Featured Project: Earl Major Estate in Newton

April 17, 2014

Dan K. Gordon

When Dan K. Gordon Landscape Architects arrived at the Earl Major Estate in Newton, the landscape had fallen into disrepair and the steeply sloped landscape was overgrown. As lead design consultant for all site improvements, the final result is a stunning landscape that looks like it has always been there...READ MORE

Trends Magazine Features Kitchen Design by Wilson Kelsey Design

April 17, 2014

Wilson Kelsey Design Kitchen After

Trends Magazine has featured another beautiful kitchen designed by Wilson Kelsey DesignThe project was for a couple that moved from Boston to Newburyport to raise their family. The couple wanted to bring the modernity of a city to their country home, while respecting still respecting the architecture of their 1920’s Colonial home...READ MORE

Featured Project: Edgartown Renovation/Restoration

April 9, 2014

Patrick Ahearn Architect

Patrick Ahearn Architect renovated/restored a vintage caption’s house located along the Edgartown Harbor on South Water Street. The total renovation/restoration began with lifting the original 1883 house and relocating the original form on a new brick veneered foundation. All exterior approvals had to be obtained from the Historic District Commission. The recently completed restoration was complex. The house has been heavily modified over the years. Most of the original interior and exterior detail was either removed or significantly modified and as of last year, only the basic massing of the house was intact...READ MORE

Classic Goes Contemporary

April 9, 2014

CH Newton Builders

C.H. Newton Builders

Think you can judge a book by its cover? Think again. Traditional Shingle Style exteriors reveal ultra modern interiors.

For a region that’s as liberal as it is politically, the Northeast couldn’t be more conservative architecturally says Marcus Gleysteen of Marcus Gleysteen Architects. Perhaps that’s why classic Shingle Style homes—revered as the first modern American house style—are every bit as desirable as they were during the late 1800s, when they were first constructed as summer “cottages” and country getaways for the well-to-do...READ MORE


2014 Spring/Summer Collection at Roche Bobois

April 9, 2014

Indoor-Outdoor: Blurred Lines

Sliding glass doors and modern architectural solutions blur the lines between indoor and outdoor. Terrace areas double up as living rooms and Roche Bobois’ more relaxed lifestyle is reflected in the opened out layout and corresponding style of décor. 

Roche Bobois

Onil: Rug for outdoor use. Multicolored zig-zag pattern 

Roche Bobois


Arioso: Lounge chair. Padded seat in cotton batting on foam core. XL elastic straps suspension. Structure in beech and plywood. Base in chrome-plated metal. Upholstered in Carioca fabric with piping in Indy fabric. 

Roche Bobois

Cute Cut Outdoor: Matt lacquered polyester resin cocktail tables (various colours) with decorative walnut top. Indoor or outdoor use. 

roche bobois


Art and Material

Precious pieces, beautiful finishes, fine quality materials (both natural and high tech): Roche Bobois invites us to appreciate the marriage of art and materials.

Marjordome: End tables made of chromed steel in either a brass or gold finish. Canaletto walnut veneered MDF plywood top. 

Roche Bobois

design Cedric Ragot: 4-door dresser. Oak slatted particleboard structure (4 tint options), button quilt pattern on doors thermoformed in Daquacryl. 

Softness and Transparency 

Vermet: design Sacha Lakic, Clear glass dining table with detachable double crossbar legs. 

Roche Bobois

SV 10 & India, design Pia Wustenberg, Copper or brass hand blown glass vase. Larch stopper. 

Roche Bobois

Modern Living 

Svel, design Cedric Ragot, Chair with polyester resin shell in shiny or matt lacquer finish (4 colours) and tinted solid oak legs, with or without cushion. 

Roche Bobois

Flying Flower, design Sacha Lakic, Dining table. Solid oak base with three-lobed lacquered MDF top with scratch resistant varnish. 

Roche Bobois

Authentic and Quirky 

Roche Bobois

Armand, design Didier Versavel, Solid oak cane-backed chair. Iron crossbar high density filled seat cushion and iron. Jean Paul Gaultier Kilt fabric (available in all Roche Bobois excusive fabrics) Chinchilla and Anthracite iron patinas (various finishes available). 

Archimede, design Studio Roche Bobois, Desk with 6 feet. Solid oak and cherrywood veneer on plywood. Aged iron hardware and decoration. Water-based tint, hand applied shellac oil finish. Antique Georg and black lacquer patina (numerous finishes available). 2 drawers, 2 shelves and leather sheathed flap.

roche bobois

Shades of Spring

April 3, 2014

The fashion world’s freshest palettes find expression in the home.

Spring runways are blooming with flirty frocks, and chic shifts and separates. These ultra fresh looks have inspired us to lighten up—and liven up—the home. We queried interior designer Sarah Scales of Sarah Scales Design Studio for her take on the best spring fashion trends to bring into the home, and she answered with a resounding less-is-more approach starring clean lines, fine textiles and neutral tones. Gasp, we thought, not a persimmon or cerulean in the lot. Not to worry, her aesthetic is nothing short of brilliant, though her response did require us to change tack. Thus, we’re making two cases for color—the “haves” and the “have-nots,” if you will: an off-the-spectrum study in simplicity and a no-holds-barred approach to decorating with the season’s dynamite hues.

Boston Design Guide

Boston Design Guide

Scales considers the spring/summer collections of Jil Sander, Michael Kors and Reed Krakoff to be the fashion equivalents of the style she fancies for the home this spring. There’s something about this time of year, she offers, that entices people to “pare things down.” “It’s something that I’m constantly thinking about it my own life,” she explains, “so when it comes to fashion and interiors, lately I’m drawn to simplicity.”

Boston Design Guide

Boston Design Guide

Architecture by Mellowes & Paladino; Interior Design by Susan Reddick; Photography by Richard Mandelkorn

Which is not to say easy or undesigned. Quite the contrary. “Often achieving simplicity is more complicated,” says Scales. The look may come off as effortless, but there is hard work and know-how behind it. “When you think of a really simple staircase,” she says, illustrating her point, “maybe it’s modern with floating treads, it appears to be super simple, but really there’s all this architectural ingenuity behind it”...READ MORE


Seen & Inspired: Clarke Designer Appreciation Night

April 1, 2014

On Thursday, March 27th Clarke Appliance hosted the 2014 Designer Appreciation Night at their showroom in Milford, MA.

The 60’s theme party honored the winners of this year’s Clarke Kitchen Design Contest and the Clarke Designer Rewards Program. The contest requires professionals to include at least one full-size Sub Zero built-in or integrated refrigeration unit and at least one Wolf cooking appliance as primary food preparation equipment in a kitchen project. The event announced the six stunning projects that won. The contest received 88 entries, taking design in New England to a whole new level with more entries than ever before! 

First Place Contemporary Win: Adolfo Perez Architect of Newton, MA. 

Adolfo Perez Architect

Adolfo perez Architect

Clarke CEO Tom Clarke awards Architect Adolfo Perez a First Place for Contemporary Kitchen Design at the Clarke Kitchen Design Awards during Designer Appreciation Night.

Adolfo Perez

Two traditional designs tied for Second Place Traditional Winner...the first is by Heather Kahler and Dalia Tamari of Boston.

Dalia Kitchen Design

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Landscape Tips for Summer Event Planning

April 1, 2014

If you plan on having a summer party, sending invitations and arranging for food is just a start.  You should also begin preparing your landscape. The more you can do now, the better your grounds will present themselves when your guests arrive. Schumacher Companies has four tips to getting your home landscape ready:



No single element of your landscape has a larger visual impact on your landscape’s beauty than your lawn. A lush green lawn is inviting and also provides a firm ground to stand and set entertaining space.

Schumacher Companies suggest walking your property with a lawn care professional after the snow has melted and before the growing season has begun.  Show them where you plan to have tables and chairs, a jumpy house, and/or a tent. Point out any areas that have traditionally been too dry or too wet. Finally, discuss any strategies for correcting these issues.  Developing a plan now will give you time to correct issues before your guests arrive.


(Wequassett Resort & Golf Club)

Plant Beds

Be sure to weed your plant beds. Without weeds your ornamental plants will be more noticeable and receive all of the nutrients to produce bigger, more abundant blooms.

Good news, you don’t need to spend your weekends digging in the soil: a 2-3” layer of mulch laid down in your plant beds in the early spring helps control weeds by keeping them from sprouting.

You’ll also want to fertilize your shrubs and trees. Feeding them early in the season will ensure that they produce abundant and full blooms later throughout the spring and summer. You should also make sure your shrubs and trees are pruned.  Tired overgrown shrubs lose the visual impact of a designed and ordered bed, and low hanging or broken tree limbs are a hazard to guests.



Clean any mildew or moss that may be on your patio. Mildew is not only unsightly, it can also be a slipping hazard and a source of discomfort for your guests with allergies.

You should also repair any crumbling masonry, and broken paving stones or bricks in your patios and walkways. If you have a wooden deck, replace any rotting boards and clean or restain it if it’s unsightly. Also, don’t wait to inspect and clean your lawn and patio furniture. Cleaning seat frames and cushions involve some physical effort and ample time to dry.

If you’re planning a night party, lighting is important. Tiki torches are great because the smoke drives away mosquitoes. Be sure to place the torches away from where guests will gather and place them around the property’s perimeter. Firepits and portable pits are another option, they come in a variety of styles and also provide as a nice focal point.



Lastly, after all your preparation, you may still want to add some color and splash to your property.  Flower containers are an easy and effective way to place color wherever you want: on lawns and patios, along walkways, around pools, even inside your home.  On your patio, flower pots soften hard corners and provide a visual impact.  Along walk- or driveways, containers help direct your guests to designated areas. Flower containers placed around pools can help bring color to areas that tend to be monochrome.



(Images/Schumacher Companies)

Vote Patrick Ahearn for Best of the Vineyard 2014

March 31, 2014

Patrick Ahearn Architect

Patrick Ahearn Architect is nominated for ‘Best Architectural and/or Residential Design Company’ in the Best of the Vineyard 2014 by Martha’s Vineyard Magazine.

Patrick Ahearn Architect has designed over 200 residential and commercial projects on Martha’s Vineyard over the last 30-years. Each project is approached with sensitive preservation and unification of the Vineyard’s historic aesthetic. 

Patrick Ahearn Architect

(This Edgartown Village property along Edgartown Harbor is located on South Water Street in the Historic District of Edgartown Village.  The total renovation/ restoration began with lifting the original 1883 house and relocating the original form on a new brick veneered foundation.)

Patrick Ahearn Architect

(The Boathouse revitalized Main Street, the Harbor, and the Village of Edgartown’s commercial district. The shingle style commercial structure has lively indoor and outdoor dining areas that adds village experience captures the essence of living rich and dynamically in an urban island village core.)

Click here to vote! - Voting Ends April 4th! 

Finish Boston Design Week at IL DÉCOR’s Floor Model Sale

March 27, 2014

To complete the final days of the first annual Boston Design Week, IL DÉCOR is hosting a Floor Model Sale March 29th-30th at their Back Bay showroom from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

While maintaining gracious price points, clients will have the chance to create the homes they have always wanted. Experience luxury sofas and sectionals by manufacturers such as Gamma International, recliners from Belgium designer Rom and much more. Explore the Floor Model Event in IL Décor, the newest contemporary furniture showroom in the Boston metro area.

IL DÉCOR carries the top modern European home furnishings from designers such as Calligaris, Gamma Arredamenti, Innovation, Alivar, Lafer, and more. But do not be overwhelmed as their showroom tastefully displays the stunning work available by their designers. Many designs can be customized to fit your lifestyle and taste.

IL DÉCOR | 10 St. James Ave | Boston, MA 02116



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