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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.

The Vera Collection by Maine Cottage® is available in 145 original fabrics and coordinates well with Maine Cottage® painted wicker tables, leather seating and solid wood storage.

 

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!

2. Michigan

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.)

What Flora pieces would you mix and match? With more than 145 colorful fabrics and 50 original paint colors for coordinating wood and wicker furniture, the options are endless!

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:

Gimme-A-Ring / Marine 

Ann’s Labyrinth / Sprout

Lucky Leaf / Clay

Dilly / Zinnia

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.

“Eastern Shore Horizon” by Kim Hovell

 

“Whitewashed Oyster” by Kim Hovell

 

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.

 

“Day at the Beach” by Kim Hovell

 

"Crabs in the Blue" by Kim Hovell

 

"Double Oyster" by Kim Hovell

 

Visit the Maine Cottage® Flagship Store in Annapolis to see Kim Hovell’s works in-person with our colorful furniture and accessories!

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!

Serenity (acrylic, 36" x 48") by Patrice Drago

 

 

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.

 

 

Friday, September 20th from 5:00–7:00pm at the Maine Cottage® Flagship Store. Please RSVP to Cathy by clicking this link.

 

 

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.

Summer Forever (acrylic, 30" x 40") by Patrice Drago

 

Clearing (acrylic, 48" x 24") by Patrice Drago

 

Fountain and Love (acrylic, 12" x 12" each) by Patrice Drago

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:


Branchberry / Sun                                                  Stripe Tease / Porch

Gimme-A-Ring / Bluebell                                       Grand Mum / Sprout

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.

Source: Chesapeake Home + Living