Superbowl Party Recipes

January 29, 2015 -- stefanie

We couldn't be more excited to watch the Patriots this Sunday! If you're hosting a party, we've got some great recipes and ideas that are sure to make your event a *win*.

Here, our favorite classic Superbowl party dishes, along with some more unconventional and unique recipes. Below, a recipe for the perfect guacamole - it's mild but packs a punch of flavor with onions and cilantro.

Superbowl Party Recipes

Full recipe here.

Of course, you can't go wrong with classic buffalo chicken. These buffalo chicken wontons with blue cheese dressing are an updated take on a classic favorite.

Superbowl Party Recipes

Full recipe here.

Add tons of flavor to traditional french fries with this loaded pub fries recipe. Bacon, garlic, scallions, and cheddar pack a serious punch.

Superbowl Party Recipes

Full recipe here.

For something a little lighter, try a thin crust pizza. We love this glazed BBQ chicken version. 

Superbowl Party Recipes

Full recipe here.

Of course, no Superbowl party is complete without football-themed desserts. These dipped Patriots Oreos are to die for!

Superbowl Party Recipes

Dipped Oreos by Dipped by Dee

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Work in Progress: Skiffington Homes Fireplace

January 29, 2015 -- stefanie

Skiffington Homes have been hard at work on their latest project, an impressive fireplace mantel, hand hewn and made from Eastern White Pine. The mantel is 16 feet long, and has been carved and shaped into the perfect radius for a natural fieldstone convex fireplace.

Below, the impressive mantel. The crew gets ready to haul the heavy piece of pine into the new home, which is also under construction. 

Work in Progress: Skiffington Homes Fireplace

Work in Progress: Skiffington Homes Fireplace

Moving the massive mantel is definitely a group effort, requiring all of the manpower available. 

Work in Progress: Skiffington Homes Fireplace

After much maneuvering, the mantel is safely in the home.

Work in Progress: Skiffington Homes Fireplace

Next on the agenda: complete and mount the finished product. Keep checking back for updates on this exciting project!

Work in Progress: Skiffington Homes Fireplace

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How To Decorate With Air Plants

January 28, 2015 -- stefanie

Air plants are a beautiful and unusual way to bring greenery and life into any room in the house, at any time of year. In addition to looking nice, air plants can also have powerful detoxifying and air-cleaning properties. 

By their very nature, air plants do not require soil. As such, they can be creatively displayed just about anywhere - in bowls, on top of shells or rocks, or in hanging or standing glass terrariums.

Below, tillandsia air plants in cute containers of varying sizes and shapes. The result is an unexpected and quirky display that's sure to add some personality to your home. 

How To Decorate With Air Plants

Photo by Nannette Wong

Air plants look beautiful when paired with other natural elements like rocks or gems, seashells, or driftwood. Below, a large piece of driftwood provides the perfect perch for multiple plants. 

How To Decorate With Air Plants

Photo from the Marion House Book

Dried sea urchin shells provide a wonderfully whimsical pot for your plants. 

How To Decorate with Air Plants

Photo from apartmenttherapy.com

Seashells, too, are another great way to display these playful plants. Below, colored tillandsia look like they're growing right out of the shell. 

How To Decorate With Air Plants

Photo from Etsy.com

Try mounting seashells onto a wall for a rustic yet elegant look.

Photo by Kimberley Bryan

Air plants look gorgeous and earthy with different colored gemstones and geodes. Below, three air plants bloom in their blue agate vases. 

How To Decorate with Air Plants

Photo from etsy.com

The blue-tinged air plant below looks stunning with a geode of a similar hue. 

How To Decorate With Air Plants

Photo from Fab.com

Glass terrariums are good for air plants as well, as they allow them sunlight and air, but with some protection from cold and drafts. Hang a bunch of different-sized terrariums from the ceiling for a cool look. 

How To Decorate With Air Plants

Architecture by Portal Design Inc, Photo by Lincoln Barbour

Or, create an indoor garden with a menagerie of air plants of different colors and sizes in a clear glass bowl or sphere. They make perfect table centerpieces!

Architecture by abodwell

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Vote Patrick Ahearn for Best of the Vineyard 2015

January 28, 2015 -- stefanie

Patrick Ahearn Architect is nominated for 'Best Architectural and/or Residential Design Company' in Best of the Vineyard 2015 by Martha's Vineyard Magazine. 

Photo by Richard Mandelkorn

Patrick Ahearn Architect has designed over 200 residential and commercial projects on Martha's Vineyard over the past 30 years, including this year's HGTV Dream Home. Patrick Ahearn has a deep understanding of the Vineyard style, and puts his own personal touch on New England island living.

Vote Patrick Ahearn for Best of the Vineyard 2015

Vote here. 

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American Institute of Architects awards Moshe Safdie Gold Medal

January 28, 2015 -- stefanie

See the original article here, written by By Betty Ilovici

Legendary architect Moshe Safdie recently won the 2015 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects for his 85 amazing, awe-inspiring futuristic designs. The award specifically recognizes his most recent project, the $6 billion Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore. The amazing structure has 56 floors, and is now a dominating feature of the city's skyline. The roof of the structure features an infinity pool that towers over the entire city below, offering guests a unique urban view while relaxing in a tropical setting.

Boston Society of Architects President Emily Grandstaff-Rice notes that Safdie "practices architecture in the purest and most complete sense of the word, without regard for fashion, with a hunger to follow ideals and ideas across the globe in his teaching, writing, practice, and research."

Here, an up-close look at the impressive hotel. 

Moshe Sadfie

Skypark Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Photo from nocamels.com

Skypark Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool, Photo from patravel.org

Moshe Sadfie

Skypark Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool at night, Photo from worldfortravel.com

One of Sadfie's other famed designs include his Habitat 67 in Montreal, his first solo project. The residential building consists of 158 stacked concrete units, and was designed to address the problem of urban living. It was this futuristic project that first gained Sadfie national acclaim when he was only 33. 

Moshe Sadfie

Habitat 67, Montreal, Photo from architectuul.com

Sadfie's designs are more than just innovative, however, they are also highly spiritual in nature. He designed the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem to be built through a mountain, to symbolize the atrocity and darkness of the event.

Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Israel. Photo from msadfie.com

Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Israel. Photo from msadfie.com

The structure brings visitors undergound, into a space of somber silence and reflection.

Hall of Names, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Jerusalem. Photo from msadfie.com

The building emerges at the other side of the mountain, leaving guests with a breathtaking view. This journey through the earth and onto a sun-drenched pavilion is meant to leave visitors with a sense of hope. 

Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Jerusalem. Photo from msadfie.com

 

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Wilson Kelsey Adventures in Paris

January 26, 2015 -- stefanie

The Maison + Objet Paris trade show is happening now, and John Kelsey and Sally Wilson of Wilson Kelsey Design are there to report on their favorite aspects of the luxury design show, and the most inspiring parts of Paris.

John and Sally first attended a breakfast hosted by David Webster of Webster & Co, the high-end wholesale showroom located in the Boston Design Center.

Wilson Kelsey Paris

Also in attendance at the breakfast were Paula Dahar, the partners from Encore and Dell Mitchelle, and Jon Browning, who presented his additions to the lighting line for 2015. 

After breakfast, the pair walked to the Jacquemart-Andre Museum to admire the art collection and interior architecture. Below, the gorgeously gilded reception hall. 

Wilson Kelsey Paris

The music room, seen below, is elegant in style with its bold red walls and beautiful ceiling mural. Not to mention the elaborate ceiling moldings that border it. 

Their favorite part, however, was the grand stair hall which, for John, was "worth the complete price of admission." We have to agree - the beautiful details throughout the space are just stunning. 

Wilson Kelsey Paris

Afterwards, John and Sally strolled down Haussmann Boulevard, and dropped in on the Waterworks and Grange showrooms. 

Wilson Kelsey Paris

Wilson Kelsey Paris

They also snapped some photos of some beautiful Parisian doors. 

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The New England Chapter of the ICAA Announces Election Results

January 26, 2015 -- stefanie

The New England Chapter of the ICAA has announced the election of David Andreozzi as Chapter Vice President, the re-election of Sheldon Richard Kostelecky as Chapter President, the election of Eric Inman Daum as Chapter Treasurer, and the election of Hugo Santana Lemes as Chapter Secretary.

Chapter President Sheldon Richard Kostelecky originally co-founded the New England Chapter of the ICAA with fellow Chapter board member Eric Inman Daum in 2005. Kostelecky holds architectural and urban design degrees from North Dakota State University, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and the University of Notre Dame. Kostelecky maintains a sole-proprietor traditional residential architectural practice in Lexington, Massachusetts. He also acts as Regional Fellow and Curriculum Committee member at the national ICAA in New York, and has taught Classical architecture courses at the Boston Architectural College.

Sheldon Richard Kostelecky, Chapter President

Chapter Vice President David Andreozzi is an award-winning architect with a 26-year-old practice, Andreozzi Architects based in Barrington, Rhode Island. His firm specializes in historic-based archetypes, with a concentration in the Neo-England vernacular. He has completed projects in places from New England to the Bahamian islands. Andreozzi is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and is the son of a second generation carpenter, contractor, and developer. He has spent six years on the national board of the AIA's Custom Residential Architects Network, CRAN, and was 2014 National Chair. 

David Andreozzi, Chapter Vice President

Chapter Treasurer Eric Inman Daum is a partner at Merrimack Design Associates LLC, Architects, a firm specializing in the practice of traditional residential architecture and historic preservation. He received his Bachelor's in History and Urban Studies from Columbia University, and his Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. As co-founder of the New England Chapter of the ICAA, Eric served as its first president from 2005 through 2009. He taught design at the Boston Architectural College and has lectured at Build Boston, The Traditional Building Conference, The Providence Preservation Society and at the ICAA in New York.

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Eric Inman Daum, Chapter Treasurer

Finally, Chapter Secretary ​Hugo Santana Lemes graduated with a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Cornell University in 2012 and is currently a designer and layout engineer at Payne/Bouchier Fine Builders in Boston. His main interests include perspectival drawings, the merging of the latest technologies and design, and the way the arcana has influenced architecture from ancient to modernist designs.

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Hugo Santana Lemes, Chapter Secretary

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Snow Day Essentials

January 26, 2015 -- stefanie

With two feet of snow headed straight for Boston, a snow day tomorrow is practically a guarantee. So, what will you need to keep warm and entertained for the next 24 hours? We've created a list of snow day essentials with everything from candles to Netflix recommendations.

The first thing you will want to make sure you have is a few good candles, both in case of a power outage, and also to maintain a cozy and comfortable environment. The LAFCO Redwood Candle below has notes of redwood, cedar, and huckleberry, evoking a sense of contentment and relaxation. 

Show Day Essentials

LAFCO Den Candle in Redwood from didriks

Next, what's more important than a warm blanket or two? The Nantucket Looms Handwoven Mohair Throw below is both beautiful and incredibly warm, made from the highest quality South African mohair. 

Snow Day Essentials

Handwoven Mohair Throw from Nantucket Looms

A blizzard is the perfect reason to curl up on the couch with a hot cup of tea. The tea kettle below is both beautiful and durable, made from stainless steel. 

Snow Day Essentials

Alessie Teapot in White from didriks

One of our favorite winter teas is a simple Chai tea, made from crushed spices, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and milk brought to a boil. 

Snow Day Essentials

Recipe from realsimple.com, Photo by Ellie Miller

A 24-hour lockdown is the perfect excuse to bake a delicious winter recipe. We love this New England Apple Cider Cake, made with Granny Smith Apples and lemon. For the full recipe, click here

Snow Day Essentials

Recipe from afamilyfeast.com

Of course, a snow day practically necessitates hours of guilt-free Netflix watching. Some of our favorite shows currently streaming include Sherlock, House of Cards, and Friends. Sherlock is a British contemporary take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective tales, and will both make you laugh and also have you trying (and probably failing) to solve the plot twists and mysteries.

Snow Day Essentials

Photo from scmp.com

House of Cards is a critically-acclaimed political drama featuring ruthless U.S. Rep Francis Underwood as he navigates his way to the top, manipulating and scheming against anybody who stands in his way. The next season will be released in February, so catch up now!

Photo from projectcasting.com

Finally, after many years of waiting for hopeful fans, Friends was just put on up Netflix two weeks ago! All 10 seasons of everyone's favorite sitcom are ready to stream right now. 

Photo from tv.com

What are your snow day essentials?

 

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Join Karen Sebastian for a Course in Residential Landscape Design

January 22, 2015 -- stefanie

Join landscape architect Karen Sebastian for a multi-session course in residential landscape design at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. Karen Sebastian uses her extensive knowledge of landscape architecture, horticulture, and project implementation to create unique and intelligent project designs. 

Karen Sebastian

Landscape Architecture by Karen Sebastian

The workshop sessions will focus on design methods using site analysis techniques and schematic design tools. Attendees will even get a chance to consult with Karen and work on a project of their own!

Karen Sebastian

Landscape Architecture by Karen Sebastian, Photo by Jan de Witt

Discussions about plants and habitat will be interspersed with design principles, including criteria for making choices about which plants to use for your landscape, and where to place them. A list of required materials will be provided at the first session. 

When: February 2, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17

5:30-7:30 PM

Where: Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge MA

Fee: $215/member, $245 nonmember

For more info, click here

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How To Set a Valentine's Day Table

January 22, 2015 -- stefanie

Valentine's Day is sooner than you think, and we've taken the guesswork out of creating the perfect, romantic tablescape by rounding up everything you'll need for a memorable night, whether you're spending it with friends and family or that special someone. 

First and foremost, what's more important than red wine on Valentine's Day? These elegant and unique red wine glasses are perfect for any Valentine's Day tablescape. 

Valentine's Day Gifts for the Home

iittala Tapio Red Wine Glass from Didriks

You can incorporate wine glasses in different sizes and shapes for a fun, less formal approach to a Valentine's Day tablescape. 

How To Set a Valentine's Day Table

Photo via Pinterest

If Champagne is more your style, these Kate Spade Champagne flutes are simply stunning.

Valentine's Day Tablescapes

Kate Spade Rosy Glow Champagne Flutes from Nordstrom

For a new spin on the traditional dozen roses, tie long stemmed red roses to a chandelier over your dining room table for dramatically romantic decor. 

How To Set a Valentine's Day Table

Image via Pinterest

If you'd prefer to display your flowers in a more traditional way, this festive and elegant vase is the perfect answer. 

Valentine's Day Gifts for the Home

Orrefors Valentino Vase from Didriks

Try lining up a row of vases with flowers of slightly different shades for a cool ombré effect.

How To Set a Valentine's Day Table

Photo via Pinterest

When prepping your Valentine's Day table, don't forget the candles! The Feu de Bois scented candle below evokes the smell of crackling firewood for a cozy winter feel.

dyptique 'Feu de Bois' Scented Candle from Nordstrom

Finally, be sure to set the mood by dimming the lights. It will make for a more romantic and pleasant dining experience. 

How To Set a Valentine's Day Table

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