Sleek & Bright Girl’s Roo...

Jul 31, 2014

“I wish I could find great bedding and accessories for my daughter’s room that doesn’t have Disney princesses all over it.” If we had a nickel for every time we’ve heard this lament, we’d have enough cash to design an entire mansion full of girl’s rooms . . . and we’d make sure one of them looked like this bright, spunky, but not overdone bedroom by Laura U Interior Design, an award-winning firm out of Houston. What gives this room its punch is the tasteful use of bold hues...

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Wordless Wednesday

Jul 30, 2014

Welcome to (almost) Wordless Wednesday, where we feature an inspiring image each week.

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Easy Succulent Container Garde...

Jul 29, 2014

We didn’t think gardening could get much more fun—until we saw the something-cool-around-every-corner gardens of Bunny Williams. While we meandered around these stunning grounds, we couldn’t help but notice some unexpected plants—spiky cheveria, bright chartreuse sedum—popping up in unusual places. The conclusion? Bunny digs succulents.   Eric Ruquist, Bunny’s chief gardener, notes that the renowned interior designer loves succulents for their variety in size, shape, and form, and...

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How to Place a Rug in a Room

Jul 28, 2014

In the “What topics would you like us cover in the future?” section of our recent blog survey, an astute reader noted, “How to place a rug in a room.” It’s was a forehead-smacking, duh moment. How have we never covered this topic before on an interior design blog? We’re not sure, but we’re happy to report that today we’re correcting the oversight and offering you our favorite rules for the perfect placement of an area rug in the most common rooms of the house. Before you start...

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Soft Focus: Fiona Printed Bedd...

Jul 25, 2014

We love summer brights—those big, bold colors that command attention as soon as you walk into a room. But sometimes we crave a bit of softness, and Annie’s new Fiona printed sheets and shams—part of the Pine Cone Hill 20th Anniversary Collection—are just the ticket to a lighter bedroom-decorating look that has style for miles written all over it. The first iteration of Fiona, from 2002, was a botanical-and-paisley quilt that customers just couldn’t get enough of. Annie revived it...

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Artist Crush: Maggie Mailer

Jul 24, 2014

If you’ve ever wondered what Rachel Maddow, Jimmy Buffett, and dozens of Berkshire and New York City art collectors have in common, here’s the answer: the paintings of Maggie Mailer. One look at her dreamy, layered, abstract-meets-narrative landscapes and “mindscapes,” and you’ll understand why. After receiving her B.A. from Columbia University in 1993, Maggie, a New York native and the daughter of author Norman Mailer and jazz singer Carol Stevens, came to Pittsfield, Massachusetts,...

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Wordless Wednesday

Jul 23, 2014

Welcome to (almost) Wordless Wednesday, where we feature an inspiring image each week.

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We’re Crushing On: Climbing Ro...

Jul 22, 2014

Following our visit to Bunny Williams’s exquisite gardens in Connecticut, we couldn’t stop thinking about her climbing roses. Lush, hearty, and bursting with vivid green leaves and colorful blooms, Bunny’s roses are what gardening dreams are made of. So we did a little digging to find out how we might be able to get such robust roses at home. Bunny has a profusion of climbing roses in two of her garden “rooms”—the parterre garden, where they twine along arbors, and the perennial...

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Sherwin-Williams Paint Color P...

Jul 21, 2014

We hope you joined us for our previous room color palette collaboration with Sherwin-Williams, where their experts came up with a fun and unexpected set of focal and accent paints to coordinate with one of Annie’s favorite woven cotton area rugs. Well, hang on to your socks, decorating fans, because Sherwin-Williams’s color experts are back for round two, and this time they’re taking on Prism, a soft, luxurious, hand-knotted jute rug that’s equal parts sophisticated and eye-grabbing...

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Friday Fun Best of the Web: Cr...

Jul 18, 2014

We’re on a mission this summer to shake up our outdoor entertaining with the ultimate cookout recipes and picnic recipes. So we scoured the Web for the most creative recipes that fit these criteria: The dishes have to be flavorful enough to please the most discerning palates They should be mostly healthful, and use in-season ingredients The recipes have to pack and travel well The food has to be able to tolerate sitting in warm temperatures (or switching between warm and cool temperatures)...

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Artist Crush: Cynthia Wick

Jul 17, 2014

You’ve no doubt heard the old quip about how to get to Carnegie Hall. If Cynthia Wick’s practice ethic is any indication, she might just be on her way to maestro status. The Los Angeles native, who earned her B.F.A. from UCLA and then spent 20 years in the movie business, has been creating art on a daily basis for decades, and the results are pretty spectacular. Cynthia left the film world for the Berkshires about five years ago and returned to her passion, painting. Her portraiture,...

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Great in Bed for 20 Years Gues...

Jul 16, 2014

We hope you had a chance to join us yesterday, because our new blogger bestie Jessica Bruno of Four Generations One Roof put together a wow-worthy back-to-school decorating look for a girl’s dorm. She’s in charge again today with this bedroom design for boys, and we’re crazy for its sleek simplicity and sophistication—perfect for any young adult who’s ready to step up his style game. For this bedding look, Jessica started with a palette of layered neutrals. She went tailored and...

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