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Monday Must-Haves: Fall Table Settings and Decor

Monday, August 7th, 2017

While there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the rest of summer, we don’t blame you for thinking ahead to pumpkins, turkeys, leaves, gourds and all things fall. Today, we are thinking about [fall] centerpieces and tablescapes, and the five must-have home accents to make any autumn occasion comfortable and well decorated (including some suggestions from our Fall 2017 catalog).

1. Table Runner: Forest Friends Table Runner, Crow & Pumpkin Braided Table Runner

A table runner keeps your table and dining room decoratives grounded; use similar colors and textures of the table runner in wall accents and other decor, and keep your table adorned with fall charm even when there aren’t guests surrounding it.

2. Placemats: Autumn Oak & Butterfly Placemat, ©Williamsburg Jacobean Placemat

Especially when matching or coordinating with the table runner, placemats can invigorate your place settings, and in many cases offer two looks in one.

3. Candles: Fall Leaves Pillar Candle

Set a romantic, lighthearted, welcoming, and most of all, cozy mood for Thanksgiving dinner and other events celebrating the harvest season. Add a warm scent or keep it flameless for worry-free accent lighting.

4. Dinnerware: Harvest Melamine Dinnerware

Durable, dishwasher safe and decorative; melamine dinnerware is a must-have for holidays and special celebrations.

5. Floral Touches: Mini Autumn Wreath, Green & Red Berry Stem, Faux Mini Sunflowers

Red and orange flowers, berries, candle rings and other natural touches bring any festive look together. Faux florals are ideal options for keeping a look throughout the fall months, but placing fresh picked flowers into rustic tin vases or a display bowl adds a personal touch that can be swapped out.

Fall Table Settings and Decor | Autumn Decorating

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Weekly Spotlight: Five New Prints | Fall 2017

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

View of New Hampshire from Vermont Print | Fred SwanFor the first Weekly Spotlight of August we turn our attention to five new prints from our Fall 2017 catalog. All five are made in the USA and done by three artists with different, yet charming styles. Display on your walls all year long or coordinate with your fall home accents once summer is officially over.

Fred Swan

View of New Hampshire from Vermont is a picturesque print with exquisite depth. Artist Fred Swan has given us a perspective from the top of a hill, overlooking a quaint farmhouse, barn and the rolling mountains of New England.

Grandpa's Giant Pumpkin Print | Bonnie WhiteBonnie White

In true Bonnie White fashion, Lucky 13 and Grandpa’s Giant Pumpkin both charm us and offer their own form of entertainment with the use of people and animals. The latter is perfect for fall; pumpkins, colorful leaves and fun family gatherings are quintessential harvest elements.

Lucky 13 aims to turn the tables on Halloween folklore by showing costumed children having fun – not avoiding – the cute black cats in town.

Lucky 13 Framed Print | Bonnie WhiteCats Rule Print | Tom Wood

Autumn Covered Bridge Print | Tom WoodTom Wood

With his sense of humor and ability to create diverse works of art, Artist Tom Wood is a crowd favorite. Add a little whimsy to your home with the Cats Rule Print, or complement fall home accents and similar wall art with the breathtaking Autumn Covered Bridge.

For more new prints and fall home accents, visit us at  www.sturbridgeyankee.com or subscribe to our email list. You can always request a catalog, or if you prefer, you can view it online here. Thank you for reading!

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Farmhouse Flooring We Love

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Farmhouses with old (ideally original or antique) wood flooring are the perfect places to live. As different style trends and home decor come and go, there’s always a pull back to rustic and traditional, and that includes floors. Today we’re featuring a couple of flooring options (wood and non-wood) that are just as decorative as your farmhouse furnishings.

Wide plank floors like the one in this room below are common in New England. Whether a smooth finish or rough surface is preferred, the knots and grain of these planks add so much more character to the space.

Photo by Patrick Ahearn ArchitectMore family room photos

While looking closely at this floor you will notice the width of the boards alternate between wide and wider. This technique can bring out more variance in the grain and color of the wood, thus more visual appeal, and the metal inlay adds a touch of industrial to this unique farmhouse floor.

Photo by David Bader PhotographyBrowse staircase photos

This floor is quite obviously a custom design fit for the homeowner; note the strawberries and watermelons against blue and white. This floor adds whimsical charm to the regal kitchen,
toning down the formal back splash and playing up the well-used and well-loved feel expected in a farmhouse. While this is not a rustic kitchen by any means, a floor like this has the potential to enhance the sentimental value of farmhouse home accents and spaces used to gather with friends and family
(and talk about a great conversation piece!).

Photo by Anthony Baratta LLCMore kitchen ideas

The Harlequin print has recently made its way onto people’s design radar, especially when it comes to flooring. Done meticulously, it can be used as a way to bring furnishings and decor with many finishes together in a room, like the kitchen below in which the natural wood grain is exposed to complement natural elements, and the icy gray ties in the back splash, door and island.

Photo by Kitchen Cove Cabinetry & DesignMore kitchen photos

If you want to try something different with your flooring but aren’t ready to commit to a custom fruit-inspired design or would prefer leaving the antique hardwood floor unpainted, look to this home for inspiration. The wood floor maintains a similar width throughout, but alternates directions from room
to room. This is easy on the eyes because the stain is about the same with each change; if it was not,
the floors would be quite distracting and we wouldn’t find it as satisfying to admire the dents and
grain variations of the natural wood.

Photo by Frederick + Frederick ArchitectsLook for hallway pictures

Which of the above flooring options is your favorite? Have you ever dared to drastically switch up your farmhouse floors, or go back to basics with a rich hardwood floor? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments below.

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