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Thursday’s Theme: The Sleeping Porch

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

We’ve talked about porch style and decor a number of times on the blog, but today we’re honing in on a particular kind of porch that is both purposeful and just plain fun (in our opinion, anyway):

The Sleeping Porch.

If you are unfamiliar with the sleeping porch, you have probably been able to figure out that it’s a space for sleeping. And if you are familiar with them, you either have one (lucky you!) or have at least admired their function. Either way, we hope you enjoy reading about the simple history of this type of porch, and how you can turn your own porch into a space for resting – or at the very least, enhance the coziness of your regular indoor bedroom.

Photo by Circa InteriorsLook for porch design inspiration

Most popular in the southern and western United States and often a feature of historical Victorian or Arts & Crafts style homes, the sleeping porch was designed and designated for the inhabitants of a home (or hospital/medical center) to be exposed to fresh air not just during the day, but also when they were sleeping. Their popularity gained traction in the late 19th century and at the turn of the 20th Century, when immune system health was a concern – particularly the threat of tuberculosis. Sleeping in a screened-in porch allowed individuals to be protected from outdoor elements like weather, bugs, etc., and got them out of stuffy bedrooms – the air conditioning technology we have today had only just started being explored. These porches were not common areas; often they were found just off a bedroom, or used only by the family who lived in the home.

As time went on and air conditioning became more advanced and widespread, many homeowners sacrificed the sleeping porch in order to gain more square footage inside their homes. But as you can see below, sleeping porches are still being used in homes across the country. Here in New England and in Maine, sleeping porches are almost exclusively built on summer camps, because if you sleep on a screened-in porch that isn’t insulated in the winter, your health will certainly not improve. Also, they are not typically separate from the front porch or back porch like original sleeping porches were; basically, if a screened-in porch can fit a bed, it’s also a sleeping porch.

Here are a few sleeping porches we wouldn’t mind spending the night in this summer.

The Quintessential Rustic Sleeping Porch

Photo by Michelle Fries, BeDe Design, LLCLook for porch design inspiration

The Traditional Porch + An Extra Place to Sleep

Photo by SethbennphotoDiscover porch design inspiration

The Private Sleeping Porch

Photo by Andersson-Wise ArchitectsDiscover porch design ideas

The Sleeping Porch in the City

Photo by Richard Bubnowski Design LLCMore porch ideas

The Wrap-Around Sleeping Porch

Photo by Search porch pictures

Do you have – or have you ever slept in – a sleeping porch? Share your thoughts below about the porches above, and your experience with sleeping in the space between the indoors and the great outdoors.

(for more information on sleeping porches, check out these posts from Bob Vila™ and The Craftsman Blog, and see a list of the many Victorian-era porch varieties on This Old House)

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Weekly Spotlight: Summer 2019 Florals

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

We introduced a new selection of faux florals in our Summer 2019 catalog, so they are the subject of this edition of Weekly Spotlight. And since there are six options to choose from, we’re straying from our typical five featured items format so you can see all of them right here. For more details click on the images, and check out our tips for creating the perfect flower arrangement in your home.

Wreaths

Our two newest wreaths can be seen here. To the left is the Purple Summer Wreath, named after our current season and the subtle pops of purple among greenery and white petals. This is a great accent for when you want to add a touch of color but maintain a neutral and natural look. The Summer Pink Mini Wreath may have a smaller diameter, but its bold petals pack a delightful burst of color and charm.

Purple Summer Wreath | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopSummer Pink Mini Wreath | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Bunches, Stems and Sprays

Whether you want to decorate with multiple single stems or create a full look with just one bunch or spray, our new selection of faux florals has what you need. The African Violet features a short stem supporting a full bloom of purple petals as well as green leaves. This particular variety is available in two sizes for more decorative flexibility in a vase or planter.

African Violet Faux Floral Spray | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

The Geranium Bunch is perfect for summer, not only because its authentic counterpart blooms this season, but because its delightful red color fits right into patriotic party decorations and bright gardens.

Geranium Faux Floral Bunch | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

We had to introduce a new version of the Sunflower Bunch. This one in particular features an airy look and can be propped in a vase or container for immediate seasonal charm.

Summer Faux Sunflower Bunch | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Last but certainly not least, our new Lacey Bunch is the perfect addition to any flower arrangement (although its perfectly beautiful on its own, too), because it adds even more depth and fullness while complementing whatever blooms you already have.

Lacey Faux Floral Bunch | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Monday Must Haves: Summer 2019 Jute

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Our Summer 2019 catalog features many fun pillows, furniture made in the USA, and home accents for every room. Today we’re highlighting five home accents that fit in the latter category, plus, these must-haves are versatile, decorative and crafted out of eco-friendly jute fibers.

Blue Hydrangea Jute Trivet | Phyllis Stevens | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopPaw Prints Jute Trivet | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Trivets

It’s always a good idea to have a few trivets in the kitchen, but they are also handy throughout your home on end tables or a coffee table. Use them to protect surfaces from hot dishes and pans, whether you’re serving dinner for family or entertaining friends with a hot dip or appetizer.

The Blue Hydrangea Jute Trivet is an addition to the Blue Hydrangea Collection. Designed by artist Phyllis Stevens, this trivet brings the charm of a beautiful hydrangea blossom all year long.

A heart is formed on the Paw Prints Jute Trivet, both as a sweet image and expression of love for your family pets.

Blue Hydrangea Jute Accent Rug | Phyllis Stevens | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Table Runner

Made to accent a counter top or table, the Blue Hydrangea Jute Table Runner adds a pop of color and an everlasting flower arrangement (also an addition to the Blue Hydrangea Collection by Phyllis Stevens).

Paw Prints Jute Basket | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Baskets

Coordinating with the Paw Prints Jute Trivet, the Paw Prints Jute Basket offers a stylish storage solution for your home. Two sizes are available to fit your space and organization needs.

Cat & Grasshopper Accent Rug | Karl Johnson | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Accent Rug

The Cat & Grasshopper Accent Rug has been a favorite web exclusive for some time, but it has made its catalog debut in our Summer 2019 edition. The artwork is from artist Karl Johnson, and features fluttering butterflies, a black cat and a sweet little grasshopper.

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