Thursday’s Theme: Halloween Decorating Roundup

October 18th, 2018

Today we’re rounding up some of our favorite Halloween looks featured here on the blog, which we hope will either offer you fresh inspiration or kick your decorating up a notch.

Halloween Mantel

We love this mantel because it is so versatile – it can work with a variety of tastes and decor preferences. The banner can be DIY‘ed, the pumpkins can be painted or left in their orange prime, and faux cobwebs give the entire space a spooky charm – whether you have a farmhouse, Tudor, contemporary home, or anything in between!

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Halloween Tablescape / Vignette

This space caught our eye because of the unique addition to the pumpkin – it’s both handmade and whimsical enough for Halloween. The table and pumpkins also serve as a reminder that Halloween doesn’t have to mean purple and lime green and orange overload. A simple color palette and subtle decoratives on a table or counter can be both stylish and seasonal.

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Trick-Or-Treat

We love the idea of a candy bar for Halloween. Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party, preparing for trick-or-treaters, or just want something sweet within reach, a designated candy bar can be fun and, believe it or not, decorative. Use glass jars and a festive tray to make the colorful candy a little more sophisticated.

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Find more Halloween decorating ideas and inspiration here, and share with us your tips for creating a spooky and stylish All Hallow’s Eve look in the comments below.

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Weekly Spotlight: Holiday & Winter Pillow Preview

October 17th, 2018

This week’s spotlight is on five pillows from our Holiday 2018 catalog that will make the colder months more charming and comfortable. Here in New England, we are used to the “Ready or not, here it comes” approach to winter, so we figured a preview of the next season wouldn’t hurt.

Hand Hooked Wool

New to our selection of hand hooked wool pillows, the following three characters are whimsical and charismatic. Artist Mary Lake Thompson designed both the Corgi with Juniper and Ribbon Kitty pillows, which feature pops of red and holiday-ready pets. The Sledding Black Lab brings some action to your home decor, and would make a great gift for a friend.

Corgi with Juniper Hooked Wool Pillow | Mary Lake Thompson | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopRibbon Kitty Hooked Wool Pillow | Mary Lake Thompson | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Sledding Black Lab Hooked Wool Pillow | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Polyester-Linen

The durability of polyester with the softness and aesthetic of linen, the Snowy Sheep Pillow combines a delightful snowy, sheepish scene with a Merry Christmas message.

Snowy Sheep Pillow | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Needlepoint

And last but certainly not least, the return of needlepoint to our catalog! Artist David Carter Brown designed this fun imagery of two snowmen on skis for your mountain lodge, cozy cottage or country farmhouse.

Skiing Snowman Needlepoint Pillow | David Carter Brown | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Let us know which pillow is your favorite in the comments below.

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Tasteful Tuesday: Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

October 16th, 2018

That’s right – a Fall twist on this Holiday / Winter classic.

Hot ChocolateWhat You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
    or marshmallows, optional
  • Dusting of cinnamon and nutmeg, optional

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat,
    whisk together the milk, cream, chocolate and cocoa powder until chocolate is melted and smooth; about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Stir in pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice until fully incorporated.
  3. Pour into mugs, and if desired, top with whipped cream and dust with cinnamon and nutmeg. Enjoy!

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