Tag Archives: Maine Cottage Dining Room Tables

multi-generational island retreat: Fripp Island, SC

11 Oct

Set against a landscape of pristine waterways and forests, Fripp Island is South Carolina’s most seaward barrier island and vacation home to three generations of family – with a main house (above) and a 3500 square foot guest house and pool where extended family can spillover into a comfortably relaxed and FUN setting. The owner worked closely with our Charleston store crew, including Sara Meyer, to plan and fill many rooms in this family compound.

Maine Cottage on Fripp Island, SC

Main house – Fripp Island, SC

Maine Cottage Bedroom

Island Bunks, Roly Baskets, Molly Rocker

“Just to repeat, Sara, what I told you about the pleasure of working with you and Maine Cottage on our beach house. I recall the day we sat down at the planning table around 10:00 in the morning and by 5:00 p.m. that same day we had planned the whole entire guest house. It was a joy working with you and I was amazed at how easy the process was.”

Maine Cottage Dining Room Tables & Seating

“Maine Cottage samples and furniture made it so easy to choose what I wanted. The colors are so well coordinated and the furniture is on a scale that fits in most any size room. So, we didn’t have to second guest our choices. I love the finished look and am very pleased with everything. The furniture, colors and fabric are always cheery and pleasing and not one that you would get tired of looking at. Thanks for all of your help and your friendship in this process. Thank you, too, for the quick follow-up with any questions I had after the job was finished.”
All the best, Judy R.

The full article about this island beach house can be found on the digital version of Charleston Style & Design magazine.


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

what to do with Blues

26 Aug

a Celia Dining Room

Painting by Laurie Hadlock

One Study by Laurie Hadlock

Surround yourself with blues in concert with warmer, even saturated colors for a calmingly livable space – with a bit of surprise. Play with amounts and position for expression or something more sublime.

Painting by Laurie Hadlock

Light of Day by Laurie Hadlock

a Sadie Living Room

Medium blue hues invite a contrasting color in red-orange, orange or orange-yellow for balance and depth. A goldfish in a bowl is very telling color story. Or the sun sitting roundly against a clear afternoon sky.

Painting by Laurie Hadlock

Wild Dusk by Laurie Hadlock

an Emily Home Office

Layering blues together allows you to observe each color individually and blended together in one pleasingly tranquil whole. Blue with white or white with blue is a wondrous balance of depth and light – like the reflection of sunshine on fresh snow.

a Della Dining Room

Painting by Laurie Hadlock

The Stand by Laurie Hadlock

Express yourself at home with color. Maine Cottage colors. Colors in artwork. Colors you love. Blues are as cool, calming, pure, uplifting and deep as the sea and sky by day. And at midnight illuminated by the moon. Blues are fun and easy to live with in amounts great and small – try variations of solid blues, in prints and textures alike. Combine them with lighter and/or warmer colors. Above all, create a living space that makes you happy.

Maine Cottage blues (clockwise): wave, winter, china blue, marine, french blue, bluebell, sea and true blue

An Inviting Maine Cottage Kitchen

10 May

The Maine Cottage furnished 2010 Charleston Symphony Showhouse closed a few weeks ago and we just got a disc full of beautiful images from photographer Leigh Webber. This first bunch will give you a glimpse of the kitchen. Filled with sunny yellows, the eat-in breakfast nook is cozy and inviting. The window treatments in Maine Cottage fabrics pull it all together.

Janet Knorr

When Maine Cottage VP David Petersen recently chatted with Janet Knorr, the Co-Chair of the Charleston Showhouse, he told her the biggest surprise for him was the kitchen and how it “says Good Morning”. Janet smiled in agreement and said “Yes, it’s all about breakfast.” They both laughed and Janet went on to say, “When I walk into the kitchen, I want to think about breakfast.”

Charleston Showhouse Kitchen (see it bigger: 500K image)

Dining Room in the Charleston Designer Showhouse

1 Apr

The 2010 Charleston Symphony Designer Showhouse is truly fantastic. For all our efforts and questions about how it would come together, we’ve been pleasantly delighted at the outcome. We’ll have some good photography of this fully Maine Cottage-furnished home after the closing of the house. For now, we can give you a few glimpses. Please note the Philip Barter painting over the fireplace. It pulls together and complements the dining and living rooms beautifully.

54 Gibbes Street on opening night