Posts Tagged ‘sunflowers’

Decorating with Coordinating Textiles at SYW

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
When choosing coordinating textiles for your kitchen, living room, dining room, or bedroom, we here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop like to make it easy for you.  We have compiled our favorite patterns, along with some options for coordinating pieces,  to aid you in discovering your chic style.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Everywhere!

Grab the season’s best gourds, and display them around your house for all to see.  With these adorable pumpkin themed options, it is easy to welcome the harvest theme into your home.  Start with our Bowl of Pumpkins Pillow, with soft felt and layered applique for a true handmade appearance.  The black background of the pillow will go great with the Felt Pumpkin Table Runner.  Accent embroidery stitching in warm orange looks fantastic on the dark black background!

Bowl of Pumpkins Pillow

Felt Pumpkin Runner


Danforth Table Runner

Multi-Colored Prints For Any Decor Style

Although it may be difficult to decide on a color scheme for a room, try starting small.  If you find a piece that you absolutely cannot live without, add other pieces that will complement it. You can also select a print, such as the floral design in our Danforth Runner and Placemats, and pick a color out of the palette to feature in your room.

For example, pull the muted blue Hydrangea color from this print into a dried flower arrangement, or add a toss pillow in the same color. That way, the whole room will be pulled together with complementary pieces and pops of color that catch your eye as soon as you enter the room.Danforth Placemat


Delicate Lace Works Well In Any Room

Looking for lightweight curtains that can be used all year long?  Our Rhapsody Lace Curtain Collection will do the trick!  With delicate swirls of birds and flowers and a scalloped edge that resembles petals, this collection is sure to offer you the look you are trying to achieve.  Available in many shapes and sizes for complete makeovers on various windows. To gain a cohesive floral inspired look, use our Blossom Table Topper to complement.

Rhapsody Lace Curtains

Blossom Table Topper


The Cheerful Touch of Sunflowers

Sunflowers are in bloom all summer long, many times right into autumn.  Give the same amount of cheer and bright color in your home with sunflower themed decor. Start small with the Sunflower House Chair Pad, and make an additional statement with the Sunflower House Rug.  Keep everyone comfy with the Sunflower Bloom Hooked Wool Pillow, and your guests will be glad you are celebrating the blooms of the season!

Sunflower House Rug
Sunflower Chair Pad Sunflower Bloom Pillow

Although this is a fantastic assortment of what we have available on our website for coordinating your decor, make sure you continue to look around for new designs and options!


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Sunny Sunflowers

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The end of summer signifies many things. Going back to school, cooler nights and preparation for the fall season. Luckily, there is one flower that keeps the memory of summer alive and makes the transition into autumn an easier one: the sunflower. Sunflowers are native to the Americas and were seen as far back as 2600 B.C. in what is now, present day Mexico. The name was derived from the very obvious, bright yellow flower that resembles none other than the ’sun.’ In the 16th century, seeds were brought to Europe and the use of sunflower oil became quite popular in cooking; a technique that of course is still widely used today. Traditionally, the Native Americans would line the edges of their field with sunflowers as a way to “guard” the other three precious crops of beans, corn and squash. In addition to the use of sunflower oil, which is extracted from the seeds, the seeds themselves have become a well-known snack by simply roasting in an oven and sprinkling with a little salt. Yum!

At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we love sunflowers and all that they can do to brighten your home decor. Our Valencias Sunflower Clock (seen here to the right) has a distressed look, featuring an antique sunflower seed packet design. Clocks are a great wall decor item that can easily be transitioned from season to season. On a similar note, we also have the Sunflower Seed Sign, adding a bit of nostalgic charm to your harvest decor. Although considered by most mid-western U.S. farmers, as a weed because of its destruction to other crops such as corn or soybean fields, this beautiful plant can also be a positive addition to agriculture. Sunflowers have been known to extract harmful toxins in the soil, such as lead, arsenic and uranium. So thank you sunflowers!

If it’s not a wall item your looking for, how about a new floor accent? Our Sunflower Doormat is a great way to welcome guests into your home. Or perhaps your looking for a bold sunflower statement, then the Sunny Sunflower Rug is for you. The outer petals of a sunflower can range from the common bright yellow to a darker, almost orange-red. These colors can be seen on Sturbridge’s Sunflowers Candle, that has a lovely aromatic blend of vanilla, citrus fruits, jasmine and thyme. Amazingly, sunflower plants can grow up to heights of 5-12 ft tall. In 1567, scientific literature points to a seed strain that created a 40ft sunflower in Padua, Italy!  If it’s length your looking to show, then consider our Sunflower Canvas Print, which features a pretty label in French: “Fleur de Soleil.” Sunflowers are bright and cheery and will certainly make you and your guests this season smile. Whichever your style, know that at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we have a sunflower for you!

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