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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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Decorating With the Color Red

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
The color red is an enchanting and magical color. Depending on how you to display or light an area with this vibrant shade, it can have either an energetic or a soft and rustic feel. Here we feature an assortment of our products that span all tones of red, including everything from a classic cherry red to a muted barn red. Red also evokes a feeling of romance and love. However you choose to represent this primary color of the rainbow, consider the collection of red items from Sturbridge Yankee Workshop to decorate your home.
Boston Rocker
Country Check Curtains Red Romantic Dining

Pictured here to the left are Classic Country Check Curtains, which are propped in an environment that can easily be recreated in your kitchen or dining area. If you like the hanging light fixture over the table, Fort Hill Pendant comes in red as well. For seating consider Saddle Stool, arriving in a bright, traditional red color. Wide contoured seat makes for immensely comfortable sitting, no matter where you use it. Red is a wonderful color to have in a dining area because the hue stimulates our appetites. Petite Primitive Corner Chair comes in a deep rustic red.

Saddle Stool Red Primitive Chair Red

Bold & Vibrant

Add pops of color throughout your home with red accents that can be surprisingly easy on the eyes. When paired with a neutrally colored room, bright red accent pillows like the petite Lace Heart Pillow will add just the right amount of warm color. Geranium Bush Spray looks great in any room and will remain as pretty as fresh blooming flower all year long (wooden vase sold separately). Keep the room looking neat with a Holly Garden Placemat on a bedside table or under a lamp.

Lace Heart Pillow
Holly Garden Tabletop Collection Geranium Bush Spray

Crimson Folk Art Family Rug An Eye Catching Hue

When it comes to going red on your floors, Sturbridge Yankee Workshop has you covered. Seen here to the left in a runner size is Crimson Folk Art Family Rug. Displaying an intricate folk art pattern and plush feel, this rug highlights warm red tones that will enhance your red themed decor. Its beauty lasts thanks to its stain resistant, easy-care polypropylene. Featuring this eye catching hue are Red Wool Floral Fusion Rug, shown in detailed close up below, or Bold Braided Stair Treads. Imagine the decorating possibilities that this color will instantly bring into every room of your home, enhancing the overall mood.

Detail of Red Wool Floral Fusion Rug Bold Braided Stair Tread Red

Energy Around the House

Red creates a feeling of energy in any living space and will surely be noticed, because the brain is naturally attracted to the contrast red gives to an everyday environment. Vintage Desk Phone offers a retro feel to a kitchen, office, or living room. This early 20th century replica version offers all the modern conveniences of today, such as push buttons and redial. Other accents, like Soup is a Hug Soup Bowl, or Berry Hydrangea Wreath, are easy to use around the house all year.

Vintage Desk Phone
Soup is a Hug Soup Bowl Berry Hydrangea Wreath

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Celebrating 60 Years – History of Our Shaker Furniture

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Shaker Simplicity

Simplicity, purity, and utility have been the founding cornerstones of Shaker furniture, design, and living, for nearly as long as America has been a nation. Today we will discuss the history of Shaker furniture at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, in honor of our 60th Anniversary.

The Shakers sought to apply harmony and order to every aspect of their daily life. As they put it, “Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live and as if you were to die tomorrow.” Implying a work ethic devoted to simplicity, functionality, and longevity.

Shaker Comparisons

Shown above is a long Shaker style table, that was once referred to as our “Pine Sofa Hall Table” in our 1975 catalog. The sides folded down as many of our drop-leaf tables do today. Pictured below, we see the development of our furniture line through the end of the 1970’s. The appreciation for our commitment to American traditions and workmanship became well known throughout the Northeast by the end of this decade, and the furniture collection was expanding as well. Seen on the left is a large “Shaker Hutch” and to the right, a Shaker style “End Table.” You’ll note its striking similarity to our current Country Shaker End Table.


Shaker Ingenuity Since 1953

Pictured to the right is an assortment of Shaker style furniture we offered in our very first catalog in 1953. When compared to our current assortment in 2013, the classic, clean lines and simple functionality of the pieces have not changed very much at all. Here’s an except from pg. 5 of this catalog, describing “The Story Behind SYW Furniture:”

‘The worth of Sturbridge Yankee Workshop furniture can be measured from the spirit of craftsmanship which goes into each piece. The originals from which our pieces are copied stood the test of time because of that same craftsman’s spirit of accepting nothing but the best.’

Strurbridge Yankee Workshop’s Shaker Furniture is now handcrafted locally, here in Maine. The ability to form fine workmanship and quality materials into valuable pieces you will be pleased to have in your home or office, is a commitment all of us at SYW are proud to offer to our customers year after year.

~ Browse the Shaker Furniture Collection at SYW today.


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