Posts Tagged ‘beachy decor’

Thursday’s Theme: In the Tropics

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Bright colors, bold plants and exotic patterns are all things to keep in mind when going tropical in any room of your home. It can be easy to go a little overboard, however, so we have put together some tips on keeping your tropical haven relaxed and lively while maintaining classy and stylish looks.

Blue Multi Stripes Floral Rug

Start with neutral colored furniture in tan, white, navy or brown. You can always add an accent chair or table, but by having a large focal point of your room neutral, it’s easier to identify and piece together complementing décor. Add floral patterned pillows, solid and brightly colored pillows, or mix and match for a full and festive look. For wood floors, choose a rug that is sure to make a statement. On lighter wood, place a rug with a darker background under a vibrant pattern. Your lightly colored floors will add an eye-catching contrast to the darker fibers of the rug. For darker floors, do the opposite: brighter colors will create the lively statement you want to make.

Cabriole Chairside TableRound Cottage LampDarkly stained accent tables contribute to the comfortable feeling in a tropical design, especially against colorful and whitewashed décor and other furniture. However, if you’ve already chosen a darker sofa or have dark hardwood floors, a washed out side table will create an appealing contrast. The whitewashed look has a beachy feel and can provide that appealing statement you desire. You can then add colorful figurines, books and other decoratives to fulfill the tropical atmosphere.

An accent lamp or decorative floor lamp (or even a ceiling fan with blades that look like large fern leaves) can also create an interesting tropical contrast, especially in a smaller room or one without a lot of surface area on which to place novelty décor and accents. Choose a brightly colored, patterned and/or uniquely shaped lamp base and use a white fabric or burlap shade to create a natural look.

Metal Leaf Wall ArtOrleans CurtainsOur last recommendation does not exhaust this list by any means, but is an important one for completing your tropical escape. Wall décor and window dressings are important because they surround your room, and your home, and may be the first parts of a room you and your guests see when they walk in. When looking for tropical wall accents, think a little bit on the side of tribal or mosaic designs; these will most likely be intricate patterns and will mimic shapes and forms of the natural world – perfect for a tropical design.

Curtains and window dressings for a tropical room should come from either end of the spectrum. More specifically, choose light, airy and lacy curtains for a more relaxed look, and heavier, fuller fabrics for more formality. In combination with the above tips, you can create a lively and stylish tropical room (or rooms) in your home that you are sure to enjoy year after year.

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Decorating With: Nautical Accents

Friday, June 20th, 2014
Ahoy matey! Do you love the water? Fancy yourself an amateur sailor? Perhaps you adore the look of rich navy blue and crisp cream colors together. We gathered some of our favorite nautical themed home accents to make your abode feel freshened by the sea.
Ship Shape

Transform any room into a retreat by the sea by adding just a few accents to make the whole place feel like it was pulled straight out of a coastal scene. Decorating nautical is as easy as water, boats, and seaside charm. Knotwork, like the monkey fist knot, anchors and blue and white patterns make it easy for your to have seaside vacation right in your living room. Not sure where to begin? Start small: nautical themes are perfect for your bathroom. Remember, just like any thematic decorating, you can take this theme wherever you like, be it rustic, traditional, vintage or modern.

Sailor's Knot Doorstop
Portico Cablelock Braided Rug Coastal Anchor Pillow

Sea Lantern Night Light Port and Starboard

Just like the red and green lights on the bow of your boat, these clever lights guide the way down dark hallways or outside paths when the sun sets. Their versatile designs make them perfect for nautical inspired decorating. If you live in a historic home, these lamps would fit perfectly with your reproduction style. Choose from a petite Sea Lantern Night Light or its counterpart, the Sea Lantern Lamp or add interest to your ceilings with Gilded Copper Hanging Lantern.

Gilded Copper Hanging Lantern Sea Lantern Lamp

Smooth Sailing

Just because you want to decorate with nautical themes does not mean that you have to fill every nook with anchors and ships. Rather, you can add simple touches throughout your home to create the look you desire. Easily update any window with Navy Ticking  Stripe Curtains. Greet guests and keep floors or your porch tidy with Indoor & Outdoor Seashore Rug. Gaze at your reflection on the way out the door with Porthole Mirror, shaped just like a porthole on a seaworthy vessel.

Navy Ticking Stripe Curtains Swag
Indoor & Outdoor Seashore Rug Porthole Mirror

Rockland Breakers Print Come Sail Away

Nothing says nautical more than a stunning print featuring a regatta like the one seen in Rockland Breakers Print. Instantly enhance the wall space in any room with this Charles Wysocki reproduction. Compasses offer another simple way to make any home seaworthy. Navy Compass Indoor/Outdoor Rug can be used on a porch, bathroom floor or even in your kitchen. Inspire yourself and those around you with the sounds of the see by hanging Sailboat Bracket and Bell inside or outside.

Navy Compass Indoor and Outdoor Rug Sailboat Bracket and Bell

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~* Nautical Decorating with SYW

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Happy first day of summer! Here on the east coast, we sure are pleased that the summer weather has decided to come too. Could reach over 90°F by this afternoon! Perhaps many of you will celebrate by spending the day at the beach or by the water somewhere. In honor of more beautiful beach days to come, today we share how to decorate with a nautical and seaside theme. Let’s take a look below.


All of us at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop are excited about the many new nautical items now offered, some exclusively on our website. One of those new items is none other than the America’s Lighthouses Coverlet, pictured on the bed here to the left. Making a lovely summer bedding option or the perfect addition to your beach themed bedroom, this coverlet is 100% cotton with a double face knitting. When decorating for the seashore, blues are your friend. The range of light blue to navy blue are accented nicely by clean whites or perhaps a seafoam green. This light bedspread offers a light blue color palette and features notable lighthouses from around the USA.

Paying attention to your floors is a smart choice when highlighting a “beachy” room. A bold area rug or runner can set the tone just right. For example our Portico Cablelock Braided Rug seen here to the left, is made of a durable 100% polypropylene that’s perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. The cablelock braided construction appears much like a sailing rope and while there are other colors available, the navy option implies the idea of sailing very nicely.

Living in Maine, we understand that coastal living really is a great way to live. And even if it snows for 6 months out of the year, the summer is a chance for us to appreciate the sea breezes, collect sea glass or perhaps enjoy the rocky coastline and off shore islands on a friend’s boat.  To instill these nautical inspired feelings in your home, it’s best to keep things feeling light and airy.

A great way to do that using Sturbridge decor, is with our delicate Seashell Lace Curtains. Shown here to the left, these easy care curtains are available in ecru or white. Showcasing an abundance of seashells, the real surprise however is the tiny sand dollar designed rod pocket on top. Speaking of seashells and sand dollars, these little sea treasures are one way you can add a touch of the beach around your home. Spend a day collecting various shells, star fish, sea glass and more, to decorate under a windowsill, on a bedside table or in the kitchen.

Once your bedding, floors and windows are complete with this decorating theme, it’s time to have some fun. At SYW, we have lots of ways to accent a beach house, cottage or your nautical home. In terms of empty wall space, we know you’ll love our Beach Rules Sign. Handmade of solid knotty pine wood, the distressed sign states the rules of  the beach: “Relax Enjoy, Relax, Enjoy.” If it’s the outside space you need a seashore accent, consider our new Sailboat Bracket & Bell. Greet guests with this well-crafted, recycled steel scroll bracket on the front or back door of your home. Hang with the nostalgic cow bell or opt for a small hanging plant instead. All of the products featured on this page are proudly made in the USA.

For other nautical decor accents, such as clocks, pillows and chair pads, click here.


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