Elena Duralde joined the Knickerbocker Group design team to share her passion for interior design. While Elena grew up in Atlanta, she spent her childhood summers vacationing in Boothbay Harbor. Her parent’s newly finished cottage on Juniper Point, as well as the enticing opportunity to work at Knickerbocker, gave her the final push to make her relocation permanent.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Elena received a BFA in Interior Design from the Lamar Dodd School of Art. She is inspired by design that is functional, vibrant, and brings out the best of the space and people within it. Having been previously immersed in the antique’s world, Elena has found a love for mixing contemporary and traditional aesthetics. While at Knickerbocker, Elena’s primary focus has been on residential design; however, her work on several commercial/hospitality jobs has given her experience and a diversified knowledge on both ends of the design spectrum.
Elena is currently living in Portland and loving the adventures that come along with being in a new city. She is acclimating to the cold winters and loves to ski, but the Georgia peach in her most relishes the warmth and beauty of the New England summer. She is looking forward to exploring more of Maine, and discovering all that it has to offer.
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Read about Elena’s, West End condo, featured in Maine Home+ Design: Duralde’s carefully curated art collection—like the fabrics and paint colors she chose for her new home—reflects her affinity for a vibrant palette, geometric shapes, abstract patterns, and subtle textures that convey the human touch. “I like a mix of high and low, old and new—a place that feels lively and personal,” she explains. “When a colleague visited me here for the first time, she said ‘This place feels like you, ‘which, to me, is the best compliment.”