How many times have you looked around the rooms in your house, apartment, or condo and thought about how bored you looked about their appearance? The painting, the furniture, the artsy pieces … boring!

What to do? Visit the friendly, experienced and creative interior designers of COVE by Knickerbocker Group, at 8 Builder’s Way, Boothbay. Now the company can not only design your house according to your needs and build it, but also can help you design the interiors from top to bottom.

Angela “Angie” Ballard is a Senior Certified Interior Designer. She works independently and at COVE. The Boothbay studio / showroom has been in existence for almost three years. A Portland studio opened this spring. The two places combine art and furniture; in Portland, the work is from the Portland Art Gallery and the Brad Betts / Down East Gallery in Edgecomb.

The idea of ​​combining art and furnishings in the studio arose from a need of interior designers.

“We sell furniture to our interior design clients and it was always a challenge not to have art to look at or try on in person,” Ballard said. “Art is so useful in creating sets so that people can see how the pieces interact with each other. We match art and home furnishings to the home, so why not do it here? I think it elevated our studios, just like home. “

When the Boothbay studio first opened, art was selected from the works of the Portland Art Gallery. Ballard and Jen DeRose, senior brand and content manager for COVE, have started looking to local art galleries for matchmaking. A large Gleason Fine Art painting had recently been purchased for Paul’s Steak House at Boothbay Harbor Country Club, so Ballard and DeRose decided to see what other works were in the Gleason Gallery.

In early August, COVE hosted an open house to unveil art associations – around 20 pieces by Henry Isaacs, Jessica Ives, Roger Dale Brown, Andrea Peters and Peter Sculthorpe and sculptors Jeff Barrett, Mark Herrington and Roger Majorowicz.

Ballard said the artwork association has generated some excitement among clients as well as interior designers at COVE, who can make a difference by moving a painting or sculpture here and different pillows there. .

“Here, clients and potential clients can imagine the art in a room,” Ballard said. “I like to bring color to a space. People are often wary of color, but I try to push their limits a bit, while still keeping the very popular Maine coastal look. Blues and greens are also the most popular.

COVE Studio has three dining rooms, two living rooms, two bedrooms, a sitting area or a sitting area for a bedroom. The furniture is designed by COVE, where 12 interior designers work individually and in collaboration.

What comes first, the art or the furniture? It depends on whether a potential client completely changes a room, including the furniture, or is looking to add art and then use the colors of the paint to accentuate the existing furniture.

Two examples of the art being the focal point: the colors of the very large Isaac painting in one of the living room sets from which the colors including greens, blues, white, yellow, browns and coral reds came out of the frame and into the room: two pale green chairs, a vase of sunflowers, cushions with patterns in blues, browns and a few other neutral colors; a dark brown sofa, a model ship, and a black sculpture of a large bird brought out the whites and a bit of black in the painting.

Another living room featured a large painting by East Boothbay artist Andrea Peters, whose work is still rich in vibrant color. This painting depicts a local scene with an emphasis on wildlife rather than the sea, which is also there, you just don’t notice at first. The designers of COVE chose a large dark green console under the paint, coral red patterned cushions; the greens of the painting are reflected in a decorative tray adorned with painted green leaves.

“What we love about Andrea’s work is the way she brings colors and composition together,” Ballard said. “Jeff Barrett’s 3D seagull sculpture on the table (five are sitting on a piece of driftwood) brings a playful touch to the dining room.”

“Seeing art in a living setting is more cohesive,” said Dennis Gleason. “It’s more organic.

“We can customize everything from fabrics and cushions to tiles and wall coverings,” said Ballard. “It’s about doing our research to find fun and creative ways to present everything from art to lighting fixtures. We use local furniture makers and the furniture is made in North Carolina, each to suit each customer’s preferences.

Ballard noted that most of the customers who come in are looking for living room ideas, especially upholstered furniture. To make sure they get the kind of cushion they want for their sofas, loveseats and armchairs, there is a sofa in the studio suitable for trying out different pillow / cushion fillings.

Business has grown since COVE added art associations into the decor mix, and it has helped spread the word about COVE’s name to different people, Ballard said, beyond Knickerbocker customers – and so on. is nationwide.

Ives worked for the Gleasons when she was in college in the early 2000s at the Camden Gallery. “Over the years, I have always been impressed by their constant efforts to bring the work of their artists to new markets, be it in downtown Camden or Portland, at notable art fairs, in using online platforms or creating facilities in public spaces. And they did it all while maintaining a strong business foothold in Boothbay Harbor, ”said Ives. “Collaborating with Knickerbocker to bring their artists’ work to COVE is a true expression of the spirit of curiosity and creativity that has made them successful for so many years. As an artist, I really appreciate that they are always looking to present my work in a new way!

Peters was delighted to hear that some of his works had been chosen for the COVE art concept. “It’s a great idea and it showcases art in its best light: in a family setting. I’m really glad they did.