Decorating with Color: Staircases

August 8th, 2019

For this edition of Decorating with Color, we’re zeroing in on indoor staircases. Paint, wallpaper, tile and stair treads are all excellent tools for dressing up and styling any staircase – and we hope the following looks will inspire you to try something a little different with this underestimated feature of your home.

For an easily changeable look, browse different styles of stair treads and stair runners to add a pop of color and pattern. Adding a layer of carpeting offers more textural appeal to the eye and to your feet.

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One of the biggest staircase trends is embellishing just the riser – with tile, paint or even wallpaper. This adds contrast to your stairs and unexpected charm, especially if your stairs are in a hallway or small space that doesn’t allow for much styling.

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The ombre look is fun for any staircase, whether you choose to decorate the riser or the entire step. This type of color variation is pleasing to the eye and can be done no matter your decorating style.

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If your stairs are completely exposed, painting the entire structure one solid color will give it a sculptural quality within your home. You could then decorate with home accents that coordinate with that color to pull the entire room together.

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These examples show how stunning the absence of color can be – although you could certainly carry out these examples with colorful paint. We like the contrast of the wood steps, white risers (and walls) and the black handrail and newels below; this creates a classic but chic look. And we can’t help but admire the staircase with wood steps and black risers; with a black handrail it looks quite sophisticated.

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Do any of these looks inspire you to change up your staircase? Tell us your ideas in a comment below.

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Tasteful Tuesday: Inside-Out Meat Lover’s Lasagna

August 6th, 2019

Today we’re combining our favorite Meat Lover’s Lasagna Recipe with an Inside-Out Lasagna Recipe for a dish that is both hearty and convenient.

What You’ll Need:

  • 8 ounces rotini pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 oz each) whole
    tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 2 cans (6 oz each) tomato paste
  • Ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese to taste

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until tender, approx. 8-10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. In a large skillet, heat up oil, onion and garlic. Add in ground beef and Italian sausage and cook on medium-high heat.
  3. Once the ground beef and sausage are nicely browned, add in mushrooms, parsley, oregano, basil, chopped tomatoes with juice, tomato paste, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir until well mixed.
  4. Cover and simmer for approximately 15 minutes, remove from heat.
  5. Toss the sauce with the pasta before serving. Top with Ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese if desired and enjoy!

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Monday Must-Haves: Final Summer Soiree

August 5th, 2019

We’ll be featuring some back to school and home office tips, tricks and decor in the coming weeks here on the blog, but first, one last summer soiree. The following must-haves will help you make the most out of the last few weeks of summer, inside your home and outdoors.

Hello Summer Doormat

If you haven’t yet incorporated Dianna Swartz’s designs into your home, now is your chance with this American made seasonal doormat.

Hello Summer Doormat | Dianna Swartz | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Buoy Table Lamp

This lamp instantly brings to mind summer days spent out on the water – which is a great image to have during the other seasons of the year.

Buoy Table Lamp | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

There Are No Bad Days Wall Hanging

One of the latest additions to our Suzanne Nicoll collection, this canvas wall art features bright, summery colors and a cheerful dog enjoying the great outdoors.

There Are No Bad Days Wall Hanging | Suzanne Nicoll | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Marina Stripe Hammock Swing

What better way to enjoy the last month of summer than from a hammock? This backyard swing combines comfort and design with a plush cushion, decorative stripes and beautiful imagery by artist Mary Lake Thompson (three options available).

Marina Stripe Hammock Swing | Mary Lake Thompson | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Painted Adirondack Pub Chair

We recently added Adirondack Chairs to our selection of outdoor furniture, and these Pub Chairs are a fun alternative to the laid back design of the classic Adirondack Chairs. They are made in the USA and come in eight vibrant colors to make any outdoor occasions bright and cheerful.

Painted Adirondack Pub Chair | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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