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Who are the best designers in Merrimack Valley? Here are 15 contenders to consider. Vote for your favorite and tell us who’s missing in the comments.

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Spanning New Hampshire and Massachusetts along the Merrimack River, Merrimack Valley is known for its advances and innovations in the textile industry. Weaving pattern and style into the fabric of the community, this notable history is a boon to local interior designers who understand that color and texture are integral to good design. Combined with architectural styles like Queen Anne industrial and Colonial homes, Merrimack Valley’s rich heritage offers classical inspiration while it sparks fresh ideas.

The greatest interior designers appreciate the history of a space, architectural details, and most importantly, the personality of the people who live there. We’ve reviewed the top talents in the area, and compiled a list of the 15 best interior designers in Merrimack Valley. We’d love to hear your opinion, so don’t forget to vote for your favorite in the poll below and let us know in the comments if you know an interior designer who should be included!

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Debbe Daley
Debbe has always been a hands-on designer; as a kid, she enjoyed working on sewing and wood projects with her family. Her superb listening skills allow her to create interiors that suit the style and taste of each client. The president of the Real Estate Staging Association’s Boston chapter offers certificate courses in home staging and interior redesign through her School of Interiors at Debbe Daley Designs LLC. She contributes to the Huffington Post, writes a weekly decorating column for the Lowell Sun newspaper, and makes appearances on the radio program “Shabby Chic in Lowell.”

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Melissa Hammond
Melissa’s love of interior design is reflected in each project, and her enthusiasm makes her work a joyful task. As the principal interior designer of Hammond Design, Melissa’s approach is to first plan the working details, and then collaborate with clients on the aesthetics for a cohesive and refined look. The avid space planner is able to quickly zero in on the client’s taste and visualize a final design plan. Recently, Melissa was a featured designer on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters Renovation.

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Jennifer Sanborn
Jennifer understands that improvements to your home are an important investment, and help you craft a home that you love within your budget. She established her firm, Sacris Design, in 1999 and creates comfortable, casual interiors that set the stage for special moments and memories. A kitchen renovation completed by Sacris Design was recently featured on the cover of New Hampshire Home, and Jennifer’s work also appears in publications like Merrimack Valley Magazine and New England Home. After receiving a degree in religious studies, Jennifer earned a second bachelor’s degree in interior design from Endicott College.

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Laura Buonopane
Coming from a designer who believes that everyone deserves to live in a beautiful environment, Laura’s mission is to provide chic and affordable design. Her firm, Fallon Designs, offers creative solutions to projects both large and small. Laura worked in interior design and home staging for several years, eventually receiving a degree in design from Hesser College. She creates designs that compliment the space and reflect her clients’ individual lifestyles.

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Donna Boerner
Donna established db Interiors in 2004, and has an extensive background in commercial and residential design across New England. She received her certificate in interior design from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. With excellent communication and customer service, Donna delivers a personal approach along with her unique design concepts. Her goal is to showcase the personality and style of her clients, and to this end, she applies her attentive listening skills, imagination, and artistry.

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Sue Adams
Prior to opening Sue Adams Interiors, the multi-faceted designer and author owned a home accents boutique, and worked as a staff designer for Domain Home Furnishings. Her design philosophy is that the client knows best, and listens carefully to what they have to say. She earned a degree in art history from Colby College and completed her graduate work at Boston University and Harvard’s School of Design. A contributor to HGTV, Sue has been showcased in Better Homes and Gardens, Paint Décor, and Women’s Day magazines.

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Anne Cummins
Long before launching her own design firm in 2000, Anne had been interested in art, architecture, and design. She earned her bachelor’s degree in interior design at Cornell University. Her background includes experience at one of Boston’s top design firms, where she advanced from design assistant to project manager. Anne has served on the Board of Directors of the ASID New England chapter, and  mentors design students as a master’s degree thesis advisor at Boston Architectural College.

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Meredith Bohn
Meredith’s design aesthetic has been influenced by her travels in Europe and the UK, as well as living in England for a period. Her designs balance tradition and history with warmth and contemporary innovation. She studied at the Boston Architectural Center, and worked as a designer with Hitchcock Furniture, In Home Furnishings, and Domain, Inc. Establishing her own design business in 1992, Meredith has worked extensively with clients in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Florida.

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Jill Hosking-Cartland
The owner and principal designer of Hosking Interiors has staged homes priced at $95K and $3.3M, and everything in between. An accomplished interior designer, Jill specializes in transforming owner-occupied homes into more marketable property. Her work has been highlighted in New Hampshire Magazine, The Andovers Magazine, and she has been quoted in House Beautiful. She gives back to her community by volunteering for the Salem High School School-To-Careers program, and supporting the New Hampshire Chapter of the Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

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Christian Boyer
Christian combines grandeur with practicality for a unique design aesthetic. He studied at the University of New Hampshire, LaSalle School of Design, and keeps up to date with programs and seminars at Boston Design Center. His work has been published in published in Accent Home and Garden, New Hampshire Home Magazine, and New England Home Magazine. Christian participates in numerous charitable events, and the “Room to Dream Foundation” awarded Christian the People’s choice crystal trophy for rooms redecorated for sick children and their siblings.

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Alison Watt
Alison incorporates elements that are meaningful to the client into her design plans, and enjoys the challenge of making an awkward space useful. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Belmont University, where she studied interior design, business, and music. Alison serves as board member for the Citizen’s Advisory Board for the Department of Developmental Services, Merrimack Valley Area. In addition to designing residential spaces, Alison flexes her creative muscle with freelance writing and poetry.

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Cheryl Tufts
Prior to establishing 3W design, inc. in 1998, Cheryl attended Bloomfield College and worked as the assistant manager of The Home Styler. Utilizing a team of specialized subcontractors and her industry experience, Cheryl collaborates with clients to create the space they want. She is a past president of the Concord Local NH Home Builders Association, and holds three designations from the National Association of Home Builders. Cheryl is active in her community as treasurer of the Concord Boys and Girls Club board of directors and a member of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.

Dave Marcello
Dave learned the trade working in the family business, and in 1996 opened his own company. New England Design Elements offers a wide range of renovation resources in one stop, including interior design, showroom, and general contractor services. Dave has built over 100 different custom homes, as well as completed detailed accurate restorations. He received his education at Wentworth Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Kelly Jean Murphy
Kelly’s dynamic background in corporate business and interior design generates a unique offering. A marketing professional for many years, Kelly’s communication and management skills are an important asset to her decorating company. A talented and passionate designer, Kelly creates fully coordinated and tasteful designs that fit her clients’ budget. She graduated magna cum laude from St. Lawrence University, where she studied fine arts as a minor and studied abroad in London.

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Denyne Sanville
Growing up in a family that built and remodeled luxury homes, Denyne embarked on her three-decade career in interior design at the age of 16. A holistic interior designer, Denyne is certified in interior alignment by the International Feng Shui Guild. She has been published in More magazine as well as Kitchen and Bath Design News. An adventurer who loves the outdoors, Denyne’s goal is to climb all 48 of the 4000 footer mountains in New Hampshire.

Think we missed someone? Let us know in the comments!

Image courtesy of Flickr user Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

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