Our Center, a Lifetime in the Making
Anna Hardy, Founder and Owner
Anna Hardy was destined for the design world. Growing up in a 500- year-old Manor House in England, she was surrounded by historical homes and artistic minds. Her mother, an antique dealer and painter, taught Anna about antiques. Anna learned how to refinish furniture from her father and from other fine craftsmen in the local area. Anna went on to study art and ultimately obtained a degree in textiles, where she fell in love with color, textile printing, and the world of interior design.
Anna’s design aesthetic has been shaped by her world travels, spanning countries and continents. She’s traveled from Northern Africa and the Mediterranean, to the Eastern bloc and the United States. Anna’s design knowledge grew as she traveled. She was commissioned to paint artwork and murals while living in Germany and she honed her furniture making skills and learned about Indian pottery while living in New Mexico. While in Florida, she took on renovating her family home and began working with many interior designers in the Palm Beach and Delray Beach area. After to moving to New Hampshire, Anna continued her design/build renovation work as well as her interior design work and opened her first showroom in Exeter, NH in 2010.
Today, Anna shares with you her knowledge and love of design/build through the In Home Design Center. Her eclectic mix of furnishings speaks to her travelled experiences. Her in-depth knowledge of renovation and building is evident in her approach. Anna’s love of design permeates the Showroom and Center, now available to designers and homeowners, residents, architects, and builders.
Stephanie Brillant, Kitchen and Bath Designer
Stephanie is an experienced designer, having worked in the ﬁeld for her entire career. After university, she began working on interiors, designing for large public spaces, namely schools and libraries. Her focus was always on acoustics and how light played within the spaces.
From there, her desire led her to focus on residential design working in kitchen and bath showrooms for many years. One area of specialty is cabinetry design. Stephanie loves how design in the kitchen and bath can set the tone for entire living spaces and enjoys blending work from the Center with an owner’s design choices.
April MacDonald, Fabric and Window Treatment Specialist
April graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and has worked in a variety of positions including conceptual design, practical logistics, and fabrication in both the apparel and interiors industries. April brings with her over 16 years of experience in professionally dressing, windows, bedding, and textile accessories. She blends her broad design vision with a need to offer clients solutions for their unique spaces that combine beauty with comfort and long-lasting function.
She most enjoys the team camaraderie and effort at the Center; “We all bring our speciﬁc strengths to each project, supplying the client with more creativity and attention to detail than we could provide as designers working alone.”
Catherine Fenn-Smith, Artist and Client Services Specialist
Catherine has the creative sensibility of an artist and the practical sensibility of an engineer, which means she loves solving clients’ needs by combining the right creative interpretation with the right functional solution. Born in England and raised throughout the United Kingdom, Africa, and the Middle East, Catherine draws from her life and travel experiences to enhance her unique design skills.
Trained as both a Cordon Bleu chef and a clothing fashion buyer, Catherine’s interests have always centered on creating an experience for the customer. Working in the world-famous haute couture store in London, Brown’s, she learned about fabrics and design, putting together individual elements to create complete fashion looks.
She has advised clients, friends, and family on home decoration and design for many years. Her own house is an eclectic haven which has elements drawn from her vast travel experiences combined with timeless antiques. She can often be found in antique shops, auction houses, and in her workshop.
Jennifer Evans, Business Operations and Marketing
Jennifer is a business operations specialist. Supporting small to mid-size companies for almost a decade, her broad range of experiences has supplied her with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to assist In Home with its strategic plans and day-to-day operations. Certified in Human Resources and a degree in Marketing, Jennifer knows how to create a welcoming environment for designers on the team and customers alike. The team atmosphere and acquired talent can be attributed to Jennifer’s people sense and hiring abilities.
Up to this point, Jennifer’s experience has focused on the business world. Today she is overjoyed to be enmeshed in the design world, “At In Home, no two days are ever alike! I’m always learning something new!”