On our drive home from Maine, we made a few stops.  First was LL Bean, where I wanted to check out their Signature collection in person.  The Signature is Bean’s attempt to have a hip, more slim cut and urban line, closer to that of the direction J.Crew has taken in the last few years.  Katy Elliot posted about it here.  Turns out, they don’t sell the line in the store, only online.

We did, however, pick up one of Bean’s cottage benches (in black) for our entry/mudroom, and it fits perfectly, though I’m second guessing the black as it’s turning out to be a dust magnet.  (pic is Bean’s, not ours) 

We stopped in Portland for lunch, and then visited my favorite showroom in town: Angela Adams.  Angela’s been enjoying a bit of a meteoric rise in the design world in the last few years.  You may have seen her partnerships with J.Crew

Or Ann Sacks

And more recently Anthropologie

But it’s her rugs I love, and have been lusting after for years.

Her designs aren’t for everyone – and not all of her designs are for me – but there are few that I find just beautiful.  And stepping on them?  Even Anuj was ooh and aahing.  Each hand-tufted rug has different levels of cushiness (made in India, natch).

Here’s pictures from our trip to her store.  Rugs as wall art:

(I love those dining chairs).

A peek of her furniture collection over one of her classic rugs, Ocean:

This one, called Canopy, is my favorite:

Here’s Angela’s inspiration pic for Canopy:

And here’s Jilly, a new design they had front and center in the store:

See the tufting?

The prices are beyond our budget, but sample sales happen about once or twice a year – only in the Portland store.  Anyone up for a last minute road trip?

View more rugs here.