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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!

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!

Whether you’re celebrating Independence Day at a beach bonfire, over fine wine with friends, or with a homemade feast, we hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday. Finding the perfect blue hue for your painted wooden chairs, like Maine Cottage® signature color Marine, or a sweet shade of pinkish red for your wicker demi lune hall table, like Maine Cottage® signature color Shrimp, can really impact a room and one’s spirit. Gather inspiration from our patriotic and coastal cottage photo below or poke around on our Pinterest. Go on, be red, bright, and blue!

Shown: Sally Hall Table in Shrimp and Windsor Arm Dining Chairs in China Blue.

 

 

 

If you own a piece of Maine Cottage® painted furniture you know about its little leather secret—its unique signature leather tag! After a thorough quality inspection, all of our painted furniture receives a leather tag to show its authenticity. Here’s five details you might not know:

Season after season and generation after generation, our furniture will maintain its value and quality. Curious for more details about our craftsmanship?

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Starting next week—Monday the 14th—we’ll be sharing the many uses of our fabulous wicker Monday Basket each Monday throughout 2013 on facebook. It’s perfect for stashing, storing or sorting anything and everything!

 

 

As seating, storage or that sophisticated complement to any room, wicker adds a casual elegance. Hand woven and exceptionally comfortable, it’s an indulgence that’s truly unique.

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Sally End Table

Not too big or small. The Sally End Table is anything but boring and will fit right in next to your favorite loveseat or sofa. It’s perfect for unwinding, we suggest:

Swan Pond Chair

Bask and relax with the Swan Pond Chair. It’s graceful curves and generous seat will have you daydreaming or project managing in no time. It’s perfect for sharing, we suggest:

Bistro Table and Chairs

Intimate and elegant, the table and chairs from our Bistro Collection are acutely quaint. Whether it’s a table for two or four, it will serve you well. It’s perfect for starting the weekend right, we suggest:

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We reached an exciting milestone this month—our very own ribbon cutting ceremony! The Maine Cottage® flagship store in Annapolis, Maryland was welcomed into the historic downtown neighborhood with staff, friends, family and special guests.

1. Mayor of Annapolis, Josh Cohen, attended as one of our special guests and officially got the celebration started with a snip of the scissors.

2. Leo Wilson and Lauren Russell. Leo is the Principal architect at Hammond Wilson, and not only is he our neighbor in The Livery Building, but was also the architect for the project. Lauren Russell, Vice President & Creative Director of Maine Cottage®, worked closely with Leo to make her vision a reality.

3. Mayor Cohen admires one of our most popular photography pieces, large three-piece archived photos of sailing.

4. Lauren Russell, Larry Strassner, Sarah Boone and Wes MacQuilliam. Sarah and Wes of the Annapolis Economic Development Corporation presented Maine Cottage® with a Corporate Citizenship Citation for the, “recognition and appreciation for the investment and commitment as a corporate citizen of Anne Arundel County, Maryland.”

 

 

There are a few things that clearly define the perfect coastal lifestyle: a seaside cottage filled with comfortable Maine Cottage® furniture, lazy days with the ones you love and now… cruising in Maine Cottage® style. Just in time for the holiday season, Maine Cottage® Beach Cruisers are available in three colorful choices for you or a loved one to enjoy. The Maine Cottage® design team got rolling with the talented build crew at Villy Customs to create these limited edition bicycles that won’t be around for long! Our objective was simple; partner with a company that loves the coast as much as we do, and to create custom beach cruisers that are as solidly constructed and special as our furniture. Here’s a bit of insight into the process:

INSPIRATION  /  We were inspired by the bold colors and fun patterns of three of our best selling fabrics. These floral patterns make your indoors feel outdoors, so we thought, why not take them outside on the open road and really have fun!

INNOVATION  /  The Villy Custom team are the experts when it comes to building custom beach cruisers. We had a blast working with Fleetwood and Adelaida at Villy Customs. Aside from teaching us all about how to make a quality cruiser, they are just downright fun people who love their adorable puppies.

INTRODUCING  /  Our Limited Edition Maine Cottage® Beach Cruisers! Custom built and ready for you to ride. BLACK FRIDAY through CYBER MONDAY Beach Cruisers are FREE with purchases over $5,000*. Our $1,290 value makes a great holiday gift. Order by November 26, 2012 and you’ll have your bicycle before December, 25, 2012.

*Disclaimer: To redeem beach cruiser gift with purchase online at MaineCottage.com, retail order must be equal to or greater than $5,000. Gift with purchase can not be combined with other offers and is not valid on previous purchases. Offer is not valid through Maine Cottage® Dealer Stores and can not be applied to trade discounts. This offer has no cash value. Offer will be valid from 12:00AM on Friday, November 23, 2012 and will end at 11:59PM on Monday, November 26, 2012.

**Standard lead time on free beach cruiser is 3-4 weeks. Flat rate shipping of $100 applies for the free beach cruiser anywhere in the continental United States. Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii or elsewhere in the world will require a custom shipping quote.

 

We are all abuzz here at Maine Cottage®. Our flagship store will be moving to Annapolis, Maryland this fall! The new location at 209 West Street, also known as the Annapolis Livery, is a large historic brick building loaded with character. In the early 1900′s, 209 West was the location of the town stable where locals could board or rent horses, teams and wagons. Exposed brick, vaulted ceilings and over-sized windows are just a few of the architectural details that define the wide open space for the new furniture store in Annapolis.

Nearly 2,000 square feet of space on the first floor will host the Maine Cottage® retail store. There will be a color bar with a large interactive screen where customers can work with a Maine Cottage® Interior Design Associate on choosing their color and fabric selections. You can expect to see more vibrant colors, fun fabrics and uplifting furniture along with hand-picked home accessories from American potters, photographers and rug makers in the new location. There are also plans to feature local Maryland artists and to host events for local Annapolis and Washington, DC design professionals. The new retail destination store will feature signature Maine Cottage® colors and the coastal look the brand has become known for as the design foundation for the space. Merchandising will also draw inspiration from the local nautical market and add elements to the store that have a distinctly “Annapolitan” spirit.

Above the furniture store, the second floor will house the offices for our design and product development team. Warehouse, distribution and administrative offices will be located 10 miles away at 451 Defense Highway, also in Annapolis.

We’re excited to have the talented team at Hammond-Wilson Architects as new neighbors. They are also working closely with us to design and outfit the space with charming New England-style store fixtures. Together, we will create a space filled with cottage charm that transports visitors to their favorite coastal retreat. Stay tuned for updates.

Exterior rendering courtesy of Hammond-Wilson Architects.

Scheduled opening is November 2012.

Exterior Rendering of Maine Cottage

 

Maine Cottage® greens are as fresh as the herbs in your garden, a midsummer meadow or a leafy forest canopy. They are all around us and we love them. An easy way to bring the soothing qualities of the outside in, greens encourage a peaceful sense of renewal.

For our greens, nature is our primary source of inspiration.
Wheatgrass was inspired by the feeling of walking barefoot on a freshly cut lawn.

Memories of our favorite gelato flavor inspired our color Pistachio, a cool and refreshing treat.

Lounging in a hammock with a refreshing rum cocktail of muddled mint leaves and sliced limes inspired our new color, Mojito.

With names like Pear, Sprout, Moss, Pickle and Celadon, think of filling a room with greens like planting a garden. One you can enjoy all year round.