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Wednesday Spotlight: Pillows

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Farm Fresh Pillow

This week’s Spotlight focuses on a favorite decor item: pillows! Between hooked and embroidered, wool and cotton, you are sure to find a pillow (or pillows) that fit your style and your comfort needs. These five pillows are great for spring decorating, with themes relating to animals, gardens, and farm life; but they will also fit in with your decor and home’s style throughout the year, giving you design and comfort options that last.

Rooster & Check Hooked Wool PillowCountry Style and Comfort
This Dianna Swartz design combines the classic look of check with a representative farm scene that looks great with almost all decor. It can be used as an accent piece among other check furnishings, or can be added to a collection of farm or domestic animal themed decor for a complete look. The hooked wool and cotton velvet back make this a comfortable pillow no matter where you place it: on a bench, a bookshelf, or on your sofa as a cozy head rest. 

If you have a smaller chair, shelf, or bench on which an average-sized pillow is just too big, but you still want to maintain a unique, country look, our Farm Fresh Pillow is an excellent option. The simple color palette allows this pillow to complement any decor, while adding a hint of comfort to any surface in your home.

Homey TouchesRed House Hooked Pillow Cover
This rich red cottage will bring a cozy, friendly feeling to your already warm home. Teresa Kogut is behind this design, which you can combine with other hooked Red House Collection items to create a cohesive look throughout your entire home; or, just use the pillow as a vibrant accent piece in your living room. The crow and flower accents add natural elements to this folk-artsy furnishing – elements that you will love admiring time and time again. 

Stephanie Stouffer designed the Tabby Cat & Bird Pillow, which is made up of soft yellow and simple brown colors, making it an instant classic among your own home decor. The friendly bird and cat are wonderful additions to a living room or reading nook; the hooked wool and cotton velvet back create a comfortable spot on which you and your guests can rest.

Novelty DesignsVintage Vegetables Pillow
These pillows are a little more novel in their designs, but provide the same wonderful decor options for any room of your home as do our other pillows. The Vintage Vegetable Pillow would look great in breakfast nook near the kitchen, or in a mudroom that leads out into a garden. This pillow also gives you slightly more design options, as it reverses to neutral-colored stripes on back which can be accented with your own home decor.

Boston's Best Cream Pie PillowOur Boston’s Best Cream Pie Pillow is more vibrant in color, but will give any room a little more personality when combined with a similar color scheme. Artist Ken Bailey designed the image in the style of vintage advertisements, so this pillow would even look great next to your antique treasures or vintage decor. 

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* Happy 60th Anniversary SYW & Happy New Year! *

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

All of us at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop wish you and your family a safe, happy, and prosperous New Year! With the start of 2013, we also celebrate our 60th anniversary as a company. In honor of this special milestone, we want to continue to thank our customers for their loyal business and appreciation for our products. To do so, in addition to our current Winter Seating and Quilts Sale going on right now, customers can expect to see a number of SYW Exclusive designs throughout the year. In today’s blog we feature just a few of those exclusive items, that you won’t find anywhere else. Let’s take a look below.


Pictured here to the left is our new Swivel Rocker. Petite in overall size, our Swivel Rocker will surely be one of the most comfortable rockers you’ve ever sat in. We say that because its small size contours to the body for long-term seating when reading or watching a movie in the family or living room. Presenting a subtle diamond pattern in a polyester blend with velour texture, customers will have their choice of three beautiful color options: Slate (shown), Gold or Merlot. You’ll also enjoy its full swivel capability, to better access your reading or crafting material on a side table, or maybe just to better grab the TV remote.

This upholstered rocker could also become a favored chair in the bedroom, accented with a decorative toss pillow as shown. A skirted bottom with attached back cushion completes the construction, that is proudly produced here in the USA. As part of our Winter Seating Sale, customers can save $50 on a Swivel Rocker from SYW. Seen on the exclusive rocker is another SYW Exclusive item, our Temptation Pillow. A 100% hand hooked wool pillow is cleverly designed by artist Diane Ulmer Pedersen. Featured on the pillow face is a determined tabby cat patiently waits, as a blue bird casually sits atop his head. Bold color and shading is achieved through the hooked wool technique. The words “Lead Us Not Into Temptation,” are displayed in capital letters around the edges of the pillow. For just $59.95, this exclusive pillow makes a great gift for those who can appreciate the fascinating nature of felines.

Next up is a new addition to our Country Shaker Collection, our Display/Step Stool shown here to the left. Shaker design boasts simplicity and functionality in the form of this decorative step stool. Solid hardwood construction makes this stool sturdy and ideal for difficult to reach areas of your home. Handcrafted exclusively for us here in Maine, our Country Shaker Display and Step Stool is a must-have furniture piece for your home.

Consider displaying small decoratives, books, a small potted plant, or even our Everlasting Drip Pillar Candles on the three stained top steps, when not using for its traditional purpose of course Exposed nails and arched sides with subtle scalloping on the base, add to the individual crafting of the item, as well as that little extra design detail. Customers can choose from Stain, Black (shown), Cranberry, or Spruce. Purchase this SYW Exclusive for $199.95 throughout the winter season.

~ Browse more Chairs, Stools, and Benches on Sale now.

~ Browse more SYW Exclusive designs in the pages of our Winter 2013 Catalog.


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Decorative Pet Pillows & Artist Robert McClintock

Monday, March 12th, 2012

At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we have a new selection of made in the USA decorative pillows that pet lovers everywhere will surely adore. Seen here to the left is our Jack Russell Puppy Pillow; which beautifully captures this Jack Russell Terrier pup’s true character. The canvas art transfer showcases amazing details in color and shading achieved from the textured brush strokes in the original work by artist and photographer Robert McClintock.

The dog’s short haired body, one floppy brown ear and bold brown eyes make him appear extremely life like. A deep golden yellow and barn red background design contrasts nicely with his crisp white coat. If the Jack Russell isn’t your preferred breed, consider our Black Lab Pillow, displaying a Black Lab who presents himself in a bright blue as interpreted by the artist. Both pillows are crafted of a poly-cotton blend (creating a canvas-like feel) and again are proudly made right here in the USA. In addition, each pillow features Robert McClintock’s signature from the original print in the bottom corner; adding to its artistic appeal.


Pictured here to the left is another Robert McClintock original design. Our Yellow Kitty Pillow features a sleepy kitty lounging in a study with a bookcase filled with many books behind her. The bright orange offers a nice contrast with the darker shaded sections of her body. Her attention grabbing eyes are presented in an exquisite display of one green and one yellow. How are these distinctively realistic pillows created? Photographer and artist Robert McClintock produces his images through a process called Photo Digital Illustration. He paints and adds color directly to his photographs and forms the final product through a computer program; though the images are not computer generated in any way.

Robert originally began using digital photos with the emergence of the digital camera around 1996. He always had an interest in photography and the arts; while growing up in Vermont, he was inspired by his talented and creative parents and often traveled to New York City to expand upon his curiosities. After living and working in different areas of the country and exploring different forums in which to express his unique style of photography (such as Polaroid Art and commercial advertising), Robert eventually settled in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2002 the opening of a small studio and gallery felt like home for the artist. This is where his well known cat and dog images first made their appearance. The attention to detail he is able to achieve is clearly attributed to his natural passion for animals.  In regards to his love for dogs, “they have one mission in life which is to make humans smile, ” he says.

Robert’s work is currently on display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Boston’s Photographic Resource Center (PRC) in the American Perspectives Exhibit. Today he continues to reside in the Baltimore area with his wife Sue and their four cats.


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