Brigid Sweeney

Real Weddings: Melissa & Julie

Melissa Deland & Julie Bourquin July 9, 2011Private Residence, Marion, Massachusetts GROWING UP, Melissa Deland considered “Camp Granny” — her grandparents’ house on the ocean in Marion, Massachusetts — a slice of paradise. [sidebar]It’s no wonder, then, that two years…

Real Weddings: Danielle & Alexander

Danielle Tatangelo & Alexander Bijanada September 4, 2010Private Residence, Belmont, Vermont FORGET THE BLACK-TIE affair: Danielle Tatangelo says she always envisioned saying her vows under the clouds, “barefoot, giggling, and sneaking kisses before we were supposed to.” [sidebar]Done, done, and…

Real Weddings: Sapna & Michael

Sapna Patel & Michael Nurick April 15, 2011Wentworth by the Sea, New Castle, New Hampshire [sidebar]AN EXHAUSTED INVESTMENT BANKER who hadn’t experienced life outside the office in far too long, Michael Nurick let a friend drag him to a birthday…

American Neo-Gothic

EMERSON AND RYAN FRY ARE THE SORT of people you should avoid if you are the envious type. They look like J.Crew models (circa the early ’00s — before the brand began to favor lank-haired, unsmiling hipsters). They’re high school…

Experts: The Budding Genius

JOHN LaROCHE wasn’t always surrounded by handtied bouquets and centerpieces. He got his start in Palm Beach, where he designed home floral arrangements for clients with $6,000 orchid budgets. After returning to his native New England, LaRoche created luxe designs…

Dynamic Duo

THESE TWO BROTHERS act like typical college-age siblings. They go to the store for bottled water and come home with a gun-shaped vodka bottle. They work at the same company, where they tease the other employees and start wondering what…

Seth’s House

LIKE HIS BROTHER, he wanted an industrial aesthetic and a large, central kitchen ("because everyone always congregates in the kitchen no matter what you do," he says). But, as architect Ann McCallum explains, Seth actually turned Mitch’s plan on its…

Mitch’s House

"THE MOST IMPORTANT PART is the relationships with the people making the final package," he says. Luckily, his team included Paul Severance, a builder whom Mitch likens to a country doctor: very skilled and very wise. "I’d drive over at…

Rediscovering Jamaica Plain

WHEN I RECENTLY BROUGHT AN OUT-OF-TOWN friend to Jamaica Plain after a morning spent in Beacon Hill, she turned to me and said, "You didn’t tell me we were road-tripping to Portland." She didn’t specify Maine or Oregon, but she…

Talking Stock: Nesting on Main

PERCHED ABOVE CONCORD’S historic town center, Nesting on Main can easily overwhelm the Saturday shopper. Birds’ nests, branches, alabaster lamps, and vintage knickknacks abound – the artful displays are something to marvel at. After your eyes adjust to the dim…