MH+D Inside Out

Design shapes our homes and the way we live. The layout of a living room transforms the way a family interacts; quality materials help us breathe better, and an artful detail anchors us in the present moment and reminds us to appreciate beauty, wherever we can find it. Our homes represent our lives in the private sphere, what is purely ours, and who we think we are. We want them designed well, the way we have designed our lives. And we want the same for our communities, for our schools, offices, stores, and restaurants. But what drives good design? In MH+D Inside Out, Maine Home+Design interviews builders, architects, and interior designers from our community and gets inside some of the top minds in the industry. Read on for their stories, tips, and sources of inspiration.

Josh Morrison on Improving Clients’ Quality of Life

“I grew up with Maine values,” says Josh Morrison, lead project manager at R.P. Morrison Builders in Windham. After working as a fire protection engineer in New York, Morrison decided to move back to Maine and join the family residential … Continue reading

Scott Simons on Using Architecture to Reflect Society

For nearly thirty years, Scott Simons has presided over changes impacting the shape—and spirit—of Portland. As the principal of Scott Simons Architects, Simons has redesigned some of the city’s most compelling landmarks, including the Portland Public Library, and as co-founder … Continue reading

Barrett Stowell on Rising Above Design Constraints

A freelance designer and a ninth-generation Mainer, Barrett Stowell frequently creates innovative, modern designs for Chilton Furniture. He also owns his own design studio called Bearbird. As his advice to designers, Stowell says, “First, reach for the clouds and disregard … Continue reading

Heidi Lachapelle and Katie Judkins on Storytelling in Design

For several years, Heidi Lachapelle worked as visual manager at Anthropologie, crafting the way store displays told the brand’s story. Katie Judkins worked in corporate at L.L.Bean. After renovating their own houses, and becoming mothers who craved more flexible schedules, … Continue reading

Dan Kolbert on Respecting the History of a House

In college, Dan Kolbert, owner of Kolbert Building in Portland, majored in history. Although Kolbert became a builder, not a historian—“I totally stumbled upon this,” he says—he came to realize that an understanding of history still factors into his career … Continue reading