Beach Bag Essentials

Aug 4, 2015

If you’re practically living at the beach these days, we’ve got a way to maximize those shoreline sessions and get you out the door in a flash. Just like we keep a spare set of toiletries packed and ready to go at all times for longer trips, we make sure to stash a fully stocked beach tote in our closets or by the back door, so that as soon as we get the “I was thinking of hitting the beach today” call, we’re in the car and on the road. Once we get home, we unpack the tote bag, rinse...

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Artisan Crush: Mashka Jewelry

Aug 3, 2015

We wouldn’t have guessed that a tourist haven like Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco would boast a lovely and original jewelry shop, but as soon as we walked into Mashka, a small boutique tucked into the corner of the venerable shopping destination, we knew we’d stumbled onto something special.   Serbian-born designer Mashka uses traditional European craftsmanship and an organically influenced, Eastern aesthetic to handcraft necklaces, bracelets and cuffs, earrings, and rings that...

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Come on, Baby, Light My Foyer

Aug 1, 2015

We spend so much time decorating main rooms like the living room, bedroom, and kitchen that we sometimes forget to spread the love to lesser-used spaces. One of these is the entryway or foyer; everyone has one, but we tend to forget it exists because we sneak in through the back door or garage door every day. But the entryway is a great place to make an initial impression with décor and accessories that have visual punch, so today we’re taking a look at one of the easiest ways to create...

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Get in the Mardi Gras Spirit with Volunteers in Medicine

Jul 31, 2015

One of the best parts of living in a small, open-minded, creative community like the Berkshires is watching the evolution of a variety of nonprofit organizations who bring vital services to the people who live and work here. The Berkshire chapter of Volunteers in Medicine (VIM),  located in Great Barrington, is one of these nonprofits, and we’re honored to have them in our backyard.     Founded in 1991, VIM came about when Dr. Jack McConnell of Hilton Head, South Carolina, had a...

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Why Pink Rugs Rule

Jul 30, 2015

We can’t help but smile when we see certain colors in a room palette. Pink—a universally flattering and well-liked color (most people enjoy some shade of it)—might just be the quintessential happy hue. While pink often shows up in home decorating palettes, it’s usually featured on smaller items, like pillows, throws, and table linens, and only sometimes on larger textiles such as quilts. This is probably because there’s some degree of fear factor is splashing a room with an...

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Wordless Wednesday

Jul 29, 2015

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

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Colorful Desk Accessories That Will Make You Happy to Go to Work

Jul 28, 2015

Not many people have the luxury of working in decked-out offices that are as pretty and inspiring to look at as they are places to get down to brass tacks on big projects. But we all know that surrounding yourself with things you love and enjoy looking at are important to comfort and even to productivity, so why not get a little snazzy? Whether you’re creating a customized look for your dorm room, home office, or even a cubicle in an office, we’ve rounded up some great desk accessories that...

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Annie’s Back-to-School Decorating Rules & Tips

Jul 27, 2015

We’re just going to come out and say it: we’ve seen enough dull, drab, and depressing dorm rooms to last us through at least a half-dozen PhD programs. And while it can seem challenging to tackle the decorating of an awkwardly sized space that you can’t paint and where you can’t change out the major furniture—not to mention that you may, in fact, be sharing said space with someone whose taste in M. C. Escher posters doesn’t quite jibe with your own style sense—Annie’s got some...

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A Visit from Gracious Home

Jul 25, 2015

Having lots of friends is good, but having lots of style-savvy friends is even better. We count ourselves lucky to have quite a few of the latter, including the incredible team from Gracious Home in New York City.       Since 1963, Gracious Home has been the go-to source for interior designers, home-decorating lovers, and DIY fanatics. From the coolest kitchen gadgets to a range of paints and hardware, light fixtures, plush bath linens and bedding, and customizable fabric...

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How to Pack a Carry-On Like a Travel Pro

Jul 24, 2015

Travel enough—and find yourself inconvenienced enough—and you learn some great tips pretty quickly. With 30-plus years of frequent business trips under her belt, Annie has developed a streamlined way to travel that makes getting out the door and into the car, plane, or train easy and—dare we say?—kinda comfortable. Her first line of defense against travel woes is packing her carry-on with a variety of essentials that keep everything she needs at the ready without feeling...

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Friendly Foundations: Bedding Essentials Everyone Should Have

Jul 23, 2015

We adore color, but we also know that its impact is heightened by pairing it with neutrals and everyday basics, which make it simple to tie a room together. Think about it: is there a bedroom in any home where a high-quality set of embroidered white sheets won’t work? Our point exactly.     These bedding essentials have major staying power, not just because of their ability to play nicely with color and pattern, but also because they take on a sleek, streamlined character when...

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Wordless Wednesday

Jul 22, 2015

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

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