment that an owner will enjoy to the fullest. From the get-go, the architects, designers and builders set out to craft “joy-filled, happy spaces,” says architect Thomas Catalano of Catalano Architects. That goes without saying.  But not all new construction homes cast a light and exuberance of time gone by the way...
Posted Dec 17 at 2:31 PM in News by Sandy Giardi
Anthony Catalfano of Anthony Catalfano Interiors and Anthony Catalfano Home in Wells, Maine, is the first recipient of BDG’s Legend Award. This distinction celebrates an individual, who, through sheer talent and professionalism, has made an indelible mark in the home and design industry. Why Anthony? While he humbly resists being singled out, in our minds, his contributions cannot be denied. A...

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