Archive | September, 2010

southern comfort by Carol Bass

30 Sep

Here’s another interior by Maine Cottage co-founder Carol Bass. This time in a brightly-lit guest cottage (some would say “beach house”) near Charleston, South Carolina. Carol and partner Bob Newton collaborated to renovate and furnish this comfortable cottage from top to bottom using a wide variety of furnishings, including Maine Cottage, Carol’s original artwork, and a handmade dining table by Bob Newton.

an eat-in kitchen with Maine Cottage Ilka Chairs, dining table by Bob Newton

Seating near kitchen with a Maine Cottage Stella End Table, Column Lamp in Dilly, and sofa in our Luxe fabric with sculpture on wall by Carol Bass.

Sunny living room with a sofa in Maine Cottage Grand Mum fabric, Tulla Tuffet, Cottage End Table and a Column Lamp.

Comfortable seating in Maine Cottage fabric, Tulla Tuffet, Round Cottage End Table and a Column Lamp.

Carol Bass is an artist, author, interior designer and cofounder of Maine Cottage. She is the author of three books: The Cottage Book, Maine Living and Color Your Home.
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defining a Family Heirloom

28 Sep
Maine Cottage Jackie Chairs
Maine Cottage Butternut Dining Table

If you have furniture that was passed down from your parents or Aunt Erma or Uncle George (for better or worse), then you know it’s something that has endured from one generation to the next. A family heirloom. The worn sheen and dings – even smells give it character. Traces of family use and enjoyment through the years – by a multitude of family members. If you love the piece, sentimental value can’t be overstated. But what’s at the root of furniture that endures the tests of time?

Heirloom quality ANYTHING seems like a lost, undervalued art. We’ve been living in “disposable” times – making it easy to lose sight of what matters most: being with family, being together at home – having fun. Just think of those family dinners!

A good dining table is an example of a potential family heirloom. The materials, craftsmanship and attention to detail are paramount – with a beautiful aesthetic result. The practical design and artistry of fine woodworking set our furniture apart. Maine Cottage dining tables are made one-at-a-time in New England by local artisans to meet the aforementioned criteria. They’re ready for a lifetime of enjoyment. Find a dining table or furniture style you love and begin your own family tradition.

Family Dinner

chairs of a Wingback feather

24 Sep
Maine Cottage Owen Chair

Maine Cottage Owen Chair

Wingback chairs date back as far as we can see and beyond. Designed in an abundant range of styles over time, basic features remain true today: a broad straight back and “wings” at angles of 90 degrees or wider. It’s believed the original purpose of “wings” was to prevent drafts or protect the delicate skin of gentrified ladies in the 18th century from the heat of a roaring fireplace.

If necessity was the mother of the wingback chair’s invention, then we’re thankful for it. What other style chair matches the comfort and ease of a wingback? We looked around and found an abundance of interpretations of this beloved seating design – all refreshing and sometimes humorous. You can change the size, color and shape, but the fundamental form of a wingback remains delightfully the same. The Maine Cottage Owen and Eloise Chairs each have their own modern day design twists with the fabulous versatility of +200 fabric choices. Thank goodness for the 21st century!

Maine Cottage Eloise Chair

Maine Cottage Eloise Chair

new from Maine artist, Jane Ryan

22 Sep

Fence Along White Park, by Jane Ryan

Paintings by Maine artist by Jane Ryan are very popular in our Maine Cottage stores and at the recent Charleston Designer Showhouse. “Fence Along White Park” is one of her newest pieces and can be seen in our Yarmouth, Maine store. Jane captures many subtle, yet dramatic moments found in our surrounding landscape. Her use of color and bold strokes give each piece a strong sense of depth and place. More about Jane Ryan

cottage elegance in Kennebunk, Maine

17 Sep

“Most of those who worked on the home describe it a ‘cottagey’. But that word belies the home’s real elegance.”

Maine Cottage was mentioned a second time in the September 2010 Maine Home + Design magazine in the article “Maine Art, Maine Color – Cottage Elegance in Kennebunk”. A Falmouth, Maine couple built this sparkling shingle-style cottage as part of a mini family compound in the small seaside community of Kennebunk. The furnishings include a Maine Cottage Frances Coffee Table in the living room. This is a quintessential modern day cottage home.

Maine Cottage Frances Coffee Tables

Frances Coffee Tables (clockwise): true blue, white, french blue and sun

a bright cottage kitchen

article by Debra Spark, Maine Home + Design
photography: Irvin Serrano

a modern craftsman Maine Lake House

16 Sep
Maine Home + Design cover

The September 2010 issue of Maine Home + Design magazine features a camp lodge-inspired eclectic modern lake house in Maine owned by a couple from Virginia and artfully decorated by Maine Cottage co-founder Carol Bass using a wide variety of colorful furnishings, including Maine Cottage.

a modern craftsman home on Sebago Lake, Maine

Maine Cottage chair and tuffet

Mason Chair in Rambler and Tulla Tuffet in Leaflette (not shown in magazine article)

spacious, relaxed living space

Maine Cottage Column lamp

Carol Bass is an artist, author, interior designer and cofounder of Maine Cottage. She is the author of three books: The Cottage Book, Maine Living and Color Your Home.
photography: Irvin Serrano

how to Treat your Windows

15 Sep

Maine Cottage fabric is 25% off by-the-yard this month. Yes, it’s a great sale and the perfect time to tackle some home decorating projects. One of the most popular uses for Maine Cottage fabric is to create custom window treatments: curtains, drapery, shades, blinds, valances – even shower curtains. Our fabrics are the perfect weight and construction – in exclusive Maine Cottage colors and artwork.

Maine Cottage bedroom

custom shades in Summer Bloom

Maine Cottage dining room

custom curtains in May Flower

Hotty Dotty shade

custom shade in Hotty Dotty

Tweet Suite

Tweet Suite

Jubilee shades

custom shade in Jubilee

If you’re a DIY sewing kind of person, then you know how to measure, select fabrics, and install. Most of us, however, are not DIY gifted, so finding a good seamstress is the way to go for guidance from beginning to end.

Finishing details: sparkling drapery hardware by Rejuvenation in Portland, Oregon

The availability of curtain and drapery hardware is widespread and your seamstress may have recommendations. We poked around online and found that Rejuvenation and Restoration Hardware are two excellent sources for high quality period hardware in styles and finishes to suit nearly every taste. Anthropologie has some unusual, arty finials for yet another approach. All three have websites and catalogs by request. Bottom line: have fun!

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware


Anthropologie finials

Rejuvenation Hardware