Archive for the ‘Seating’ Category

Get the Look: A Cozy and Classic Reading Nook

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Reading nooks – big or small – offer you a space in your home where you can go to escape and relax. Whether you flip through your favorite magazine, pick up a favorite book or read the newspaper with your morning coffee, the coziness and simplicity of the space is perfect. Below is a great reading nook that features just a few pieces of furniture that create a coziness that isn’t overdone. You can get a look similar to this one with furniture and home accents from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, so keep reading for inspiration.

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Snowflake Knit Throw

A comfy chair is the must-have item for a reading nook. We like the armchair + ottoman combination, but a recliner or rocking chair would work just as nicely if you prefer – it is your nook after all!

The pillow adds a little extra comfort and serves to break up the pattern of the chair to make the space more aesthetically appealing and welcoming. The same goes for the throw blanket, and both accents enhance the comfort of the reading nook.

(Get the look with these key furnishings from SYW: the Kingfield Chair and Ottoman, the Queen Bee Burlap Pillow and the Snowflake Knit Throw)

Kingfield Chair, Ottoman, and Queen Bee Burlap Pillow

The floor lamp is a great option here because it does not take up much space, and importantly, it doesn’t take up space on an end table that serves as your reading material’s own resting spot. Gauge how high or low you sit in the chair to find the perfect lighting option for you.

Chairside Storage Table

Add an area rug to complement the furnishings in this space, and of course, enhance that warm, comfortable look. Some extras you could include are a Round Backless Stool, which can serve as an accent table without taking up a lot of space (and it’s easily movable so you can take it to other parts of the house as needed), and plants for greenery and better air.

The chairside table shown above is the perfect size for a reading nook, and as you can see it can be used to display a plant, collectibles or your books themselves. Our Chairside Storage Table has a similar footprint and maximizes the space by providing a hidden storage compartment under the tabletop. We have serious bookshelf envy with this reading nook, but if your relaxing space is smaller, bookshelves will only clutter the space; hence our suggestion for the table and stool. But if you
do have the room, we have a variety of sizes and styles of
bookcases you can find here.

Make a reading nook your next weekend project, or add an extra stylish accent to your current space, and enjoy the serenity – no matter how long (or short!) it lasts.

Wool Persian Fern Rug

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Decorating With Color: Everyday Orange

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Orange creates a warm, cheerful look during the fall season, but it can also be a welcoming presence throughout the year. Below we feature some ways in which you can incorporate this color into your own home stylishly and uniquely.

An orange door – interior or exterior – makes a bright statement without overpowering
a room. For an airier look, paint a multi-paned door a bold orange color; the glass will
break it up enough so it’s not too overwhelming.

Photo by The Design AtelierLook for bedroom design inspiration

If you want to try a bold entryway or have some storage space that could be reinvigorated,
go orange! It may give you the extra boost you need as you head out the door,
or serve as a fun accent piece while providing function to you and your family.

Photo by A.L. InteriorsMore entryway photos

Whether you have a window seat in your home or not, you can still add orange pillows or a throw
to any seating area to brighten it up. Or, go orange on your window treatments with luxurious fabric
for a regal, not tacky, look. Mix in other warm colors like yellow and red for a multi-dimensional feel.

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Photo by Nancy Gracia for HBS HomeMore kitchen photos

Your kitchen island is another great place to add some orange, as it will add color and spice
to one of your favorite rooms in the house. If you are without an island or don’t feel like making
such a big transformation, opt for orange accessories and countertop storage solutions.

Photo by SWANSON RENOVATIONS LLCSearch kitchen design ideas

We couldn’t end the post without some orange staple furniture! The orange of these
couches and ottoman beautifully reflect all the light pouring into this room, creating a
whimsical yet grounded look among all the wood and rustic home accents. Broken up by
neutral burlap pillows, this furniture breathes life into the room without being too dramatic.

Photo by Mackenzie Wheeler Architects & DesignersMore living room photos

As you can see, orange doesn’t just have to be the bright, almost neon color that may come instantly to mind. Experiment with red-oranges, pale oranges, yellow-oranges and burnt orange and tell us how you’ve made it work!

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Get the Look: Cozy Furnished Patio

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Fall has officially started, but there’s no need to bring all of your parties and celebrations indoors just yet. Create a warm, romantic and peaceful patio or entertaining space outdoors to soak up as much of the evening sun as possible with friends and loved ones before – dare we say it – snow arrives. Here is a little inspiration, and below, how you can get the look with home accents from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

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Wrought Iron Lattice Bench

Pumpkin Farm to Table PillowAutumn Harvest Pillow

You will of course need seating. Our Wrought Iron Lattice Bench is the best option for weatherproof, durable and timeless outdoor seating, and as you can see in the image above, comfort is added with throw blankets and pillows (Teak furniture is another great option).

You can choose to show off the buffalo check or decorative style of your bench cushion, or tuck coordinating throws around it, providing additional coziness and a way to stay warm on chillier nights.

Vintage Tin Lantern Accent LightBuffalo Check ThrowFor lighting (in addition to a warm fire), outdoor candles or lanterns will create a soft glow and add decorative appeal to the space. Our Vintage Tin Lantern Light is made specifically for the outdoors, and even has a timer so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn it off. You could also turn your Mason jars into accent lights with a Solar LED cover that will fit any standard opening.

So pick a seat, enjoy the comforts of these functional and decorative [outdoor] home accents, and gather together with friends and family outdoors this fall!

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