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Sturbridge Yankee Workshop Spring Sale 2014

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Spring is a time for renewal, refreshing looks and spectacular savings on all catalog products here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. Enjoy this look into some of our favorite featured items available now.
Blooming Gardens Hooked Wool Chair Pad Bright & Cheery Wreath
Curtains Bring a Room Together

During our annual spring catalog sale, all curtains have free shipping, making it easy to redecorate a room or your entire home with sheer, lace, or opaque window treatments. Embroidered Sheer Curtains feature delicate embroidery in ivy, strawberry or blueberry motifs, just right for a bathroom or retro themed kitchen. Folk Art Lace Curtains offer a whimsical look into the natural world around us, complete with bunnies, trees, birds and more detailed throughout the sheer ecru or white lace. Blossom Lace Curtains are a sweet way to let some sunshine in while offering just the right amount of filtration to keep a room looking great.

Embroidered Sheer Curtains
Blossom Lace Curtains Folk Lace Curtains

Cherry Blossom Potted Display Bright Flowers Say Spring

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells,And pretty maids all in a row.” Freshen up in any room with cheerful flower motifs in every area. Cherry Blossom Potted Display is a cute way to brighten any table or desk area as its petite size is easy to add to any space. Spring Blooms Wreath is naturally dried to feel as though you made it yourself from garden blooms. White Dogwood Floral Bunch is lush and full, creating instant eye-catching display in any room.

Spring Blooms Wreath White Dogwood Floral Bunch

Birds Add Charming Accent

Nothing says spring more than songbirds perched on every branch, creating nests and watching over their eggs with care. Bring those same motifs into your home with decorative accents covered in sweet birds. Birdhouse Hooked Wool Pillow and Bird Tree With Cardinals Print both feature proud bird parents patiently awaiting the arrival of their chicks this season. Wooden Clip Songbirds arrive as a set of four, making for creative display in any room. Clip them to a lampshade or even on a stake tucked into your favorite plant.

Birdhouse Hooked Wool Pillow
Wooden Clip Songbirds Bird Tree With Cardinals Print

History of Bird Motifs in Home Decorating

Friday, February 7th, 2014
Decorating with birds may seem like a modern trend. In fact, the use of avian motifs dates back much farther than you may think. Here we have gathered a quick history of the use of avian friends in home decorating trends along with favorite bird themed options available at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.
Bird Trivet Set
Going Back in Time

Bird motifs on pottery, tapestries and paper were popular in the 17th century. Ornate designs emphasizing fantastical imagery focusing on life as it was perceived, with exaggerated whimsical features, soft colors and bucolic scenes. Flowers, vines and swirling shapes were popularized on wallpaper and tapestries used at this time. Rhapsody Lace Curtains feature a form of this whimsical imagery, with blooming flowers and delicate lace creating a soft, inviting appeal. Tree Trivet enhances the same quaint appeal, with symmetrical shapes and elegant scrolls culminating in a sweet bird perched on top. Bird Scroll Table Lamp evokes those same pastoral sensations.

Tree Trivet
Rhapsody Lace Tier White Bird Scroll Table Lamp

Birdcage Magnet Chalkboard Moving Into the Victorian Age

By the time the Victorian age arrived, bird cages, or aviaries – larger cages allowing for free-flight – were becoming common household items for wealthier folks. Viewed as exotic, rare and difficult to obtain, owning a birdcage, more importantly one with birds on display, was a way to enhance your status. Not interested in having live birds in your home? Birdcage Magnet Chalkboard evokes sensations of times gone by with its fleur-de-lis top and scrolled metal accents. Bird Cages and Flowers Wall Border will enhance any space in your home with fanciful charm, adding color and interest to a wall.

Bird Cages and Flowers Wall Border

Jumping Forward to Modern Time

In the 1970’s owls became increasingly popular, along with bold color and macrame. Today owls are just as trendy, offering folk art, woodland and natural appeal for home decorators. Maine artist Tracy Lizotte features two sweet owls spending some quality time together on a lichen covered tree in Owl Smooch Print. Nowadays birds can be seen accenting many items around the home, from items like Birds on Phone Pillow to lamps and more. Focus is more on realistic imagery, use of popular textiles such as burlap and woven cotton with screen printed imagery and trendy colors that work well with various styles.

Owl Smooch Print
Birds on Phone Line Pillow

Made in the USA: Winter Wall Art

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we are always expanding our assortment of beautiful framed prints for you to add to your home decor. We have wall art for all seasons, making it easier to decorate all year long. Here we have gathered a few of our favorite winter themed prints, all made right here in the USA! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the peaceful scenes that a winter theme has to offer.


Artist Dianna Swartz

Holiday Art Shelf Rack, and White Christmas, feature simple style and primitive charm, offering hopes for a white Christmas this year, and a peaceful holiday season. Artist Dianna Swartz is a renowned, self-taught artist, currently living in Ohio. She is admired for her simple approach to depicting scenes from everyday life, in classic folk art style.

Holiday Art Shelf Rack White Christmas Print

Artist Charles Wysocki

Ready or not, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Cape Cod Prints will put you in the holiday spirit with their unmistakable folk art charm. The late artist Charles Wysocki became famous for his detailed pieces of American folk art, notable farm scenes, and a unique primitive style that was all his own. Appearing in galleries throughout the country, Charles even published two books sharing his work.

Cape Cod Christmas Print Twas the Twilight Before Christmas Print

Artist Fred Swan

Although the brisk weather taps on your cheeks and nose, the warmth provided by the sights in An Evening Ride makes it easier to spend another peaceful moment outside. Vermont artist Fred Swan masters the art of creating comforting, warm winter scenes.

Hang this print all year long for dramatic effect in any room. Giclee print is double matted, under glass, with a black frame.

An Evening Ride Print

Artist Charlotte Sternberg

The overall winter scene depicted in Over the River is quite quaint, and quickly transports you back in time. Marlborough Tavern features realistic, exquisite details that create a holiday scene that reminds us of the simpler times in life. Talented artist Charlotte Joan Sternberg is well known for her charming New England holiday scenes that are often seen on greeting cards. Our giclee print, originally painted in egg tempera, is double matted and under glass, with a rustic wood-like frame.

Over the River Print Marlborough Tavern Print