We have reached the last day of our Summer 2019 catalog and Made in the USA Sale. Our Fall 2019 catalog will be making its way to you this weekend and next week (request one here), but before we totally say goodbye to summer here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, take a look back with us at fifteen of our favorite blog posts of the season.
Posts Tagged ‘outdoor living’
Tags: DIY decor, outdoor living, patriotic decor, Recipes, seasonal decor, throwback Thursday
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We’ve talked about porch style and decor a number of times on the blog, but today we’re honing in on a particular kind of porch that is both purposeful and just plain fun (in our opinion, anyway):
The Sleeping Porch.
If you are unfamiliar with the sleeping porch, you have probably been able to figure out that it’s a space for sleeping. And if you are familiar with them, you either have one (lucky you!) or have at least admired their function. Either way, we hope you enjoy reading about the simple history of this type of porch, and how you can turn your own porch into a space for resting – or at the very least, enhance the coziness of your regular indoor bedroom.
Most popular in the southern and western United States and often a feature of historical Victorian or Arts & Crafts style homes, the sleeping porch was designed and designated for the inhabitants of a home (or hospital/medical center) to be exposed to fresh air not just during the day, but also when they were sleeping. Their popularity gained traction in the late 19th century and at the turn of the 20th Century, when immune system health was a concern – particularly the threat of tuberculosis. Sleeping in a screened-in porch allowed individuals to be protected from outdoor elements like weather, bugs, etc., and got them out of stuffy bedrooms – the air conditioning technology we have today had only just started being explored. These porches were not common areas; often they were found just off a bedroom, or used only by the family who lived in the home.
As time went on and air conditioning became more advanced and widespread, many homeowners sacrificed the sleeping porch in order to gain more square footage inside their homes. But as you can see below, sleeping porches are still being used in homes across the country. Here in New England and in Maine, sleeping porches are almost exclusively built on summer camps, because if you sleep on a screened-in porch that isn’t insulated in the winter, your health will certainly not improve. Also, they are not typically separate from the front porch or back porch like original sleeping porches were; basically, if a screened-in porch can fit a bed, it’s also a sleeping porch.
Here are a few sleeping porches we wouldn’t mind spending the night in this summer.
The Quintessential Rustic Sleeping Porch
The Traditional Porch + An Extra Place to Sleep
The Private Sleeping Porch
The Sleeping Porch in the City
The Wrap-Around Sleeping Porch
Do you have – or have you ever slept in – a sleeping porch? Share your thoughts below about the porches above, and your experience with sleeping in the space between the indoors and the great outdoors.
May is coming to a close, which means the season of outdoor living is practically here. Today we’ve rounded up five posts from the blog that highlight some of our favorite ways to decorate patios, gardens and more outdoor spaces, as well as ways to make the most out of the areas beyond your home’s interior.
Now is the perfect time to inspect your deck for wobbly sections, loose screws and/or nails, and make note of other wear and tear. Read this post for more suggestions regarding deck safety.
We’ve outlined basic furniture and decor suggestions to make your porch, patio or deck as cozy as your indoor rooms.
Although a more specific post, the featured outdoor accents can be conveniently found among our selection of web exclusive decor. At the very least, we think this particular post provides some inspiration for how to utilize and furnish outdoor spaces.
A great way to promote bee and insect health, which also boosts the health of your garden and outdoor plants.
We had to include a renovation-type post, and this one is small enough for anyone to try. Switch out light fixtures or add them; doing so will make a big impact outside your home this summer and throughout the year.
Tags: outdoor decor, outdoor furniture, outdoor living, summer decor, throwback Thursday
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