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When to use red and when not use red? There are no rules, but red works magic at igniting every single color in the rainbow – Gretchen Schauffler, Devine Color

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Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. – Pablo Picasso

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The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.
- John Ruskin

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Those who turn themselves over to the exuberance of red are fully rewarded by what the color offers, great celebration. – Gretchen Schauffler, Devine Color

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All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.
- Marc Chagall

When my husband and I started renovation of our 1970′s beachfront home last year, it was completely gutted down to the studs. We wanted it to feel like an old cottage with white washed walls, ceilings and wood floors. I was familiar with Maine Cottage through their website and had ordered lamps, rugs and accessories for our home in Virginia.

We visited Maine Cottage in Charleston with only a sample of our counter top material. We wanted our cottage to feel warm and inviting, but withstand the wear and tear of sand being tracked in from the beach. We also were concerned with space and storage limitations. And we wanted COLOR!

The Maine Cottage staff spent hours working with us. We were so satisfied with the color selections and quality of the furniture and accessories that we decided to order more pieces blending natural woods with colored pieces. We absolutely love everything.

The entire staff at Maine Cottage Furniture is very dependable and creative. They were excellent with follow-through and getting back to us promptly. It has been a pleasure working with Amy. She went above and beyond the call of duty making the trip from Charleston to Edisto multiple times to help with our selections and to add the finishing touch. The result is exactly what we wanted. It’s perfect! I would highly recommend Maine Cottage Furniture.
Denise, South Carolina

Set against a landscape of pristine waterways and forests, Fripp Island is South Carolina’s most seaward barrier island and vacation home to three generations of family – with a main house (above) and a 3500 square foot guest house and pool where extended family can spillover into a comfortably relaxed and FUN setting. The owner worked closely with our Charleston store crew, including Sara Meyer, to plan and fill many rooms in this family compound.

Maine Cottage on Fripp Island, SC

Main house – Fripp Island, SC

Maine Cottage Bedroom

Island Bunks, Roly Baskets, Molly Rocker

“Just to repeat, Sara, what I told you about the pleasure of working with you and Maine Cottage on our beach house. I recall the day we sat down at the planning table around 10:00 in the morning and by 5:00 p.m. that same day we had planned the whole entire guest house. It was a joy working with you and I was amazed at how easy the process was.”

Maine Cottage Dining Room Tables & Seating

“Maine Cottage samples and furniture made it so easy to choose what I wanted. The colors are so well coordinated and the furniture is on a scale that fits in most any size room. So, we didn’t have to second guest our choices. I love the finished look and am very pleased with everything. The furniture, colors and fabric are always cheery and pleasing and not one that you would get tired of looking at. Thanks for all of your help and your friendship in this process. Thank you, too, for the quick follow-up with any questions I had after the job was finished.”
All the best, Judy R.

The full article about this island beach house can be found on the digital version of Charleston Style & Design magazine.

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Images of coastal Maine summer cottages remind us of the reasons we love this part of the world. The simple, timeless architecture of these solidly-built and lovingly-worn homes creates a wonderful sense of place – bursting with memories and stories. Places for multi-generational family gatherings year after year. Here are two images to make you smile. You can almost smell the saltwater.

images: carol blyberg

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Here’s another interior by Maine Cottage co-founder Carol Bass. This time in a brightly-lit guest cottage (some would say “beach house”) near Charleston, South Carolina. Carol and partner Bob Newton collaborated to renovate and furnish this comfortable cottage from top to bottom using a wide variety of furnishings, including Maine Cottage, Carol’s original artwork, and a handmade dining table by Bob Newton.

an eat-in kitchen with Maine Cottage Ilka Chairs, dining table by Bob Newton

Seating near kitchen with a Maine Cottage Stella End Table, Column Lamp in Dilly, and sofa in our Luxe fabric with sculpture on wall by Carol Bass.

Sunny living room with a sofa in Maine Cottage Grand Mum fabric, Tulla Tuffet, Cottage End Table and a Column Lamp.

Comfortable seating in Maine Cottage fabric, Tulla Tuffet, Round Cottage End Table and a Column Lamp.

Carol Bass is an artist, author, interior designer and cofounder of Maine Cottage. She is the author of three books: The Cottage Book, Maine Living and Color Your Home. www.carolbassart.com
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“Most of those who worked on the home describe it a ‘cottagey’. But that word belies the home’s real elegance.”

Maine Cottage was mentioned a second time in the September 2010 Maine Home + Design magazine in the article “Maine Art, Maine Color – Cottage Elegance in Kennebunk”. A Falmouth, Maine couple built this sparkling shingle-style cottage as part of a mini family compound in the small seaside community of Kennebunk. The furnishings include a Maine Cottage Frances Coffee Table in the living room. This is a quintessential modern day cottage home.

Maine Cottage Frances Coffee Tables

Frances Coffee Tables (clockwise): true blue, white, french blue and sun

a bright cottage kitchen

article by Debra Spark, Maine Home + Design
photography: Irvin Serrano

Maine Cottage furniture and fabrics are natural companions to coastal and island homes in New England. Timeless, uplifting and easy to live with. We love how this customer chose our upholstery, wicker seating and occasional tables to create cheerful, comfortable living and dining spaces within this lovely family retreat. Warm colors combined with plentiful ambient light from its stunning oceanfront setting make this home sparkle. Thanks for the photos!