Pop-Up Design

By Rebecca Falzano

The pages of Maine Home+Design are coming to life for a weekend on the Midcoast.
It’s a home show you won’t want to miss.

What happens when you put more than 200 talented builders, designers, architects, artists, and craftspeople (and the team here at MH+D) under the same roof for a weekend and open the doors? A flurry of design ideas, inspiration, and collaboration. The Maine Home+Design Show is happening Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1—perfectly timed to coincide with Cellardoor Winery’s Pop the Cork celebration on June 28. The Show will take place in a specially constructed tent at the Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport and will be a rare opportunity to see a wide range of home design professionals in one place: from window specialists to rug makers, builders to landscapers, artists to architects, and everyone in between.

Phi Home Designs

In a nutshell: Home building—from the inside out.

Why it’s worth checking out: Phi Home Designs is truly a one-stop shop. Their team, led by owner Michael Roy, are experts at building beautiful custom homes—from soup to nuts, right down to the heirloom furniture, cabinetry, and casework found inside. They’ll even offer caretaking services long after a project is complete. You’ll want to be sure to step foot inside their Mobile Workshop at the Show: the heated trailer contains a full shop and allows their crews to work on-site while minimizing disruptions to their clients’ homes.

A.E. Sampson & Son

In a nutshell: Fine woods, milled with love in their backyard.

Why it’s worth checking out: The team at family-run A.E. Sampson and Son has been milling fine wood flooring for more than 30 years, and it’s a passion they love sharing. All flooring is milled in their Warren shop and customized to your specifications. Not only are they flooring masters, they also make custom handrails, treads, balusters, posts, and molding. Get your hands on their expansive collection of samples at the Show, and you’ll find yourself torn between vintage white oak and hard maple. Or maybe heart pine and Douglas fir. No matter your favorite, owners Jula and Paul Sampson will teach you about their woods, and the forests and trees they come from.

J.C. Stone

In a nutshell: Beautiful stone, incredible variety.

Why it’s worth checking out: Operating seven quarries, J.C. Stone is a go-to stone supplier and fabricator for the area’s landscapers, architects, masons, contractors, and homeowners. Owners Kathleen and Jamie Carle are proud to offer granite, ledge-stone, and natural landscape products in a variety of finishes, as well as custom-sawn products out of their fabrication facility in Jefferson. Visit their booth at the Show and get an upclose look at their stone in practical applications (a patio and stone wall, for example) and artistic ones as well (that is, sculpture by Maine artists who participated in their annual J.C. Stone Symposium).

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

In a nutshell: Distinctive Maine properties. One of them could be yours.

Why it’s worth checking out: Whether you’re buying or selling or just like to keep an eye on the market, Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty led by Chris Lynch are experts at real estate in Maine and beyond. Stop by their booth at the Show and chat with one of the more than 50 real-estate agents who specialize in beautiful properties on the water and off. Whether you’re looking for a lakefront cottage, an oceanfront estate, a rural farmhouse, or an in-town rental, Legacy has the local expertise and market knowledge to help.

DSO Creative Fabrication

In a nutshell: Form and function blend seamlessly in one-of-a-kind expressions.

Why it’s worth checking out: Artist and designer Nathan Deyesso of DSO Creative Fabrication blends form with function in his sustainable designs. His work will likely be the first thing you see at the Show: Deyesso has designed and crafted a beautiful architectural screen of wood and metal with flat-screen televisions and magazine racks that will welcome visitors.

Art Collector Maine Gallery

In a nutshell: A celebration of art in Maine.

Why it’s worth checking out: In 2011, Art Collector Maine was launched—a website devoted to connecting art buyers from Maine and across the country to Maine artists and galleries. At the Show, Art Collector Maine will come to life in a gallery of artwork from nearly 60 Maine artists and more than a dozen galleries, making this experience alone worth the price of admission.

The AIA Pavilion

In a nutshell: So you want to talk to an architect. Here’s your chance to talk to 20.

Why it’s worth checking out: No appointment necessary. Twenty architectural firms ready to consult with you, to share their work, philosophies, and approaches. Consider it your first step toward designing the house of your dreams, renovating your current house, downsizing, or simply gathering ideas. A wide range of styles and specialties will be represented—whether you’re interested in green elements, want a small but smart home, have a love for contemporary architecture, or tend toward the traditional. Sponsored by Phi Home Designs, the pavilion will feature the following architectural firms:
44 Degrees North
A4 Architects
Barba & Wheelock Architecture
Bernhard & Priestley Architecture
By Design
Canal 5 Studio
Carriage House Studio Architects
Christian H. Fasoldt Architect
David Matero Architecture
Dominic Paul Mercadante Architecture
Eric A. Chase Architecture
Green Design Studio
John Gordon Architect
John Morris Architects
Kevin Browne Architecture
Stephen Blatt Architects
Stewart Brecher Architects
Whitten Architects
Winkelman Architecture