Archive for the ‘Outdoor’ Category

Thursday’s Theme: Farmhouse Porch Lighting Four Ways

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Since we are having our Fall Lighting Sale, we have lighting on the brain. So today we’ve curated four farmhouse porch lighting options that each offer a different look, yet provide timeless charm and illumination in outdoor living spaces.

First is the simple lantern sconce. This lighting fixture looks beautiful next to your front doors,
but is equally practical on the posts of a porch, as you can see in the image below. Frosted glass
offers a more primitive appearance so opt for this kind if that’s the look you prefer.

Photo by Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc.Search porch pictures

If you have a wrap-around or large porch, lighting along the ceiling is usually the best way
to get the most light after dark. Pendants like the ones below are perfect for a farmhouse porch
because they resemble vintage oil lamps, but are conveniently powered by electricity.

Photo by Eric Stengel Architecture, llcLook for porch design inspiration

For a porch (or deck) on which you plan to have meals or small gatherings, an accent
pendant light will separate this portion of the porch so that it feels like its own outdoor room.
The bulb (likely an antique one) in this light is exposed, and the distressed metal shade gives
a rustic look not only to the pendant but to the entire porch.

Photo by Douglas C. Wright ArchitectsMore porch ideas

We are in love with the large caged ceiling fan below, which provides both light
and moving air to the living space below. Having a lighting solution with multiple functionalities
is always a great option, especially when it can help keep you cool in the summer months.

Photo by Rauser DesignMore porch photos

Which of these four porch lighting options is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and find more outdoor farmhouse lighting [here].

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Throwback Thursday: Summer 2018 Blog Wrap-Up

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Fall 2018 starts tomorrow (7/13) here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, and we are excited for you to see our new autumn and Halloween collections, as well as many returning seasonal favorites. But as of right now, Summer is not over yet! Check out the list below for ten of our Summer 2018 blog posts (click on the titles to see each post), and shop the last few hours of our Summer Sale (including special savings on Pillows and Made in the USA home accents) by clicking on the catalog to the right, or by visiting our website.

Monday Must-Haves: Freshly Picked Decor

Weekly Spotlight: Bees at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Weekly Spotlight: New Susan Winget Pillows for Summer

Monday Must-Haves: Summer 2018 Patriotic Decor

Made in the USA Print | Artist Tom Wood | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Quick Tip: Outdoor Rugs

Classic Front Porch Idea Board

Weekly Spotlight: Summer 2018 Patriotic Pillows

DIY Painted Tea Towel | Making Home Base | Summer DIY

Thursday’s Theme: Summer DIY Projects from Pinterest

Monday Must-Haves: New Summer Web Exclusives

Decorating with Color: Red, White and Blue

Photo by Brewster Home FashionsSearch kitchen design ideas

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Quick Tip: Bee and Insect Houses

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Quick Tip: Bee and Insect Houses | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Adding a bee (or insect house) to your backyard or garden is a great way to promote the health of bees and insects, and in turn, prolong the health and growth of your plants.
The Cedar Bee House to the left is ideal for attracting bees, while the Cedar Insect House to the right will attract bees and other desirable insects, while creating a chemical-free trap for unwanted insects. Learn more about the importance of bees and insects to your outdoor living spaces by clicking here.

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