While we’re on the subject of RED and how colors make us feel, let’s remember our surface designer and colorist friend Anita Strods Dore and this visually appealing slideshow about developing and choosing color. In this case, our very own Maine Cottage color: Rhubarb. You can watch the high resolution version on our website: Finding Rhubarb Slideshow or the not-quite-so-good one via YouTube.
Ev’ry honeybee…. fills with jealousy
It’s not just red, pink or magenta. It’s uplifting and festive. A sensory experience. Pantone (color experts) calls it “Honeysuckle” and declared it the 2011 color of the year. We thought you’d like to know. If you’re in the Maine Cottage school of thought, you’ll agree that even a small hint of reds, red-pinks, and red-violets give a room (or wardrobe) a similar burst of energy. Maine Cottage rhubarb, shrimp, zinnia and even smoothie fall into this category of pinkish warm reds. And remember how fantastic these warm hues look with cooler blues, bluegreens, greens and neutrals for added drama and stimulation. A bouquet of fresh flowers or a fruit smoothie can have the same invigorating effect on a January day.
Maine Cottage china blue Luxe Yuri and Ann’s Labyrinth with artwork by Carol Bass
Maine Cottage red fabrics
Wicker in warm hues
Rhubarb red with neutrals
Maine Cottage Windsor Chairs. Reds combine well with other colors
If Netflix, NFL or PBS Kids is a favorite pastime in your house, then why not do it with style? Maine Cottage Island Media Cases bring color, character and practicality to your family’s tv room.
2/3 Island Media Case with Glass Doors in pear
Island Media Case with Glass Doors in celadon
Island Sound Cabinet in porch
Are the parts, pieces, and cables in your home entertainment space an unsightly tangled mess? Declutter with an attractive Island Media Case in 40 color choices.
Island Media Case in bark
A family room with an Island Media Case in sea
Our new Ogden Collection looks a bit different for Maine Cottage, but beneath its beachy brushed finish are the same native, natural materials as the rest of our wood furniture. The maple, butternut, cherry, and now oak used to build Maine Cottage furniture are grown and re-grown sustainably here in the USA. Prized by furniture makers, flooring mills and squirrels alike, oak trees are a majestic and fruitful resource. The definition of weighty hardness and enduring strength.
A pronounced grain is the most distinguishing aesthetic feature of oak. These “natural defects” are the varied, tapered grain patterns that remind us of the “real” qualities of wood furniture. Its unique character. Our Ogden collection does not have an oak veneer (thin slices of oak or uniform synthetic panels glued to a less expensive wood frame) to peel or bubble. Ogden is benchmade with solid wood and premium hardware to last a good long time.
Ogden pieces are substantial with an inherent resistance to moisture, insects, fungus, and general aging. Perfect for coastal and humid climates – like the rest of our furniture. Best of all, oak grain patterns readily accept our Ivory and Milk brushed finish for the vintage beach house, summer cottage, summery aesthetic we so love. Yes, you wood love Ogden.
A Maine Cottage guest bedroom with an Ogden Long Bench.
Just in from a customer are several images of a sparkling condo in snowy Ontario, Canada filled with Maine Cottage color and fabric. Cathy Earle worked with Annie in our West Palm Beach, Florida store to purchase many yards of Maine Cottage fabric and breathe new life into upholstered and wicker furniture she already owns.
We love her choice of Maine Cottage colors and how she mixed and matched Ann’s Labyrinth with Hotty Dotty patterns and solids to unify this space. White bricks, white trim, painted furniture and walls complete this joyful composition. How great to have a “Maine Cottage” in Canada. Love the stockings too!
Nina in Leaflette with a Dilly pillow
Nina is a gracefully petite Armchair, Swivel Chair and Sofa with pleasing roundness and a plump seat. A perennial favorite in our stores, Nina’s attractive in any of our 200 Maine Cottage fabric choices – and particularly festive in our zinnia Dilly and Leaflette prints, so we thought we’d share.
Nina Sofa in zinnia Dilly & Armchairs in hot lime Hammock
Nina Armchairs in zinnia/pear Leaflette
Give your true love (or yourself) a Maine Cottage sofa this year – custom finished in 200 fabric choices. Place an order by December 24th and we’ll deliver it for FREE. Details
A very enthusiastic note from a Maine Cottage customer to Kelly Prucnal, a Design Consultant in our Yarmouth, Maine store about her newly delivered Eloise Armchair in May Flower – Clay.
“KELLY! I LOVE MY NEW (Eloise) CHAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is FANTASTIC! I can’t make the capital letters big enough to express how psyched I am. My 8-year old daughter told me to stop obsessing about the chair, and I just got it last night! It looks wonderful. As soon as the room is complete (having a wood stove put in and still looking for the right area rug), I’ll send you a picture. Thank you so much for all of your help — I love my living room!”
Margaret, Rockport, Maine
Did you know: artichokes grow only along California, Chilean and Mediterranean coasts? And that they are giant thistle buds? Horticulturally, that struck us as a juicy bit of trivia. Anyway, an artichoke is best known as a garden fresh treat. Round and prickly, richly bright green leaves reveal its deeply sweet ripeness. Our friends at Stray Dog Designs created a striking Artichoke Lamp in this unique vegetable’s honor.
Like many things from Stray Dog Designs, the Artichoke Lamp was designed in the USA and is made using recycled materials by artisans in Haiti. A painted paper shade and sparkling glass finial give the lamp added artful appeal. Not to mention great color and fun! To appreciate the generous scale of these table lamps, we’ve included an image (below) from one of our stores. At 32″ high they have presence and personality, especially in a pair. And they look fantastic with colorful Maine Cottage furnishings.
The Winter 2010 Better Homes & Gardens special: “Renovation Style” magazine has arrived with a beautiful feature article about the renovation and transformation of a historic Charleston, SC Craftsman coastal home into a stunning designer showhouse for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League with the help of Maine Cottage who fully furnished the home in its signature style.
Maine Cottage Design Consultant Amy Zonarich with Retail Manager Sara Meyer
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