Uncovering the Past


OUTTAKE-September 2011

Photography TRENT BELL

“One of the most interesting parts of this project was that we were working on the site of an old quarry. As I did my own quarrying on-site more than 100 years later, I came across the original pins and feathers used to split stone. I was literally uncovering the past.”
-Landscape designer Caleb Hall

Hidden Design Treasure


OUTTAKE-August 2011

Photography Scott Dorrance

”With pool design, there is always the issue of where to house the mechanicals. Whether in a nearby storage shed or behind a screen planting, these utilitarian elements must be accommodated. My inspiration for the Pirate’s Cave arose during a conversation with the homeowner about Maine’s colorful pirate history. By imagining a place of buried treasure, a hidden antechamber beneath the pool patio was conceived and made complete with a cryptic cave painting (my own work) and a rustic wooden door leading into the mechanical vault.”  —George S. Workman, landscape architect

Small Fish, Small Pond


OUTTAKE-July 2011

Photography Irvin Serrano 

At the turn of the century, this pond next to one of the oldest homes in South Berwick used to be an active stream until it was dammed up in the 1950s. Today, it’s a watery playground for the homeowners’ children. “When we bought the house,we noticed the pond was stocked with small bass. We bought the little rowboat for our kids so they could fish,” says the homeowner. The pond is also home to frogs, a snapping turtle, and a pair of mallard ducks nicknamed Bob and Shiver. In the winter, it turns into the family’s own personal ice-skating rink.

No Corner Left Uncurated




OUTTAKE-June 2011

Photography Nicole Wolf

Interior stylist and host extraordinaire Krista Stokes devotes a chair in the corner of her guest room to what she calls “Concierge Services”: a suitcase containing an assortment of sundries and toiletries, maps, and anything else a guest would need, including a book celebrating Kennebunkport’s 350-year history. The suitcase was her grandmother’s—part of a set. “She had it my entire life,” says Stokes. “It was the only thing I asked for when she passed.”

Chicken or the Egg?


OUTTAKE-April 2011

Photography Nicole Wolf


“I was creatively stuck at the time and having difficulty making radical changes in the direction of my work so I came up with this idea of making the chicken the excuse for the next sculpture. Of course, the title and the work evoke the expression, What came first, the chicken or the egg? I conceptualized two classic bell-jar-shaped birdcages suspended from the classic C-shaped Victorian birdcage stand. One cage would be filled with feathers and the other with eggshells because those are the parts of the chicken and the egg that endure over time. I designed the cages first and then went to the jewelry department on campus to ask if I could use their equipment to silver solder all the joints. The white feathers were more difficult to find because they had to be large enough not to fall out of the cage but not so large that they would not be believable as chicken feathers. I traveled all the way to New York City’s textile district to buy them. I went to the fourth floor of a warehouse, rang the doorbell, and someone came and admitted me into what was a vast warehouse room filled with every imaginable color and size of feather. It was really shocking. All I wanted was two pounds of three-inch white chicken feathers. I had brought a pillowcase for the purpose.”
—Sculptor Celeste Roberge on creating her work The Chicken Is an Excuse, in 1985 during in her first year of graduate study at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Over the Rainbow

OUTTAKE-March 2011

Photography Nicole Wolf

The Brahms Mount color palette is a constantly evolving, living entity shaped by the company’s observation of trends, art, and culture. In any given week, the palette may change several times or not at all. The color names come from the Brahms Mount creative team and are based more on whimsy than any type of scientific process. It is with this palette that Brahms Mount creates its heirloom-quality blankets and other products to be passed on from generation to generation.


High Hopes


OUTTAKE-January/February 2011

Photography Trent Bell

When she was looking for a wedding photographer, Alyse Trudo came across some photos of couples using skis as their wedding guestbook. She liked the idea and talked to her then-fiance, Rich Oliver, about it. He, in turn, spoke to his mother, Debra Oliver, who found a pair of antique wooden skis in the home of her own mother, Margaret Tuttle. The skis had been in the Tuttle basement for so long that no one was sure when they’d last been used. The memento of the Trudo-Oliver wedding now sits covered in well wishes in the foyer of Alyse’s parents’ ski home overlooking the Sunday River slopes.

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