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Thursday’s Theme: Living Rooms We Love

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Today we’re sharing a few living rooms that have caught our eye and charmed our hearts, with their farmhouse inspiration and primitive style. Tell us your favorite below!

The fireplace, mirror and built-ins really steal the show here. The warm rustic quality of the wood grounds the beautifully patterned chairs, bold sofa and brightly colored rug and curtain, so that the room maintains its farmhouse appeal while feeling light and fun. And check out those shiplap walls and ceiling!

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This farmhouse living room features a clean, sophisticated look that enhances the beauty of even the practical home accents. The tray on the ottoman (we need to get ourselves that tea set!), the grandfather clock and that trunk under the window are all practical items that add personal charm to the room, rather than diminish it. The country print above the mantelpiece helps draw our eyes upwards to that cheerful ceiling; the decorators really knew how to use these colors.

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Like the previous room, the one below has a small footprint that would be typical of old primitive homes, especially here in New England. In this room, however, warm neutrals are the draw. From the ceiling to the floor, this rustic inspired room is made more charming by personalized accents (on either side of the fireplace) and lighting inspired by antique lanterns.

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Moving towards the more contemporary farmhouse, this vast living room is minimally furnished but in no way lacks style. The various lamps around the room help surround the beautiful upholstery and rustic furniture with coziness, and antiques among the books enhance the room’s primitive character. Our only complaint is that the settee is too far from the fireplace…

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There’s no denying the primitive beauty of this living room. The fireplace wall (with hidden storage) is definitely the focal point; is there a more perfect reddish brown color than that? We are then drawn to the Shaker table to the right of the fireplace – holding that lamp – and then of course to the buffalo plaid chair! The rest of the furniture in the room (another settee, the Windsor chair, coffee table, console table) makes a solid case for acquiring timeless furnishings and sticking to the style of your home. And that hardwood floor is irresistible, of course.

Photo by Griffiths Construction, Inc.Browse living room ideas

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Weekly Spotlight: Winter 2019 Rugs

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Cold winters require those of us here in the northeast to double up on the throw blankets in the living room, switch out our warmer weather bedding with heavy quilts, and in rooms with no carpeting, lay down a rug for a layer of warmth underfoot. In our Winter 2019 catalog, we’ve introduced a few rugs and accent mats that are practical and stylish (in all seasons), and have provided a peek at the collections below.

Cora Area Rug – Polypropylene

Made in the USA and available in six sizes, our Cora Area Rug features a luxurious pattern and pile; this home accent is both decorative and plush, and its easy-care polypropylene fibers makes it low maintenance and durable for your most lived-in rooms.

Cora Area Rug | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Oceanview Chenille Braided Rug – Wool and Chenille

Made in the USA, available in twelve sizes and three colors, our Oceanview Chenille Braided Rug blends softness and practicality with rich colorways to brighten your home and comfort you all year long.

Oveanview Chenille Braided Rug | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Essie Swirl Braided Rug – Polypropylene

Made in the USA from easy-care polypropylene, the Essie Swirl Braided Rug comes in two dark color combinations and three round sizes. Perfect for entryways, dining rooms or even a bedroom, this rug is just right for smaller spaces.

Essie Swirl Braided Rug | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Forest Fern Area Rug – Polypropylene

We will take all the extra greenery that we can get in the winter time; enter the Forest Fern Area Rug! Made in the USA and available in five sizes, this is another easy-care polypropylene option from our catalog.

Forest Fern Area Rug | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Green Shamrock Braided Rug – Jute

And finally, our Green Shamrock Braided Rug. Crafted out of eco-friendly jute braids and designed by Maine artist Harry Smith, this home accent is perfect for the kitchen, entry or a hallway in your country home.

Green Shamrock Braided Jute Rug | Artist Harry Smith | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Thursday’s Theme: Valentine’s Day Mantels with Banners

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

These five mantels are beautifully decorated in a variety of ways for Valentine’s Day – although they all feature banners that could be made at home.


This symmetry of this mantel is quite appealing, from the plates above the mirror to the way the banner is hung. Additionally, this mantel looks like it is perfectly set up to be decorated for any season or holiday: The stand holding the LOVE sign could just as easily hold a sign for summer or Christmas, the tulips could be swapped out for evergreen branches or sunflowers, and the heart wreath – well, you get it. The red and pink colors could be overbearing if your style is less bold, but with the incorporation of white and silver, this mantel has a softer romantic look.

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Sticking to one shade of red decor will fully flesh out the richness of the color, although be sure to incorporate a couple of neutral items (like candlesticks or a sculpture) so that each candle, heart wreath, banner and candle can catch the eye.

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Subtle Balance

The way the soft colors of the hearts are framed – by a bold red – makes them really stand out and command attention. The way they are arranged – as banners – makes them charming complements to the main banner stretched across the mantel.

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Quick and Simple

If you want less fuss, a banner like the one below will make a big enough statement to charm you for Valentine’s Day. Adding a vase of flowers or a similarly colored print to the mantel adds more cohesiveness to the space, even if they aren’t Valentine themed.

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Go All Out

And of course, Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to really dress up your mantel for. Add wreaths and flowers among keepsakes and frames – and don’t forget the DIY wreath and banner!

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