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Get the Look: Simple Country Entryway

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

For a breezy entryway that looks put together but not cluttered, focus more on items that keep a room grounded and the rest will fall into place. Take a look below for inspiration, and to see how you can get the look with home accents from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

Photo by Tama BellBrowse entryway ideas

Rustic Country Huntboard | Get the Look | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopThe console table above makes a beautiful, welcoming statement in this entryway, and its dark finish contrasts nicely with the airy, light colors of the room. The distressed surface coordinates with the hardwood floors, which gives a softer look to the bulky piece. Our Rustic Country Huntboard offers the same effect, as well as storage options for linens, knick knacks and other items. For a pop of color, an area rug is the perfect solution. Our USA made Portico Cablelock Braided Rug creates the same brightness and color scheme as the rug above, and will last under the feet of numerous guests and family members.

As you can see, the space above is decorated quite minimally, but it still emits a warm, welcoming feeling to give a great first impression. A vase or large container filled with greens and tall plants (Bells of Ireland, White Muscari, real or Artificial Grass) placed on the table adds a natural look that can be easily switched out season by season. Flanked by two lanterns with pillar candles inside, the tabletop is styled simply yet beautifully.

Beveled Iron Wall Mirror | Get the Look | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

A mirror enhances the open feel of the room, and gives you a chance for a last-look on the way out the door. A mirror works best here (as opposed to wall art or a print) because of its glass lantern complements, natural wood elements throughout the space, and the ability of this home accent to spread natural light – of which you can never have enough.

Consider incorporating these pieces into your entryway, or use the tips and suggestions to enhance the design of an existing space in your home.

Portico Cablelock Braided Rug Collection | Get the Look | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Meet: East Coast Artists Harry Smith & Phyllis Stevens

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Two more great artists with work featured here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop are east coast based artists: Harry Smith and Phyllis Stevens. Both use their beautiful outdoor surroundings to inspire them in their work. Let’s take a look.


Harry Smith

Maine artist Harry Smith is a man of many talents. Currently Harry is living and working in an old sea captain’s home of the 1860’s, on Mt. Battie along side the coast of Camden Hills with his wife Marsha. The home provides inspiration to all aspects of his work, due to the rich nature that surrounds him. Harry studied art at the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and Washington University. On a daily basis you might find Harry sketching various Maine objects, of wildlife or food, while also creating original designs in his studio. He is not just a painter though, as we know him at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. Harry is also an accomplished author, illustrator, sculptor, graphic designer and miniaturist. His books include such titles as, ABC’s of Maine and Windjammers of the Maine Coast. He is featured in “Who’s Who in American Art,” as well as on Early American Life’s list of “America’s Top 200 Traditional Craftsman.” Through his work, whether that be a painted image as seen on our rugs below, or a handcrafted miniature piece of furniture, you will notice his attention to detail.

Having a respect and appreciation for nature, the beauty of Maine and all it has to offer, is something that Harry Smith knows hows to capture in his work. Maine’s infamous red lobsters are featured  above in our Lobster Rug. It could be the perfect summer accent rug or doormat for your beach cottage. Two lobsters holding onto a gold rope by their big claws, atop a soft cream background, are ready for dinner! A beautiful red, white and blue braided border is the Americana décor you love.


Phyllis Stevens

Another well known, east coast artist is none other than Phyllis Stevens. A little farther south than Harry, Phyllis resides in rural Pennsylvania. Phyllis is an accomplished folk artist who loves the challenge of translating what she sees in real life, to a design on paper. She is inspired daily by taking nature walks surrounding her home, her friends and family; treasuring the time spent especially with her grandchildren while sharing meals around the dinner table. Phyllis loves warming the homes of others with the art she creates and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come.

Phyllis particularly loves the warm colors that Autumn brings each year and living on the east coast, she has live inspiration to draw from, for such designs as the one seen to the left. In our Autumn Leaves Rug, we see a swirl of pretty fall leaves decorating this lovely oval, 100% jute accent rug. Maple and oak leaves are featured in earthy shades of crimson, gold and brown and then scattered amongst acorns and bordered in a braided trim of red, orange and green yarns. To match consider our Autumn Leaves Placemat.

~Thank you Harry & Phyllis for sharing your talent with Sturbridge Yankee Workshop over the years.


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