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!
Maine Cottage’s furniture is about bright coastal style.
BY L’OREAL THOMPSON | PHOTOS BY JEN RYNDA
Walking into Maine Cottage’s flagship store in Annapolis is like venturing into a crayon box with every shade imaginable—complete with quirky names, such as Calypso (sea green), Creamsicle (mustard yellow) and Smoothie (pale pink). The store features sea-blue dining chairs, salmon-colored tables and canary-yellow bookcases. This is the place to shop if you’re looking to add a splash of color to your home.
“Color cures,” says Lauren Russell, 40, creative director for Maine Cottage. “When you fill your home with color, it’s amazing what happens. You’re filling yourself with happiness. It’s an all-natural cure.”
The brand has been around for 25 years and is known for chic coastal-style furniture. The 2,000-square-foot flagship store, which opened in December of 2012, is a repurposed 1800s livery stable, complete with reclaimed hardwood floors, sliding barn doors and a concrete slab embedded with old sail flags to symbolize the city’s nautical heritage.
If you’re not sure which shade will work best in your abode, have a seat at the store’s Color Bar, where design specialists are available for complimentary consultations to help select paint and fabric options. An interaction screen allows you to see what the furniture will look like in your desired hues, and customers have 50 colors and more than 60 patterns from which to choose.
In addition to furniture, fabric and paint, Maine Cottage offer accessories, such as candles, lighting, rugs and throw pillows, with price points from $30 to $80. Need some artwork to add a finishing touch? Maine Cottage has that, too, including a series featuring local artists—with more options for pops of color.
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The warmth of the sun shining and spending time with loved ones is what we imagine when we think of Maine Cottage® signature pattern Really Rosie. Its soft, cozy colors and organic forms transport you to your happy place— whether that’s your neighborhood beach, driving along a coastline with the windows down, or cooking a big dinner surrounded by family. The harmony of Maine Cottage® colors Pickle, Oyster, Bluebell, and Milk create a calming environment that’s sure to be enjoyed. Choose Really Rosie / Milk to upholster your favorite occasional chair (our’s is the Eloise Wingback!), wicker sofa or make a statement with curtains or throw pillows. Click here to order Really Rosie / Milk yardage for your home.
STEP 1: Click on the bold ‘Click here’ text below to download Really Rosie / Milk as your desktop wallpaper.
STEP 2: Fabric pattern will open in a new window. Right click on the fabric pattern and choose ‘Use Image as Desktop Picture.’
Porch is one of the most popular Maine Cottage® signature colors and many clients use the unique blue-green hue to completely color-drench their home’s interior color scheme! Others use it to add pops of relaxing touches in their sitting room, reading nook, or guest bedroom. Whether you prefer solid wood, wicker, or upholstered furniture in Porch, you’ll be sure to be pleased. It evokes reminiscing and laughing over lemonade and taffy while sitting on a painted front porch with family and friends after a day on the water. The subdued yet energized shade can add an uplifting spirit to any palette. How does our color Porch make you feel?
To view any of the products featured in our perfectly Porch round up, click the links below:
1. Waypoint Wool Rug in Porch / Bluebell; 2. Fiddlehead Cocktail Table in Porch; 3. Scarf via Etsy; 4. Graphic Image Passport Case; 5. Comfy Wicker Chair in Porch with Dilly / Bluebell; 6. Ruben Hassock in Porch; 7. Nico Dress by Tory Burch; 8. Julianna Bed in Porch; 9. Sweets Salt Water Taffy
From rocking chairs to coffee tables to sectional sofas, our hand-woven and color-drenched painted wicker furniture will complement any space any season. Browse the pages of our new Digital Wicker Look Book by clicking here to view how you can wow ‘em with wicker!
Mixing and matching Maine Cottage® fabric patterns can add a charming personality to your interior. Upholstered on furniture, like sofas, loveseats, occasional chairs, or accessories, like pillows and curtains, they’re lively and really bring a space to life. Our fabric patterns are exclusively designed by a talented team of artists and feature a variety of florals, geometric shapes, stripes, and solids.
This homeowner chose to incorporate three signature Maine Cottage® patterns in the great room of their coastal cottage. A fun pattern inspired by birdwatching, a radial floral pattern, and a smaller scale pattern with organic shapes.
Shown on Norma Chair with Bare Maple leg finish.
These cozy chairs are part of our Norma Collection that feature a tufted back and vintage look—and who doesn’t love a fabric with a bird on it?
Shown on Jack Bar Stool with Bare Maple leg finish.
A welcoming addition to any kitchen, our Jack Bar Stools have your back while dining, chatting, or relaxing.
Shown on Adeline Sofa with Bare Maple leg finish.
The centerpiece of this gathering space is our loose back cushion Adeline Sofa, handmade like all Maine Cottage® furniture, this piece is a comfy landing spot for your family.
Did you know our colorful fabric is sold by the yard? Get inspired here.
A monochromatic color scheme is a subtle way to show color in your home that’s perfect for your great room, guest bedroom, or entryway! Mix and match color to create a harmonious environment that’s both welcoming and special. Maine Cottage® colors are coastal inspired and feature 50 signature shades that coordinate with our custom painted wood, upholstered, and wicker furniture. If you need hue help, here’s a tip from one of our in-house experts:
Go monochromatic for a dramatic and fresh interior. ”Using tone-on-tone colors can unify a space and is a great solution for clients seeking an alternative neutral palette,” says Maine Cottage® Flagship Store Manager, Cathy Newman.
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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