HH featured in ‘Room to Dream’ Designer Showhouse!

Haddad Hakansson is proud to be one of the designers invited to participate in Van Millwork’s “Inspired Interiors” holiday showhouse in Needham, benefiting the Room to Dream Foundation.

Each designer was asked to choose a space in the Van Millwork designer showroom and decorate the space to a holiday theme. Our theme is “Shiny New Year Cocktail Party,” a space full of modern glamour – white and bright elements with plenty of sparkle and texture.

The showhouse is open for tours through December 12. Drop by and support a great cause! Thanks to Lisa Fabiano of Van Millwork for creating this great event and allowing us to be part of it.


Our Custom Bar Design is Perlick’s Houzz Pick of the Week

Our Custom Bar Design is Perlick’s Houzz Pick of the Week

Our French Country Kitchen featuring a custom coffee and beverage bar has been named Perlick’s Houzz Pick of the Week!

The built-in unit, designed to look like a freestanding hutch, features a Perlick Shallow Depth Beverage Center on the left. This unique 18″ deep unit was a perfect fit for the space and easily integrated into the inset cabinetry by Pennville. Perlick also has featured this project in the company’s designer gallery.

The bar area also includes a locked bar cabinet, a custom wine rack and integrated lighting. This kitchen replaced a standard ’90s builders kitchen and is one of our favorite projects!

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Congratulations to Paul Diagneault of SpeakEasy Stage!

As a longtime friend and proud sponsor of the SpeakEasy Stage Company, Haddad Hakansson would like to congratulate Paul Diagneault for earning this year’s prestigious Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence.

The founder and producing artistic director at SpeakEasy Stage, Paul will be presented with the award tonight during the Elliot Norton Awards in Boston.It’s an enormous honor – and well-deserved. The Elliot Norton Prize is given annually by the Boston Theater Critics Association to an outstanding member of the Greater Boston theater community.

In announcing the award, the BTCA praised Paul for his “vision and leadership” in molding SpeakEasy Stage into “one of the most successful and respected professional theaters in New England.”

Mark Haddad, a music director for SpeakEasy Stage in its first 10 seasons, said “it’s great to see how the company has followed its mission while both growing its reputation and developing artistically. It’s all due to (Paul Diagneault) being at the helm since he conceived this company 23 seasons ago.”

We encourage you to see why the critics love SpeakEasy Stage! The company recently announced its exciting lineup for the 2014-2015 season. Carrie the Musical is playing through June 7.

Haddad Hakansson Receives Two Top Regional NKBA Awards

We are thrilled to inform our friends and clients that Haddad Hakansson received two first place awards this week in the 2014 NKBA Northern New England kitchen design contest.

Our team won in both the categories of large kitchen (350 square feet) and medium kitchen (150-350 square feet). Accepting the awards along with principals Mark Haddad and Kurt Hakansson were our design associates Susan Cracraft and Jaye Gordon, who did extensive design work with the spaces.

Both kitchens featured Pennville Custom Cabinetry, appliances from Riverbend & Co. in Westford and fixtures from Monique’s Bath Showroom in Watertown.

The winner in the medium kitchen category was a transformation of a chaotically laid out 1987 Colonial. New doorways and a thoughtful layout created symmetrical, visually organized spaces and a wonderful family gathering spot. The kitchen features beautiful finishes and state-of-the-art LED lighting throughout the entire room.

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The winner in the large kitchen category recently appeared on the Wellesley Kitchen Tour. The new space was part of a whole house remodel that added square footage to both floors of a center entrance 1961 Colonial.

The comfortable, elegant kitchen features special spaces for the entire family, including a coffee/bar area, a built in desk/display area, and even custom dog bowls hidden from view and away from foot traffic.


We appreciate the NKBA Northern New England chapter for honoring our work at Tuesday night’s event!


A Great Day at the Wellesley Kitchen Tour

Thanks to the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club for including one of our projects on this year’s Wellesley Kitchen Tour!

This popular annual event showcases six beautiful local homes and their kitchens every year. This time the WHJWC raised $45,000 in a span of four hours – and every penny will go back to the community.

The event takes a nearly year to plan and is professionally run by dedicated volunteers. The Haddad Hakansson team enjoyed getting to know them through this process.

We also had fun meeting and greeting the Tour goers, and a couple of us even got to check out the other beautiful homes.

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We appreciate our wonderful clients for opening their home to this event. And thanks to Brody for letting us show off his custom dog dishes to a bunch of strangers. We know he was happy to get them back!


Come see us Saturday at the Wellesley Kitchen Tour!

We are so excited to have one of our kitchen designs included in this Saturday’s Wellesley Kitchen Tour!

The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes six homes, including the one at 172 Hampshire Road in Wellesley that features a kitchen, powder room and interior designed by Haddad Hakansson.

The spacious and classic layout, the powder room with a dramatic black ceiling and the built in dog dishes are a few of the many highlights of the space.

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Wellesley Townsman article about the tour last week shared details and photographs of the kitchen, and included interviews with Mark Haddad and Susan Cracraft of Haddad Hakansson.

The Wellesley Kitchen Tour is one of the biggest fundraisers for the Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club. The WHJWC raises $140,000 annually and gives every penny back to the community. Purchase tickets here.

We hope you can make it and if you can, please come say hello to Mark, Kurt and Susan!

Haddad Hakansson is ‘Best of Houzz’ Again: Thanks Clients!

For the third consecutive year, we have been honored with a “Best of Houzz” award!

badge_13_8Haddad Hakansson was named Best of Houzz 2014 in the Customer Service category. We previously won for Customer Service (2013) and Design (2012). Fewer than 1 percent of all interior designers with professional profiles on Houzz.com have won “Best of Houzz” awards all three years they have been given.

Customer Satisfaction awards are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received on Houzz in 2013. We could not have done it without the kind words of our wonderful clients!

badge_8_8“Customer Service is the cornerstone of our success,” Kurt Hakansson said.  “We are passionate about making the design and remodeling experience enjoyable for our clients, and the feedback we get reflects that.”


badge_1_8Mark Haddad agreed, adding: “We wouldn’t be where we are today without our fabulous client base. We are so grateful to our clients for recommending us on Houzz, which has so much influence worldwide.”

According to Houzz, 16 million monthly users saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal “ideabooks” in 2013. The site claims the largest residential design database in the world.

Professionals who win “Best of Houzz” awards are identified with badges on their Houzz profiles. (You can follow us on Houzz by clicking here. )

“We’re delighted to recognize Haddad Hakansson among our ‘Best Of’ professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz.