THE DUO BEHIND THE BRAND
Meet Lauren + Sarah
We are Lauren and Sarah, the old and new owners of Maine Cottage, and the passionate duo behind the brand. We believe the harder you work, the luckier you get. It has been a long and winding seventeen-year journey with a lot of hard work and a lot of luck that has enabled us to buy the company we love so much. We are filled with gratitude and committed more than ever to bring you the best in colorful home furnishings, quality, and service. Feel free to send us an email and start a conversation—we love to hear from customers.
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Everyone Needs a Retreat...and Faster Furniture!
The company introduces Retreat by Maine Cottage®. A limited offering of high-quality upholstered furniture that is boutique-built to order in America in 10-12 weeks then white glove delivered to your home with alacrity. This is the company's answer to extended lead times.
Exclusive Collection for Garnet Hill®
The Lattice Collection of furniture is designed and produced by Maine Cottage exclusively for Garnet Hill. The capsule collection was launched within the Garnet Hill Fall Furniture Catalog and includes 5 pieces of furniture available in 16 colors. Designs are based on the Chippendale pattern which is prevalent on cottage porches all across America.
Going Digital with Augmented Reality
Each piece of painted furniture and upholstered furniture in the Core Collection is modeled in 3-D. Now, customers shopping on the desktop version of the store can view each piece in all of the colors, fabrics, and finishes as well as rotate each item in a full 360 degrees. On a mobile device, a customer can view the item in their own home, virtually!
Messy Paws & Sticky Fingers Have Met Their Match!
Maine Cottage® partners with InsideOut® to introduce a collection of colorfully coordinated performance fabrics. Created to endure the sun and rain outside but durable enough to endure the wine spills and cherry pie drops inside! Available in 7 patterns and a multitude of colors.
Poised for Success
Lauren and Sarah bought Maine Cottage back! Balsam Brands determined that Maine Cottage’s domestically produced product and multiple consumer touch points did not fit well in their portfolio and decided to divest the brand.
Gearing Up for Growth
San Francisco based Balsam Brands, is known best for their flagship Brand, Balsam Hill which sells artificial Christmas trees and holiday decor. In 2018 they decided to expand their portfolio of consumer brands and segue into home furnishing and decor. They added 2 furniture brands to their portfolio of brands when they acquired the Maine Cottage and Thos. Baker furniture brands.
The folks at the Seattle-based premium outdoor furniture company, Thos. Baker, fell in love with Maine Cottage—the brand’s loyal customer base, knack for color, and brand awareness. Thos. Baker merged with Maine Cottage to form a new company called Coastal Brands. And just like that, Maine Cottage was introduced to droves of color lovers on the West Coast.
Coastal Collaboration with Anita Dore
Surface Designer, Anita Dore has been designing Maine Cottage patterns for over two decades. She works closely with Lauren and Sarah to create a show-stopping coastal-inspired fabric collection that includes a lobster damask, a clever trellis pattern that mimics a fishing net, and a playful clamshell pattern called Shell Game.
We're Better Together: Russell & Mackenna Acquires Maine Cottage
On April 10, 2011, Russell & Mackenna shareholders acquired the intellectual property of Maine Cottage. The new entity retained the Maine Cottage name. In order to marry the best of both companies, Russell & Mackenna domestic production began to produce the Maine Cottage painted furniture while fabric and upholstery production stayed with the Maine Cottage vendors.
Above the Fold
Nov. 15, Larry and Lauren were featured in the Wall Street
Journal story about Parent + Child founded companies.
In Good Company: Vineyard Vines + Russell & Mackenna
Vineyard Vines clothing company photographed its 2009 Fall catalog in Annapolis. Maryland highlighting businesses their brand aligns with. Their production team spent a day at the Russell & Mackenna store dressing Larry, Lauren, and Sarah in their clothes.
Russell & Mackenna Flagship Store Opens & Sarah Wright Joins the Team
Just under 1,000 square feet and located in the heart of Severna Park Maryland, the Russell & Mackenna flagship store opened in 2007. Shortly thereafter, Sarah Wright joined the team to Manage the store.
Wholesale at Highpoint
Russell & Mackenna introduced their brand to small furniture stores and interior designers at the International Furniture Market in High Point, North Carolina. The temporary showroom was featured in several industry publications.
A Family Affair
Russell & Mackenna introduced a lifestyle catalog built around a summer social on the Severn River. The event was documented by Lee Kriel—it featured friends, family, and employees of the company. The imagery served as the backdrop to the colorful furniture.
A Hall Table with a Wave Puts Russell & Mackenna on the Map
A hall table with a wave frill and fish finials caught the eye of an Editor at Coastal Living. The magazine requested a high resolution photo and a business phone number. Lauren took a photo of the table in her bedroom and provided her home phone number. The first order was taken hours after the March issue hit mailboxes. Along with the order came the company’s first business challenge: how do you cost effectively ship a fragile table from Annapolis, Maryland to Seattle, Washington? The answer would come to be white glove delivery.
Russell & Mackenna is Born in a One Car Garage
With a single client, a table saw, and a few furniture designs on notebook paper, Kevin and Lauren Russell set out to build a furniture company. The name was created by combining their last name and the middle name of their oldest daughter, Sawyer Mackenna Russell. Lauren’s father, Larry Strassner, was happily retired in 2003, but because of his experience running a public company, Lauren invited him out of retirement to help the young couple start a company in earnest. The group identified Maine Cottage as their largest competitor.
A National Network of 75+ Wholesale Accounts is Built
The Maine Cottage vision, some good fortune, and an enthusiastic group of employees develop into a flourishing $10MM operation with three company stores, seventy retailers nationwide, and fifteen hundred design professional customers.
From G.H. Bass & Co. Weejuns® to Spirited Bench-Built Furniture
The Maine Cottage Furniture Co. is developed by Peter & Carol Bass in Yarmouth, Maine. Carol, an artist with an interest in interior design sees a trend refinishing flea market furniture finds in bold colors. They leverage Peter’s marketing experience he gained from his family’s shoe company, G.H. Bass & Co., and launch a business.