Remodeling and Home Design


Welcome Home

This marks the beginning of 2015, a time of renewal and clean slates.  It also marks the half year mark of DRH's new ownership under Michelle Coppolo.  A Belmont, MA resident, married and mother of two children- Michelle made her vision for Darby Road a reality when she purchased the business in May of 2014- see Michelle discuss DRH on Chronicle by clicking HERE.  Since then, the 5,000 square foot store has transformed into a large scale fine home furnishings boutique and design center located on 1395 Main Street in Waltham, MA.  DRH not only has pieces ready to leave the showroom at the time of purchase, but also has a network of vendors that allow for customization down to the finish of the nail head trim.  We have design consultation services on the premises or in-home appointments for those with larger projects on the horizon.  DRH works with the trade as well.

At home on route 117, DRH is located right on the Waltham/Weston border and is a minute up the road from the new 1265 Main Complex that now houses the drive-thru Starbucks and new Market Basket.  Wolfers Lighting is a few buildings away and Home Depot is on the other end of Bear Hill Road, making this spot a true destination area for those looking to rejuvenate and restore the stye and function of their homes.  Those who commute into Boston from the towns around Weston and Sudbury have the ease of knowing we're on the way home for whenever there's a need to stop in for a new custom upholstered sectional or a fun set of coasters for a hostess gift.

We'd like to welcome you into our home to show you our favorite things and to give you a feel for what makes the shopping experience at DRH as personal and customized to your taste as the pieces we'll soon be delivering to your elegant home.

The Transformation

When Michelle obtained ownership of Darby Road HOME May of 2014 the showroom and store front was suffering from an identity crisis.  Customers weren't quite sure what DRH was all about.  Was is an antique store?  Was it a consignment shop? Michelle knew, in order to thrive, she needed to build a brand and inform the potential buyer that DRH was indeed a full service furniture store that sold custom upholstery, in addition to case goods, art and thoughtfully chosen accessories.  The logo needed to reflect that upholstery was DRH's focus and that is why she chose a classic upholstered chair as her logo.  In addition, Michelle wanted the outside to look inviting.  She was advised to not waste money on changing the awnings, but she couldn't be convinced.  It also drove her crazy that there was no awning over the front door.  She realized why the previous owner never put an awning over the front door pretty quickly!  It required pulling a permit, having an inspection, and paying additional fees.  But in the end it was the right decision.  For one thing it keeps the rain from falling on her customers as they close their umbrellas before entering the store on rainy days.    

While the exterior is an ongoing challenge, the plants, new back-lit sign, and lighting in the windows has definitely made Darby Road HOME more inviting to the passing customer.  Michelle is excited about the upcoming 1 year anniversary of owning DRH in May.  Spring time will bring another round of small improvements.  Once people enter the door they are pleasantly surprised that they decided to stop and see what Darby Road HOME is all about.