New doors on an old house!

This summer marked the first full year in my new home. I finally got around to changing out the two front doors. When I bought the house one of the original doors was replaced with a modern insulated fiberglass door. The other door was the original 1920s solid wood six lite door with dentil detail. I shopped around for months looking for a match. I visited every antique store in Boston including Restoration Resources on Washington Street.
Finally I caved in and decided to - Read More


Even before becoming a designer, I have always been intrigued by the nuances between art and architecture. As I learned more about the two, I understood how one could exist without the other. For instance, one could say that there is not much art in the design of a Home Depot building. Similarly, someone may not see much architecture in Pollock’s abstract expressionism. However, I invite you to see what happens when they actually come together, intentionally.

Recently, I - Read More


Minimalism 101

Every day we are bombarded with information, some of which is valuable; but a lot of it simply clutters our mind and life. Now, I am not sure if any of you struggle with filtering the clutter / noise in their life, but I know I struggle with it every day. From unsubscribing to all the unwanted emails that clog my inbox, to keeping my closet organized, to choosing the healthiest option at the grocery store.   This past January, my New - Read More

Cars and Gardens

In addition to gardening, one of my other loves is classic cars.  On a recent visit to the Heritage museum I got a good dose of both.

The heritage museum, in Sandwich Massachusetts, was the original family farm of the Wing Family. They originally resided on the farm in 1677,  and it was passed through generations of that family until it was sold to the Dexter family in 1921 when it was then known as Shawme Farm.Read More


My STA Internship & Website Redesign

As the summer quickly comes to an end, I am going to use this blog as a chance to reflect on my summer internship experience at STA. Before I begin, I want to thank Tom, Felice and David for giving me this amazing opportunity and I want to thank the entire STA team for welcoming me with open arms. My experience this summer was incredible; I have learned more about myself over these past three months, - Read More

Seeing Through Monet’s Eyes: What He (and We) Saw, and What He Painted

On a recent trip to Paris, we took a side trip to Giverny, Claude Monet’s home and gardens, and his sources of inspiration of many of his works that we know so well. I have always marveled at his impressionist technique, creating magical and moving images with abstract brush strokes and an extraordinary use of color. I wanted to see what he saw, to see what inspired this artistic beauty.

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Forest Pruning

Recently, I helped my parents maintain their property in Beverly, MA. My dad has, in the last few years changed careers from Cabinet Maker to Landscaper, and my mom, while maintaining a career in Early Childhood care, has also become a backyard gardener selling her “crop” at the local farmers market. Each of them have a great knowledge of plants based on their experience of owning properties, and now their daily jobs. Lucky for me, they are also exceptional (and - Read More

Miniature Gardens

As designers, we sometimes need to take a step back from the larger picture and look at the finer details. It is important to look at overall spaces and much larger areas, but from time to time it’s fun to take it to a smaller scale (or a made up one!).

A few weeks ago, I spent some time with my mom creating miniature fairy gardens and it was fun to change the perspective in which it comes - Read More


The top 8 list of how to get that interview

STA is currently hiring! I've been reviewing resumes and portfolios and I thought these tips might be helpful for people looking to work in a design firm. As a result of our many years of hiring and looking at resumes, portfolios, and cover letters, here is a top 8 list of how to get that interview at any firm you may be interested in. Some of our frequent readers of this blog might recognize this post I wrote back in 2014.   1. - Read More

Boston Unlocked #CB17

This past weekend I attended Common Boston’s Annual Weekend Festival on Architecture and Design. Every year the two-day festival aims to connect the public with designers by offering free “open-house” access to many different sites around the city. This year the festivities launched with their traditional dParty, held at the BSA Space in Downtown Boston. The space was full of really awesome models and photographs currently on display for “The New Inflatable Moment” exhibit. This exhibit explores the resurgence of - Read More

Analyze Boston with GIS Data

The City of Boston recently launched its new Analyze Boston website. This new open data portal provides access to a series of data sets previously unavailable to the general public.

The portal offers access to data sets in sixteen different topics. Some includes Facilities, Finance, Economy, Education, Environment, Transportation and Geospatial (https://data.boston.gov/group).

An opportunity arose for us to use some of this data. Particularly helpful was the Geospatial data. The City provides a series of Geospatial data sets that when combined together - Read More

Buildings that Inspire Us!

At a recent Living Lab, the STA team shared buildings and spaces that inspire us – here are some of our favorites!   Nate Architect: Glenn Murcutt.   “Glenn Murcutt's work is inspiring because of its depth.  His buildings exemplify a deep understanding of their site, both culturally and environmentally, and yet they are extremely functional and practical designs.  The houses he designs are built like sailboats in the way that you must work them by opening and closing screens, and paying attention to the - Read More