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
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
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:
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.
The abundance of beauty provided by the Chesapeake Bay and wildlife on Maryland’s Eastern Shore inspires July’s featured artist, Ramon Matheu. The Artist Summer Series, curated by the Design Team at Maine Cottage®, are excited about pairing Ramon’s vibrant art in the Annapolis flagship store with our colorful painted wood, wicker, and upholstered furniture. Join us for wine, beer, and a raw oyster bar donated by beloved Eastport restaurant, The Boatyard Bar & Grill. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation!
Ramon Matheu is a fine artist and designer who has a distinctive post-Pop style and is well-versed in many mediums, such as computer graphics and sculpture. His artwork will be available for purchase at the event.
Educated in the fine art of print making from Methodist College in North Carolina, Ramon also studied at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and graduated with a degree in Specialized Technology. He has experience in acrylic paint, sculpture, computer graphics, and digital photography; and served as an Art Director in Washington, D.C. for more than 15 years. He currently lives on Kent Island with his wife and two children.
Each month we’ll feature the artwork of talented local artists in our Flagship Store—located at 209 West Street in Annapolis, MD—and host a meet-and-greet event. Our design team has curated this unique lineup of artists whose styles range from abstract expressionism to pop art. All the pieces find a happy home with our colorful painted furniture, like being the focal point above the solid wood Julianna Bed or perched atop the elegant wicker Sally Hall Table. The palette of possibilities for decorating with color are endless.
Indulge in color with June’s special guest Sheila DeLaquil, a fine artist that works in water and mixed media, including acrylics and watercolor crayons. Artwork will be available for purchase and ranges from $300 to $1,200.
“It’s the adventure of painting that inspires me to paint. I’m energized by the painting process and by responding to what happens on the painting surface. I sometimes start working by laying down paint with no particular concept in mind and then work to create shapes, patterns, values and color relationships that are exciting to me. On other occasions, I may start a piece with a pre-conceived plan, but honestly, so much happens on the surface that I inevitably respond directly to what I see.” —Sheila DeLaquil
Today marks the last day of Annapolis Restaurant Week and blogging about our juicing journey of this Color Cures co-branded campaign. Thank you to Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge for providing fresh, delicious cold-pressed juices to the staff at Maine Cottage!
We still have about two weeks left in reaching our 30-day goal of drinking three fresh juices each day, so instead of reading about them here on our blog, treat yourself, order a fresh juice from Metropolitan and toast to color!
CARROT: Promotes even skin tone and helps reduce sunburn.
APPLE: Lowers high cholesterol levels for a stronger heart.
BEET: Helps body absorb more nutrients and oxygen.
GINGER: Relieves pain and frequency of headaches and migraines.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS JUICE?
“As the Creative Director of a furniture company I’m wearing many hats, including marketing, product development, merchandising and brand building. Maintaining focus while juggling multiple projects can be a challenge for me. Know the Glow is mostly beet juice which oxidizes the blood and improves the brain’s functionality which helps with… you guessed it, focus.” —Lauren, Vice President and Creative Director
There is an intrinsic enthusiasm in red. It’s full of life and energy. At Maine Cottage our richest red is our signature color Tomato, which commands attention while also remaining carefree. Create your own energized space using our passionate palette of refined reds!
Color invigorates and inspires. It entices and stimulates all the senses both visually and internally. Adding red to your home can ignite passion (try Maine Cottage signature color Rhubarb), while adding red to your diet can boost energy (try Metropolitan signature drink Know the Glow).
THE CO-BRANDED CAMPAIGN
Maine Cottage Furniture, together with our Annapolis neighbor Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge, created a co-branded challenge… a 30-day juice-off to prove that color does cure! Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge is a unique restaurant with an emphasis on farm-to-table cooking located in the heart of Annapolis—and less than a block from the Maine Cottage Flagship Store! The campaign combines the positive effects of Metropolitan’s signature cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices with Maine Cottage’s signature home furnishing colors to show how powerful color can be.
THE COLOR CHALLENGE
Last week the entire staff at Maine Cottage embarked on supplementing their diet with 3 colorful cold-pressed juices each day. So far, the results are refreshingly eye-opening! So, for the next seven days, someone from the Maine Cottage team will share on our blog the colorful ingredients of one of Metropolitan’s signature juices, what the health benefits are of that particular juice and how it made them feel after one week of drinking it. Plus we will show you how the healing colors in each juice have similar health benefits when you incorporate them into your cottage home interior.
Our hope is to encourage others to challenge themselves to incorporate more color into their lives. If you’re local, pop into town during Annapolis Restaurant Week and get started juicing with us!
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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