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.)
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 beautiful complement to any summer cottage or coastal home is comfortable, bright, and airy wicker. Maine Cottage® wicker is natural, durable, and available in 50 signature colors! Coordinate it with existing furniture pieces as fun accents or create an entire wicker retreat. Handcrafted by artisans, our wicker features unique details like intricate woven patterns, elegant aprons, and sturdy bases. From cocktail tables to sectional sofas to ottomans, we’re well-stocked in wicker.
We’re also pinning beautiful wicker furniture pieces on our Wicker by Maine Cottage® board. Take a peek, repin, and get some of the best and the brightest wicker.
There is art and architecture in the simple shape of a circle. Its curves are reminiscent of the sun, moon, and even helped inspire the development of astronomy! Incorporate circles in your beachside retreat, coastal cottage, or craftsman style home for a delicate accent that pulls a room together–just look at how bold circles in our signature color Shrimp make the wicker Sally Hall Table pop in these beautiful room shots here. Maine Cottage® interiors often have more than just a strong color story, for ways to use this curvy shape with our cheery colors view some of our painted wood, wicker, and upholstered circle inspired decor below.
Inspiration can come from almost anywhere. This week we chose to feature 3 our favorite ale labels as design inspiration. We asked 3 designers at Maine Cottage to pair an occasional chair and side table together based on their favorite beer label.
Blue Moon is a favorite ale of Maine Cottage’s Creative Director, Lauren Russell. The ale label inspired her to group the Adeline Arm Chair in Gimme-A-Ring / Marine with the Wendy Side Table in Almond Soy. The Adeline Arm Chair is a timeless chair that coordinates well with any design style. And, did you know that the pattern called Gimme-A-Ring was coincidentally inspired by the patina of drink rings on an antique side table? To bring it full circle, the pedestal on the Wendy Side Table follows the circular shape of the moon in the label and the fabric.
Duvel’s logo has a font that is very old world and strong. It carries the duo-tone palette of Tomato and Ale well. Our Interactive Director, Amber Shriver, selected the Hazel Chair because of its simple lines and very strong structure and chose to upholster it in Otto / Tomato . The Infinity Stool in Ale is the ideal height for a low profile occasional chair like Hazel. The best part? When you are done with your beer the Infinity Stool can be placed in front of the chair as a foot rest! We LOVE multifunctional pieces.
Senior Designer, Sarah Wright, chose the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale label for her inspiration. The label is traditional in style with a fresh lime green ground color. The label looks hand-crafted just like every piece of Maine Cottage Furniture. Notice the loops around the words “Purest Ingredients” and “Finest Quality”. The Camille Chair has classic, strong lines that mimic the lines of the label. Sarah placed the Camille Chair in our Leaflette / Ale fabric and painted it Wheatgrass. She pairs it with the Cecilia Tall End Table in Creamsicle. Refreshing color combination, wouldn’t you say?
What’s your favorite ale?
As October draws to a close, we’d like to share a few of our favorite Mango-inspired furniture pieces and accessories…
Nina Swivel Chair in Lucky Leaf / Terracotta
Castaway Double Door Vanity in Mango
Camille Chair with Basket / Mango in Marine
Don’t forget our Free Shipping promotion ends tomorrow, November 1st at 12pm EST – visit our Maine Cottage web site, make your selections and simply enter the code “FREETREAT” at checkout.
Stay tuned to find out our featured color of the month for November…here’s a hint:
Follow these steps to create your own beautiful Maine Cottage® Grand Mum pumpkin. If anyone creates their own pumpkin we’d love to see photos. We will post them on the blog and Facebook. Please send all photos to email@example.com.
You will need the following to complete your carving.
- One pumpkin
- Pumpkin Carving Kit — we purchased ours from Target
- Speedball Linoleum Cutters — allows you to make fine cuts into pumpkin
- One glass or mason jar — we will use this to wrap the lights around to place in pumpkin
- String of lights or candle
- Template of your choice
Using a Sharpie draw a circle around the top of the pumpkin
Following the line you just drew use the saw tool to cut the top out.
Scoop out all the seeds — the fun part
Place template onto pumpkin
Trace template onto pumpkin. There are several different methods and it really depends on the complication of the template. We poked holes in the template and then placed marker over top those holes to ensure we were cutting out the correct parts.
Wrap lights around glass or jar and place inside pumpkin. Plug in and enjoy the beauty. Of course you can also substitute good ole candles.
Have fun with it, it doesn’t have to perfect that’s the fun of it all. As you can see our design was inspired by Grand Mum Fabric but we didn’t hold ourselves to having to be 100% accurate, some artistic freedom is wonderful.
Here’s our final pumpkin, lit up and ready for our trick-or-treaters!
HAPPY PUMPKIN CARVING FROM MAINE COTTAGE! Don’t forget to send us your creations.
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