Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2014

From all of us at Fresh American and The Annie Selke Companies, have a safe, fun, and spook-tacular Halloween! ...

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Knitting Pretty: Loopy Mango

Oct 30, 2014

Break out the chunky knits: fall is here, and it’s never looked cooler than with a Loopy Mango scarf or wrap draped around your shoulders, or a lofty wool throw tossed over the back of the sofa or the foot of the bed. We first came across this couture-caliber knitting and crocheting company at the Brimfield Antique Show, and were immediately smitten with their unbelievably soft, cushy merino wool. That’s thanks to Big Loop, the thickest yarn on the market, which the Loopy Mango crew...

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Wordless Wednesday

Oct 29, 2014

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

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Fall Scarf Style

Oct 28, 2014

We’re getting into the fall-fashion groove here at Fresh American HQ. From soft, second-skin cords to chunky sweaters, cropped jackets, suede booties, and nubby leather bags in rich, foliage-inspired hues, we’re stocking our closets with versatile pieces we can remix into dozens of outfits. Our secret weapon for transforming a look? Scarves. Today we’re getting into the outdoorsy spirit with Annie’s Crystal Wood scarf. With its woodsy pattern woven into soft, lightweight wool, it adds...

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Annie’s Must-Have Layers for Fall

Oct 27, 2014

While we’ve been loving almost every second of this mild, gorgeously hued fall, when the mercury barely reaches 40 degrees F at night and in the early morning, we know that the best way to stay comfortable is by layering up. A lot. Whether draping an extra matelassé or quilt over the bed; tossing a toasty new throw or fleece robe over our pajamas; or prepping for the great outdoors by adding scarves, down-filled vests, fleece gloves, and sherpa-lined mocs to our fashion repertoire, we’re...

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We’ve Got a Souk-ret: Zenza Home Accessories

Oct 24, 2014

During her recent trip to Maison et Objet in Paris, Annie came across a variety of weird, wacky, or wonderful (and sometimes all three) new home products. One company that stopped her in her tracks was Zenza. Based in the Netherlands, this exciting design outfit is using traditional techniques to handcraft incredible lighting, decorative pillows, rugs, and furniture with an urban-nomad style. Zenza was founded more than 20 years ago by Karin Willems, who traveled to Egypt to source products for...

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Sherwin-Williams Paint Color Palette—and a Giveaway!

Oct 23, 2014

We’re getting Medieval on you today—in a good way; we swear—courtesy of this fabulous micro-hooked wool rug, otherwise known as Raymond (as in Everybody Loves—a little insider joke between Annie and her daughter, Charlotte). Inspired by a textile scrap from the Middle Ages, this dense, durable area rug features a showstopping flamelike pattern rendered in shades of red, orange, coral, slate, ivory, brown, gold, and green. With colors this varied, is it any wonder that our friends at...

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The Color of the Moment: In an Indigo Mood

Oct 21, 2014

If you joined us last week for our post on London’s trending color, electric blue, you might have thought, Cool color, but kind of challenging to work into my existing décor. Got any suggestions for other shades of blue that are a bit more versatile, but still pack a punch in interior decorating? As a matter of fact, we do: indigo, one of the Stateside colors of the moment. We love that indigo—which falls between blue and violet in the visible spectrum, and is sort of the hipster sister...

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Feeling Harvest-y: Our Favorite Apple Recipes

Oct 20, 2014

One of the best parts about fall is its bodacious bounty of fruits and veggies, from versatile squashes to licoricelike fennel and flavor-popped cranberries. Here in the Northeast, land of a gazillion orchards, you can hardly turn a corner without coming across a bag of freshly picked apples—and we like it that way just fine, thankyouverymuch. In addition to being the perfect grab-and-go healthy snack, apples, with their inherent sweetness, punch up a variety of savory dinner recipes, and...

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Make Mine Moroccan: Plush New Area Rugs

Oct 17, 2014

Being an avid world traveler, Annie comes across new design inspiration everywhere she goes. One of her latest loves is Moroccan-style rugs, dense, plush treats for the feet that are the ultimate in luxurious decorating. What makes Moroccan-style rugs so special? True Moroccan rugs or carpets date back to the Paleolithic era (no kidding!) and are known for their softness and primitive, “hand-drawn” quality. These modern takes on the Moroccan rug retain the lush wool of the originals, and...

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Great in Bed for 20 Years Guest Stylist: Marian Parsons of Miss Mustard Seed

Oct 16, 2014

We have three exhilarating words for die-hard lovers of vintage-inspired decorating, fantastically cool DIYs, and gorgeously refinished furniture: Miss Mustard Seed. That’s right, décor-loving sisters and brothers, superblogger Marian Parsons herself is joining us for the Pine Cone Hill 20th anniversary, and she’s styled this exclusive look, just in time for the season of cozy duvets, chunky scarves and boots, and pumpkin lattes. For Marian, putting together this bedding look boiled down...

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Wordless Wednesday

Oct 15, 2014

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

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