Posts Tagged ‘folk art’

Decorating With: Cute Country Cows

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
Cow, bovine, bessie, heifer. No matter what you call them, cow motifs create instant country charm in a kitchen, dining room, bathroom or bedroom.
Wholesome Farm Sign
Country Cow

Imagine your country kitchen  transformed into a fun environment where cow themed accents come to play. Red, white, and black colors ring out in Country Cow Large Serving Bowl, perfect for accenting your current style or for adding that completing piece to bring a look together. Whether you use this stoneware bowl everyday or simply keep it on display to enhance country cow decorating, its deep sides and hand painted features are sure to please. Wholesome Farm Sign continues with the cow theme while offering a muted, rustic farmhouse approach. Use this sign above a doorway or even on a wall in a dining room.

Country Cow Large Serving Bowl Front View

Fresh Milk Print Wonderful Wall Art

In Fresh Milk Print, artist Bonnie White shows us what life on the farm is like. Grain silos are full to the top no doubt and cows are ready to be milked as townsfolk gather around for the fresh treat. Rustic homesteads in rich colors create rural charm. Continuing in a pastoral trend, Good Pastures Wall Border can be used in any home currently decorated in lighter pastel colors or with a focus on rural landscape imagery. Rolling hills and soft sky colors complete this simple picture. Use the large spool to create instant borders in your kitchen or dining room, easy to apply and use.

Good Pastures Wall Border

Cows and Barnyard Buds

Cows, sheep, roosters and pigs. What more could a country home ask for? When searching for other accents to go along with your rustic cow style, reach towards other animal prints like the ones shown here on Burlap Barnyard Pillow and Valance. Burlap fabric accented by distressed printed imagery and barn red stripes creates just the right look for a dining room or living room. These friendly farm animals join in on the fun to create a cohesive ranch home look. Also available in a table runner, this collection will make your room feel quite country indeed.

Burlap Barnyard Pillow
Burlap Barnyard Valance

Example of Rustic Farmhouse Animal Themed Decorating What Works With Cow Print?

As shown above, cow themed home accents can range from stark contrast with black and white prints to rustic charm or pastoral beauty. Coordinate your cow themed kitchen or dining room with other themes easily incorporated to make the whole room shine.

Black, White and Red All Over: Red is a wonderful accent to black and white. Offering stark contrast and modern appeal, red can take the form of apples, cherries, or bright red roosters. For more rustic farmhouse animal themes, try deep barn red instead, as shown in the environment to the left.

Green as the Grass: Green is another great option for decorating with a black and white cow print scheme, offering a playful atmosphere full of life. To tone things down a bit, go for muted dark green colors.

Pastel is Pastoral: Continue adding additional soft colors into your home when decorating with peaceful options such as Good Pastures Wall Border shown above. Lighter colors will keep things feeling fresh and new.

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Get the Look: Bring Color Into Your Home

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Color can instantly enhance the atmosphere of any room in your home. Start in a single area and work your way around the house adding a splash of color in every space. To learn more about the products featured in each photo, click on their corresponding links below.
Sheep & Flowers Pillow, Newport Double Bench, Number Hooks Timeless Black Table Lamp, Barnyard Meeting Print, Higgeldy Piggeldy Sculpture

Neutral bedrooms create calm atmospheres for relaxation and restful sleeping. Neutral color schemes are easy to update with colorful throws, bedding and pillows that will create a different look as often as you desire.

Keeping in line with soft textures and colors, colonial blue Apothecary Quilt is complemented by delicate embroidery on Fern Grommet Window Panel with just a hint of color on Blooming Gardens Long Hooked Wool Pillow. Cute and cuddly spring bunny is an optional accent.

Apothecary Bed, Blooming Gardens Hooked Wool Pillow, Fern Grommet Panel
Holly Garden Quilt Collection Instantly enhance the energy of your sleeping space with warm hues meant to grab your attention and enliven your mood. Holly Garden Quilt Collection brings warm and vibrant sensations with rich red hues complemented by other accents puling together the same tones. Geranium Bush Spray creates a dash of delight when placed in Wooden Vase.

Sage Apothecary Quilt offers color wheel complement to the red room. Off-white linens keep things feeling fresh. For a less potent punch or for decorating a girl’s room, try using pastel red or soft pink in combination with sage green or sea foam.

Pillows are one way to instantly change the overall appearance of your bedroom as often as you like. Keeping paint schemes and linens within neutral cream and white color ranges ensures that any pillows you pick will make a good fit.

Create a patriotic tribute with George Washington and Abe Lincoln gracing the front of hooked wool pillows, coordinating with Star Hooked Pillows in two colors. Ruffle Flag and Burlap Flag add a final wave to Americana charm. Keep on display just for special Americana occasions, all summer long or throughout the year.

George Washington and Abe Lincoln Hooked Wool Pillows, Burlap Flag Pillow, Ruffle Flag Pillow, Star Hooked Pillows

Upholstered Boston Rocker, Tree of Life, Mini Onion Lamp Living Room

Living rooms are great areas for playing with color. Brighten up your seating space with colorful drapes, accent pillows or upholstered furniture in vibrant fabric print options. Upholstered Boston Rocker sings out with fun flowers in a country tune. Continue a nature inspired theme with Tree of Life Wall Art propped above a versatile side table like Lancaster Side Table. Whimsical and colorful, Set of Birds brings woodland songbird appeal and Mini Onion Lamp adds rustic charm.

Play with various shades of color in one area can enhance to effect while keeping spaces from looking rainbow colored. Sturbridge Lantern Lamp in gold adds yellow tones to this overall green toned landscape, enhanced by Country Shaker Sofa Hall Table in cool spruce and charming country check curtains in vibrant green from Sturbridge Plaid Curtains collection.

Cherry Blossom Potted Display brings a grounded, natural touch. Similar character can be created with any color of your choice by simply remaining open to new combinations you may not have thought of before.

Country Shaker Sofa Hall Table, Sturbridge Lantern Lamp, Sturbridge Plaid Curtains, Cherry Blossom Display
Bright & Cheery Wreath, Handmade Bird Print Lamp, Country Shaker Sofa Hall Table Brighten any space with small hints of color on a variety of accents. Forever flowers are popular ways to add color to any wall, as shown here with Bright & Cheery Wreath.

Handmade Bird Print Lamp is just that, handcrafted from the very top intricately made finial to the reclaimed wood base at the bottom.

Country Shaker Sofa Hall Table in black offers simple contrast and grounded appeal against the brighter colors of the lamp and wreath. For added color, use more flowers or add a pop of color with a bright rug. To keep things toned down, using lots of greenery as shown here will offer the best result.


Kitchens are the heart of the home. You most likely spend a lot of time there. Make dinner prep and entertaining easier with cheerful kitchen decorating that speaks to your unique style. Keep things looking neat and organized while staying true to country roots with sets of Large and Small Wire Baskets for storing spices or mugs. Roosters are common kitchen motifs and Rooster Wall Plank and Rooster Doorstop enhance this theme. By taking colors from each of these accents, like the green and blue pulled out here for the braided rug and flower display, you can create a cohesive look.

Wire Baskets, Rooster Wall Plank, Rooster Doorstop, Mini Onion Lamp
Rooster Chalk Board, Farmhouse Storage Tins, Rustic Wooden Bowl, Shaker Banded Box Rustic kitchen decorating has become increasingly popular over the years. Creating a space that exudes a welcoming vibe makes kitchens warm and inviting, even in the coldest of months.

Rooster Chalkboard continues with the favorite country barn animal theme as Farmhouse Storage Tins bring muted colors to the overall decorating palette. Keep chalk within easy reach in small Shaker Banded Box. Rustic Wooden Bowl in mustard will store items in style. Add your own charming accents like cherished cook books or antique store finds to continue the trend throughout your entire kitchen.

Calico Crow Swag and Chair Pads, Aurora Rug, Sturbridge Lantern Lamp Dining Room

No matter your style preferences, be sure to continue decorating until you reach the dining room. Create lively conversation, enjoy nourishing meals and relish in the company of others in this room. Play up rustic country charms with classic motifs such as the petite primitive crows on Calico Crow Textiles Collection. Paired with muted folk art tones on Aurora Rug this simple swag curtain and matching chair pads really stand out. Barn red Sturbridge Lantern Lamp continues the theme, offering a rich hue to pair with the overall muted mustard scene.

Dining rooms can also be a place for a bit of sophistication to shine. Cream colored with an appealing coffee wash over the final stain finish, Napoleon Side Chair Set with matching Bistro Table bring simple style and a neutral starting base for adding your own style on top. Bring out the rich wood tones with warm red braided carpet. Soften the entire area with lace curtains such as Folk Lace panels in white. Hints of color keep the room from looking blah, available through preserved displays like Cucina Herb Wall Basket or your favorite living plants scattered about. Tulip Scroll Chandelier adds that final graceful touch and mood lighting, too. Napoleon Dining Chairs and Table, Cucina Herb Wall Basket

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Framed Folk Art Prints

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Folk art is an American tradition, evolved from our earliest craftsmen and women of colonial times. In the most basic sense, Folk Art reflects the conventional values of a society; thus why we see a change in subject matter or style over time. The art form encompasses a variety of techniques; such as: watercolor, oil or acrylic paintings, wool hooked rugs, painted or carved furniture and whimsical sculptures. All of these and more have become part of the American rustic style of design known as folk art.

Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we celebrate and honor the incredible talent of our folk artists. Their beautiful renditions of American landscapes, historical figures and landmarks, whimsical portraits and familiar animals are very appealing and perfectly suited for your country home. You might also consider one of our framed prints for a great gift this holiday season for the art enthusiast or collector on your list! To give you a sample of the range of folk art we carry, take a look at some of our wall art below.



A favored theme among many of our folk artists is Americana. A majority of Sturbridge prints feature the American flag at its finest, such as our Chair with Jug Print, seen here to the left. Originally painted by artist Cecile Baird, we see an antique ladderback chair with an old whiskey jug, an American flag, and a berry wreath. For more Americana inspired prints, click below and feel proud of the U.S.A. with artwork by Billy Jacobs and Phillip Philbeck.

Chair with Jug Print

Flag Barn Print

Farm in the Foothills Print



Historical prints with a twist, is what you’ll find in our collection of historical figures and landmarks at Sturbridge. The whimsical characters and landscapes are created by none other than folk artist, Tim Campbell. His approach to George Washington allows us to see another side to our first president. The other historical figures, such as his wife Martha and Abe Lincoln, offer unexpected facial expressions.

George Washington Print

Martha Washington Print

Abraham Lincoln Print



It’s important to surround ourselves with things that inspire our hopes and our dreams. Our collection of inspirational themed folk art is something we’re proud of. Our Living Life Print, seen here to the left, is delightfully created by artist Bonnie Mohr. Featuring lessons to live by such as, “Life is not a race – but indeed a journey. Be Honest. Work Hard. Be Choosy. Say “thank you”, and “great job” to someone each day.” The others listed below also display messages of positive thoughts and sayings.

Living Life Print

Family Print

Heart Stitchery


Pets & Wildlife

We cant forget about your pets and favorite wildlife, so when it comes to folk art animals, we’ve got you covered. From dogs and cats to rabbits and crows, there is surely to be a furry creature that you’ll fall in love with. Pictured to the left, is our Green Rabbit Print, by artist Lisa Hilliker.

Lazily stretched out in a green meadow, this black and white bunny is inspired by the natural beauty found in Vermont; available with a red background too if you prefer. A simple black crow perched on a branch, by Maine artist Leslie Mansmann or our modern, abstract boxer by artist John Golden, will find comfort on your walls and add to your home’s country charm.

Green Rabbit Print

Crow on Branch Print

Boxer Print

~Check out our complete collection of Prints & Wall Art on our website today.

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