ABX 2014 from October 28-30

September 29, 2014 -- stefanie

For the third year in a row, the Boston Society of Architects will host the Architecture Boston Expo, or ABX, from October 28-30 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. As the largest building industry event in the Northeast, this event is expected to host 10,000 industry professionals.

ABX

The show floor, which is already sold out, will showcase over 400 exhibitors of everything from home appliances to energy efficient lighting to unique home finds. It will also feature structures, projects, and designs to inspire collaboration and show some of the best talent in the design industry.

The Boston Society of Architects will also be hosting its annual Opening Night Party, which is a chance to socialize and network with both exhibitors and attendees. Cocktails and food will be provided. Register now and get 1 free drink ticket and a 1-year free subscription to AZURE Magazine.

When: October 28-30, 2014

Tuesday 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

Wednesday 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

Thursday 11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Where: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston

Register here.

 

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Luxury Apartments are on the rise in Boston

September 29, 2014 -- stefanie

Boston Appts

As a high-end home furnishing guide, Boston Design Guide is at the forefront of the recent surge in luxury apartments in the city.

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A reproduction of Jefferson's Monticello in Somers, CT

September 29, 2014 -- stefanie

LaPlante Construction of Longmeadow, Massachusetts is in the final week of constructing an architecturally accurate modern reproduction of Thomas Jefferson's famous Monticello home. The home, which was designed using both modern green building techniques and historical accents, was commissioned by Mr. Prestly Blake. 

Somers Monticello

Photo by Brad Horrigan

The idea and inspiration for creating the modern reproduction was all Blake's own, and began when he brought a giant portfolio full of photos and books on Jefferson and his famed Monticello plantation to LaPlante Construction. Mr. Blake, now one week away from his 100th birthday, wants to complete this last big project.

Somers Monticello

Photo from MassLive

The experience has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for LaPlante Construction, and they have loved working on this building with Mr. Blake for the past few months. Some aspects of the construction have been challenging, such as creating the appearance of a single floor from the front exterior, but the final result will be incredibly rewarding for both the firm and for Mr. Blake. Ray and Bill LaPlante, founder and president of LaPlante Construction, have taken on the role of architect for the project- by working with original documentation and with Monticello's official historian, they were able to re-create the architecture in an environmentally sustainable way suitable for modern living. 

Mr. Blake reportedly asked his doctor on a recent visit, "How long am I going to live for?" The answer: 104. Mr. Blake is looking forward to completing this project and hopes to enjoy a few years in his dream home. 

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Inspiring Kitchens for Every Style

September 25, 2014 -- stefanie

Roomscapes Kitchen

Luxury kitchen designs for every taste, style, and color palette.

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Concord Kitchen Tour 2014

September 25, 2014 -- stefanie

This Saturday, the Trinity Episcopal Church will host their third bi-annual Concord Kitchen Tour. Come take a self-guided tour of the most beautiful kitchens and dining rooms in historic Concord, Massachusetts. Tour coordinators Sandy Folk and Barbara Morse have chosen seven distinctive kitchens for guests to admire. Among them, an eco-friendly contemporary kitchen, a grand kitchen for entertaining, a kitchen in a remodeled Colonial tavern, and a small, wonderfully efficient kitchen space. 

The elegant dining rooms will feature table settings from North Bridge Antiques, Comina, Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Nesting, Hatch, Bed Bath & Beyond, and K. Tharp Designs. Floral arrangements by Verrill Farm, Colonial Gardens, Concord Florist, Winston Flowers, Copper Penny Flowers, Molly Stone Floral Design, and even Trinity Church's own Judy Mariner will adorn the spaces, providing guests with inspiration for decorating their own kitchens.

Copper Penny Flowers

Photo by Copper Penny Flowers

When: Saturday, September 27, 10:30-3:00.

Where: Begins at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord MA

Tickets: $40 Day-of, $35 prepaid (order here). Pick up at Trinity Episcopal Church. 

Proceeds go towards Church Outreach Programs

Don't miss this event! It's been very successful each year, and coordinators are anticipating a high attendance rate!

Executive Sponsors: Specialty Craftsmen, Hands-On Construction, The Kitchen Works, and Eco Home Center of New England

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Pellettieri Associates win National Landscape Award for Waterfront Project

September 25, 2014 -- stefanie

Pellettieri Associates, Inc were recently charged with the challenging task of creating a seamless transition between two adjoining lakefront properties in Alton, New Hampshire. Their work on the project was so impressive that the luxury landscape architects were chosen as the Grand Prize Winners of the 2014 PLANET National Landscape Awards of Excellence.

The 'before' picture below shows the new lot. In the final design, the house in the back was completely removed, and the historic cabin to the right integrated into landscape.

Pellettieri Associates

Copyright 2010 John Hession

The 'after' image below shows the space cleared by removing the old house. Pellettieri Associates left the mature existing vegetation, creating a beautiful context for the waterfront view. A porch was added to the historic cabin, making it blend more seamlessly with the new landscape plans.

Pellettieri Associates

Copyright 2010 John Hession

Pellettieri Associates

Copyright 2010 John Hession

Below, the hedge plantings surrounding the new addition help it meld into the property.

Pellettieri Associates

Copyright 2010 John Hession

The pavillion was added as another way in which to take advantage of the beautiful waterfront view.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Pellettieri Associates

Copyright 2010 John Hession

Stone pathways sourced from local stone were used to connect the guest house and the main property. The large trees were maintained in order to keep a mature landscape appearance.

Pellettieri Associates

Copyright 2010 John Hession

A 'by-pass' wall maintains the property line while also allowing access for the residents to the tennis court. From the road, the wall looks solid.

Pellettieri Associates

Copyright 2010 John Hession

Sunsets hit the back porch through the trees, providing beautiful early-evening light.

Pellettieri Associates

Copyright 2010 John Hession

The porch was extended along the lake-side of the house to take advantage of the view. A path separates the more manicured section of the landscape from the shoreline.

Pellettieri Associates

Copyright 2010 John Hession

A patio space is perfect for entertaining and outdoor grilling. Natural stone 'countertops' on either side of the grill enclose the patio space. Again, the landscape is designed so that the patio, too, has an unobstructed view of the lake. 

Pellettieri Associates

Copyright 2010 John Hession

 

 

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How to decorate with plaid

September 25, 2014 -- bdg

Incorporating plaid into your homes décor will always make a statement. Whether your style is downtown chic or country rustic, plaid prints will never disappoint. Here’s a look at different styles that’ll be sure to make you mad for plaid! 

For the Country Home...

Plaid can be used as exciting accent pieces throughout a home. In this country house bedroom designed by Patrick Ahearn Architect, a soft yellow and white plaid fabric is used as a round table skirt and as accent pillows. The color tones nicely complement the floral furniture, drapery and walls. 

Don’t be afraid to use the same fabric throughout the home and play with different patterns. The same fabric used in the bedroom is repeated on the bathroom curtains, and works beautifully with the wallpapering - showing multiple ways plaid can tastefully mix with different designs. 

Patrick Ahearn Architect

Patrick Ahearn Architect

A country home would be nothing without rustic elements - just in time for the fall, too! In the Libeco Home Surry Hills Napkins and Tablerunner from Didrik's, plaid gets a rustic makeover with faded orange and blue tones instead of its traditional vibrant hues. The result is a cozy and chic feel.

Available as table runners, napkins and table cloths, you can be all set for the season with these table accessories. 

Didrik's

 

For the Mountain Home...

What better way to cozy up to views of the snowy Adirondack Mountains than in this inviting living room? The this Vermont home designed by Battle Associates has charm and style all its own.

Pair plaid patterns with furniture that will complement the design without making too much noise. The plaid chairs in this living room pair flawlessly with a brown leather couch and white-knit sofa.  

Battle Associates

Battle Associates

The distressed leather on the Alexa chair below from Darby Road Home is a great contrast to plaid, and works in creating a rustic, log-cabin feel.

Alexa Darby Road home

 

For the Beach Home...

Go beach-style with plaid and let it soothe a room’s look. This Cape Cod home designed by Catalano Architects brings in all beauty of the ocean with soft blue tones and a floral bed skirt. 

Catalano Architects

Catalano Architects; Photography by Brian Vanden Brink & Carmel Brantley

This oceanfront home located on the North Shore brings ocean hues to playful plaid pillows that mix and match well with the room's decor.

Interior Design by Cebula Design; Architecture by TMS Architects; Built by Windover Construction; Photography by Michael Rixon

 

For the Traditional Home...

A timeless traditional home for a young family in Weston, MA has all the tasteful touches. The family room is the heart of the home with bright bursts of colorful furnishings, including a plaid armchair. 

Architecture by Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc.; Custom Build by Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc.; Interior Design by Mollie Johnson Interiors, Inc.; Architectural Millwork by Walter Lane Cabinetmaker, LLC.; Herrick & White Ltd.; Landscaping by Anderson Landscape Construction; Photography by Richard Mandelkorn

Architecture by Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc.; Custom Build by Kistler & Knapp Builders, Inc.; Interior Design by Mollie Johnson Interiors, Inc.; Architectural Millwork by Walter Lane Cabinetmaker, LLC.; Herrick & White Ltd.; Landscaping by Anderson Landscape Construction; Photography by Richard Mandelkorn

 

For the Transitional Home….

The Woolston Plaid carpeting by Karastan brings a modern look together with a traditional pattern. Made from 100% New Zealand wool, this plaid carpeting is a classic hit. 

Nigohsian Carpet and Rug

Nigohsian Carpet and Rug

 

For the Contemporary Home…

A home office at the W Hotel Residence gets a glamorous twist with plaid drapery, pattern wallcoverings and a statement chandelier.

Terrat Elms Interior Design; Wallcovering by Studio Printworks; Chandelier by Vaughan Designs

Terrat Elms Interior Design; Wallcovering by Studio Printworks; Chandelier by Vaughan Designs 

 

What do you think of bringing some plaid fabrics and designs into your home? 

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From Milan Fashion Week to Your Home

September 23, 2014 -- stefanie

As Milan Fashion Week comes to a close, we've rounded up some of the best looks that can be adapted from runway to home. This year, the shows in Milan were full of contrasts- lots of vibrant and rich hues, but also a fair bit of white-on-white. There was super modern color blocking, but also retro 70s-inspired fringe. And finally, we saw colorful and wild prints, but also subdued and toned-down florals.

Below, a deep purple Costume National maxi dress wows with its shockingly vibrant hue.

Costume National

For the home, the Leigh pillow by Missoni home from IL Decor, in an almost identical vibrant deep purple color. A throw pillow like this will bring dramatic depth to a space.

Missoni

A rich, velour Gucci coat paired with leather accents brings depth of color and texture.

Likewise, the Siena Lamp with pewter base and silk shade from Didriks below combines colors and textures, and the vibrant hue adds a dynamic touch to the room.

Siena Lamp

If color isn't your thing, crisp white is, as always, on trend. The Aigner dress below uses different textures to add a level of complexity to the one-toned dress.

Similarly, in the interior below by Susan Reddick Design, white is used all over the room for a light, clean feel.

Susan Reddick Design, Greg Premru

DSquared takes a unique approach to colorblocking for a modern look, below.

DSquared

In the home, this can be achieved, as shown in the Now Interior Design photo below, by choosing different colors for the different elements of a space. The pillows, couch, and coffee table each have their own unique hue. 

Now Interior Design Studios

Alberta Ferretti, below, gives a nod to the 70s with long, suede fringe.

Alberta Ferretti

IL Decor does the same with their white leather fringe armchair. A cool and unexpected way to bring retro-chic to the home. 

IL Decor

Emilio Pucci wows with a long, billowing maxi dress in a wildly colorful and fun print.

Emilio Pucci

Roche Bobois achieve a similar look with their Mah Jong sofa, which uses tons of colors and swirls them together with into a cohesive but captivating pattern.

Roche Bobois

Finally, we also saw florals in neutral tones and sheer materials, as in the Alberta Ferretti dress below.

 Alberta Ferretti

To bring this look into your home, think about investing in a beautiful painting, like the piece by Elise Morris below, from Jules Place Gallery. 

Elise Morris from Jules Place

 

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Featured Home: Ten-Acre Meadows

September 22, 2014 -- Jen

Rob Bramhall Architects

Photography by Rob Bramhall  

A new home designed by Rob Bramhall Architects has an absolutely exquisite location. The home is set on a secluded 10-acrea parcel with vast, gently sloping, open meadowland and perimeter woodlands. 

Rob Bramhall Architects

Photography by Rob Bramhall  

Photography by Alex Vertikoff 

Photography by Alex Vertikoff 

The landscape is also home to a healthy wildlife population, along with hayfields for harvesting. The homeowners were committed to maintaining this natural beauty and balance of the site, as they’d soon make their home part of this beautiful setting. 

Photography by Rob Bramhall  

Inspirations came not only from the surrounding wildlife of the site, but also from the details in the unique character and condition of the location. 

Photography by Rob Bramhall  

Rob Bramhall Architects worked closely in design as it evolved as a structure rising organically from a field of hay and wildflowers, integrating traditional New England forms and materials – most notable in the red cedar shingles and stone. 

Photography by Rob Bramhall  

Photography by Rob Bramhall  

Rob Bramhall Architects

Photography by Rob Bramhall  

Photography by Alex Vertikoff 

This New England home is truly picture perfect as it’s design and details reflect the beauty of its natural surroundings. 

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Au Naturel: Organic Stones in Accessories and the Home

September 22, 2014 -- stefanie

Todd Reed

Roberto Cavalli

Natural and rough-cut stones are trending this fall in fine jewelry and home design.

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