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Spring colors in interior design
Posted Feb 22 at 12:03 AM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
“People are ready for color,” says interior designer Anthony Catalfano of Anthony Catalfano Interiors, “they’ve been living in a neutral world for so long.” Homeowners are particularly ready for softer hues—happy yet elegant palettes that provide both beauty and comfort.  Left to right: Calvin Klein; Alberta Ferretti, photo by Kim Weston Arnold; Alexander McQueen, photo by Kim Weston Arnold...
High-end breezeway design
Posted Feb 21 at 10:37 AM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Breezeways are an enlightened architectural feature. They add beauty and visual interest and create cohesion between the structures of a property. They can add significant curb appeal by providing a glimpse of the property you wouldn’t otherwise see on the approach, and, in this age of clean-air living, separate garages and carriage houses and any fumes emitted there from the main living quarters...
Neolith alternative to stone
Posted Feb 20 at 12:27 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Jonathan Verrengia, Sales Manager of Marble and Granite, Inc. first introduced us to Neolith, a sintered stone derived from the ceramics industry, just about two years ago. At the time, the material was an emerging brand with what Verrengia calls “ridiculous physical properties.” So ridiculous that the self-professed “stone guy” used it for the counter and full-height backsplash in his own...
Country house renovation
Posted Feb 19 at 1:57 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
When a stately country home in Greenwich, Connecticut, wasn’t living up to its full potential, Charles Hilton Architects renovated the home inside and out. Though the home was built in 1940s, aspects of its design evoked the far older English country homes of the Georgian period. There were elegant features worth preserving and improving, but some elements—like two less-than-stellar wings, time-...
High-end landscape architecture
Posted Feb 16 at 3:08 PM in News by Sandy Giardi
The New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architectural & Art just released the winners of its Eighth Bulfinch Awards. The Bulfinch Awards recognize the achievements of professionals who are committed to excellence in the classical and allied arts within New England. This year, there were over 50 submissions for regional projects considered, with firms around the U.S. represented...
Custom conservatory
Posted Feb 15 at 2:53 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
This time of year, we’re all longing to see more of the sun. With that in mind, we're pleased to present some visual Vitamin D, and a look at resplendent conservatories and greenhouses. These sun-splashed structures are immediate mood-lifters and prized home features. They also celebrate the beauty of their natural surroundings while providing shelter from the cold.  Charles Hilton Architects A...
High-end window treatments with Hunter Douglas
Posted Feb 14 at 2:00 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Sheers or shadings? Motorized or manual? Roman shades or roller shades? Hardwood or vinyl shutters? The custom looks of Hunter Douglas, the industry leader in window coverings, are as close as your neighborhood design center.  Hunter Douglas Fabric Roller Shade in Terra Falls Wayland Home & Design and Debsan The Decorating Store in Natick specialize in Hunter Douglas products, as well as a...
Custom cabinetry
Posted Feb 13 at 4:19 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Wet Bar Venegas and Company Typically, when you think built-in, you think wood. But Venegas and Company brings metal into the mix, shaking up a wet bar by combining painted walnut, polished stainless steel and antique nickel paint within its design. The effect is sleek and glamorous, particularly when paired with glass cabinetry, a hammered metal sink and smoky, patterned hard woods. Venegas...
Creating a French salon space
Posted Feb 12 at 2:26 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
In the hands of Wilson Kelsey Design, a bonus room at the top of the stairs became a Parisian-inspired salon for a writer and composer who needed an oasis of calm for her creative work rather than a chaotic, confining space. In order to give the artist the focus and serenity she craved, principal and interior designer Sally Wilson first addressed the floor plan. The new space needed to be “...
Lucite in the dining room
Posted Feb 8 at 3:29 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
Homeowners and interior designers are loving Lucite at the moment and weaving the transparent material into rooms of all types and styles. Lucite's look, according to the interior designers of LDa Architecture & Interiors, “is perfect for the mixing and matching trend we’ve been noticing.” LDa Architecture & Interiors; photo by Sean Litchfield The modern material itself is durable and...

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