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Winter Decorating: DIY or HIDFY (Have It Done For You)

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Freezing temperatures and bitter weather patterns are here, but don’t think that just because the holidays are over you don’t have reason enough to decorate your home in the spirit of the season. Combat the cold outside with warm and cozy decor inside; either by investing in new furnishings or crafting handmade fixtures. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

LightingWine Bottle Light
Lamps and candles are one of the easiest home accessories to work with, especially when crafted out of items you may have lying around the house. If you haven’t packed away your white string lights, or have extras waiting to be packed away, adding them to a glass vase, large Mason jar or empty wine bottle quickly creates a new lighting fixture perfect for windows and tables. When adding to a wine bottle, simply allow the string to come out of the top to plug in, or choose to drill a hole through the back for a cleaner look (find out how to do this safely here).

Epsom Salt Mason Jar LightsCandles can also be easily added to jars or vases. Add a little Epsom salt to the bottom of a jar for a snowy appearance,
then place the candle on top of the salt. Place outside along a walkway or inside on a coffee table for a warm, rustic decoration. Add greenery and white sparkly baubles around the glass container for a complete wintry centerpiece.

A lantern lamp also adds primitive and unique style to any cozy room or darkhallway, especially when lit by a candelabra bulb. Our Coach Lantern Accent Lamp is perfect for an end table or small stand, and creates a warm glow during those cold nights when the wind howls outside your windows.

Curling up on the couch underneath a warm blanket is a classic winter “activity,” – especially during a snowstorm, while watching a movie or when diving into a new book. Blankets and throws also make great decorative pieces; snowflake, evergreen tree, snowman and other patterns perfectly add a wintry feel to any of your rooms. But if you are feeling crafty and want to get off of the couch, you can make your own seasonal or year-round blanket to enjoy. All it takes is some fleece, scissors and a little bit of patience:

  • Pick out between 1.5 to 3 yards of fleece (2 pieces) at your local fabric store. You can choose the same color, print, or mix and match prints and colors for a unique look.
  • Lay out both pieces on a flat surface, making sure the softer sides face out.
  • Cut a rectangle out of each corner, using a note card or similarly sized object to guide your scissors. Work your way down each edge, cutting 2- inch long strips that measure about 1 or 1/2 of an inch wide.
  • Working on one side at a time, tie knots using the top and bottom strips; make sure the fleece stays as flat as possible.
  • Once you’ve tied the last knot, your blanket is ready to be draped on a chair, couch, or used to keep you warm!


If you aren’t feeling particularly crafty, no problem! Pull some of those stored blankets and throws out of that closet and adorn your furniture with them. White, green, blue and neutral colored throws, like our Black & Tan Woven Cotton Throw, work well for a wintry theme. Keep in mind that  adding a comfortable throw to furniture creates an inviting atmosphere and adds warmth to any room during the coldest days of the year.

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Classic Home Furnishings for the New Year

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

A new year calls for reflection, resolutions, a crisp calendar, forgetting to remember to write the new year instead of the old, and gives you an excuse (if you need one) for redecorating and freshening up your home decor! Seating and simple furniture pieces are a great way to create a new but comfortable look for any room in your home; whether you are looking to accent some of your favorite decorative pieces or want to redo a whole room.

Dining Room Farmhouse Ladderback Chair Set
Perhaps in this room more than any other, your seating is not only functional but ornamental as well. The chairs and table must stand up to daily use, as well as impress as a standalone piece when you are entertaining guests. Our new Farmhouse Ladderback Chairs offer elegance with a tall back and tapered legs for a formal dining room, but also give off a rustic appeal with a versatile oak stain for country-styled dining rooms or smaller dining areas. Use with your current dining table or mix and match with one of ours to create a signature dining room look.

Sturbridge Exclusive Saddle Stools

Kitchen Incorporating seating into your kitchen is a great way to create an inviting atmosphere, no matter how small or large the room. Our Sturbridge Exclusive Saddle Stools feature contoured seating for ultimate comfort, and come in a variety of colors to compliment your already established kitchen decor. In addition to the 24″ counter and 30″ bar heights, we offer an 18″ Saddle Stool that can be used alongside the other heights, creating an appealing, multi-level look. If you’re looking for a more antiquated style, our Colonial Stools withColonial Stoolsrounded legs feature a sea grass seat and are offered in three primitive colors. Colonial Stools are a great option for smaller kitchen areas, but will add charm in any space you put them.

Living Room
Sturbridge Exclusive Stafford Chair & OttomanAdding furniture that is both comfortable and stylish to a living room can sometimes be a challenge. It may not always be easy to find complementary furniture pieces that fit in or fill up a room, but adding a simple chair or recliner -either in a print or solid color- can create charming contrast while offering a comfortable place to relax. Our Sturbridge Exclusive Stafford Chair is a classic choice for a cozy corner or main area in a living room, and paired with the matching Ottoman, is a luxurious resting place that can be enjoyed by you and your guests. If a recliner is more your style, our Parlor Upholstered Pushback Recliner offers the same luxurious comfort as our Stafford Chair & Ottoman
but in a single unit: just push back, curl up and relax.

Sturbridge Exclusive Stafford Chair in BurgandyParlor Upholstered Pushback ReclinerHallway/EntrywayEntryway Storage Rack & Bench
Entryways and hallways give you an excellent opportunity to introduce guests to the style and beauty of your home, although with limited space it can be difficult to effectively do so. For these small spaces, it is best to incorporate as much functions with your furniture as possible. A fixture like our Entryway Storage Rack & Bench features hooks for hanging jackets, bags or keys; while the shelf below the bench is a great for shoe or slipper storage. The cushion is a tasteful enhancement, and provides you with a comfortable resting place for taking off Sturbridge Exclusive Cubby Storage Bench in Stainor putting on shoes. If you want a simpler country look with a more out-of-sight storage solution, a piece like our Sturbridge Exclusive Cubby Storage Bench is a timeless option, and added totes allow you to neatly put your belongings out of sight while maintaining a stylish hall or entryway.

Are you incorporating new or existing chairs or other furniture pieces into your home decor this year? Let us know how you’re accomplishing the task of combining unique style and function to get the most out of your home. 

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Made in the USA Furnishings With A Vintage Vibe

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Nostalgia, a sentimental longing for the past, was once described as a medical condition during the Romantic period in history. Now, the word is used to describe that aching, yearning feeling one gets when reminiscing about fond events or life experiences. Look through this group of Sturbridge Yankee Workshop favorite American-made products, and enjoy the vintage appeal offered by each.  Who knows, you may even find yourself recognizing the design or style of an item that you or your parent’s had in the past. Enjoy!

Just for Fun

Remember those days when the family would gather around the dining room table and play a board game together? Reignite that same feeling today with a vintage inspired board game set, like this Wahoo Game, pictured here. Never heard of the Wahoo game before? That’s okay, we feature the easy to follow rules, along with a video, on our website, here.

In fact, you do not even need to play this rustic game, as it is able to hang on display in your den or living room. Enhance the nostalgic appeal for everyone who enters your home, and encourage them to spend some quality time playing a game! For another appealing option, our Game Top Table features a check grid right on the top of the table, no need to find a separate playing space! Very similar in color scheme to the Wahoo game, our Chinese Checkers Game is a classic option.

Wahoo Board Game
Chinese Checkers Game Game Top End Table

Wall Art With Handmade Appeal

Muted colors, crackled finish, wooden frame. These are all things we look for when we are browsing the local antique store for vintage wall art and hangings to accent our homes. Have you seen our canvas prints featuring sunflowers, poppies, or lavender? We sure do love these, especially because they are made right here in Maine! Do you have a sitting room with plenty of light and views to your garden? These prints would be perfect there! Kitchen walls are also an ideal choice for floral display.

Sunflower Canvas PrintPoppy Canvas PrintLavender Canvas Print

Evoking Traditions From Times Gone By

You know how your mother, or grandmother, never forgot special occasions? Birthdays, anniversaries, significant events. There was always a card, small gift, handwritten letter, or a call on the phone. Nowadays, with the quick pace of life, and the advent of the Internet driven society of emails and social media, taking time to send some love to someone on their special day can be easily missed.

Bring back that feeling of care and attention by hanging this Birthday Board in your home. Never forget an occasion again, and enjoy the antique feel of this piece on display. Includes three permanent pens for recording your notes about each event, including birthstones!

Birthday Board

Pottery Rolling Pin Holidays of Yesteryear

Gathering around the kitchen to make holiday cookies, sharing gifts on Christmas Eve, spending time celebrating your own cultural practices. Whatever you celebrate each year, there must be something about it that makes you want to repeat traditions, year after year. Those little things that are special to your family or group of friends that enhance the celebrations. Did your mother or grandmother have a special rolling pin that she would bring out just for the holiday cookie making? Perhaps your parents used special stocking hooks.

Whatever your memories are, cherish them and spread the joy to those you love this year.

Wooden Stocking Hooks

Furniture With Heirloom Qualities

Passing furniture down from generation to generation is something that has lost a bit of traction these days. As folks move into more efficient, even short term, living situations, the desire for sturdy, often heavy, furniture is no longer there. It is possible, however, to pick a few items that will stand the test of time, and will not be a break of your bank account. Take a look at the Harmony Storage Bench here. Think of storing memory books, photo albums, or even just quilts and blankets. Just think of how appreciative you or your children will be when this piece is able to pass down to the next generation, complete with memories and treasures from the ones before.

Pine Harmony Storage Bench

We sure do hope that you enjoyed this trip down memory lane, and were able to find some inspiration from what we have offered here. For more made in the USA items, be sure to take a look at our website; always there when you are ready to browse to your heart’s delight.

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