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  • Meet the Builder: Jeff Birnbaum of Pioneer Construction

    Meet the Builder: Jeff Birnbaum of Pioneer Construction

    Jeff Birnbaum, President of Pioneer Construction, takes us inside a beautiful new build in Wellesley to show us some of his favorite spaces. As owner, Birnbaum has his hand in every detail. He...

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  • Is Alexa The Next Webcam?

    Is Alexa The Next Webcam?

    With the introduction of the newest voice-activated 5.8-inch employee, who plays music and places paper towel orders, we’ve become increasingly concerned that Alexa is recording our conversations....

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  • Now On Tap: Multitasking Sink

    Now On Tap: Multitasking Sink

    Leave it to the Swiss to make one of the hardest-working fixtures in the kitchen work even harder. And smarter, for that matter. Franke’s Chef Center, available at Splash, takes the basic kitchen...

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  • Introducing PRELUDE

    Introducing PRELUDE

    As Dr. Seuss says, “Oh, the places you’ll go”…. Isn't that the truth? I am happy to introduce BDG's inaugural issue of PRELUDE. When I started BDG 23 years ago, it was always my intent to get up...

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  • On Hallowed Grounds

    On Hallowed Grounds

    Not far from a busy, divided highway dotted with traffic lights and populated by strip malls and car dealerships, within a private block cloistered by hundreds of Norway spruce, is a garden for...

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  • Subterranean Sport Courts

    Subterranean Sport Courts

    Area architects and builders have dug deep (we’re talking far below basement and subbasement levels) to give homeowners ready-when-they-are sport courts. In their hands, a pickup hoops game or the...

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  • A.F. Hultin & Co. Recognized by BRICC with Gold Award

    A.F. Hultin & Co. Recognized by BRICC with Gold Award

    A.F. Hultin & Co. and ZeroEnergy Design were recently honored with BRICC's Gold Award for Excellence in New Single-Family Home Design and Construction. The recognition was for a new three-bedroom,...

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  • "Living Coral" is Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

    "Living Coral" is Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

    Every year, the Pantone Color Institute rolls out a vibrant and nuanced shade that taps into the current collective mood and spirit of the populace. The hue is determined by the Institute’s...

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  • January Warm-Up: 6 Cozy Fireplaces

    January Warm-Up: 6 Cozy Fireplaces

    Come January, the fervor and frenzy of the holiday season gives way to peaceful hours spent fireside. These glowing settings are perfect for curling up with a good book, sipping a hot cup of...

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  • Toasting an Icelandic Wine Cellar

    Toasting an Icelandic Wine Cellar

    Over the course of this festive long weekend, many will be making a descent into their wine cellars for a prize bottle or two to ring in the New Year. We’re guessing, however, that most won’t look...

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  • On Location with Architect Tom Catalano, AIA

    On Location with Architect Tom Catalano, AIA

    We meet Architect Tom Catalano, principal of Catalano Architects, in the front entry court—an “outdoor room,” so to speak—of a beautiful new construction in Wellesley.  Catalano worked closely...

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  • Holiday Cocktail Recipes by Darby Road Home

    Holiday Cocktail Recipes by Darby Road Home

    Guest Blogger: The following content was shared by Grace Herron of Darby Road Home The holidays are in full swing and that can only mean one thing- time for holiday parties! Nothing is better than...

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  • Comfort & Joy: A New Construction is Aged to Perfection

    Comfort & Joy: A New Construction is Aged to Perfection

    The goal of every custom new home is to create a welcoming, pleasing living environment that an owner will enjoy to the fullest. From the get-go, the architects, designers and builders set out to...

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  • The Making of a Legend: Anthony Catalfano

    The Making of a Legend: Anthony Catalfano

    Anthony Catalfano of Anthony Catalfano Interiors and Anthony Catalfano Home in Wells, Maine, is the first recipient of BDG’s Legend Award. This distinction celebrates an individual, who, through...

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  • 3 Tips for Holiday Cooking

    3 Tips for Holiday Cooking

    Clarke’s Executive Corporate Chef John Craig dishes out three simple tips for holiday cooking and entertaining. 1. Plan the menu a week in advance, and select only the best ingredients (ie Yukon...

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  • The Perfect Red: It's Not Just for the Holidays

    The Perfect Red: It's Not Just for the Holidays

    From candy apple to carnelian, the color red wears many faces. It can be festive, elegant, warm, saucy, passionate, vital and timeless. It’s both a power color and a period piece (and everything...

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  • GIFTED!

    GIFTED!

    The holidays are fast approaching, are you ready? From the art aficionado and hostess on your list to the golf or wine enthusiast, we've amassed 12 inspired gift ideas to help you wrap up your...

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  • Holiday Trunk Show at Artefact Home Dec. 8

    Holiday Trunk Show at Artefact Home Dec. 8

    Looking for unique gift ideas? Artefact Home | Garden, a purveyor of curated decorative home accessories and furnishings, is holding its 4th annual Holiday Trunk Show Dec. 8, 11am-5pm. Mingle with...

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  • Holiday Door Decor

    Holiday Door Decor

    Deck the halls, the foyer and the front doors! When it comes to holiday decorating, starting outside the home can set a joyful tone for all your visitors. From warm lights and gorgeous garlands,...

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  • Festive Curb Appeal

    Festive Curb Appeal

      Gorgeous greenery and natural elements arranged in window boxes and urns greet guests with a merry impression. The landscape team at R.P Marzilli shows off holiday containers gussied up with...

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