When I was younger and developing my decorating style, I loved the classics and was especially drawn to English country design. My first house was a Colonial style and while it had a few colonial touches, like framed antique prints of Martha and George Washington, I never fully executed the look probably because I had two young children, zero money and even less time.
About five years ago, we went through an extensive home renovation on our home in Maine. It was a major undertaking where we took our house down to the foundation and started from scratch. Because we live on a lake, and there are a multitude of rules and environmental regulations that need to be followed, we hired an architect to design our new home and help navigate the process. He was wonderful to work with and helped guide us through the chaotic experience with ease.
Finally, I would get the house of my dreams. Guess what? It looks nothing like the traditional styles I had carried in my head forever. One interesting evolution that occurred during the renovation process is that my design aesthetic changed. I started to appreciate more modern touches and clean lines. My house is now a happy combination of modern and classic but most importantly cozy. And, I still have my George and Martha prints.
The whole experience gave me a new appreciate for good design. Might and Main is a local Portland branding and design firm that has worked with many of my favorite businesses and restaurants in the area. They produce beautiful, distinctive work.
In addition to their design work, they also have a small online shop featuring their “the 1820 collection” which showcases items designed with a focus on Maine. Many of the pieces also incorporate our state motto Dirigo, which is Latin for “I Lead”, into many of the products.
The description of the collection from the Might and Main website reads,
“We’re proud to live and work in the great state of Maine. We’re surrounded and constantly inspired by a rugged practicality that finds beauty in honest simplicity. As an homage to Maine, we created this collection of usable goods marked with the word that has proclaimed our state’s mission since declaring independence in 1820: “Dirigo,” Latin for “I Lead.” Whether you’re a true Mainer, a transplant, a part-timer, or just an admirer, may these goods inspire you to lead your own way and keep Maine in your heart.”
I absolutely fell in love with one of their prints which I bought this past fall and had custom framed. It now has a prominent place in my kitchen and is one of my absolute favorite things. The print which has an E.B. White quote printed in orange letters over an old map of Maine makes me smile every time I walk by the picture.
The quote is a perfect reflection of how I feel about Maine,
“I would rather feel bad in Maine than feel good anywhere else.”
They don’t have an especially large collection on their online shop, but I love all the items that they do have. I think up next for me is their Dirigo enamel mugs which would look pretty sweet sitting on the beverage station under my print.
Do you have a favorite print or picture in your house? Does it have a personal connection for you?
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|Company Name||Might & Main|
|Location||408 Fore Street, Suite 3A
Portland, Maine 04101
|Website||Might & Main|
|Favorite ♥||Unique Design|