Posts Tagged ‘thanksgiving’

Made in the USA: Entryway Decorating

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Greet your guests as soon as they arrive with a welcoming atmosphere that will make them want to come inside and stay for a warm cup of tea. Here we feature some of our favorite furnishings to spruce up your entryway or mudroom, all made right here in the USA.

Fantastic Florals

It is easy to grab attention with our range of natural and faux floral arrangements, but there is something extra special about these options. Perhaps it is because they use nature inspired components, or the fact that they are created in the beautiful Cape Cod area along the ocean in Massachusetts.  You could even use this wreath above your mantel space, or as part of your table centerpiece for a dramatic appearance. These displays are expertly arranged to enhance the handmade appeal. Please note, these wreaths are recommended for indoor use only. Here we have our Merlot Willow Wreath, Enchanted Forest Wreath and First Snow Wreath.

Merlot Willow Wreath
Enchanted Forest Wreath First Snow Wreath

High Back Bench with Tree Carving

A Comfortable Seat With Rustic Charm

All of our made in the USA knotty pine furniture is primitive, natural, and full of country charm. This bench, with its tree shaped cut out, is perfect for year round use. Dress it down in the off season with woodland themed items, and enhance the holiday appeal all winter long with your favorite red and green decor. This bench will offer a place for guests to sit when removing snow covered boots, or a neat option for displaying your favorite hooked wool pillows.


A Place To Wipe Your Feet

No one likes muddy foot tracks across the house, which is why doormats are such a great (and often needed) addition to your entryway or mudroom. It is okay to ask your guests to keep things neat by wiping their feet or removing their shoes when they step inside! These festive doormats feature vivid artwork by artist Dianna Swartz. Choose from the holiday wreath, or the joyful snowman.

Christmas Greetings Wreath Doormat Christmas Greetings Snowman Doormat

Show Off Your Lighter Side

It is easy to see the charm of these knotty pine signs as soon as you look at them. What a cute way to say, ‘holiday cheer is here!’ when guests enter your home. Whether slightly humorous, or down right truthful, the full range of knotty pine signs available on our website are sure to bring a handmade touch to your home this year.

Define Good Knotty Pine Sign
So Be Good Knotty Pine Sign

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Holiday Entertaining Essentials With Free Shipping at SYW

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The time of year for gathering around the dinner table with friends and family is nearly here. Stock up on new table linens and hostess items, and take advantage of free shipping on holiday items, going on now here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop. Free shipping on all holiday items ends December 26, 2013, be sure to grab what you like soon!

Set the Table in Style

Set the scene for harvest meals with a collection of table linens that are sure to please guests year after year. When planning for dinner parties this year, an easy way to transform a static dining room setting is to occasionally interchange table linens for double the wear and more versatility.

A vast array of placemats, tablecloths, and table runners are available now at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop; enough to ensure that the same linens will not need to be used twice this season.

Danforth Tabletop Collection
Start with rich colors directly inspired by the harvest season in our Danforth Collection. Reversible 100% cotton placemats and runner make for colorful dining with winding ferns and flowers in muted colors. Highlights of raspberry red and pumpkin orange complement the cream colored background, reversing to a coordinating stripe pattern with the same range of colors as the front.

Turkey Time Linens Terrific Turkeys and So Much More

For Thanksgiving, we recommend using our Turkey Time Linens, made here in the USA. 100% polyester fabric, with the look of burlap and the feel of cotton, combines with a printed, rustic image of a vintage turkey trotting along upon a bit of greenery.

These pieces, available in a table runner, pillow, and placemat, offer old-world appeal and a charming setting for a Thanksgiving supper place settings. Try combining these linens with pinecones and leaves gathered from outside to create an all-natural centerpiece full of handmade charm.

No Thanksgiving table is complete without matching decorative serving ware, such as the Turkey or Pumpkin salt and pepper shakers. Glazed ceramic is exquisitely painted; use the turkeys, with their accompanying ceramic fall leaf, to dress up the table display. Turkey Salt and Pepper Shakers

New Ideas for Older Decorations

Enchant guests with simple decorations that look like something straight out of a magazine. Use mini wreaths, such as the Mini Berry Nest Wreath, either all matching or various wreaths with complementary color schemes, and gather lengths of ribbon from a craft stash in the house.

We recommend using one yard of ribbon per wreath to create a lush bow that can be used to tie the wreaths to the back of dining room chairs, or to hang them from a chandelier.

Mini Berry Nest Wreath
Burlap Ribbon Inspiration from SYW Decorators

Our Burlap Ribbon arrives in a four yard roll for easy decorating. These mini wreaths can also be used as tabletop centerpieces along with the Red LED Flameless candles available.

Flame-free means no risk of fire, nor smoke damage when using these convenient candles year after year.


Quilted Chickadee Collection Easy Transition from Harvest to Holiday

When transitioning into the later part of the season, especially for dinner parties into December, we recommend our Quilted Chickadee Collection. Soft 100% cotton features white pine sprigs and black-capped chickadees along with bright highlights of winter berries atop an off-white background on placemats and runner. Just like many of our tabletop collections, these quilted options are reversible for double the wear and increased versatility. Mix things up by using half of the placemats showcasing the chickadee front, and the other half reversed to the red and green calico stripe. Guests will think that the table has been arranged by a professional decorator!


Interesting Accents Make Big Impacts

Small accents such as glass lights can add interest and mood lighting to a dining space or appetizer area. Take a look at the Cardinal Glass Lighted Jars Set; sparkling glass reflects the warm glow from holiday lights inside of these petite containers with painted images of sleepy winter towns. Use these lights in the center of a mini wreath for a whimsical display and mood lighting all in one.

Cardinal Glass Jar Light Set

For more home decorating ideas, be sure to take a look at other articles on our blog by clicking here: Decorating with SYW! For more ideas on our website, be sure to check out our large articles section on our website that is chock full of decorating ideas, tips and tricks, and seasonal thematic decorating!


Made in the USA: Harvest Home Accents

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Peace, joy, and holiday cheer. These are three important qualities shared around the world this time of year.  We are already in the holiday spirit, and spreading season’s greetings all around, by featuring some of our made in the USA harvest items.

Turkey Gourd Bowl Gourds Are Great For Many Things!

Start the harvest season of right with themed decorative accents made right here in the USA.  We first draw attention to the Turkey Gourd Bowl, crafted by hand in Pennsylvania.

The gourds are grown, dried, and carved into a multitude of shapes fit for every use and season.  This particular shape conveys a folk art representation of the classic turkey.

We recommend utilizing the hollowed out gourd bowl to showcase potpourri, shelled nuts, or wrapped candy at this year’s harvest gatherings.


A Bold Print Says It All

To showcase the colors of the season, take a look at our made in the USA Give Thanks framed print, by artist Ellen Stouffer.

Featuring a primitive Americana scene, the muted colors of the harvest on this farm are complemented by pops of color in the recently picked vegetables in the foreground. Pumpkins and gourds abound as the residents of this farm prepare for market day.

Give Thanks Framed Print

Dinner On the Run Framed Print Bonnie White Captures the Charm of the Season

If artist Bonnie White is the preferred American artist of choice, take a peek at our large collection of her artwork, including the new Dinner On The Run framed print.  Vivid colors, whimsical landscapes, and smiling faces are all features that combine to create Bonnie White’s signature style.

Brightly clothed families gather in the foreground to share the joys of the season as wisps of smoke rise from the homes in the town.


Vintage Imagery For Rustic Appeal

For timeworn appeal, with a rustic feel, the Turkey Time Linens feature a vintage image of a turkey superimposed atop old fashioned script.

Soft polyester, with the look of burlap and the feel of cotton, complement the overall look of these American-made treasures.

With a pillow, runner, and placemat available, redecorating an entire room is a breeze.

Turkey Time Runner

Adding Accents Makes A Big Difference

We have plenty of ideas for enhancing the harvest theme with small accents, and our Lacey Oak Iridescent Ornament is a perfect example.

We recommend creating an elegant appearance by hanging multiple Oak Leaf Ornaments from the backs of guest’s chairs, or creating a magical arrangement when the iridescent oak leaves are hung from the ceiling with ribbon or fishing line.

Look closely at this copper plated leaf and it can be seen that this was once a real leaf plucked from nature.  A shimmering copper coating protects the leaf, while enhancing the veins and details throughout.


We are proud of the vast selection of items that are made right here in America.  Beautiful home accents and seasonal gifts are easier to enjoy when they feature quality American craftsmanship. Browse through more made in the USA items on our website by clicking here.