Extraordinary Country Retreat for Sale in Weston, MA

February 26, 2015 -- stefanie

Amy Mizner of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co is currently presenting 22 Sears Road in Weston, Massachusetts. The stunning home is a newly constructed stone and shingle style on a 5-acre estate.

"Thoughtfully sited, 22 Sears Road offers the appeal of a true country retreat. It is a sophisticated and timeless home designed for today's modern family," says Amy Mizner. 

A long, winding driveway provides the entrance to 22 Sears Road, offering a wonderful view of the home's stunning facade. Visitors are welcomed by a cobblestone receiving court with architectural columns and elaborate stonework. 

The home's 8,266 square-foot floor plan is a seamless blend of luxury, innovation, and functionality. The home is comprised of 17 rooms, including 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 fireplaces, a first floor guest suite and private office, a large mudroom, designer kitchen, luxurious master suite and lower level entertainment rooms.

Below, the home's beautiful white kitchen, complete with state-of-the-art appliances and beautiful decorative elements like the unique hanging pendant lamps. A white marble countertop brings added style and luxury. 

Ample cabinet space make this kitchen both beautiful and highly functional. Medium hardwood brings balance to the white room, and also provide a strong and durable floor. 

22 Sears Road

22 Sears Road

The home's living room space is large, airy, and the perfect palette for endless interior decorating potential. A fireplace adds warmth and provides a center for gathering. 

22 Sears Road

A bay window has potential for a home office desk or window seat, and fills the room with gorgeous natural light. Moldings on the wall and ceiling result in a completed look of added elegance. 

22 Sears Road

The home's foyer is large, with ample space for visitors coming and going. 

22 Sears Road

22 Sears Road

A mudroom space is complemented by cubbies which provide ample storage space. A bench seating area allows guests to take off their shoes before entering the home. 

22 Sears Road

Finally, the bathrooms in the home are beautifully designed and provide a space for relaxation. 

22 Sears Road

22 Sears Road

There is also a 3-car garage, and systems include a 400 amp gas heating system, a 5-zone hydro air system, 80 gallon hot water heater, 5 cooling zones, 3 condensers, gas range, gas dryer, septic and sound system. 

Outside, the home offers a stone patio and 3-season porch perfect for overlooking the pastoral grounds and mature plantings. 

This stunning retreat was designed by renowned architecture firm Mayer & Associates, Inc. in collaboration with award-winning firm LDa Architecture & Interiors. The home was developed by Growth Homes of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and the builder was Larskpur Group, Inc. The home is listed with luxury realtor Amy Mizner of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. with offices in Weston and Wellesley, Massachusets. 

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10 Adorable Nurseries

February 26, 2015 -- stefanie

If you have the space in your home, a baby nursery is a wonderful way to create a room for your child that is comfortable and safe, and also allows you an opportunity to be creative and fun. 

Nurseries don't have to be childish. If you're adapting an existing room in your house, or just want a space with a little more style, take some inspiration from the French-inspired nursery below. An ornate carpet and marble fireplace become child-friendly with the addition of a stuffed animal giraffe, a tea set, a furry rug, and a crib. Charming details throughout the room like the pink ribbons on the mini lamp shades and pink wall art help keep the room young and fun. 

10 Adorable Nurseries

Kristin Ashley Interiors

On the flip side, a nursery doesn't have to be super elaborate. The space below keeps it simple with a neutral palette and accents that can grow with the child - an armchair and ottoman, a hanging canopy, and a whimsical chandelier. These elements won't feel outdated for a long time, and can be used in the child's room as she ages, or in another part of the home. 

Lori Gentile Interior Design

A similar apparoch is taken with the gender-neutral nursery room below. The space is big enough to be used as a playroom or child's bedroom long after the baby has outgrown the crib. The space is also infused with natural light from the two thougtfully placed windows, and can thus double as a reading or work room for parents when the kids are at school.

ZeroEnergy Design

The light and bright nursery below is equal parts playful and comfortable. An adorable animal theme is established with the fun wall decals, framed wall art, and numerous stuffed animals stationed around the room. A large couch provides a space for parents to relax while the baby sleeps or plays. 

Weatherill Interiors

The lovely nursery below is a calming space with a neutral palette. The billowing folds of fabric that cover the ceiling and wall make the space feel comfortable and warm, and provide the perfect place for a baby or young child to play. 

OPaL, LLC

This nursery's neutral palette gets a fun update in the form of an "airplane theme." A recessed ceiling with painted clouds makes the space feel serene, while airplane accents around the room - like the wall art and toy plane - keep the room on-theme.

10 Adorable Nurseries

Dahlia Design, Alan Goldstein Photography

If going all out is more your style, the "Peter Rabbit" themed nursery below is a beautiful take on a classic children's book. An elaborately painted mural brings the story to life, creating a beautiful room to escape to when spending time with your baby or young child. 

10 Adorable Nurseries

Decorating Den Interiors

If you've settled on creating a nursery with a decidedly girly feel, the nursery below provides perfect inspiration. The light lilac wall color complements the pink and purple armchairs and ottomans. A white hanging canopy gives the space a princess feel, as do colorful butterflies hanging from the ceiling. 

10 Adorable Nurseries

Annette Tatum

On the other hand, if blue is more your hue, think cooling tones as in the nursery below. A wonderfully realistic cloudscape on the ceiling transforms this room into something truly special, and simple accents throughout the room promise that the space can be used and transformed as the child grows.

Amy Sklar Design, Inc

Finally, this last nursery is equal parts simple, elegant, and cozy. Soft shades of ivory and pink adorn the space, while a furry rug and plush ottoman add stylish comfort. 

Michele Bitter Designs, Allison Bitter Photography

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Urban Renewal: The Trend Towards Downsizing

February 26, 2015 -- Jen

Contemplating City Living?

How to downsize successfully - from choosing a neighborhood to planning your move. 

Boston Design Guide hosts an open-panel discussion with homeowners who have traded in the suburbs for the city. Members of the panel will share experiences, offer insights and give advice on downsizing.

In addition to the homeowners, there will be members from the Boston design community on the panel to answer any design/construction questions. Names of the professionals will be announced soon! 

Please join us! Event is open to the public.

Monday, March 23rd - 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. - Cocktail reception & hors d’oeuvres

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. - Panel discussion

7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. - Mix, mingle and meet the panelists, designers and other event goers.

The District Hall | 75 Northern Avenue | Boston, MA 02210 

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A Row House Reborn

February 25, 2015 -- stefanie

Adams + Beasley recently renovated a multi-level rowhouse in Boston, infusing it with lots of natural light, clean lines, and a stunning neutral palette. 

Adams + Beasley made the unconventionally-shaped kitchen work to their advantage by incorporating a beautiful ceiling molding, a multi-purpose kitchen island, and ample cabinetry. Three hanging pendant lamps make a statement without overpowering the space. The white cabinets, backsplash, island, and walls contrast beautifully with the dark brown hardwood flooring, creating a balanced look. 

A Row House Reborn

Below, one of the home's many landings. A previously unused corner space becomes an impromptu home office with a window and plenty of natural sunlight. Curved lines in the ceiling and staircase design create a wonderful flow, tying this multi-level home together. A hanging lamp casts a soft glow. 

Below, the view from above.

The living room space makes use of intricate moldings on the walls and ceiling, creating a completed look. An ivory, off-white wall is complemented by a bright white hue on the ceilings and moldings. Ample windows bring natural sunlight into the space. 

The white and beige palette continues in the bathroom. Artful woodwork on the cabinets create dimension, as do the mosaic tiles. A recess in the bath area creates a simple and functional storage area. 

A Row House Reborn

A coral-themed chair brings a splash of bright and cheerful color into the space. 

A Row House Reborn

Finally, the brown marble shower exudes tranquility, and a rainwater showerhead maintains the serene feel. Clear glass shower walls and door keep it simple, and the space blends seamlessly with the rest of the room. 

 

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Landry & Arcari Winter Clearance Sale 2015

February 25, 2015 -- stefanie

Come stop by any of the Landry & Arcari showrooms from February 26th thru March 2nd. Enjoy savings on an extensive collection of antique, transitional, and modern hand-knotted rugs and fine carpeting. 

Landry and Arcari Sale

Landry & Arcari have three showrooms in the greater Boston area :

333 Stuart St, Boston MA 02116

63 Flint St, Salem MA 01970

220 Worcester Road (Rt. 9 East), Framingham MA 01702

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How To Create a Dog-Friendly Home

February 24, 2015 -- stefanie

Chances are, if you've got a dog, you will do anything to make his or her space more comfortable and liveable. There are tons of great options for creating a home that will suit both you and your four-legged friend. 

This built-in dog house is practical, beautiful, and provides the perfect cozy abode for your pet. The space works as a crate at night for your dog to sleep in, and as a hang-out space for him or her during the day. 

How To Create a Pet-Friendly Home

Architecture by LDa Architecture & Interiors

Small details can go a long way when planning for a pet in your space. Below, a pull-out drawer houses your dog's food and water, keeping it elevated off the ground and able to be easily put away when not in use. 

How To Create a Pet-Friendly Home

California Closets

The kitchen below takes a similar approach by incorporating the dog's eating and drinking station into a recess at the end of the kitchen counter, keeping it out of the way but easily accessible for the dog. 

How To Create a Pet-Friendly Home

Buckenmeyer Architecture

The laundry room is another great place to create a comfortable space for your dog. The laundry room below incorporates a cozy dog bed, a large soft rug, and even a dog shower. A dog shower is a great idea especially for larger dogs, and lets you bathe your dog easily.

How To Create a Pet-Friendly Home

Artistic Renovations of Ohio LLC

Or, you may decide that your dog needs a full room to him or herself. Wood-Mode constructed a beautiful and functional pet parlor, which includes a spacious dog bath, a food and water station, and a place to store dog toys and bones. 

Wood-Mode

The room has ample cabinet space for storing dog food, leashes, and any other necessities.

Wood-Mode

A washer and dryer fit into the large room as well, making this space functional as both a pet parlor and a laundry room. 

Wood-Mode

If you have multiple dogs, a dog mudroom may help you keep supplies organized and easily accessible. The space below is bright and functional without sacrificing on beauty or craftsmanship. 

How To Create a Pet-Friendly Home

Ballard Designs

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Catalano Architects Residence featured in Gardenista Magazine

February 24, 2015 -- stefanie

Catalano Architects recently teamed up with Stephen Stimson Architects on this beautiful Osterville, MA residence featured in Gardenista's Spring 2014 article, "The Grandes Dames: 10 Stately Gardens from the Gardenista Gallery" written by Meredith Swinehart. 

Catalano Architects

The beautiful result speaks to the benefit of teaming up with an experienced landscape architect to create a wonderful seamless blend between the home and the surrounding nature. To break up the large property, the architects installed paths and terraces to create structure and flow. 

Trimmed hedges work toward the same effect of creating smaller, more intimate outdoor spaces amidst the large lot, as in the pool area below. 

Catalano Architects

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The Source - Your New Go-To Online Directory

February 23, 2015 -- stefanie

Have you ever been dying to ask someone where they found that antique crystal chandelier? Or who professionally organized their home office? Well, now you can have an entire high-end home directory at your fingertips with Boston Design Guide's new online resource, The Source.

The Source

The Source showcases home professionals in the Boston area, and includes everyone from small antique and art galleries to decorative painters, fencing professionals, property management, and more. As a homeowner, so much time and effort is spent on maintaining and updating your home. With The Source, the process just became a whole lot simpler. 

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To Clear or Not To Clear? Schumacher Companies Weighs In On Dealing With Snow

February 23, 2015 -- stefanie

With record-breaking amounts of snow on the ground, Schumacher Companies has been busy answering questions from people wondering whether they should brush the snow off their plants or dig them out completely. Most of these concerned gardeners are asking specifically about evergreens like arbovitae and junipers. If the snow on the plants is light and fluffy, it is colder and further from melting. Ironically, this light, cold snow is not the type of snow to cause damage, but either way can be easily removed by sweeping a broom in a gentle, upward motion. 

The more damaging snow, on the other hand, is wet and heavy, and is usually light snow that has melted and refrozen. Though this snow is more damaging, it is not recommended to knock this snow off the limbs or attempt to dig these plants out. The damage you can incur by trying to dig the plants out outweighs any benefits the plant will receive from having the snow and ice removed. Digging and moving the heavy snow will likely result in tree limb breakage and outer bark damage. Outer bark damage is concerning because this sturdy bark is needed to insulate the tree and protect its inner bark. If the inner bark is damaged, the tree may starve come springtime, and may not grow and develop correctly. Also, though the plants are dormant, they are still developing their buds for spring growth. Removing wet snow will remove these buds and hinder their growth.

It is also important to keep in mind that plants buried in the snow are insulated and protected. Additional snow accumulation won't hurt the plants, but throwing shoveled snow on them will. When snow is thrown on top of more snow, it compacts and becomes dense and heavier per square foot. Also, salt from driveways and walkways could end up on the plants if you try to dig them out, and this damaging salt will end up embedding in the soil come spring. 

The best way to truly protect your plants is to use a preventative approach. In the fall, wrap vulnerable plants in burlap or tie trunks with twine or nylon. For now, however, rest assured that your plants will be more likely to thrive this spring if they are left alone now. Given enough time and sunshine, they will recover from this record winter just like we will. 

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Kittery Point Maine 24th Annual Kitchen Tour

February 23, 2015 -- stefanie

Check out some of Kittery's finest coastal kitchens on Saturday May 9th, with styles ranging from contemporary to cottage. This year, visitors can enjoy more trolleys and easier transportation from home to home. The Kittery Point Kitchen Tour is the perfect family activity for Mother's Day Weekend. 

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When: Saturday May 9th at 10:00 AM

Where: Tour Map will be online on April 25th

Buy tickets here.

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