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Saffron, yeah
I’m just-a mad about her
I’m-a just-a mad about-a Saffron
She’s just mad about me

They call me Mellow Yellow,
Quite rightly

Oh, so yellow…
Oh, so mellow…

- Donovan



six mellow yellow spaces to be mad about


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Maine Cottage images (clockwise): Zelda Sofa with Della Cocktail Table, Fiona Love Seat and Celia End Table, Julianna Bed, Bradstreet Upholstery, Libby Sofa in Grand Mum, Della Dining Table with Windsor Chairs

Maine Cottage yellow, yellow-orange and orange fabrics

Maine Cottage Bella Bed

Bella on her Bella Dog Bed in sea Hotty Dotty

 

There are scads of ways to spoil your family’s Fido. A dog’s an important family member. An expression and extension of your personality, style and taste. The breed you choose, naming him/her, a handsomely original collar and leash… a pooch is fun to accessorize. And what better way than on a bed that fits in with your favorite Maine Cottage colors and home furnishings?

 

Maine Cottage Zelda Sofa

Maine Cottage Zelda Sofa in sea Pure Linen with throw pillows in sea Hotty Dotty

 

,PWe’ve been told how much Fido likes Maine Cottage. This bit of useful insight inspired us to create beds of equal comfort and style. Our Bella Dog Bed (Bella herself is modeling it for us above) is an answer for how to give your pooch the originality and comfort he/she so richly deserves. And you can order one in more than 200 Maine Cottage fabrics to suit your taste. They’re available in 2 sizes, slipcovered with water and stain-resistant Nano-tex protected 100% linen or 100% polyester outdoor fabric, and wrapped around upholstery grade cushions.

 

Looking at the assortment of beds below you’ll quickly recognize, well, you can come up with your own response… Suffice to say, if you love Maine Cottage, then your dog will love and appreciate a Bella Bed.

 

 

 

 

images shown are from a variety of sources including Pet Smart, FetchDog, LL Bean and Orvis

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When February rolls around we see RED. Red is love. Love is red. We love red too and find great inspiration in red things. Everyday things that catch our eye, command our attention and often make us smile. There’s a comfort in red things. They’re full of life and energy. Even the most inanimate of objects is brought to life by red. At Maine Cottage we describe reds as Tomato, Rhubarb, Zinnia, Poppy, Shrimp, Smoothie and Teaberry. Each one with its own character – as a solid color and in our fabrics. And let’s face it, they are not subtle. Each red is full of warmth, depth and spirit. Even the smallest hint pops and emanates vitality. You may want to try reds at home.

 

Daisy Dining Chairs

Daisy Dining Chairs in Maine Cottage reds (clockwise):
shrimp, rhubarb, zinnia, poppy, smoothie and tomato

 

Daisy Dining Chairs

 

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Ale is what ales our Tulla Tuffet today. Light, hoppy and happy, the Maine Cottage color Ale exudes the same crisp, warm glow as these beloved brews. Neither a pure yellow nor true orange, Ale is sophisticated and complex. It radiates as a solid color and combines effortlessly with other like colors in fabrics. Fabulous with neutrals and contrasting blues or bluegreens too, I guess you might say Ale’s a truly uplifting, versatile color. Kind of like a fresh pint in a favorite brewpub.

Try a Tulla Tuffet, armchair or sofa in any one of the luminous Maine Cottage fabrics shown here. Ale illuminates wicker and rattan seat cushions too, but we’ll save that for another day. In case you’re curious about what you’re seeing here, we’ve shown the Tulla Tuffet in these fabrics (from top to bottom): Luxe Yuri ale, May Flower pickle, Stripe Tease ale, Really Rosie ale, Tweet Suite sun, Grand Mum clay and Hotty Dotty ale. Request a swatch or buy them by-the-yard.

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Bottles

Bottles

Some of you may know (and probably love) the art of Richard Diebenkorn, a California artist from the 1950s into the early 80s whose work was filled with wonderful color studies, strong forms and expressive figures. At a glance, you may ask what’s the relationship between these paintings and Maine Cottage? The answer is color and form. Expressive color composed in varied amounts and simple forms – similarly to how you might compose a room. The way swathes of a color, like cool blues, can balance with a small amount of warm red, orange or yellow. The inherent role of texture, geometry and scale. This is just a sampling, so poke around online or a local bookstore and relish Diebenkorn’s rich body of work. And be inspired on a Friday afternoon.

Girl on Beach

Girl on Beach

Ingleside

Ingleside

Seawall

Seawall

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Maine Cottage Luxe Wale swatches

Luxe Wale in hot lime, sun and zinnia

Maine Cottage Luxe Wale in zinnia

Luxe Wale in zinnia – up close

Richly textured 100% cotton Luxe Wale upholstery fabric on a sofa or chair is like wearing your favorite corduroys. Familiar, casual, relaxed. You know them and love them. Luxe Wale is woven with vibrant yarn-dyed chenille and small scale cotton yarns in a pattern that creates a subtle, appealing ribbed “wale” surface. And those lush colors? Wow. Perhaps they speak for themselves. They’re custom-dyed to coordinate with the rest of our Maine Cottage colors. Our Luxe fabrics: Wale, Waffle, Loop and Yuri give you an unusual and appealing opportunity to get your hands on designer quality fabric without the “To the Trade Only” rigmarole. Available on our furniture and by-the-yard. Imported from Italy. Try it, you’ll love it.

Maine Cottage Luxe Wale in zinnia

Luxe Wale in pear – up close

Maine Cottage Luxe Wale swatches

Luxe Wale in true blue, pear and bluebell

Sittin’ in the lap, sittin’ in the lap,
Sittin’ in the lap of luxury, sure feels good to me.
Sittin’ in the lap, sittin’ in the lap,
Sittin’ in the lap of luxury, sure feels good to me. – Louie Louie

Luxe Loop is a yarn-dyed double construction fabric woven with 100% cotton bouclé on the surface and tightly twisted cotton yarns beneath it giving the surface a “nubby” texture. This combination gives it exceptional structure and feel. You’ll love these designer-quality Maine Cottage Luxe fabrics: Loop, Waffle, Wale, Yuri and several Neutrals. Available on our furniture and by-the-yard for your home projects. Imported from Italy through an exclusive arrangement, Luxe fabrics are custom-dyed in richly saturated and neutral Maine Cottage colors alike.

<>room images top to bottom in Luxe Loop: norma chair, phoebe chair, button throw pillow, clara bed, nina sofa, button throw pillows

Maine Cottage in House Beautiful We happily discovered our Windsor Arm Chairs in the February 2011 issue of House Beautiful in an article “Light & Bright” about the makeover of a “Cape Cod-style cottage” in Venice, CA by interior designer Alexandra Angle. Angle refers to the newly finished house as being “young, light, and happy”, which is exactly how we like to characterize the Maine Cottage style. Read an interview with Angle about the project. See some of the light, airy rooms below.

Maine Cottage Windsor Armchairs

“It’s like one of those long, beautiful ribbon candies in white and blue, with yellow stripe. It’s young, light, and happy. Houses need to make you experience a feeling, and each room should tell a story.”
- Alexandra Angle, House Beautiful

“The whole point was to have something that would show wear and tear, like those older East Coast country houses. That’s why I like painted furniture that will distress with elegance. It’s not going to look worse as dirty hands touch it.”
- Alexandra Angle, House Beautiful

photographs by Victoria Pearson

Martha Stewart Living

Thank you once again Martha Stewart Living for including us in the February 2011 Great Finds” (PDF). Building on the current pinkish red color trend and some neutral complements comes this article “Niche Appeal” with a Maine Cottage Daisy Side Chair in Smoothie. It’s also available as an Armchair. We like the emphasis on “an easy formality” in this article. Wicker chairs are the essence of this style and versatility.

Daisy Dining Room
Daisy Dining Room

Daisy Dining Chairs in celadon, sprout and petal (table shown no longer available)

Daisy Dining Room

Daisy Dining Chairs in tomato

Daisy Dining Room

Daisy Dining Chairs in mango

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put it in Neutral

“Putting it in Neutral” is a nostalgically outmoded way of slowing a car. Coasting. Stopping. Parking. Responding with hands-on immediacy. Driving with a stick requires focus, finesse and thought. It’s straightforward. No frills. Fun. It puts you in control. Forget cellphones, MP3 players or eating breakfast. Driving with manual gears requires your full attention.

Julianna Bedroom Painting by Jane Ryan

Just how “automatic” crept in and took over cars is unclear. Some call it easier, more convenient. But is it beneficial to lose the nuances of being the one in control? To be so easily distracted by 10 other things when you’re trying to accomplish one? Some of us are naturally better multi-taskers than others, but it’s not essential in everything we do. Maybe the real trick is to “single-task”. Resist the sometimes sneaky complexity of what is presented as “automatic”. No offense, of course, to those who revere an automatic transmission! Once you switch, it’s truly hard to go back…

Julianna Bedroom

Shifting gears (pun intended), imagine you’re considering decorating a room or two in your home. Maine Cottage is a furniture company afterall. How about taking the stick shift approach to your project? Deliberate and focused. One thing at a time. And if it’s simplicity and nuance you’re hankering for, then consider limiting your choice of styles and colors as we’ve shown in this post. These colors (mostly quite “neutral” in tone) are intended to express the spirit of “the big idea”, but personal preference is the rule. Simplify is the sentiment.

Less visual complexity makes a space easy and elegant. Subtle colors can have the same uplifting appeal as the reds we’ve presented this week. An interplay that is both warm and cool. A focus that’s further enhanced by a visual variety of rich, understated textures (ie: fabric, bedding, pillows, window treatments, rugs and various accessories). Thoughtfully handpicked and placed by you to create a unified composition. Not 10 different competing ideas, but one that resonates with singular clarity. Pleasingly your very own. This is overdrive. Let the coasting begin.

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