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Design Detour: Fiddlehead Design Group

 

By their own description, Fiddlehead Design Group is clever, practical and fun—and a scroll through the firm’s Instagram feed brings a few more adjectives to the fore. Led by Jen Ziemer and Andréa Dixon, Fiddlehead creates spaces that are layered in every sense of the word, from hygge touches like spool chairs, willow baskets and Mamluk rugs to traditional accents like blue-and-white ginger jars. “We design for a lot of families with kids and pets who need practicality, but also want their homes to look great,” says Dixon. “After we’ve tackled the function piece, we’re all about layering with color and pattern. We try to push our clients to think outside of the box...and beyond what their neighbor just did.”

Photography: Woodford Sisters Photography

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