Archive for the ‘Harvest’ Category

Thursday’s Theme: Table Decor for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Leaf Harvest Table RunnerThere are countless ways to style your table for Thanksgiving dinner – besides with what you’re cooking for food. Here we feature some of our standard recommendations for creating a beautifully decorated table that still has room for all of your delicious side and main dishes, no matter the size or space of the tabletop.

Lighting

Tealights and votive candles are the perfect accents for creating a little mood lighting and adding a touch of elegance to any table. Scatter a few across the table just as they are, use fall-colored candles to add a warm look and/or incorporate them into other décor and centerpieces. Use your favorite scented candles for an inviting atmosphere or opt for flameless varieties so you can leave them lit without worry.

Garland and Wreaths

Long, lush festive garland looks beautiful when draped along a rectangular dining room table – especially when you add pumpkins, turkey figurines and other accents to it. However, if you have a smaller or round table, a small wreath or candle ring can step up the style while still leaving you plenty of room for food and guests.

Place Settings

We love the look of coordinating runners and placemats; they really bring the table together in warm, autumn style, and for family meals, when they are machine washable we love them even more! Whether you use a matching set or not, don’t underestimate the power of decorative (and usable!) plates and glassware. Choose a color scheme like warm reds, yellows and oranges; or use one color like silver, black or brown to make your centerpiece(s) really stand out, while still maintaining coordinating and decorative place settings. This includes festive linens too – for laying beautiful silverware on top of and catching crumbs during the meal.

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Wednesday Spotlight: Harvest on Clearance

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Sunflower & Pinecone Garland

Turkey Time Table RunnerAspen Leaf Placemat in Earth

Thanksgiving is almost here, and we hope you’ve been enjoying decorating and preparing for family and friends. This week, we are featuring some of our harvest and fall décor that is on clearance. Either choose a last minute item or get ahead with next year’s decorating and enjoy sale prices – but they won’t last forever! Happy shopping!

For your table, our Turkey Time Table Runner perfectly complements the Thanksgiving holiday, and subtle, natural colors create a calming look that will not negatively contrast with other décor. It’s also machine washable, so after the big feast you can throw it right in the washing machine and clean with ease. Matching Placemats are also available.

The Bank Barn Print

In addition, our Aspen Leaf Placemat features a rich, chocolatey brown color that is a warm invitation to enjoy the company you are in. Use as a place setting throughout the fall, or place on a side table for added harvest style.

Seasonal décor would not be complete without a lush, vibrant garland, and our Sunflower & Pinecone Garland fits those and other admirable requirements. Drape over a mantel, entryway table or over a door for a warm and sunny look in any room.

Pilgrim Sculptures Set

Speaking of sunny, artist Michael Fratrich used lively color and comforting inspiration for The Bank Barn Print. The realistic image is eye-catching every time, and its autumn landscape is perfect for fall decorating, but also for keeping on your wall all year long.

Last but not least is our charming pilgrim couple, awaiting your invitation to join your home décor. Folk art charm gives any surface a traditional look that is perfect for family gatherings and cheerful meals. Crafted by artist Lori Miller, this pair will keep a warm smile on your face throughout the holiday and season.


Please note: These clearance items are available only in limited quantities, and may not be here for very long. If you would like to browse our entire clearance selection, click here. As always, thank you for shopping with Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

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Thursday’s Theme: End of Fall Decorating

Thursday, November 12th, 2015
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We are a little less than halfway through November – truly the last month of the year for fall decorating. Soon (or perhaps you have already) leafy, vibrant orange, yellow and golden brown wreaths, statues and centerpieces will be changed out for sparkling silver, gold, red and green accents.
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Before we delve into Thanksgiving decor in the next couple of weeks, we are featuring some do’s and don’ts of end-of-fall decorating, both to keep you in fall spirits and to prepare for turkey-day festivities. Share with us how you’re decorating, and let us know if you’ve already started decorating for December holidays!

Pumpkin & Bittersweet Braided Jute Collection

Do:

Create a bold entryway, especially if you host a lot of guests. This is the first space in your home they will see, and it should be welcoming with crisp, warm autumn colors and statement making accents.

Season your wall art. Hang fall-themed portraits, prints and signs that are autumn-themed. You can also hang pictures of family and friends that were recently taken this fall to create a more personal, seasonal wall display.

Freshen up your centerpieces. Those pumpkins you’ve had as part of your dining room centerpiece since before Halloween need to go, if they haven’t already. Throw them on your garden or lawn as compost, and either purchase new ones or use faux vegetables that will last season after season. Fluff up ribbon, replace potpourri and dust figurines to keep them looking like new.

Use your lighting. This is a less obvious way to decorate, but your lighting can be a great canvas on which to adorn garland and glittering accents. Drape wide ribbon on a chandelier in the dining room and place candles or accent lamps among garland and fall ornaments to achieve a display that is both beautiful and illuminated.

Don’t:

Go for minimal. A pumpkin placed here or there inside your home may look more like a scattered pumpkin patch than put-together festive accents. Place them all together on a table, bookshelf or even your stairs; add some ribbon, glitter or just leave them how they are. It will look more appealing than randomly placed (out of place) decor. You don’t have to go all out, but it should look cohesive.

Doubt the DIY. A simple banner of drawn and cut out leaves strung on a shelf or painting a pumpkin on a wood panel are equally charming as purchased decorations. DIY can often be done with other people, so get the family and even friends involved with decorating too.

Forget your space needs. A lush, spell binding centerpiece on a dining room table is always impressive, but will you have to clear most of it away when guests arrive? That cornucopia filled with vegetables and decoratives looks nice in the kitchen, but do you need that counter space for prepping meals? Sort out what space you need and what you need it for before you decorate, so you don’t end up spending time on something that isn’t practical for your needs.

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