Annie’s Favorite Color Pops: Lemon & Tangerine

May 23, 2015

Ask any guy or gal on the street what they think of when they hear the words summer colors, and you’ll probably get a few dozen different answers. But for us, the hues that always come to mind first are the juiciest: citrusy lemon, lime, and tangerine, in all their fresh, bursting-with-energy glory. While Annie has never met a shade of lime or sprout she didn’t love, she’s most looking forward to combining tangerine and lemon yellow in her decorating this summer. Here’s...

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Behind the Scenes: Fabric Shopping at Osgood’s

May 22, 2015

Here at Fresh American HQ, we’re in the midst of photo shoots for Annie’s new fall bedding, rug, and accessory lines. This means a near-constant need for furniture and props that complement the styles and color palettes of her newest textiles. As is often the case, Annie knows exactly how she wants to style the new products, but the ready-made décor and accessories at her usual sources don’t always fit the bill. So she and her visual styling and design team took a field trip to...

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Palm Reader: How to Make Tropical Prints Look Sophisticated

May 21, 2015

There’s nothing like a few sunny days to help us gear up for summer—and summery decorating. And while many of the tropical prints—one of the quintessential signs of summer—that start cropping up in décor and fashion at this time of year make us giddy, let’s just come out and say it: these prints can look kiddish, silly, or even (gasp!) tacky if not done right. Today Annie’s breaking down how to make a tropical print look rich and sophisticated, four different ways.   First,...

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Wordless Wednesday

May 20, 2015

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

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An Exclusive Annie Selke Luxe Intro at Astor Courts

May 19, 2015

Last week, Annie invited a group of top design bloggers, editors, interior designers to get an up-close-and-personal look at her new Annie Selke Luxe collection of luxury bedding and accessories. Held at Astor Courts, the Stanford White–designed former home of millionaire entrepreneur John Jacob Astor—and site of Chelsea Clinton’s lavish wedding in 2010—the event was all about giving bloggers, decorators, and editors a chance to experience this exquisite new collection firsthand, and...

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Sham Wow: Change Up the Look of Your Bed in Two Simple Steps

May 18, 2015

If we could, we’d build ourselves a massive walk-in linen closet solely for stocking the shelves with a crazy-rainbow array of solid and patterned duvets, sheets, quilts, blankets, throws, and pillows, for switching up the look of our bed whenever the craving for color or need for neutral strikes. We’ll probably never possess such a magical place, so instead we’ve found ways to change the look of a handful of favorite quilts and duvets in the two simplest steps known to the decorating...

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From Rags to . . . Rugs? Berber-Style Area Rugs

May 16, 2015

When Annie first showed us a swatch of this wool area rug, which she named Gustav (as in Klimt), we were, well, a little confused. We were taken with the original mix of colors and the bold treatment of geometrics, but the tiny sample just wasn’t translating into a bigger concept for us. How would this diminutive bit of textile look at full size?     Flash forward to a few months later, and the real deal—and an art show at the Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York City—have put it...

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Annie’s Favorite Color Pops: Coral & Grey

May 15, 2015

While there will always be a place in our hearts—and wardrobes—for black, for the past few seasons, we’ve made grey our go-to neutral. Its softer tone makes it more forgiving than its sleek and citified friend, and we love the endlessly sophisticated combinations we can create by layering different shades of grey, from gunmetal to stone and dove. Turns out grey looks pretty sleek in home décor, as well. So what to do if you love the layered-neutral approach but are craving a dose of...

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Inspired by: Asian Fashion at the Met Gala 2015

May 14, 2015

We look forward to the Met Gala every year not only because we love fund-raising events that benefit the arts, but because it’s the eccentric aunt of other fashion-centric parties like the Oscars and Cannes Film Festival—a place where all the jaw-dropping, wacky couture that doesn’t make the cut for more sedate events comes out to play. Sure, we got a kick out of Rhianna’s glorious, furred omelet of a gown and its plethora of train handlers, Lady Gaga channeling a turn-of-the-century...

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Wordless Wednesday

May 13, 2015

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

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Get Colorful with Will Taylor from Bright.Bazaar

May 12, 2015

What do you get when you combine one of the hottest bloggers on the planet with vibrant, personality-packed woven cotton rugs? Room designs that look a little something like this, thanks to the style-savvy eye of Will Taylor of quintessentially colorful Bright.Bazaar.     That’s right: Mr. Bazaar is in the house, styling some of his favorite Dash & Albert cotton rugs in spaces that were crying out for a burst of cheerful color or sophisticated pattern. Check out Will’s picks...

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Dream Weaver: What’s the Difference between Percale and Sateen?

May 11, 2015

When we gave a sneak peek at the new Annie Selke Luxe line a few weeks ago, we dished on the finer points of Egyptian cotton, and why its luxuriously long-staple fiber is a natural for high-end sheets and duvets. Today we’re taking it one step further by breaking down that top-quality fiber into the two predominant weaves you’ll find in the wide world of bedding: percale and sateen. So what, exactly, is the difference?       Although there’s some discrepancy about the origin...

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