Our retailer spotlight this week is Maine Country Home. If you’re near the Thomaston, ME area be sure to check out her shop!
MAINE COUNTRY HOME
153 Main Street
Thomaston, ME 04861
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Tell us a little bit about you.
While Maine Country Home has been an entity since the beginning of 2012, it recently celebrated a milestone on July 4th of 2014 – the opening of it’s own store! Independence for a nation, independence for a business! Samantha, Lydia, and our families put in a solid 3 weeks of work to get the store up and running before the annual festivities that take place in Thomaston. Lots of late nights, pizza, and groggy mornings, but it all paid off! We couldn’t be happier to have a large, open, sunny space to display their painted furniture, accessories, and accents, not to mention a gorgeous classroom space that overlooks the historic buildings on Main Street!
The team at Maine Country Home consists of Lydia, Samantha, and Kristy. We all bring very different styles to the table…Lydia is primitive/country/coastal/French. Samantha is modern/bright colors/patterns/rough luxe. Kristy is Mid-Century-Modern/boho/cottage/pastels. Together we make very interesting furniture to put in our shop! Samantha jokes that if the piece of furniture isn’t broken, or doesn’t need a lot of work, then she doesn’t want to it! Many unloved pieces have graced our doorstep and found forever homes.
Kristy and Samantha are born and raised Mainers, and Lydia brings her world travels to the table with bold ideas from far-off lands. We all came together by chance, first Lydia and Samantha, and then they brought Kristy on board last Fall. We’re a hodge-podge group, but that’s what makes us fun and interesting!
Why did you start your business?
Why does anyone start a creative business? Because otherwise their creative juices would have no where to go! It also requires a certain amount of crazy, something they all have a hint of. They’ve all been talented people since forever, so starting a business where creativity runs rampant was a perfect fit.
They also import and wholesale latex furniture appliqués called Efex™ (that can be painted with Milk Paint!), so it was only a matter of time before the paint, furniture, and appliqué ideas all collided. Now there’s a store, studio, and showroom that takes in the DIY crazies and shows them how to make their sad, tired furniture beautiful again!
Where do you find inspiration?
We get a lot of our inspiration from magazines and catalogs, like Pottery Barn and Cottage Living. Of course, we don’t have to go far from our doorsteps to find inspiration either. Our area of Maine is freighted with craftsmen, artisans, painters, metal workers, sculptors…you name it! If we’re stuck we can head over to the next town and peruse the galleries, or find inspiration from nature on the rocky beaches.
What is your favorite thing to collect?
Lydia loves to collect decoys, since she is an avid bird hunter. You can find them peeking out of many corners of her house. Kristy collects vintage Pyrex, not the avocado green daisy pattern though! She has an aversion to that one. And Samantha has a soft spot for vintage dishware and glasses. Although she’s trying to keep it under control until she and her husband buy a house this year, there’s no where to put it all right now!
What is your favorite MMSMP color and why?
It depends on who you ask! Lydia is a huge fan or Artissimo, it’s the perfect maritime blue. For Samantha it depends on the day! Every piece she paints in Milk Paint speaks to a different color and technique, so it’s hard for her to pick a favorite, she loves them all (but Trophy has been getting a lot of attention lately…) Kristy loves Eulalie’s Sky, it speaks to the Mid-Century fanatic in her.