Vermont Homes We Love

October 22, 2014 -- stefanie

What's cozier than a Vermont cabin in the fall? 

MGa | Marcus Gleysteen Architects puts a contemporary twist on a rustic lodge by designing the home with high ceilings and large, spacious windows. Planked wood and natural stone keep the exterior grounded in its mountainous surroundings. 

MGa Architects Blog Vermont Mountain House

Lots of grey natural cut stone makes a statement as the fireplace surround in the spacious living room. Medium hardwood combines beautifully with the stone and grey couch to create a warm yet spacious living room.

An open floor plan incorporates an expansive kitchen with dark granite countertops and state-of-the-art appliances.

This luxury cabin is complete with a stunning outdoor space which takes advantage of the surrounding Vermont views. An outdoor fireplace makes this space functional year-round.

mga architects Vermont Mountain House

Project Credits: Photography by Marcus Gleysteen, General Contracting by Sisler Builders, Structural Engineering by Roome & Guarracino, Landscape Architecture by Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, Timberframe by Davis Frame Co., Metal Fabrication by LWI Metalworks

Another one of our favorite Vermont homes was completed by Battle Associates Architects. Below, the stunning exterior looks like something straight out of a holiday film.

Battle Associates

The interior of the home is just as gorgeous as the exterior. Battle Associates create a warm and inviting living room with planked wood and natural stone, but use a more traditional approach than Marcus Gleysteen Architects. 

The kitchen maintains the warm, mountain lodge feel with wooden planks on the ceiling and a rustic dining table and chairs. Stone tiles, architectural millwork, and hanging pendant lamps give the room added elegance. 

We're also loving this Vermont Estate Barn designed by architects Morehouse MacDonald & Associates. The building's original exterior aesthetic was maintained, giving this home the look of an actual barn. The lower floors of the home still operate as a working barn, while the upper floors serve as living space for the residents.

Photography by Marcus Gleysteen, General Contracting by Sisler Builders, Structural Engineering by Roome & Guarracino, Landscape Architecture by Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, Timberframe by Davis Frame Co., Metal Fabrication by LWI Metalworks). - See more at:

Below, the barn's lower floor. It is complete with horse stables and a paved promenade. 


The upper floors of the barn are completely furnished and ready for everyday living with day beds, a kitchenette, an entertainment center, and a bathroom. A floating staircase connects this level with the lower levels of the barn.

Below, the spacious entertainment area, complete with large cozy chairs and a home theater.

Project Credits: Photography by Sam Gray, General Contracting by Housewright Construction

Architects Morehouse MacDonald & Associates designed another beautiful home in the mountains, this time in the more traditional form of a meadow house.


Below, we again see the combination of medium hardwood with grey natural stone. The result is a living space which has a cozy feel, yet is still expansive enough to fit many guests.

Below, a traditional kitchen with medium hardwood and architectural millwork. Unique hanging pendant lamps give the space an elegant feel.

A hallway lined with stone and wood connects the different areas of the house, giving the space an "outdoor" feel that fits with its mountainous location. 

Below, a palatial Master Bedroom, complete with large windows that take in the beautiful Vermont view. Sloped high ceilings mimic the shape of the mountains outside, again bringing elements of the outdoors inside.

The Master Bathroom, with its use of dark colors and wood, has the feel of a log cabin. It is complete with state of the art appliances including a large tub, sauna, and shower.

Project Credits: Photography by Sam Gray, General Contracting by Housewright Construction

There are many different ways to create a cozy, mountain retreat. What are some of your favorite mountain cabin homes?

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Designing a Kitchen? Reserve Your Seat at Clarke's Fall Kitchen Design Seminar

October 21, 2014 -- Jen

If you're considering remodeling your kitchen and want answers on how to select high-performance appliances, countertop surfaces, windows and lighting, you won't want to miss the Kitchen Design Seminar at Clarke, New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen in Milford, Mass.

Clarke, New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen

Design by Karen Swanson, New England Design Works

With free one-hour seminars running from 10AM-2PM on Saturday, November 8th, you can choose to attend just one of the four informative presentations or stay for the day. Presenters will include Clarke, A. W. Hastings (Marvin Windows and Doors), Lucia Lighting and Design, and Marble and Granite Inc. For those in Clarke's noon appliance seminar, lunch will be served.

Clarke, New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen

Design by Heather Kahler, Dalia Kitchen Design

You'll have an opportunity to see the best-in-class kitchens that have won awards from both Clarke and Sub-Zero and Wolf in design competitions over the past few years, as well as talk to experts who know how to bring today's design trends to life in your home.

Clarke, New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen

Design by Karen Swanson, New England Design Works

What's more, walking around the Clarke Showroom and experiencing the extraordinary full-size kitchens will inspire you to create in your own home.

Clarke, New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen

Architecture by Adolfo Perez Architect

Clarke, New England's Official Sub-Zero & Wolf Showroom and Test Kitchen

Architecture by Jan Gleysteen Architects

Seminars will take place at Clarke at 393 Fortune Blvd. right off Route 495 in Milford, Massachusetts. There is no charge for the seminars, but registration is required, by calling 508-458-2267.Click here for more information.


All kitchens won a Clarke Kitchen Design Contest or Sub-Zero & Wolf Design Contest.

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Oscar de la Renta Dies at 82

October 21, 2014 -- stefanie

The legendary and influential fashion designer passed away Monday night, succumbing to what had been a long battle with cancer.

Oscar de la Renta

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Oscar de la Renta got his first taste of fame back in 1962 after dressing Jackie Kennedy before eventually starting his own fashion house.

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Jackie Kennedy wearing Oscar de la Renta in 1962, Photo from

Ever since, de la Renta's name has been synonymous with glamour and high fashion, and he has dressed some of Hollywood's most famous celebrities, including Penelope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Emma Watson, and Jennifer Lawrence. 

One of his most recent commissions was Amal Clooney's gorgeous wedding dress.

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George Clooney's wife Amal Alamuddin in Oscar de la Renta earlier this year

Hollywood isn't the only city whose women loved de la Renta's dresses.... READ MORE


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Featured Project: Back Bay Brownstone Remodel

October 21, 2014 -- stefanie

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Woodbourne Builders creates an amazing space in Boston's Back Bay.


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Roche Bobois Winter Collection

October 20, 2014 -- stefanie

Roche Bobois recently launched their Winter Collection, and this season it's all about dark, funky metallic products and jewel tones.

Below, their Kukka Lamp has a corded structure painted in matte black with a white opal glass ball. Designed by Laina Gianferrary and Amelie Roux, this piece is sure to stand out in any room.

Roche Bobois Kukka Lamp

Kukka Lamp Designed by Laina Gianferrary and Amelie Roux

Another statement-making lamp comes in the form of the Odil Lamp shown below, an enameled ceramic lamp designed by Studio Roche Bobois. The lamp's deep copper tone makes it the perfect accent to any room, as it will bring warmth and light to the space.

Roche Bobois Odil Lamp

Odil Lamp by Studio Roche Bobois

The Cristobal Lamp below by Studio Roche Bobois has shades of jeweled green, pink, and yellow, and its unique geometric shape makes it a conversation-starter in any room. Its zinc-plated steel structure is softened by a translucent diffusing white light bulb.

Roche Bobois Cristobal Lamp

Cristobal Lamp by Studio Roche Bobois

The Quadro Lamp below designed by Jacques Adnet has 4 diffusers in acryclic opal glass with a light intensity variator. It comes in Carrare white marble base with chromed metal structure and Marquinia black marble base and structure with a Zecchino gold finish. The lamp is being re-released for the 85th Anniversary, and there are only 250 limited edition pieces available. 

Quadro Lamp by Jacques Adnet

Below, the Bosco table by Renaud Thiry has a black-chromed steel top with a glass tray or supported by steel wire. It is a beautiful and unique piece perfect for modern and contemporary spaces. 

Roche Bobois Bosco Table

Bosco Table by Renaud Thiry

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Horner Millwork Completes Amazing Spiral Staircase

October 16, 2014 -- stefanie

Horner Millwork, known for their expertise in millwork, commercial products, as well as their custom capabilities, have recently completed an impressive project in the form of a custom staircase in a home on Cape Cod.

Horner Millwork

The staircase ascends to all three levels of the home, and is in an unsupported elliptical style.

Poplar stringers and risers combine with White Oak treads to create a clean, crisp look that makes a statement without being too imposing on the minimalistic space.

Horner Millwork

The rail is custom-made of White Oak, with 5/8'' diameter solid stainless steel balusters. The staircase's delicate design is thus reinforced by a sturdy structure. Round stainless steel newels are incorporated at transition points throughout the staircase.

Photos by Horner Millwork, Built by Cooper Stairworks, Nicholaeff Architecture + Design

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Top BDG Pinterest Pins This Week: October 13

October 16, 2014 -- stefanie

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If you could share one decorating tip, what would it be?

October 16, 2014 -- stefanie

Looking for design tips from the pros? Here, some of our favorite interior designers weigh in.

Susan Reddick Design

Interior Design by Susan Reddick Design, Photo by Greg Premru

Carter & Company

Interior Design by Carter & Company, Photo by Eric Roth

Ellen Curran

Interior Design by Ellen Curran Design Associates

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Interior Design by tj's Interior Design

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Interior Design by SLC Interiors, Inc.


What's your one decorating tip? Share with us in the comments below: 

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Trefler's to Sponsor Ellis Boston Antiques Show

October 16, 2014 -- stefanie



Boston's premier art and antique restorers to sponsor the 4th Annual Ellis Boston Antiques Show from October 23-26.

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