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Meet Cheryl DiGennaro of Newport Yacht Interiors

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cheryl DiGennaro.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I attended Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and hold a BFA in Design, which allowed me to turn my creativity into a successful career. My Yacht Interior Design career began in 2004, after a number of residential clients requested that I update their yacht interiors. I instantly fell in love with designing yacht interiors and accepted the position as the designer for a local yacht interior manufacturing firm. For over 8 years, I immersed myself in all aspects of yacht interior design and manufacturing. My passion for perfection led me to expand my expertise to include a thorough understanding of the aesthetic and technical aspects of manufacturing yacht interior appointments. In 2013, my entrepreneurial spirit led me to open Newport Yacht Interiors, providing custom designed, luxury interiors on land and at sea. Many previous clients and industry colleagues were very encouraging and supportive of my decision to open Newport Yacht Interiors, and I can say, we hit the ground running!

Has it been a smooth road?
I am blessed to say that it has been a mostly smooth road in our first three years. A few struggles in the first year came about in finding the right craftsmen to fabricate my soft goods designs, carrying forth my meticulous standards for quality. After a few trial and errors, I have put together a team of highly skilled professionals that create just about any design I dream up with impeccable quality.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Newport Yacht Interiors is an interior design firm offering customized services to the client who demands impeccable quality, high style and white glove service. Our boutique style firm allows us the privilege of working one on one with each client, creating unique, one of a kind interiors to suit individual tastes and lifestyle needs.

We offer a wider variety of services than most design firms, including custom furniture, upholstery, luxury bedding, window treatments, carpeting and flooring. Coordinating tableware and galley ware are offered to our clients as well in order to offer full outfitting services.

Newport Yacht Interiors boasts an extensive Designer Fabric Showroom, stocked with thousands of wonderfully gorgeous, high-end fabrics, enabling us to streamline the design process with numerous resources at our finger tips.

NYI’s reputation for meticulous craftsmanship sets us apart from other firms as well. As the owner and designer, I oversee all production with a keen “Eagle Eye” (my nickname given by my fabrication team) for perfection, to insure the integrity of the designs are carried out as planned.

Not only does NY&H design for private yacht and home owners, but we also design for the OEM sector. Boston Yacht Sales hires us to design and fabricate all of the Interior Décor Packages for their stock Sabre and Back Cove Yachts. We provide custom bedding, accessory pillows and decor throughout. We also have a collaboration with Hinckley Yacht Services in Portsmouth, RI to work with Hinckley yacht owners who want a higher level of interior design for their vessel.

The project that we are most proud of is the refit we were selected to provide on the 126′ schooner, GLORIA, owned by the legendary guitarist, Pete Townshend, of THE WHO. We provided new furnishings and fabrics for the Main Salon and the gorgeous deck seating area. It was quite a pleasure working with Mr. Townshend and his wonderful crew.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Boston is a great city for this type of business. Although we are based in Newport, many of our clients are docked at Constitution Marina, Hingham Shipyard Marina and Marina Bay, to name a few.

There is a wealth of boaters in the Boston area who are in need of refit services and we are pleased that we can work in all areas of New England.

We provide the Décor Packages for Boston Yacht Sales’ Back Cove and Sabre Yachts with custom designed luxury bedding and accessory pillows. We have a large number of clients in the Boston area.

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Image Credit:
Billy Black
Nikolas DiGennaro

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  1. Newport Yacht Interiors

    July 19, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you, BV, for such a great job on the article. We are honored to have been selected to participate.

  2. Kim Catalan

    September 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Cheryl you are truely talented and your work is beautiful.

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