"When it came time to update our kitchen, we never realized what was in store for us. The decisions involved in completely renovating a kitchen can be staggering. Thankfully we had Mark Haddad of Haddad Hakansson as our "design angel". He worked so well with us and had such creative ideas that any room surrounding the kitchen also got mini make-overs. He was constantly aware of our budget and always worked within our means. He made what could have been an enormously stressful project so much fun. Our bathroom is the next room on the "make-over" list and we are actually looking forward to doing it with all that we have learned working with Mark. We can't thank him enough for making our dream kitchen a reality."
"Mark came in at the 11th hour and saved our project. He took some initial plans we had that were unimaginative and transformed them into a space that we could get excited about. He knew all the right questions to ask and anticipated problems that we didn’t even know we would have. The value add was immeasurable."
"We hired Mark and Kurt when we moved into our house in 2005. My husband was initially against the idea of spending money on "decorating". Once Mark and Kurt had completed our family room, my husband was sold....they turned our hollow sparse family room into our home, expertly hitting the right balance of style and functionality. They have done many other projects for us since and we love it all. All along, they have been wonderful to work with. I would highly recommend using them for your next project!"
"... five years ago when I needed my second floor bath remodeled working with Haddad Hakansson was a no brainer. Mark and the team were thoughtful to my taste and considerate of my budget. Fast forward to 2011 and with our family of three girls, we thought it was time to convert our unfinished third floor into a master bedroom and bath. They were not only the most economically in the bidding process, but their design was fantastic and there were no surprises. They did all the necessary work up-front and we made decisions with them in the beginning that turned out to be spot on. We are thrilled with all the work they have done and the people who work for them are simply the best. "
"Without the help and suggestions of Mark and Kurt of Haddad Hakansson, we would be living in a home with white walls, neutral furniture and an overall rather bland feeling. Instead, we have rooms painted in exciting but not overwhelming colors (including a red kitchen with dark wood cabinets.) Our furniture is a mix of antiques and contemporary with colorful and interesting fabric choices. All in all, they brought the background of our world truly to life! In addition, they have assembled an outstanding group of craftsmen who bring projects and ideas to completion with a high level of skill and an eye to detail. We recommend this design firm without reservation; they are creative as well as practical and, most important, they really listen to their clients' needs and wishes."
Chestnut Hill, MA
"Having worked with Haddad Hakansson locally for our kitchen renovation, first floor colors, living room rehab, and master bath, it was obvious to us that, when we needed to set up an apartment internationally, Haddad Hakansson was the only firm to use. What we initially thought was going to be an overwhelming task for us, turned out to be creative, exciting, and most-importantly, anxiety-free. Their experience in project management allowed them to remotely design the spaces and coordinate the various components and resources needed to execute the project. Once on-site, they set every detail of the home. Walking in for the first time was like arriving at a luxury hotel, completely furnished and accessorized. We look forward to working with them again on our next project!"
"It was invaluable working with Mark to pick out paint colors for my new apartment, and the results were fantastic. I get compliments from everyone who visits. His knowledge and sense of color, his patience and respect for my input made the whole experience a complete pleasure."
"Buying a new condo before it was even built presented us with both challenges and opportunity; we were able to change floor plans as well as design and decorate an entire house, and we needed to attend to every detail from cabinet design and knobs, to window treatments and upholstery fabric. It would have been overwhelming to us but with Mark’s help it was instead an absolute pleasure and an enjoyable experience. Mark was so knowledgeable and thoughtful in his vision and advice, giving us the room we needed to express our individuality, being willing to amend his thoughts to meet our needs, and paying attention to every detail throughout the process. We appreciate his nature which was relaxed and fun, we were grateful for his impeccable taste, and we truly looked forward to our next meeting with him! Our home is sophisticated and peaceful, yet extremely functional and welcoming. We recommend Mark and Kurt without any hesitation. "
"We have been working with Kurt and Mark for over 5 years on a variety of jobs, both small (carpeting in a bedroom) and large (total kitchen and bath renovation). They make it all so easy with their expert advice, "can do" attitude, and professional contacts. Every suggestion they make is backed up with research, experience, and a keen sensibility of us and our lifestyle. We are a busy household, and we appreciate their organized and creative style. They are the best!!"
"The day we met Mark changed our whole outlook in decorating - he opened our eyes in ways we never would have imagined. He made us see things that were "outside the box" and it made our condo turn into something even more spectacular!"
"It took just one picture for Mark and Kurt to know exactly what we were looking for in our kitchen renovation. Throughout the entire process Mark coached us on every design phase offering knowledge and asking us our input so that we were fully involved. Hiring them to not only design the kitchen but manage the renovation offered us a piece of mind that you can't even put a price tag on. Working with Mark was one of the joys of the entire process. He was very responsive, creative and truthful. The contractor (and team) that Mark introduced us to were also very professional and a complete joy to work with. The end result is a kitchen that I could have only imagined. It far surpasses our expectations and we are so excited to share it with our family and friends. My only regret is that the journey is over......for now!"
"Mark and Kurt are amazing professionals as well as extraordinary people. Moving from our home after 33 years to a three floor townhouse was a completely overwhelming prospect. From the very beginning, they came to our previous home, helped with the decisions of which furnishings to keep, and prioritized the work needed in our new home. From selecting paint colors, to shopping for both conventional furniture and unique pieces, to working out the logistics and décor of each room, they brought their unique creative vision along with peace of mind. While serendipitous to have met them, we are grateful for everything they have done."
"Mark and Kurt helped us redesign the first floor of our home including color scheme, room layouts and furniture selection. They turned an overwhelming project into a pleasurable experience resulting in living spaces our whole family enjoys. They asked many questions to learn about our lifestyle, likes and dislikes. They offered their expertise and professional advice without pressure. Their patience and easy-going personalities made the whole process fun and enjoyable. We plan to work with Kurt and Mark again in the future - we wouldn't think of calling anyone else!"
"We have worked with Kurt and Mark since 2005 and have loved everything they have done for our home, small and large. Years ago, they helped us decide on a color scheme and furniture, so when it came time for a long overdue first floor renovation (including kitchen!), there was no question about to whom we would turn. As expected, having Kurt and Mark in charge of the project was perfect. We could not have done this without them. Their taste was impeccable, they kept the project on schedule, the contractors and sub contractors were talented and dedicated, and most important, the renovation completely transformed how we live in our home."
"… it was an absolute pleasure working with both Mark and Kurt throughout our kitchen renovation. We are truly enjoying the end result and are pleased with the decisions. Throughout the project, they both shared their ideas and expert advice but at the same time were open to our likes and dislikes. They were responsive, timely and consistently pleasant. We thoroughly trusted the entire team. We hope to have an opportunity to work with them in the future."
"I have worked with Mark & Kurt to finish
spaces of eight luxury units in a converted stone gothic style
church. The challenge was to select finishes for today that
blend respectfully with the grandness of this historic building.
Combining old and new was masterfully accomplished by Mark &
Kurt. The common areas as well as each of the units are large with
tall ceilings. Mark & Kurt have created unique styles for each
space that have warmth and interest.
By combining their wide spectrum of talents with the ability to listen and communicate with the client they create a special living environment. Being able to assess a space and then combine elegance, style and a sharp sense of details with the importance of the flow and functionality comes very naturally to them. Their keen knowledge of the latest styles, fixtures and appliances combined with a great sense of lighting and the color palette results in exciting, warm spaces that have a feeling of serene comfort. Walking into a home where each room is finished differently, yet compatible by common elements, provides a variety of pleasant moods as you experience the character of each space. All this combines to make a very unique and enjoyable home."
"Mark and Kurt were in charge for all the interior design of my Commercial Building in Waltham. Bringing them on to my project was one of the best decisions I made with regard to this property. I am reminded of their good work on an almost daily basis because I get compliments on the interior design by clients and visitors. The only problem is I now cannot seem to be able to make any "interior" decisions without their input! Ha. A nice problem to have for sure."
"I was introduced to Mark and Kurt when building my previous home over six years ago. Throughout the (design) process, I found both Mark and Kurt to be thoughtful and respectful of my ideas and concerns, listening carefully before offering suggestions. They both exhibited extraordinary creativity and a strong knowledge of products, fabrics and services; their customer service skills are unmatched. Without hesitation when I "down-sized" to my current condo, they were my first call after my closing. Again, they outdid themselves in making my new home both a masterpiece as well as homey and comfortable. It is for all of these reasons that I wholeheartedly recommend Haddad Hakansson for their interior design services."
Chestnut Hill, MA
"Working with Mark and Kurt to renovate my kitchen was a fantastic experience. I knew I was in good hands and felt completely supported in the process. I had so much to learn, and Mark was so patient with me as we worked through all the details. I knew everything would be taken care of, and I completely trusted their professional judgment in all aspects of the work. I am so pleased with the result."
"I have worked with Mark on three major renovations and it is always a pleasure. Mark has guided me through the selections of paint, fabric, hardware, cabinetry, marble, flooring, lighting, and window treatments. I am very involved with my projects and Mark is just the kind of person I need to bounce ideas off of and to help me get the job done the way I want it. He is patient, attentive, responsive, and he has a keen sense of what I like from the onset which saves us both a lot of time. When I decide to furnish the living room, Mark will be the first person I call."
"We have worked with Kurt and Mark on three homes, each of the residences with different challenges. Early in each process Mark and Kurt understood what was needed and helped us to prioritize – reducing an often-overwhelming task of moving to a new space to a completely manageable one. From choosing new items for our home, to selecting paint colors, to arranging furnishings and hanging artwork, Mark and Kurt have been there with able, sensible advice and plans to fit our budget. They've been invaluable!"
"Mark and Kurt transformed my thirty year-old kitchen! They delivered what they promised: a beautiful, well- designed, state-of-the-art kitchen with significantly more functional space, which is critical for a New York apartment. I love the compliments and I love my kitchen!!"
New York, NY
"Kurt and Mark took us from a Boston suburb and an "Ethan Allen" mind set to New York City and a much more sophisticated taste. The process was instructive and enjoyable. They listened and then skillfully guided us. We started as clients and ended as friends. Our home is such a special place because of their ideas. We were so happy with what they did in our apartment in NYC, we then welcomed their help in at summer home in Quogue. Working with the two of them was a pleasure and something I look forward to doing more of in the future."
New York, NY
"What we initially thought was going to be an overwhelming task for us, turned out to be creative, exciting, and most-importantly, anxiety-free."
"It was invaluable working with Mark to pick out paint colors for my new apartment, and the results were fantastic. I get compliments from everyone who visits ..."
"Working with Mark and Kurt to renovate my kitchen was a fantastic experience ..."
" ...Bringing them on to my project was one of the best decisions I made with regard to this property."
"... We could not have done this without them. Their taste was impeccable, they kept the project on schedule, the contractors and sub contractors were talented and dedicated, ..."
"We have worked with Kurt and Mark on three homes, each of the residences with different challenges. ... They've been invaluable!"
"... I am reminded of their good work on an almost daily basis because I get compliments on the interior design by clients and visitors...