Archive | November, 2010

ode to an Artichoke

29 Nov
Artichoke Lamp by Stray Dog Designs at Maine Cottage

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.

Maine Cottage Showroom
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as seen in Renovation Style magazine

25 Nov
Renovation Style magazine

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. Click to view the article as a PDF.

Sara and Amy in Renovation Style

Maine Cottage Design Consultant Amy Zonarich with Retail Manager Sara Meyer

my True Love Gave to Me…

22 Nov

…it was delivered with White Gloves for FREE

A comfy, new sofa custom finished in your choice of 200 Maine Cottage fabrics is an original gift idea – and each one’s delivered FREE by our “White Glove” home delivery service. Better yet, all furniture orders of $2000 or more placed by January 1, 2011 will be delivered for free. Ask us to wrap up a glossy high quality print of your sofa to put in a gift box or under a tree.

Maine Cottage Sofa

Zelda Sofa in zinnia Cottage Linen with custom print zinnia Hotty Dotty on throw pillows

Maine Cottag Sofa

Zelda Sofa in custom print ale Stripe Tease with ale throw pillows

Maine Cottage Sofa

Zelda Sofa in sea Pure Linen with custom print sea Hotty Dotty on throw pillows

Maine Cottage Sofa

Zelda Sofa in custom print mango Stripe Tease with mango throw pillows

Maine Cottage Sofa

Zelda Sofa in hot lime Cottage Linen with custom print Hotty Dotty on throw pillows

Hotty Dotty and Stripe Tease fabric patterns are now available custom printed in your choice of 38 Maine Cottage colors on a weighty white 100% linen fabric. 5 or more yards at a time – we’ll happily upholster our sofas or throw pillows in it too.

it's LIVE! custom Maine Cottage dots & stripes

19 Nov
Hotty Dotty and Stipe Tease custom fabric in 38 Maine Cottage colors

custom Hotty Dotty and Stripe Tease custom fabric
available in 38 colors

It’s here, it’s now. Modern, playful custom Hotty Dotty and Stripe Tease fabric patterns are now available custom printed in your choice of 38 Maine Cottage colors. As we said in previous posts, the fantastic benefit is that you can now order Hotty Dotty and Stripe Tease patterns custom printed in your choice of 38 colors on a weighty white 100% linen fabric. 5 or more yards at a time. Have fun!

SNEAK PREVIEW: the art of custom Stripe Tease

18 Nov
Stripe Tease fabric in 38 Maine Cottage colors

custom Stripe Tease on a Nina Chair
available in 38 colors

Part 2 of the Sneak Preview is our playfully modern Stripe Tease pattern – available soon custom printed in your choice of 38 Maine Cottage colors. As we mentioned in the previous post, the wondrous benefit is you’ll soon (1 day, tops) be able to order our Stripe Tease and Hotty Dotty patterns in your choice of 38 colors on a weighty white 100% linen fabric. 5 or more yards at a time. Imagine the possibilities… coming soon!

SNEAK PREVIEW: custom Hotty Dotty

17 Nov

Maine Cottage is entering the textile digital age with custom fabric printing. What does this mean for you? The amazing benefit is you’ll soon (1 week, tops) be able to order Hotty Dotty and Stripe Tease fabrics in your choice of
38 Maine Cottage colors on a weighty white 100% linen fabric. 5 or more yards at a time. Stay tuned… it’s so new you won’t find it on our website.

Hotty Dotty fabric in 38 Maine Cottage colors

custom Hotty Dotty on a Nina Chair
Maine Cottage yellows & greens

elegantly homespun in Maine

16 Nov

Brahms/Mount is housed in an 1866 textile building along the Kennebec River in Hallowell, Maine. With the sights, sounds and smells of antique looms and fibers in the air, it’s apparent this is a unique place. A modern day version of Maine’s long and storied textile history. A place where lush textured blankets and throws are woven one-at-a-time the old fashioned way in a variety of fibers with artful patterns and Maine Cottage hues, including warm neutrals. Each style was originally designed by founder and artist Claudia Brahms. We feel a kinship with Brahms/Mount and want to share the unique elegance of their home textiles.

Claudia Brahms, designer

1800s spinning in Maine

Hallowell, Maine

antique looms – today

reclaimed 1866 building

herringbone blankets

rich texture, pattern and color