These Grilled Chicken Skewers Are a New Summer Staple
Maine Home + Design
by Sherone Black
1w ago
This three-part recipe turns your classic grill night up a notch with a creamy avocado mousse, tangy pickled onions, and a sticky harissa yuzu glaze that adds a sweet and spicy touch to easy-to-grill chicken skewers. “I love grilling in the summer,” says Mimi Weissenborn, executive chef at Sur Lie in Portland and Gather in Yarmouth. “It’s not just about the culinary experience, but more about the gathering of the people you love and sharing delicious food with them.” Serves 4 AVOCADO MOUSSE INGREDIENTS5 ripe avocados Juice from 2 lemons 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt to taste INSTR ..read more
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A 100-Year-Old Camden Harbor Cottage Gets a Much Needed Update
Maine Home + Design
by Sherone Black
1w ago
Over a century ago, Maine’s foremost architect designed a summer home to look out over Camden Harbor. It was a fine example of John Calvin Stevens’s signature style: combining stateliness and elegance on a comfortable, human scale and being sensitive to the landscape, in this case oriented to run along the shore and turn the inhabitants’ eyes toward the water. Some years later, the home became part of a family summer enclave, one of three homes sitting side by side, each owned by a sibling. By 2021 it was part of a multigenerational tradition of family gatherings by the water. It was also in g ..read more
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Inside an Ogunquit Family Haven Built for Entertaining
Maine Home + Design
by Sherone Black
1w ago
Planning for the future, a Massachusetts couple creates an Ogunquit family haven It was a vision into the future,” says Melissa Serlenga of the Ogunquit home she and her husband, Jason, built for their family of two girls and a boy, ages 11 to 17. By this, she means a 4,900-square-foot, six-bedroom legacy retreat that will evolve into a multigenerational getaway as their children grow and start families. Colby Chase—vice president of Chase Construction, which the Serlengas hired to build the home along with architectural designer Matt Banow—says, “The house on the lot was a very charming 1920s ..read more
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Fine Lines Construction Crafts a Modern Home in Cape Elizabeth
Maine Home + Design
by Sherone Black
1w ago
The property wasn’t perfect, because no property is, but it was located on the edge of the southern Maine shore, looking out toward the Atlantic. “Breathtaking” is how the homeowner describes it: “We knew it would be a shame not to highlight that view as much as possible.” Although there had previously been a house on the plot, they needed something more modern for their family of four, especially since they were planning to make the Maine house their permanent residence. And when it came down to it, the site of their new home wasn’t special just because of its proximity to the water or the sc ..read more
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Trending Terracotta is Warming Inside and Out
Maine Home + Design
by Sherone Black
1w ago
Color trends tend to be cyclical, with particular hues rotating in and out of popularity. The last few years have seen a turn toward earthy hues like browns, khakis, and subdued shades of orange, including terracotta. A beguiling shade of orange-brown, terracotta has been popping up in many home brands’ collections this year, making it a natural choice for our Living Color column. Terracotta’s current moment in the spotlight doesn’t surprise Natalie Papier, an artist and interior designer based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the creator behind Home Ec: “The beauty of terracotta is that it i ..read more
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Ocotillo Shines Bright in Portland’s West End
Maine Home + Design
by Sherone Black
1w ago
“We see Ocotillo as a sibling restaurant to Terlingua, and we’ve done a lot to build that brand over the years through our use of materiality, space, light, and color. We drew some inspiration from the space itself, formerly occupied by a cocktail bar called the Danforth, which was beautiful and intimate but intentionally dark. To lighten it up, we brought in some of the warm color palettes we’ve used at Terlingua and updated them to fit the space: bright oranges, peach tones, and crisp whites. One of the things we do well at Terlingua is our incorporation of the outdoors, so we worked with P ..read more
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This “Life Room” Combines a Kitchen, Breakfast Niche, Bar, and Family Room
Maine Home + Design
by Sherone Black
1w ago
In the introduction to New England Coastal: Homes That Tell a Story (Monacelli, 2024), Massachusetts-based architect Mark Hutker tells the tale of his early-career encounter with author Judy Blume, who selected his firm, Hutker Architects, to design her family home on Martha’s Vineyard. Hutker recalls how he was thrilled to finally collaborate with a fellow creative after working on countless homes for lawyers and doctors, during which it became painfully clear that he and his client were not on the same page. As the pair continued their conversation over coffee, Blume detailed the experienc ..read more
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The History of the Classic Lawn Chair
Maine Home + Design
by Sherone Black
1w ago
It’s a classic American design. A recent MH+D cover shows a family happily barbequing and sitting on a set of classic webbed lawn chairs. There’s a comforting feeling that sweeps over many of us when we see these retro chairs. Memories are conjured up of fleeting summer days sipping ice-cold lemonade, playing in the sprinklers, and watching the fireworks on the Fourth of July, drenched in bug spray. After World War II, plastic webbed lawn chairs began popping up in yards throughout U.S. suburbs. The chairs were made using aluminum, which had previously been used for the structural framing of ..read more
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Summer Inside and Out
Maine Home + Design
by Becca Abramson
1M ago
This summer, refresh your living space. A new rug adds comfort and style to any space, both inside and out. Many interior designers consider rugs to be the foundations of their design process. They can be pricey and take a real beating over time. That’s why our editorial team has vetted five affordable finds to make the process easier for you. We have considered materials, durability, design, and colors. They will withstand sandy little feet, paws, and the occasional spill! ANGELA ADAMS | Mini Rugs These minis are hand-woven and hand-tufted using pure New Zealand wool. They’re perfect for bat ..read more
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Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Table Popularized the Pedestal Base
Maine Home + Design
by Andrezza Nascimento
1M ago
Architect Eero Saarinen (1910–1961) is known for his sculptural forms, the most recognizable being the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, a symbol of the United States’ westward expansion. Other well-known designs include the TWA Terminal at New York’s JFK Airport (now the TWA Hotel) and his Pedestal Group furniture line for Knoll. In 1956, Saarinen was commissioned by Knoll (now MillerKnoll, a licensed manufacturer of furniture designed by architects and designers) to design the Pedestal chair, and later that year, he completed the Pedestal table. It wasn’t long before the Pedestal collection was re ..read more
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