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Three Classic Living Room Looks

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Being comfortable in any room in your home can have a lot to do with the decor you complement it with. Stylish home accents speak to your tastes and lifestyle, and make excellent aesthetic and emotional impressions on family members as well as guests, especially when you integrate personal heirlooms and treasured collectibles. As a frequently used room, the living room can tie an entire home together, or stand out among other decorating styles while offering comfort and functionality to your family throughout the year. Three classic looks stick out in our minds the most, for their timeless qualities and welcoming atmospheres, as well as the ease with which you can alternate between them with just a swap of curtains and a rug or an accent pillow.

Casual Country

Solid colored furniture, nature-inspired hues and durable materials; simple decor that emanates outdoor charm and a cozy, decorative area rug on the floor completes the casual country look. An airy, lightweight curtain offers stunning window appeal and an opportunity to take in the outside view.
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Rich and Rustic
Similar to casual country, a rich and rustic living room highlights more rich, darker tones of wood and furniture. Greens, dark browns rusty reds and muted naturals fill the room with log cabin charm, and are complemented by slightly whimsical decor that is primitive in design. Braided rugs are the ideal choice for the floor of this living room, as layered curtains with intricate, forested detailing are for the windows.
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Sweet Elegance
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A room that speaks for itself. Pinks and rosy hues give a living room sweetness, while curved iron accents and printed furniture add touches of elegance. Sweeping curtains with embroidered details give a worldly look, transforming your home into a regal destination. Black and white against the bright colors tone down the statement to keep it in line with your lifestyle while enhancing the classic look.
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Primitive Pine

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Primitive Entryway Chair

Primitive Entryway Chair (in Red)

At the beginning of the month we talked a little bit about choosing the right seating for your taste and home decor. To dive into more specific seating, today we are spotlighting a few of our beloved benches, all from the Rustic Country Collection. Benches are a great way to fill up hallway space or empty corners of a room, especially since you can use them to display photographs, pillows, plants, and much more. Plus, they work well for sitting down in entryways or mudrooms while you take off or put on your shoes.

All of our benches in the Rustic Country Collection are handcrafted in the United States using traditional woodworking methods and wood sourced from Sustainable Forestry Initiative mills. Each bench features a distressed finish, so each piece looks unique while complementing any home decor. The eight available colors also give you the opportunity to coordinate with other furniture pieces, or mix and match with the other furniture in this collection. You are sure to find a bench you will love, so take a look below (and did we mention they are all on sale?!).

Knotty Pine Shelf Bench

Knotty Pine Shelf Bench (in Black)

Primitive Entryway Chair
This chair-styled bench is perfect for filling smaller areas or corners of your home. The high back and low seat mimic colonial furniture, so this chair is sure to fit into your primitive themed home; whether you want to use it as a chair or for displaying seasonal ornaments.
Color Suggestions: Try our Primitive Entryway Chair in mustard to add a pop of color to any room. This chair is small enough that the mustard color will not overwhelm onlookers, yet it is noticeable enough for the color to be admired.

Knotty Pine Shelf Bench
This bench has an unfinished and rustic appearance, which is great for creating a traditional-modern look in any room of your home. Shoes, slippers, and even books can be stored on the bottom shelf, beneath the seating surface which can double as a display surface for small figurines or pillows.
Color Suggestion: The classic black looks great on this classic bench, and completes the traditional-contemporary feel of the pine.

Knotty Pine Bench

Knotty Pine Bench (in Sage)

Knotty Pine Bench
Our Knotty Pine Bench is a perfect addition to any cottage decor or for completing your traditional-modern look. This simple bench has a unique fold-over top, and has an excellent amount of space for seating in a mudroom or near an entryway closet.
Color Suggestion: Sage looks great on this bench – the simplistic style is nicely dressed up with a classic, country color like this and easily complements any home decor.

Farmhouse Pine Bench

Farmhouse Pine Bench (in Black)

Farmhouse Pine Bench
Our Farmhouse Pine Bench comes from Wisconsin, and perfectly exemplifies functional, farmhouse-style furniture that is beautiful in any home. Use in a hallway to display photographs and books; in an entryway for sitting down and removing shoes; or use in a pantry for storing dog treats or jars. The backing offers added security to whatever you decide to put on the shelves – ensuring that those items don’t fall if pushed too far backwards.

Boot & Storage Bench

Boot & Storage Bench (in Red)

Color Suggestion: Try this bench in cream to make the distressed finish stand out, and to really complete that traditional farmhouse look.

Boot & Storage Bench
A larger version of our Primitive Entryway Chair, our Boot & Storage Bench features a lid that lifts up to expose a storage compartment perfect for keeping hats, mittens, or small blankets out of sight but within easy reach. There is even enough room to use this bench for displaying pillows or figurines while still offering enough room for you to sit down and take off your shoes.
Color Suggestions: Red is one of the most versatile design colors, so choosing it for the boot and storage bench will give you maximum design opportunities in your kitchen, bedroom, hallway, or any other room in your home.

What other furniture pieces do you like decorating with? Let us know! And tell us if there is a product you are interested in seeing on next week’s Wednesday Spotlight.

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Sturbridge Vault: 1970 Catalog

Friday, April 25th, 2014
Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we enjoy taking a look back at our past. It reminds us of how privileged we are to continue to thrive as a mail order catalog business 60 years after our founding in 1953,  something to cherish in a world that is ever-changing. From our earliest days in the 1950s to our most recent catalogs and ever-expanding website selection, it is apparent that our dedication to quality home furnishings and early Americana decor have found their place, and are here to stay. Join us as we open the Sturbridge vault to take a look at 1970 and what it had to offer. Click on the images to enlarge them.
1970 Sturbridge Yankee Workshop Article Snippet Notes from Ye Prop

In many of our earliest catalogs you will find such ‘notes’ from the proprietor at the time. Here to the left we see one of these notes - an article really – from the current ‘ye prop’. In this letter he addresses the subject of decorating, focusing on “wall-scaping” and use of color. Here is on of our favorite, and still quite helpful, excerpts:

About Room Colors – and “Eclectic’ Styling1970 Sturbridge Yankee Workshop Article Snippet

Value in Feedback

In 1970 we were adamant that all customer feedback be accepted, heard and acted upon. Today we offer several avenues in which customers can offer their thoughts. One of those areas is right here on our blog, Shoptalk. Another is through social media outlets, Facebook and Twitter. Customers are always invited to provide feedback on our website when placing an order or completing a review. In this next snippet, Sturbridge’s proprietor at the time explains why customer feedback is so important:

1970 Sturbridge Yankee Workshop Customer Feedback Article
1970 Sturbridge Yankee Workshop Customer Complaints

An Interesting Question

We would love to know, why do you furnish in early American? Do you find it timeless? Comfortable? Affordable? For over 60 years we have relied on feedback from our loyal customer (that’s you!) to help us further enhance our selection of quality goods.

1970 Sturbridge Yankee Workshop Article

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