NFDCO’s Homes for the Holidays

Like everyone else, all of us at NFDCo are all spending a little bit of extra time in our homes this holiday season, so we figured it would be fun to highlight and share with you a little bit of insight as to what our own homes look like for the holidays. As you may recall from last year, we all created our personal holiday mood boards which represented each of our holiday styles in terms of wrapping, décor, and overall holiday aesthetic. In the spirit of holiday fun, how well do you think each of our homes relate to last year’s vision boards? As a design company, we are constantly sharing photos of our client’s homes but just for Christmas, here’s a look at our own!


Cait’s home is decked out with the cutest Christmas pups and classic Marblehead charm! Cozy, warm, and inviting even with a foot of snow!


Elyse’s cat Pumpkin is a big help during the holidays! She loves to help tie the bows on the presents and loves helping work on her Christmas Cats puzzle! Elyse embroidered the names on her stockings herself and deserves an award for the gorgeous wreath that she made. (Can you believe that bow?!)


Emily takes a minimal approach to her Christmas décor but a maximal approach to her wrapping! Simple sprigs of greenery, a few holly berries, and Christmas tree scented candles are what make her holidays merry & bright.


Haley’s traditional Christmas décor is so cute and cozy, a cup of hot chocolate on that couch with a handful of those tasty treats sounds nice to me! And that’s my favorite saying that I’ve ever seen on a letterboard, keeping that in mind for Christmas cards next year 🙂

There’s no place like home for the holidays and from our homes to yours, we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. We’ll see you in the New Year!

Local (and Last Minute) Holiday Gift Guide

In classic 2020 fashion, you may have noticed that things are taking a little bit longer to ship than normal (because we might as well end the year with a bang, right?) I ordered a few items just last week only to find out that they won’t in fact arrive prior to Christmas. December 8?! Who would think that that would be a date to cause holiday stress. Normally, I wouldn’t even have to splurge on rush shipping at that point. But this year, that is just not the case. If you, like millions of other people have yet to start your holiday shopping because it hasn’t yet hit you that Christmas is just over a week away, we’ve got you covered with a local and last minute holiday gift guide. Besides, this is the year to support local small businesses in your community–more so than ever before. These are the go-to gifts that are still sure to put a smile on your loved one’s faces when that item you originally bought them online just isn’t going to make it in time.

A book. I don’t know about you, but I have done more reading this year than in any year past. The best thing about books is that there is truly a book out there for everyone. Cookbooks, coffee table books, or the latest best-sellers, find a local book shop to support and pick out something to add to your recipient’s personal library. A few of our local favorites are Copper Dog Books in Beverly or Wicked Good Books in Salem (how fitting is that name?!)

A gift card to their favorite local restaurant. While we all miss the atmosphere of being able to go in & enjoy our favorite restaurants, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy via takeout or delivery. They get a meal they love, and you get the joy of supporting a local business that needs all of the help they can get from their local community. Sounds like a win-win to me! Pick their favorite, or theirs, or do a mix of a few for a gift of (stay-at-home) date nights that keeps on giving.

A candle. If I had to guess, I probably have somewhere around 15 candles throughout my home right now, but it’s NEVER too many. With everyone spending so much time in our homes, we might as well make them smell nice and feel cozy. The Spotted Hound in Marblehead has the BEST selection of small-batch candles, and I’m not just saying that because I know the owner 🙂 While you’re there, check out the rest of the shoppe for the cutest curated selection of vintage & found home decor, treasures, & trinkets. You could probably find something for everyone on your list in here, honestly.

Art supplies. Thinking outside the box (literally, outside of the big-box art stores) allows your mind to wander to something that you may not know exists-local art shops! Ray Art in Marblehead has a wonderful selection of art supplies for all mediums. Just walking into the store makes me want to create something every single time I go in. They also have a cheeky selection of greeting cards along with lots of other fun things that would be perfect to pick up for the art lover in your life!

Handmade jewelry. There’s something about handmade jewelry that really says “hey, I saw this and I thought of you” because it feels so personal and special. We’ve been loving Boho North who is located in Danvers (but ships across the country!) and also sells at local shops such as the Spotted Hound in Marblehead, the Merry Lion in Wakefield, as well as various other local pop-ups around the North Shore. The owner ships super quick locally so there’s still time to get it under the tree before the big day. Check out the online shop for yourself to see just how cute all of these handmade clay earrings are! Do some research and find a local handmade jeweler to support near you.

DIY art or decor. Get your creative thinking cap on and create something. Pick up a paint brush, a pencil, or make a homemade ornament. The best gifts are the ones that truly come from the heart.

A plant or planter (or both!). Just like candles, there’s no such thing as too many plants. A live plant in a cute planter is always a good idea. Oak and Moss in Salem has some really great planters (as well as a plethora of other home decor items for everyone on your list!) and there are so many local florists to buy a cute little succulent or cool plant from.

Sustainable goods for the environmentalist in your life. MacRae’s in Marblehead has the cutest selection of everything sustainable, from cleaning supplies to personal care to compostable phone cases to miscellaneous decor and accessories. A company with a mission to use less plastic and work towards a cleaner world–another win-win! (AND, their company logo color is very similar to ours which is even better!)

Sweet (or savory) gift baskets from your local chocolatier or specialty grocery store. Who doesn’t love holiday goodies in the form of candies, chocolates, cheeses, crackers, nuts, cookies, etc? I will never complain about a food gift and a personalized goodie basket from your in-town specialty store or candy store is sure to please! There are plenty of candy shops, bakeries, and specialty grocery stores out there, we love Stowaway Sweets in Marblehead and Harbor Sweets in Salem, as well as Shubie’s Market in Marblehead for a variety of delicious treats.

Ornaments. A few years back, I had a friend who used an ornament as a gift adornment on the outside of the wrapping and I thought that was such a great idea! It actually inspired me in my own wrapping last year to use wood slice monogram tags as the name tag on the gift, which could then be used as a personal ornament rather than just throwing the tag out. It was a big hit! No matter how full your tree is, there is always room for one more.

Don’t worry, 6 days is totally enough time to get out there and shop local (luckily there are several safe options to do that right now!) and find the perfect last minute gifts for all of your loved ones. Happy Holidays!

The Family Table: Thanksgiving Inspiration, 2020 Style

While your Thanksgiving may look a little bit different this year, maybe a little bit smaller than usual, we think it’s important–maybe even more than ever–to make sure that you’re still celebrating in a way that brings you joy. Things are weird, strange, and completely different this year than any other Thanksgiving but even while being cautious, safe, and socially distant, why not create a Thanksgiving tablescape that your (very few) guests will love? We’ve given you some of our favorite Thanksgiving tablescapes inspiration in the past, as well as tips for setting the table but this year we’re focusing on the smaller get-togethers, the outdoor feasts, and the simple touches that will leave a lasting impression in a time that we’re otherwise trying to forget.

Smaller-Scaled Seating Arrangements.

With an in-house limit being set to 10 people in several areas, and in the name of being (and staying) safe, it’s just not the year for large gatherings. Are you hosting for 6 people? 4? 2? Just yourself? Here are a few small-scale table settings for when you can count the number of guests on one hand.

Outdoor Dining.

We know that several people are opting to bring their dinner outdoors this year, if the weather allows for it. Here’s some inspiration for when you want to incorporate a little bit of nature into your family feast.

The Simple Finishing Touches.

Whether its a floral centerpiece, a little bit of greenery, a place setting, or a few candles to set the mood, quick and simple touches will go a long way in making this year’s Thanksgiving that much more memorable.

No matter how you’re celebrating this year, whether it’s in sweaters or sweatpants, with wine or whiskey, with ten guests or two, we hope everyone stays happy, safe, & healthy. Happy Thanksgiving!

*All photos are not our work & are for inspiration purposes only! Image references:

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NFDCo. Update: How We’ve Been Adjusting and Moving Forward with the #NewNormal

In case you couldn’t tell, we have been B U S Y–hence lack of blog posts! This summer was a blur anyways, but hey! We’re still here and we’re still working hard–harder than ever even. Any time anyone has asked “how’s work” since the beginning of the pandemic, we feel truly so lucky to have been able to say “it’s great, actually! We’ve been so busy!” And that’s the truth. Much to nobody’s surprise, everyone is spending extra time in their homes and deciding that it’s time to make some changes, whether it’s aesthetically or functionally. And that’s where we’re (still) here to help!

Here’s Caitlin getting her work from home space set up back in April!

For the beginning of quarantine, we all worked strictly from our homes. We transitioned from working from end tables and coffee tables and sofas and started to realize that this was going to be more permanent than we originally planned. We eventually invested in desks and creating work spaces that we actually enjoyed being in and creating an at-home work environment that would be effective and efficient and allow us to keep moving forward as “normally” as possible. Normal for us meant calling each other approximately 7853 times a day to talk through things. This was a big difference from our usual collaborative office environment, but we made it work! During this time, client meetings in person were non-existent and were kept to Zoom or email. Again, strange for us since we’re so used to in-person meetings and presentations.

In the early phases of quarantine, we all created a flatlay that best reflected each of our work-from-home experiences. This was Caitlins…

We swear this year has gone something like January, February, Marchvember and it’s blowing my mind that we’re already seeing holiday decorations. Nonetheless, big changes for us this fall. We had student interns start in early September and we had to prepare for how to safely be back in the office if and when possible, in order to provide our interns with at least some in office experience. In addition to interns, we also hired Haley, another full-time designer, as well as Aimee, a part time office manager/organizer. It has been AMAZING to have so many hands on deck and we feel like we’re checking things off of our to-do list left and right. However, this meant re-arranging our office to promote a safe and clean work space for all. We deep cleaned our office, switched around our furniture to ensure social distancing while everyone is at their desk, and we even did an overhaul of our materials library with more efficient shelves so that we could open up that space. We invested in a great picnic table and a ton of heavy-hitter cleaning products out of extra precaution. We even got a cute new rug to totally freshen up our space!

Here’s what some of our office re-organization looked like…

Now, we are all together in the office 2-4 days a week and have been going back to-in person client meetings and presentations, so things feel “back to normal” as they can for us! We’re still taking an abundance of caution in all things that we do but we are here and still working harder than ever. As always, you can stay updated on our day-to-day via our Instagram and our Facebook and we promise we’ll try to be more active in the blog posting department! We hope everyone is still saying safe & healthy, wish you all well & thank you to everyone who continues to keep up with & support our business!

Home Detox: 8 Ways to Refresh & Reset Your Space When You’re Kind of Sick of Being There

While things are hesitantly, cautiously, and very optimistically starting to open back up and return to “normal” a lot of us are still stuck (safe) at home. And we probably will be for a while until we know it’s safe to return to our office environments without the risk of exposure. If you’re anything like us, you’re probably enjoying the extra time you have and this kind of “down time” feeling that we’re all experiencing amidst working from home, but at the same time a little sick of being in the same environment day in and day out. Anyone else?? We work here, we sleep here, we eat here, we exercise here, everything is at home right now & all that extra time calls for a major need to refresh & reset to make sure that we’re breathing fresh air (literally and metaphorically) into our home environments. We’ve given you things to do in quarantine, home office inspiration to spruce up your space, and our prediction as to how the future of home will change as a result of all of this. Now, we’re thinking about the actual health of your home. When you think of the word detox, you probably think of vegetable juices and apple cider vinegar. Similarly, we’re talking about ways to flush out & reset your home and get rid of any toxins that have been floating around in the space that we’re spending sooo much time in.

Open the windows. 

The weather is finally warm enough! Let some fresh air in–out with the old stale air and in with that crisp springy morning breeze that warms up as the day goes on.

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Our #3MarlboroughSt project with plenty of natural light and the perfect place to let in some fresh air.

Keep cleaning & disinfecting. 

We know, you’ve heard it a million and one times, but there’s no better time to deep clean your house. Speaking of toxins–try to stick to natural cleaning products or try your hand at making your own to reduce the amount of additional chemicals that you’re bringing into your home. But at the same time, we know that right now is a time for heavy hitters. (Hello bleach & Lysol!) Whatever you use, just keep using it. Disinfect surfaces, door handles, light switches, anything you can think of.

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Natural cleaning products on display in our #ChestnutStProject laundry room.

Clean your sheets. 

Any time you go out in public, germs & viruses have the potential to stick to your clothes and skin, and then of course transferred into your bed. Keep your sheets fresh–what’s better than crawling into bed with fresh cleaned sheets anyways?!

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Fresh clean sheets and bedding in our #ShelterIslandHomeProject master bedroom.

Add plants. 

Local greenhouses & flower shops have luckily remained open (not to mention you can pick up greenery, flowers, and plants at most grocery stores). They are a mood booster to have around and also are natural air purifiers & improve air quality in your home so that’s a win-win in my book!

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Plenty of plants & greenery in our #SigsbeeRoadProject dining room.

Vacuum & dust. 

All the nooks and crannies. All the under-beds. Behind the sofa. Under the cabinets. The last thing we need is additional dust bunnies during a time of peak allergies & COVID19. Get rid of it all for a fresh, clean, easy-to-breathe in space.

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Freshly vacuumed rugs & dusted surfaces at our #BroadStCondoProject.

Light candles or diffusers. 

Make your space smell nice! Even though candles only create the illusion that a space is fresh and clean, it certainly takes it up a notch when combined with all of these other things. Choose scents that remind you of your favorite things: lavender in the garden, the beach, fresh linen, the possibilities are endless.

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A few candles used for styling on the shelves of our #ShelterIslandHomeProject.

Clean out the fridge. 

Get rid of those leftovers you forgot about from three weeks ago or those strawberries that you promised yourself you would eat this time around. Keep your food fresh by doing minimal amounts of grocery shopping trips only when you need to and dispose of food that is past it’s prime. If you do this often and keep up with it, it’s an easy thing to rotate out the old and keep a clean & organized fridge.

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Fresh fruits & veggies and a clean fridge at our #IndianheadCircleProject.

Think outside the cleaning box. 

I’m sure you’re already cleaning your kitchen counters, the bathrooms, the obvious places. But try to think of other places or items in your home that you don’t normally include in your Sunday morning cleaning–your trash bins, the inside of your microwave, TV remote controls, ceiling fans, light fixtures, etc.

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All clean surfaces and fixtures in our #PineNeckProject living room and kitchen.

Detoxing your home is just as important as detoxing your body! Healthy, clean homes are a key element to overall health (physical and mental), especially when we’re spending so much time here. Out with the bad, in with the good. Get rid of unnecessary toxins within your home and breathe a breath of fresh air to help reset your space for a much needed pick-me-up!

*All photographs are property of Kyle Caldwell & North Fork Design Co. 

Remote Learning, Home Offices & Social Distancing: Adapting to The New Normal & What it Means for the Future of Home

With the recent announcement that social distancing guidelines are to be practiced at least into the next month, we have to accept that things are going to be different. Not just now, not just for the next 30 days, but for the foreseeable future. Drastic changes have already taken place all around the world and we can’t help but wonder what’s still to come. As designers, we delved into the idea of how this is all going to affect our individual worlds on a smaller scale–small as our own homes. Our homes are where you are (should be) spending the vast majority of your time right now. A space that we’re used to spending significantly less amounts of our time is now where we spend days on end. So what does that mean for the future of home? What are some ways to enjoy spending so much extra time in your home? How can you create an effective work space that is functional and increases productivity? We may not have all the answers and of course situations vary from person to person or family to family, but I’m taking my best stab at offering some insight on how to accept this “new normal” in a time of so much uncertainty.

The future of home.

Working or not, the average person spends about 90% of their day indoors. Now that part of that indoor element of being inside an office is out of the picture, that’s 90% of the day that we’re spending inside our homes. This means a lot of extra bonding time with those squeaky old floors, the dusty curtains, the furniture that seems to be a little more uncomfortable than you remembered when you weren’t forced to spend so much extra time on it. Home is your safe place. You can control what and who comes in and out of it. You can control how often, or how deeply you clean it. Home has always been our comfort zone, but looking forward it will be even more so. Also, what was a place for families to come together and have dinner after the work day or sit down to watch their favorite show is now a school, a classroom, an office, a conference room and all other parts of the home all wrapped up in one. So, how do we adjust to that? For most, it’s quite a significant change to have to incorporate all of these new elements into the home. Remember that everyone is going through a major adjustment period and there is no exact formula on how to make this all work. How we spend time in our homes is changing and the most important thing we all have to learn is how to keep work, school, and home separate, all while under the same roof. Remember, safe at home, not stuck at home.


How we’re going to be using our homes is changing. It’s no longer just a living room at our #MarlboroughStreet Project, it’s a living room, an office, and a conference room. 

What this also means moving forward is that homeowners are going to want to incorporate certain elements that they may not have thought as necessary before all of this came about. In prior home renovations, we never once thought of “how will this improve my situation during a pandemic?” but now that we’ve been through/are going through it, we know there are ways that your home could be better suited in case something like this were ever to happen again. Of course, the obvious are incorporating a home office, or carving out a nook in the kitchen to create a small desk space, or building desks and tables into your kids’ playroom for when they have to be home schooled. However, other elements to consider are the incorporation of a mudroom or an entry space to take everything off right at the door rather than having to bring everything across the house. We’ve seen plenty of cases of front line workers who have to strip down at the door, wash down their shoes, whatever it is, immediately upon entry to ensure that nothing gets brought further into the house. This transition would be easier and more convenient with a mudroom or small powder room to change in upon direct entry into the home, or even possibly transitioning laundry back to the downstairs mudroom to take care of clothes immediately. After all the back and forth of moving laundry machines upstairs to be closer to the bedrooms…

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One of our recently completed mudrooms at our #ChestnutStreetProject where we opened up and made better use of an awkwardly divided entryway. 

Another thing to consider is private space. Again, not just talking private office or your own personal work space, but having enough division within the home that everyone has their own space to stay confined to IF something were to ever happen. One of the suggestions we keep hearing from the CDC was that especially in the case that anyone in your home was affected or was showing symptoms, that they should try to use a separate bathroom if and whenever possible. The more bathrooms attached to/accessible by individual bedrooms, the better.


Designated guest bathroom at our #ChestnutStreetProject. 

That being said, we understand that this is a challenging time for everyone and these are merely predictions and suggestions of what to incorporate in a future renovation based on what we are currently going through. We also understand that every home and every renovation project is different and has different spaces and different needs. If you are considering any future renovations to better accommodate a changing household, or if you’ve just spent too much time inside and are realizing that your home needs a face lift, we are always here and happy to help with any of that!

The importance of a home office or designated work space.

We get that not everyone has a separate built out home office or the perfect little room for homeschooling. We get that space is limited and so are means of performing any renovations to create a new designated work space. However, with no sight of anything changing in the nearest future, it is important to make some adjustments to how and where you work. Create or designate a space that is just for working or just for learning. This can be a challenge, but can be done effectively by making sure to refresh and reset the space as needed. For example, if your dining table serves as your desk or your kids’ classroom, call it just that until the end of the day, and then clear and reset it so it’s still the dining table when it comes time for dinner. For more thoughts on how to stay productive while working from home and creating a home office space that you are happy to work from, check out our last blog post.


We love this cute little built in desk area by Cythia Hayes Interior Design.

Keep your routines

as best as possible, or create new ones that still serve to enhance your productivity on a day to day basis. For the first couple of weeks, this was a huge challenge for me personally (anyone else?) because nothing was normal. It was a cycle of what do we do this week? Where in my house am I going to be working from today? It was a huge adjustment period of figuring out what works and what doesn’t in terms of serving my daily routine. I’ve finally gotten into a groove of my morning routines to get my day going, and my evening routines to end it. Routines help provide a sense of normalcy and familiarity, and now that we’re all figuring out what our “new normals” are going to be, we can start sticking to a more consistent routine. I started making a to-do list of both work related and personal items for every day, even adding things like drink water and read just to try to force myself to stick to my routines until it becomes familiar and comfortable to be doing this all from home.

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Maybe your routines include picking your favorite chair & your favorite view and reading for a little while? This would be our choice spot at our #MarblehadReno project. 

Get out of your bed. 

There is nothing normal about working from your bed. Sure, we’ve all had those mornings that we roll out minutes before we’re supposed to start our day. Extra sleep is nice, but there are other parts of your home to spend your day in. Speaking of sticking to routines, try to keep the time you spend in your bed around the same as you would as if none of this ever happened.


The bed in the master bedroom at our #MarbleheadReno project may look super pretty and comfy, but resist the urge to stay in your bed all day! 

New Co-Workers. 

Whether it’s a significant other, roommates, kids, or your entire family, we’re all sharing a work space now. An interior designer is space planning 6 feet apart from a social worker who is on phone calls with her clients. A teacher is doing lesson plans next to a businessman trying to make a sale. Nothing makes sense right now, and that’s ok. We’re learning how to work with new people that we aren’t used to working with. Ok, so it’s more of working in proximity of new people more so than with new people, but it’s another thing to adjust to still. We’re learning more about each other’s days than we may have ever wanted to.  We all have to be patient and understanding of each other that there’s going to be phone calls that we hear in the background, some have a different lunch time or a different work day schedule or hours all together. Setting rules and boundaries amongst your “new coworkers” will help to eliminate stressors and additional tensions. Know what everyone’s schedules are going to be for the day, and try to plan yours accordingly. We’re spending way more time with the people in our household, and it can be as challenging for families as much as it is for spouses or significant others.


Sharing a home office can be done if everyone has plenty of their own space! Love this cute two-person office transformation. 

How to cope. 

Everyone is going through this experience right now. Remember that it’s ok to feel weird or sad or stressed or emotional on some days (or all days) about everything that’s going on. Things are so different right now both outside and inside of your home, and still changing every day, and it’s ok to be feeling strange about the changes taking place. Chatting with a friend, she made the point that it was “strangely comforting that everyone is struggling differently.” I liked this a lot and it made me think about it more in depth. We’re all in this together right now and there’s going to be days that are harder than others, but it affects everyone differently and at different times or in different waves. There is no formula to any of this, and the only thing we can do is focus on the positive whenever we can. Tomorrow is always a new day and a fresh start. While it is important to stay informed, I have also distanced myself from the news. I’m not trying to completely turn a blind eye, of course everything is all over social media and it’s frankly unavoidable. It’s all anyone talks about right now, but I’ve found my spirits to be lifted on a day to day basis when I’m not actively seeking out the information that I don’t want to hear.


Fresh flowers and coffee table books like these at our #ShelterIslandHomeProject make for a good distraction! 

What to do with all of this extra time in your home. 

I don’t think there’s ever been a time before this that I actually never left the house for a week or two straight (with the exception of going outside for walks, for a drive, etc). With all this extra time at home, now is the time to be creative. Of course, there’s tons of articles and suggestions out there of ways to dissipate the quarantine blues. I don’t want to say the list is endless but there are tons of ways to change it up on a day to day basis, even by adding one small activity. An idea that I saw come up was to create a “home movie theater” with popcorn and snacks, or similarly creating a “restaurant” in your home with a menu and a table set a little fancier than normal. Remember all those days of playing house as a kid? Well, now we’re playing games of “non-essential businesses.” I took a stab at a DIY wine and paint night! Cook or bake together as a family and try a recipe that you haven’t tried yet. Do karaoke, plant seeds, plan your next home renovation, read a book, watch a movie, go for walks, paint your door, rearrange your furniture. Just enjoy it. How often before this have we ever just gotten to sit and enjoy the homes we live in? Take some time to just appreciate it, because we’re still going to be spending a lot of time in it.


Get creative! We love how our clients at our #SouthEndReno created a menu board to have on display in their kitchen. 

So, what does the new normal mean? It’s going to be different for everyone. This is the first time that almost every living person has had to go through something like this. The new normal means accepting changes and being able to amend your lifestyle accordingly. It means that home is your safe space, your office, and your classroom all in one, and we have to learn to make the most of it and keep positive as much as we can.

As always, we hope that everyone is staying safe & healthy and remember that we’re all going to get through this together.


Making the Most out of Working From Home: Inspiration & Advice

I’m sure by now everyone’s gotten settled into their new working from home or home office set up, but it’s never too late to switch it up (or make it even better). Now more than ever, it’s super important to designate a working space to keep productivity up as much as possible. By now we’ve seen our fair share of everything from improvisations & make-shift desks, to luxurious and beautiful home office #goals, and we wanted to share some inspiration and input for creating a home office or work space that you are excited to work from.

Create a functional work space. 

When this all started, we were all thinking it would be a few days from home–it would be fine to work wherever. I was admittedly using a small end table pulled over in front of my sofa, but as we learned that this was how it was going to be for the foreseeable future, I decided it was going to be important to actually invest in a desk and a desk chair. My tiny end table was not going to appropriately serve me for the type of work I needed to do. Give yourself the space and functionality that you need to help you be productive.

Designate a space that isn’t your bed or sofa.

It’s probably no secret that there is a major decrease in productivity when working from a bed or a sofa. Psychology proves that we need to keep our beds for sleeping separate from our places of working, otherwise our brain starts to subconsciously confuse the two. A bed or sofa should be kept as a place for relaxation or sleeping. When you start doing work from your bed, you may have troubles sleeping because you’re brain is saying “hey, it’s time to work now” rather than relax. The opposite is also true– when trying to accomplish tasks your brain may be thinking “what are we doing, this is where we’re supposed to sleep?” Having a space separate from your bed is a key contributor for bringing levels of productivity back up. Whether it’s the counter or the dining table or some make-shift set up with whatever you have, let your bed be a place strictly for resting.

Add items that make you happy. 

Art, plants, candles, photos, your favorite books–anything that brings you joy that you can keep on or near your WFH surface will help to make you want to use that space.


Find the sunniest spot in the house. 

Again, kind of goes without saying but make sure you’re not locking yourself away in a cave to try to get your work done. Remember we’re all basically complicated houseplants–make sure to give yourself plenty of natural light and water.

Clean up, declutter, and reset. 

Before all of this came about, we would leave our office and desks behind at the end of the day and come back to it in the morning. Now that our homes and our offices are the same spaces, and our desk may be doubling as our dining table, take the time to clean up and de-clutter at the end of each work day so you can reset in the morning. It’s important to still try to keep work and home life separated so clean up your computer and papers out from the middle of the living room so you can watch your evening TV as normal. Plus, it feels good to get in the routine of starting fresh each morning.

Take breaks. 

As pretty and perfect as you can make your WFH space, it’s still important to walk away from it take breaks from time to time. Go outside and give yourself some sun or eat lunch out on the porch. We all should be doing it throughout the work day anyways, but it’s especially important to take a refresh/reset when in your own home.

There’s so much great home office inspiration out there right now. From kitchen nooks to full built out spaces, here are a few more of our faves!

Project Reveal: #MedfordStProject

Our latest project to share is our #MedfordStProject which involved a major bathroom renovation/transformation–and it happens to be one of our favorites to date! Thanks to the help of our superhero contractor we were able to pull off this bathroom re-design on a relatively tight timeline so our clients were able to move in. The original bathroom was designed for ADA use but felt too large and empty so we reconfigured to make better & more purposeful use of the over-sized space. We chose simplistic streamlined materials and a very neutral color palette to bring this bathroom together, complete with matte black hardware and light fixture finishes. We’re so happy with how this gorgeous bathroom came out and are super excited to start the process of digging into the next phase for this home, which will include entryway, kitchen, and living room renovations.

*All photos are property of Kyle Caldwell Photography

Project Reveal: #ChestnutStProject

With a little bit of extra time on our hands, we’ve been able to put together a few project reveals for your viewing enjoyment! We’re thrilled to have gotten all of these photos back from the incredibly talented Kyle Caldwell Photography and while they’re still in the works of being published on our website, you’re seeing them all here first!

Our #ChestnutStProject in Wellesley consisted of major renovations to all of the bathrooms, mudroom, and laundry space. In the master bathroom, we changed the layout to make better use of a very large space. We transformed an all white, outdated bathroom to feel much more modern and luxurious. Rich deep blues, brass hardware, and brass accents helped to give this master bathroom the makeover it needed.

For the kid’s bathroom, we chose to do a fun striped pattern on the shower wall with variations of blue penny rounds. We also added a bright blue vanity to liven up the space.

What is now the laundry room used to be a bathroom off of a bedroom. With enough bathrooms in the house and no designated laundry space, we closed off the door that connected the bedroom and the bathroom and made it accessible from the hallway. Now the clients have a purposeful (and pretty) space to do their laundry in!

For the green/blue powder room and the guest bathroom, minor renovations were made to freshen up and modernize each of the spaces.

In the mudroom, we completely opened up what was a small powder room/laundry space/storage closet and designed the most adorable mudroom with custom built in cabinetry, shiplap walls, and the perfect space to drop off muddy boots and coats right off of the garage.

We love how the renovations in this home turned out and are excited to finally be able to share all these photos with you! we hope you enjoy & stay well!

*All photos are property of Kyle Caldwell

Things To Do For Your Home (And For Yourself) While In Quarantine

The majority of us have been social distancing, isolating, and staying quarantined within our homes for about a week now, and if you’re anything like us you’re either a.) already going crazy or b.) have already found ways to keep yourself from doing so. That being said, with no definite end in sight and who knows how many more weeks stuck at home, we’ve come up with a few suggestions of ways to pass the time, for the benefit for your home and for yourself!

Clean everything. 

It goes without saying that now is a good time to clean just about everything in your home. Any surface, all the nooks and crannies, bathrooms, windows, sheets, clothes, anything. What better time to get a jump start on your spring cleaning? Make sure to disinfect while you’re at it, too 🙂

Organize & declutter. 

Find new homes for all of your stuff. *Please do NOT go out to the Container Store or any store for that matter, but find ways to put your things away with means that you already have. Or, make a plan for when it is safe to go back out and purchase things if you want a complete organization overhaul.

Create or make art. 

Pick up a sketch book, a paint brush, or anything you’re comfortable (or uncomfortable!) with. Maybe you’ll discover a hidden talent, maybe you’ll end up with a new piece of art to hang in your living room! At the very least, it’s something to try and usually helps to put your mind at ease.

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Caitlin getting in touch with her creative side!

Rearrange your furniture. 

Even if it doesn’t work, it was worth a shot. You can always put it back, we have the time.


Seriously, just do it. Tap into your personal library or re-read an old favorite.


Being cooped up in the house and working from your bed can definitely do some damage to your body! Be sure to keep your body moving to prevent future aches and pains. Check out Emily’s favorite stretching regimen!

Create a cute WFH setup. 

With the shift from working from offices to working from home, create a positive working environment. Find a good spot in the sun, light candles, get comfy, set up plants, anything you can do to make the transition any less miserable. Look at our friend @ameliabydesign_ ‘s cutest little home desk area!

Learn to cook, or brush up on your cooking skills. 

Practice your cooking or baking. Try a new recipe incorporating some of your stocked-up goods. It’ll kind of be like you’re starring in your own episode of Chopped but hey, you never know what you could come up with!

DIY something. 

Build a new shelf, re-purpose an old piece of furniture, paint something **only if you currently have the supplies to do so. Get creative!

Start planning your garden. 

Spring has officially sprung! Might as well start to plot out what you’re going to grow and where.


While gyms are closed, find any means of moving if possible. Tons of gyms and fitness instructors are offering free live-streamed work out classes, yoga classes, whatever you’re into. Or, go for a walk outside and get some fresh air, if you are able to do so while still avoiding people as much as possible. *Follow the caption link for free livestream workouts and workout app trials!

Clean out your basement. 

Go through old things that you can get rid of or donate when it becomes safe to do so. It may be a daunting task for some, but might as well get a grasp on what you have that you can get rid of.


*See “clean everything”. Take a duster to surfaces that may not be a part of your weekly cleaning routine–ceiling fan blades, light fixtures, etc.

Plan your future renovations. 

You’re spending more time than ever inside your home. Maybe you’re noticing that your bathroom needs a facelift or your kitchen needs a makeover. Start making plans for what can be done to make some changes, thinking about a budget, etc. and we’ll be here for you when you’re ready to move forward with that 🙂

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One of our favorite kitchen renovations at our #ShelterIslandHomeProject

Clean out your fridge. 

Those leftovers from 3 weeks ago that got pushed to the back left corner of the fridge? Throw them out and clean the dishes.

Try your hand at a new cocktail. 

Because let’s be real, we could all use one right about now anyways, right? See what you’ve got in the house and look up recipes accordingly. Cheers!

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Home bar setup at our #SouthEndReno project!

Stay positive & be kind.

This isn’t easy for anyone. All of humanity is facing a weird time and nobody is immune. The best thing we can do for each other is be kind, be patient, and be understanding. We’re all in this together–stay positive and we will get through all of this eventually!

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Huge thank you to all of the front line workers–the nurses, the doctors, the first responders, the scientists, the grocery store workers, and all others that are still working to make this all better every single day.

What are some other ways you’re spending your isolation? Let us know your thoughts and ideas!