Archive for the ‘Decorating’ Category

Thursday’s Theme: Harvest DIY Projects From Pinterest

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

The title says it all – we’ve compiled a few charming harvest DIY projects from creators all over Pinterest, ranging in skill level and material needs. Tell us about the DIY projects you’ve taken on this fall, and be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more ideas throughout the holiday season.

Harvest Napkin Rings

All this DIY takes is some faux berries, leaves, greenery or all of the above. If you have never added napkin rings to your table, you may be surprised how elegant they make each place setting.

Pumpkin Leaves Printables

These little tags are perfect for marking each place at the table, or spicing up your seasonal displays.

Pumpkin Leaves Free Printable | Ella Claire Blog | DIY

Apple and Pumpkin Candle Holders

A charming idea for turning ordinary tealights into beautiful seasonal mood lights.

Burlap Wreath

This is a great tutorial for a simple burlap wreath that isn’t strictly fall specific, so you could use it all year round.

Pumpkin Terracotta Pots

This is a “We wish we had thought of this!” DIY, and it’s perfect for housing small treats this time of year.

Autumn Serving Tray

Collect some leaves from your own yard for this DIY, and have a charming tray from which to serve your guests this season.

Harvest Yard Signs

This is a more material-intensive DIY, but the result is certainly worth it.

DIY Harvest Yard Sign | Homemade by Carmona Blog | DIY

Fall Harvest Crochet Coaster Set

For those of you who love getting crafty with crochet, this vibrant pattern is free and comes with great instructions.

Free Crochet Pattern – Fall Harvest Coaster Set | A Crocheted Simplicity Blog

Post to Twitter Post to Yahoo Buzz Post to Delicious Post to Digg Post to Facebook Post to MySpace Post to StumbleUpon

Throwback Thursday: A Bold Room from 2005 (and style tips for today)

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

For this week’s Thursday’s Theme we’re taking it back to our Holiday 2005 catalog, and the living room below. Although this set up is over ten years old, it maintains a timeless look because of the use of staple furniture, decor and classic color.

Throwback Thursday: A Bold Room from 2005 | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

First, the colors. If the white furniture doesn’t draw your eye into the image, the red and orange pairing certainly will. Red and orange are analogous colors (as are orange and yellow), which means they are neighbors on the color wheel. This also means that their pairing is pleasing to the eye. While the red in this room has a much more imposing presence, the scattered orange accents move the eye around the room for both a bold yet refined look. These same colors, in addition to small splashes of yellow, are found in the wall art and the quilt hanging on the walls. These help break up the solid colors to make them feel lighter and more airy, thus offering the same effect to the entire room.

Second, the furniture. Another reason why this color pairing works so well is because the furniture is pretty uniform, which allows the color to really take center stage. You may recognize the tables as pieces from our Shaker Furniture collection, and although they have undergone a few slight changes over the years, you can still count on them to coordinate beautifully with each other – no matter which color you choose. The slip-covered furniture is stunning in white here; each piece really grounds the room, and the texture of the fabric prevents it from blending in too much with the walls while still remaining neutral enough as to not clash with the bold colors already in use.

A style tip to keep in mind is when you’re investing in a piece of furniture that will be in your home for a long time, like our Shaker Tables, you can personalize and adapt them to your style in a small yet impactful way: by switching out the drawer pulls. The small wood knobs can be removed with a screwdriver, and you can add your own glass, metal, or other wood pulls.

Learn more about analogous colors here, and let us know about any bold colors you’ve experimented with. We would also love to know if you have any style tips you’ve carried with you throughout the years that have stood the test of time. Leave a comment below!

Post to Twitter Post to Yahoo Buzz Post to Delicious Post to Digg Post to Facebook Post to MySpace Post to StumbleUpon

Weekly Spotlight: Set the Table with Turkeys

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

This week, we’re finalizing the items we’ll need to set the table for Thanksgiving. And besides the most important turkey of them all, we’ve included a few extras to create the perfect look (plus a few non-turkey essentials) in this weekly spotlight.

The Starters

Harvest Melamine Dinnerware | Forged Loop 5PC Flatware Set | Pumpkin Wagon Salt & Pepper Set | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Flatware and dinnerware are obviously essential for dining, and luckily you can refresh your collection with new pieces from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. Our melamine collection features a few beautiful colors, but none is better for this time of year than the Harvest Orange. Our Flatware Set is handcrafted out of stainless steel that offers a unique look with appealing durability. And back for another year is the Pumpkin Wagon Salt & Pepper Shakers, a fun way to serve and store the two basic seasonings on your table.

The Dressings

It’s no secret that we love wool table runners, and the Turkey & Gourd Felt Applique Table Runner is one of our new favorites because of its rustic country aesthetic and neutral color tones. Plus, the whimsical turkey and gourd imagery is quite unique. To complement this table runner and the season, our Large Turkey Leaf Candle Holder (two shown below) can be dressed up with small plants, and placing a candle inside creates warm mood lighting perfect for dinnertime.

Turkey & Gourd Felt Applique Table Runner | Turkey Leaf Candle Holder | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Post to Twitter Post to Yahoo Buzz Post to Delicious Post to Digg Post to Facebook Post to MySpace Post to StumbleUpon