Houndstooth House provides a wide range of design services for residential and commercial clients alike. 

Founded by Michelle Marino and Denise Cotter in 2005, Houndstooth House seeks to have fun and minimize the stress of projects so clients can enjoy the process and feel confident in their decisions. 

We focus on making every experience unique. We do this by listening and drawing on our experience and relationships with a vast network of preferred providers in the construction industry and beyond. 

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Our Team

Here at Houndstooth house we have cultivated  a team of professionals that are eager to help you with any and all of your design needs & dreams. We believe that if we are not having fun, we aren’t doing it right, and we have A LOT of fun!

Joelle Nyenhuis
Chief Operating Officer

Amber Sigler
Showroom Coordinator

Debra Gaikowski
Project Manager-Watertown

Bridget Fitzgibbons-Peterson
Showroom Sales & Custom Floral Design

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Testimonials

Michelle and Denise were wonderful to work with. They did our entire home and we are so very pleased with the outcome. They certainly know how to create a warm and inviting living space. I’ve seen some of the other spaces they have done and they are all gorgeous and so different. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
- Kathy S

What do I recommend about Houndstooth House? I’m not even sure where to start. When we decided to do a major remodel (every room in our home) I knew I needed help. I have had friends who remodeled that stressed about the whole process. Denise and Michelle made the entire project effortless. They always came to me with great ideas. They knew exactly my style, however also took into consideration what my husband would like. Our home is beautiful and unique and thanks to Houndstooth House a space we can enjoy for years to come!
- Lesley G

I loved working with Denise and Michelle. They made building a house easy and fun. They matched my personality and tastes to everything they picked out. Our house is beautiful! I would highly recommend Houndstooth House!
- Mary B
Denise and Michelle are professional, fun and have a great eye for design! I really enjoyed working with them and LOVED the finished product.
- Cheri R
I’m so bad at home decorating that I cannot even visualize what I would like. Michelle and Denise are amazing at bridging that gap by asking the right questions to learn who you are and then presenting you with the perfect solutions that fit you. They turned my home into exactly what I love and took care of all of the installations. Houndstooth House is absolutely, “highly recommended”!
- Mike M
Moved to a new house, needed a refresh. Houndstooth House came late morning and by mid afternoon I had an entire new entry, rug, art, table and tons of fun accessories. What a great experience, so much fun to work with and so many amazing things to pick from!
- Elizabeth V
We had the vision for our house but needed help pulling our vision together. After meeting with Denise and Michelle one time, we knew they just got it right away while also being mindful of our budget. They made the process of pulling everything together so smooth and so enjoyable. We would recommend them to anyone looking to build or remodel their home. They are so much fun to work with, and we trusted them with anything we needed help with on our forever home!
- Dan and Cheryl B

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