EcoHome Studio’s Artist of the Month: Caren-Marie Michel

If you have been to our showroom you know that the walls of EcoHome Studio are dressed with the inspired work of local artists. We take pride in being able to showcase the work of these artists and help them gain exposure in our community, not to mention we love being surrounded by their beautiful pieces everyday.  Caren-Marie Michel is new to our showroom and is the perfect artist to launch our Artist of the Month Program!  Below is some more information about Caren and images of her work.



Caren-Marie Sargent Michel was born in Portland, Maine and is a lifelong Maine resident. Caren-Marie Michel’s work explores the urban, industrial, and pastoral images of Maine and documents the ever-changing landscape in paint. Michel is a devoted plein air painter working in acrylic and pastel on locations all over Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. Michel often portrays a location through series capturing different seasons or times of day with changing light and color. Michel is President of the Pastel Painters of Maine and past Treasurer of the Union of Maine Visual Artists.

Michel studied painting with Esther Barney in Portland, Maine for six years and earned her B.F.A. in painting from Portland School of Art in 1978 (now Maine College of Art) where she studied with Bill Collins, Ed Douglas and Johnnie Ross. Michel returned to painting and exhibiting in 2000 after a sixteen year banking career. Her work has been selected for juried shows in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado and Washington. In Maine, Michel’s work has been exhibited at Bates College Museum of Art, Aucocisco Galleries, Atrium Gallery at USM-LA, Carver Hill Gallery, The Jameson Gallery and the College of the Atlantic. Michel’s work has been juried for publication in the University of Southern Maine’s 2002 and 2004 Words and Images.

In 2008, Michel was commissioned to paint three large landscape paintings for the new Mercy Hospital Fore River building’s main lobby in Portland, Maine.  In 2013, her work “Bangor and AR” was included in David Little’s book Art of Katahdin hardcover 200 pages Down East Books (May 16, 2013) and “A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin” at the University of New England Art Gallery. In 2013, her first international solo exhibition “New Brunswick Panorama” was shown at the Saint John Arts Centre, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Michel is represented by North Light Gallery in Millinocket, Maine. She is a member of the Saccarappa Art Collective in Westbrook, Maine.


Image“Painting Edges 8” acrylic on paper, 11 x 30

Image“Maiden Cove 1” acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24

Image“Scarborough Marsh 49” acrylic on canvas, 12 x 30

The artwork shown is available for purchase at EcoHome Studio. For more information about Caren-Marie Michel or her artwork please call EcoHome at 899-0390, visit the showroom, or visit Michel’s personal website


Jan Robinson Interiors Awarded Best of Houzz 2014!

We are more than excited to announce that Jan Robinson Interiors, our Interior Design Company that is based out of our showroom, EcoHome Studio, has been awarded Best of Houzz 2014!  For those of you who don’t know, Houzz is the leading online platform for home remodeling and design.  On Houzz users can search for remodeling or design ideas and also target designers in their own communities.  To see our profile that features photographs of our work and studio, as well as client reviews, be sure to check out our Houzz page!

Jan Robinson Interiors of Portland Receives

Best Of Houzz 2014 Award


Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals


Portland, ME, February 4, 2014 – Jan Robinson Interiors of Portland, ME has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The interior design company run out of it’s home furnishings showroom, EcoHome Studio, that demonstrates a strong eco-friendly conscience, was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhoneapp and Androidapp. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Jan Robinson Interiors among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Jan Robinson Interiors, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

About Jan Robinson Interiors

When Jan Robinson established Jan Robinson Interiors over twenty years ago her focus was on creating beautiful, custom window treatments.  Over time the design business grew to offer complete interior design services, and in 2012 Jan opened a furniture and home furnishings showroom, EcoHome Studio, to be of better service to her clients.  The showroom provides a well-edited, thoughtful and beautiful collection of items that pass strict standards of sustainability and social responsibility.  With the belief that good design is more than what meets the eye, EcoHome offers everything from furniture, lighting, fabric, draperies, and slipcovers to unique accessories.


About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit