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, Lachapelle and Judkins decided to combine their business and creative acumens and go into business for themselves. In May of last year, the pair launched Heidi Lachapelle Interiors to create spaces that combine beauty and practicality, with Lachapelle as head designer and Judkins as project manager. Read on for their insider picks on updating and organizing a space. 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 in construction. Kolbert tells MH+D Inside Out why he respects a home’s history and how he stays up to date on building technologies that preserve today’s houses for the future. Continue reading

Scott Martin on Keeping Business Simple

Like many in the design community, Scott Martin began building in high school. He worked odd jobs through college, and eventually started his own business, D. Scott Martin Builders, a full-service, residential construction company. Martin sits down with MH+D Inside Out to share his favorite business advice: just do the best you can. Continue reading

Design Wire January 2018

SCATTERGOOD DESIGN ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING of Portland, GO LOGIC of Belfast, ELLIOTT AND ELLIOTT ARCHITECTURE of Blue Hill, and KAPLAN THOMPSON ARCHITECTS of Portland received awards at the 2017 AIA New England Design Awards. The Maine firms created 4 of the 25 winning projects, with 275 projects submitted for consideration.

Portland’s HOME REMEDIES has unveiled a new collection of found and vintage decor, furniture, textiles, and more, called TREASURE. Each unique piece, such as a set of vintage glasses from the 1939 New York World’s Fair or a retro metal tray with yellow Lucite handles, is sourced from antique stores, flea markets, estate sales, and other locations around New England.

The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce honored Kim Swan of the Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty with its 2017 Cadillac Award. Each year, the Cadillac Award recognizes a community member who demonstrates leadership, service, sacrifice, and excellence. In 2017 Swan was executive producer for The Fire of ’47, a Bar Harbor Historical Society film about the 1947 fire that burned 17,188 acres on Mount Desert Island. The award also recognized Swan for her support of the Parish House group home as well as additional community initiatives.

BRIBURN recently designed a new high school building at Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freeport. The design meets net-zero energy demands, as well as Passive House and Maine Advanced Building Program certifications. KAPLAN THOMPSON ARCHITECTS designed major recent renovations and additions, including an administration wing, multipurpose classrooms for music and performing arts, and a cafe and commercial kitchen.

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