Archive for the ‘Holiday Decorating’ Category

Simple Valentine’s Day Mantel Ideas

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Do you dress your home in hearts and flowers in preparation for Valentine’s Day? Do you add a little red and pink to your current decor on February 14th, and then take it away on the 15th? Either way, these simple Valentine’s Day inspired ideas will help you add a romantic look to your fireplace mantel (bookshelf, kitchen counter) in time for the holiday.

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Paper hearts are quick and easy to make, and whether they are unframed, framed, in multiples, or displayed as an individual, they add an appealing pop of color and a welcoming look to the room.

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Flowers and decorative vases offer fresh and often vintage charm, even when the blooms you display are not from a garden. Select pink and red varieties, and add in white or purple for extra glamour.

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Candles are perfect for setting warm, welcoming and romantic moods, and for Valentine’s Day they can make any meal or gathering more special. Experiment with different sizes, styles and numbers to achieve the best look on your mantel.

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If this was the mantel in your home, how would you decorate it? Would you try a heart-themed garland, or use antiqued candlesticks for a romantic look? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!

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Get the Look: Winter Centerpiece Basics

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Here are some basic tips for creating a simple yet charming winter centerpiece or tablescape. We have included a look from the tables in our break room that perfectly exemplifies how easy it is to create a seasonal atmosphere on any table.

Santa Centerpiece at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Snowflakes - The least you can do is throw some snowy accents onto a table. These snowflakes are made of lace, but you could also get crafty and make snowflakes out of high quality or decorative paper. Use less if you’re going big, and many more if the flakes are small.

Glass jar - With a glass jar (or many) there is so much you can do. To keep it simple, we added a pine sprig to this handled glass jar – a little greenery can go a long way! If you don’t have any specialty jars or Mason jars, employ an empty vase or use a clean and de-labeled wine bottle and fill with greenery, sparkly beads or fake snow.

Collectible or Sculpture - These can be easily switched out as you celebrate specific holidays or occasions (like switching out Santa for a snowman after Christmas), and put an additional seasonal spin on the overall look. A figurine also gives you more of a chance to personalize the centerpiece, and maybe even act as a conversation starter (decorative salt and pepper shakers are great for this, too!).

Lighting – During the winter, extra lighting adds more warmth to your decor and, since the days are short, more light! We used a flameless candle in the jar for worry-free lighting. We also placed a small string of lights inside of this metal star to give the centerpiece more illumination (below you can see the star without the lights).

Check off these four centerpiece basics and celebrate winter more beautifully. Share your centerpieces with us on Facebook or Twitter, and tell us if we’ve missed any tablescape must-haves!

Snowman Centerpiece at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Holiday Tablescape Idea Board

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Kick your holiday or Christmas tablescape up a notch with these ideas (and home accents) for creating the perfect tablescape. As you can see below, a well decorated table should be complementary, if not matching. Incorporating evergreen trees – flocked, wood, ceramic, etc. – brings the whole look together, and makes it easy to transition from holiday to winter (or vice versa). Glass jars filled with white lights or decorated in ribbon are also easy to put together and can be used for anything after the season is over. We like the look of this rustic bowl, and while it could hold candy, desserts (on a liner) or other food items, placing glass ornaments inside creates a sparkling focal point on your table. Collectibles and decorative salt & pepper shakers are perfect for filling spaces or creating a small holiday scene for your dinner and party guests to admire.

*You may notice we left candles off this idea board – that’s because they are a given!

Holiday Tablescape Idea Board | Holiday Decorating Ideas

1. Evergreen Tree Salt & Pepper Shakers | 2. Holiday Dogs Salt & Pepper Shakers |
3. Christmas Ribbon Glass Jar (more sizes) | 4. Sleigh Ride Collectible | 5. Glass Ball Ornament Set |
6. Mini Bottle Brush Trees | 7. Mini Wood Tree Set

What do you incorporate into a centerpiece or tablescape? Share your ideas and photos with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter. Happy holidays from all of us at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop!

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