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The showroom at Boston Billiard Emporium
Posted Nov 24 at 9:27 AM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Walking in to Boston Billiard Emporium is like stepping back in time. Inside the Somerville showroom, which has been in business since 1972, is a far-reaching lair comprised of antique and used tables, reproductions, new billiard tables and accessories.  Owner Stephen Kelly is doing his part to keep the lost art alive. He started working for Boston Billiard Emporium in high school in 1975, when...
A specially adapted smart home, through the R.I.S.E. program at the Gary Sinise Foundation
Posted Nov 23 at 1:52 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
A wounded hero and his family have a new home, courtesy of the Gary Sinise Foundation. This specially adapted smart home is the first of its kind in New England and among a growing number of custom new residences built for severely wounded service members who have sacrificed for our country. Through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program, the Gary Sinise Foundation...
Luxury Range and Oven by L'Atelier Paris
Posted Nov 20 at 8:29 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Just as all home chefs are not created equal, neither are the ovens we use. And with Thanksgiving upon us, naturally, talk has turned to turkey (and stuffing, and potatoes, cranberries, etc.). To celebrate this cooking-centric holiday, we reached out to three kitchen experts to see what oven is tops in their minds and why. The following luxury-brand ovens are so precise and well designed that...
living area with views of the harbor
Posted Nov 18 at 12:36 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
At the outset of a renovation in Boston’s iconic Rowes Wharf building, after the homeowners announced their objectives, the residents, the team at FBN Construction, and architects David Foley and Paul Fiore of Foley Fiore Architecture formed a huddle, extending their arms in the middle, football style. Just after the shout, “One, two, three, break!” and the release of hands came “the touchdown,”...
Outdoor porch with TV, fireplace and heaters by Land Design Associates
Posted Nov 16 at 12:06 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
Outdoor heaters are helping to take the shoulder season to extremes, and, thankfully, extending opportunities for gathering outdoors. But being outside doesn’t have to leave you and your family cold. BDG recently polled our Instagram followers for their favorite among these five heated outdoor spaces. Land Design Associates’ inviting outdoor pavilion (pictured above) won the popular vote. Where...
Custom pool and spa
Posted Nov 13 at 2:43 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
Ten days before a scheduled trip to Hawaii for a spring vacation, an athletic young family moved in to a custom new dream house surrounded by woodland. Just as the residence began to feel like home, the COVID-19 crisis struck, trip plans were cancelled, and the family, like those everywhere, was suddenly housebound. The build was fortuitous, as the all-American Colonial Revival—designed by...
Winterizing tips for gunite pools from SSG Pools & Spas
Posted Nov 12 at 10:13 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
According to South Shore Gunite Pools & Spas, Inc. there’s no reason you can’t enjoy your pool right up until Thanksgiving—and with recreational opportunities being as limited as they are, we say you glean every ounce of pleasure out of the amenities you have in your own backyard.  When a homeowner has a gunite pool in New England, they are advised to have a heater. And, so long as you are...
The Galley at Clarke Showroom
Posted Nov 11 at 3:42 PM in Shopping by Andrea Mingels
According to the professionals at Clarke, The Galley workstation is a game-changer! “With so much changing in the way we create health and happiness in our homes, it’s time to re-evaluate the traditional kitchen triangle and create a kitchen that is livable for today’s lifestyles,” shares the team at New England’s official Sub-Zero Wolf & Showroom.  Homeowners and interior designers alike are...
Colorful home office by Eric Haydel Design
Posted Nov 10 at 5:21 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Interior designer Eric Haydel, principal of Eric Haydel Design and owner of the Eric Haydel Showroom at the Boston Design Center, wants to know what you’re comfortable with. That way, he can “push you towards the uncomfortable,” he says, and you’re going to love it. It’s not that he won’t listen. Quite the contrary. In fact, he believes that when working with a designer your voice should be heard...
High-end master bath custom designed by Betsy Bassett Interiors
Posted Nov 9 at 9:11 PM in Inspiring Projects by Andrea Mingels
Betsy Bassett Interiors has a hand in every aspect of a home’s interior space—from the interior architectural details and furnishings to the finishing touches. While renovating an outdated bedroom, Principal Betsy Bassett designed custom cabinetry, specified trim details and worked directly with artists to develop custom wall coverings and one-of-a-kind furniture to ensure a perfectly ...

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