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This story begins with a 12-year-old Frank Hodge combingthroughtheflotsam andjetsamatthe Amherst, New Hampshire, flea market with his aunt, Annette Desmarais, an
antiques dealer who appreciated his eye for
classic treasure. “I just had the innate ability
to know what was good,” says the grown-up
Hodge, proprietor of F. D. Hodge Interiors,
the Boston design firm he opened in 2007.
Just as he had when he was poking
around yard sales as a child, Hodge trusts
his instincts. And so do his clients. “I
believe that design is innate,” he says. “I
immediately see a room spatially,” and the
design flows from there.
Hodge doesn’t aspire to be all things to
all people. He is a designer who unabash-
edly embraces his signature style: classic
and classy. His rooms are traditional but
not of another time. They are designed for
physical and emotional comfort. “For the
most part, the palette is neutral, which cre-
ates a more welcoming environment to be
in,” he says. That backdrop is made rich
with the patina of antiques, luxurious fab-
rics, and architectural details. “I’m very
much a traditionalist,” says Hodge. “I
don’t believe in trends and what’s in and
what’s out. Design doesn’t have to be of the
day or trendy to be successful.”
Hodge officially began his design
career when he went to work for Judith
Ross and Company, a respected design firm
on Boston’s Newbury Street, after only two
semesters at Boston Architectural College,
where an interior design program had just
been introduced. “The coursework just
didn’t interest me,” he says with a shrug.
But the real work of design did. After less
than a year with Judith Ross, he landed a
job with award-winning interior designer
Charles Spada, whose creative sensibilities
were simpatico with Hodge’s. “Charles was
such a great influence on me,” says Hodge.
“Working with him refined my taste in inte-
But the design bug first bit him as a
child. “I grew up in a family of antiques
dealers, and I would have to say that my
aunt Annette and uncle Gerry were the
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