Boston >General Contractors > Duncan Hughes Interiors
535 Albany Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA | Directions 0211842.338274 -71.066791
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Neighborhoods: Harrison Lenox, South End
Duncan Hughes Interiors is a full-service interior design and decor firm serving a diverse range of commercial and residential clients. They are committed to creating individualized, sophisticated, and functional designs to meet any lifestyle or customer base.
They work not to impose design, but to develop innovative design solutions that resolve their clients unique functional and aesthetic needs.
Whether updating a single room, renovating a restaurant, or designing and implementing all aspects of your ultimate home, Duncan Hughes Interiors will respond to your desire for quality service and a distinctive living environment.\t
Services include furniture and finishes selection, color plan development, flooring, window coverings, kitchen and bath remodeling, custom furniture, art selection, schematics and space planning, construction management, real estate staging and more.
We've been living with the results of Duncan Hughes' interior design work for about 8 months now. His team, along with our lovely contractor, and talented architect, worked hard to complete a full renovation on our Tudor style house in Weston.
My husband and I really feel like we had a dream team working for us. And it was Duncan who really held the job together. His talents as an interior designer were evident from the very begining. Thoughtful and relevant recommendations for all stages of the design. His suggestons for stain color, door trim style, overall layout and lighting plans really shaped the house. And the furniture, lighting , carpets, decorative items, etc. Really made our house feel like a home (cliche, I know), I especially loved how he worked to keep pieces of furniture that we already owned, and were special to us, in the mix.
He mentioned when we first met, that part of his job was to be our advocate with the builders and architect, and also to keep the project on track. He was certainly true to his word. He really kept everyone in line. And always with a smile - we really liked that.
Overall, we couldn't be happier with the results. We learned a lot along the way (especially how personal the design process can be), and we'd love to do another project with him and his team again (in another lifetime, maybe...) : )
Review for Duncan Hughes Interiors – Our project consisted of redecoration of the living room, family room, and guest bedroom/office. We have previously worked with Duncan Hughes on our kitchen renovation (we never wrote a review for that, back in 2009, but we are still more than thrilled with our kitchen).
The results of this recent project (almost completed as of this writing), is even more satisfying. Our living room needed an update (furniture, window treatments, paint, rugs, etc.) - but we wanted to keep some pieces, like my beloved writing desk from my great-grandmama. Duncan and his team really rolled with our initial direction, and helped us make some bold but perfect decisions.
My husband most appreciated the way Duncan listened to what we wanted, both from a lifestyle perspective, as well as a taste perspective. He seems very easy-going, but also is clearly someone who makes things happen. We said many times that Duncan is equal parts talented interior designer, problem solver, and project manager.
Everyone he suggested, from the painters to the electricians, were just fantastic. He also had no problem working with a plumber that we have used a few times over the years.
Anyway, the living room is just so perfect for us (and, as promise, kid-friendly). The sofa and coffee table are my favorites. He obviously likes to mix old with new, which is our style too. He always gave us wonderful options to choose from. We have not had a guest yet in our second bedroom, but we are expecting praise for that from our first guest.
The family room is the perfect balance between stunning and casual. It feels just very comfortable (well. the rug is not here yet, feel like we have been waiting forever for it, but hopefully soon?)
We are both so happy that we have found Duncan Hughes Interiors. We could not be more pleased with the results. I'm so excited to come home from work every day now!!
Thanks for all your efforts Duncan!
Great experience overall – It was a long time coming, but we finally decided to hire an interior designer. My mother and my husband were unsure of the value of such a thing, but having used interior designers before I knew a good one could be a lifesaver. Now that the job(s) are complete everyone in my family are converts (including my husband and mom).
It took a little while for us to get on Duncan's schedule, but once we did we felt like we were important clients. We started out by hiring Duncan Hughes to convert our teenager's room (who is now off at college) into a proper guest room. This involved not only carpeting, furniture, and window treatments, but some changes to the electrical in the room to allow for recessed lighting and power / cable outlets for a remote office. Most all of Duncan Hughes' recommendations were just perfect. Not always what we would have dared pick out, but ultimately the best choice for the room and our lifestyle. I always felt very involved in the process - he explained himself well, and made sure we were comfortable with the choices he was presenting us before we made any decisions. He was respectful of our budget (although we did go over budget a bit, there were some shipping charges that we did not plan on).
We are about to call Duncan Hughes back to (finally) upgrade our kitchen, master bedroom and master bathroom. I am really looking forward to working with Duncan and his team again! Thanks for everything. Amy, Bob, Matthew and Zoe, Boston.
Thank you Duncan Hughes Interiors – We had been using the same designer for 18 years, he moved away and we were scrambling for a replacement. Duncan Hughes was suggested to us by a family friend. What set Duncan Hughes apart -- besides his sophisticated interior design concepts -- was his project management skills. Every time we met he was so organized and always seemed to "see the big picture". His rates were competitive with other high-end designers in Boston -- and my husband has commented on the value of his work (my husband does not always say things like that!)
We are almost finished with our new apartment in Boston, and I can't wait to stretch out on the gorgeous chaise lounge we chose for the study and just enjoy my surroundings.... Duncan Hughes Interiors really did do a fantastic job, and we are happy to have a new interior designer we can depend on.
Home Sweet Home – Duncan Hughes was recommended by a close friend of my husband's, and I am so thankful that we received this recommendation. Over the past 8 months we have renovated our kitchen and one of our bathrooms, as well as completed the interior design and decor of our family room and living room. Duncan asked us lots of questions at the start of our relationship, then seemed to know what would appeal to us in terms of interior design from that point on.
We found Duncan Hughes and his team to be organized, professional, and very focused on the aesthetic appeal as well as the functionality of the final desgin. We learned alot about the complexities of the interior design process along the way. We liked the way that Duncan always gave us choices - we always felt like we were in control of the process. Our expectations were always set ahead of time (and in most cases the results exceeded our expectations).
I would recommend Duncan Hughes Interiors to anyone.
Interior designer par excellence – After a bit of a slow start (both of our schedules encountered some snags), we were off and running. From concept all the way through demolition, construction, furniture selection, drapes, and the final installation Duncan was a complete pleasure to work with. We stayed very close to the budget I had in mind and I couldn't be more pleased with the way things look now. I plan to hire Duncan Hughes Interiors again to reinvigorate our master suite and bathroom. -- Victoria and Jon, Brookline, MA
Not sure what I was worried about.... – I went into this with some apprehension. Truthfully, I wasn't even sure at first if I even needed an interior designer. My girlfriend suggested that I look into my options in regards to some upgrades I needed in my condo. The bathroom was stuck in the 80's - the kitchen was newer, but done by the previous owner and highly impractical. I also need some furniture and color advice and had no idea where to begin. I called Duncan Hughes Interiors after searching around on the web, and asking a few friends for suggestions. I met with a couple other designers, but Duncan Hughes really stood out as someone that I could work with on a collaborative basis (my girlfriend had some opinions on how the place should look and Duncan was happy to take her input and run with it). We took some chances as far as I am concerned in regards to some of the tiles, fixtures and colors but now that I see it all together I can't really remember why I was apprehensive. My place is now somewhere that I am psyched to bring my guy friends to when we want to hang out on weekends or watch a game. My girlfriend is also very happy with the results and loves to show it off to her girlfriends and family. Overall, the services, input, professionalism, and positive attitute we experienced were much more than we expected.
David B., South End
Recommendation for Duncan Hughes Interiors – My husband Robert and I feel that we have really benefitted from the services of Duncan Hughes. We waited a long time to finally hire an interior designer. The kids are all out of the house now, and instead of moving into a smaller home we decided to renovate and decorate our current home in Harvard Square. It was a very exciting process and although our lives were in a bit of chaos for a short time during the kitchen renovation, it was a very linear, organized process. Duncan Hughes and the contractors were all very professional and detail oriented. The way the cabinets, countertops, flooring, furniture, fabrics and accessories all work together is really amazing. Not "over-decorated", very serene and beautiful. I also feel much more organized since the last piece of furniture was installed. We'd use Duncan Hughes Interiors again in a heartbeat!
THIS TURNED OUT GREAT – Well, we selected Duncan Hughes Interiors from a list of potential candidates, and I have not regretted it for a second. We really thought we could do it all ourselves, but we realized soon enough that this was not really true - that's when we met with Duncan Hughes. I am embarrased to say really, but we made some bad purchases before we hired Duncan Hughes (both the wrong size for the room, and the wrong material for our growing family). We had to take the loss of getting rid of one of the purchases that we originally made, but they made the rest of the purchases work (even though my wife's chosen end-table ended up doing double-duty in my den instead). The process started with choosing an appropriate color pallete for our house, then moved into bathroom renovation and furniture selection, window treatments and "stuff". The place looks and feels great and we all feel more at home in our new house.
- Albert and Lucinda
A Satisfying Experience – Our project with Duncan Hughes Interiors went very well. I think we may have driven everyone crazy with our multitude of constant questions, and our indecision at times...but Duncan was always patient with us, leading us to make the right decisions for us but never forcing his ideas. We all really loved his ideas and the personal attention he gave. The painters, installers, and carpenters he found for us were all really great - we are so happy with the interior design process, and with our resulting new rooms. Truly a wonderful experience. Duncan Hughes Interiors is highly recommended by us.
-Jill, Martin, Susan and Amy
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