Hot Stuff

Jun 20, 2012

It’s no secret that Annie loves color, and the more vibrant and energetic, the better. This season, she’s all in for the tangerine trend, and especially its slightly hotter cousin, persimmon. Pair it with white for a clean, high-contrast look, pop it against turquoise or navy, or mix it with pink for a tropical touch. These pieces are the ideal way to perk up with...

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Tulip Fever

May 14, 2012

If the ridiculous number of tulip photos we Fresh American staffers have been posting on our Facebook pages, tweeting, and pinning on our Pinterest boards is any indication, we’re just a teensy bit excited that the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming. And what’s not to love about these happy, showy, rainbow-colored blossoms?   The tulip, a perennial bulb belonging to the 100-plus species Tulipa, is a native of Central Asia, though it’s been expertly cultivated by the Dutch...

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Rock the ‘Block

May 11, 2012

  We lived through the eighties, yet somehow we’re still into colorblocking—there’s something incredibly cool about the wow-pow graphic effect you can give a room by combining two or more solid hues. As the High Priestess of Home, Martha Stewart, puts it in the May issue of Martha Stewart Living, “Just as an orange belt or a pair of red pants can amp up an outfit, one bold decorative gesture, be it a tricolor bookcase or an unexpected combination of throw pillows, can freshen up...

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La Vie En Roses

May 8, 2012

Roses have inspired centuries’ worth of clichés, but we get it: they’re one of the planet’s most treasured natural beauties and most enduring symbols of love and friendship. So on a recent trip to the Lone Star state, gardening nut Annie was jazzed when she stumbled across the Antique Rose Emporium, a Brenham, Texas-based nursery and mail-order source for exquisitely beautiful blooms. Eschewing fussy modern hybrids that can drive even the most experienced gardeners to fits of hair...

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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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Flower Power

Apr 10, 2012

Annie just got back from a trip to Texas, where the bluebonnets—the Lone Star’s state flower—are in full, crazy-colorful bloom. Luckily for us, tourists aren’t the only ones who feel compelled to stop and ogle these amazingly eye-catching and prolific violet-hued flowers; it’s pretty much a statewide sport to travel the “bluebonnet trail,” from Burnet to Llano to Fredericksburg, and a variety of other cities in between, and stop the car in the oddest of places to snap dozens of...

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Baby, It’s You

Apr 10, 2012

We can’t wait for spring for many reasons, tops among them the up-and-at-’em start of the Berkshire cultural calendar. And what better way to kick it off than with Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm, that annual festival of the adorable and cuddly from our friends at the Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, Massachusetts? This year marks the tenth anniversary of Baby Animals, with a plethora of teensy and exuberant piglets, calves, lambs, chicks, and goats frolicking their way around the...

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The Poop on Peeps

Apr 10, 2012

Just mention Peeps, those perky mainstays of Easter baskets, and you’ll no doubt get some pretty strong love/hate reactions. But we can’t get enough of the frisky little fellas, and we’re not the only ones. Peeps have been around since 1953, when the Just Born company of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, purchased the Rodda Candy Company and its handmade marshmallow chick. Just Born created a machine to automate the process, and the mass-produced Peep—made of the, um, highly appetizing blend of...

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Do You Dream in Color?

Mar 6, 2012

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from early 2012’s home, gift, and fashion shows, it’s that this spring is the season of color. And not the pastels or stone-washed hues of seasons past, but intrepid, full-of-character color that brings an instant dose of exuberance to a room. Bedding is no exception, and we couldn’t be happier. Our current obsession? Loopy, color-drenched patterns paired with crisp white sheets that have just a hint of detail, like embroidery or...

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In Sink

Mar 6, 2012

As underrated areas for decorating go, the bathroom sink is tops on the list. Sure, it’s easy enough to slap a few colored soaps, bottles, and hand towels on the counter around it, but why not make the sink itself the centerpiece of your bathroom design? With so many hand-painted porcelain beauties to choose from—in solids, ombrés, florals, abstract, ethnic, and even animal-print designs—you can find a sink that will cheer up an often chilly space and give your bathroom tons of...

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Pin-Up Girl

Mar 6, 2012

When we first heard about Pinterest, we thought, “Another social-networking site?” But as soon as we realized it was all about collecting incroyable images of even cooler things, we were hooked. Many a pin-happy Fresh American staffer has been known to stay up until 2:00 a.m., putting together boards of art, fashion, home products, recipes, cute pets, and random candids. And the Queen of Pinners is Annie herself, who has been sourcing some incredible stuff to rev up your creative engines....

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White Space…With a Bit of Color

Mar 6, 2012

We get that bold colors can seem like one helluva commitment when splashed all over walls, floors, and big pieces of furniture. But don’t let that stop you from trying out a sea-worthy turquoise, spring-grass green, royal violet, or hot-hot-hot tangerine—or some combination of those and more. Just start with a white backdrop, then layer in a single color pop, like this white and turquoise bedroom; a duet of zingy hues, like this orange and pink combo; or a patchwork approach to multiple...

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