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Get The Look: A Cozy, Covered Country Porch

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

We love the look of a casual, comfortable covered porch. This one (from Houzz) effectively and functionally combines some of our favorite types of furniture to create a space that is perfect for chatting, having afternoon cocktails, or enjoying some peace and quiet. Below we show you how you can get a similar look on your covered porch by using furniture and decor from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

Photo by J.Fisher InteriorsMore porch ideas

Cottage Rocker | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopCan you call it a country porch if there isn’t at least one rocking chair on it? We prefer at least two, and the ones on the covered porch above are just perfect. Our Cottage Rocker features a similar design and is available in seven colors (black shown to the left) so you can really personalize, coordinate, and/or contrast your porch. Although porch rockers command their space, they are also quite complementary to other porch furniture, like a couch or a bench. Wood benches are best, and you can make them more cozy by adding cushions and pillows. A Windsor Bench looks great with our Cottage Rocker, but you can also incorporate a smaller Pine Bench or other similar seating to fit your exact space.

Seeded Glass Hanging Lantern | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopTo ground the furniture pieces, and make your covered porch look more like an outdoor family room, use an outdoor rug and coffee table. Because it will be outside, make sure the rug is easy-care and durable – our Portico Cablelock Braided Rug Collection is made just for this purpose. The coffee table is a little more stylish than functional in this situation, but it still makes a great surface to set down drinks, snacks and a vase of flowers.

Finally, the perfect lighting fixture can turn any covered porch into a dreamy area as the sun sets and goes down. We love the hanging lantern in the Houzz picture, but you could also use a Seeded Glass Lantern or another light that is vintage or made to look that way.

Portico Cablelock Braided Rug | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Get the Look: Simple Country Entryway

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

For a breezy entryway that looks put together but not cluttered, focus more on items that keep a room grounded and the rest will fall into place. Take a look below for inspiration, and to see how you can get the look with home accents from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

Photo by Tama BellBrowse entryway ideas

Rustic Country Huntboard | Get the Look | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopThe console table above makes a beautiful, welcoming statement in this entryway, and its dark finish contrasts nicely with the airy, light colors of the room. The distressed surface coordinates with the hardwood floors, which gives a softer look to the bulky piece. Our Rustic Country Huntboard offers the same effect, as well as storage options for linens, knick knacks and other items. For a pop of color, an area rug is the perfect solution. Our USA made Portico Cablelock Braided Rug creates the same brightness and color scheme as the rug above, and will last under the feet of numerous guests and family members.

As you can see, the space above is decorated quite minimally, but it still emits a warm, welcoming feeling to give a great first impression. A vase or large container filled with greens and tall plants (Bells of Ireland, White Muscari, real or Artificial Grass) placed on the table adds a natural look that can be easily switched out season by season. Flanked by two lanterns with pillar candles inside, the tabletop is styled simply yet beautifully.

Beveled Iron Wall Mirror | Get the Look | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

A mirror enhances the open feel of the room, and gives you a chance for a last-look on the way out the door. A mirror works best here (as opposed to wall art or a print) because of its glass lantern complements, natural wood elements throughout the space, and the ability of this home accent to spread natural light – of which you can never have enough.

Consider incorporating these pieces into your entryway, or use the tips and suggestions to enhance the design of an existing space in your home.

Portico Cablelock Braided Rug Collection | Get the Look | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Get the Look: Winter Centerpiece Basics

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Here are some basic tips for creating a simple yet charming winter centerpiece or tablescape. We have included a look from the tables in our break room that perfectly exemplifies how easy it is to create a seasonal atmosphere on any table.

Santa Centerpiece at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Snowflakes - The least you can do is throw some snowy accents onto a table. These snowflakes are made of lace, but you could also get crafty and make snowflakes out of high quality or decorative paper. Use less if you’re going big, and many more if the flakes are small.

Glass jar - With a glass jar (or many) there is so much you can do. To keep it simple, we added a pine sprig to this handled glass jar – a little greenery can go a long way! If you don’t have any specialty jars or Mason jars, employ an empty vase or use a clean and de-labeled wine bottle and fill with greenery, sparkly beads or fake snow.

Collectible or Sculpture - These can be easily switched out as you celebrate specific holidays or occasions (like switching out Santa for a snowman after Christmas), and put an additional seasonal spin on the overall look. A figurine also gives you more of a chance to personalize the centerpiece, and maybe even act as a conversation starter (decorative salt and pepper shakers are great for this, too!).

Lighting – During the winter, extra lighting adds more warmth to your decor and, since the days are short, more light! We used a flameless candle in the jar for worry-free lighting. We also placed a small string of lights inside of this metal star to give the centerpiece more illumination (below you can see the star without the lights).

Check off these four centerpiece basics and celebrate winter more beautifully. Share your centerpieces with us on Facebook or Twitter, and tell us if we’ve missed any tablescape must-haves!

Snowman Centerpiece at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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