Quick-Change Artists: 4 New Pillow & Throw Palettes for Spring

Apr 25, 2015

Dear Dark, Drizzly, Chilly Weather,   We’re not buying your whole moodier-than-a-teenage-girl act. In fact, if you can’t play nice, we’re just going to ignore you, and move on to summer without you. Today we’re putting that sunny attitude into our decorating with these fresh new decorative pillow and throw combos—an easy, fluff-and-you’re-done way to switch up your look without spending a fortune.   Take a peek through all four—a brights palette featuring fuchsia,...

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Amazing Space: 5 To-Die-For English Gardens

Apr 24, 2015

Gardening fans, this one’s for you. To chase away the rainy-gloomy streak we’ve been enduring, we’ve put together this sweet little bit of eye candy, featuring five of the most inspiring English gardens we’ve laid peepers on. Sure, most of us don’t own the palatial estates and hundreds of acres of open land these gardens require, but who says we just enjoy the view? Join us on this enchanting mini tour.   The Formal Gardens at Hestercombe House   These grounds, part of a...

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Annie’s Guide to Simplified Spring Cleaning

Apr 23, 2015

Spring cleaning: few words evoke an equally powerful sense of accomplishment and dread. We don’t know a single person who doesn’t love to have a sparkling clean house . . . and who doesn’t also wish she could take a spa vacation while an army of scrubbing, vacuuming, and organizing elves do it for her. But until science Frankensteins these magically helpful creatures for us, we’ve got Annie’s handy tips for a thorough spring cleaning you can do in segments, over the course of a few...

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Win One of $3,000 Worth of Prizes with Centsational Girl and Dash & Albert!

Apr 22, 2015

Even though (or maybe because?) we live in a looong-winter climate, by this time every year, we can’t stop dreaming about outdoor decorating. With a few more weeks to go before we can starting decking out our porches and patios, we turned to the amazing Kate at Centsational Girl, who—lucky duck—lives in sunny California and was already at work on redecorating her porch.   In celebration of Earth Day, Kate started with this incredible Poppy Leaf indoor/outdoor rug from the new Bunny...

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Inspired By: Nautical Fashion

Apr 21, 2015

With the arrival of warmer weather, there are a few constants we always look forward to: flowers that go from teensy, feathery sprouts to full-on blooms practically overnight, cracking the windows and taking a deep breath of fresh air, and the crisp, classic nautical look, which we know will be back on-trend for at least a few months. And while fashion designers showed off their best takes on seafaring style last year, we’re just starting to break them out of our closets now, and think about...

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Hollywood Costume Exhibit to Benefit BIFF

Apr 20, 2015

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, in her iconic little black dress and tiara, charming the pants off pretty much everyone in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The safari chic Meryl Streep in Out of Africa. Dorothy strutting the Yellow Brick Road in her blinged-out ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz. How did these and other movie costumes come to be? Academy Award–winning costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis is ready to tell us, in her special exhibit and talk, Hollywood...

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Veggie Burgers with Spicy Chipotle Mayo

Apr 18, 2015

We’re officially ready to lighten up our lunches and dinners with some healthy, spring- and summer-ready recipes, and tops on our list are sandwiches. We can’t sing the praises of these all-in-one, portable meals enough. That got us to thinking: veggie burgers are a great alternative to their fatty, meat-based cousins, but store-bought types are often made with bland, nonnutritive meat replacers like TVP. So why not just craft our own veggie burger recipe that’s not only healthy and less...

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Esperos: Bags for Carrying Everything—and a Little Hope

Apr 17, 2015

If we had to rank our handbag, purse, tote bag, and backpack fetish on a scale of 1 to 10, we’d be somewhere around a gazillion + 10. We’re not sure exactly how many zeroes that is, but we know you get the point—and that’s how we also knew you’d love to hear about our latest find: Esperos bags.     Esperos, based in Austin, Texas, was founded by Oliver Shuttlesworth, a former advertising and SEO expert. He liked his work just fine, thanks, but wasn’t feeling terribly...

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Be Dazzled by Design: Roaring ’20s Gala at Blantyre

Apr 16, 2015

Here in Western Massachusetts, we have no shortage of amazing historic homes. From Edith Wharton’s estate at The Mount to the Stanford White masterpiece Naumkeag and the fanciful gingerbread-house-come-to-life Santarella, the Berkshires are teeming with architecture and interiors that offer a lifetime of inspiration. So we were doubly excited when one of our favorite local landmarks, the stunning, circa-1900 castle Blantyre in Lenox, hosted a fund-raising bash that featured a plethora of...

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Introducing Annie Selke Luxe

Apr 15, 2015

We’ve been holding out on you for a while now. But today, Fresh American fans, we’re practically bursting with excitement at being able to share the first look at one of Annie’s most anticipated projects to date: Annie Selke Luxe, a collection of classically beautiful, timelessly luxurious bedding and accessories.     As you’ve no doubt figured out from posts like this and this, Annie has a thing for textiles. Twenty years’ worth of experience designing bedding and...

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Making Mud Season Pretty, One Rug at a Time

Apr 14, 2015

If you think it’s impossible to keep your mud-splashed patio or porch looking fresh and gorgeous, or if you figured a spring garden full of flowers and greenery couldn’t get any prettier, we’ve got one word for you: indoor/outdoor rugs. This year, we’re taking a cue from interior decorating legend and gardening maven Bunny Williams, and decking out our favorite outdoor spaces with some really incredible area rugs.     We hear you when you bemoan the fact that some...

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T-Shirt Chic with Anna Bruce

Apr 13, 2015

We’re big believers in the power that beautiful clothes have to make you feel confident and incredible. But we also love the simplicity and comfort factor of throwing on a great T-shirt with a blazer or jacket and our favorite jeans for everything from casual days at the office to date night. And while there are tons of designer brands that have major cool quotient, these days, we’re looking to fashion designers who make clothes that not only look great but are also earth friendly. Enter...

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