Our Inner Nature Contest Rug is Here
Last year we launched the Inner Nature Collection, a collection of rugs and furniture celebrating the beauty of expressing our true selves. Shortly after the launch, we invited our followers to consider their own Inner Nature and share their thoughts with us in a short essay contest. The winner, Ally Carrier, was among hundreds of entries we received, and was chosen as the winner by Angela based on her answers to the interview questions.
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Sherwood Hamill Furniture Shop

Most often my design process begins with an emotional experience where I will have a dream like feeling about this great idea for a piece of furniture. More than likely the great idea is only an emotional idea that will never make it into the tangible 3D world of reality.

The challenge has always been to bring a good idea from an abstract place into the 3D working environment where it can be studied and shaped into a furniture piece.

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For the 18 years we had our studios, shop and business on Congress Street in Portland, Maine we had the luxury of sharing that building with Tom Hall. Tom is a featured artist in our new Studio Showroom. His work transforms the spaces it inhabits and layers on a depth of soul that whispers a subtle air of solitude and wisdom, inspired by the landscape that has captivated him his entire life – the Maine woods.
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Summers in Maine hold a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Our state’s slogan says it all, “The way life should be,” and tourists worldwide tend to agree.

For Mainers who live here year round, summer is welcomed later than most places, but the bounty of its possibilities are more than worth the long winter’s wait. For those “from away” as we say, it represents a place to cool off at camp in the summer,

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Maine illustrator Scott Nash is stopping by the Studio Showroom at 11AM on July 7, 2018, to read some of his classics to children of all ages. All are welcome! (Be sure to bring your own books for autographs, as we won’t have any on hand for sale.)

Scott Nash Illustrator East Bayside Portland Maine Block Party July 7 2018Then after Scott’s reading, you can check out all the other cool stuff our neighborhood is up to. Events are also happening at Abigail Gray Swartz,

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Thanks to all of you who came out on Saturday! We really enjoyed hosting all of you and hearing all about Chris Van Dusen’s process behind his fun children’s books. Seeing the original artworks that went into the creation of each one was a real treat! We hope all those young enthusiastic faces went home just as inspired as we were.

If you weren’t there, can you guess which book incorporates our classic Kenga rug design and Mica pillows into the scenery?

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Happiland Paintings blog studio angela adams maine

One of my favorite exercises to do in the studio is to design plants, trees and creatures for a new landscape. I call this landscape Happiland; it is a land I imagine, where the vegetation and the creatures all coexist in a very peaceful way. They need and appreciate each other and more than anything, they celebrate life together and share in the care of the land, air and sea around them.

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