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Coolidge Family Farm Shoot

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We were so excited to be invited to partake in a mock wedding shoot for A Family Affair of Maine at the Coolidge Family Farm in Upper Village of New Gloucester, Maine. Paula of A Family Affair of Maine was the brains behind the whole operation. Below is her inspiration behind the event design.

From A Family Affair Of Maine… “This charming sweetheart inspiration was designed with whimsical woodland features, accentuating the copious beauty of Maine winter. The backdrop is a pastoral setting in an 1870 built farmhouse that carries a rich history and eclectic mix of modern and vintage furnishings. Incorporating various shades of red symbolizing love, we represent an old fashioned St. Valentines day in true New England fashion.

Our Bride is dressed in a vintage antique lace Victorian wedding gown paired with a fur stole wrap and leather gloves. Her soft curls are adorned with a spray rose, ranunculus and wax flower crown.

The Groom wears red plaid and bowtie, warm grey wool and suit jacket. His boutonniere is composed of privet berry, ranunculus, wax flower and spray rose. Our table scape design involves a recycled barn board table with unique white post legs, paired with two vintage mahogany high backed chairs with bright red velvet seats. Laser cut wood plates adorn each chair signifying seating for the Bride and Groom. White benches are made warm with dark fur blankets for the wedding party. Red velvet cloth runs down the length of the table, and is a beautiful canvas for the immense and stunning floral design consisting of roses, amaryllis, ranunculus, wax flower, privet berry and viburnum. Brass candle sticks hold various shades of candles to add to the romance and color scheme, while dark antler sheds accentuated the woodland vibe. Each of the vintage etched glass plates were further complimented by warm brass chargers with rattan detail. The place settings were personalized with custom laser cut pinecones and handmade rosemary wreaths set atop vintage napkins. White milk glass wine goblets were paired with antique crystal.

The wedding cake was a smooth ivory fondant embellished with a hand crafted red rose cluster with deep green vines and a single intricate antler. The Bride and Groom initial cake topper was machine cut acrylic with a wood grain technique and enveloped with a wood carved frame.

The outdoor ceremony was created with intensions of evoking a feeling of warmth in the cold. A fireplace mantle bearing warm quilts, framed with the warm color of the floral garlands and brass elements helped to create a sense of passion and glow. Bridal portraits on a vintage wood framed sofa in the snow and a bold wool sweater conceptualizes all the ways the color red embodies love, romance, excitement and affection.”

Here is what we came up with to accent the event.

Decorative Pine Cone Favor for Place Setting

This decorative laser cut favor is crafted from African Padauk and adds a rustic undertone to the place setting.

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William Shakespeare Love Sign

This laser cut William Shakespeare quote is cut from birch and hardwood.  A wood grain pattern is etched to add natural texture to this classic love quote.

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Buffalo Plaid Pine Trees

These trendy laser etched Buffalo Plaid Pine Trees were produced to add a whimsical element to the wedding décor.  The trees are created in three different sizes to create a dynamic layered setting.

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Wedding Party Nameplates

These birch nameplates were designed to hang on the back of chairs or benches.  Each nameplate has a subtle laser etched wood grain texture.

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Bride and Groom Cake Topper

This laser etched and cut cake topper is made from birch and clear acrylic.  A wood grain texture is etched into the acrylic to keep true to the rustic theme.

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Photography: Emily Delamater Photography | Event Design: A Family Affair Of Maine | Floral Design:Flora Bliss At Broadturn Farm | Cake: Bear Brook Bakery | Farmhouse + Barn: Coolidge Family Farm | Hair Styling: Hair By JMaria | Laser Cut Details: Benoits Design Co. | Prop Rentals + Styling: A Family Affair Of Maine

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Vintage Sugarloaf Window

We were honored to be a part of this year’s Sugarloaf Charity Summit. Benefits went to the Martha B. Webber Breast Cancer Center and the Maine Cancer Foundation. This was a fun project to work on. The retro graphic is etched onto an 30″x 18″ inch glass window. We hope you like it!




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Family Signs

We recently finished creating some awesome signs for two recently married couples. Check out the signs below and let us know if you would like a family sign as well.


A welcome sign for the Dunlaps who live out in Portland, Oregon. Image of Mount Hood as the background


Another walnut sign this time for the indoors with cut holes for nails.

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A Little Something for Someone Special

Our latest project was one that is very near and dear to my heart. The story behind this necklace has great meaning to my family.

The necklace was given to my mother whose birthday was last week. She is the most remarkable and resilient person I know; a two-time breast cancer survivor who has been battling this disease for many years now. The word “hope” comes from letters my younger sister kept while she was going to summer camp during her childhood. The letters were between her and my mom and had subject matter only young girls and their mother’s could understand. About a year ago, my sister found those letters and read all of them. She went to a tattoo shop and had the word “hope” tattooed onto her forearm.


The rock has meaning as well.  It is a heart rock that my father found on Cliff Island in Casco Bay. My family has had a summer cottage on Cliff for over 90 years. During our childhood we would scour the rocky beach for treasures like sea glass and heart rocks.

My father approached me with the heart rock and asked if this could be one of my first projects as a new business. I etched the rock with “hope” on the front of the rock and “family” on the back. I couldn’t be happier to do something for someone I love and admire. Big thanks to D. Cole Jeweler ( for doing such an amazing job with the casing.


My mother’s fight is something many families can relate to. My family has collaborated with Maine Cancer Foundation to raise money and awareness for cancer research in Maine. To learn more, please visit the link:

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Benoit’s Design Co. is Open for Business!

The time is here to get the word out!

We are finally open for business and look forward to working with you. Please help spread the news. You can find us on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook. If you have an idea on a project and do not know where to start drop us a note, we will be happy to get you on track.

We have been busy creating marketing packages for perspective clients.







Thanks to Curry Printing for doing such a wonderful job on our flyers. If you are interested, please give us a call at 207.887.9609 for more information.

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Building Out the Space

Now for the fun part! I’ve always been a believer that when you build something from scratch, it instantly becomes special. I explored the Internet looking for a worktable and cabinets for our space and quickly realized this was something I was going to need to build. After several trips to Lowes, Rockler’s, and Home Depot construction began.




Until next time…

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We Found a Home in Westbrook

After a long search in the Greater Portland area for a space to launch Benoit’s Design Co., we have found a home in the Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook, Maine! High ceilings, large windows, a beautiful view of the Presumpscot River, and creative minds alike. What else could you ask for?!




Thanks to my family and my love, Christina Achee (superstar interior designer), we will have this place up and running in no time! I could not have accomplished it without them. Excited for what’s to come.

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Why I Founded Benoit’s Design Co.

I have always been very passionate about the arts and design while growing up in Maine. When I finished high school in Maine I knew I wanted to pursue a career in design but had no clue where to go to gain the knowledge I sought. I decided to take a year off between high school and college. During that year, I traveled the South Pacific for six months doing humanitarian work, while at the same time reflecting on what I wanted out of life. When the winter months came around I enrolled in an art and design school in Florence, Italy where my love for the arts blossomed. When my brief semester concluded in Florence, I knew I wanted to find a university back in the States that could provide similar lessons on design, as well as education about the latest technologies. That is how I ended up at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design). I attended SCAD in the Fall of 2007 and quickly become immersed in the world around me. Learning as much from my peers as I did from my professors. I remained at SCAD straight through graduation in Spring 2011, when I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design.

After graduation, I returned to Maine and worked for L.L.Bean as a designer for two and a half years. In March of 2013 I survived a life-changing medical event. My experience caused me to take a hard look at life. In reflection, I came to the realization that time is precious and you cannot be afraid to go after your dreams. I have always wanted to start a business of my own where I could produce products that speak to who I am as a designer. I also wanted to work with like-minded people to pursue their creative aspirations.

Benoit’s Design Co. was derived from an old family business here in Maine. During my childhood, my grandfather would tell us stories of the old Benoit’s Clothing Store and how it was a staple in the Greater Portland, Maine community. My goal is for Benoit’s Design Co. to have a similar impact in local lives.


We are extremely excited for this new opportunity and look forward to creating lasting relationships with you.