Our Team

Amy Dutton Home, Interior Design Portsmouth NH

Amy Dutton

Amy has been a creative since early childhood and established Amy Dutton Home in 1998 after working for architecture and interior design firms in both Chicago, IL and Exeter, NH. These experiences formed a “whole home” approach to designing interiors, exteriors and landscapes.

Through a multi-phase process of design, our firm specializes in high-end projects with focused customer service and cultivated relationships with industry partners.
Amy enjoys working personally with clients in a creative and organic way to transform the client’s vision into a reality.

Nancy Saunders

Our most recent addition to the team is Nancy! Nancy works as our accountant and manages the finances. She helps to keep our books managed and our company organized!

Amy Hughes

Amy Hughes is an Administrative Assistant & Project Manager at Amy Dutton Home. She is a graduate of the University of Maine and is originally from Central Maine. She comes to ADH with experience in non-profit project management and volunteer management. When she’s not in the office she spends her time reading literature, enjoying the outdoors, and playing piano.

Kate Cone

Kate Cone is a Marketing Intern at Amy Dutton Home and is currently a junior at UNH, majoring in marketing and sustainability. At ADH she runs errands, works on basic administrative tasks and generally lends a hand wherever needed. When she isn’t here she spends most of her free time in the outdoors and loves to hike, bake and see live music.

Kate Murphy

Kate Murphy is the face behind the social media! Here at Amy Dutton Home, she runs errands, assists in selecting materials for clients, and helps with marketing strategies. Kate is a Sophomore at The University of Kansas studying Strategic Communications and Advertising. iIn her free time, she enjoys going for a run, or hanging with friends and family!

To me, taking on your project is about starting a relationship together. It is through this relationship that I will learn about your lifestyle and what you truly want your house to be. I know we can turn it into the home of your dreams.

The Process

When you are looking to change the look of your surroundings, it’s not unusual for that to include structural architectural elements, interior material considerations, and alterations to the landscape outside of the home. When you hire three different professionals to focus on architecture, interior design, and landscape, something is lost.

Not only is it more to manage, but the level of cohesion, flow, harmony, and relationships isn’t where it could be. The more you delve into each facet of design, the more you understand the profound impact each has on the others, and how they truly function as an intricate puzzle that only looks and feels right when all the pieces are connected properly.

This interconnectedness is at the heart of what I define as “Whole Home Design”. Having spent years in the industry designing homes from the exterior to the interiors, I know firsthand how important it is for each element of your home and landscape to harmonize successfully with the others.

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The beauty of our strategy is that all of these elements can be integrated seamlessly and intelligently in the flow of the whole property. With one designer at the heart of the process, there is an awareness and connection between the interior and exterior space. Though I believe that design should be fun, our process is very structured.

We want you to know you are in seasoned and capable hands from start to finish. We work with the nitty gritty details surrounding the property’s footprint, structural components, stair and landing needs, raise grade of the land, and land use.

Behind every design decision, there are logistics, details, and creative angles involved, and it is my job to determine how to prioritize and hone our focus. All you have to do is share your vision, and I will put the team together to make it happen.

Once we have determined the logistics, we will work together to define your overall design style. Don’t be daunted by having to know exactly what you’re looking for, I have worked with enough clients to know the questions that need to be asked to get to the core of what you want your home to look like and how you need it to function.

From there, I can work with you to bring the vision to life, guiding you on how to layer, how to balance texture and color, and how to control where the eye is directed.

Although I don’t believe in enforcing design ideas on you – it is your house, after all – I will always push you to consider elements you may not have considered that will ultimately help in creating a balanced and interesting home that is not static but vibrant and beautiful.


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