Category Archives: Just For Fun

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.

Bold and Brash (and almost over!)

Get to the latest exhibit at the Discover Portsmouth Center. It’s “Bold and Brash: The Art of John Haley Bellamy.” And go, even if you don’t like eagles (the exhibit consists largely of eagles carved of wood.) The exhibit, as well as the people who created it and tend to it, are quite captivating. The Discover Portsmouth Center is located in the home of the former Portsmouth Library, on two floors. Upon entering, you will first be struck by all of the winged splendor, but you will also see autographed…

A Bungalow, a Victorian, a Tent or an Igloo

Want to sleep in an igloo with 15 of your closest friends? A bungalow, a victorian, a tent or an igloo — Airbnb’s all about variety We recently spent a dreamy night on an island in Vermont, about 15 minutes north of Burlington. The night included our choice of two bedrooms or a sleeping porch that was literally one foot from the waters of Lake Champlain. It was easy, informal and a first: it was obtained via Airbnb. If you’d heard about Airbnb, it’s probably because you’ve used it, or read in the newspapers…

Designer’s Checklist for Fall

1. Go apple picking at Butternut Farm, 195 Meaderboro Road, Farmington. It might be a drive from Portsmouth, but they’ve got an apple schedule on their website that will keep you in the know. As of “press” time, Zestar apples were in their prime. Haven’t heard of Zestar? They’ve got a description: mild sweet flavor, and fresh eating. 2. Start a Pinterest/Houzz board for home studio. Chances are, you’ve heard of Pinterest. It’s a visual discovery tool used to collect ideas for projects and interests. And, if Houzz is new to you,…

Disney for Grown-ups

Disney: of course it’s not just for children. Someone has to pay the way and play the grownup, right? Well, sort of. Jennifer Ramsey is no stranger to Walt Disney’s wonderful world of fantasy in Florida. She visited yearly with her family growing up (and still does!) Most of the year, she’s a Founder, Managing Partner, and Lead Designer at SOMMA Studios, LLC, in Portsmouth, which is why she can’t totally separate herself from that during vacation. And why would she want to? It makes life interesting. Walt Disney World…

Historic Happenings

Of Portsmouth’s many groups and creative crews, one of SOMMA’s favorite nonprofits is the Portsmouth Historical Society, which now calls home the space once filled by “the old library.” While its physical home is contained to 10 Middle St., its reach is felt all over the Port City. The group operates the museum and Discover Portsmouth visitor center in downtown Portsmouth, publishes books, manages the Black Heritage Trail and advocates for historic preservation. Below, is just one of the many activities of an historic and architectural nature, that is slated…

Here’s What You Didn’t Know

SOMMA founder and designer, Jen Ramsey and Georgie Girl at home. Photo courtesy of Topher Cox Photography for Bangor Savings Bank. You can tell a lot about SOMMA from their website, but until now, you’d never see a photograph of its founder, designer Jennifer Ramsey. But, we didn’t stop at acquiring a terrific photograph (courtesy of Topher Cox Photography for Bangor Savings Bank, but that’s another story). We asked the burning questions. Read on: Q: What are your three favorite apps on your phone right now? A: Houzz, Flipboard and One Kings…

“Here’s to History!”

“Bold & Brash,” the highly anticipated exhibit at one of Portsmouth’s hottest new “old” spots, was an excellent opportunity to ask one of its sponsors some history-tinged questions. Jennifer Ramsey, architect, of SOMMA Studios, in Portsmouth, was excited to share information about “Bold & Brash: The Art of John Haley Bellamy,” which opens April 3 at the Discover Portsmouth Center. First, the nitty-gritty, for your date books: WHAT: “Bold & Brash: The Art of John Haley Bellamy” art exhibit WHEN: Thursday, April 3, 5:30 to 8 p.m., VIP doors open…

Top Five Spots to Tuck Away to in Portsmouth

On Feb. 11 you couldn’t look at Facebook or Twitter without seeing it: Portsmouth was number 9 of the cities in the CNN Travel article “10 of America’s most romantic towns.” To hop on the Valentine’s Day band wagon, we asked Jennifer Ramsey, founder, managing partner of SOMMA Studios, LLC, which spots within this special city of ours fit her bill for most romantic. She stopped designing beautiful buildings for one minute to answer us, proving that in addition to architecture, she knows a thing or two about Portsmouth. Top 5: Black…