Inspiring Design: Chartreuse Millwork

We love the beauty of luxurious, natural wood millwork, and white-painted millwork is also classic. But for a quirky, contemporary look, why not go out on a limb with a bold color? We came across these examples of chartreuse interiors and just had to share.

Somewhere between lime green and lemon yellow, chartreuse adds a poppy, citrus-y kick to any space. Take a look at some great ways to use chartreuse and fine millwork together.

The traditional built-in cabinetry in this historic home has been given a jolt of color, which contrasts nicely with the warm wood plank flooring.

A chartreuse door makes a statement in this otherwise understated foyer.

OK, so this is not an example of painted millwork, but look at how fabulous this chartreuse wall looks juxtaposed with a sleek floating sideboard in a rich, medium dark wood. Floating cabinets are a great choice for contemporary interior design, adding storage while still keeping an open feel to the space.

If you are looking for a luxury millwork company to create custom cabinetry, windows, doors, or other architectural details for your next design project, contact South Shore Millwork today.




Kitchen Design Trend: Masculine Cabinetry

One of the biggest changes we’re seeing lately in custom kitchen cabinetry is a move towards more substantial, masculine design. As this article from the Boston Globe explains, a “squarer, thicker, chunkier, and more architectural” look is becoming increasingly popular for luxury kitchens.

To balance this more substantial cabinetry style, designers are adding feminine finishes and accent materials, from painted cabinets to marble counters to shimmery backsplashes. Take a look at a few beautiful kitchens that illustrate this design style.


via Houzz

White paint, a coffered ceiling, and glossy white subway tile balance out the blocky profile of the cabinetry in this classic contemporary kitchen.

via Architectural Digest

We love the mix of finishes in this warm, masculine chef’s kitchen.

via Houzz

This contemporary kitchen is a great example of masculine cabinetry and bold, substantial woodwork combined with a shimmery, delicate backsplash of horizontal tiles.

If you’re looking for a Boston custom millwork provider for your next high-end kitchen design project, contact South Shore Millwork today. Our Norton, Massachusetts based luxury millwork company can create custom cabinets to fit any design style.



Fall Design: Fantastic Fireplaces

Fall is finally here! Tomorrow is the first official day of fall, and it reminds us of all the things we love about this season- crisp air, beautiful scenery, football, and warm nights by the fire. For architects and interior designers, fireplaces can be a powerful design tool, creating a focal point and setting the design style for the space.

In honor of the season, let’s take a look at some gorgeous fall fireplace mantels featuring skillful millwork.

Classic custom fireplace mantel and built-in cabinetry (via Houzz)

Simple, elegant fireplace and coffered ceiling (via Houzz)

Ornate corbels add traditional style to this elegant mantel. (via Houzz)

If you are looking for a New England millwork source to create custom mantels, South Shore Millwork can help. We can make custom fireplace mantels to fit specific historical styles for renovation projects, or bring your design to life with a one-of-a-kind contemporary mantel. We have even built an automated fireplace surround with integrated technology that allows a user to hide the television with the click of a button. Give us a call today to learn more about our Boston custom millwork.

Unique Custom Conference Tables

Update on January 9, 2013

The confernce room tables are complete and installed.  Our client could not be more delighted with the outcome (and so are we!).

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unique custom conference table 2          custom conference table, mahogany, Boston, MA, New England

From September 13, 2012 Blog:

Today we’re giving you an exciting sneak peek into a project we’re currently working on here at our Norton, Massachusetts millwork shop.

These photos show the custom conference room tables we are creating for a client. As you can see, our team is hard at work ensuring that the unique design of the tables is executed flawlessly.

The custom conference table and side tables are mahogany, and will feature leather inserts and bronze inlay. Once building is complete, the tables will receive a catalyzed lacquer finish.

Here you can see the concept drawing by the architect. We can’t wait to share the photos with you after this one-of-a-kind project is complete!

If you looking for a custom woodworking company to bring your ideas to life, contact us today! We combine smart project management and engineering with skillful woodworking to create gorgeous, high-end custom built-ins, cabinetry, furnishings, and more.

Using Moulding to Highlight Art

One of the many services provided by interior designers is art selection, but the display of that art can be just as important as the work itself. Unfortunately we’ve all seen a great piece of art that, while beautiful, looks awkward or out of place due to the way it was hung. Context and scale are always important to displaying art, but the possibilities are endless when those issues are taken into consideration.

We recently came across a gorgeous method of display for a set of artwork. This photo from Elle Decor illustrates how millwork can be used to highlight art in residential design.

Architect Lee F. Mindel merged the classic with the contemporary in the living room of a 1902 Manhattan townhouse, grouping 26 color studies by Günther Förg into blocks that fit within the room’s traditional molding.

We love how the picture frame moulding is used to literally frame a grouping of paintings, as well as the juxtaposition between the dentil moulding and the bold, modern work.

How have you used moulding or other architectural millwork elements to accentuate artwork in your New England interior design projects? Share your ideas with us in the comments, and be sure to contact South Shore Millwork for high-end architectural woodcarvings for your next design project.

3 Top Bathroom Cabinetry Design Trends

For anyone in the residential remodeling industry, it’s no surprise that kitchens and bathrooms are the main areas that homeowners choose to remodel. A great master bathroom not only adds value to a home, but also provides the homeowner with a fantastic retreat in which to relax and recharge.

Cabinetry is one of the main components to consider in the bathroom, affording storage space and greatly contributing to the overall aesthetic of the space. Take a look at some of the top bathroom cabinetry trends for 2012.

(photo: Houzz)

Floating vanities are all the rage, and for good reason. They provide a wonderfully sleek, minimalist look to contemporary bathrooms, but the loss of storage space must be addressed. Vertical cabinets are thus becoming increasingly popular, due to their space-efficient footprint and storage-maximizing potential.

(photo: Houzz)

For more traditional interiors, furniture style cabinetry is a must. These vanities can range in style and finish to fit any space.

(photo: Houzz)

Frameless cabinetry has been growing in popularity, and it’s easy to see why. Common in Europe and finally making their way across the pond, these cabinets provide more storage space, wider drawers, and are also more environmentally responsible because they use less materials than traditional cabinets.

So designers, what bathroom design trends are you incorporating into your residential remodeling work? Share your thoughts with us in the comments, and be sure to visit South Shore Millwork to explore our custom cabinetry and more from our Boston millwork company.

 source: Houzz

Find South Shore Millwork on Houzz!

Are you on Houzz? This design site has become a huge hit with architects, interior designers, builders, and consumers alike, allowing users to share ideas and inspiration with ease. As if that weren’t enough reason to check it out, now South Shore Millwork is on Houzz, too!

Visit our Houzz profile to explore a number of our New England millwork projects. Our Massachusetts millwork company specializes in high-end architectural woodwork for residential, commercial, and historic preservation projects, and the quality is evident in every job we do.

Whether you are an architect, interior designer, or luxury builder, we’d love to work with you! Connect with us on Houzz, or use the social media icons at right to find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.

Do you use Houzz as part of your design business? Do you find it helpful in understanding your clients’ ideas? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!


Design Museum Boston

At our Norton, Massachusetts millwork company, we are proud to work with some of the best Boston architects, designers, and home builders on luxury residential and commercial projects throughout New England. It’s no secret that Boston has a lot going for it when it comes to great design, and now an innovative new museum is showcasing all that talent and history.

Architectural Record reports that Design Museum Boston has no permanent address, instead popping up at unique venues throughout the city, from the trendy Liberty Hotel to the lightning rod of architectural controversy that is Boston City Hall. One of the creators, young industrial designer Sam Aquillano, describes the challenge of the museum:

We are a museum with many spaces. When people ask, where’s your museum, it’s a challenge to break through people’s pre-conceived notion of what a museum is.

We’re looking forward to seeing where Design Museum Boston will end up next. Have you attended any of their exhibitions? Share your experiences with us in the comments!

image: DMB


What Architects Need to Know When Specifying Custom Millwork

If you are a New England architect, you probably know that millwork, when done well, can be the defining characteristic of a space, capturing the eye of occupants and emphasizing your design intentions. Not all millwork is created equal, but fortunately, the American Institute of Architects has a great article to help you navigate the choice and specification of millwork in your residential or commercial architecture projects.

The AIA recommends that architects review the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) quality standards before embarking on a millwork specification project. AWI is a non-profit trade association that sets the industry standards for millwork, as well as boasting over 4,000 members from all areas of the millwork industry.

The standards AWI sets forth are the measuring stick by which architectural millwork is evaluated, from materials and finishing to installation and much more. AWI’s woodwork standards are published in Architectural Woodwork Quality Standards Illustrated, and include three grades of millwork- economy, custom, and premium.

Our Massachusetts millwork company is an AWI certified Premium shop. Premium grade millwork is the standard choice for commercial applications, because the high quality and impeccable craftsmanship make it more able to withstand the heavy traffic of a public space.

To learn more about our Boston millwork company and installation services, visit South Shore Millwork.

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Cabinet Trends for Luxury Bathrooms

Luxury builders, remodelers, architects,and interior designers are responding to demand from homeowners, transforming the basic bathroom into a spa-like retreat. Custom cabinetry plays a large part in luxury bathroom design, impacting not only the overall look, but also the functionality of the space. Take a look at some of the top luxury bathroom cabinet trends, according to HGTV Remodels.

Furniture-style bathroom vanity cabinets

Furniture-style vanities– Cabinetry that resembles antique furniture has become a must-have for elegant luxury bathrooms.

Sleek, flat-front cabinetry– European style cabinetry with flat profile doors allows for more storage space, and the doors are much easier to clean.

Open shelving– This look may be trendy right now, but it’s a classic approach that, when combined with closed cabinets, can help you maximize the space in your bathroom design.

Creative storage– Storage is a primary concern in the bathroom, so consider incorporating pull-out organizers, drawer dividers, under-sink drawers, and other innovative solutions to achieve the most effective bathroom remodeling results.

For more information about our custom cabinetry services, contact our Boston millwork company today.