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Colorful Country Kitchens

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

“Rooms should not be put together for show but to nourish one’s well-being.”
- Albert Hadley

The kitchen is a gathering place, a creative place and in many cases, the room that gets the most use and love in a home. To celebrate the kitchen we have put together ten country kitchens that make use of color and texture, making them cheerful in the spring, welcoming in the summer, warm in the fall, comforting in the winter and unique to their residents all year long. Let us know your favorite, and share stories of your kitchen and how putting it together has nourished your life and family in the comment section below.

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Learn more about farmhouse style and how you can accent your country kitchen here, and add color to this room in your home with functional home furnishings and decor.

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DIY Flower Arrangements – Part II

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

This week, we’re taking a closer look at some of the flower arrangements found inside of our  spring catalog.

Follow Silas down the page to learn a little bit more about the components of the arrangements, and learn some behind-the-scenes tips for when you create a floral look using blooms from our collection or those from a spring garden.

And if you missed Part I last week, you can find it here.

^ When putting our Calla Lily Stems (shown in the three available colors) into a vase, keep the raffia tied around the stems for a bunched look, or untie them and let the blooms expand.

> The same goes for our Tulip Faux Floral Bunches (shown in both available colors), which also come tied with raffia. The color variations of each bloom offer your arrangement even more color. You could also use ribbon or even scrap lace for enhanced decorative appeal.

< Longer stems need a little more support than most vases can provide. When this is the case, foam, sand, rocks and even marbles can be placed in the vase to keep it from tipping over as well as securing stems in place. Moss or faux grass can then be layered on top to cover the material inside – as seen in this arrangement of ten pink and red Parrot Tulip Stems.

^ Our Wire Scroll & Glass Vase is a customer favorite, and while it’s a beautiful vase for flowers on its own, we recommend varying its look by filling the glass vase with decorative items: a Cabbage Leaf Mat, decorative grass, sea glass, rocks, leaves and other nature-inspired items.

Wire Scroll & Glass Vase filled with Decorative Grass

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Must-Have Home Accents: Spring 2017

Monday, February 20th, 2017

White Larkspur WreathAah, spring. While Mother Nature is still in the throes of winter, spring abounds at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop (inside, at least). To kick off the first full week of Spring 2017, today we are featuring five must-have home accents from the pages of our catalog.

White Larkspur Wreath: The newest addition to our collection of preserved flower arrangements, this wreath is decorated with larkspur, natural phalaris and myrtle; a combination that beautifully complements the half-exposed grapevine base. An added touch: a green country ribbon.

Dutch Tulips Mini Pillow: The charm of this pillow is not only in its vintage reproduction design, but in its function. The buckwheat fill allows it to be heated up in a microwave for use as a heating pad to relieve aches and pains.

Vintage Vinyl Daisy Floorclothdutch-tulips-mini-pillowVintage Vinyl
Daisy Floorcloth:
Non-slip and made in the USA, this intricately detailed floorcloth would look great in a country home as well as in a contemporary room.
With many sizes to choose from, you can find the right floorcloth that fits your lifestyle.

Ruffle Melamine Dinnerware: Make your spring table even more beautiful this year with subtly accented plates and bowls. This melamine dinnerware is virtually shatterproof, can be put in the dishwasher and with a look and feel mimicking that of ceramic, you will be ready to serve guests during a formal dinner or casual garden party.

Blue Ruffle Melamine Plates and BowlsBird Nest & Eggs Canister Set: Switch out snowflakes and snowmen for birds and eggs this spring in your kitchen. This set of canisters decorates your country kitchen counters, keeping ingredients fresh, stored and within reach. Each design varies slightly, creating a more interesting look, and each are fitted with a chrome handle for easy opening.

Bird Nest & Eggs Canister Set

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