Archive | June, 2010

Summer Meadow: color idea #5

28 Jun

Meadows are brimming with wildflowers, grasses, birds and every kind of flying bug right now. Rich with life and depth in a range of greens, yellows, whites and hints of that subtle shift of grass from spring greens to autumn’s golden hues. It’s a sensory experience to behold. We collected a grouping of colors and styles to celebrate some of the qualities that bring a summer meadow to life. Light and airy with collaborative colors, they are beautiful experienced together as a whole.

Shown (clockwise): Sadie Sofa, Edie Table, Column Lamp, Mona Tea Cupboard, Judy Chair, Flange Throw Pillows and an Edie Coffee Table.

Maine Cottage colors (l to r): Ale, Buttercream, Celadon, Sprout, Straw and Pear

Maine Cottage fabric ideas (l to r): Rambler pear/buttercream, Basket cream, Dilly sprout, Cottage Linen pear, Luxe Waffle pear/sprout, Cottage Linen celadon, Wallflower sprout, Otto ale, Leaflette buttercream/pear, and Cottage Linen buttercream

We thought about this color idea right down to the wall and/or trim colors: Benjamin Moore #931 Royal Linen

Benjamin Moore #OC-122 Cotton Balls


Savor Summer with Liz Tarpy

27 Jun

Liz Tarpy of Teaberry Productions loves food and loves to write recipes. After working at Maine Cottage for several years, she set out to seek her fortune in the world of food. Now we’re back together collaborating on a Maine Cottage cookbook full of fresh recipes. Here are some of her summertime greatest hits.

Liz Tarpy, Teaberry Productions

The best corn is fresh from the husk. In Maine we relish clambakes with steamed, grilled and boiled corn. Liz’s Trio of Corn recipes are full delicious ideas, including Grilled Corn on the Cob with a Parsley-Garlic Butter, a Mexican Corn Salad, and Corn Fritters with a Chimichurri Dipping Sauce. Yummy!

Turn your summer catch into lunch or dinner with this flavorful recipe. Rainbow trout is a delicacy when it’s grilled over open flames with savory shallots, lemon and garden fresh thyme, then served on a bed of fresh arugula greens. Download Liz’s recipe and try it yourself: Grilled Whole Trout with Lemon and Thyme on Arugula

The fizzy mint-infused flavors of Liz’s spirited Gin Eddy make it a quintessential summer drink. Bubbly, light prosecco combined with the piney, citrus flavors of good gin give it a lift that sets it apart from it’s Cuban relative, the mojito. Serve it over lots of ice and a bowl full of zesty Citrus Spiced Olives. Your friends will thank you.

Gazpacho season is always too short. We wait and wait for tomatoes to ripen as cuke plants wind their way through the garden laden with those plump green gourds. Liz’s version of this chilled soup is simple and versatile. The best ingredients are in your garden or at a local farmer’s market. Chop it all up and puree it into a smooth delight. It’s a refreshing choice on a hot summer’s day. Try Liz’s Good Gazpacho recipe.

Maine Cottage fabric designer, Anita Strods Dore

25 Jun

Anita is the talented artist and designer of Maine Cottage printed fabrics. Anita’s designs reveal her mastery of shape and pattern paired with a sophisticated color sensibility and style. First drawn or painted, each concept is then transferred to Anita’s computer to determine scale, repeat and colorways using our 40 Maine Cottage colors. Ultimately, the designs are reviewed by our merchandising group, then printed. The results are elegant, bold, light-hearted designs printed on crispy linen fabric.

Anita Strods Dore

Anita Strods Dore

Below are several examples of Maine Cottage fabric designs created by Anita. Her prints include: Ann’s Labyrinth, Branchberry, Carmen Veranda, Dilly, Fern Leibowitz, Grand Mum, Jubilee, Just Dandy, Leaflette, May Flower, Rambler, Really Rosie, Sea Biscuit, Shelly, Summer Bloom, Tweet Suite and Wallflower. Several of her designs have also been translated to exclusive Maine Cottage lamps by Boston-based artist Jill Rosenwald. To see our full assortment of Maine Cottage fabrics, please click here

Maine Cottage May Flower

Jill Dining Chair in May Flower

Ruben Hassock

Ruben Hassock in Sea Biscuit

Sea Biscuit

Maine Cottage Sea Biscuit

Maine Cottage Wallflower

Phoebe Chair in Wallflower

Phoebe Chair in Wallflower

Nina Chair in Ann's Labyrinth

Nina Chair in Ann’s Labyrinth

Ann's Labyrinth

Maine Cottage Ann’s Labyrinth

freshly squeezed Citrange

23 Jun

New to Maine Cottage: Citrange Collection

We love the Citrange Collection from Soulé Studio in Sonoma County, California. Self-described by founder Aletha Soulé as “artisan pottery in modern colors and organic shapes”, this collection is stikingly beautiful – on its own and as a companion to our Maine Cottage style, colors and fabrics.

We chose several styles in her glossy Tomato and Chalk colors. A subtle speckling within the finish adds depth and texture. Part fancy, part quirky, and completely original, the Citrange Collection is, well, highly collectible.

Citrange Torso Vase

Citrange Torso Vase in tomato

Aletha Soulé

Aletha Soulé

a new Guest Bedroom Suite

22 Jun

We love it when customers share their home projects with us. Design Consultant Kelly Prucnal of our Yarmouth, Maine store received these images from Laura of California, a longtime Maine Cottage customer, who has a family home on Nantucket. Here are three images of her most recent addition, a guest bedroom suite, that she filled with Maine Cottage. What a beautiful space!

Main Bedroom area

“Kelly – Thanks for all of your help. Here are some photos of the space with the new furniture in it. I think it looks amazing.
I’m really happy.” Thank you, Laura

High ceilings, open well-lit space with a loft area and halls leading to the kitchen

A bright galley kitchen

Choose the Blues

17 Jun

Blues are soothing. Blues are cool. They remind us of summer, relaxation and rejuventation. Maine Cottage blues are beautiful individually and combined with a wide range of blues, whites, yellows and other hues alike. Look around you – in your garden, across the water, up in the sky, in your wardrobe. They’re all around us. Blues are familiar and feel good.

Photos: Anita Strods Dore & Dennis Welsh

Maine Cottage blues (clockwise): wave, winter, china blue, marine, french blue, bluebell, sea and true blue

we like Good Bones, Great Pieces

15 Jun
Good Bones, Great Pieces

Good Bones, Great Pieces blog

We think one great blog mention deserves another. Thank you Good Bones, Great Pieces for including a Maine Cottage Stella Sofa Table in your recent “Trendspotter” post. We love the subject (of course) and your excellent guide to style.

Six Side Tables: Wisteria Acrylic round side table, Anthropologie cascara side table, Maine Cottage stella sofa table in French Blue, CB2 paperclip side table, Wisteria bamboo-leg table, and a West Elm martini side table