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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Great in Bed for 20 Years Gues...

Jul 15, 2014

Jessica Bruno knows a thing or two about creating fun, functional spaces that appeal to a wide range of age groups. On her blog, Four Generations One Roof, she chronicles some pretty amazing interior decorating projects in the home that she shares with her husband and kids . . . and parents . . . and grandparents. So when we were looking for a blogger to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pine Cone Hill with back-to-school room designs for both boys and girls, we knew just where to...

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Packing the Perfect Picnic: Su...

Jul 14, 2014

We live in a region that has no shortage of fantastic locations for picnics, from Tanglewood to The Mount (aka, Edith Wharton’s gorgeous mansion) and hiking trails at the Pittsfield State Forest, Mount Greylock, and Monument Mountain. So we’ve become pretty knowledgeable about which elements you need to create the perfect picnic experience. For this post, we’re going to focus on the items you need for memorable al fresco dining; if you’re also looking for some picnic or cookout...

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Inspired By: The Gardens of Bu...

Jul 11, 2014

There are a few certainties in the design world: trends come and go, but quality lasts for decades; every season, a variety of experts will proclaim a color—not necessarily the same one—the “new black”; and Bunny Williams, interior decorating icon, will have some of the most exquisite gardens in the Northeast. Need visuals? We took a trip last week to Bunny’s home in Falls Village, Connecticut, where the roses are lushly creeping, the veggies are exploding with color and fruit, the...

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Beach Style: How to Transform ...

Jul 10, 2014

We’re big believers that great style doesn’t mean buying tons of stuff—especially items that serve just one function. Instead, we pick and choose a few terrific items that can do double and triple duty, and sit back and reap the compliments. Case in point: beachwear. Why spend extra cash on tops, pants, and dresses that can be worn only by the shore or pool, and whose expiration date has passed by August 31? Instead, we like to repurpose pieces of cool, summery sleepwear into chic,...

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Wordless Wednesday

Jul 9, 2014

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

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Summer Scarf Style

Jul 8, 2014

Summer is the quintessential season for casual dressing, and we’re crazy for this year’s adorable printed shorts, skinny dip-dye skimmers, embellished tanks, and drapey slub tees. But what about those days when you want (or need) to dress it up a bit? Luckily, there’s a simple way to elevate your floaty dresses and laid-back tops: lightweight, colorful scarves. Annie’s cotton Hana scarf—which features an original art print by painter Melissa Lillie—is a midsummer’s dream...

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Artist Crush: Rob MacInnis

Jul 7, 2014

It’s not often that a photographer treats his four-footed subjects like two-footed supermodels, but Rob MacInnis is a unique kind of artist. After being inspired by fashion photography and its role in society—both positive and negative—MacInnis had a lightbulb moment: why not showcase the farm animal as a metaphor for the fashion model? “I wanted to draw parallels between literally consuming them, which we do every day,” and the way the photograph ‘consumes’ its subject,” he...

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Inspired by: Red, White &...

Jul 4, 2014

July 4 always brings out a patriotic streak in our decorating, but this year, we wanted to shake up the color palette a bit. So instead of pairing red and white with that old standby navy, we decided to introduce them to a new friend: French blue. A longtime favorite color of Annie’s, French blue is a medium-intensity hybrid of denim, lavender, and gray. It’s got a more sophisticated, upscale feel than navy, royal blue, or turquoise, making it just a bit unexpected when paired with...

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