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This “New” Old House

This month I want to tell a story that we see repeated often among our New England client base: A family falls in love with a stately, historic New England home. They love it for its charm, its heritage, its period detail, but they can’t quite imagine how it can be renovated to work for […]

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Six Common Home Design Mistakes

It’s never been more tempting to become a Do-It-Yourselfer when it comes to residential design. The internet has made so many tools available to help homeowners create floor plans, visualize different looks and products in a room, or find hundreds of images and design ideas in seconds. And we find that some homeowners – whether […]

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Four Architectural Tips That Add Personality To Your Home

I’m often inspired by the work of other professionals, and especially excited when that work echoes our own approach. Recently I saw this photo accompanying an article in the weekend Wall Street Journal about using thoughtful design to warm up a bland, sterile contemporary condo. This room, designed by New York architect Andrew Franz, spoke […]

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Cheers to 2017

A look back AND forward… it’s that time of year. 2016 has been a tumultuous year. But for me, the JSD team and our clients, it’s been a rewarding year of design, inspiration and growth. I love what I do every day and continue to be inspired by helping clients realize their own vision of […]

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A Design Lover’s Tour of Cuba

With last week’s death of Fidel Castro, the world’s attention has once again turned to Cuba. I’ve just returned from a happy sojourn with friends and clients on a “People to People” tour of this island nation. The 500-year cultural veil has now been lifted on this extraordinary place whose architecture echoes its complex social […]

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Two New Design Associates Join JSD Team

J. Schwartz Design is thrilled to announce the appointment of Craig Bender and Alex Muentener as our new design associates. Craig and Alex are both currently attending Boston Architectural College as architecture students, and both bring a wealth of experience and talent to our growing studio. Craig most recently served as a designer and draftsman for […]

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Five Autumn Home Design Ideas

The return of cooler temperatures, pumpkin everything, and nature changing before our eyes tells us that fall is officially here. As days grow shorter and nights get crisper, I know the five home design ideas below will enrich the interior and exterior of your house, and all your autumns for years to come: A Rumford […]

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On Time and On Budget: How Do We Do It?

Years of working on all kinds of construction projects  has taught us just how greatly clients’ already busy lives can be affected by this process. We know how important it is from the outset to set realistic expectations about how much your project will cost and how long it will take. When we talk to […]

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Design for a Small Kitchen: Less Really is More

A recent visit to the Boston Poggenpohl studio on Newbury Street to renovate a compact 8’ x 8’ Back Bay apartment kitchen reminded me of the importance of carefully tailoring all elements in a small kitchen to fit together into a seamless whole. These European crafted cabinets have been manufactured for a century, but are […]

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Should We Stay or Should We Go?

As the spring real estate market kicks into gear, housing prices in Greater Boston are at an all time high. Increasing demand, coupled with stubbornly low inventory, has created an often frenzied, highly competitive buyers’ market. Frustrated by it all, many J. Schwartz Design clients – looking for more space to accommodate their growing families […]

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