Design Inspiration in Martha’s Vineyard

Architectural Digest recently featured this beautiful 18th-century home in Martha's Vineyard that has been updated to reflect the 21st-century. Complete with a carefully thought out and well-executed addition, this home now honors its roots and makes the space livable for a modern family of five and its guests.

We find inspiration in this renovation, from its elegant appointments to its thoughtful curation, this is the excellent design we strive for in each of our projects.

In the sunroom, wicker armchairs surround an oak dining table by Démiurge New York. Object Atelier hurricanes and candlesticks; antique Windsor chair. In the sunroom, wicker armchairs surround an oak dining table by Démiurge New York. Object Atelier hurricanes and candlesticks; antique Windsor chair. Photo credit: Pernille Loof.

Taking Design and Construction Projects Outdoors

With the first half of 2020 behind us, we eagerly look ahead to what the rest of the year has to offer. DIGS is back in the office. We're incredibly lucky to be very busy, and we thank each of you for that. 2020 holds several exciting new things, including the launch of our brand new website. We encourage you to visit and take a look around. We welcome feedback from our valued clients!
The turn to nicer weather has many people itching to get outside. When heading outdoors this summer, be sure to take some design with you. Here are a few quick and easy ways to freshen up your outdoor spaces:
  • The easiest way to refresh tired outdoor furniture is to replace your cushions and throw pillows. While it's tempting to use lots of color, given that the outside itself is so colorful, sticking to a palette of 2-3 accent colors is often best.
  • Consider moving your outdoor furniture around. Outdoor furniture placement should be thoughtful and conducive to how you live. Whatever your furniture placement, ensure that it's functional for your lifestyle.
  • Fill your planters, and consider whether moving them around will add to your space.
  • Have a tray at-the-ready with all your outdoor entertaining essentials. Perhaps it's full of cocktail napkins, melamine plates, citronella candles, or a s’mores kit. Keeping these items in one central location that can easily be transported outside makes outdoor living and entertaining all the more enjoyable.
And if you’re looking for a more extensive rejuvenation, the Design team at DIGS is here to help. 
Our Construction division has ramped up for the season, with projects of all sizes. We are working closely with clients on projects from simple refreshes to new digs from the ground up. We are also available to help you with your home service needs, including HVAC servicing and pool maintenance. DIGS' excellent Project Management and Construction teams are here to help your summer be a breeze in the home that you adore. 
1319 Park Ridge Place | Mount Lookout Offered at $965,000 by the DIGSGroup at Comey & Shepherd RealtorsPrized street! Stroll to Hyde Park, Mount Lookout, and East Hyde Park Squares, Kilgour & Ault Park. Spacious, bright, pristine, and full of charm and spectacular improvements, this stone and clapboard English country home has 4 bedrooms, 3+1 baths, big and bright kitchen open to the family room, a superb 1st floor wine cellar and tasting room, a magical master suite with a fantastic dressing room, and a beautiful, private yard with a hot tub.Click here for more information, or call Jaime Masters (513-509-9324) to schedule a tour. 
9427 Oakhurst Court | Blue Ash  Offered at $679,000 by the DIGSGroup at Comey & Shepherd RealtorsSuper-sized 4 bedroom, 5+1 bath brick beauty in pristine condition. Extensive renovations and additions. 4,186 square feet on 2 floors PLUS 1,150 square feet finished lower level with exercise room, rec room, wine cellar, and sauna. Huge gourmet eat-in kitchen open to a bright family room. Multi-room master bedroom suite with 2 walk-in closets & spectacular new bath. Handsome 1st fl study. Attached 3-car garages. Large and lush yard.Click here for more information, or call Jaime Masters (513-509-9324) to schedule a tour. 


A Sense of Order & Beauty

If you are looking for a quick home project that can be done with a glass of wine in your hand, try reworking your bookcases or shelves.  While it can be difficult to get that “just right balance,” there’s no need to complicate things...

here are Christine Kommer’s suggestions.

Step 1

Start with a blank canvas

Take everything off your shelves. You need a blank canvas!


Step 2


Sort and organize your items into categories. For example: books, pictures, art, other.


Step 3

Identify a theme

Identify a theme. Maybe a theme comes to you when you’re sorting. For my family room built-ins, I decided to focus on my love of the outdoors and nature. In fact, my husband calls it my “Cabinet of Natural Curiosities.” Your theme could be really anything at all: gardening, horses, travel, dogs – something that is about you and your family.


Step 4

Identify a vibe

This is different than your theme, although they kind of go hand in hand. How do you want your bookcases to read? Fancy? Relaxed? Rustic? Refined? Sophisticated?  I went for a decidedly causal feeling with my family room bookcases.


Step 5

Category by category

Start to put your items on the shelves category by category, while keeping a balance. For example, if you have a bunch of books in the top left corner of your shelves, try to put some in the bottom right corner too.  For shelves where you are putting objects only, I always l like to work in odds, and prefer threes, whether that’s a grouping of three of one type of item, or three different types of items grouped together.  And don’t overdo it.  Built ins and shelves are architectural elements in and of themselves, so less is always more.


Step 6


Take 1/3 of the items that you just put on your shelves off.  Keep it clean and simple.


Step 7

Edit and rotate for holidays and seasons

Keeping up with your shelves is important. Try hard not to stuff items in there when you don’t know where else to put them, and don’t let the items you do have on your shelves collect dust – read your books, play your games, look at your pictures.

And if you need help call us and we can schedule a Zoom chat

with Christine Kommer's.


The High Life

Pitch perfection.  Reimagine the roof space and create magic in the eaves of your home.  A roof space works beautifully to create a sense of intimacy – the perfect child’s room or guest room.  When building an extension a pitched roof adds grandeur and height to elevate the spirits.

Let the roof shape sing with tongue and groove panelling.

Emphasize the shape with a contrasting color.

A high vaulted roof gives such a magnificent

height to this elegant living room.


Dreaming of Hyde Park

23 Garden Pl Cincinnati OH 45208   $750,000

Garden Place is located amongst the elegant estate homes of Hyde Park.  This land is the perfect place to design and build your dream home. The .695 acre lot features a flat plateau on which a home can be built with stunning forest and valley views. If you would like to visit this lot please call us to make an appointment.