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Throwback Thursday: A Bold Room from 2005 (and style tips for today)

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

For this week’s Thursday’s Theme we’re taking it back to our Holiday 2005 catalog, and the living room below. Although this set up is over ten years old, it maintains a timeless look because of the use of staple furniture, decor and classic color.

Throwback Thursday: A Bold Room from 2005 | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

First, the colors. If the white furniture doesn’t draw your eye into the image, the red and orange pairing certainly will. Red and orange are analogous colors (as are orange and yellow), which means they are neighbors on the color wheel. This also means that their pairing is pleasing to the eye. While the red in this room has a much more imposing presence, the scattered orange accents move the eye around the room for both a bold yet refined look. These same colors, in addition to small splashes of yellow, are found in the wall art and the quilt hanging on the walls. These help break up the solid colors to make them feel lighter and more airy, thus offering the same effect to the entire room.

Second, the furniture. Another reason why this color pairing works so well is because the furniture is pretty uniform, which allows the color to really take center stage. You may recognize the tables as pieces from our Shaker Furniture collection, and although they have undergone a few slight changes over the years, you can still count on them to coordinate beautifully with each other – no matter which color you choose. The slip-covered furniture is stunning in white here; each piece really grounds the room, and the texture of the fabric prevents it from blending in too much with the walls while still remaining neutral enough as to not clash with the bold colors already in use.

A style tip to keep in mind is when you’re investing in a piece of furniture that will be in your home for a long time, like our Shaker Tables, you can personalize and adapt them to your style in a small yet impactful way: by switching out the drawer pulls. The small wood knobs can be removed with a screwdriver, and you can add your own glass, metal, or other wood pulls.

Learn more about analogous colors here, and let us know about any bold colors you’ve experimented with. We would also love to know if you have any style tips you’ve carried with you throughout the years that have stood the test of time. Leave a comment below!

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Creating a Halloween Tablescape

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Halloween Deco

Your jack-o-lanterns are lit, cobwebs are placed strategically, and you have stockpiled enough candy to last you through next Halloween. Before guests arrive, look to your accent tables or dining room table and add some flair with a Halloween tablescape. Here are some loose guidelines to follow no matter your style.

Color Scheme

Orange and black are classic Halloween colors, but white and neutral beige tones are equally decorative on pumpkins, candles, ribbon and baskets. Breaking up bright orange and dark black with these natural alternatives will make your decorative items, pumpkins and bats, for example, make an even more impressive statement.

2 story transitional Family Room

Fall Fill-Ins

If your centerpiece is almost perfect, but isn’t achieving the full look you were hoping for, use fall home accents to fill in the empty spaces. An autumn leaf garland is the perfect solution, as it will complement your color scheme and add a lively touch to the table. Also, you can never have too many pumpkins, so use them to fill in extra space or scatter on tabletop pedestals among your skulls, bones and witches.

Fall Decor

Simplicity Saves Time

Maybe you are opting to go simple this year with a tablescape, or need one for dinner tomorrow. No worries – think simple! A large vase in the center of the table is an attention-grabber, especially when filled with seasonal flowers and plants. Add a few candles – bonus points if they are orange, black, and seasonally scented! – and scatter some leaves (found outside) along the length of the table. Decorative placemats will pull the look together and give you a beautiful table in no time!

When in Doubt, DIY

For a more personal touch, turn to DIY projects for your Halloween centerpieces. From bats to glittery Halloween pumpkins, the tables in your home will be decked out in ghoulish style in time for the 31st. To get started, check out some of our favorite Halloween DIY projects. Share your tablescapes and DIY ideas with us in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter, and have a spook-tacular (and well decorated) Halloween!

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Quick Tip: Style in a Small Dining Space

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Quick Tip: Style in a Small Dining Space

Make a bold statement in a small dining space with an exceptionally decorated table runner, like our made in the USA Under the Sun Table Runner shown above.

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