Bohemian Rhapsody

Dec 27, 2011

  Sometimes, things that seem like they shouldn’t go together—lobster and mac and cheese, Missoni and Target, David Hasselhoff and Popsicles (oh, how we wish we were kidding about that one)—make the most intriguing companions. Take this eclectically exuberant room and its out-of-the-box-and-through-the-front-door color scheme of lilac, burnt orange, fuchsia, rust, and ochre. Nope, those colors shouldn’t work together. But they do, and in the most offbeat and amazing way. Annie...

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Rugs on Film

Dec 27, 2011

Hollywood, we have arrived. This year, lucky ducks that we are, we’ve been featured in two major movies, Something Borrowed (which dressed their bedroom sets in a chipper selection of Pine Cone Hill products) and now The Change-Up, which features not one, but three color-happy Dash & Albert rugs. Our friends at The Daily Uptown Country tipped us off to our star-making appearance, and we couldn’t agree more with their assessment. . . . Especially about Jason Bateman on our Vine...

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New Year’s Resolution

Dec 27, 2011

Forget about giving up chocolate, promising to jog before work every morning (in the cold . . . and the dark . . . at 5:00 a.m.), or not coveting the über-fabulous homes you see in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, or Elle Décor. This year, we have an instant, easy, and totally doable New Year’s resolution for you: try more color. You’ve been telling yourself for years that you’d experiment with an accent wall, install a cheery runner on your stairs, or load up on fun, saturated...

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Get This Year’s Party Started

Dec 27, 2011

You’ve jeans-ed and sweater-ed it for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, assembled your cutest (yet most coworker-viewing appropriate) outfit for the office holiday party, and opened gifts in your pj’s on Christmas. Now it’s time to get gussied up for the mother of all parties: New Year’s Eve. What would this night of revelry be without a sparkly, shiny, or brilliantly hued dress? Allow us to be your guides in finding that beyond-the-LBD number that’s original, colorful, and guaranteed to...

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Winter Pick-Me-Up

Dec 20, 2011

We love festive decorations, but this year, there’s something about a subdued, sophisticated take on the holidays that’s right up our alley. We present Exhibit A: these wreaths from the December 2011 issue of House & Home. Neutral, simple, textural, and complementary to a wide range of styles, they to combine our desire for natural beauty with sophisticated elegance. Bonus: they’re inexpensive to make. (Hey, we have our priorities, and right now, we’d rather chuck our bucks at fun...

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Welcome to Smallville

Dec 20, 2011

We’ve got a thing for small stuff—whether boxes of mouthwatering petit fours, tabletop vignettes of teensy felt Christmas mice, or the wise-cracking Peter Dinklage on Game of Thrones. So, with the season of evergreens in full swing, it’s probably no surprise that one of our current small-time obsessions is dwarf conifers. They’re hardy, can be grown almost anywhere in North America, range in color from yellowish to hunter green to purple-blue, and take on a variety of eye-catching...

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The Quiet Man

Dec 20, 2011

Although we wouldn’t have thought that plunking a big, blocky dining table (with a base made of cast concrete, no less) and six Zentique chairs upholstered in dusk-colored linen on top of a walnut-finish wood floor would work, we have to say, this Washintgon, D.C. dining room rocks. Masterminded by Virginia designer Barry Dixon, the space strikes an unusual balance between dark and light, heavy and ephemeral, vintage and modern. Dixon used cream walls and white decorative moldings as a...

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Faux Sure

Dec 20, 2011

In honor of all things cold, snowy, and winter wonderland-ish, we’re snuggling up with some of the great faux-fur decorating options available this season. Not only are these blankets, pillows, furniture, and accessories cozy and luxurious, but, as this post from Centsational Girl points out, they’re an ideal way to add a bit of textural interest to a room. Pick your favorites here. And while you’re up, can you bring us a cup of hot...

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Blooming Fool

Dec 13, 2011

At this time of year, bringing the outdoors in is, well, a bit of a challenge—unless you don’t mind a house full of evergreens, a plethora of poinsettias, or vases brimming with the wilted remnants of your fall garden. Cheer up, prepsters. We’ve got the solution for the neutral territory outside your windows: amaryllis. The amaryllis, a native of tropical South America, is one of the easiest-to-grow and longest-lasting flowering plants. It can be planted anywhere between October and the...

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It’s A Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World

Dec 13, 2011

Maybe it’s all those rich, seasonal colors or our hankering to cozy up in a sunny, drape-bedecked window seat underneath a patterned wool blanket, but we’ve got a serious case of the plaids. True, it’s a classic print—just look at any English manor house or Ivy League school Stateside—but not always the go-to pattern for decorating. But one look at these inspiring rooms (and a few extras, just for fun) might encourage you to give it the old college try. The rules for plaids: To tone...

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Giving It Up

Dec 13, 2011

As kids, we lived for Christmas morning, when we would creep downstairs at the crack of dawn and rip into our stack of cheerily wrapped gifts, paper scraps, bows, and ribbon flying. Now that we’re . . . wiser, we’ve come to appreciate sleeping in, as well as the allure of a gift that comes in thoughtful packaging—and if it saves some trees to boot, so much the better. Enter Chewing the Cud’s Give Wraps, reusable organic cotton wraps printed in an adorable bunch of patterns with...

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Dog Delights

Dec 13, 2011

Here at Fresh American, we’re certified (some might even say certifiable) canine connoisseurs. So when preparing for the holidays, we always remember to pick up a few special gifts like these for our favorite dogs and the people who live to pamper them. Once you’re done clicking yourself senseless, head on over to Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan’s site for some tips on keeping your pup happy during hustle-and-bustle time. Now get shopping, starting with these adorable braided collars by...

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