Monthly Archives: December 2016

Hosting Houseguests: 5 small things to make your guest room feel like home for the holidays!

 

1. In the bathroom they’ll be using, leave a basket with any toiletries they might have forgotten

Set out a pretty tray filled with a selection of bath/beauty samples you never got around to trying or ones that you’ve ‘collected’ from hotel stays, along with a pretty tea towel. Chances are your guest will bring his/her own toiletries and won’t need to use them, but seeing that they have the option makes people feel well taken care of. Thoughtful choices include:

  • Shampoo/conditioner/body wash
  • A new toothbrush, travel size toothpaste
  • Small perfume samples
  • Some single-use packets of medication–Advil, etc.–for those holiday overindulgences!

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You can go pick up these Glass Canisters at Crate & Barrel – pretty & functional!

2. Leave a basket or tray at the end of the bed filled with anything else they might need

Show them the basket when you get them settled and tell them to help themselves to anything inside. Thoughtful ideas include:

  • A granola bar and something made of chocolate for midnight snacking
  • A rolled up extra cozy blanket
  • A selection of book/magazines
  • Candles

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3. Set out fresh flowers or holiday greenery

Take a few moments before your guests arrive to arrange holiday greenery – Typically, a guest room doesn’t get much use – setting out a simple floral arrangement can bring life to any room.  You can set them out neatly on the bedside table or hang a holiday wreath on the door or bed frame! Our favorite holiday greens right now are pine (obviously), boxwood, and magnolia!

Arranging holiday greenery is easier than it looks! You can get everything at your local garden center & just have fun with it !

4. Point out a few open power outlets and leave the wireless password where they can see it

  • Your guest will want to charge their phone by the bed so he/she can use it as an alarm clock, so point out an open outlet or two.
  • Write out your homes wireless network name/password (or print it) and put it in a tiny frame on the guest room’s bedside table.

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You can get this printable from Etsy at Tumbalina Studio.

5. Carafe

Carafe’s can be multipurpose – water, wine, mouthwash, etc! We love this Cora Carafe for water on the bedside table. It’s a nice touch rather than a plastic water bottle (and more sustainable!)

 

Happy Hosting! 

Project Progress: #Urbancondoproject

We always love seeing a design come together and this Cambridge Condo is no exception! Settled among city side streets, we wanted to create a punchy design that would generate a lasting impression. Check out the progress we’re making!

Incorporated design elements:

  • Modern yet comfortable
  • Fun colorful accents to contrast an otherwise light and bright background
  • Elements of texture to add visual interest & layering
  • Cohesion from one room to another, even from downstairs to upstairs
  • Touches of individual personality and flare – to match out amazing client!
  • The addition to the back of the house incorporated large windows, allowing an abundance of natural light in throughout the day
  • The use of natural elements, combined with some more modern and streamlined pieces create a unique look
  • Simple & uncluttered

 

Check back soon for photos of the final product 🙂

NFDCo.’s Holiday Gift Guide

Hint, hint…

With the holidays fast approaching (we’re still not sure where this year went..!) everyone is busy trying to find the perfect gift for every person on their list. We’ve made it easier for you by compiling some different gift ideas that are great for your design savvy and home-happy friends.

*may or may not be based on personal preferences and wants 🙂 

 

1. Coffee table books

Coffee table books are a great way to add some both visual and intellectual appeal, depending on the cover and content of the book. Find something relevant to your designer’s interest for them to have on their coffee table. Also serves as a great conversation starter for guests!

 The Butterflies of North America

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Sold from Amazon shop here.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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Sold from Amazon shop here.

Pictorial Webster’s Pocket Dictionary

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Sold from Amazon shop here.

Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury

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Sold from Amazon shop here.

Woodcut

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Sold from Amazon shop here.

2. Cozy blankets

The perfect gift for anyone on your list, really, because who doesn’t love cozying up under a blanket during the cold holiday season?

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Sold from Pottery Barn shop here.

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Sold from etsy.com

Cozy blankets are fun way to add some texture and oh, so warm. You can catch me under one of these sipping on hot chocolate on a chilly winter night.

3. Candles

And speaking of cozy environments, candles may seem like a cliché gift idea, but we have one burning in our office almost every day! We’ve been jiving on our Christmas Tree candle this season to get us into the holiday spirit.

Another candle that makes a great gift and looks cute at the same time are the Homesick candles, which release a scent that takes one back to their home state.

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Personalize yours at helloyoucandles.com!

4. Decorative accessories of any sort

Anything that we can put on a shelf or on a table is always a good idea, and probably something that someone may not think to purchase on their own.

Our favorites (as you’ve probably guessed by now): crystals and geodes, either as is or as something else, for example bookends…

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Sold From Mitchell Gold& Bob Williams shop here.

…or coasters.

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Shop from etsy.com.

(a much better and cheaper alternative if you don’t want to spend $85 on a rock in a pouch!)

Refer back to Express Yourshelf and Thinking Outside the Box for further accessory inspiration!

5. Planters and succulents

Adds cute little touches of greenery and helps combat the winter blues.

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Instagram photo by North Fork Design Co.

6.Novelty Items (With a purpose!)

One of Caitlin’s favorite gifts she received this year was this clam shell tape measure. Find something cute that still serves function in our everyday, design-related lives.

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Sold from Anthropologie shop here.

Cute colored pencils

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Sold from World Market shop here.

7. Magazine subscriptions

Another item that one may not think to purchase themselves but is a great source of inspiration for the home.

Architectural Digest

Interior Design Magazine

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Subscribe at discountmags.com

8. Houseware accessories

Things like this Rustic Olive Wood cutting board are a great gift because they serve purpose (i.e. when hosting a holiday party) but also look nice as display pieces when not in use.

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Shop from West Elm.

And to complete the set, shop the smaller, paddled one as well.

Attractive serving trays and dishes, or any kind of fun housewares appeal as great gifts to the design-savvy, as well as a perfect hostess gift!

9. Barware

Rocks glasses, wine glasses, bottle openers, wine stoppers—things to help make our home bar the place to be.

Seas the Gray wine opener/stopper set from MW coastal

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Sold from MW Coastal Goods shop here.

Rocks glasses..

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Sold from West Elm shop here.

..and other fun glasses

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Get this set from Macy’s shop here.

10. Wine

Because something’s gotta go in those new glasses!

Happy shopping!