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Traditional custom wine cellar by Charles River Wine Cellars
Posted Dec 31 at 10:59 AM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
The wine cellar: it’s where all great New Year’s celebrations begin and end. As we prepare to usher in not only a new year but a new decade, we raise a glass to five extraordinary designs. Cheers! Wine Vault This wine room, complete with zinc walls and stainless steel dowels, calls to mind a bank vault. Architecture by MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architects; construction superintendent: Wayne Caruso...
Home renovation by Longfellow Design Build of Cape Cod
Posted Dec 30 at 10:12 PM in Tips & Trends by Edie Ravenelle
If what makes a house an exceptional home pivots on customized, well-executed and beautiful design—not extravagant square footage—then Cape Cod’s Longfellow Design Build has it down. “So many of our customers are looking to build their second home on the Cape to accommodate kids who are in college, or married and starting their own young families,” says Longfellow’s Owner Mark Bogosian, “but that...
Systems Design & Integration new Experience Showroom in Needham, Mass.
Posted Dec 27 at 5:29 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Though Systems Design & Integration, Inc. has designed and installed audio video systems in businesses and residences for over 10 years now, performing work in Boston, Cape Cod and the New England area, it recently debuted a new home technology showroom and experience center in Needham. This sophisticated high tech firm shares a sleek showroom space with Newton Kitchens & Design on...
Snow and Jones helps in the realization of the CCALS Retreat Center in Falmouth, Mass.
Posted Dec 26 at 4:37 PM in News by Edie Ravenelle
When Snow and Jones, Inc. was asked to support the plumbing for CCALS’ (Compassionate Care ALS) new Retreat Center in Falmouth, they were honored but not surprised. In business since 1952 as a family owned plumbing and heating supply company, they are a fixture in the community, and it wasn’t the first time they’d donated their expertise. “We have eight locations on the South Shore and Cape Cod...
Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Posted Dec 24 at 9:58 AM in News by Sandy Giardi
Isabella Stewart Gardner created her Boston museum in the Back Bay Fens in 1899 because America didn’t have anything like it—and there is nothing like it. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is hands down one of Boston’s treasures and completely captivating this time of year. Pictured left to right: Andrea Mingels, Kathleen Parente, Sandy Giardi, Maureen Lampert, Julie Kelly, Rob Silsby; front l...
Festive holiday decorations at Stonegate Gardens in Lincoln, MA
Posted Dec 23 at 8:25 PM in Shopping by Andrea Mingels
If you’re hosting Christmas this year and are frantically looking for stunning holiday décor with little time to spare, look no further than Stonegate Gardens for all of your indoor and outdoor decorating needs. From one-of a-kind centerpieces to magical mantel garlands, Stonegate Gardens has you covered this holiday season.   Boston Design Guide spoke with Lynne Bower, manager of Stonegate...
New England home dressed for the holidays by The Schumacher Companies
Posted Dec 19 at 3:32 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Here at BDG, we believe that nobody wears holiday finery and decorations quite as well as the homes of New England. Our region’s classic properties were tailor-made for garlands of pine and traditional wreaths punctuated with bright red bows. As for our contemporary homes? They become even more dazzling when illuminated by thousands of tiny lights. Our (knit) hats are off to the following snow-...
Festive holiday decorations at Seasons Four in Lexington, MA
Posted Dec 17 at 2:49 PM in Shopping by Andrea Mingels
With Christmas right around the corner, people are searching for last minute decorations to effortlessly dress up their home for the holidays. Whether you’re searching for decorative pillows, festive table settings, or ornamental trinkets to bring some Christmas magic into your home, Seasons Four is the one-stop-shop for all of your decorating needs. Boston Design Guide spoke to the owner of...
The breathtaking foyer of a new residence in One Dalton, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences designed by Carter & Company
Posted Dec 16 at 2:21 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
A dynamic unit in One Dalton, Boston's chicest new address, and its antithesis—a New Hampshire lodge where time stands still—reveal the artistic range and talent of interior designer Michael Carter. At Carter & Company, “our job is to create environment,” says Principal Michael Carter slowly, in his honeyed North Carolina drawl. It goes beyond imagining beautiful spaces with pretty things. It...
High-end Boston penthouse renovation for Kistler & Knapp Builders
Posted Dec 13 at 11:15 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
A developer, who had converted a South End church into high-end city residences, was vexed at how to configure the second floor of a penthouse suite blessed with sloping roofs and a great octagonal drum. A vast space with 20-foot-high ceilings, arcing custom windows and 360-degree skyline views is a rare gift in Boston, but how do you make it a home? You hire Ruhl Studio Architects and Kistler...

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