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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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Classic Summer Potato Salad

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

If you haven’t already heard, July is National Picnic Month, so we can’t help but think about dishes that are ideal for taking with us on the go – to a park, the lake or even when you’re entertaining out on the patio. This potato salad recipe is sure to delight anyone’s taste buds, and feel free to add a few of your own favorite ingredients along the way.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 pounds (approx. 6) medium red potatoes, whole
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon yellow or dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • Pepper and/or Paprika, to taste

Directions:

  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with at least 1 inch of water. Season with salt.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork.
  3. Drain potatoes. Pour ice water into a large bowl, then add the potatoes. After cooling, peel the skin off or leave on if desired.
  4. Chop the potatoes into small chunks and add them to a large dish or serving bowl. Drizzle vinegar over the potatoes and lightly season if desired.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise and mustard. Add to the bowl of potatoes along with the celery, onion and eggs. Mix well.
  6. Sprinkle pepper or paprika over the top and serve cold.

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New Decor Must Haves

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Stafford Glider & OttomanLet's Be Awesome Coffee Pod HolderOur 2016 Summer catalog is on its way to you, and inside you will find a variety of made in the USA home accents (all on sale), outdoor decor and special savings on all pillows. The following are five must haves for summer and all year long, and if you can’t wait for the print catalog to arrive in the mail, you can always browse the online catalog here. Happy shopping, and happy summer!

American Flag Indoor/Outdoor Pillow

Grab a book off of your summer reading list and get comfortable in our new Stafford Glider & Ottoman. Available in our customer favorite Stafford floral prints, this Glider and Ottoman are made in the USA and offer timeless style in any room. Rock back and kick your feet up all summer long!

Portland Head Light Hooked Wool Pillow

Also made in the USA is one of our many new indoor/outdoor pillows. The American Flag Pillow was designed in the shape of the United States flag, and its vibrant colors make a patriotic statement on any patio furniture as well as a country chair inside your home.

Another new pillow we are excited to be offering this summer is our Portland Head Light Hooked Wool Pillow. With the country charm and comfort of hooked wool and a beautiful reminder of one of our favorite places in Maine, this is a must-have pillow this season. Artist Carolyn Bucha did an exceptional job with the details and colors, portraying an honest look of Portland Head Light.

Mermaid Round Jute Braided Rug

Nearly as exciting is the new Coffee Pod Holder, touting a positive message of “Let’s be awesome today!” while you brew your single serve coffee. This holder will store twelve pods at once so you can keep your coffee near the coffeemaker for convenience every morning.

Lastly, this week’s must-haves conclude with one of our new mermaid home accents. This beautiful round jute rug by artist Phyllis Stevens adds style and protection to your floors, and the beautiful blues surrounding a mermaid and her starfish add coastal appeal all summer and throughout the year.

Decorate your home with all of these home accents the above must-haves for a charming summer inside your home and out!

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