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Working with Destry Darr Designs and her team for the last 7 years or so has been a real pleasure. Being a builder, it is always a challenge to get information to the shop floor quickly to keep the build on pace. Destry consistently provides drawings and updates on time and is usually ahead of schedule. Her 3D modeling has been a big help to our customers in allowing them to visualize exactly what the end results will look like as well as giving the carpenters the actual picture of what they are building. DDD remains our number one choice for interior design as we head into the future.
Jeff Leishman
Jeff Leishman
Owner / Chief Designer, Nordhavn Yachts
"I first became acquainted with Destry in 2004. Her first assignments with Ocean Alexander revolved around selecting and executing custom interiors for our full range of product. Her work resulted in Ocean Alexander becoming known for offering spectacular original interiors. These interiors separate us from our competition that in general uses standardized production-built interiors with little or no choice. Destry has remarkable ability to decorate in a broad range of styles and yet execute each unique style flawlessly.

Destry has since been engaged in designing new exterior and interiors for a variety of our large production yachts. She has always performed in the most professional manner, even under extraordinary tight deadlines. Having been around boats her entire life, she has a keen understanding of how to meet the needs of a great variety of customers.

It has always been a great pleasure working with Destry and throughout our years together she has always exceeded our expectations in both decorating and designing."
Richard Allender
Director of US Operations, Ocean Alexander Yachts

Dear Destry,

I just had to send you a message. There are 14 people on board our new 120’ Nordhavn “Aurora”, and Diane and I are 2 of them. Discussion about the quality, design, finish, great taste, color selections, coordinated approach, finish, have all been said every day. PAE is really extolling your services. I hope you believe this is ending the way it was supposed to. Diane and I are very happy!

Bob Conconi
120' Norhavn Aurora

Bob and I are so pleased with everything you have done and very much appreciate all the hard work you have put into the design of our new 120’ Nordhavn “Aurora”. Thank you! We will not be at the boat show this year but will continue to watch your progress. You are so very talented.

Dianne Conconi
120' Norhavn Aurora
"Dear Destry, Thank you for your quick response during the boat show in making time to meet my clients. They look forward to working with you in the near future. Also, I would like to thank you again for the exceptional job you did on our 209’ expedition yacht “Turmoil”. That job was done on time, on budget and made the boat look like new. It was a pleasure to work with you and your team. Thanks!"
Michael Rafferty
Yacht Broker, Camper & Nicholsons USA
Destry, few people have ever exceeded my expectations and you have definitely done just that!
Jim Bernhard
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Destry, the boat looks amazing! Everything you’ve done with the boat is beautiful. You’ve truly made it look amazing!!
Dana Bernhard
"Destry Darr was selected by my wife and me to do the design and décor for our 90’ yacht and our 112’ yacht. Her response to our requests and thoughts was excellent. She presented a large variety of soft good selections as to color, texture and pattern. Her design group was in no way pushy or adamant in their discussions with us. Her suggestions were prudent and met all of our needs and choices. Installation was both timely and of high quality. Bedspreads, carpet, and upholstery were first class with no errors as to fit and appearance. Her design group and installers were dependable as to time and dates, and all was done beautifully. She kept in touch by phone and on-site visits to be sure we were pleased.

I would highly recommend her group to anyone seeking first class workmanship and guidance through the design and décor selection process."
Ted and Sally Lange
"We cannot thank you enough for the outstanding job that you and your team did for the refit of our 2003 Hargrave Forever Young. All of the colors and fabrics you suggested came together beautifully. We also enjoyed working with your vendors who were very helpful and respectful of our boat. We are now enjoying many wonderful days on the water thanks to the efficient and cost-effective manner in which you handled this project."
Ron, Lee Ann and Gregory
"I would like to take the time to thank you for all you have done to make our 85' Burger Yacht Margarita a "dream" boat. John and I have bought lots of yachts over the years and I have to say you made our experience such a good one! You were so easy to work with and your contractors were all very professional and got their jobs done in a timely manner. We want to thank you for listening to our needs and wants and making it happen. There will be no hesitation as to who we will use to help us with our next yacht! Looking forward to working with you again!"
John and Margaret Lauletta
Thank you for making our first boat building experience a very pleasurable one!!!! The outcome was spectacular, and you spared us from making many mistakes. In addition, you pointed out issues well in advance, so they could be dealt with as part of the production process.

We proudly entertain on our boat and everyone who boards has an incredible reaction to the job you did. Bottom line, you saved us time, money, and many, many headaches during the process. We strongly recommend you to anyone interested in building a new boat or redecorating an existing boat. I am sure they would be as happy with the outcome as we are!!! Feel free to call on Mary or myself if you have a need for a reference. We would be happy to help in any way we can!

Mark W. DePrey
"Thank you for all you did to make Steelaway everything we dreamed of and more. You listened to what we wanted and made it happen on time and in our budget! Every little detail - from the wood trim detail, the galley cabinet arrangement, the door hardware, the design of the furniture-all the things we take for granted- to the beautiful fabrics that everyone does notice-make our boat so very special. Working with you and your staff was a pleasure!! I hope we can work together again in the future!!"
AJ and Lynn Veneklasen
"Needless to say buying this boat is once in a lifetime occurrence and the fact it turned out the way it did was attributed to some main ingredients, you and your staff are the “icing on the cake” … helping us “making this boat our own”. Your passion and eye for details is your “trademark” and Rodney’s fit, handshake is symbolic of you “firm,” commitment to client satisfaction. While there is no doubt our 74 has Carols “signature” on it, it was real comforting to have your guidance and expertise to keep us on track. Please take this note as our open invitation to shoe our “baby” or have a potential client contact us, we would be happy and proud to share our “OA experience” Best regards and thank you."
Stuart and Carol Schwartz
Jim and I wanted to let you know, how much we love working with you. After seeing your work at the Fort Lauderdale boat show, there was no doubt that your help in decorating our new Ocean Alexander. Even though we were in Minneapolis, and the boat delivered in Savannah, and you were in Florida, the whole process went smoothly. The first time came aboard and saw the finish result, i was extremely pleased with everything. We have received endless compliments on the decorating. This winter while the boat Fort Lauderdale, i called you about the back cushion breaking down. You sent someone down the next day and i had within 24 hours i appreciate how quickly that you responded. Thanks again
Jim and Debbie Hagen
"WE very much appreciated your excellent work. You spared us a lot of time and leg work by presenting us with a wonderful selection of material without anyone having to march through the DCOTA. The “Ellen Louise: looks really great. Our friend who say the before and after can’t believe it the same boat. They were also surprised that you were able to satisfy co owners with sometimes different likes and opinions. You were exceptional in that regard. If we can be helpful, Louise and I would be happy to serve as reference to your abilities."
Louise & Alex Grass

Excerpts from the Tabula Rasa Blog by Paula Rawls…

Oh My Gosh!!!!!  Destry just sent me the most beautiful fabrics and colors for our boat!  She is awesome!  No wonder she is the designer for the New N120!  Everything she sent me is just fabulous!

Destry and her fine team of designers are in the last stages of the cosmetic refit.  I LOVE all the new colors, fabrics and design elements.  I have only seen swatches of fabrics and sketches online, and I’m REALLY excited to see the finished product when I get to Stuart, FL. I have gathered all of our boat’s “before” pictures and am anxiously awaiting my “after” pictures from Destry.

"Harvey and I want to thank you for the pleasure we get from enjoying Florida home. We love having guest comes in for the first time and hear them rave about all the special touches you have designed for condo. It was quite a chore taking a 22 year old apartment, getting it and starting from scratch. We were in New York for a major part of the renovation period and we praise you on how well you handled the workmen and work. I had wanted lots of cabinet in the kitchen, so we worked together and certainly achieve the kitchen of my dream. I could not be happier .Also, the tray ceiling in the living room totally opened up the space. The closet you designed in our den matches our furniture and is the highlight of the room. We look forward to working with you on the finishing touches (accessorizing). Working with you is a most pleasant experience."
Harvey and Sally Kaplan
"I am waiting this reference letter on behalf of Destry Darr Pethel, Owner of Destry Darr Design. It has been great pleasure working with Destry. I trust her experience, especially in helping during architectural phases of our project. She has a great eye and many creative ideas that I could have never come to my own. Most important, she was fun to work with and stayed on schedule and budget!

Destry has exceeded my expectation with her efficiency, attention to details, follow through and professionalism.The project has been a complete success from the first to last details. I would enthusiastically recommend Destry! Everyone who comes in to my home says "This is the best coordinated, most pulled together home they have ever seen."

John Fuqueron
"Thank you so much for your expert help on all the design choices for the condo. It was wonderful to work with such a competent design. You really listened to what i wanted and your advice on everything was outstanding. The new carpeting and tile are just fabulous and new furniture fits so well; I’m sure i will call you again for my future projects, good luck business and I am so confident you will be successful."
Valli R. Dietz
"I have really enjoyed working with you this year and appreciate how smoothly you made things move."
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