dards. He liked the wall separating the living/dining area from the galley kitchen but wanted a spot
for guests to relax and chat with him while he cooks.
The narrow kitchen wouldn’t accommodate a table
or counter, so Duffy had a piece of Silestone quartz
cut into a circle and inserted into one end of the wall.
Now under-counter stools slide out for impromptu
seating. Duffy also designed the built-in glossy laminate cabinetry just inside the master bath to store
towels and toiletries and upgraded both the sound
system and the lighting in the unit.
“Lighting was really important to me,” he says.
an avid collector and creator
of art, Duffy admires pieces that
resonate with his own design
aesthetic. The hallway leading
from the kitchen to the den is
lined with black-and-white
photographs and drawings.
As the director of education of
the International Interior
Design Association’s New
England chapter, Duffy jokes,
“I kind of had to put my
money where my mouth is.”
So, he went back to school to
earn certification from the
National Council of Interior
Design Qualification and the
U.S. Green Building Council’s
Leadership in Energy &
program. “I love feeling