After a year and a half of design planning and construction, the final furnishing installation was made last week on a tear-down / new construction in Gloucester, MA. Art & Accessories to follow... Kudos to Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects/Builders for creating an outstanding architectural envelope and to Sally Wilson of Wilson Kelsey Associates who collaborated with me on the implementation of the design and made it happen!
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Blog post by Dennis Duffy of Duffy Design Group: I was recently at a magazine launch party and the subject of color came up. One woman lamented on how she misses the use of color in many interiors. She went on to describe her own home as mostly black and white, softened with grey tones. “I would really like to inject some bold color in my dining room, but not sure what color to use and where to use it”. I took a deep breath, and decided to go for it! I asked about the shape of the room. “Square”, she replied. I asked about the finish of the dining table and chairs. “Mahogany”, was her answer. So, I suggested that rather than using color on a wall, why not use it on the ceiling of the room – in high gloss enamel. She certainly seemed surprised, but also intrigued. “Really!”, she said. “And, what color would you use?” she asked. I took a depth breath and replied “Yellow”. She thought about it for a moment and then asked, “Which yellow? There are so many! Since I don’t carry paint decks in my back pocket, I searched options back at my office. I sent her a link to Glimmer from Benjamin Moore - Love the name!
I suggested that she pick up the color as part of a bold fabric by reupholstering the dining chairs. I really like the fabric on the Panorama Latte Pillow pictured above, from Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams. “What should I use for an area rug under the table?”, she asked. I offered it might be more practical and more of a graphic statement to use two metallic colorways, specifically Titanium and New Gold from Chilewich (also pictured above), seamed together in alternating quadrant and united with a faux leather solid charcoal border.
Don’t be afraid of a splash of color. Whether it be painting a ceiling or an accent wall, adding a fabric or accessories, a little color can go a long way giving new life to a space.
Some of these photos you may have seen before as part of Duffy Design Group's recent "before and after" posts of thia renovation project. We have added a few more photos of the finished project to show you the complete portfolio.
Dennis Duffy had the pleasure of visiting Kohler's Headquarters in Wisconsin this past week. His three day trip and tour of the Kohler showroom and factory was very informative and a great learning experience!
We hope you have enjoyed our recent before and after photo posts of the renovation project in Swampscott, MA. Today's image is a bathroom. Duffy Design Group's goal was to update this bathroom with a more modern feel and lighten things up. We installed custom vanities and new fixtures and applied glass mosaic tile and wallcovering on the walls, as well as wallcovering on the vanity inset door panels. Custom framed mirrors were installed and the space was finished off with beautiful glass cylinder pendants.
Another before and after of the renovation project in Swampscott, MA. The staircase off the foyer leading upstairs had a lot of dark woodwork! To transform the space, we replaced the wooden balusters with custom acrylic ones, refinished the woodwork and painted the walls to lighten up the space and applied a champagne metallic paint finish to the dome ceiling. Lastly we added some sparkle with a "Crystal Galaxy" chandelier.
Duffy Design Group recently completed a renovation project in Swampscott, MA. Here is a before and after of the kitchen. More before and after posts to follow! In the meantime, please visit our Residential portfolio page to see more photos of this project.
Duffy Design Group is thrilled to be a featured design firm this week on Angela Adams blog Sea Fantasy! You can read the full blog post by clicking here. Angela Adams, based in Portland, Maine, is a design house "dedicated to celebrating a natural lifestyle by creating well-crafted modern home furnishings". Their collections include furniture, area rugs and home accessories.
There is nothing quite like summer in New England. After what usually ends up being a cold and harsh winter we all cherish the warmth and sunny skies that summer can bring us. At Duffy Design Group, we patiently waited through the winter months so that we could finally photograph this Nantucket home.....and it was worth the wait! A vacation home of a long time client of DDG, this house is new construction with a pool and pool/guest house. Here are a few more photos below, you can see more photos just added to our residential portfolio page by clicking here. Cheers to summer in New England!!!
Duffy Design Group recently updated our portfolio with photos of the common areas of One North of Boston, a multi-unit residential building in Chelsea. Click the photo which will direct you to our portfolio page to view more photos of this project. The photo above was taken in the game room area. These beautiful Pasadena Rockers were crafted by Thos. Moser., we draped each with faux sheep skins and they sit in front of a gas fireplace (perfect for chilly New England winter days). You can read more about the fabrication of the Pasadena Rocker and watch a video on the Thos. Moser website: www.thosmoser.com.
April 18, 2014 | by Jessica Laniewski | Style & Beauty
Read more at http://bostoncommon-magazine.com/the-latest/style-and-beauty/postings/dennis-duffy-talks-interior-design#eWPbCfZgyH0qCtbj.99
Boston Common asked Dennis Duffy for his input on the latest design trends. Here is what he had to say:
On Client Participation
“Clients are ever more aware of design in all aspects of their lives and they want to participate in the design process, as opposed to simply accepting the design offered to them. Through various media, people have been exposed to more variety than ever before and because of that awareness, more have developed their own individual design aesthetic.”
“Design has become much more individual. People are no longer content to follow a prescribed set of “accepted guidelines.” The basic principles of good design, including balance and harmonious contrast, still hold true, but the interpretation of them is a wide open field, allowing for more unique and individual expression by those with the confidence to do so.”
On Technology’s Effects
"More and more aspects of our home environment are being automated, and we are constantly adapting our spaces to accommodate these devices. They affect our interaction with each other and with the built environment."
On Being Environmentally Conscious
"As a culture, we are facing the effects of past industry on the global environment. Even though it may seem like trying to stop an avalanche, we have adapted many guidelines of sustainability to our everyday lives, both in what we consume, what we use in our personal environments and in how we dispose of waste."
Duffy Design Group is very excited to share this post with you! Dennis Duffy is on the cover of the latest issue of The Improper Bostonian Magazine! Naturally many are asking " Are those Dennis' dogs?" The answer is no but, we had fun with them on the set, which was located in a unit at The Kensington in Boston. Dennis has two cats and if they saw this photo I am not sure they would be too happy (sorry Rex and Lucy!). The Improper Bostonian approached three local designers and asked them to design a room around a sofa provided by Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams. We will share more photos with you and the inspiration behind the design soon.
One of Duffy Design Group's current projects, One North of Boston, is in the final stages of completion and residents will be moving into the building in April 2014. Recently we had the pleasure of watching these light fixtures go up in the building lobby. Seeing our designs become reality never gets old! These fixtures were designed by Duffy Design Group, the frame and fixture fabricated by Ayre Architectural Lighting and the mosaic tile work by Artaic. We will have more photos to show the complete lobby design, including a custom fireplace.
Members of our staff had the pleasure of attending a "hands on" factory tour at Hubbardton Forge in Vermont last month. Hubbardton Forge is oldest and largest commercial forge in the country with a team of over 200 people creating hand-forged lighting.
Wishing you all Happy Holidays! Best Wishes for the New Year! 2014 here we come!
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.....Duffy Design Group participated in The Laboure Center Christmas House Tour on Dec 7 & 8. We were honored to be a part of this wonderful charity event!
Duffy Design Group's holiday design for The Laboure Christmas House Tour 2013