Complex projects respond to the simplest solutions

One thing we have an aversion to is making complex problems, well, complex. Our work style is elemental: we apply principles designed to make design natural, smooth, and native to your desired result.

Think Ahead

There are no stupid questions

We will ask questions. A lot of them. And then we will listen to your answers, write them down, put them up on the studio whiteboard. The answers you give us are the waypoints that guide everything that follows.

Get Form/Function Right

These are one side of an equation

And all equations need to be balanced, or the result is likely to be wrong. It isn't a matter of making it look good. That's the easy part. It's a matter of making it work right, too.

Set the Right Pace

It's not a sprint, or a race

We work carefully to create a schedule that delivers quality work at just the right moment. This is especially important when coordinating with other contractors. The right design. Right on time.

Kitchen Styles

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When the subject of a traditional kitchen comes up, we get an extra notepad. 

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The transitional kitchen is an eclectic design, which results in a playful mix of traditional design elements with decidedly modern touches.

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Contemporary kitchens typically place particular importance on geometric elements, often leveraging the geometry of the space the kitchen inhabits.

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Design begins with listening

We begin your design by grabbing paper and a pencil and...writing down what you have to say about your project. A successful result is one that meets your objectives - practical, aesthetic, and financial. And between that intitial meeting – and the moment we make the final polishing wipe of the counter, island, and sink – is a conversation. Because design is a conversation that involves a lot of....did we say listening?

About Mari Woods

Mari Woods Kitchen Bath Home is a boutique-style design showroom specializing in built-in cabinetry for private homes throughout New England. With an emphasis on kitchens and baths, Mari’s highly professional and original designs also encompass all living spaces requiring customized cabinetry including home offices, media rooms, bar areas, mud rooms, pantries, and laundry rooms.

Mari Woods earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Following graduation, she worked for a very discerning clientele in Boston, MA designing distinctive kitchens and baths, many of which have been recognized in national publications. Now calling Portsmouth New Hampshire her home, Mari brings her nearly 20 years of experience to the Seacoast region. Designing both indoor and outdoor kitchens, bathrooms, media centers, laundry rooms, mud rooms, etc. Mari is always inspired by her firm belief in the power that one’s home has in supporting quality relationships with family and friends.The home contributes enormously to shaping the lives not only of our own children, but of our community as a whole. Mari is thrilled to have the opportunity to extend her passion into each and every one of her projects. Rather than being influenced solely by style, Mari carefully and thoughtfully listens to her clients and approaches their unique design with a thorough understanding of how they live, allowing aesthetics and function to blend seamlessly into beautiful spaces that support and enhance their living experience.

Mark Gillies has been designing kitchens, bathrooms, family rooms, libraries and the occasional wine cellar for close to 30 years. He came to the profession with a degree in Forest Products from Oregon State University and experience running a college dance company in Winona, Minnesota (where he was also the choreographer for two consecutive divisional nation champions in floor exercises for the Winona State University’s women’s gymnastics team!). Mark is delighted to be a part of the Mari Woods Kitchen Bath Home “tribe”. Her experience driven design philosophy resonates deeply with his personal design statement: “I’m fortunate to have been able to make a career out of helping people enhance the experience they have when they gather the people they care about to feed them”.