Posts Tagged ‘cottage decorating’

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


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


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: Downton Abbey™

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Downton History

Do you consider yourself an avid member of the Downton Abbey™ fan club? Downton Abbey™, for those of you unfamiliar, is a hit British period television show set in the post-Edwardian era. The story follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family in their fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey. Throughout the series viewers have watched as modern (to the time) events have affected the family and their hard working staff.

Bring a bit of Downton magic into your home with themed accents inspired by this iconic time in British history. Downton Abbey™ Valance and Shower Curtain each feature a double ruffle accented by vertical stripes in iron and cream ticking stripes that will do wonders for your bathroom. Imagine the exclusive retreat you can create where luxurious baths are only interrupted by the occasional sip of quality British tea.

Downton Abbey Shower Curtain
Violet's Wisdom Downton Abbey Pillow Fans and newcomers alike will appreciate the sentiment of Violet’s Wisdom Pillow, crafted of ultra soft polyester that looks and feels just like richly printed linen. According to Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham, “You’ll find there’s never a dull moment in this house.” True statement for any household.

Classically British, Union Jack Pillow features the title of the show running along the center band of this iconic red, white and blue flag. Wherever you choose to display these period inspired pieces, you can be sure that your friends, whether they are fans of Downton Abbey™ or not, will appreciate the stately welcome.

Fun fact: by the third series, Downton Abbey™ was one of the most watched shows in the world.

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Decorating with a Nautical & Beach Theme at SYW

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Get ready for summer with Sturbridge Yankee Workshop’s assortment of Nautical and Beach themed decor. With a a wide assortment of home accents, wall decor, lighting and flooring, you can easily decorate your home with this theme for the coming months.

Seashell Lace Curtains Seashells in Lace

Seashells, starfish and other shoreline sea life come to mind when thinking of spending time on the coast. At Sturbridge we have plenty of seashells, but we suggest making a statement of your nautical or beach theme with our Seashell Lace Curtains; pictured here to the left.

A collection of seashells and sea life complete the look of these white sheers. Tiny sand dollars uniquely create therod pockets of the tiers and valance. Purchase our easy-care polyester curtains this spring and receive Free Shipping, now during our Annual Spring Sale.

Lantern Lighting

We all love spending time by the seashore, taking a beach vacation, or the feeling of a fresh ocean breeze. So if you can only enjoy the beach in the summer, decorating an area of your home with a nautical or beach theme is a nice alternative to enjoy that feeling year round.

Consider lighting options to help achieve your theme, such as our Seeded Glass Wall Lantern shown here to the right. In your choice of finish, the painted steel encompasses a seeded glass shade and is supported by a round wall plate with curved hook to hang. This wall lantern works well both on indoor walls and outdoor, mounted on the exterior of your home.

Seeded Glass Wall Lantern

Life Is Good Beach Clock Beach Time

Here at SYW, there are lots of ways to pay tribute to the beach with options for your walls too. Next, we present our Life Is Good Beach Clock, which would look nice displayed in a sun room or other room with an open floor plan. Offering a cottage appeal, it’s also proudly made in the USA.

As seen here to the left, the clock features a painted blue and white background that resembles wood paneling. It’s also slightly distressed to give a weathered look. “Life is good at the beach” is a sentiment all fans of the ocean can relate to.

Seashore Floors

Not to be forgotten amongst your nautical or beach themed room, is your floor space. Whether you’re decorating a casual living space indoors or a covered porch outside, this next item is a must-have.

Our Indoor/Outdoor Seashore Rug pictured to the right, is available in the bright red as shown, or blue. On top of either bold hue, we find a design of various creatures from the sea. A seashell, starfish, crab and seahorse all have their place. But of course note to be missed, is a large lobster in the rug’s center.

Indoor/Outdoor Seashore Rug

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