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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.

making an Entrance with Martha Stewart

2 Jan

cover: January 2011

Thank you Martha Stewart Living magazine for including our new solid oak Ogden Long Bench in the January 2011 issue under Great Finds. Martha Stewart Living says “their decorating mission has always been to create rooms that are functional, yet relaxed and inviting – in short, spaces that are about living.” Evidently, we are very like-minded as we could not have said it better. Ogden features a brushed finish and is happy to hold up to 4 Monday Baskets.

Ogden Long Bench

Ogden Long Bench in milk

Ogden Long Bench in Martha Stewart Living

enjoy it in Living Color

1 Jan

If Netflix, NFL or PBS Kids is a favorite pastime in your house, then why not do it with style? Maine Cottage Island Media Cases bring color, character and practicality to your family’s tv room.

Maine Cottage 2/3 Island Media Case with Glass Doors

2/3 Island Media Case with Glass Doors in pear

Maine Cottage Island Media Case with Glass Doors

Island Media Case with Glass Doors in celadon

Maine Cottage Island Sound Cabinet

Island Sound Cabinet in porch

Are the parts, pieces, and cables in your home entertainment space an unsightly tangled mess? Declutter with an attractive Island Media Case in 40 color choices.

Maine Cottage Island Media Case

Island Media Case in bark

Maine Cottage Island Media Case

A family room with an Island Media Case in sea

you wood Love Ogden

30 Dec

Our new Ogden Collection looks a bit different for Maine Cottage, but beneath its beachy brushed finish are the same native, natural materials as the rest of our wood furniture. The maple, butternut, cherry, and now oak used to build Maine Cottage furniture are grown and re-grown sustainably here in the USA. Prized by furniture makers, flooring mills and squirrels alike, oak trees are a majestic and fruitful resource. The definition of weighty hardness and enduring strength.

A pronounced grain is the most distinguishing aesthetic feature of oak. These “natural defects” are the varied, tapered grain patterns that remind us of the “real” qualities of wood furniture. Its unique character. Our Ogden collection does not have an oak veneer (thin slices of oak or uniform synthetic panels glued to a less expensive wood frame) to peel or bubble. Ogden is benchmade with solid wood and premium hardware to last a good long time.


Ogden pieces are substantial with an inherent resistance to moisture, insects, fungus, and general aging. Perfect for coastal and humid climates – like the rest of our furniture. Best of all, oak grain patterns readily accept our Ivory and Milk brushed finish for the vintage beach house, summer cottage, summery aesthetic we so love. Yes, you wood love Ogden.

Guest Bedroom

A Maine Cottage guest bedroom with an Ogden Long Bench.

ho ho ho from Ontario

20 Dec

Just in from a customer are several images of a sparkling condo in snowy Ontario, Canada filled with Maine Cottage color and fabric. Cathy Earle worked with Annie in our West Palm Beach, Florida store to purchase many yards of Maine Cottage fabric and breathe new life into upholstered and wicker furniture she already owns.

Maine Cottage fabric

We love her choice of Maine Cottage colors and how she mixed and matched Ann’s Labyrinth with Hotty Dotty patterns and solids to unify this space. White bricks, white trim, painted furniture and walls complete this joyful composition. How great to have a “Maine Cottage” in Canada. Love the stockings too!

Living Room

Dining Room

sunny spaces on Kiawah Island

17 Dec

Kiawah Island is one of those beautiful barrier island resorts near historic Charleston in South Carolina. Best known for its natural beauty, Kiawah is a coastal resort with world-class golf courses, sandy beaches and lovely homes. All in a very tranquil setting. Katie and Jack sent these four images of their living and sun rooms. Both completed recently with the help of Maine Cottage Design Consultant Amy Zonarich. The amount of natural light in these two inviting rooms is truly breathtaking.

“We have had nothing but wonderful comments,
and certainly enjoy having the rooms complete.
Have wonderful holidays.”

– Katie and Jack, Kiawah Island, SC

A special note that the two Owen Chairs shown in the living room in zinnia Tweet Suite were part of the 2010 Charleston Symphony Designer Showhouse. Thank you for giving them a good home – they look wonderful in your living room.

A sunny sunroom with two armchairs in summer Bloom, a rattan Romeo Coffee Table and Island Sound Cabinet. Maine Cottage colors include: hot lime, sprout, porch and wave.

A Zelda Sofa is always a delight. Thanks for sharing Katie and Jack.

Nina's a Dilly in Zinnia

16 Dec
Nina Chair in Maine Cottage Dilly

Nina in Leaflette with a Dilly pillow

Nina is a gracefully petite Armchair, Swivel Chair and Sofa with pleasing roundness and a plump seat. A perennial favorite in our stores, Nina’s attractive in any of our 200 Maine Cottage fabric choices – and particularly festive in our zinnia Dilly and Leaflette prints, so we thought we’d share.


Nina Sofa in zinnia Dilly & Armchairs in hot lime Hammock

Nina Armchairs

Nina Armchairs in zinnia/pear Leaflette