Posts Tagged ‘outdoor furniture’

Get The Look: A Cozy, Covered Country Porch

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

We love the look of a casual, comfortable covered porch. This one (from Houzz) effectively and functionally combines some of our favorite types of furniture to create a space that is perfect for chatting, having afternoon cocktails, or enjoying some peace and quiet. Below we show you how you can get a similar look on your covered porch by using furniture and decor from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

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Cottage Rocker | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopCan you call it a country porch if there isn’t at least one rocking chair on it? We prefer at least two, and the ones on the covered porch above are just perfect. Our Cottage Rocker features a similar design and is available in seven colors (black shown to the left) so you can really personalize, coordinate, and/or contrast your porch. Although porch rockers command their space, they are also quite complementary to other porch furniture, like a couch or a bench. Wood benches are best, and you can make them more cozy by adding cushions and pillows. A Windsor Bench looks great with our Cottage Rocker, but you can also incorporate a smaller Pine Bench or other similar seating to fit your exact space.

Seeded Glass Hanging Lantern | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopTo ground the furniture pieces, and make your covered porch look more like an outdoor family room, use an outdoor rug and coffee table. Because it will be outside, make sure the rug is easy-care and durable – our Portico Cablelock Braided Rug Collection is made just for this purpose. The coffee table is a little more stylish than functional in this situation, but it still makes a great surface to set down drinks, snacks and a vase of flowers.

Finally, the perfect lighting fixture can turn any covered porch into a dreamy area as the sun sets and goes down. We love the hanging lantern in the Houzz picture, but you could also use a Seeded Glass Lantern or another light that is vintage or made to look that way.

Portico Cablelock Braided Rug | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Five Inspiring Summer Porches

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Sitting on the front or back porch in the summertime can be one of the most relaxing ways to pass the time. Whether you do it with your morning coffee, a good book or with a friend, your porch space should be comfortable and make you happy. Here are five porches to inspire yours this summer.

Flowers and a Rustic Bench

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A Seat at the [Picnic] Table Inside, an Adirondack Chair Outside

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Suspend, Swing, Sit Around

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Farmhouse Rockers in the Fresh Air

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Colorful and Bright (and Wicker)

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Weekly Spotlight: BBQ Month

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

48" Teak Dining TableBlue Ruffle Melamine Dinner Plate SetWelcome to May! This month offers so much as a transition from spring to summer here in Maine: warm weather, the occasional rain shower, trees and flowers beginning to bloom, and National Barbecue Month – a delicious thing to celebrate. Here are five essentials that will keep your barbecues well stocked, organized and enjoyable for you and your guests.

Wrought Iron Paper Towel Holders

An outdoor dining table is a great place to gather around and enjoy food cooked on the grill. Our Teak Dining Table is perfect for withstanding seasonal weather and is made to fit a table umbrella for adding shade on the sunnier days.

When it’s time to eat, forego the paper plates and opt for these Melamine Dinner Plates instead. Their durability and style are unmatched, giving you dinnerware that can be brought outdoors and a stylish accent for your outdoor barbecue.

Round Enamel Tub

Keep paper towels near by for clean up without worrying about a strong gust of wind carrying them away with a Wrought Iron Paper Towel Holder. The variety of designs fit your party theme or style preferences.

Beverage Dispenser with Chalkboard Label & StandYou’ve got the food prep down packed, leaving plenty of opportunity to get all your beverage choices up to snuff.

A Round Enamel Tub offers your guests convenience when filled with ice and drinks, and a Beverage Dispenser with a stand and chalkboard enhances the personal charm of your spread.

With these elements in place, other additions like decorations and furnishings can be instituted to create the best space for your barbecues in May and the duration of summer.

Check out our food ideas for barbecues throughout the blog, like the BBQ Chicken Crescent Ring, and share your favorite barbecue dishes and decor in the comments below. Happy National Barbecue Month!

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