Morehouse MacDonald & Associates celebrate holiday party, 55-years in business

December 19, 2014 -- stefanie

On Monday Morehouse MacDonald & Associates celebrated their annual holiday party and 55-years in business at Turner’s Seafood Grill in Melrose, MA.

The evening was complete with authentic seafood and great company. Many professionals Morehouse MacDonald & Associates have collaborated with on projects attended the celebration.

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Mark Bombara and Karen Gillman

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Dawn Carroll and Vicky Winam

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Gary Rousseau, Lorraine Levine, Kevin Lagasse, Donny Levine, Gay Gray and Sam Gray

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Greg Graham and John MacDonald

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 Eric Hill, Melanie Kaplan and Jon Merz

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Corey MacPherson, Christian Prescott, Jesse Kaminski and Greg Graham

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David Newton, Brian LaFauce, Maureen Lampert and Doug Stevenson

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Liz DeCurtis, Valerie Veno and Eleni Kaplan

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Helen Vetter, Bryson Iacoboni and Anthony Frausto-Robledo

 James Christopherson, Robert Friedman and Ed Hovsepian

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 Marc Kaplan, Valerie Veno, John MacDonald and Eleni Kaplan

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A great turnout at Turner's Seafood Grill in Melrose! 

The Lexington-based firm was founded in the late 50’s by Richard Morehouse AIA. Morehouse set the standards of specializing in high-end residential architecture that the firm lives up to today. He was a protégé of the great Walter Gropius, who is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture and founded the Bauhaus School.

In 1982, John MacDonald joined the firm and took ownership in 1988. MacDonald has grown with the firm as they’ve expanded from a 2-person office to a 10-person office with projects both nationally and internationally.

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Holiday Sale at Anthony Catalfano Home

December 19, 2014 -- stefanie

Now thru Christmas, enjoy 30% off all Christmas ornaments and decor at Anthony Catalfano Home in Wells, Maine! 

At Anthony Catalfano Home, you will be able to find unique Christmas ornaments and accents while also gathering inspiration from the gorgeous displays.

Luxury scented candles are perfect for your home or for giving as a gift.

Stop in to the store to see for yourself!

 

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BDG Holiday Party & Wine Swap

December 19, 2014 -- stefanie

The Boston Design Guide Team celebrated their Annual Holiday Party yesterday at BDG Editor/Publisher Melanie Kaplan's beautiful home, which was decorated in full holiday fashion. Small Christmas trees and holiday accents could be found in every room in the house, and fires roared while Christmas music played.

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BDG Art Director Julie Kelly with Writer Sandy Giardi

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Web Editor Jennifer Harvey with BDG Team Members Jenna Kidd and Stefanie Schefter

The get-together began mid-day and lasted all afternoon - the team enjoyed delicious cheese and butternut squash hummus, and an outstanding meal prepared by Melanie herself. The meal included codfish cakes, quinoa-stuffed eggplant, potato latkes, and a fresh arugula salad. 

Account Manager Maureen Lampert preparing food with Melanie Kaplan

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Melanie presenting the delicious food

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Account Managers Sharon Litchfield, Maureen Lampert, and Ellie Benson

The team then did a Yankee Wine Swap, which was a take on the traditional Yankee Swap.

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Maureen with the Kim Crawford wine she selected

First, each member put the wine they brought and wrapped into the center of the room. Then, everybody chose a number out of a hat, which determined when they would get their turn to pick a wine. After the first person picks a wine, every subsequent person has the opportunity to take the wine of the people who have already selected theirs. It's a little confusing, but definitely a lot of fun! You don't know until the last person takes their turn whether or not you will be able to keep the wine you chose.

The afternoon concluded with an exchange of gifts and inspiring words for the future. Boston Design Guide is looking forward to 2015 with high hopes and big plans!

 

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London Interior Designer Beatrice M. Fulford-Jones Completes Luxury Condos Outside Boston

December 18, 2014 -- stefanie

Beatrice M. Fulford-Jones, SBID IIDA, the luxury interior designer from London, has recently completed 2 high-end condominiums just outside of Boston. The project is a turnkey development, meaning that clients can move right in. Beatrice designed the interiors of the condos herself, outfitting them with the finest furnishings and appliances. 

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Beatrice has described the project as a "comprehensive solution for busy professionals who appreciate high-end design but demand a hassle-free lifestyle."

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Wetherby Place 2, a two-story townhouse, is equipped with a sleek kitchen and all Bosch appliances. Cabico cabinetry, a Krion countertop, and a Porcelanosa sink and backsplash make for a truly curated kitchen. The condo is furnished with beautiful pieces by Ligne Roset, BoConcept, and Roche Bobois, and a curved HD TV entertainment system.

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The master and guest bedrooms each have walk-in closets, and beds by Ligne Roset and BoConcept.

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All bathrooms are outfitted with fixtures and finishes from Porcelanosa

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Wetherby Place 2, which is designed in a contemporary style, offers a sleek kitchen featuring Cabico cabinetry, a Krion countertop, sink and backsplash by Porcelanosa, and ambient LED lighting. The dining and living room features a dining table and chairs by Calligaris, Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier chairs, a Noguchi coffee table, a Ligne Roset media console station, and a curved HD TV. 

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The bedroom features a clean neutral palette and custom bedding and window treatments. 

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The bathrooms are luxuriously outfitted with rain showers, heated flooring, and heated towel racks. 

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Beatrice acted as a combination project manager and interior designer for the Wetherby projects. This hands-on approach allows Beatrice to keep an eye on all aspects of the designing and building phase, and to ensure the standard of quality and luxury that her clients have come to expect from her. Beatrice serves as the Principal of Global Interior Design, a renowned international interior design firm known for creating luxurious and high-end spaces. 

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Holiday Hostess Sweepstakes

December 18, 2014 -- Jen

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The holidays are here and Boston Design Guide is celebrating early with a giveaway! We’ve teamed up with Uncommon Goods, a retailer of unique and eclectic gifts, to offer you the beautiful Teak Root Serving Platter.

To win, enter your name by submitting your e-mail address here, and you will be eligible for a chance to win this beautiful Teak Root Serving Platter (a $200 value)!

This handcrafted distinctive serving platter provides the perfect stage for fine cheeses, an assortment of winter fruits, or a display of sweet confections. Great for holiday entertaining or as a great gift to give!

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How to wear and decorate with Pantone’s Color of the Year: Marsala

December 17, 2014 -- Jen

Marsala is a great color for the holiday and winter seasons to both wear and decorate your home with. It's very versatile, pairing nicely with ambers, golden yellows, greens, and blues.  

When it comes to wearing the color, my mind first goes to women’s beauty. Think deep red wine lips, highlighted cheeks, dark colored nails, and a subtle hint in hair.

Miranda Kerr brings Hollywood glamour to the Met Ball Gala with a red wine lip. 

Drew Berrymore nails this look with a subtle hint of red in her hair.

Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin nail lacquer in Sevillana (currently sold out on their website) 

In the Spring 2015 Runway Shows, Christian Dior showed us a must-have satin overcoat in marsala. 

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Christian Dior 

missoni

M Missoni Boucle Knit Bag; available on shopbop.com 

Marsala brings a classic approach to menswear. 

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Marsala draws a fine line between brown and red – which makes for an excellent trend for footwear. 

O’Keeffe felix hand-polish thick-sole leather wingtip brogues, available on MrPorter.com

In the home, marsala brings warmth and interest to interiors. It’s an awesome color to bring into a rug, drapery, linens, and furniture.

Marsala Rug

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Marsala is a great accent color for home accessories. 

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No matter which way you dress marsala up, it’s a great go-to for fashion, home décor and beauty. What do you think of the color? 

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A Gorgeous Home Decked Out in Holiday Fashion

December 17, 2014 -- stefanie

Take a step inside this gorgeously festive holiday house. It's sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

The holiday decor begins outside on the front step, with this reindeer hedge wrapped in tiny white lights. The effect is subdued but still decidedly festive, and looks wonderful lit up at night. 

The front door has its own little holiday accent as well - a unique take on the traditional Christmas wreath. Instead of a circle of evergreen, these crafty homeowners chose a square of winter berries.

Upon entering the home, festive accents abound. An artfully draped garland over the front door adds drama with oversized red bulbs. Beautiful red flowers sit atop a center table, and more garland graces the stairway banister. 

Traditional red poinsettias are clustered around a fireplace and mantel. Their deep red hue stands out beautifully against the white walls. 

Holiday Home

Below, a close-up of the mantle garland. The combination of the sprigs of winter berries, pinecones, and oversized bulbs creates a look of depth and complexity. 

For the main room, the homeowners opted for an elegantly rustic look. Large wicker reindeer make a statement, while smaller holiday accents can be seen throughout the room - a garland on the chandelier, red ribbons tied throughout, and a single red stocking. The Christmas tree is perfectly placed in the corner, creating a balanced look. 

Holiday Home

For the fireplace and mantle in the dining room, a more subtle approach was taken. To complement the neutral walls and marble fireplace surround, white pointsettias were chosen. A thin garland with winter birds is draped over the mantle, creating a more delicate look.

Silver and gold metallic accents work perfectly with the room's neutral hues while adding some holiday shimmer.

A warm study with a second Christmas tree provides the perfect retreat for a cold night. The dark walls and paneled ceiling create a truly cozy atmosphere.

Deep, dark tones are also used to decorate the mantle and fireplace in the study.

Small festive accents like the decorated sconce light below bring added cheer to unexpected areas of the home. 

How do you decorate your home for the holidays?

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7 Stunning White Christmas Trees

December 16, 2014 -- stefanie

White Christmas trees are the vintage answer to the classic Christmas evergreen. We've gathered up some of the best white Christmas trees of the season, in all different styles. What do you think of the trend?

White on White

Using white and silver ornaments on an all-white tree might seem like a risky move, but the result can be truly beautiful if done right. The tree below has ornaments in different shades of white, ivory, and silver, which make them stand out against the clean bright white of the branches. When the tree is lit, it emits a lovely warm glow perfect for the holiday season. 

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Photo from frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com

Wild & Whimsical

For something more whimsical, choose colorful, glittery bulbs and ornaments in all different shapes and sizes. The result is a truly unique and untraditional take on the classic Christmas tree that's sure to impress. A great option for young kids!

White Christmas

Photo from thecontractorchronicles.com

Nautical

A white tree is the perfect answer to a nautical Christmas theme - the crisp color evokes a sunny beach, and blue, green, and gold-toned nautical ornaments stand out. 

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Photo from beachblissliving.com

Modern Black and Gold Accents

A white Christmas tree paired with gold and black accents is modern and trendy, and great for an apartment or home with a neutral palette.

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Photo from theglitterguide.com

Freshly Fallen Snow

This white tree uses thoughtfully placed pieces of fake snow to create the beautiful illusion of fresh powder. The result is a tree that looks like it was transplanted right from the forest! A gorgeously rustic look that suits just about any home. 

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Photo from Craftberrybush.com

Glitzy Purple and Gold

White trees look elegant and put-together when combined with one single accent color, like the purple and white tree below. Using ornaments of different shapes, sizes, and textures gives the tree depth and complexity while still maintaining an elegant and completed look. 

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Photo from diynetwork.com

Icy Blue & White

Another classic combination is a white Christmas tree with blue-toned ornaments. The colors work beautifully together to evoke the winter chill of Christmastime. 

White Christmas

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3 New Years Eve Party Themes to Try

December 16, 2014 -- stefanie

New Years Eve is right around the corner, so why not make this the year you plan a cool themed party? Our 3 favorite themes for New Years Eve right now are a Great Gatsby Party, A Black and White Party, and a Vegas-Style Casino Party.

1. Great Gatsby Party

Though Gatsby Parties are traditionally thrown in the summer, this style of party can easily be adapted for an indoors New Years Eve bash. Think lots of gold, glitter, sparkle, and of course, Champagne.

Gather inspiration from the lavishly decorated room below. To re-create this look on a smaller scale, use twinkling lights and lots of black and gold accessories. Feather accents don't hurt either!

Photo from bodasnovias.com

An easy way to bring festive flair is to hang lots of metallic balloons from the ceiling - it brings the garden-party feel of traditional Gatsby parties indoors.

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Photo from bpinteriors.blogspot.com

Adorn your tables with 1920s-inspired centerpieces. The vintage wine and bourbon bottles below look perfect wrapped in strings of faux pearls and white feather accents. 

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Photo from theweddingscoop.com

2. Black and White Party

A Black and White Party is a classic theme for a New Years Eve party, and also relatively easy to pull off. Just make sure your guests agree to dress the part!

Greet your guests with a fun and fancy drink cart stocked with tons of Champagne and snacks. Glittery and metallic accents make it festive. 

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Set a beautiful table for your guests if you're serving dinner. A color-coordinated tablescape will look put-together and chic, in keeping with the party's theme. Add glittery accents for fun!

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Photo from celebrationsathomeblog.com

For a final sparkly touch, get confetti pops to use at midnight! A shower of confetti is the perfect way to begin the New Year. 

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Photo from the36thavenue.com

3. Vegas-Style Casino Party

Finally, our third New Years Eve Party is a Vegas-themed party, complete with a real Blackjack table and dealer. 

Hire professionals to set up real game tables and dealers to faciliate games! Then play with fake money for a night of friendly competition. Hire casino party professionals here.

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To set the casino theme, use playing cards as drink markers!

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And add different game-themed snacks for an added touch!

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Hosting a Beautiful Hanukkah

December 16, 2014 -- stefanie

Tonight at sundown marks the first day of Hanukkah, one of the highest Jewish holidays. Hanukkah is a tradition-based holiday rooted in the story of the miraculous oil that lasted for 8 days and 8 nights. This miracle of light has earned Hanukkah the alternate name, The Festival of Lights.

We've compiled some traditional and classic Hanukkah table settings, accents, and recipes, along with some modern takes on this ancient holiday.

Below, a table setting in the traditional hues of blue, white, and silver. An elaborate dreidel adds a gorgeous touch.

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Don't forget the gelt, or chocolate coins!

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The Menorah is of course the most important aspect of the Hanukkah Tradition. Below, three different and beautiful options:

A classic and traditional Menorah.

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An elegantly rustic Menorah.

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And a modern, minimalist Menorah.

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Photo from Etsy.com, Handmade by StudioArmadillo

No Hanukkah is complete without classic and delicious recipes. 

To start, Matzo Ball Soup.

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Photo from Saveur.com. Get the recipe here

For a side dish, Potato Latkes.

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Photo from blissfullydelicious.com. Get the recipe here

Finally, for dessert, Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate. 

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Photo from justataste.com. Get the recipe here

Happy Hanukkah from Boston Design Guide!

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