Archive for the ‘Lamps and Lighting’ Category

Get The Look: A Cozy, Covered Country Porch

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

We love the look of a casual, comfortable covered porch. This one (from Houzz) effectively and functionally combines some of our favorite types of furniture to create a space that is perfect for chatting, having afternoon cocktails, or enjoying some peace and quiet. Below we show you how you can get a similar look on your covered porch by using furniture and decor from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

Photo by J.Fisher InteriorsMore porch ideas

Cottage Rocker | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopCan you call it a country porch if there isn’t at least one rocking chair on it? We prefer at least two, and the ones on the covered porch above are just perfect. Our Cottage Rocker features a similar design and is available in seven colors (black shown to the left) so you can really personalize, coordinate, and/or contrast your porch. Although porch rockers command their space, they are also quite complementary to other porch furniture, like a couch or a bench. Wood benches are best, and you can make them more cozy by adding cushions and pillows. A Windsor Bench looks great with our Cottage Rocker, but you can also incorporate a smaller Pine Bench or other similar seating to fit your exact space.

Seeded Glass Hanging Lantern | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopTo ground the furniture pieces, and make your covered porch look more like an outdoor family room, use an outdoor rug and coffee table. Because it will be outside, make sure the rug is easy-care and durable – our Portico Cablelock Braided Rug Collection is made just for this purpose. The coffee table is a little more stylish than functional in this situation, but it still makes a great surface to set down drinks, snacks and a vase of flowers.

Finally, the perfect lighting fixture can turn any covered porch into a dreamy area as the sun sets and goes down. We love the hanging lantern in the Houzz picture, but you could also use a Seeded Glass Lantern or another light that is vintage or made to look that way.

Portico Cablelock Braided Rug | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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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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Weekly Spotlight: Holiday Clearance (under $50)

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Christmas will be here in less than two weeks, but that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped seeking out seasonal decor inspiration! If you are also someone who adds ornaments and lighting up until the day of, we’ve got some charming suggestions from our Christmas Clearance selection. And don’t worry, if you place an order before December 20th, you’ll be able to display your new home accent(s) by Christmas.* Did we mention the following five items cost less than $50?

Silver Metal Snowflake String Lights | Season Home Accents

These string lights would add some shine to your holiday displays, mantel or
Christmas tree, but would also be perfect for leaving up all winter long.

Sleigh Ride Lace Placemats | Set of Two | Made in the USAGet this lace home accent as a set of two, and delight your guests and
holiday visitors with a primitive scene at dinnertime.
($12.99 for 2)

Lantern Santa With Cardinal Tree Sculpture | Decorating for Christmas

With a flocked tree in hand and dressed in his classic red suit, Santa
Claus lights the way through the night with a primitive lantern.

Feather Tree Jute Rug | Eco-friendly

The detail of this jute rug almost makes us want to buy a not-so-full tree
for our homes! The surrounding colorful braids enhance the festive look
of this home accent, and of the room in which you place it.

Rustic Merry Christmas Sign | Made in the USA

Say Merry Christmas all in lights, without using any electricity!
The vivid green of this wood sign pops on any wall, calling
attention to the spirit of the season.

*Contact Customer Service for more details.

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