Thursday’s Theme: Living Rooms We Love

February 14th, 2019

Today we’re sharing a few living rooms that have caught our eye and charmed our hearts, with their farmhouse inspiration and primitive style. Tell us your favorite below!

The fireplace, mirror and built-ins really steal the show here. The warm rustic quality of the wood grounds the beautifully patterned chairs, bold sofa and brightly colored rug and curtain, so that the room maintains its farmhouse appeal while feeling light and fun. And check out those shiplap walls and ceiling!

Photo by Dan Ruhland Designs LLCLook for living room design inspiration

This farmhouse living room features a clean, sophisticated look that enhances the beauty of even the practical home accents. The tray on the ottoman (we need to get ourselves that tea set!), the grandfather clock and that trunk under the window are all practical items that add personal charm to the room, rather than diminish it. The country print above the mantelpiece helps draw our eyes upwards to that cheerful ceiling; the decorators really knew how to use these colors.

Photo by KISTLER & KNAPP BUILDERSBrowse living room photos

Like the previous room, the one below has a small footprint that would be typical of old primitive homes, especially here in New England. In this room, however, warm neutrals are the draw. From the ceiling to the floor, this rustic inspired room is made more charming by personalized accents (on either side of the fireplace) and lighting inspired by antique lanterns.

Photo by Cameron StewartBrowse living room ideas

Moving towards the more contemporary farmhouse, this vast living room is minimally furnished but in no way lacks style. The various lamps around the room help surround the beautiful upholstery and rustic furniture with coziness, and antiques among the books enhance the room’s primitive character. Our only complaint is that the settee is too far from the fireplace…

Photo by All Atlanta Properties – NW GA OfficeMore living room photos

There’s no denying the primitive beauty of this living room. The fireplace wall (with hidden storage) is definitely the focal point; is there a more perfect reddish brown color than that? We are then drawn to the Shaker table to the right of the fireplace – holding that lamp – and then of course to the buffalo plaid chair! The rest of the furniture in the room (another settee, the Windsor chair, coffee table, console table) makes a solid case for acquiring timeless furnishings and sticking to the style of your home. And that hardwood floor is irresistible, of course.

Photo by Griffiths Construction, Inc.Browse living room ideas

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Tasteful Tuesday: Tomato Soup with Tortellini and Vegetables

February 12th, 2019

Another snowstorm is headed our way, and we couldn’t think of anything better than a hearty, delicious soup packed with vegetables and pasta to make and eat for the occasion. This is a meat-free soup, but you could certainly add Italian sausage or beef to make it even more filling. The following recipe makes about four servings.

What You’ll Need:

  • 14.5 ounces beef or chicken broth
  • 46 ounces (6 cups) tomato sauce
  • 28 ounces (3.5 cups) whole tomatoes, halved
  • 9 ounces cheese tortellini, uncooked
  • 1 cup zucchini, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup sweet corn
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • black pepper, oregano,
    and other preferred seasonings to taste
  • 1.5 cups fresh spinach
  • grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. In a large soup kettle over low-medium heat, combine broth, sauce and the tomatoes (including the juice).
  2. Add tortellini, zucchini, corn, garlic and seasonings. Cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add spinach and cook for at least ten more minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve hot.

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Quick Tip: Think Spring in February

February 7th, 2019

Quick Tip: Think Spring in February | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Think spring in February! While it may be too early to start plotting planting specifics, this is a great time to take stock of and organize your garden tools and accessories. We suggest making a list of items you have and a wish list for new things you would like to try (tools, decor, landscaping), so when it’s time to plant flowers and vegetables you will be fully prepared.

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