Photo by Derrick Zellmann
Meet designer and owner of Hingham Furniture & Design, Diana Cousineau Aveni
What services do you specialize in at Hingham Furniture & Design?
We are a full-service design center with access to an extensive assortment of products and materials. We specialize in commercial and residential design, renovations and completion of decor. We also offer custom tables and mirrors of all sizes. We also do restorations—from fine art to furniture. Hingham Furniture & Design is also the home of Framing Concepts, where we specialize in fine art and custom framing.
What kinds of custom framing do you offer?
Custom framing has everything to do with interior design and it’s a big part of our business. Over the years we have established a loyal clientele who come to us with everything from fine art photography and paintings to sports memorabilia.
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
My style and design concepts depend on the space and elements I’m provided. My background as a painter and sculptor enhances my work. I like to think outside of the box and have an artistic obsession to create.
What is it like having your business located in the Historic Bassett House?
The building was built in the 1600s on Baker’s Island. It was part of a lighthouse compound. It was auctioned off in the early 1700s, chopped into three sections and floated to Hingham. It took seven years to put back together and has been at its current location ever since. I am honored to be the owner of this building. I have a spiritual connection with it. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into renovating the building and I did 80 percent of the work with my own two hands.
What makes your business stand out from the competition?
I don’t see other local businesses as competition, especially when I work together with them and their clients as often as I do. I enjoy helping others accomplish our common interests. Hingham Furniture & Design is a one stop solution.
What is one piece of advice for people who are considering redecorating their home?
Think twice about what’s trendy and don’t get rid of old things without knowing the possibilities of cosmetic restorations. Come see us and utilize our design services at our design center.
Any exciting trends clients will see for in your showroom in 2018?
Yes, I am always custom designing something new—vaulted safes that look like furniture, framed fabric wall coverings, wall art and unique dining room tables and chairs. In addition to design inspiration, we also offer sophisticated gifts and hostess gifts.
What do you love most about your job?
It’s the fulfillment of creating. I love being able to design, build and create for my customers. I am blessed and grateful. I love what I do, and I love making my clients happy.
44 North St., Hingham • 781-875-3255
Framing Concepts • 781-740-9424