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Decorating with Green for Renewal

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Folk Art Dog and Cat Pillows Why We Love Green

Green is a very popular color for decorating. Whether it is a painted green room or with green accents throughout your entire home, green is an extremely versatile color. Green symbolizes growth and rebirth within nature, particularly highlighted during the spring season.

This refreshing feeling can be carried over to the decor in your home with the use of green. Whether you go for bright greens, bold greens, or muted tones as shown in the sage hues in the image to the left, green can be used in any room in many ways. Add green to your curtains for a calming window treatment or in your bedroom for a nature inspired look. Let us take a moment to explore how Sturbridge Yankee showcases the color green.

Glider Rocker Set
Symbolic of Nature

As implied above, green represents the health and beauty of our earth, and thus all nature itself. Highlight the splendor of all things green with Apothecary Quilt Collection, seen here to the right. Light enough for summer or as an extra layer for chilly nights, the intricate design is inspired by vintage tin ceilings. Grazing Sheep Print showcases early spring blooming all around us, with sheep grazing peacefully amongst the forsythia flowers. Apple Centerpiece is naturally dried for extra appeal.

Apothecary Quilt Collection
Grazing Sheep Print Apple Centerpiece

Green Puzzle Piece Wall Frame Easy on the Eyes

Green is said to be one of the easiest colors on the eyes. It’s unique to any other color because our eyes actually use green to recognize and actually interpret the other colors in the spectrum. We know that green is calming and this is why each performance hall and theater has a “green room” to relax and calm performer’s nerves. Green Puzzle Piece Wall Frame interlocks with other puzzle piece frames for versatility. Orleans Curtain Fan Insert in sage is a wonderful option for a calming window treatment. Folk Art Dog Pillow features a richer sage hue for rustic appeal.

Folk Art Dog Pillow Orleans Curtains Fan Insert Sage

Many Shades of Green

Lighter greens are correlated with nature while the darker and deeper greens offer symbolism of wealth. Indoor/outdoor capable Green Floral Toss Pillow is made in the USA with a cheerful green color palette and fun floral print. Fern Garden Quilt Collection features soft, calming shades of sage and fern. Green Bunny Pillow offers comfort and charm, by artist Lisa Hilliker.

Green Bunny Pillow
Green Floral Toss Pillow Fern Garden Quilt Collection

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New Framed Folk Art for Spring Decorating

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

As part of the Annual Spring Sale at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, customers can save on all items in the spring 2013 catalog, including our new spring decor. Among the new items this season, are two framed prints which both feature one of spring’s most notable animals.


Counting Sheep

Pictured here to the left is our Counting Sheep Print. The most recent addition to our wall art assortment, from folk artist Bonnie White. The colorful hillside village welcomes springtime with an abundance of newborn lambs. A horse drawn wagon stops in the dirt covered road, to let all the children take a look too. All the townspeople are excited about the seasonal activities taking place down on the farm. Set in a black frame with brown trim detail, this print is now on sale for just $89.95.

Bonnie White

This new piece of framed artwork has all the amazing attention to detail we have come to expect from artist Bonnie White. Bonnie painted as a child, however it wasn’t until after her youngest son entered kindergarten that she picked up a paint brush again. She began to explore craft shows and folk art galleries, realizing she very much enjoyed the style. Inspired by her childhood upbringing on her family’s horse farm in Canaan, NY and continued interest in historic homes, the ideas of what to paint were endless. Bonnie has also been recognized several times in Early American Life’s Directory of ‘traditional crafts for the holidays,’ being featured as a traditional artisan in America.

Symmetric Countryside

Shown here to the left is another new framed print for the spring season, our White House Print, by artist Diane Ulmer Pedersen. Not The White House of course, but a little white farm house set in a lush countryside. Simple and symmetric in its composition, our White House Print has a heartwarming appeal. Three sheep capture your attention as they leap across the foreground. The color palette consists mostly of red, white, blue and green; so as not to be difficult to blend with your other home decor. A textured finish with crackling in the background is achieved through a series of glazes that are appliedĀ over the original acrylic art. Customers can save $10 on this reproduction print at the low price of $69.95, now during our Annual Spring Sale.

Diane Ulmer Pedersen

Diane has actually been painting in her notable folk art style for over half her life. She received a B.F.A from Denison University, and today resides in Massachusetts. Her current inspiration stems from an interest in cultural and artistic history, American traditions, and her faith. Through exploration of the folk art style, Diane discovered her passion for still lifes, landscapes, needlework and more, from the 18th to 19th century time period in America. This talented artist has participated in various art shows and festivals around the Northeast, and like Bonnie White, her paintings are often showcased in the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts.


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New Folk Art from Artist Diane Ulmer Pedersen

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Early American Portraiture

Pictured here to the left are our new Primitive Girl and Boy Portraits. Resembling typical portraiture from 17th and 18th century America, these reproduction paintings add colonial inspiration to your walls. The Primitive Boy stands with his canine friend in an open green field, that only seems possible when the land was less developed. Wearing traditional period clothing, the boy stares back at us with an omniscient gaze. Mirroring the young boy, the Primitive Girl spends her time with a cat instead. Holding a basket of flowers, she too shares an interesting facial expression.

With the appearance of an oil painting, the colors appear aged and weathered over time. A textured finish and crackling throughout the background further implies the likeness to a collector’s piece in a museum. Pairing the two framed prints together as shown, makes for a striking wall display. Both are set in a brown wood-look frame with a convenient wire hanger and are made here in the USA. Now during our Annual Spring Sale, customers can save $10 on each.

About the Artist: Diane Ulmer Pedersen

Artist Diane Ulmer Pedersen is not new to Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, however we have recently added more of her artwork for the spring season. Diane has actually been painting in her notable folk art style for over half her life. She received a B.F.A from Denison University, and currently resides in Massachusetts. Her current inspiration stems from an interest in cultural and artistic history, American traditions, and her faith. After working in an antique shop, she started to paint what are known as naive portraits of children. This style is characterized by the somewhat “awkward” positions or expressions of the subjects, in addition to a simplistic approach. Through exploration of this style, Diane discovered her passion for still lifes, landscapes, needlework and more of the 18th to 19th century time period in America.

Antique Artwork for Your Walls

The crackling in the background of the framed prints above, is a result of Diane’s understanding of different folk art styles, textures and aged finishes. The Child Portraits and the Folk Art Cat Print shown here to the left, were originally created on either gessoed (chalky like plaster technique often used as a base in painting) fiberboard, wood, canvas, paper, or a plastic laminate. Diane uses acrylics that offer the appeal of an oil painting, as described on these new pieces of wall decor. She applies a series of glazes over the art to achieve their distinctive look. This talented artist has participated in various art shows and festivals around the Northeast, and her paintings are often showcased in the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts.


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