Posts Tagged ‘winter decorating’

Get the Look: Winter Centerpiece Basics

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Here are some basic tips for creating a simple yet charming winter centerpiece or tablescape. We have included a look from the tables in our break room that perfectly exemplifies how easy it is to create a seasonal atmosphere on any table.

Santa Centerpiece at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Snowflakes - The least you can do is throw some snowy accents onto a table. These snowflakes are made of lace, but you could also get crafty and make snowflakes out of high quality or decorative paper. Use less if you’re going big, and many more if the flakes are small.

Glass jar - With a glass jar (or many) there is so much you can do. To keep it simple, we added a pine sprig to this handled glass jar – a little greenery can go a long way! If you don’t have any specialty jars or Mason jars, employ an empty vase or use a clean and de-labeled wine bottle and fill with greenery, sparkly beads or fake snow.

Collectible or Sculpture - These can be easily switched out as you celebrate specific holidays or occasions (like switching out Santa for a snowman after Christmas), and put an additional seasonal spin on the overall look. A figurine also gives you more of a chance to personalize the centerpiece, and maybe even act as a conversation starter (decorative salt and pepper shakers are great for this, too!).

Lighting – During the winter, extra lighting adds more warmth to your decor and, since the days are short, more light! We used a flameless candle in the jar for worry-free lighting. We also placed a small string of lights inside of this metal star to give the centerpiece more illumination (below you can see the star without the lights).

Check off these four centerpiece basics and celebrate winter more beautifully. Share your centerpieces with us on Facebook or Twitter, and tell us if we’ve missed any tablescape must-haves!

Snowman Centerpiece at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Weekly Spotlight: Winter Fun

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

This time of year always calls up nostalgia and childhood excitement in all of us, so to commemorate those warm feelings, this week we are putting the spotlight on some fun winter time activities.

Mitten Memories Print | Jill Ankrom Wrought Iron Mitten & Boot Dryer Stand

Mitten Memories

Bundling up to go play outside is almost as enticing as taking off snowy boots, mittens and hats after an afternoon and warming up with hot chocolate under a blanket. This Wrought Iron Mitten and Boot Dryer Stand is a must-have winter accessory for those activity filled afternoons and their aftermath. Place boots or mittens and hats on each tier to dry until you need them again. These may be cold days, but the memories being made are warm.

Sleigh Checkers Game Board

Skating Snow GirlSkates and Sleds

Backyard ponds, community rinks or even a town lake offer the best places to do some ice skating by yourself or with friends. Skating Snow Girl celebrates the fun of ice skating, and also reminds us to build a snowman or two this winter! Building snowmen and snowwomen may not be on the townspeople’s minds in Sharon Ascherl’s new print, but sledding sure is! On days when it’s too cold or snow cover has dwindled, use this whimsical Sleigh Checkers Game Board and have a family game night instead.

What are your favorite snow day or winter activities? Have you continued any seasonal traditions with your kids, like family game night, snow fort building or others?

Share your fun with us and have a safe and happy winter season!

Late Afternoon Sledding Framed Print | Artist Sharon Ascherl

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Weekly Spotlight: Winter Clearance Decor

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Snowy Cardinal Quilted PillowWe are in the final days of our Winter 2017 catalog – that’s right, Spring 2017 is nearly here! While you can still shop our Annual Seating & Quilt Sale, here are five home accents on clearance that also won’t be here much longer. And be sure to check out our entire clearance section on our website.

Snowy Cardinal
Quilted Accent Pillow
($14.99)

Cardinals and pine trees are beautiful winter motifs, and the whimsical ruffle on this cotton pillow creates a fun home accent for a sofa, bench or chair.

Cardinal & Chickadee Glass Tree Lights

Cardinal & Chickadee
Glass Tree Lights
($24.99)

Winter Cardinal Table Runner

Accent lighting always makes winter feel a little warmer, and these charming trees are no exception. Chickadees and a cardinal sit on pine boughs while white lights illuminate an accent table or reading nook.

Winter Cardinal
Table Runner
($29.99)

For most of us, keeping the winter elements outside is necessary, but with this Heather Myers design, you can bring the charming parts of the outdoors inside to your dining room or country kitchen. Printed in the USA, this table runner will keep your home
decorated while you try to spot a
cardinal outside your window.

Toboggan Backgammon Game Board

Toboggan Backgammon
Game Board
($39.99)

Combining a classic tile game with an equally classic winter activity, this wood game board & playing pieces are perfect for playing during a snowstorm at home or up to camp.

Winter Carnations Sign ($49.99)

This giclee printed wall art is a vintage reproduction of a florist’s sign and is made in the USA. The black frame contrasts beautiful greenery and red carnations that add life to your home throughout the winter, while complementing your spring and year round decor.

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