Monthly Archives: January 2018

Curated Kitchens: 7 Styling Tips to Cure the Winter Blues

If the dreary winter days have you going a little stir-crazy, you’re not alone! Spending lots of time indoors might have you thinking about wanting to change things up in your home or spruce up and refresh a room you may have gotten all too used to. We’ve been loving working on a handful of different kitchen remodels; from beginning plans to styling the final product. Here are 7 tips to help breathe new life into your own kitchen without having to worry about a complete renovation!

1.  Cookbooks. Rotate out some of your cookbooks to reflect the season or refresh your collection entirely. New cookbooks on your shelves will help to keep you inspired year-round! Choose a few of your favorites to keep on display–our fave is The Kinfolk Table by Nathan Williams.

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2. Cutting Boards. Add fun cutting boards to your counter tops to create new layers of texture and help refresh your kitchen. Try out different combinations of marble, brass, and wooden cutting boards–serves as decor but also has a functional purpose!

A few we like are the Olive Wood Rustic Cutting Boards  and the Sheesham and Marble Cutting Board Paddle  from West Elm.

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3. Potted indoor herbs. When you can’t garden outside, bring it inside! Grow herbs like rosemary, parsley, dill, mint leaves and basil to keep your kitchen smelling fresher than ever.

4. Fresh flowers. Speaking of bringing the garden inside, flowers help to lessen the winter blues by adding a springy punch of color. Check out these kitchens that we recently styled with tulips and roses!

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Stay tuned, full reveal for this project to come soon!

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(You can check out the rest of this project here!)

5. Organize. What better way to refresh your kitchen than to de-clutter and try new ways of storing things? We love the idea of jarring your most used ingredients! Try creating space in your pantry by bringing out items like pasta, nuts, rice, grains, and oats to put on display. Smaller jars also serve as a much better alternative to those plastic, red-capped spices hiding away in your cabinets!

 

6. Make it pretty. Pare down on your dishes, cookware, and utensils to create a more uniform look. Start a fresh set that matches and get rid of or donate the old random, mismatched set.

7. Fruit bowls. Similar to flowers, a bowl full of brightly colored fruit placed on your counter top can help to alleviate the winter drearies. Displays of oranges, lemons, and pears in cute vessels will surely help to refresh  your kitchen and have you thinking summertime thoughts!

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And of course, that watermelon too!

Try some of these tips to help refresh and revitalize your kitchen, and to help you make it through the rest of the winter!

We’re Office-ial!

We’re not sure where the time has gone but it’s officially been just over a year since we made the transition into our (not so new anymore) office space in Beverly! In the first year we couldn’t seem to figure out how make the best use of the space and were already worried about outgrowing it too soon. We finally took some time to work out a new layout and one year later, it’s like we have a new office all over again! Our office feels more spacious, efficient and effective all thanks to some minor changes we made to what we were already working with.

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Organization:

As designers with multiple projects going on concurrently, organization is key to a successful work space. We have reworked our fabrics and materials inventory to be purposeful and easy to source items as needed. We ordered six of these fun colored filing cabinets from CB2 which also help to keep us more organized than ever!

A few of our organization tips/what we have found to be helpful:

  • Keep only the essentials. We had a lot of things that we ended up getting rid of because we just weren’t using them. It’s good to de-clutter!
  • Give everything a place or a purpose. Avoid throwing things into a pile of randomness–that’s how things get lost and misplaced!
  • Label things! It’s much easier to find and use things when you know exactly where they are. For example, every bin in our fabric and tile library is labeled with what’s inside
  • Dedicate time each week to tidy up and get everything in order. It’s easy for clutter to start to pile up on itself and important to tackle it before it does.
  • Invest in some furniture pieces, desk trays, filing cabinets, and any other means of organization to help promote a clutter-free space
  • Embrace the idea of “organized chaos.” Lots going on is a good thing as long as everything has a place and you know exactly where to find it!

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Storage:

Our office is on the smaller side so utilizing and maximizing storage space became necessary. We found that we needed to make the most of our storage shelves–all of which we already had!–in order to make the office work for us.  We shifted them around and paired down on what we really needed and what we really didn’t need in the office in order to fill the storage cubes effectively.

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Inspiration:

With extra-high ceilings and a lot of extra wall space, we decided to go vertical and cover the walls with large corkboards. These allow us to hang materials and see everything that’s going on with our projects at a glance. We can also pin up inspiration for things we like and may want to incorporate into upcoming projects. It’s so fun to be able to see everything all at once, and adds an extra layer of visual interest in our office!

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We increased our surface area with this piece from CB2 to go over our filing cabinets as well as this table from amazon. Though we downsized our collaborative table from what we originally had, it still serves as a space where we can sit and lay things out with clients, or have meetings with reps. Better utilizing our storage shelves also helped to free up some surface space as well. We’re liking the idea that the office is ‘small but mighty’ as it serves the purpose we need and packs a punch when it comes to us effectively getting our work done. Since making some changes our office feels bigger, brighter, and more open and we’re really happy with the outcome!

South End Reno: Reveal

North Fork Design Co’s most recently revealed project is this fun renovation of a garden-level condo located in Boston’s South End. A young family wanted to transform this space to better reflect their eclectic style and in doing so, highlight their personal collections and pieces inspired by their travels. Check out the full gallery of this home on our website  but here are some of our favorites, along with before images and work in process!

photos are property of Mikhail Glabets Photography 

It’s always fun to look back at progress and before photos, especially when it becomes difficult to visualize what the space looked like prior to the transformation! We started off by selecting sleek and modern materials like marble and brass and pairing them with fresh and fun pops of color, textures, and patterns.

How exciting to see our renderings come to life?! Check out the translation between our computer-generated vision and the final product!

And, the not so beautiful side: the process and renovation. We were able to open up the space with the new raw steel staircase where it once seemed tight and closed off, adding in a fun under-stair play area for the kids!

We were thrilled to breathe fresh new life into this South End condo and modernize the space to create a home that totally vibes with this family’s lifestyle and aesthetic!

Hello Hygge: The Art of Being Cozy

Hygge, pronounced “hoo-gah” is a Danish word that has no literal translation in the English language but according to the Oxford Dictionary can be defined as “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being” — and what better time to explore the idea of hygge than when cozied up under a blanket waiting for this ‘bomb cyclone’ to pass?

The term originates from a Norwegian word meaning wellbeing and has been adapted as a cultural idea and way of life. Hygge as a way of life is what helps the Danes to focus on the simple pleasures of coziness and togetherness, especially through the cold and dark winter months. Denmark’s long winters often consist of days with up to seventeen hours of darkness, but this concept of warmth, happiness, and focusing on the sheer joy of sharing a cozy atmosphere and environment with one another is what makes Denmark, along with other Scandinavian countries, amongst the happiest countries on earth!

The idea of hygge is to be as relaxed and feel as comfortable as possible; whether that feeling is due to the comfort of your physical environment, or if it’s the comfort of enjoying a dinner with family or curling up with a good book.

Hygge creates a positive energy within the home despite whatever might be happening outside the window. Incorporating hygge into the home is creating a warm and friendly atmosphere that is comfortable and that people do not want to quickly leave, but rather soak in and enjoy and share with each other. Here are a few of our favorite ways to adopt a hygge lifestyle into your home and increase your spirits while facing the raw cold of winter:

Add candles. Hygge emphasizes dim, softer lighting to promote a cozy and relaxing environment, so turn off those overhead lights and set the ambiance instead with your favorite candles.

Light a fire. I can’t think of a more perfect hygge setting than sipping on tea or cocoa while snuggled up on a comfy couch or chair under an oversized blanket in front of a fireplace.

Load up on the pillows. Surrounding yourself with throw pillows helps to create a comfortable environment that otherwise may come across as cold or stiff.

Add textures. Textured pillows, throw blankets, and rugs are a great way to promote a cozy atmosphere. Sweater-knits and faux furs are materials people want to interact with and wrap around themselves; an invitation to get comfortable and cozy.

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Color palette. We recently attended Sherwin William’s ColorMix Forecast 2018  where hygge was a major influence for the coming year’s color predictions. Falling under the category of Sincerity, hygge also focuses on the idea of decluttering and that less is more; also that flaws are treasured and to embrace the old and imperfect. These ideals are expressed in hushed tones of sand colors, complex grays and neutrals, and botanicals.

As a mindset and way of life that is practiced to make people happier, in particular through the winter months, hygge encourages to spread warmth wherever the term touches–especially those being buried in snow and blasted with wind as we are today 🙂

So go light a candle, grab your favorite cozy throw and hunker down–while you may not appreciate this storm, try to appreciate and focus on the simpler things!