All in the Family

Aug 31, 2012

There’s something about art that’s organic and beautiful, but a little rough-hewn—perfectly imperfect, if you will. That’s the case with Ani Kasten, a Brentwood, Maryland–based ceramics artist who has exhibited across the United States, and whose wheel-thrown and hand-built forms skirt the border of the natural and man-made worlds. Kasten, who studied under highly regarded British ceramist Rupert Spira, takes her cues from plants, water, rocks, and clay, as well as from architecture,...

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Make Your Own Water Garden

Aug 30, 2012

We’ve lived in our share of miniscule apartments and yard-less houses, so we’re always looking for ways to grow pretty things in minimal space. When our photo team put together a water garden for a recent photo shoot, we were hooked. This adorable garden couldn’t be simpler to make. All you need is a galvanized steel tub, some spray-on pond liner, a bunch of plastic pots, some gravel, and water plants. Many nurseries offer great discounts on plants this late in the season, so scoop up...

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Wordless Wednesday

Aug 29, 2012

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

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The Most Wonderful Time of the...

Aug 28, 2012

Ah, the New York International Gift Fair (aka, the New York Gift Show). We adore you for a variety of reasons—not the least of which is the opportunity to display everything that’s new and awesome from our own Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert Rug Company. After all, where else can we find everything from animal-printed note cards to hand-knit cashmere shawls, luxury bedding, kitschy housewares, fanciful furniture, gourmet salts and olive oils, and some truly out-there jewelry, in more...

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Inn Like a Lion

Aug 27, 2012

We count ourselves lucky—make that ridiculously superlucky—to live in an area so rich in culture, history, and really cool design. Take, for instance, the Red Lion Inn, a 200-plus-year-old Berkshire icon that has become even more relevant simply by reimagining an old sweater shop as a set of charming and beautiful luxury hotel rooms. The Red Lion, one of the few continuously operating New England inns since the eighteenth century, has long been known for its funky, antique-bedecked spaces,...

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Finns and Feathers

Aug 23, 2012

When we find a designer so original and thought-provoking, our first impulse is to . . . keep the news to ourselves so we can hoard everything he makes. Fortunately, we’re pretty lousy at keeping secrets, and we can’t help but share these rich, striking, fantasy-meets-folklore home products from Finnish illustrator Klaus Happaniemi. Happaniemi, who has designed for the disparate likes of Levi’s, Diesel, Marimekko, Dolce & Gabbana, and Cacharel, gained notice for Taika...

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Moscow on the Seine

Aug 22, 2012

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

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Pillow(case) Talk

Aug 21, 2012

Have you ever loved a set of sheets to pieces? (Guilty as charged!) Or maybe you accidentally subjected that brand-new fitted sheet to some high-heat shrinkage, and now it springs off the corner of your bed faster than an Olympic gymnast. (Been there, too.) So what do you do with those extra pillowcases that have lost their bed mates? If you have a little girl in your life, we’ve got the answer: supereasy, supercomfy, summer-tastic pillowcase dresses. All it takes is a sewing machine, a...

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Pin to Win, Part Deux!

Aug 20, 2012

Judging by the number of hours Fresh American staffers spend carefully crafting boards of their favorite home-decorating ideas, fashion, accessories, photography, recipes, art, and more, it’s pretty clear that we’ve developed a deep, incurable addiction to Pinterest. If you’re as pin-happy as we are, we think you’ll enjoy taking a crack at our latest pin-to-win contest for your chance to win a Dash & Albert Rug Company tote bag—just in time for all your back-to-school needs. The...

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Pet Video Roundup

Aug 17, 2012

It’s that time again, when we spend a productive morning combing the Internet to bring you all things pets. This time around, we’re getting our kicks with the latest dog and cat photos and videos. If this doesn’t start off your Friday morning with a bark (or at least a couple of unintentionally loud snorts that make your cube mates peep over the walls, groundhog style), well, we suggest you turn around three times, settle in for a nap, and let us know when you’re awake and ready to...

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Triumph of the Tomatoes

Aug 16, 2012

Some Northeasterners spend the month of August bemoaning the sweltering heat and humidity, but we’re willing to put up and shut up for one simple reason: big, sweet, juicy, fresh-from-the garden tomatoes. Whether they’re typical Beefsteaks or Brandywines, tart green zebras, golden cherries sweet enough to pop in your mouth right off the vine, or any other variety, we can’t get enough. So when the garden begins to burst with fruit, try one of these recipes that spotlight the tomato at its...

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