Five for Friday

Just for fun! Here are five things to check out on the internet today.

15 unique ideas to display flowers

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This dress that’s driving everyone mad. Is it black and blue, or white and gold? What colors do you see? (And here’s the explanation for why people perceive it differently!)

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These slushy waves off of Nantucket! Brrr.

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Photo credit: Jonathan Nimerfroh – Instagram: @jdnphotography

Good story! A Burger King franchise owner won the “Franchise of the Year” award, and gave the $120,000 in bonuses to his employees.

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A cure for the winter blahs. Take 10% off your order this week, just because it’s cold outside.

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Have a great weekend!

A cool new thing for each room of the house

We have a bunch of fresh, new items you may not have seen yet! Here’s one of them for each room of the house.

Kitchen

Free range spoon rest

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Living room

Burgundy Star woven throw

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Den/Office

Paddle key hook

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Bedroom

Ninepatch Star quilted bedding

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Bathroom

Primitive Star shower curtain

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Guestroom

Willow and sheep decor

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Kitchen window treatments {virtual mail bag}

Good morning!

We’re sharing another inquiry from a customer today who asked for some tips on hanging curtains in a kitchen nook! We’ll include our response, and you can weigh in too!

She writes:

Hello.
I have a kitchen nook with a 71 inch wide window. Would you recommend valence or fishtail swag curtains? I’ve had valances, but not sure if swags are made for kitchens.
Also, do your country swags open up in the middle? Like could I put valances in the middle? Was wondering if they’d look good.

We have no reason to believe swags aren’t made for the kitchen! We think they’d look darling in a cozy breakfast nook, and they’re a great alternative to full-length drapes.

Getting to the second part of the question, the fishtail swags do not come apart in the middle, but the regular swags do, and they are sold by the pair.  They are made for inserting a valance in the middle.

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How have you decorated the windows in your kitchen? 

Tips for an easy bedroom makeover

A few ideas for an easy bedroom makeover!

Questions to ask before you get started…

Do you have things you want to incorporate but don’t know how?

Is lighting a challenge?

Do you want the room to serve more than one purpose? (For example, would you like to have a space for working, reading, or exercise?)

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What relationship does the paint color have with other aspects of the room?

How will you take separate components and make them work together as a whole?

Getting started…

Find one meaningful piece to start you off with a theme for the rest of the room. This could be a headboard, a bedding set, a pair of bedside tables, or a sentimental piece like an antique dresser or hutch.

An area rug can be used to anchor, or connect pieces of the room together.

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Consider gathering your smaller accessories all into one staging area instead of scattering them throughout the room.

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Mirrors can often create the illusion of more space in a smaller room. Similarly, limiting the number of accessories, and instead incorporating one or two large accessories can also make a smaller space appear larger.

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A large light source like a floor lamp, overhead track lighting, or a chandelier may eliminate the need for a bunch of smaller table lamps in the room and free up space for other accessories.

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Alternatively, if you have a large bedroom, a variety of light sources can help divide the room into several smaller spaces. Think beyond table lamps! Wall sconces and lanterns can make the atmosphere more rustic and cozy.

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Here are some of our other home makeover blog posts…

Save instantly when you buy a bedding set! A quilt + 3 additional bedding accessories will get you 10-15% off, no coupon needed.

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10 current customer favorites

A little decorating inspiration for you this morning! Here are the top 10 items on our website from the last 30 days.

Wine Sturbridge Window Valance

Sturbridge Wine Window Valance

Burlap Black Stencil Star Valance

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Sturbridge Wine Napkin

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Checker Berry Scalloped Layered Valance

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Checker Berry Primitive Valance

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Vintage Star Black Placemat

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Sturbridge 63 Inch Wine Prairie Curtains

Sturbridge wine prairie curtains

Sturbridge Lined Point Valance – Wine

Sturbridge wine lined point valance

Sturbridge Star Primitive Valance

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Black Star Iron Napkin Ring

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Help! My favorite pattern has been discontinued! {virtual mail bag}

Hey everyone!

Today we’re going to address a question a customer asked us recently in an email.

She writes:

I am trying to find these curtains. Do [you] sell these?

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Oof! You were just about to pull the trigger on those darling curtain tiers and window valance (made by Victorian Heart!), and now they are nowhere to be found. This does happen occasionally as our manufacturers discontinue older product lines to make way for new collections. What do you do?

No worries — in this case, we have some recommendations!

The Sturbridge Wine collection of window treatments are a good match.

Sturbridge Wine star point valance

wine star point valance

Sturbridge Wine curtain tiers

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And if you’re into wine (and who isn’t?) you can search our site by color and see everything we offer that is likely to coordinate well with what you’ve already got. (And if you’re not sure it’s an exact match, just ask us! We’re happy to go over options with you by phone or email.)

Sturbridge wine chair pad

Sturbridge wine char pad

 

Sturbridge wine lamp shade

 

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The Wine Country Star braided rug is a customer favorite!

Wine Country Star Rug

And last, the Victorian Heart Company has a huge assortment of brand new collections if you’re looking to start fresh. We absolutely adore the Heartland collection of quilted bedding and window treatments.

Heartland Quilt

Need help finding something? You can contact us by way of our Facebook page or email us here and ask us a question!

Friday Favorites {Valentines edition}

Happy Friday! Here are a few of our favorite things from around the internet this week…

Valentines crafts and decor on Pinterest

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source: Pinterest

Frozen. Still. Can’t help it! Olaf is the best.

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This lamp, just because. Antique oil lamps make the perfect finishing touch in a rustic country kitchen, bedroom or cozy reading nook. And it’s cold out, so a cozy reading nook sounds like the best thing ever right now.

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This borderline genius Valentine’s bouquet

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source: Buzzfeed

Heart-shaped things! This ruffled throw pillow is part of the Heartland quilted bedding collection and it’s a customer favorite.

Heartland heart-shaped pillow

Wines to pair with chocolate on Valentine’s Day.

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source: New York Times

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