And the Winners Are . . .

Jul 31, 2012

Congratulations to the winners of the Pine Cone Hill Dream Summer Bedroom Pinterest contest! Get inspired by the winning boards, and shop Pine Cone Hill for the looks you see here.     1st Prize: Rachel’s Mountain Lodge   2nd Prize: Erika’s Parisian Paradise   3rd Prize: Julie’s Rustic...

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Meet Our Cute Pet Photo Contest Finalists!

Jul 30, 2012

Lounging ferrets, sunbathing cats, costume-wearing dogs—our Fresh American Cute Pet Photo contest garnered more adorable entries than we could count. We think all our furry “kids” are beautiful, so we can’t pick a single favorite. That’s where you come in: Cast your vote for the cutest pet photo below in the poll at the end of this post between now and August 7 at 11:59 p.m. EST, and one lucky pet-owner duo will win matching Dash & Albert...

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Awesomely Tasty Blossoms

Jul 26, 2012

  One of the best parts about having our own gardens is that we can go out almost every day and pluck something beautiful or delicious—and sometimes both. Case in point: the squash blossom, that gorgeously golden and often-underused bit of the yellow squash and zucchini plants that makes for one awesomely tasty and simple summer treat.     Ready? Set? Get cooking . . .   Squash Flower Cakes This recipe comes courtesy of Kathleen Catalano, retired nutritionist and chef,...

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You’re So Pinteresting!

Jul 25, 2012

  Thanks to creative design fans across the country, there were so many fabulous picks for our Pine Cone Hill Dream Summer Bedroom contest on Pinterest  that we had a ridiculously hard time choosing our five favorites. But, mint juleps and raspberry scones in hand, we soldiered on, and narrowed the field to this handful of beauties. See what we mean?     Now it’s your turn! Vote for your favorite Pine Cone Hill Pinterest board between now and 11:59 p.m. EST on July 29. The...

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The Fence Post – Part One

Jul 24, 2012

It’s all about compromise. You want a beautiful, unfettered view. A 2005 image of me and Mum contemplating the very view in question. I didn’t remember this photo, but it was a bittersweet moment coming across it. I used to love just sitting with her in the garden, listening to  her plans for the site. She was NEVER idle. There was always more to do and more ideas to toss around—both for the exterior and the interior. You want dogs. You don’t want dogs digging up the...

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Easy Windowsill Garden

Jul 23, 2012

Got big gardening aspirations but short on space? Check out our newest how-to video on making a stunning—and incredibly simple—air plant display that will give an instant, organic perk-me-up to even the smallest of windowsills.   Since we’re in an outdoorsy state of mind, this week we’re giving away a vivacious Dash & Albert Garden Stripe 4’ x 6’ woven cotton rug! Valued at $104, it’s the perfect pop of color for any space. To enter, all you have to do is leave a...

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In Search of the Perfect Lobster Roll

Jul 20, 2012

  There’s food, and then there’s Food with a capital F—the kind of meal that causes you to wax poetic for days, months, even years after you’ve had it. We’re always on the hunt for this kind of foodie experience, but somehow it’s even more rewarding when it’s an unassuming dish at a place you never expected to give you the gourmet chills. That’s why we were over the moon to discover one of the Northeast’s best lobster rolls at Snow’s Clam Box, a quiet little roadside...

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The Need for Read

Jul 19, 2012

We keep hearing that the publishing industry ain’t what it used to be, but it’s still turning out some pretty amazing product. This year, our nightstands, beach totes, Kindles, and iPads doth overflow with stuff we’ve read, are in the middle of reading, or can’t wait to get started on—whether it’s E. L. James’s ubiquitous 50 Shades of Grey trilogy (you know who you are, Fresh American staffers), a lush period drama, or a skin-crawlingly creepy thriller. So if you’re on the...

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Wordless Wednesday

Jul 18, 2012

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

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Polka Face

Jul 17, 2012

Our dogs are hardly demanding—after all, they’re content to spend the day rolling in our flower beds, splashing through murky ponds, or vacuuming up any tidbits unfortunate enough to tumble over the side of the dinner table—but we still prefer to feed them healthy treats that don’t contain unpronounceable ingredients or mystery additives. Which is why we—and they—were wagging with happiness to receive a special delivery from the Polka Dog Bakery of Boston, purveyor of some...

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Got Milk Paint?

Jul 16, 2012

As Annie likes to say, “Happiness is priceless and paint is cheap.” So we’re all for experimenting with a little color, especially when it comes to milk paint, that lean, green, nontoxic and biodegradable brushstroke of genius that yields some pretty extraordinary looks. Rumor has it (though it’s hard to sustantiate) that this type of coloring dates back to cave paintings of the Neolithic period, which were reportedly made with a mixture of milk, lime, and earth-based pigments like...

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