SPINACH: Gives mental push to memory and mind.
PARSLEY: Chlorophyll oxides the blood for a healthier heart.
CELERY: Calms the nervous system with essential oils.
CUCUMBER: Keeps body hydrated and functioning properly.
APPLE: Reduces high cholesterol levels.
GINGER: Decreases pain from constant headaches and migraines.
LEMON: Cleanses kidneys and digestive system—a great detox!
“I skip breakfast most mornings and end up snacking throughout the day on junk food. While I drink plenty of water each day, I know my body needs better nutrients and fluids to fight the toxins I’m putting into it. So, I chose the Detox Cocktail juice to get a healthy punch of fruits and vegetables into my diet. The lemon and ginger provide natural cleansing, while the spinach and apple subside my cravings for unhealthy snacks. It tastes really good and it doesn’t hurt that it’s my favorite color too!” —Elyse, Graphic Designer
Maine Cottage greens are as fresh as the herbs in your garden, a midsummer meadow or a leafy forest canopy. They are an easy way to bring the outside indoors. Our signature Pear color is a great way to revive a room. Think of filling a room with greens like planting a garden—one you can enjoy all year round.
PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE DIP
adapted from Taste of Home
- 1 brick (8 ounces) cream cheese
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 – 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (optional)
- Gingersnaps and/or fresh fruit for serving
- Using a mixer, beat cream cheese and pumpkin puree until smooth.
- Add powdered sugar (1/2 cup at a time), pumpkin pie spice, and ginger until combined.
- If your dip is too thick, add 1 – 2 tablespoons of heavy cream to thin it out. Keep in refrigerator and serve cold.
Valentine, you make me silly;
You make my heart beat willy-nilly;
When I’m with you, the world is hazy;
Valentine, you drive me crazy!
Valentine, when we’re apart,
My need for you goes off the chart.
Will you be mine? Can I be thine?
Say you’ll be my Valentine!
It’s not about fancy repertoire, flourishes and embellishments… At the core it’s about starting, stepping and pausing with the music. All the rest is icing on the cake.
Beginners want to dance like intermediates; intermediates want to dance like advanced dancers; advanced dancers want to dance like the greats; but the greats always go back to basics.
Valentine’s Day comes once a year, but love’s with us every day. Romantic love, yes, if we’re lucky. And a love for fun, food, music and dance. We love our families, good friends and being at home. At Maine Cottage, we love simplicity. Back-to-basics simple. The kind that means living essentially in a beautiful, practical way. No bells, whistles or extravagance. Comfortable, enduring, inspired, even extraordinary. A place where you’re so content that your heart may (spontaneously) beat willy-nilly!
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,
Oh, so yellow…
Oh, so mellow…
six mellow yellow spaces to be mad about
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
We appreciate how a recent Better Homes & Gardens “Big Style for Small Rooms” Special Interest Publication includes Maine Cottage mentions. The wicker table on the cover isn’t ours, but we’re listed as a source for similar wicker and rattan tables. We also found our Great Island Bookcase in an attractive home office. It looks like True Blue or Iris. And the popular wicker Bistro Chairs in Bluebell or Good Egg are enticing in a sunny dining space.
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 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
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 in Maine Cottage reds (clockwise):
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.
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.
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