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put it in Neutral

6 Jan
put it in Neutral

“Putting it in Neutral” is a nostalgically outmoded way of slowing a car. Coasting. Stopping. Parking. Responding with hands-on immediacy. Driving with a stick requires focus, finesse and thought. It’s straightforward. No frills. Fun. It puts you in control. Forget cellphones, MP3 players or eating breakfast. Driving with manual gears requires your full attention.

Julianna Bedroom Painting by Jane Ryan

Just how “automatic” crept in and took over cars is unclear. Some call it easier, more convenient. But is it beneficial to lose the nuances of being the one in control? To be so easily distracted by 10 other things when you’re trying to accomplish one? Some of us are naturally better multi-taskers than others, but it’s not essential in everything we do. Maybe the real trick is to “single-task”. Resist the sometimes sneaky complexity of what is presented as “automatic”. No offense, of course, to those who revere an automatic transmission! Once you switch, it’s truly hard to go back…

Julianna Bedroom

Shifting gears (pun intended), imagine you’re considering decorating a room or two in your home. Maine Cottage is a furniture company afterall. How about taking the stick shift approach to your project? Deliberate and focused. One thing at a time. And if it’s simplicity and nuance you’re hankering for, then consider limiting your choice of styles and colors as we’ve shown in this post. These colors (mostly quite “neutral” in tone) are intended to express the spirit of “the big idea”, but personal preference is the rule. Simplify is the sentiment.

Less visual complexity makes a space easy and elegant. Subtle colors can have the same uplifting appeal as the reds we’ve presented this week. An interplay that is both warm and cool. A focus that’s further enhanced by a visual variety of rich, understated textures (ie: fabric, bedding, pillows, window treatments, rugs and various accessories). Thoughtfully handpicked and placed by you to create a unified composition. Not 10 different competing ideas, but one that resonates with singular clarity. Pleasingly your very own. This is overdrive. Let the coasting begin.

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

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

the laundry, the wash and an Armoire

10 Nov

step 1 of 4: face the unsavory task

step 2 of 4: spin in bubbles & tumble dry

Maine Cottage Island Armoire

step 3 of 4: fold, organize & stack

step 4 of 4: smile with great satisfaction

Why is it that some people stash their clothing in a closet when they could have a piece of fine furniture? A Maine Cottage Armoire, dresser or wardrobe has wonderful presence and practicality. Our cases provide living spaces with generous storage solutions and great character. Especially in one of 40 Maine Cottage color choices.