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
With entertaining and vintage charm in mind, Lily Kanter—co-founder of Serena & Lily—shares the end result after lovingly remodeling her 19th-century California home in the July/August issue of Coastal Living. She complemented the home’s original craftsmanship with a few beautiful Maine Cottage® painted wood and upholstered furniture pieces.
Featured in the bright and light living room on page 82 (second photo in center), is a Maine Cottage® Eloise Ottoman and Zelda Chair. We love how Lily’s decor melded seaside style with modern touches to capture a cheerful spirit in her home. Read more about how Lily and her family entertain and honor the home’s heritage in the July/August issue of Coastal Living.
Annapolis Lifestyle Magazine met with our President, Larry Strassner, and Creative Director, Lauren Russell, to talk about how, like two complementary colors, this father-daughter team has worked together to find balance running a 26-year-old colorful furniture company. Taking a break from being behind the computer, phone and camera at Maine Cottage®, Larry and Lauren shared what the tagline, “where color lives,” really means. We picked some of our favorite photos from the article below, but you can read the full article here.
Working with family can sometimes call for relaxing with a cold one. The Anna Chair in Luxe Yuri / China Blue and Classic Maine Cottage End Table in Milk are a perfect place to plop yourself and perch your drink. Pillow shown is Ann’s Labyrinth / China Blue.
Visit the Maine Cottage® Flagship Store in Annapolis, Maryland to see our Color Bar in person! Can’t visit? Order color samples for custom painted wood furniture and fabric samples for upholstered furniture and we’ll ship em’ right away. Classic Toothy Table shown in Zinnia.
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