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Get the Look: A Primitive Cottage Bedroom

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

While we can’t offer you a beautiful door leading out to a pretty balcony, we can help you achieve the cozy, airy and primitive [indoor] cottage look depicted below. This bedroom may be small, but it’s filled with such personal touches we can’t help but be charmed by it.

Photo by Virge Temme Architecture IncMore bedroom ideas

Freeport Ticking Stripe Throw | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Bedding

It would be wrong to start with anything but the quilt. A quilt adds interest and whimsy to a bedroom, not to mention comfort, and whether your preference is a solid color or pattern, we have a variety of quilts that would work in a primitive cottage bedroom (Apothecary, Rosemary, and Blue Dusk shown here). When choosing coordinating accent pillows or shams, look for similar colors and alternative textures for maximum style. And we all know that a throw at the edge of a bed adds a relaxed look to a room while offering extra warmth for cooler nights.

Cottage Quilts | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Captain's Desk | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Desk

It doesn’t matter if the desk holds a laptop or your stationary for corresponding with friends; there’s no reason for it not to be beautiful. The Captain’s Desk (also available in black and chestnut) is part of our web exclusive selection of furniture, and it’s made here in the USA. In a cottage bedroom, and especially a small cottage bedroom, a quaint desk with storage options like this also makes for a great bedside table.

Unconventional Wall Art

We love the look of an unconventionally sized print in a bedroom like the one pictured above. Our Sunny Daze Canvas Print is bright and, well, sunny, and can be hung horizontally or vertically. For seasonal charm, the wide Red Barn in the Woods Canvas Print is a perfect option.

Red Barn in the Woods Lighted Canvas Print | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Sunny Daze Canvas Print | USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Black Hyacinth Cocktail Storage Trunk | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopAt the Foot of the Bed

A trunk or chest at the foot of the bed offers more storage for blankets and keepsakes, as well as an extra seat. The Black Hyacinth Storage Trunk offers modern storage with the nostalgic look of a primitive, handwoven trunk.

Overall, a primitive cottage bedroom should emanate vibrancy and functionality, two things that give it timeless life. Find out more ways you can incorporate a primitive look in your home here, and tell us how you would give this bedroom
a personal touch in a comment below.

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Decorate with a Primitive Style – New Home Accents from SYW

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The Primitive decorating style is one that reminds us of the quiet, uncomplicated, simple living of yesteryear. Modeled after late 18th century and early 19th century early America, there are many unique traits to this theme that you can use in your home today. Decorating with Primitive Decor has never been easier than with Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.


Primitive Home Accents

One of the most distinctive features of Primitive Decor is seen in the furniture used. Early American colonists would make sure that their furniture not only took up space, but that it had a functional purpose as well. Characteristics of Primitive style furniture include: distressing techniques within the paint application, rubbed or “worn” edges, exposed metal hardware, and fine attention to craftsmanship.

While we have a lot of primitive style furniture here at Sturbridge, often it’s the little things that really add a feeling of “home-spun” and “homemade” to your decor. Home decor with these attributes will lend very well to the primitive decorating theme. For example, new for winter, our Folk Art Display Balls are great accents to use in any room of the home. Crafted of paper mache, each ball has its own folk art motif. Available as a set of three large balls or four smaller balls, they are distinctively designed with the look of hand painting, in a muted color palette; also very typical of primitive decor. A distressed and crackled-like appearance, adds to their aged appeal.

Domestically Primitive

The quilting revolution gained hold on the American public after sewing machines were mass produced throughout the 1840’s and 50’s. The machine allowed fabric patterns to be created at a much faster pace, allowing those who quilted to show off their true talent.

Quilted textiles such as the tabletop accents found in our new Calico Patchwork Collection, work nicely with the primitive style because they resemble handmade patchwork. Shown here to the left is the Calico Patchwork Table Runner. Bordered with a variety of checks, stripes, a calico print, and other petite floral fabrics, all are displayed in a pleasing arrangement of black and beige. The table runner’s center showcases three beige sections of two black stars, and a black crow. The image of a black crow has long been a notable symbol of primitive decor as well. For more on Decorating with Crows at Sturbridge, click Here.

Update a casual dining area with this runner, or you might consider using it to dress up your mantle space. A Calico Patchwork Table Mat and Calico Patchwork Chair Pad are also available. Choose one or all of the ideas mentioned here, to highlight the warmth and nostalgia that decorating with early American inspired pieces will surely bring to any living space in your home.


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Decorating with Primitive Home Accents

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Primitive Boxes
Primitive Accents

The Primitive decorating style is one that reminds us of the quiet, uncomplicated, simple living of yesteryear. More specifically, the Primitive style is modeled after early America during the late 18th century and beginning of the 19th century. There are many unique traits to this theme as we will discuss below, but above all decorating with a Primitive style has never been easier than with Sturbridge Yankee Workshop!

Often it’s the little things that really add a feeling of “home-spun” and “homemade” to your decor. Our Primitive Boxes Set, seen here to the left is a great way to start. A set of three papermache boxes have hand painted folk art designs. Ranging in size from small to large, you can store your sewing materials, a thin blanket or simply display as clever decor. Other primitive accents from SYW include our Primitive Star Mirror, our Punch Tin Lamp and our Heart Stitchery; just to name a few items that will highlight Primitive Style on your walls or side table.


Primitive Furniture

One of the most distinctive features of Primitive decorating is seen in the furniture used. Early American colonists would make sure that their furniture did not just take up space, but that it had a functionality as well. Characteristic of Primitive style furniture: distressing techniques within the paint application, rubbed or “worn” edges, exposed metal hardware and fine craftsmanship. Pictured here to the right, is our proudly made in the USA, Huntboard. With three cabinet doors for storage, a flat stained top and an inset shelf with back paneling to use for display or additional storage, our Huntboard will be everything you need. Huntboards were traditionally used for serving breakfast or for a collation after a hunt. With your choice of Black or Moss, this furniture piece has the distinctive rubbed edges, to give the wood an antique look.

At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we have numerous furniture pieces that offer the beautiful Primitive style, but some of our customer favorites include our: Breezeway Bench, Knotty Pine Shelf Bench and our Set of 2 Windsor Chairs. The Windsor Chairs offer another feature that is often seen in primitive styling, the numerous spindles forming the chair back. Primitive furniture typically was and still is crafted of Walnut, Pine or Maple wood.


Hunt Board


Crazy Patchwork Quilt
Domestically Primitive

The quilting revolution gained hold on the American public after sewing machines were mass produced throughout the 1840’s and 50’s. The machine allowed patterns and designs to be created at a faster pace, allowing those who quilted to show off their true talent. Seen here to the left, is our Crazy Patchwork Quilt. The color palate is simply lovely ranging from warm browns and creams, rustic red, green and a nice faux tan suede. The design is almost reminiscent of an old kite; it has a bit of whimsy though the pattern makes sense for your country décor. Quilts like this one are characteristic of primitive style because it appears homemade and literally “patched” together. Other primitive options for the living room include our Tree Pillow or Welcome Sheep Pillow and our set of Crochet Sheets will be the finishing touch to any primitive bedroom. The technique of mixing patterns such as plaids, stripes and solids within one room, will give any space a “homey” feel.


Don’t Forget Your Floors

In the early American home, the living room or “main room” was the heart and lifeblood of those who lived there. To accent this high traffic space, a nice braided or hooked rug was common. Floors were typically stained dark to hide the dirt and to often match the dark paneled walls. Rugs made with hooking or braided methods gave a sense of coziness to an area frequently used for gathering around a fire. At Sturbridge, we are known for our exquisitely made in the USA braided rugs, so we of course have plenty to choose from. However, our New England Wool Braided Rug is exclusively made for us and offers primitive color choices of your basic Black, Blue, Red or Green. This versatile rug is crafted from a space-dyed heathered wool blend. If all you need is a small accent rug for an entryway or near the kitchen sink, consider our Folk Art Tulip Rug; featuring a hand hooked cotton and a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch design. For a cohesive look in a dining area, try our Folk Art Tulip Chair Pad, to match.


New England Wool Braided Rug


Village Shelf

Lancaster Cabinet
Primitive Storage
Soon to be a customer favorite, our Village Cupboard seen above, presents a unique storage option for your primitive home. As mentioned above, pieces considered primitive in style must provide affordability, ease of use and practicality. Our Village Cupboard does all those things, while displaying two beautifully painted images of primitive style homes by artist Gail Eads. Crafted of solid, knotty pine wood and made in the USA.

Another primitive style storage option is our Lancaster Cabinet, seen to the right. With exposed hardware and a smooth finish, the Lancaster Cabinet will provide you with organization and simplicity in your home. Customers can choose from Bronze Stars or a Pewter Wheat Bundle, punched tin design; also proudly made in the USA.

There are many ways to bring the Primitive Style into your home. Choose one or all of the ideas listed here, to highlight the warmth and nostalgia that decorating with early American inspired pieces will surely bring. Another fact to note is that iron based reading lamps and oil lamps were popular for the time period and you can give a nod to this bit of history with our Hurricane Lamp or Sewing Machine Lamp. SYW is happy to help with your Primitive Decor needs, so browse our entire website today for more!

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