Maine cocktail drink recipes blog summer glass outsideOne of our favorite parts of summer is the annual changeover from warm to cold beverages when its time to relax. We’ve been known to get a little creative with our drink concoctions (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions) at the social gatherings we host in the Studio Showroom. Using fresh ingredients and unexpected flavor combinations, we like to make it memorable.

Need some new go-to beverage options to wow your guests this summer?

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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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flower moon angela adams blog may space universe inspirationThe bonds between the moon, the natural world and human kind here on earth cannot be broken. It’s a connection that is mutually dependent– and as ancient as the universe itself. Their connectedness has inspired people for millennia and affects our everyday world and lives.

Since our earliest days, people have tracked the seasons through the lunar cycle, naming each moon with natural annual occurrences it was associated with. Some of the more common moon names used by Native and Colonial Americans were adopted by the modern calendar and continue to be used today.

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Low Tide Vibe
Jacques Cousteau low tide vibe sea explorer ocean icon

The Sea, once it casts it’s spell, holds one in it’s wonder forever.

-Jacques Cousteau

 

 Low Tide Vibe

 

Maine has an ever-changing landscape. Not only because we have vivid seasons that are in constant motion, but we also have great tides that act like theatrical curtains that open and close, revealing a show of wonderful surprises below the surface – but all on it’s own terms.

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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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Seaweed Man from Larch Hanson on Vimeo.

Low tide is one of my favorite things about Maine. The rich colors and textures that are unveiled as the tide sweeps out appear like secret treasures. The palate of the ocean floor changes with seasons in the same way the foliage on trees and plants do. The seaweed starts to glow this time of year. It looks like rich honey blanketing the floor or flowing in shallow waters.

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bernard langlais

Many of us dream of living a life completely filled with art, craft and creative projects around every corner. Bernard Langlais did just that. He turned his property in Cushing, Maine into a giant sculpture park and studio full of his beautiful wooden creatures and modern paintings. My mother was great about taking me to see art whenever we were on the mainland. She introduced me to the work of artists such as Louise Nevelson and Bernard Langlais,

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The shapes of nature and living on the coast Maine provides endless design inspiration. The tides, seasons, foliage and weather are always in a constant state of change. The palette varies from one hour to the next at times, with the fog rolling in soft acoustical beauty, the outgoing tide revealing a textural seascape that ripens and rusts as the seasons progress and the colder months when the trees have lost their leaves and only the raw architecture of the land holds court for the Mainers that stay on all winter and relish in the quiet beauty of winter.

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