About hurlbutt designs

What We Offer     Why Choose Us?     Our Story     Our Talented Team

What we offer

Hurlbutt Designs offers a variety of services for both retail and design clients, with a 4,000-squarefoot design studio and 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 Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living, Maine Home+Design. Whether you are building, renovating, or looking for inspiration, Hurlbutt Designs is here to serve you. 

Why Choose Us?

Hurlbutt Designs is southern Maine’s leading design resource center. We bring a refreshed sensibility to interior design, that is not cliche or one-sided. Working with Hurlbutt Designs provides a unique opportunity to collaborate with a team that is not only expert in their field with years of experience, but knows the meaning of give and take. We bring a fresh eye and fresh approach to all projects and enter into each relationship with creative energy that will take you by surprise with its incisive intuitiveness. It is a world of colorfully comfortable collaboration. 

Our Story

Louise Hurlbutt, Co-founder of Hurlbutt Designs became interested in design while working in Tokyo for the internationally renowned fashion designer, Hanae Mori. Then in the mid 70's 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 all know now as Hurlbutt Designs. She continued to travel, collect and ship containers of beautiful antiques back to her shop in Kennebunkport. This made Hurlbutt Designs a unique and exciting shopping destination.  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 her personal touch and a unique collection of unparalleled design and quality to Kennebunkport. Hurlbutt Designs is now more than ever a unique and exciting shopping destination that accompanies a world class Interior Design Firm.  Louise has worked on projects, both residentially and commercially, throughout New England, Pennsylvania, Florida, London and New York. Her interior design work has been featured in many well-known publications, including Better Homes and Garden, Country Living, Hamptons Magazine, Maine Home+Design and Accent Magazine. Louise and her husband Ralph reside in one of the most beautiful place in the world, Kennebunk, Maine.

our talented team


Louise Hurlbutt,



Ralph Hurlbutt,



Melissa Freeman,



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 and 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 and her extensive travel come together in her beautiful and innovative design work.

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 they 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 beautiful, timeless, 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, Maine 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 not to mention 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 Cases, most notably Philadelphia’s Dog Haus and the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse.  Her favorite part of the design process is building a rapport with her clients and she especially enjoys the transformation of Houses into Homes for her clients.



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 and their repeat requests for her services are evident through the years.

Raised in beautiful Cape Porpoise, Maine, Bonnie knows the Kennebunk’s 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.

Assistant Designer

Sarah joined Hurlbutt Designs in the spring of 2017; with two years of work experience at Distinctive Tile, one of Maine’s premier tiles and flooring retailers. Sarah brings to Hurlbutt Design a professional and extensive knowledge of tiles 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 serendipitous and a reflection of the client’s personal style. 

Assistant Designer

 Miranda joined Hurlbutt Designs as a Design Assistant in June of 2016.  She was born and raised on the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. After graduating high school she moved to Maine where she received her Associates Degree in Liberal Studies. She has a passion for creativity and her goal is to help create environments that are welcoming and inspiring. 

Store Manager

Mark comes from a diverse background in Clinical Psychology and Business.  He has had a colorful life living in such cultural areas as the 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 as a job 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.  


Mary is our knowledgeable, helpful and friendly Bookkeeper. She is an integral part of Hurlbutt Designs, nothing happens here without passing over Mary’s desk.  She has extensive experience and knowledge in accounting and has been with Hurlbutt Designs since opening 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.