Author Archives: Becca Abramson

12 Accoutrements for the Coffee-Crazed

For millions of people across the globe, morning means one thing: coffee. Whether you prefer a classic cappuccino, a cold brew with cream, or a straight shot of espresso (talk about a wake-up call), these 12 expertly-designed products are guaranteed … Continue reading

Sitting in Style

It’s no secret that one of the most popular (and enigmatic) items to design is the chair. Take a look at the numerous design lessons MH+D editor Danielle Devine has written over the years: of the 45 articles published, 10 … Continue reading

Eight Maine Artists Curate Works Inspired by Marsden Hartley

“When I’m in my studio getting bogged down in painting, I often look to (Marsden) Hartley for some guidance,” writes Dan Schein about his work in the painting-rich group exhibition And So Did Pleasure Take the Hand of Sorrow and … Continue reading

Inner Beauty: 15 Maine Interiors That Inspire Us

Residential Folly Cove Principal Nicola Manganello of Nicola’s Home believes the landscape is an integral part of a project’s overall design, so she designed both this waterfront spec house and its landscape simultaneously. The goal was to create a family-friendly … Continue reading

Sailor’s Valentines

  It’s a romantic tale: lovesick sailors, away for months or some-times years on whaling and merchant voyages, collected shells on tropical islands and spent hours assembling elaborate shellwork mosaics to bring back to their sweethearts. The truth is that … Continue reading

Design Wire January/February 2023

Prompted by the rise of COVID-19, tech start-up AIRTULIP has created the AIRTULIP SLEEP. This air-filtering headboard reportedly keeps users’ upper bodies enveloped in a bubble of clean air while sleeping. Inspired by the technology behind “clean rooms” in airports … Continue reading

Inside a Small Northeast Harbor Shop with Big Personality

In a small white clapboard building on the edge of downtown Northeast Harbor, Jennifer Judd-McGee has packed her shop Swallowfield to the rafters, literally. An acclaimed artist herself, Judd-McGee has filled shelves, display cases, and the walls from floor to … Continue reading

Warm Up in This Montana Mountain Chalet’s Daring Bedroom

During a time when neutral colors rule the roost in interior design, it’s a pleasant shock to the system to see a space that leans into a color motif without beating you over the head. In this bedroom of a … Continue reading

Artist Juliet Karelsen Turns Found Objects Into Colorful, Complex Works of Art

When Juliet Karelsen was a little girl, she got a dollhouse. This isn’t surprising—most children play with dolls—but Karelsen’s miniature world would play an outsized role in her life. Her mother, an actress, started the project when, during her downtime, … Continue reading

Versatile Plaid is This Season’s Can’t-Miss Pattern

In Maine, decorating with plaid calls to mind cabins outfitted with woolen blankets, but there’s so much more to this versatile pattern than its traditional image. The world of fashion shows us that plaid can be preppy (think Ralph Lauren’s … Continue reading