SAVE THE DATE: Thursday Evening, JULY 17, 2014 – 5PM – 8PM
Maine Cottage® will welcome artist Trip Park to their Art Gallery both in-store and online at an exciting art opening event that will highlight Park’s work. The evening open house will feature Rams Head IPA from Rams Head Tavern and edible creations from Bowl of Cherries on Thursday, July 17 from 5 – 8 PM at the Maine Cottage Flagship Store at 209 West Street in Annapolis. A portion of proceeds from the evening will benefit the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), a non-profit organization that focuses on providing science-based knowledge to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st century.
Park now lives in Charlotte, NC, but started his career at advertising powerhouses such as Leo Burnett in Chicago and Saatchi & Saatchi in New York. While there, he helped to develop characters and animate commercials for AT&T, Nickelodean, McDonald’s and many more. More recently Trip has been busy with the CBS series “The Crazy One’s” starring Robin Williams. He illustrated the on set advertising storyboards and characters, even animating them when needed for scenes. Trip has also illustrated a number of children’s books including Gopher Up Your Sleeve, Trout Trout Trout and the 16 book series Rotten School, as well as designed characters for animated features currently in production. All the while, Trip has been nurturing his passion for fine art painting. The collection of multiple paintings that will be on display were created specifically, and exclusively, for the Maine Cottage brand. Images revolve around a coastal lifestyle and include paintings of sea inspired themes from sea life to buoys and beer bottles.
When asked what inspires him, Trip responded “When it comes down to it, I like to do paintings for one simple reaction; a smile. I always loved creating brand logos and packaging in the ad world and that’s probably where I learned to appreciate the power of simplicity. I think that is a theme that still resonates in all my paintings.”
Maine Cottage Creative Director, Lauren Russell, said about collaborating with Trip, “On one hand Trip has a laid back southern draw, but on the other he is a whirling dervish of creativity. It’s incredibly energizing to be around him! I think Trip was drawn to Maine Cottage because it’s an emerging brand, and that feels comfortable to him. This event will be casual and coastal like the laid back lifestyle Maine Cottage promotes and honestly it’s also like Trip’s personality! Think beer out of the bottle with seafood hors d’oeuvres!”
Please visit our online gallery and shop from home!
A little bit modern with a touch of traditional, the new Vera Collection of upholstered furniture by Maine Cottage® was designed with great style and sensible functionality in mind. Like an impeccably tailored suit or dress, the timeless furniture pieces have a sophisticated allure that can instantly dress up any space. Combining elements like modern track arms with waterfall skirts, every Sofa, Loveseat, Chair and Ottoman is crisp, clean and classic. Take a look!
Maine Cottage® designers created beautiful sleek lines and added saddle-stitched cushions that come standard on every handmade Vera Collection furniture piece. The furniture silhouettes are attractive and stand confident from every angle, just like a fabulous couture red carpet ensemble! In fact, this modern upholstered furniture was inspired by classic fashion staples that are great to invest in and own. Here are some essential fashion pieces that are just as timeless in style and function as the Vera Collection:
1. For the office or a evening out, the shape and flattering fit of a pencil skirt is definitely a wardrobe staple. It’s versatile for all seasons and available from a wide range of designers, such as Banana Republic to Ann Taylor to Bloomingdales.
2. Nothing exudes all-American style more than a freshly pressed white button up shirt. This piece can be dressed up and tucked into a long vintage skirt or pair it with your favorite jeans for a casual look. Try the Ralph Lauren Super-Slim-Fit Poplin Shirt.
3. A little sparkle and shine can make any outfit stand out. Having a statement necklace (or jewelry pieces) adds personality and pizazz to basic pieces. Experiment with color and metallics with Kendra Scott pieces.
Maine Cottage® designers combine timeless refinement with colorful fabrics in a new line of upholstered furniture they are dubbing the Lucy Collection. This classic upholstery suite is a welcome addition to to the overall coastal charm that Maine Cottage® is so often associated with.
Lucy’s semi-custom furniture selections allows you to choose from four wood leg finishes and 145 original fabrics. Add comfort down package for the ultimate in luxury. Lucy’s shapely curves and timeless good looks add to her versatility. She can sit well in any decor style. Her semi-tight back cushions are perfect for those who appreciate order and propped up cushions at all times! Each piece of furniture is built by American craftsman and the full collection includes a Sofa, Loveseat, Chair and Ottoman that can truly transform a space.
The collection was named after a one of our designers great aunts, Lucy Woodrow, whose active lifestyle in the 1940′s involved traveling throughout the United States. She always told wonderful stories about her favorite places. Tales about Lucy’s very full life, remind us all to get out there and live life.
Here are some of the places Lucy fondly recalled traveling to with family and friends:
1. Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Must Do: Skiing at Squaw Valley.
Gotta Eat: Fish tacos at Fresh Ketch.
Remember: Lake Tahoe never freezes! Bring your suit!
Known For: State is shaped like a mitten.
Love: The unique sand dunes and colorful scenery.
Fun Fact: Beaches beauty rival Hawaii and California.
3. Portland, Maine
Gotta Eat: Lobster Rolls.
Hidden Gem: Shopping in the Arts District.
Gotta See: Lighthouse tours.
4. Laguna Beach, California
Try: Surf lessons.
History: Oldest city in Orange County.
Fun Activity: Wine tasting in the Canyon.
5. Key West, Florida
Famous For: Being nation’s southernmost city.
Don’t Forget: Hurricane season during summer/fall.
Try: Fantasy Fest celebration.
Traveling and experiencing what the world has to offer provides endless inspiration and excitement. Maine Cottage® painted wood, wicker, upholstered and leather furniture can bring that vacation retreat or refreshed energy into your home. Choose from 145 exclusive fabrics and 50 signature colors to brighten up your space!
A new upholstered furniture collection by Maine Cottage® that boasts seven coordinating pieces available in 145 colorful fabrics to create an effortlessly chic space in your master suite, sunroom or family area. Inspired by that one great friend who loves traditional items, like a classic little black dress or sentimental pearls—the Flora Collection is tried and true.
A statement piece no doubt, is the elegantly curved Flora Wedge Sofa! Shown above are two wedge sofas that bookend this round room—the Flora Wedge Sofas are great for a turret! Or add one semi-circular sofa for a cozy resting place in a more traditional living space. With ample seating and plush cushions, this upholstered sofa is perfect for entertaining and lounging.
Traditional English roll arms and a standard comfort down package are elements that make this collection top-notch.
A waterfall skirt adorns all Flora pieces, including the Loveseat, Sofa, Apartment Sofa, Sleeper Sofa and Chair. (Shown above in Sea Biscuit / Porch.)
To achieve an authentic warm welcome in the Maine Cottage® Flagship Store, our designers were inspired by the serene and sailing heritage of coastal destinations from Portland, Maine to Maryland’s Eastern Shore to Italy’s Amalfi Coast to showcase our colorful furniture and accessories. We worked with the award-winning decorative concrete professionals at Hyde Concrete to design and fabricate one-of-a-kind countertops inspired by the sailing heritage of Annapolis, Maryland. The innovative project involved using a vintage sail to imprint its shape, texture and overall nautical essence into the concrete countertops. Inventive and eye-catching, the project has been recognized by the American Society of Concrete Contractors and is nominated for an award by the Decorative Concrete Council!
Maine Cottage® Creative Director, Lauren Russell, dreamt of a vision of creating a “conversation” countertop that mimicked the nautical qualities of a sails. Being avid sailors, owner of Hyde Concrete, Greg Hyde, and countertop manager Ari Schraegger, were more than excited to strategize the complex executive and work on the project. Artwork featured above by artist Patrice Drago.
Partial to the number 5 because of it’s unique shape, Lauren requested it be incorporated into the design, so the team had the number sewn into sail cloth and positioned as a focal point in the countertop’s design. It was later hand-stained an accent color to stand out.
Another custom focal point of the design was the flagship store’s address of 209. The numbers were sewn into the cloth before the imprint process and even retain the actual thread used when the numbers were hand sewn to the sail cloth.
At Maine Cottage® customers are encouraged to use the Color Bar to visualize their ideal color palette and furniture pairings. Across this surface is where Design Associates and customers can mix and match all of our 50 colors to find the perfect combination. The gentle creases and smooth texture beckon the feeling of a weather beaten sail.
A smaller countertop was crafted for the intimate area where customers make their purchases. This countertop features a smooth circular spot made from the “Telltale.” It’s where the window on either side of the sail indicates if there is good airflow over the sail via a piece of yarn that blows with the wind. The realistic look and feel of the countertops are always a conversation started and we love sharing the story behind them. We enjoyed working with Hyde Concrete and wish them lots of luck at the World of Concrete show!
Visit the Maine Cottage® Flagship Store to see this original work of art along with coveted pieces of colorful painted wood, wicker, upholstered and leather furniture.
Photos by Richard Allen Photography. Artwork by Patrice Drago.
Pairing Maine Cottage® colorful fabric patterns with uplifting and motivational quotes is a weekly feature on our Facebook page. It’s meant to provide a little bit of wisdom and whimsy every Wednesday. Visit to see what we’ll post next week! Here’s a recap of our recent favorites:
Bursting with color, our exclusively designed floral and abstract fabric patterns make spirits and homes brighter! They look great on comfortable occasional chairs, sleeper sofas and coordinate with Maine Cottage® handmade painted furniture pieces. For more pattern play, view our Swatch Coordinates collection, which have been carefully curated by Maine Cottage® designers and feature our perfectly paired paints and fabrics for your home interior.
There’s a quote that says, “The voice of the sea speaks to the soul,” and Annapolis artist Kim Hovell’s sea-inspired artwork spoke to designers at Maine Cottage® as soon as they saw her beautiful oyster portraits and beach scenes. “Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, I have had a lifelong love of the water and art,” says Hovell, whose works have been displayed at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, First Sunday Arts Festival, HERE. a pop-up shop and now at Maine Cottage®. The pureness of Hovell’s works capture a stillness in a that perfect beach day or idyllic sunset that naturally coordinate with Maine Cottage® coastal colors and cottage furniture. Pick your favorite original oil on canvas painting and pair it with one of our cozy occasional chairs, hand handpainted wooden furniture or natural wicker pieces to really make a splash in your home.
Some of Hovell’s favorite materials to work with are acrylic, canvas, wood, oil and paper. She also enjoys working on mixed media pieces and creating limited edition giclées.
A new addition to the radiant Maine Cottage® color palette is our signature color Spice! A deep, burnt orange, earthy hue that’s part of our Night Collection, Spice adds a refined touch to any space. It’s bold enough to stand alone or looks great upholstered with the organic florals of our Mayflower / Pickle and Rambler / Pear fabric patterns—just to name a few. Adorn your cozy reading nook with solid wood painted Spice furniture or create an oasis on a screened-in porch with painted Spice wicker pieces. The revitalizing energy of this color reminds our designers of a quote by The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
To view any of the products or items featured in our Spice color palette, click the links below:
1. Hunter Modern Rain Slicker; 2. Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte; 3. Hooks – 5 in Spice; 4. Leaves found right in our backyard; 5. Cokie Bar Stool in Spice; 6. Paper Straws; 7. Big Round Bay Cork Board in Spice; 8. Small Margate Buffet in Spice; 9. Tory Burch Reva Ballet Flats; 10. Emily Dressing Seat in Spice: Mayflower / Pickle
Inspiration comes in many forms, designers at Maine Cottage® often get their creative juices flowing when walking along the beach collecting seashells, going to local farmer and flower markets, or digging deep into color theory. Someone who can relate to the creative process is our September featured artist, Patrice Drago—a fine artist with an airy abstract expressionist aesthetic. Her serene colors and fluid brushstrokes coordinate nicely with the coastal style of Maine Cottage® colorful handcrafted furniture. Join us on Friday, September 20th to experience this fun curated event!
Patrice Drago is a fine art painter that started painting at 14-years-old, she has explored many mediums and is heavily influenced by abstract expressionism.
Patrice Drago | Artist Statement: Painting is a new experience for me for me everyday. Rather than sticking to a particular method or style, I begin with an open mind and heart, allowing inspiration to come from within and giving freedom to the expression of my process. I love painting abstractly; both non-subjective and from nature because it creates a more fluid and dynamic feel. While my paintings and style are always evolving and finding new directions, there is a constant underlying theme of vivid colors and lightness of spirit. Ultimately, I paint to express joy.
Need a mid-week-pick-me-up? Every Wednesday we post a quote or comment on our facebook page meant to provide a little bit of wisdom and whimsy. Selecting the perfect saying and coordinating it with one of our signature colorful patterns is a fun task for our designers. Follow along to see what we’ll post next week! Here’s four of our favorites so far:
Floral, graphic, or abstract, don’t these fabric patterns inspire you to upholster a cozy occasional chair, sew living room curtains, or order fabulous throw pillows? For more pattern play, view our Swatch Coordinates collection, which have been carefully curated by Maine Cottage® designers. They feature perfectly paired paints and fabrics for your interior—the possibilities are endless!
The Maine Cottage® blog is a window into what inspires our designers to create cottage style furniture, coastal colors and unique fabric patterns. Whether you're an interior designer that specifies our products, a color consultant with creative block or a homeowner ready to live on the colorful side—welcome to our color drenched journey!
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