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Monday Must-Haves: Summer 2019 Function and Style

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Summer 2019 has arrived at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, which means there are many new home accents and furnishings in our catalog (both in print and online). Today we’re featuring five must-have pieces that offer both style and function to your home.

Rustic Country Simplify Storage Box | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Rustic Country Simplify Storage Box

This rustic furniture piece is made in the USA, and as you can see it offers a word of encouragement and extra storage space.

Americana Flag Lazy Susan

A Lazy Susan always makes setting the table and entertaining a little easier. This one is made in the USA and is perfect for your Americana style or celebrating the Fourth of July.

Americana Flag Lazy Susan | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Metal Planter Wreath

One of our favorite pieces in the Summer 2019 is this wreath. The metal planters will hold faux or real plants (liner recommended), which means you can really create your own look with whatever plants you love.

Metal Planter Wreath | Home and Garden | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Barn Door Chalkboard

The farmhouse charm is strong with this chalkboard. Hang it up in the kitchen, an entryway or a home office space and keep the room stylish and yourself organized.

Barn Door Chalkboard | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopSummer Living Lantern | Outdoor Lighting | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Summer Living Lantern

Primitive details meet modern function with this lantern, which can be used indoors or outside (LED candle included). The metal exterior provides extra durability, and the glass panes offer added elegance to the design.

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Throwback Thursday: Spring 2019 Blog Wrap-Up

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

We have reached the last day of our Spring 2019 catalog and annual sale. It’s a little hard to believe we are almost halfway through the year, but we’re very much looking forward to the summer season. Our Summer 2019 catalog will be making its way to you this weekend and next week (request one here), but before we totally say goodbye to spring here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, take a look back with us at ten of our favorite blog posts of the season.

Weekly Spotlight: Spring Fever

Tasteful Tuesday: Coconut-Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thursday’s Theme: Spring Crafts for You and the Kids

DIY Hanging Rain Gutter Planters | Make It & Love It | Spring Crafts

Thursday’s Theme: The Garden Shed of Our Dreams (a wishlist)

Weekly Spotlight: Spring 2019 Wall Art

Tasteful Tuesday: Tangy Deviled Eggs

Thursday’s Theme: Cubby Storage Benches

Knotty Pine 3-Cubby Storage Bench | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Thursday’s Theme: Sink Skirt Inspiration (and tutorials)

Tasteful Tuesday: Strawberry Bread

Quick Tip: Sachets in Storage

Moth Repellent Scented Sachets | Quick Tip | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Thursday’s Theme: Cubby Storage Benches

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Today’s post is dedicated to the storage bench. But not just any storage bench: the cubby storage bench. The stylish furniture piece that also brings plenty of – you guessed it, storage space – to a room. It’s both a seat and a way to keep your belongings neat and tidy; a way to complement your stylish home without sacrificing organization. But you probably knew this already, so let’s talk specifics when it comes to choosing the right cubby storage bench for you and your home.

Basket Storage Bench | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Large Cubby Storage Bench | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopA storage bench with cubbies that includes baskets is sort of the best case scenario when it comes to this type of furniture piece. You have the option to use the baskets in the bench, or leave the cubbies open if you prefer and use the baskets elsewhere. A bench with a raised or high back also invites people to sit down to put their shoes on or take off hats and mittens.

Knotty Pine 24" Cubby Storage Bench | USA | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopThere’s always the option to choose a cubby bench without any baskets included. If you prefer the open storage technique than this type of cubby bench is for you. It’s always important to consider how you are going to use the space, whether that means voting against baskets, voting for them, decreasing the size of the bench, or opting for more cubbies. Will this bench be in a high-traffic area, like an entryway? Maybe an extra cubby would come in handy. Or if you want to allow more space for boot trays or just need a little extra storage outside of a closet, consider that maybe one or two cubbies will do the trick.

Bridgewater Storage Bench | USA | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopDrawers are an added feature to some cubby benches that offer more opportunities for storage. Store garden tools in a mudroom, accessories in an entryway, or use in a child’s bedroom for toys and coloring utensils. Benches that are raised above the floor offer the potential to store items underneath, or at least tuck them away temporarily. Again, it’s all about identifying your storage needs and matching those up with the right cubby bench.

Small Cubby Storage Bench | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopYou’re likely to also consider the finish of your cubby storage bench. If you’re going for a primitive look, choose a bench with a more rough finish, or naturally distressed features. For a more modern or contemporary space, a smooth finish will be your best bet. Often a cubby storage bench will allow for a bench cushion to sit on top, so adding one will heighten the comfort and personal style of the bench.

Knotty Pine 3-Cubby Storage Bench | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Do you have a storage bench (or benches) in your home? How do you make the most out of the seating and storage space? Share your tips and ideas in a comment below.

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