Kitchen Cove Design Studio: Traditional with a Twist

Mary O. Adams, owner of the Portland-based specialty design firm Kitchen Cove Design Studio, relishes projects that involve problem solving. With the older dwellings typical of Maine remodels, the problems at hand are numerous, spanning from poor layouts and choppy points of entry to additional dysfunctional design. “The way kitchens work today is very different […]

Bench Dogs: Island Ingenuity

To some, the thought of transporting custom-made cabinets by mailboat to remote Maine islands sounds like a logistical nightmare. But for Weber Roberts and wife Brooks Crane, proprietors of the custom cabinetry and millwork company Bench Dogs, located in Washington, adventure—and teamwork—is integral to their process. The spacious, natural- palette kitchen provides a calming space […]

Arcadia Kitchen and Bath: Smartly Scandi

At Arcadia Kitchen and Bath—a family-owned, Scarborough-based design-build and cabinet showroom—teamwork, communication, and joy underscore the success realized in all projects. “Our clients tend to be our favorite part of the experience,” explains Kristen LaValle, in-house designer. Founders Mike and Kim Connell concur, adding, “When a client comes in with a clear vision, it makes […]

M.R. Brewer: Built for the Chef-Baker

Inside a newly built vacation home on Sebago Lake reigns a kitchen that pleasingly compliments the exterior landscape, consisting of a wooded lot and lakefront views. “The owners wanted the great room and kitchen to be a timber-frame build, and they also desired the incorporation of natural elements indoors,” explains Tavia Douglass, lead designer at the Portland-based full-service […]

Crown Point Cabinetry: Beating the Blues

Back when shades of blue were synonymous with cloudy coffee and rainy days, Lindsay Farnsworth, in-house designer at Crown Point Cabinetry in Claremont, New Hampshire, bathed the updated kitchen within a once uncoordinated Greek Revival circa 1809 in a bold coat of the color. Surprisingly, it was just the pick-me-up the space needed.   “We chose […]