About hurlbutt designs
What we offer
Hurlbutt Designs offers a variety of services for both retail and design clients, with a 4,000-square-foot design studio as well as a retail store in Lower Village, Kennebunk. We have a unique mix of home decor, including fine furniture, lighting, rugs, fabrics, bedding, and accessories. Our multi-disciplined design team can handle everything from a simple refurbishment to a full residential or commercial design project.
Our commercial design can be seen throughout the Kennebunkport Resort Collection, including Hidden Pond and Earth Restaurant, Tides Beach Club, The Kennebunkport Inn, Tia’s Topside, and The Grand Hotel. Our residential design work has been featured in magazines such as Traditional Home, Better Homes & Gardens, Coastal Living, and Maine Home+Design. Whether you are building, renovating, or looking for inspiration, Hurlbutt Designs is here to bring your vision home.
Why Choose Us?
Hurlbutt Designs is southern Maine’s leading design resource center. We bring a refreshed sensibility and an excited approach to all projects and enter into each relationship with fresh, creative energy. Working with Hurlbutt Designs provides a unique opportunity to collaborate with a team of experts in their field with years of experience. It is a world of colorfully comfortable collaboration.
Our Story & Talented Team
Co-founder of Hurlbutt Designs
Louise Hurlbutt, the co-founder of Hurlbutt Designs, has traveled the world with a discerning eye for design. From mud huts in Afghanistan to New York City, Tokyo, and London and everywhere in between, Louise and her husband, Ralph, have lived, worked and embraced the local culture. This breadth of experience has made Louise a creative, dynamic and innovative designer. Her love of art and antiques coupled with classic design training in London, as well as her extensive travel come together in her beautiful and innovative design work.
Louise became interested in design while working in Tokyo for the internationally renowned fashion designer, Hanae Mori. Then in the mid 70s, Louise studied at the New York School of Design and started her first interior design business in New York. In 1980 she moved her business to London while her husband, Ralph, had a six year stint there with Mellon Bank. While she was in London, she studied at the renowned Inchbald School of Design and expanded her business selling a collection of fine antiques and offering interior design services. When the Hurlbutts returned stateside, Louise sold the business and started what we know now as Hurlbutt Designs. She continued to travel, collecting and shipping containers of beautiful antiques back to her shop in Kennebunkport. While the business model has changed to embrace new technologies, design trends and styles, Louise has built relationships with top furniture makers in North Carolina and around the world, bringing an unparalleled level of design and quality to Maine. Hurlbutt Designs is, more than ever, a unique and exciting shopping destination that accompanies a world-class interior design firm. Louise has worked on residential and commercial projects throughout New England, Pennsylvania, Florida, London and New York. Her interior design work has been featured in many well-known publications, including Better Homes & Garden, Country Living, Hamptons Magazine, Maine Home+Design and Accent Magazine.
Co-founder of Hurlbutt Designs
Ralph co-founded Hurlbutt Designs with his wife, Louise, in 1998 after a career in international banking and financial consulting. Ralph’s career included extended stints in New York, London, Tokyo and Sydney, where he and Louise developed their extensive list of resources and style ideas.
Melissa is an interior designer, curator and collector of beautiful things. She is known for creating timeless and casually sophisticated interiors that serve an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. After living in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square and Manhattan’s Upper East Side, she chose to relocate to Kennebunkport to enjoy the idyllic seaside lifestyle in this cultured, small town. Her extensive design portfolio over the last 20 years spans the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Florida, as well as Canada, Bahamas and Puerto Rico. She has spent much of her career specializing in luxury, bespoke interior design for discreet high profile and celebrity clientele. Prior to moving here she most recently worked for two “top tier” design firms in Manhattan, Jonathan Adler and Andrew Raquet. Her work has been featured in many shelter publications, and she has had the privilege to participate in several design show houses, most notably Philadelphia’s Dog Haus and the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Her favorite part of the design process is building a rapport with her clients, and she especially enjoys the transformation of houses into homes.
Bonnie helps clients design the home of their dreams. Since joining Hurlbutt Designs in 2007, Bonnie has completed an impressive number of residential homes and condos. Bonnie enjoys building lasting relationships with her design clients, as evidenced by their repeat requests for her services over the years. Raised in beautiful Cape Porpoise, Maine, Bonnie knows the Kennebunks like a historian. She graduated from Kennebunk High School and attended University of Southern Maine. She lives in Wells with her husband, Mark, where they enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including kayaking, paddle boarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
After graduating from Boston University, Jen DeRose began her design career as a market editor at Interior Design magazine in New York. She has also held senior editor roles at Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Veranda magazines, and most recently, was the editor at large and managing editor of Maine Home+Design. In addition, she was a contributing writer to Architecture: Celebrating the Past, Designing the Future, the AIA’s 150 Anniversary book. After penning about design for more than a decade, Jen is thrilled to put all that she has learned into practice and to bring her editorial eye to Hurlbutt Designs as an assistant designer.
Sarah joined Hurlbutt Designs in the spring of 2017 with two years of work experience at Distinctive Tile and Design, one of Maine’s premier tile and flooring retailers. Sarah brings a professional and extensive knowledge of tile and flooring, a master’s degree in business administration and a passion for creating beautiful interiors. Sarah is a lifelong Mainer with a love for giving back to her community through volunteering and spending time with her family and friends. Her philosophy on design is to create spaces that are serendipitous and a reflection of the client’s personal style.
Miranda joined Hurlbutt Designs in June of 2016. She was born and raised on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After graduating high school she moved to Maine where she received her associate's degree in liberal studies. She has a passion for creativity, and her goal is to help create environments that are welcoming and inspiring.
Mark comes from a diverse background in clinical psychology and business. He has had a colorful life living in such cultural areas as the U.S. Virgin Islands, New York, Boston and Atlanta. His educational background includes a degree in psychology and English at SUNY Albany and graduate work in psychology at Harvard. He started at Hurlbutt Designs in 2004 as a part-time weekend sales associate for the experience of working with fine antiques and to balance his stressful career as a child and family therapist. In 2014 he made the career choice to pursue a full-time career as store manager at Hurlbutt Designs and practice his therapeutic art only on family and friends.
Knowledgeable, helpful and friendly, Mary is an integral part of Hurlbutt Designs as nothing happens without passing over her desk. She has extensive experience and knowledge in accounting and has been with Hurlbutt Designs since its opening over 20 years ago. Mary grew up in Kennebunk, Maine, and has lived in Arundel for 30 years. She enjoys her role with Hurlbutt Designs and especially enjoys meeting our clients.