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This is just an opportunity for me to brag a little bit about my boyfriend, Nick. For those of you who follow my blog or facebook ... you've heard about Nick before but here is a chance for me to tell you a little more about what he does. Although this is just a portion of how he spends his time ... its super impressive and I am SO PROUD!
BrokenFork is a home investment and restoration company that takes totally crap old houses and makes them like art. That is my official description of the company! I should stick to taking pictures right?! You will find a much better telling of what Nick and his business partner do on their new website that just launched. Here is the link:
Nick's official role in all of this is more along the lines of property investor and financial guru. But you should also know that he totally put together the website. And a lot of times he takes a break from the office to get his hands dirty sanding floors and staining cabinets.
On to the good stuff. Here are just a few photos of some of their projects over the last year:
This is one of my favorite houses ... the inside is so bright and lovely. Here you can see the original hardwood floors that have been restored.
I am a sucker for a good kitchen. Give me counter space and lots of storage and I am a happy camper. I particularly love the brick detail that they kept in this one.
One of the most important qualities of a BrokenFork home is in the thoughtful details that make each home completely unique. I'm totally sold on this stuff. Found objects and craftsmanship come together to transform an ordinary home into a piece of art.
So I am now wishing that I had been brave enough to take the "before" pictures ... just so you could see the impressive transformation of these places. But honestly ... the "before" conditions are stinky and icky and I just didn't want to go inside!
This one has gorgeous custom built shelves. And this is one of my favorite kitchens! Nick actually created a home-made stain that he used to color the cabinets in this kitchen. Also notice the stained glass panels at the top of each cabinet door. And again, the brick detail left in to give it more texture in the room. I LOVE this one!
Here is one of the more recent projects they finished. This is Nick's first commercial property. It is being rented by Superlative Coffee Roasters which is a place to buy locally roasted, ground and packaged coffee which is organic, free trade and high-quality. Here is a link to visit their website: http://superlativecoffee.com/
Here is what you really want to see ... me and my honey (I'm so proud of him!):
Once again be sure to visit the BrokenFork website: http://www.brokenforkdesign.com/index.html
AND!!!! They were recently featured in The Chevy Chaser Magazine, a popular Lexington publication featuring local businesses: