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.’

Click here to download Really Rosie / Milk (1600 x 1200) Desktop Wallpaper.

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

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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.

Tweet Suite / Porch

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?

 

Grand Mum / Sun

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.

 
 

Leaflette / Porch

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:

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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.

Shown: Audrey Sofa in Luxe Loop / Sun, Cooper Coffee Table in Milk, Classic Cottage Sofa Table in Sun, Pillow in Leaflette / Ale, and Maine Cottage® Signature Mango paint color.

 

Shown: Inga Trestle Table (Seats 4) in Petal, Cokie Chair in Petal, and Great Island Bookshelf in Sun.

 

Shown: Big Cay Desk With Library Hutch in Pistachio, Cokie Desk Chair in Pistachio, and Ruben Hassock in Rambler / Pear.

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.

Shown: Stevie Apartment Sofa in Sea Biscuit / Porch, Celia Cocktail Table in Porch, and throw pillows.

 

Shown: Stella Chair with Rambler / Ivory fabric and painted Nikko Blue.

 

Shown: Lemonade Table and Bistro Chairs in Sprout.

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.

Our signature color Tomato is a confident red; pair it with muted blue-greens, like our signature colors Bluebell and Porch, and they make a colorful and positive statement. This fabric pattern was designed by our team of artists to bring the blooming outdoors inside. Maine Cottage® offers more than 145 exclusive fabrics to upholster your Wilton Skirted Sofa, Eloise Wingback Chair, throw pillows, or match custom solid wood painted furniture.

Feeling floral?

STEP 1: Click on the bold ‘Click here’ text below to download Rambler / Bluebell 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.’

Click here to download Rambler / Bluebell (1600 x 1200) Desktop Wallpaper.

 

We call our tote bags the perfect companion. Made from sturdy reinforced canvas with wide comfortable straps and a convenient front pocket, the Well-Made Canvas Tote Bag by Maine Cottage® can hold any load. The classic shape of the open-top tote appeals to both the fashionable and eco-minded. Inspired by coastal living and a carefree spirit, we chose six fabric patterns, that usually adorn our handmade upholstered furniture, to feature on our totes that are exclusively designed for Maine Cottage® by talented artists. Here’s a round up of a few colorful options as well as some traditional styles of tote bags that would be great for a day at the beach, weekend away, or shopping around town.

1. Maine Cottage® Well-Made Canvas Tote Bag in Sea Biscuit True Blue / 2. Vineyard Vines Patchwork Classic Tote / 3. L.L.Bean Leather Handle Boat and Tote II / 4. Steele Canvas Basket Co.™ for J.Crew / 5. Coach Bleecker Beach Canvas Tote / 6. Tory Burch theresa Tote

This month’s Color & Cocktails event showcased the vibrant nature inspired work of Ramon Matheu—an artist with a post-Pop style and proud resident of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Upon entering the Maine Cottage® Flagship Store in downtown Annapolis, guests were greeted with a raw oyster bar (donated by Boatyard Bar & Grill owner Dick Franyo), refreshing Leinenkeugel’s Summer Shandy Ale, and plenty of good company and conversations. Ramon’s colorful coastal artwork was displayed throughout the Flagship Store and paired perfectly with Maine Cottage® signature colors and coastal furniture.

Feature artist Ramon Matheu with Maine Cottage® Flagship Store Manager Cathy Newman standing in front of one of Ramon’s most popular pieces, “Feast Responsibly.”

 

The raw oyster bar donated by Boatyard Bar & Grill was a hit! Our professional shucker was manning bushel after bushel of Chesapeake Bay Oysters for guests. A Maryland tradition, oysters on the half shell are served with Tabasco sauce, cocktail sauce, and lemon.

 

Maine Cottage® Marketing & Sales Assistant, Cullen Bushnell (left), chats with Design Coordinator, Karyn Hutson (right).

 

Ramon Matheu photographed with Maine Cottage® Creative Director, Lauren Russell in front of, “Crabalicious.” Each piece of Chesapeake Bay inspired artwork sold during the event received a year-long membership to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation donated by Maine Cottage®.

 

Boatyard Bar & Grill owner and Chesapeake Bay Foundation Trustee, Dick Franyo, artist Ramon Matheu, and Maine Cottage® President, Larry Strassner. To assist with environmental education programs that raise awareness about protecting the Chesapeake Bay, 10% of all artwork sales from the evening’s proceeds were donated to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

 

Photography: Heather Crowder