Halloween is Friday, and we couldn't be more excited! Here, some of our favorite spooky ideas for decorating and entertaining.
If you're traditionally inclined, a few nicely carved jack-o-lanterns can bring your doorstep to the next level.
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If you're feeling a little craftier, try something unusual or unexpected, like the artful and intricate Dia de los Muertos design below. With the right tools, just about anything is possible with pumpkins.
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If you're looking to decorate with something a little different, try the wonderfully whimsical witch decor below.
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Or, take the cue from the doorway design below and go all out!
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To bring the festive spirit indoors, try wrapping white candles in sinister black lace. A flickering flame adds the perfect spooky touch to any room.
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Finally, no Halloween is complete without a seasonal cocktail. We recommend this sparkling apple cider sangria for a perfect fall touch.
Share your Halloween pictures with us on this weekend by using the hashtag #BostonDesign and we'll feature you on our Weekend Photo Roundup on Monday!
On Wednesday, Boston Design Guide celebrated the success of the 18th Annual Edition, while also looking ahead to the 19th and 20th Editions.
The location was Empire Boston, a stylish and trendy Asian restaurant in Boston's up-and-coming Seaport District. Drinks and delicious appetizers like Maine Crab Cakes, Chicken and Beef Teriyaki, and Broccoli Tempura were served.
Editor/Publisher Melanie Kaplan and Account Manager Maureen Lampert of Boston Design Guide, Heather Souza of Flavin Architects, Jon Merz of Merz Construction, and Richard Mandelkorn of Richard Mandelkorn Photography
Jerry Rippetoe and Tony Sienicki of tj's Interior Design explain the importance of living well in today's hurried world. We all complain that life goes by too fast. We’re in a hurry, at a rush to get somewhere, everything is high priority. Our appointment calendars are booked. We barely have time for a vacation. Rush! rush! rush!
Fortunately, not everyone is on board with this overly casual, take-out meals and no-iron approach to lifestyle. We’re encouraged to see resistance from our clients and have noted this resurgence in many shelter magazines, which are showcasing beautifully designed and elegant homes. Homes and apartments with exquisite furnishings, fabrics and, yes, wall-coverings!
There are many ways to include beautiful things in one’s life, whether it is the entire house...or just some element of graciousness within.
John Day, a Principal at LDa Architecture & Interiors, recently helped build and design an 1840s Greek Revival home for his wife, former athlete Felicity Day, and their two children.
The home's exterior fits in with the neighborhood's historic style, with its boxy shape and gable roof. To modernize the design, Day chose a bright, statement-making yellow hue for the front door, and set it off to one side.
Despite its very modest and traditional exterior, the home's interior is totally modern, with an open, flowing floor plan and eco-friendly amenities like radiant heat, reclaimed wood flooring, a high-efficiency water heater, and a system that recycles rainwater for the gardens. Below, the living room combines a neutral rug and walls with playful pops of color, like the contemporary abstract painting, bright orange table lamp, and zebra-patterned throw pillow.
This elegant combination of neutrals and color continues in the kitchen, where the white walls and pendant lamps let the aqua mosaic backsplash and quartz waterfall countertop take center stage.
With two young children, the home needs to be family-friendly. Below, a mudroom area provides ample storage space for coats, backpacks, and shoes.
Outside, a large backyard is complemented by an adorable tree house, ensuring that this backyard will be the neighborhood favorite.
A project by Foley Fiore Architecture is the epitome of the ultimate waterfront residence. The landscaping surrounding the house is immaculate, and nicely frames the outdoor pool and patio area.
A gorgeous terrace sits at one end of the pool in front of a large pool house, providing both shade and a beautiful aesthetic.
Below, the back exterior of the home. An expansive sunroom juts out from the back wall, providing residents with a place to sit and enjoy the outdoors without braving the elements. The sunroom's roof serves as an additional terrace.
The foyer is simple in neutral shades of white and beige. A circular cut-out in the ceiling gives a view onto the home's upper floors, providing an unexpected embellishment.
Below, a close-up of the cutout.
The home's living room area uses neutral shades with pops of nautical color, like the seascape painting above the fireplace. Architectural millwork on the ceiling gives the room a finished look, and floor-to-ceiling windows allow lots of natural light to fill the room.
Below, a darker study room with wood-panelled walls. The raised ceiling has back-lighting for ambiance, and a daybed for reading or working sits in the window alcove overlooking the property.
In contrast to the dark study, the kitchen is light and bright. With large windows and skylights, the natural sunlight filters in beautifully at all hours of the day.
A wonderful mix of light and dark provides the palette for the home office, which sits on the second floor of the home with an unobstructed view of the ocean.
The home is filled with small, unexpected places to sit and read or chat. Below, a seat nestled in-between two small steps.
Another small nook is seen below, in an alcove on the second floor with a gorgeous waterfront view.
The home is complete with a large and elegant wine cellar, with a small rustic table and chairs for eating and drinking.
Photos by Elizabeth Glasgow Photography
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?