About Me


My name is Charlene and I live in rural Maine.  The nearest town to me is Richmond, just two miles away.  I consider it a blessing to live here in the quiet and serene countryside that leads directly to the beautiful coast of Maine.  Within 40 minutes I can be at the ocean soaking up the salty air, sitting on the beach and ending my day eating delectable lobster our state is known for.

My passion is painting furniture, decorating my home and designing the gardens that surround it to reflect me and my personality. I try to inspire others who may not have confidence in themselves and struggle with decorating to jump in there.  I have no interest in trends and I have no degrees in decorating or design but I love it and it makes me happy! I hope I can inspire you in some little way and maybe even help you personalize your home to reflect you.  

I own and operate The Painted Cottage ME.... located at 1419 River Road, Bowdoinham, ME 04008.  It is next to my home just beyond my gardens and 2 miles from the Richmond Boat Landing following Route 24, South.  Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.  My shop is seasonal from May to November unless winter hits us early in Maine.  It is better to contact me by email at thepaintedcottatgeME@gmail.com.  ME stands for Maine.   I answer my mail within 24 hours, usually much sooner.  I can also be contacted on facebook.  I post nearly every day.

Always be true to yourself in whatever you do and always have a positive attitude.