What’s new in luxury home wine cellars?

“It’s an exciting trend seeing wine cellars moving up from the basement level, being incorporated in many luxury home’s living spaces.” Jeff Burton, President, South Shore Millwork

In the not too distant past, the wine cellar primarily resided in the homeowner’s basement. This was to protect one’s investment by providing proper temperature control and safety. Today, wine cellars, or wine rooms, are being located within the home’s main living space, where consumers and collectors are enjoying their accessibility and eye-catching beauty.

Talented, high-end architectural millworkers will blend the look of the wine room with the rest of the home’s décor, including features such as curved and radius woodwork, coffered ceilings, hand-carved tasting tables, and stunning lattice work. These rooms are elegant works of art that become the focal point of your client’s living space.

What is the best wood species to use in your client’s high-end wine room? Mahogany.  Mahogany is the most durable; it will not warp or swell and this is especially important if you are using a climate-controlled system. Mahogany is also a great choice because it can be stained and lacquered to match the rest of your client’s home décor.  But, one important thing to keep in mind, chemicals in stain and paint can travel through corks and spoil the flavor of wine, so be sure to use a water-based stain!

Give us a call today! We love to talk with architects, interior designers, and general contractors about how we may help with their client’s high-end architectural millwork projects.

Bathroom Cabinetry Trends for 2012

What are homeowners looking for in bathroom design today? Take a look at some of the top bathroom design trends for 2012.

  • Natural materials- Wood and stone help to create a soothing retreat.
  • Subtle, soft colors- People want the bathroom to be a relaxing space, so calming blues and greens work well.
  • Warmer metals- Champagne and oil-rubbed bronze are in.
  • Wood tones- Weathered, driftwood gray is popular, as well as soft, warm woods.
  • Texture- Porcelain tiles with woodgrain or other natural textures are becoming more and more popular.

If you are a luxury designer or architect looking for a high-end millwork company, contact South Shore Millwork today. Our Boston millwork company can create beautiful custom cabinetry that your clients will love. Visit our website to explore more of our custom millwork and high-end custom cabinetry.

Designers, what are your favorite bathroom design trends of the moment? Leave us a comment with your answer!

photo via Houzz

Architectural Millwork: Box Beam Ceilings

Architectural Millwork: Box Beam CeilingsNothing says attention to detail and quality millwork quite like box beam ceilings.  In addition to adding a degree of elegance to a room, box beam ceilings also bring a sense of functionality as they are ideal for concealing unwanted wires or pipes.  Most often we see box beam ceilings in the more formal rooms of a home such as in the dining or living rooms, but they also can be a welcome surprise in other rooms of the house as well.

Interestingly enough, the finish on the box beam ceilings can dramatically impact the way a room is viewed.  For example, for a more rustic feel, distressed millwork can adorn the ceiling to help create a cozy atmosphere.  You can also create some contrast in a room by painting the box beam millwork one color and the walls and ceiling another color.  Utilizing an arched entryway into a room with box beam ceilings is another way to create a sense of elegance in a room.

If you are interested in learning more about box beam ceilings and how this design could work well for your design project, please contact the team of experts at South Shore Millwork for more information.

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Creating Spanish Traditional Style With Millwork

Creating the Spanish Traditional Style With MillworkA sure way to add character to a home is by capturing the Spanish traditional style that we often see in Old World homes.  Houzz offers some suggestions below for creating the Spanish traditional style with custom millwork:

  • Utilize dark walnut moulding and cabinetry with ornamentation to give the kitchen an antique Spanish revival feel.
  • Consider concealing a large appliance such as the refrigerator with custom cabinetry.
  • Use custom millwork to create an arched cooking alcove over your kitchen’s stove.
  • Wooden ceiling beams are a dead giveaway of the Spanish style.  See our recent post about the various types of box ceilings.
Our experienced team at South Shore Millwork can partner with you to create Spanish traditional style in your home design projects with our high quality custom millwork.  We welcome you to view our portfolio of past projects on our website, and we would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your needs in further detail.
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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.

Architectural Detailing in a French-Inspired New York Home

We often give examples of architectural detailing used in luxury interior design here on the blog, so of course we just had to share this fabulous home seen in Architectural Digest. The article and slideshow take us inside the home of Michael S. Smith, an interior designer who has perfectly melded contemporary sensibilities with 18th-century French design in his Madison Avenue home.

Dentil moulding, columns, and an ornate fireplace mantel create an elegant backdrop for French antiques and chinoiserie elements.

(photo: Architectural Digest)Wide moulding and door frames combined with a distinctive lintel add style to this dining room.

(photo: Architectural Digest)

If you are a New England interior designer wanting to add intricate architectural detailing to your next luxury design project, contact South Shore Millwork today. Our Boston millwork company creates custom mouldings, doors, windows, and other woodworking elements to accentuate high-end homes, businesses, and historic buildings.


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.

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!


Custom Millwork for General Contractors

Boston general contractors looking for a quality custom millwork supplier will be glad to know they’ve come to the right place. At South Shore Millwork, we have worked with high-end contractors throughout New England to create beautiful results. Take a look at some of the reasons our clients trust us to execute their custom millwork manufacturing and installation.

  • We are an Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) certified “Premium” shop.
  • We are one of the New England region’s fastest growing architectural woodwork suppliers.
  • We are a proactive sub-contractor, utilizing our project management experience and skilled engineering and drafting to complement our equally exceptional craftsmanship.
  • We have been in business for over 20 years, and our work as been showcased in publications such as Architectural Digest and New England Home.

If you are interested in our Boston millwork services, contact us for an AIA 305 or send us a bid request today

photo: South Shore Millwork

Kitchen Trends for Luxury Homes

The kitchen truly is the heart of the house for most homeowners, which means they may be more likely to spend on quality when it comes to remodeling. Here at South Shore Millwork, we not only create custom moulding, doors, and other architectural details, but also work with luxury kitchen designers to create finely crafted cabinetry for high-end kitchens.

These are a few of the top kitchen design trends for 2012. What do you think; would you use any of them in your next kitchen design project? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

  •  Light and medium woods are replacing dark woods.
  • Mixing finishes in unexpected ways keeps things interesting, and high gloss finishes are exceptionally stylish.
  • Backsplashes are taking center stage, providing a great opportunity for a dramatic visual statement, with less risk than choosing an over the top cabinet design. Tile is being replaced with glass and even stainless steel.
  • Neutrals- mainly white and gray- are the most popular choices for cabinetry, but designers are adding pops of bold color to liven things up, for instance as an accent wall in the dining area or inside cabinets for a chic surprise.

photo: South Shore Millwork