Holiday Party Scarf Style

Dec 19, 2014

Holiday party season is in full swing, and we’re jazzed with all the opportunities to put together fun new combos of clothes and accessories. When strategizing this holiday party outfit, Annie had a few simple rules: the look had to be easy and pared down, it needed a festive pop of color, it had to include a bit of sparkle, and one of Annie’s wispy wool scarves should top it all off. Voilà—the perfect holiday party outfit. Featuring a sleek black turtleneck, a shimmery pleated skirt...

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Annie’s Guide to a Low-Stress Holiday

Dec 18, 2014

What we love about the holidays: QT with family and friends. Decorating with wintry garlands rustic wreaths. Sparkly things. Gifts (receiving and especially giving—we’re addicted to that look of surprise at box-opening time). Creative nibbles. Bubbly cocktails. Getting inspired by everybody’s party outfits. More sparkly things. What we don’t love about the holidays: stress. No matter how Zen we strive to be, the holidays can cause their fair share of stress—from the overload of...

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Wordless Wednesday

Dec 17, 2014

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

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Annie’s Guide to Decking out the Guest Room for Holiday Visitors

Dec 16, 2014

Most folks love to travel, but even die-hard wanderers appreciate having a few creature comforts ready and waiting at home base. This goes double during the holidays, when the stress of being away from home and among crowds can be at its highest. So why not give your visitors a little mood boost by decorating the guest room for the holidays with some plush linens, cozy accessories, and a few easy decorative touches? While Annie doesn’t believe in going overboard with twinkle lights, glitter...

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Snowy Owl Cupcake Recipe

Dec 15, 2014

Ready to spread a little holiday cheer? Then bust out these awww-inspiring Snowy Owl Cupcakes at your next potluck, lunch with officemates, bake sale at your kids’ school, or even at holiday dinner itself. Sure, the chocolate-coconut combo is bound to please a broad range of palates, but let’s face it: this cupcake recipe is really about those adorable little owl faces, complete with “feathers” and curious, buggy eyes. And did we mention the sparkly edible glitter? We think this is the...

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Friday Fun Best of the Web: 8 Great Holiday Mantels

Dec 12, 2014

We feel especially lucky at this time of year, not just because of the general holiday excitement, plethora of high-spirited parties and festivals, delicious recipes, and shopping steals at our favorite décor stores, but also because of all the time we get to spend looking at gorgeous images of holiday decorating inspiration. This week, we’re bringing you eight great holiday mantels—from the antique-inspired to the outdoorsy, the crafty, the colorful, and the cool and minimalist—from...

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Great in Bed for 20 Years Guest Stylist: Kaylei McGaw of Lonny

Dec 11, 2014

When we met Kaylei McGaw, the styling brains behind many of the incredible photos you see on Lonny, we knew we’d found a kindred style spirit. Her love of the fabulous yet fuss-free is right up our decorating alley, so we couldn’t wait to see what she’d do with her pick of Pine Cone Hill bedding, as part of our Great in Bed for 20 Years anniversary celebration. Since Kaylei has her hands on eclectic and colorful textiles day in and day out on the Lonny set, she’s been adhering to a...

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Wordless Wednesday

Dec 10, 2014

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

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Easy DIY Luggage Rack Makeover

Dec 9, 2014

Over the course of her many travels, Annie has become convinced of a certain universal truth: a luggage rack is not an indulgence; it’s a necessity. Not only does a luggage rack keep you from having to bend over to floor or lowboy level while retrieving your personal bits, but it also provides a convenient, portable, and stable place to stash your stuff without taking up precious bed, bureau, or chair space in a hotel room. This got Annie to thinking: since guests are travelers who happen to...

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Seeing Red: Winter Decorating with Cranberry & Crimson

Dec 8, 2014

Who doesn’t love a splash of vibrant red for the holidays? Energetic, passionate, and auspicious, red is a color that brings an interior design to instant life and makes the room feel just a little more special. But if you’re tired of the same-old Christmasy combo of candy-cane red with green or with white, Annie’s got the answer to your holiday color-palette prayers: this daring cranberry- and crimson-based decorating palette. We love this that this color palette creates a modern fusion...

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We’re Crushing on: Michelle Chang Jewelry

Dec 5, 2014

We could tell you all about how designer Michelle Chang’s jewelry makes a terrific holiday gift, whether you’re on the hunt for a smart pair of geometric stocking-stuffer earrings, a whimsical pendant necklace, some cheeky cuff links, or a romantic, diamond-studded bangle. We could even think of several guys and gals on our list who would love her sleek, modern, touch-of-class-and-a-dash-of-irreverence designs. But gifts, schmifts. We’re picking up a few of Michelle’s rings,...

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A Gorgeous Guest Bedroom with Masculine/Feminine Appeal

Dec 4, 2014

It’s easy for the guest room to become an afterthought in a home, a repository for furniture, accessories, and other decor that don’t quite go in the main rooms but that we still can’t bring ourselves to part with. So when Annie renovated her new home, she had two edicts for decorating the guest room: it had to be as thoughtfully designed as the master bedroom, and while it would feature some favorite vintage piece from previous rooms, it also needed to have its own identity, courtesy of...

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