Get the Look: A Cozy and Classic Reading Nook

November 17th, 2017

Reading nooks – big or small – offer you a space in your home where you can go to escape and relax. Whether you flip through your favorite magazine, pick up a favorite book or read the newspaper with your morning coffee, the coziness and simplicity of the space is perfect. Below is a great reading nook that features just a few pieces of furniture that create a coziness that isn’t overdone. You can get a look similar to this one with furniture and home accents from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, so keep reading for inspiration.

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Snowflake Knit Throw

A comfy chair is the must-have item for a reading nook. We like the armchair + ottoman combination, but a recliner or rocking chair would work just as nicely if you prefer – it is your nook after all!

The pillow adds a little extra comfort and serves to break up the pattern of the chair to make the space more aesthetically appealing and welcoming. The same goes for the throw blanket, and both accents enhance the comfort of the reading nook.

(Get the look with these key furnishings from SYW: the Kingfield Chair and Ottoman, the Queen Bee Burlap Pillow and the Snowflake Knit Throw)

Kingfield Chair, Ottoman, and Queen Bee Burlap Pillow

The floor lamp is a great option here because it does not take up much space, and importantly, it doesn’t take up space on an end table that serves as your reading material’s own resting spot. Gauge how high or low you sit in the chair to find the perfect lighting option for you.

Chairside Storage Table

Add an area rug to complement the furnishings in this space, and of course, enhance that warm, comfortable look. Some extras you could include are a Round Backless Stool, which can serve as an accent table without taking up a lot of space (and it’s easily movable so you can take it to other parts of the house as needed), and plants for greenery and better air.

The chairside table shown above is the perfect size for a reading nook, and as you can see it can be used to display a plant, collectibles or your books themselves. Our Chairside Storage Table has a similar footprint and maximizes the space by providing a hidden storage compartment under the tabletop. We have serious bookshelf envy with this reading nook, but if your relaxing space is smaller, bookshelves will only clutter the space; hence our suggestion for the table and stool. But if you
do have the room, we have a variety of sizes and styles of
bookcases you can find here.

Make a reading nook your next weekend project, or add an extra stylish accent to your current space, and enjoy the serenity – no matter how long (or short!) it lasts.

Wool Persian Fern Rug

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Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

November 14th, 2017

Want to cook something new for Thanksgiving this year? Or maybe you need a little inspiration for a dish that impresses your guests? We’ve rounded up fifteen recipes to make for Turkey Day – just click on the links for ingredients and directions.

Cranberries

Beverages:

Sides:

Apple Crisp Pecan Pie

Desserts:

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Monday Must-Haves: Thanksgiving Turkeys

November 13th, 2017

As you pick out the perfect turkey to serve during Thanksgiving dinner, don’t forget about these must-have turkey home accents that will enhance the charm of your table and harvest decor.

  • A Whimsical Turkey Ornament from artist Bert Anderson can be hung from a window, be used as a decorative napkin ring or be given as a fun party favor.
  • The metal Turkey Tealight Holder adds rustic appeal to a Thanksgiving table while offering a little mood lighting when a tealight is inserted.
  • Our Wool Penny Turkey Accent could be used as a table topper for a dessert or beverage table, or could be hung on a wall or over the back of a sofa for fun, seasonal charm.
  • This Feathered Turkey Sculpture is made in the USA and offers a fun conversation piece among friends and family on turkey day.
  • Artist Dianna Swartz’s classic turkey design is back on our hooked wool pillow. With beautiful color and depth, this accent piece will make a grand statement on a country chair or sofa.

Monday Must-Haves: Thanksgiving Turkeys | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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