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kotzen interiors
Posted Jan 2 at 4:27 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Ice-cold martinis and oysters on the half shell. Horizonless seas and fiery sunsets. Some things bring out the best in one another. And so it is for rugs and furniture. With the range of rug and furniture styles available today, there is no end to the looks you can create. From tonal designs that blend in to the whole to look-at-me one-of-a-kind statement pieces, it’s no wonder interior designers...
The Perfect Cheese Board
Posted Dec 21 at 4:16 PM in From the Publisher, Lifestyle by Melanie Perillo
(photo courtesy of Wasik's Cheese Shop) A well-turned cheeseboard is a go-to for me when I entertain. And I entertain a lot. Whether it’s a planned luncheon for 12, a shared glass of eggnog and snacks with neighbors, or an impromptu cocktail catch-up with guests from out of town—a cheese board is a menu mainstay for me. From about mid-December on, I keep ingredients on hand, so when an...
Patrick Ahearn's Timeless book
Posted Dec 20 at 10:45 AM in News by Sandy Giardi
Coffee tables, living rooms and libraries everywhere have a beautiful new book to showcase, as Patrick Ahearn, one of New England’s preeminent classical architects, has just released the display-worthy new monograph, Timeless: Classic American Architecture for Contemporary Living.  Beyond its striking good looks, Timeless reveals the theories and practices that have made Ahearn the success he is...
Bobby Orr Suite at The Ames Hotel Boston
Posted Dec 18 at 3:34 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Paging Boston hockey fans. Sea-Dar Construction transformed a hotel suite on the 14th floor of the Ames Boston Hotel into a shrine to Bruins great Bobby Orr. Conceived by architect Bergmeyer Associates, this is the first winter for the custom 570-square-foot space, which allows guests to surround themselves with hockey memorabilia, trophies and images and highlight-reel worthy reproductions.  B'...
yuletide cocktail
Posted Dec 15 at 3:46 PM in Lifestyle by Sandy Giardi
Santa can have his milk and cookies; we’d rather sip a soul-stirring seasonal cocktail in the Red Bar at Hyannis’ Pain D’Avignon, the French café-boulangerie, bar and bistro that provides a table for all reasons. Tom Catalano of Catalano Architects first turned us on to this stylish French haunt, and we can’t think of a more festive spot for a little revelry and fortification. As the eatery’s...
High-end bedding
Posted Dec 14 at 3:51 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Gifts to beautify your home and those of others.... For the entertainer on your list, Christofle Paris has just the gift to bring sparkle to the table. The fine French silversmith joins two centuries of tradition with modern day luxury living with MOOD by Christofle flatware set and storage capsules. Flawless yet functional, these treasure chests have dark walnut interiors that house a 24-piece...
Art books for gifts
Posted Dec 13 at 10:39 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Gifts for those in your inner and extended circle.... We have always loved gifting beautiful art books and, in this digital age, page-turning presents carry even more weight. Chatham’s Focus Gallery, which specializes in striking fine art photography, has a well-edited collection of books of photographic art from top-tier publishers. Choose the theme that will resonate most with the recipient—...
Winterizing outdoor plants
Posted Dec 12 at 11:45 PM in Tips & Trends by Sandy Giardi
(Photo via thegardenbuzz.com) Unless you live by the coast or have plantings atop your city roof deck where there are high winds, you don’t need to wrap your evergreens in burlap, says Vanessa Tropeano, General Manager for Parterre Garden Services. And that’s good news, considering snowflakes have already been flying, coating the ground and the trees. After all, a large reason that homeowners...
Handmade ornaments
Posted Dec 11 at 3:42 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Our picks for the host of those fabulous seasonal soirees... Seafood lovers will say “Aw, shucks” when presented with the Sir | Madam Oyster Napkin Set, comprised of four linen napkins cataloging North American oysters, their geographical location and their flavor. You’ve likely had Malpeque and Wellfleet oysters, the briny beauties from Prince Edward Island and Cape Cod Bay, respectively, but...
Powder Room Update
Posted Dec 11 at 3:05 PM in Inspiring Projects by Sandy Giardi
Alexandra Aquadro, founder of AGA Design, gave a humdrum powder room in Lexington an instant update by replacing its tired yellow paint with a dynamic wallcovering. Powder rooms are one of Aquadro’s favorite rooms to wallpaper, undoubtedly because you can make a huge impact in a very small space. The addition of Galbraith & Paul’s Parquet wallcovering completely transformed the look of this...

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