Decorating with Color: Pastels

April 12th, 2018

Pastels are fun to play with in the springtime, especially since almost every color has a pastel hue. Below we’ve featured a few ways you can incorporate soft colors into your home seasonally or permanently.

In the Kitchen

We love the look of pastels in the kitchen. You can go as drastic as painting all of your cabinets in a pastel hue, or coordinating countertop appliances in a pastel color (or multiple!). If you alike open shelving, opt for some decorative pastel dishware to display during the springtime.

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Dining Room Whimsy

While we would prefer one or maybe two colors, we think these pastel dining room chairs add a fun atmosphere to the space. Even on vintage chairs, pastel yellows or blues would give any dining area a youthful cottage look.

Photo by Osez Interiors by Dominique FournierSearch dining room pictures

Different Living Room Looks

For a less permanent pastel display, switch out accent pillows, curtains, throw blankets and perhaps a rug this spring with those decorated in pastels. Or, if you’re feeling like committing fully to the soft pastel look, change your furniture and be in a cheerful, spring mood all year long.

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Bed and Bath

The bathroom is possibly the best room to decorate in pastels all year long. These tranquil hues – on the walls, in tiles and in the decor – are perfect for getting a spa-like feel every time you step inside. Soft colors are also great for a bedroom; because pastels aren’t very bright or bold, your bedroom can be the soothing space it should be.

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Tuesday Recipe: Coconut Shrimp

April 10th, 2018

Today we have a delicious recipe for baked coconut shrimp. This makes a great appetizer (try dipping the shrimp in sweet orange marmalade), as well as a topping on rice. We recommend putting the coconut into a food processor to make it more fine, but that’s not necessary.

Baked Coconut Shrimp Recipe | Seafood Recipe | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 pound of large shrimp
    (about 12-15 shrimp),
    peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup flaked
    sweet coconut
  • 1 egg white

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Rinse and dry shrimp.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch, salt and paprika until combined; pour the coconut into another bowl. Beat the egg white in a shallow bowl until foamy.
  3. Dredge one shrimp at a time in the cornstarch, then the egg white and finally the coconut; make sure each shrimp is coated well. Repeat with the remaining shrimp and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Put the baking sheet in the oven and after about 6 minutes, flip the shrimp and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes. Check to make sure the shrimp are pink all the way through, then serve!

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Monday Must-Haves: Spring Cleaning Solutions

April 9th, 2018

Dusting/Cleaning E-Cloth® Glove | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopRange/Stovetop E-Cloth® | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopWith spring comes the infamous Spring Cleaning ritual. With winter receding and the freshness of spring upon us, this is a great time of year to refresh and rejuvenate our homes. To help you get started on your spring cleaning, or finish it up, today we’re featuring five must-have spring cleaning solutions and home fresheners that you can find at sturbridgeyankee.com.

Microwave Splatter Guard | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

E-Cloths® have become popular for their eco-friendliness and effectiveness. We offer two types of E-Cloths® here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. The first is one designed specifically for range/stovetop cleaning. Using just water and either the scrubbing side or finishing side, your stove will sparkle. The second is actually a glove made for dusting. The non-scratch material allows almost any surface in your home to be dusted quickly, effectively and without damage.

Filthy Mutt Dog Soap | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Often our microwave gets left behind in everyday or weekly cleaning, so here is your reminder to give your microwave a good scrub this spring (you could use the E-Cloth® above!).

After you’re finished, use a Microwave Splatter Guard on your food dishes to prevent splatter and spills from sticking to the inside of your microwave. These guards are dishwasher safe, so you will end up not having to clean anything by hand.

White Floral Shrub Linen Mist | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Something else on your list of spring cleaning to-dos is likely to get your four-legged family member clean. The Filthy Mutt Dog Soap is made right here in Maine out of natural ingredients and will get your pup clean without the use of harsh chemicals. Since it’s biodegradable, you can even wash your dog outside with this soap (although here in New England we would wait until the spontaneous snow storm and mud seasons are over).

Finish off your spring cleaning with a soothing floral scent spritzed around your home. This linen mist is made in the USA and features imagery by artist Mary Lake Thompson. It can be sprayed on linens, upholstery, pillows and other home accents to create an appealing springtime freshness – especially when your windows are open and the scent can mix with a cool, refreshing spring breeze.

Do you have any spring cleaning tips or tricks that work year after year? Share them in the comments, and happy spring cleaning!

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