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Upside-down house
Posted Aug 1 at 3:13 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
This modern new construction, propped high on piles, was designed by Gakidis & Stewart Design Group and built by Bannon Builders. With a carport and elevator on the ground level, the beach home’s livable spaces begin on the second floor, making the one-story cottage that sits between the home and the water, a nonissue. Three bedrooms and two baths occupy the second story, while the living...
Contemporary Beach Home on Cape Cod
Posted Jul 31 at 12:51 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Within a seaside enclave lined with hydrangea and traditional beach cottages clad in cedar shingles turned silver-gray by salt air and the passage of time, a contemporary beach house has emerged. The retreat, designed and built by Architectural Design, Inc. (AD), sits atop a coastal dune overlooking the famous Brewster flats, where it has a front-row seat to dramatic shifts in the shoreline of...
Tennis Court by landscape architect Karen Sebastian
Posted Jul 12 at 10:21 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Strawberries and cream? Check. Pimm’s Cup? Check. It’s time for Breakfast at Wimbledon, a beloved summertime ritual where we genteelly nosh while watching the latest tennis phenoms grunt and sweat it out at the storied All England Club in London. In honor of the finals this weekend, BDG has created a bit of a racket of our own. Here follows five smashing tennis court designs by Boston's top...
Posted Jun 29 at 4:24 PM in Events by Sandy Giardi
The latest edition of BDG's Cape & Islands magazine has arrived! BDG's third issue features timeless architecture, quintessential beach homes, the latest trends in coastal design, as well as an ode to the Cape Cod lifestyle we all know and love—and have been patiently awaiting, we might add, after this winter! As always, BDG brings you the best of the best on every page, showcasing top-tier ...
Nantucket Garden Festival
Posted Jun 27 at 2:29 PM in Events by Anonymous
  Celebrate the beauty of Nantucket’s horticulture this July during the island’s tenth annual Nantucket Garden Festival, July 17-19. Gather with other phytophiles for a weekend of workshops, walking tours and family-oriented events, like the Mommy and Me Garden Tea Party. Day one of the 10th anniversary festival begins with the Victory Garden Talk and Tour with Russell Morash, legendary creator...
Dog standing next to Yeti cooler
Posted Jun 26 at 1:12 PM in Lifestyle by Anonymous
The average, everyday cooler was not up to the standards of YETI founders Ryan and Roy Seiders, which made the brothers' love for participating in outdoor adventures limited. YETI has showed us that the run-of-the-mill coolers many of us have been using are simply subpar.  With the long-lasting chill from its PermaFrost insulation and extra thick (3 inches!) walls, space, and durability, YETI ...
landscape with audio visual
Posted Jun 25 at 11:35 AM in Events by Kathleen Parente
What better way to source new advances in home integration than to test and experience them in real time? Audio Video Design is making this happen, and has unveiled its new AVD Experience Center for Home Technology & Design at their headquarters in Westwood, MA.  AVD celebrated their new center with an open house last month, where they showcased the latest technologies in home integration,...
Professionals' top choices for grills
Posted Jun 15 at 9:11 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
In honor of Father’s Day weekend, we’re firing up the barbie and getting ready for tasty outdoor eats. Since grilling officially becomes the cooking method of choice from this point forward, we asked Boston appliance professionals for their greatest grill picks. A side benefit? For any of you who have yet to purchase a gift for dear ol’ Dad, these grills and outdoor kitchen features make the...
Backyard for wedding
Posted Jun 14 at 11:18 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
In our eyes, a backyard has reached landscape perfection when it is easy to envision friends and families gathering on its special yet familiar terrain to celebrate a happy couple as they utter their “I dos.” To be worthy of “The Big Day,” and certainly one of a family’s most memorable moments, a landscape should be a union of gardens, design and site, and maybe a little poetry and promise. The...
Newport Secret Garden Tour
Posted Jun 11 at 12:00 PM in Events by Anonymous
  Let Newport’s stunning landscaping inspire you June 15-17th by enjoying a self-guided walking tour of the city’s most impressive private gardens. The annual Secret Garden Tour invites you to explore these edenic spaces and experience firsthand the reason why Conde Nast Traveler Magazine named Newport “one of the best walking cities in the U.S.” Beginning near the causeway to Goat Island, the...

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