Employee Spotlight

Meet Michelle Northfield

Associate, Community Environments

“Recently I’ve been trying to do more creative activities with my free time, e.g. photography, mood-boarding, sewing masks, etc.”

What do you do at MG2?

I’m an associate on the Community Environments interiors team. I work in the Seattle office.

How do you typically spend a day off when the work can wait? 

On my days off, (and to be honest, in my life in general) I like to be busy, productive and fully scheduled so my days usually start early with a run or a workout via Instagram live first thing in the morning, followed by coffee, and a healthy breakfast! Then, I’ll catch up on cleaning, tidying, and personal projects. Recently, I’ve been trying to do more creative activities with my free time, e.g. photography, mood boarding, sewing masks, etc. so if I’m feeling inspired, I’ll usually do something creative! Like most people, we’re indoors for most of our days so we’ll almost always take our dog Gracie for a longer walk downtown, pick up groceries, or run essential errands. Our favorite circuit is from downtown to Seattle Center, MOHAI, and back – hitting whole foods on the way home and stocking up for the week. In the evenings, I’m typically facetiming my friends and family, cooking, playing animal crossing, or just spending quality time with my husband and Gracie. 

Night in or night out? How do you spend it?

Recently? All nights are in so a great meal (either takeout from a fav local restaurant or a nice home-cooked meal) and a movie!

Currently binging:

Schitt’s Creek!

Song currently on repeat?

Sunday Best – Surfaces 
(Find on Spotify or Apple Music)

Coffee table books you love?

  • Brew – This is a beautiful, informative book about coffee types, techniques, and recipes! I was a barista in college, so I have a love and appreciation for all things related to coffee.
  • Simple Matters – this book goes hand-in-hand with Marie Kondo’s Magic of Tidying about simplifying and curating meaningful objects that support your best life.

What are your hobbies?

Exercising & Sports, cooking, spending time with friends and family, photography, studying, and learning new things!

Who, what, where inspires you the most?

Strong, badass females

Favorite designers / brands and why?

Clothing: MATE the label, Girlfriend Collective, Reformation, Eileen Fisher – I’ve recently been trying to reduce my fashion footprint so I’m loving all these sustainable and ethical clothing brands. Not only are they good for the planet but MATE and EF also use natural fibers and dyes so they’re not as toxic as the synthetics used in most clothing!

Home things: HAY, Normann Copenhagen, Appointed, Hanselmann Pottery, Kinto

Coffee or tea? How do you take it?

I’ll usually just have straight espresso but if I’m feeling fancy I’ll get a pour-over or soy cappuccino.

Favorite local cup?

Anchorhead! They have a great selection of single-origin pour-overs and the baristas are so friendly!

Your go-to dinner recipe when at home?

Vegan Kale Caesar – we mostly cook/eat vegan when possible and tend to make nutrient-dense meals that leave us feeling energized!

Go-to dinner party or potluck recipe?


Favorite local restaurant and your go-to order?

Sushi Kappo Tamura in Eastlake! My cousin owns this restaurant so I may be very biased but SKT is my favorite sushi in Seattle – plus they have sustainable fish! I usually get whatever is fresh or in season, but their Neah Bay black cod is divine.

You decide to treat yourself, how do you indulge?

Vegan ice cream from Salt and Straw or Frankie and Jos!

Keys to productivity?

Fresh air, natural light, a great playlist + noise-canceling headphones!

Can you tell us how you remedy being in a creative funk? What puts you back on track?

I find that creativity comes with learning new things so if I’m feeling off, I usually look to learn something! Podcasts, TED talks, books, and documentaries are all great sources of knowledge and offer fresh perspectives.

What’s one thing you keep at your desk at all times?

A reusable water bottle!

What is a piece of architecture you feel everyone should see at some point?

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark

What is your favorite think about living in Seattle?

I grew up here, so my favorite part is constantly changing but these days I’m particularly thankful for my proximity to family.

Favorite city/country/region to visit?

Copenhagen, DK! I studied abroad there in school and fell in love with Scandinavian culture and design.

Best quarantine discovery?

NPR’s Up First Podcast! Each episode about 15 minutes and I listen to it first thing in the morning while I’m getting my day started. It’s the perfect amount of news to stay informed without being overwhelmed.

Most looking forward to after quarantine?

Intramural sports!!!! 

What advice would you give to colleagues about this “new normal”?

It’s pretty crazy that soon this will all be a memory – a time we’ll all look back on with a bird’s eye view and possibly even a little nostalgia. Personally, I’ll remember the stillness of the city, my sacred outdoor walks, quality time with my family, and the abundance of creativity and innovation that has come from our ability to adapt. Though there’s a lot of chaos and unrest these days, we’ll all come out of it with new appreciations and gratitude and I can’t wait to see what lies on the other side of this wild slice of time.