Feinmann Architect in the Land of the Rising Sun

Our guest blogger is Feinmann senior architect Barney Maier. This past summer he traveled to Japan.

 

Whether by intent or coincidence, the modern aesthetic, particularly related to kitchens, increasingly resemble the Japanese aesthetic. As exemplified by so many projects featured in home design magazines, interior design is moving towards a refined, uncluttered, clean and simple elegance that is the hallmark of Japanese design. In the past, I have had an opportunity to incorporate elements of Japanese architecture into projects I have designed. This trip allowed me to experience the “pure” form of the Japanese origins of those features. Those elements include the following: Read more…

Trends That Shaped Home Design and Décor in 2016

Last January we made some home design predictions based on client requests and overall industry trends. While we were right on most counts, we missed mentioning a few design and décor trends that shaped 2016. Free-standing soaking tubs continued to be a trend throughout 2016. In fact, we predict it will become a staple for the rest of this decade, along with spacious showers. Another trend that has continued to grow in popularity is the open-space floor plan that combines living and dining areas, often open to the kitchen. Read more…

Master Bath Luxury

old tubAmong the most requested projects we get after kitchen renovations are master bathrooms. Homeowners crave the luxury of the master bath, but it wasn’t always the case. The rise of the spacious and luxurious master bath began in the 1990s when a design shift occurred. For most of our history, bathrooms were a utilitarian space, shared by all. Luxury was considered having more than one indoor bathroom! Read more…

Fantastic Fireplaces to Heat Up Your Valentine’s Day

Lexington fireplace inglenook by FeinmannSpend this frosty Valentine’s Day weekend in front of the fireplace with your loved ones. These fantastic fireplaces from Feinmann are sure to heat up your desire…for a stylish hearth of your own. Whether wood-burning or gas insert, a fireplace brings a certain warmth to any space. New technology such as zero-clearance fireplaces allow them to be built in spaces they might not have in the past. We recently designed and built an addition in Newton with this feature.

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2016 Design/Build Trends Forecast

2016 predictionsWith the new year comes a new blog feature – our 2016 design/build trends forecast – what you can expect to see more of in the coming months. Many of these elements have been trending since last year but we predict there will be further iterations evolving. Several of these trends will become design staples – ideas that are here to stay, that possess a timeless quality. Read more…

The Unexpected Versatility of the Color White

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2016 Simply WhiteThe color white is unexpectedly versatile – fundamental, pure and unequaled. After curating 23 colors, traveling the world over and identifying “what was in the air” culturally, Benjamin Moore has chosen Simply White as their 2016 Color of the Year. Of the 250 blanc hues they offer, Simply White (OC117) is the most neutral. As Ellen O’Neil, Benjamin Moore Creative Director, writes “white is transcendent, timeless, its versatility unrivaled. From weathered wainscoting to crisp canvas shades, porcelain tile to picket fences, white is everywhere in every form – that’s why we chose it as our Color of the Year. Turn down the noise and celebrate the simplicity of white. Simply said…Simply White.” Read more…

3rd Annual Made-in-the USA in honor of July Fourth

fireworksQuestion: Are fireworks made in the USA?

Answer: Yes. There are still manufacturers of fireworks made here in America. Pretty good thinking for a holiday that celebrates our country. Did you also know that the Pledge of Allegiance was an advertising campaign designed to sell American flags? Whatever the reason, this weekend is a pretty good time to fly the stars and stripes. And yes, plenty of American flag makers are based in the USA. To continue our tradition of featuring products made in America in honor of July Fourth, here is our 3rd annual list. This time we’re focusing on products used in the kitchen that are probably familiar to most people. Read more…