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you make my Heart Beat Willy-Nilly

14 Feb
Maine Cottage bedroom

Valentine, you make me silly;
You make my heart beat willy-nilly;
When I’m with you, the world is hazy;
Valentine, you drive me crazy!

Valentine, when we’re apart,
My need for you goes off the chart.
Will you be mine? Can I be thine?
Say you’ll be my Valentine!

J. Fuchs

It’s not about fancy repertoire, flourishes and embellishments… At the core it’s about starting, stepping and pausing with the music. All the rest is icing on the cake.

Chris Corby

Maine Cottage bedroom

Beginners want to dance like intermediates; intermediates want to dance like advanced dancers; advanced dancers want to dance like the greats; but the greats always go back to basics.


Valentine’s Day comes once a year, but love’s with us every day. Romantic love, yes, if we’re lucky. And a love for fun, food, music and dance. We love our families, good friends and being at home. At Maine Cottage, we love simplicity. Back-to-basics simple. The kind that means living essentially in a beautiful, practical way. No bells, whistles or extravagance. Comfortable, enduring, inspired, even extraordinary. A place where you’re so content that your heart may (spontaneously) beat willy-nilly!

Maine Cottage


seeing Red

3 Feb

When February rolls around we see RED. Red is love. Love is red. We love red too and find great inspiration in red things. Everyday things that catch our eye, command our attention and often make us smile. There’s a comfort in red things. They’re full of life and energy. Even the most inanimate of objects is brought to life by red. At Maine Cottage we describe reds as Tomato, Rhubarb, Zinnia, Poppy, Shrimp, Smoothie and Teaberry. Each one with its own character – as a solid color and in our fabrics. And let’s face it, they are not subtle. Each red is full of warmth, depth and spirit. Even the smallest hint pops and emanates vitality. You may want to try reds at home.

Daisy Dining Chairs

Daisy Dining Chairs in Maine Cottage reds (clockwise):
shrimp, rhubarb, zinnia, poppy, smoothie and tomato

Daisy Dining Chairs

inside The Whittaker Collection

13 Jan

Thank you to our friend Nancy Gordon (formerly of Maine) for including us in The Whittaker Collection. A brand new website highlighting home design, designers and artisans. The Maine Cottage portfolio includes a brief Q+A with our very own Retail Operations Manager Sara Meyer. The Whittaker Collection is based in the Ocala, Florida area. Visit the impressive and inspiring The Whittaker Collection online or find a a brief description from the website below.

Maine Cottage in The Whittaker Collection
Maine Cottage in The Whittaker Collection

“GREAT HOME DESIGN, like all great design, withstands the test of time, enduring through changing trends and fashions. THE WHITTAKER COLLECTION brings together the creative talents and expertise of a very special, carefully selected group of designers and artisans whose work epitomizes the scope of great home design. THE PEOPLE AND THEIR WORK represented here have been chosen for the quality of their craft, their refined design sensibilities, and their established place within their respective fields. OUR PURPOSE is to introduce and connect you to these exceptional designers and artisans.” – The Whittaker Collection, http://www.thewhittakercollection.com

home made Living Rooms

12 Jan
Maine Cottage

“It’s not houses that I love, it’s the life I live in them.”

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

Maine Cottage

Living in your house requires rooms. Rooms made to live in. It may seem obvious, but so often “living” is overlooked for how a room “looks”. Truth is, the living rooms in your house are what you make of them. So make them versatile. Create places to relax with family and friends, read and rest. Create a home.

Maine Cottage Maine Cottage

Maine Cottage

The important thing is this: Let how YOU want to live in your home be your guide in decorating. It’s all about personal needs and priorities. We’re a little biased at Maine Cottage toward invitingly casual, lighthearted, flexible rooms of great practicality. Multigenerational living spaces that’ll withstand many years of the wear, tear and fun of spending time together. Would you expect anything less? And take our word for it, living in rooms you love is what “home” is all about.

Maine Cottage Maine Cottage

Maine Cottage

Maine Cottage Maine Cottage

Maine Cottage Maine Cottage

niche appeal with Martha Stewart

11 Jan
Martha Stewart Living

Thank you once again Martha Stewart Living for including us in the February 2011 Great Finds” (PDF). Building on the current pinkish red color trend and some neutral complements comes this article “Niche Appeal” with a Maine Cottage Daisy Side Chair in Smoothie. It’s also available as an Armchair. We like the emphasis on “an easy formality” in this article. Wicker chairs are the essence of this style and versatility.

Daisy Dining Room

Daisy Dining Room

Daisy Dining Chairs in celadon, sprout and petal (table shown no longer available)

Daisy Dining Room

Daisy Dining Chairs in tomato

Daisy Dining Room

Daisy Dining Chairs in mango

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.

where the red Rhubarb Shows

5 Jan
Phoebe Chair Phoebe Chair Phoebe Chair

While we’re on the subject of RED and how colors make us feel, let’s remember our surface designer and colorist friend Anita Strods Dore and this visually appealing slideshow about developing and choosing color. In this case, our very own Maine Cottage color: Rhubarb. You can watch the high resolution version on our website: Finding Rhubarb Slideshow or the not-quite-so-good one via YouTube.

Finding rhubarb