The Eyelet of the Beholder

May 10, 2012

’Tis the season for lightweight fabrics and delicate details, and we’re tickled to see all the options for fashion and home that include eyelet. A quintessentially romantic technique, eyelet softens the edges of a room and adds a layer of visual interest. The origins of eyelet are a bit sketchy, but it seems to have been developed in Europe as an offshoot of traditional cutwork sometime in the 1700s. It’s made by creating a tone-on-tone pattern (historically white thread on white fabric...

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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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Lofty Ambition

Apr 5, 2012

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Lofty Ambition

Apr 3, 2012

Making an industrial-edged loft space look chic, cool, and intimate is a tall order, but somehow, this apartment in Madrid, featured on Decorology gets it all correcto. The warm neutral tones, the cozy fabrics, lived-in furniture, and quirky accents help to scale down and bring intimate ambience to a light-infused, tall with a capital T space that might otherwise seem cold and glaring. The design maximizes the layering of textures, from the animal-hide rug in the entryway to the furry throws...

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Pop Goes the Pillow

Apr 3, 2012

We’re certified colorholics, but we also know that when it comes to putting together a sophisticated room, nothing beats layers of neutral hues, textures, and details. Decorative pillows can add all three of those qualities, and are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to switch up the look of a room. Instead of plain-Jane solids, try one of these neutral pillows that...

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Wizard of Wood

Apr 3, 2012

Run an online search for the name Andrianna Shamaris, and you’ll turn up a lot of references to the designer as a “furniture hunter” and a “favorite among architects, interior designers, and celebrities.” Not to say that these descriptions aren’t true, but they ignore the more important part: despite her lower profile, Shamaris is a true original, half brain and half artist, who can transform the likes of recycled bamboo, reclaimed teak, petrified wood, and even 150-year-old...

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Wood You?

Apr 3, 2012

If there’s one decorating myth we’d love to eradicate, it’s that neutral spaces are flat and boring. In fact, they can be dynamic and—dare we say?—fabulous when filled with different shades of neutrals, contrasting textures, and unusual materials. Which brings us to petrified wood. Yeah, we agree that the name (from the Greek petro, meaning “rock” or “stone”) is less than compelling, but the result—where all the organic materials in a tree have been replaced with silicates,...

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Put It on the Table

Feb 24, 2012

You know you’re a design nerd when the very thought of shopping for accessories makes you giddier than a Harajuku girl in a Hello Kitty store. We own our nerddom, because we know that accessories are one of the best ways to give a space a finished, polished look that says “I meant to do this,” rather than “I plopped this here on my way in the door and forgot about it.” Smaller spaces, like console tables, can be challenging to accessorize, which is why we love this primer from the...

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Dress Whites

Feb 24, 2012

We’re all in for being original. But sometimes, the best way to show individuality is by recombining classics in new ways. Case in point: the white button-down shirt, a fashion icon thanks to larger-than-life figures like Audrey Hepburn, Sharon Stone, Carolina Herrera, and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. We love a crisp, tailored shirt’s ability to project authority while still maintaining a feminine, pretty appeal, and we’re beyond thrilled by the ginormous array of choices, from traditional...

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Fixture Upper

Feb 24, 2012

Sometimes there’s just not enough space at floor or table level to hold all the weird, wonderful, and wack-a-doodle shapes we want to try out in our rooms. So we say, Behold the overhead lighting fixture, where we can play with the squat, the sculptural, the scribbly, and the sprawling and not have to worry (much) about competing with other objects in the room. Here are a few of our current neutral...

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Figure Study

Feb 24, 2012

It’s pretty easy to grasp the concepts of layering, texture, and natural elements in a Nuanced Neutral room, but shape is what elevates a design from good to “Whoa.” This living room would leave even Keanu Reeves exclamation-less, thanks to its juxtaposition of hard angles with swooping arcs and voluptuous curves. The room utilizes a white base to best show off furniture and accessories, making it easy to distinguish all the rectilinear pieces like the art prints, the stacking side...

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App Happy

Jan 23, 2012

Although we try to unplug and unwind as much as possible, we admit it: we love our smartphones and the thousands of apps on the market. Whether useful, efficiency enhancing, pretty, or just plain silly, we slogged through the many winter-themed apps for Android and iPhone to bring you this best-of list. Android Winter Live Wallpaper Decorate your home screen with falling snowflakes, rays of sunlight, and other stopping-by-woods wintry scenes.   Winter Wake-Up Set this app to wake you up...

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