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  • Podcast Ep 2- Studio Life

    August 20, 2018

    Carolyn Mackin, our guest on this episode of Design Wise, is an artist based out of Wellesley, MA.  Her artwork is about embracing and celebrating life, and living with intention and passion.  Her abstract, multi-layered paintings reflect her journey through life.  Inspired by traveling, city life, white light, and intimate connections, Carolyn creates mixed media paintings through an intuitive process of layering acrylic and oil paint, oil pastels, paint pens, graphite and paper.  For Carolyn, cities are wonderfully exciting places filled with possibility, vibran

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  • Podcast Ep 1- The Making of a Sharpshooter

    August 16, 2018

    Michael J. Lee, our guest on this episode of Design Wise, is an interior photographer in Boston.  Michael J. Lee founded his photography studio in 2007 with the intention of transitioning his experience as an interior designer and creative director to the art of photographing the work of leading architects and interior designers.  His work has been featured in numerous design publications and cover stories in regional and national magazines.   Michael’s photography has contributed to the country’s leading design professionals securing editorial features and cover s

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  • Boston Home Article

    July 24, 2018

    We are excited to be part this new article in Boston Home featuring some of our work!  The piece details our appreciation for some of the amazing projects that we have had the opportunity to work on.  We also discuss how we are continuing to improve on our process so that we can deliver for our clients.     

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  • Tough Mudder

    July 2, 2018

    We had a great time running in the mud for the Needham Community Council.  Enjoy some of the pictures of the race as shown in the Needham Times!

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  • Run in the Mud for Charity!!

    February 26, 2018

    We are raising money and awareness for the Needham Community Council in a fun and exciting way.  We want to challenge our company and community to rise to the occasion and compete together in the Tough Mudder Boston (half), while raising money for an amazing organization that has supported the Needham community since 1930. You can support our quest to help the Needham Community Council in two ways (or both):1) Sign up and run with us in the Half Tough Mudder Boston (on June 23).  Hawthorn will donate $75 for every person that joins our

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  • What You Need to Know Before Starting A Renovation

    June 23, 2017

    We frequently get calls from homeowners considering a home renovation project. The questions are often quite similar: Does the project make financial sense? Will I get what I invest in this project back when I sell the home? Is it worth the disruption? If I can only do one part of the project, which should I do?We have learned a lot from the years that we have spent building homes and helping sellers and buyers in and around Needham. That experience has informed us and helps us guide those embarking on a project. We would like to share what we have learned:Is My Project Even Worth It?

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  • As quoted in Forbes…

    May 22, 2017

    Our co-founder Mathew Roth is quoted in The Forbes Real Estate Council... 

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  • Jessica Chabot in the news

    May 12, 2017

    Congrats to Jess for her recent mention in the Needham Times and for her work with charity!Jessica Chabot, principal design director at Hawthorn Builders in Needham, is participant in the New England Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association’s annual “Take a Seat” Design Exhibition and Charity Auction. “Take a Seat” features up-cycled, one-of-a-kind chairs designed by local architects, builders, craftsmen and students of the furnishing and design industry. It aims to provide them with a platform to display their inventive and resou

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  • A Look Into Lighting

    April 14, 2017

    When it comes to discussing lighting (FUN!), we are used to hearing the term “wattage” as a means of describing light bulbs and the strength of the fixture. However, with the increase of LED fixtures as mainstream, this has brought a whole new ‘light’ to the terminology – see what I did there? There is a new way to gauge electrical output: Lumens.  Lumens measure brightness, whereas wattage is actually the amount of electricity used by the lightbulb or fixture.  In the past, we would recommend 120 watts as an efficient amount of lighting for an average bedroom, whi

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  • Making the Team Better

    March 10, 2017

    At Hawthorn one of our core values is to make the team better. This ideal can be interpreted in many ways, but for us, the team isn’t just the Hawthorn staff. We think our clients and our vendors are part of the team too. Why is that so important?When building a home, there are a lot of moving parts, decisions, and coordination that go into the process. Just like an engine, if one of the parts is not functioning properly, the whole process breaks down. That is why is so important to have the builder, client, subcontractors and vendors all working together. If one of those team member

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