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.)
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
The Maine Cottage® blog is a window into what inspires our designers to create cottage style furniture, coastal colors and unique fabric patterns. Whether you're an interior designer that specifies our products, a color consultant with creative block or a homeowner ready to live on the colorful side—welcome to our color drenched journey!
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