Author Archives: MHD

Higher Ed

Harriman is currently working with Portland Public Schools on four renovation projects that are part of the “Building for our Future” (BFOF) program. BFOF is an initiative to renovate four of Portland’s oldest elementary schools: Lyseth Elementary School, Longfellow Elementary … Continue reading

Keeping it Simple at Swans Island Company

At Swans Island Company we keep it simple: fleece from sheep, hands in the dye pot, hands on the loom, hands guiding needle and thread. In fact, it’s hard to do simple. Simple is an unwavering commitment to high-quality natural … Continue reading

Work-Life Balance

“The workspace should feel like a home away from home where employees can be their best, most productive selves.” MH+D ASKS BALLARD TO TELL US MORE. Q. Tell us about the “resimercial” approach you took in your design of Knickerbocker … Continue reading

Cosmic Cookery

  “I got a call from the client at her husband’s suggestion. She had been trying to design her kitchen renovation on her own, and then realized all the sequencing that comes with kitchens. She’s done some other work around … Continue reading

Fade to Gray

When it comes to decor, gray is a complex color. Get it right, and it can create an enchanting environment. Get it wrong, and you’ve got a color that looks downright institutional. But designers say it’s worth the trouble to … Continue reading

Robert Indiana’s Love

  I remember the first time I stumbled on my first LOVE. At the time I had already been living in New York City for a few months but for some reason had not passed the corner of 55th Street … Continue reading

Lesley Dill: Wilderness, Light Sizzles around Me

Lesley Dill, a mixed-media artist whose works are in the collection of over 50 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, has just completed a new monumental exhibition a decade in … Continue reading

House of Windsor

You may have heard of Windsor, the high-profile gated community of some 350 luxury homes located on a lush, oceanfront barrier island in Vero Beach, Florida. But unless you count among your crowd royalty and billionaires, you’ve probably never seen … Continue reading


Allie Norman just wanted to design a beer label. The designer had moved to Portland—a mecca for craft brew enthusiasts—after spending time working and traveling abroad. Although she had studied graphic design in college and had been working as an … Continue reading

Lovely Little Surprises

Leandra Fremont-Smith needed a change of scenery. For years, she had loved running her successful design business from the barn attached to the back of her home in Yarmouth. As she recalls, “I could have my kids get off the … Continue reading