Archive | July, 2010

a find by Sarah Richardson Design

30 Jul

Thank you lifestyle television star Sarah Richardson for including our Maine Cottage All Weather Wicker Fiona Love Seat in your recent “Tips & Finds” post. Sarah shares her practical, inspiring approach to interior design with viewers on her four HGTV television shows: Room Service, Design inc., Sarah’s House and Sarah’s Cottage. Her spirited design aesthetic is clearly very much like our own.

Good Bones, Great Pieces

Sarah Richardson

Maine Cottage All Weather Wicker Fiona Love Seat in: Buttercream, Hot Lime and Porch. Available with 34 Maine Cottage outdoor fabric choices and currently part of our end-of-summer All Weather Wicker CLEARANCE SALE.

refreshing Greens

24 Jul

Maine Cottage greens are as fresh and rejuvenating as the ones in your garden, a mid-summer meadow, a leafy forest canopy. They are all around us and we love them. Easy ways to bring the soothing qualities of the outside inside, greens encourage a peaceful sense of renewal. With names like Pear, Sprout, Moss, Pickle, Hot Lime and Celadon and a wide range of complementary Maine Cottage fabric choices, think of filling a room with greens like planting a garden. One you can enjoy all year round.

Maine Cottage greens (l to r): Pear, Sprout, Moss, Pickle, Hot Lime and Celadon

Maine Cottage pieces shown above: Small Unsassy Mirror in pickle, an Artichoke lamp, a Simon Chair in hot lime Gumball and a Nellie Lingerie Dresser in pear.

thank your Lucky Stars for Nano-tex

22 Jul

Nano nano. Mork calling Orson. There’s a little-known-fact about Maine Cottage and their gorgeous fabrics. They’ve arrived at the future of fabric spill and stain-resistance with state-of-the-art Nano-Tex protection on their 200 exclusive Maine Cottage fabrics. This means worry-free enjoyment of Maine Cottage fabrics in every color, print or solid – all thanks to modern nanotechnology. Life at home just got a little bit easier. Truly amazing.

Norma Apartment Sofa in white Pure Linen

Ever dreamt of a light-colored sofa? in a luxurious fabric? No more worries of inevitable household calamities (see top 4 offenders below). Beyond a quick blotting to remove a spill, Nano-Tex protected Maine Cottage fabrics are strong and virtually carefree! And without the harmful chemicals of “spray-ons” whose names we won’t mention… The fabric stays soft, colorfast and breathable. Orson, the protection is inherent. That means permanent! Yes, mind-boggling, but wonderfully true.

Nano-Tex fabric protection is the answer for low-maintenance, beautiful upholstered furniture. Best of all, you’d never even know it was part of the fabric. That is, until beloved Fido jumps on the sofa or your grandchildren arrive for a visit. You get the picture. You’ll thank your lucky stars for Maine Cottage fabric. So long, Orson.

summer's Cooking

21 Jul

Summer cookouts are the best. Finding creative ways to prepare food for them can be tricky. Hot dogs and burgers are reliable staples, of course, and it’s great to have a veggie accompaniment too. Our chef friend Liz Tarpy developed this versatile rendition of an all-time favorite: Red Potato and Zucchini Salad for added cookout (much needed?) sophistication.

We’re collaborating with New York City-based chef friend Liz Tarpy of Teaberry Productions on a Maine Cottage Cookbook. Liz has worked as a culinary editor and researcher, recipe tester, and food stylist at the Food Network since 2003. Shows include Iron Chef America, Emeril Live, Paula’s Home Cooking, and Boy Meets Grill.

an easy breezy Guest Bedroom

20 Jul

Friends and family will clamber to visit when they discover your guest room. Bright and tranquil, the soothing blues and bluegreens combined with our new beachy brushed-finished oak Ogden (with a milk or ivory brushed finish) styles creates a waterside feeling – wherever you may reside. Take a 360° “virtual” tour.

A Maine Cottage Guest Bedroom. Take a 360° “virtual tour” of the Guest Room.

Maine Cottage colors & fabric (l to r, clockwise): Wave, Milk, Porch, Bluebell, New Spruce and Hot Lime with porch/wave Summer Bloom

For the full effect, take the 360° “virtual tour” of the Guest Room or download it as a printable PDF tearsheet

A Guest Room full of Maine Cottage (l to r, clockwise): Fiona Chair in milk with porch/wave Summer Bloom, Altamira Floor lamp, Island Bed in milk, Ogden Long Bench with milk brushed finish with Monday Baskets in wave, and Island Wardrobe in wave. Download full listing of furniture & accessories as a printable 2-page tearsheet (PDF)

a sweet Florida bedroom suite

17 Jul

Thank you to Florida Architecture for including images of this Maine Cottage-furnished bedroom suite in the July 2010 issue of its magazine. They specialize in coverage of upscale Florida Homes.

It’s always fun for us to see how customers use our Maine Cottage furniture, fabrics and colors. This room is very striking with bright blues, yellows and whites on painted pieces and Summer Bloom fabric for the upholstery and window seat combined with the more subtle neutrals of the walls and rug against that deep reddish brown floor. It would be fantastic as a guest room or youth bedroom space. We love it.

in this room: Calvin Bed, Nellie End Tables, pillows and window seat in Summer Bloom fabric and Monday Baskets.

in this room: Fiddlehead End Table, love seat in Summer Bloom fabric, Della Dining Table, Edna Chairs, Tall Cubbie Case with Monday Baskets and an Island Media Case.

transform your Old Charmer

16 Jul

Now here’s a smart way to breathe new life into your favorite old upholstered sofa or chair: with Maine Cottage fabric. A customer local to our Yarmouth, Maine store stopped by recently to share pictures of how she used our fabric to create a slipcover for her armchair.

before

after in bluebell/rhubarb Rambler

“I bought the chair at a yard sale awhile back and obviously ordered the Rambler fabric from you. I made the slipcover myself and had great fun doing it! You may or may not be able to see that the piping is a solid color porch. I’ve had many compliments and inquiries about where I bought the fabric. I absolutely love your products and come in the store to drool whenever I’m passing through.”