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Spotlight on Knoll Furniture and Office Resources

We’ve been working with Heather Rowan of Office Resources for years when it comes to the piece of interior design dealing with the furniture. We recently outfitted COVE – Cooperative Venture Workspace in Portsmouth with an array of Knoll inspired furniture options that really make the space “pop” and bring it to life. And while it’s stylish and eye-catching, it also serves its primary function: Comfort. Not sure what “Knoll” furniture is? Click here to learn more. Check out our Q&A below with Heather and Office Resources, one of our…

Here’s To The Year Ahead!

We are proud to say that 2015 was another productive and successful year here at SOMMA Studios. With the New Year now well underway, we thought we’d take a few moments to share with you some of the exciting projects we look forward to working on (and/or completing) in 2016. 30 Maplewood Ave. It’s no secret that we have a soft spot for urban renewal and mixed-use development. Bringing new life to old, historic structures is part of our company’s DNA. On the horizon, is the completion of our project…

Developing Community in Portsmouth’s North End

For the past few months, SOMMA Studios has been hard at work reshaping 30 Maplewood Ave. in the northern tip of Portsmouth’s downtown. Formerly home to the administrative offices for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, this beautiful old brick-walled building is being transformed on the inside from drab cubicle space into an exciting and vibrant mixed-use space that will be home to new restaurants and COVE, the new center for cooperative working. On its own, this is an exciting project. But what makes this project even…

Cooperative workspace takes shape at 30 Maplewood Avenue

PORTSMOUTH – Jennifer Ramsey has a unique perspective on what’s going on at 30 Maplewood Ave. She is the designer, developer and, ultimately, a tenant of the mixed-use commercial and residential project at what used to be the non-descript offices of the state Department of Health and Human Services. “It’s my baby,” said Ramsey, an architect and founder of SOMMA Studios who partnered with local developer Steve Kelm to acquire and rehab the two-story structure into three stories that include commercial space at street level and townhouse condominiums on the…

In a springtime state of mind

It’s 36-degrees. Tomorrow we’re up to 52. It’s looking like spring weather might just be on the way to New Hampshire and southern Maine after all. But — until it is –we can put ourselves in a springtime frame of mind, with the following offerings on the Seacoast.

Let’s talk about LOVE — #SOMMAlove

When SOMMA revamped its website in February, we wanted to share the love. Expanding upon the #PortsmouthLOVE hashtag that had been ebulliently encircling the city’s Twitter stream for about a year (Thanks, LaughterCrystal!), Jennifer Ramsey said, “Let’s do #SOMMAlove.” And it was done. What, however, does SOMMA love? That came straight from the head of the company, Jen. On Feb. 7, SOMMA loved Nat King Cole. We chose the song “L-O-V-E” to feature along with Facebook and Twitter text: “The countdown begins #SOMMAlove” Come Feb. 8, SOMMA loved “Cluster of…

Newmarket Mills

BACKGROUND The Newmarket Mills project was an incredibly large undertaking. The challenge of renovating these old mills after decades of deterioration, was taken on by Chinburg Properties, who now take up residence in a portion of the finished project. These once bustling granite complexes on the Lamprey River required a significant overhaul to make them viable for current use. Chinburg Properties committed to the project with a tremendous investment in money, time, and planning, but needed an added element of design talent to really bring the spaces to life. The…

Fox’s Lobster House

Background Located in idyllic York Beach, Maine, Fox’s Lobster House had a lot going for it: a perfect oceanfront location, classic New England charm, and history galore. But it had its downsides as well. The interior was old and outdated. The bathrooms felt dingy. The windows leaked, the fireplace looked as if it could fall apart at any moment, and the layout no longer fit the needs of the growing business. The entranceway was cramped and lacked a place for patrons to sit and relax while awaiting a table. For…