Rust in Peace

May 17, 2012

Annie’s always on the move, looking for the coolest, the oddest, and the most inspiring people, places, and products. On her recent trip to the Round Top Antiques Fair in Texas (check out our two photo galleries here and here), Annie turned up these a-may-zing pendant lights by Tony McCray of Rust in Peace. (Yeah, we agree: the company name is just as wickedly fun as the lamps.) An Atlanta-based artisan, Tony remembers a childhood filled with family trips to country-road dump sites, where he...

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Como as You Are

May 9, 2012

Designers get to do some incredibly cool stuff, including globe-hopping in the name of research. And what better way to be inspired than on the shores of a postcard-perfect Italian lake town, among drool-worthy scenery and gorgeous textiles? Annie sends a big hello from Lake Como, Italy, this year’s home of Proposte, an invitation-only showcase of the finest in European furnishing fabrics. (Also part-time residence of George Clooney. Annie assures us she’ll pass along our contact info.)...

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Ready . . . Set . . . Relaunch!

May 1, 2012

  We’ve been having a blast bringing you a weekly dose of Annie’s shopping and product tips, entertaining ideas, how-to’s, decorating advice, and inspiration. So we’re pleased as a spiked summer punch to announce that there’s plenty more where that came from—plus all-new features!—when our newly redesigned blog launches next Monday, May 7. Stay tuned to Fresh American for all the topics you’ve come to love and even more design-insider tidbits, including a weekly column on...

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Ombre Obsessed

Apr 26, 2012

Colorblocking is all the rage these days, and we think those big, bold sections of color are awesome . . . and not in a shoulder-padded ’80s kind of way. What to do if you love the stripy effect but want something a little more subtle? The answer, dear design nuts, is ombre. The French word ombre translates to “shaded.” As a dyeing technique in home design and fashion, where the term describes a color gradient, it’s been around at least since the 1800s. The most common way of creating...

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Watch Me, Now

Apr 26, 2012

British artist Dominic Wilcox  is one of those insanely talented people who make the rest of us look like schoolyard slackers. We can’t decide whether to be more jealous of his charmingly crude illustrations, his WTF installations, or his too-cool sculpture. (Did we mention that he once was his own walking art installation, wearing an on/off switch attached to his scalp for an entire month?) But what really caught our eye is Wilcox’s Moments in Time series, in which he created teensy...

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Dog Days

Apr 25, 2012

Anyone who knows Annie and Fresh American knows that we consider our pets part of our family. Most staff members have one or more furry, feathered, or fishy friends, and those who don’t still enjoy their daily greetings and play sessions with our canine office mascots (like Maxine, pictured here “modeling” one of our beds). So when we heard about Maria Goodavage’s new book, Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes, we couldn’t wait to take a look. It turns out that...

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Bunny’s World

Apr 25, 2012

In her 40-plus-year career, Bunny Williams has become one of America’s preeminent designers, known for spaces that are classic, livable, and thoughtfully eclectic. Having started with the iconic Parish-Hadley in the 1960s and branched out on her own in 1988, she has hit on a non-formulaic formula of decorating that mixes antiques and modern pieces, high-end custom décor and flea market finds in a way that seems comfortably cluttered and worldly, but never pretentious. To put it simply, as...

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Bird Brains

Apr 6, 2012

Do you get as ridiculously excited as we do when you find that your personal obsessions have gone front and center of a current trend? As outdoorsy folk living in a naturally beautiful place like the Berkshires, we’ve always been bird lovers, and we were thrilled to see our avian friends popping up on everything from handbags to headboards. You can find bird prints pretty much anywhere this season, but here’s a sampling of our...

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The Artful Lodger: How to Display Favorite Collections

Mar 20, 2012

You’d be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn’t collect something, and with good reason: collections satisfy our urge to express ourselves through objects we love, and bring order to what can otherwise seem, well, random or nonsensical. Assembling your salvaged typewriter keys, fabric-covered buttons, Broadway playbills, or even vintage surgical instruments and handcuffs (think we’re kidding? Google ’em) into a creatively displayed collection elevates these items from common objects...

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Bird Brains

Mar 20, 2012

Do you get as ridiculously excited as we do when you find that your personal obsessions have gone front and center of a current trend? As outdoorsy folk living in a naturally beautiful place like the Berkshires, we’ve always been bird lovers, and we were thrilled to see our avian friends popping up on everything from handbags to headboards. You can find bird prints pretty much anywhere this season, but here’s a sampling of our...

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Wallflowers Need Not Apply

Mar 20, 2012

On her website, in what must be the understatement of the decade, Colombian-born illustrator Catalina Estrada states, “I love colors and shapes and if I have a choice I want to make them beautiful.” One look at her new wallpaper collection for Coordoné, which blends the color and intensity of Latin-American folklore with European technical refinement, and we were bowled over by her adventurous with a capital A sense of design. (We’re not the only ones who are smitten: blogs like decor8...

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The New Bohemian

Mar 20, 2012

When we saw this Manhattan apartment in the March issue of Architectural Digest, we can’t say we were surprised by how thoughtfully designed it is. It’s owned by Diane von Furstenberg, for crying out loud, the queen of the chic silhouette and sophisticated print. What we were surprised by is just how crazily eclectic it is, with everything from plastic-woven Franz West chairs to pop art paintings, a Salvador Dalí sofa in the shape of plush lips, Asian and African sculpture, a ginormous...

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