The Scout Guide


Scout Guide South Shore MARalphs Wine & Spirits, Hingham MA

The Scout Guide for South Shore, MA is now available!

It “beautifully highlights the flavor, passion and character of independent businesses and entrepreneurs” – Maggie Jerde Joyce, Editor.

The much anticipated release was last week.  The member party was held at Ralph’s Wine & Spirits in Hingham, MA.

The guide brings local businesses together to support the community.  Copies are available for sale at

We are so excited to be feature in the guide!  The photography done by Kerry Brett is amazing!





Seaside Bar

We are finishingBar cabinetry wine holders up another project in Hull, MA.  It is a bar installation.  The clients love to entertain in their seaside home and wanted to add a bar to their living room.  The open floor plan allows for a great space to enjoy company and the beautiful surrounding landscape.  The  client chose one of my favorite colors, Vineyard paint done in a matte sheen.  The color is a perfect alternative to white.  This neutral color works great in the space and compliments the ocean outside visible from the adjoining windows.  The clients chose a granite top called White Zito or Super White.  It has the look of marble, having a white field with gray striations throughout, however is much more forgiving than a Carrera would be.  When I arrived to finalize some last minute details the client was in the process of selecting some beautiful woven chairs to go with their new bar.  They are so excited about their new cabinetry complete with wine cubes, glass holders and a beverage fridge!  They also love the hidden storage in the back of the peninsula that blends seamlessly with the wainscot detail.

The Village at South River

We are excited to be working on a new townhouse development in Humarock, MA.  We are currently designing our seventh kitchen for Mike Solimando, the developer behind this new community.  The townhouses are situated across the inlet in Humarock adjacent to The Bridgeway restaurant.  Each kitchen and bathroom has been custom designed for the new homeowners suiting their individual taste and lifestyle.  Although the layouts within the townhouses have had a similar footprint, the colors, materials, fixtures and overall style for each design has been unique and driven by the homeowner who will be inhabiting them.  On the last photography shoot in Humarock, one of our photographers, Colleen Dolan, snapped some great exterior shots of the site.  Some of the kitchens and baths we recently finished can be seen in our Gallery.  We look forward to completing the next kitchen and will be sure to post images of the final design once it has been installed this August!

The Village at South River Humarock MA

The Village at South River Humarock MA


Ranchero Breakfast Tostadas

I love this version of huevos rancheros!  I made it on Sunday for brunch.  The recipe is simple and delicious!  I prefer to substitute the corn tortillas in the original recipe for whole wheat English muffins.  I also omit the bacon (since I don’t eat meat).  The original recipe is from a book, The Sprouted Kitchen, by Sara Fote that was given to me as a Christmas present.  Hope you enjoy this tasty meal as much as I do!

huevos rancheros

Black Bean Mash

2 cups cooked black beans

1/4 to 1/2 cup sour cream

2 green onions

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

4 slices cooked bacon, chopped (optional)

8 small corn tortillas (or whole wheat English muffin)

Olive oil for brushing

1 tablespoon coconut oil or unsalted butter

8 eggs

1 cup shredded white Cheddar cheese

2 avocados, peeled and thinly sliced

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 lime, in wedges

Hot sauce

Heat beans in a saucepan over medium heat and warm through.  Add 1/4 cup water, 1/4 cup of sour cream, the green onions, cumin, salt and pepper.  Mash with a fork until coarsely mashed and not entirely smooth.  Add in bacon if desired.  Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Brush tortillas with olive oil and lay them on a baking sheet.  Bake until just browned, 6 to 8 minutes.  Remove from oven and set aside.  (Here I prefer to make a toasted wheat English muffin and slather with butter instead of the tortillas…)

In a large frying pan heat coconut oil, or butter ( I use butter to cook everything!!) over medium heat.  Cook eggs sunny-side up.  Build the tostadas by placing the bean mash, 1 egg, some shredded cheese, the avocado and cilantro on top of the tortilla or English muffin.  Serve with a lime wedge and hot sauce.  Yum!

Clever Cabinetry…

We are working on a kitchen and bath renovation in Hull, MA and after visiting the site I can’t help but be inspired by the beauty of the surrounding landscape.  The house is sitting on the end of a peninsula and the view is simply breath-taking.  It is as if you are standing on the ocean!  One of the fun details the client suggested was making one of the base cabinets in the kitchen moveable to act as an additional server during large family gatherings.  The base cabinet appears to be part of a long run of cabinetry when in place, but can be pulled-out from the run and moved about the room to provide a serving and cutting board that can be brought right up to the table!  Quite clever!  The cabinet is positioned on casters and has a built-in walnut cutting board that will be mounted to the top.  The pictures below show the cabinetry installation in progress and the spectacular view (which I couldn’t leave out!).  We can’t wait to see the finished design and the moveable base cabinet in action!

Custom white cabinetry with walnut cutting board

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