Monthly Archives: July 2016

Summer homes are made in the winter: Reveal

You know that saying Summer bodies are made in the winter? Well we think that the same thing goes for summer homes! You’ve got to start early or risk spending your summer days brushing sawdust from between your toes instead of sand.


Summer homes are made in the winter.

North Fork Design Co.


We worked all winter on a client’s Cape Cod summer home (yes, of course we’re jealous!) with a to-die-for “Great Room” that will host everything from rainy family game nights to dreamy midsummer soirees.



At the end of a job, we always like to look back to where we started. We’ve got some before photos, plans, and design boards for this project here.


The reveal!

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Unabashed rug nerds

Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way. Here at North Fork Design Co., we are Unabashed Rug Nerds. Rug Nerd POWER!

“A rug–like a great piece of art–can pull an entire space together. Used correctly, it’s the foundation of a room.

      -Caitlin Flynn, North Fork Design Co.

From faded vintage to painterly silk to woven jute, a gorgeous rug adds inviting layer of texture and visual interest to a space.

Rugs we’re lusting after

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Want to see more rugs that are making us swoon?

Follow our “Rugs & Carpeting” board on Pinterest!


Haywaters Lane: Coastal guest bedroom

Our Haywaters Lane clients asked us to design a casual, coastal-inspired guest room where their friends and family could take a deep breath, kick off their flip flops, and enjoy the view. We begrudgingly agreed. GRIN!

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Design elements

  • Casual, unfussy, richly textured
  • Look and feel are cohesive with the home’s coastal vibe without being too “themey”
  • Incorporates unique pieces that lend character and a lived-in feel
  • Varied textures: rugs, rustic wood, metal, seagrass bed, antique rocking chair


Guest bedroom Plans

Process photos


Amish-made bentwood hickory rocker | Dutch Crafters
Seashell accent pillow  |  WhitelockandCo, Etsy
Cutwork garden stool  |  High Fashion Home
Metallic stripe duvet cover  |  Serena & Lily
White gourd lamps |  Lamps Plus
Wilmington wool rug | Surya
Six-drawer rustic dresser |
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More from this project

Haywaters Lane: Office/Guest bedroom

We tried temporary wallpaper and we liked it

Marblehead Street | Dining room reveal

We gave this Marblehead Street home’s dining room (which opens into the to-die-for kitchen!) a bright and beautiful refresh with a neutral grey paint color, airy curtains, a contemporary chandelier, and a mosaic mirror.




More from our Marblehead Street project

We tried temporary wallpaper and we liked it

Let’s talk about wallpaper. It has a bad rap for good reason: we’ve seen some serious wallpaper trauma in our tenure as interior designers. Installing (and removing) traditional wallpaper is a majorly messy, nerve-wracking undertaking and requires serious commitment. If you hate it, you’re stuck with it. Literally.



Enter temporary wallpaper.

Used thoughtfully and sparingly (i.e. as an accent wall), wallpaper can lend depth and major visual interest without feeling claustrophobic. Even better? Temporary wallpaper! Temporary wallpaper is self-adhesive. It applies to your walls in vertical strips like big stickers and when (if?) you’re over it, you can peel it right off without damaging the paint underneath! Win.

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Deep breaths. Steady hands. Don’t let ’em see you sweat.

We decided to take our first plunge into the temporary wallpaper arena using it as an accent wall in a guest room/office of our Haywaters project. You can check out another guest room from this project here.

We chose a timeless, graphic design called Kaleidoscope from Tempaper Designs and while the instillation was a little bit nail-bitey (it was our first time!), the finished product was GORGEOUS and oh-so-worth it.


North Fork Design‘s top 5 tips for installing temporary wallpaper

Your supplier will include detailed instructions with your purchase. Here are a couple of our best tips.


1. Go slow.

It took two of us about 2 hours to install temporary wallpaper paper on one wall, which is not too shabby. It’s super exciting to see it going up, but go slow anyway! We recommend taking frequent breaks and stepping back to check your progress as you go.  This is a marathon, not a sprint.


2. It takes two.

This is not a solo project so make sure to enlist a patient friend. Bonus points if the patient friend is the type to enjoy lining up his/her pencils in a perfect little row on their desk.


 3. Measure all of the things.

Before you stick ANYTHING you will need to measure. And then measure again. And measure some more. Measure, measure, measure.

  • Measure your wall height. Measure it again.
  • Decide which part of the pattern you’d like to have at the top of the wall. It’ll be the same all the way across.
  • Measure your first strip from that point. Add 2-3 inches at the bottom of the strip (you’ll trim that part off after it’s stuck), double check your measurements, then cut with an Exacto knife.

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4. Measure all of the things again.

Did we mention that you need to measure? Measure! Make sure that each strip of paper starts (at the top) with the same part of the pattern so they’ll line up perfectly. Use a level and a yardstick to ensure a straight cut with an Exacto knife.


5. It’s all about alignment.

Starting with the left edge of your wall, apply a strip from the top down.

  • Make sure you’ve got a totally straight top horizontal edge.
  • Match the pattern to the pattern on the seam of the strip to the left.
  • Smooth down and out to the right as you go.
  • If you mess up, you can gently peel it back and realign.

Ta da!

Major impact, minor commitment.



More ideas for temporary wallpaper

If you’re not ready to commit to a whole wall, consider using temporary wallpaper to back a bookshelf, or the inside of a closet. You could also use it to spice up a boring laundry room or half-bath.

Have you tried temporary wallpaper yet? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

Haywaters Lane: Office/Guest bedroom

When our Haywaters clients requested an office that could double as a comfortable second guest room, we jumped at the chance to design a versatile room that serves multiple purposes… and looks good doing it!


Guest Bedroom Ofice Board Revised


The look

We chose a neutral palate punctuated by a pair of fun accent lamps (they remind us of sea urchins) and an amazing wallpapered accent wall. You can read about our first foray with Tempaper here (spoiler alert: we loved it!). Rustic wood and metal end tables provide textural contrast with the oversized seagrass ottoman, a nod to the home’s coastal vibe. A midcentury-inspired desk and masculine leather desk chair give the owners a comfortable, functional workspace and the sofa opens into a comfortable guest bed to round out this room’s livable duel-purpose!


Office Guest Room Plans

A tailored office sofa that converts to a cozy guest bed fit for summer night snuggle parties? Yes, please!



Kaleidoscope Zinc Repositionable Wallpaper | Tempaper

Mateo Jute Rug | Surya

Reston Sleeper Sofa  |  Crate & Barrel

Lime Rickey Lamps  |  Lamps Plus

Helvetica Leather Office Chair  |  West Elm

Writing Desk  |  Four Hands Home

Striped and Geometric Pillows  |  LadySouthernPillows, Etsy

Metal Nightstands  |  CB2


More Haywaters Lane project posts

Haywaters Lane: Coastal guest bedroom

We tried temporary wallpaper and we liked it

North Fork utility: a DIY clothing rack for an unusual nook

One of the things we love about the North Fork design vibe is its candid embrace of utility. Objects are selected with–and for–a purpose. They have jobs to do. And when an object does its job simply and effectively? It’s a beautiful thing!

Recently we were presented with a design challenge: an unusual little nook in an old home that needed a job to do. A quick brainstorming session, a trip to the hardware store, and an afternoon spent tinkering was about all it took to fashion a utilitarian custom clothing rack from rustic plank boards, rolling casters, and plain metal plumbing supplies. The rack’s design echoes the nook’s delightfully odd shape: working with it rather than against it.

Now the owner uses the rack it to line up a week’s worth of outfits and shoes. There’s something meditative about selecting what you’ll wear to face the world in the coming week: honoring those pieces by getting them out of the depths of your closet and placing them somewhere you can see and enjoy them.

It’s a purposeful object that gives a nook a job… and looks good doing it!