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Get the Look: A Cozy and Classic Reading Nook

Friday, 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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Throwback Thursday: Bear Necessities – Holiday 1998

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Today we’re throwing back to Holiday 1998, and to a bear-y charming spread that emits warmth and whimsy.

Throwback Thursday: Bear Necessities - Holiday 1998 | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop Blog

As you can see, these bear home accents are quite fit for country homes, especially those with a log cabin look or rustic lodge style. What made the Mission Shelves and Boat Shelves (handcrafted in Maine) necessities is the fact that no matter what the inside of your home looks like, you don’t have to sacrifice style for storage and organization.

Throwback Thursday: Bear Necessities - Holiday 1998 | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop Blog

Head over to our Facebook page to weigh in on your favorite item from this spread, and if you have any vintage Sturbridge Yankee Workshop catalogs, tell us about them in the comments or send us a picture via Facebook.

Throwback Thursday: Bear Necessities - Holiday 1998 | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop Blog

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Quick Tip: Extendable Dining Tables

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Happy November! Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many of us are preparing for houseguests and family traveling from afar (or from just down the road), this month’s Quick Tip is to invest in an extendable dining room table. There are so many different styles and lengths available out there, so do your research to find the one that fits your budget, lifestyle and the room itself.

Shown here is our Thompson Dining Table. In addition to its wide 18″ leaf extension, this dining room table features two drop leaves on the ends for even more room and function. Gather your family and friends around it this holiday season, and then discover its many uses throughout the rest of the year. To browse our complete selection of kitchen and dining tables, click here.

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