Amazing Space: Unexpected Outdoor “Rooms”

Jul 18, 2015

As far as we’re concerned, the ideal summer afternoon needs just three things: a laid-back attitude, a comfy seat, and a sweet spot in the great outdoors. In the spirit of lazy afternoons all season long, we rounded up these amazing outdoor “rooms”—not your typical porch or patio, but a living space that speaks to our need for ease, comfort, and a healthy dose of me-time reflection.   Bedroom with outdoor “bonus” room, from Jamie Durie. California landscape architect and...

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4-Ingredient Smoothies for a Flavor-Packed Breakfast or Snack

Jul 17, 2015

Slap together a Saturday sit-down breakfast with eggs, pancakes, toast, and tea, and we’re there—we’ll even bring the maple syrup. But let’s face it: it’s almost impossible to find time for a sit-down breakfast during the work week. Besides, who really wants to nosh on that much food before 8:00 a.m.? Instead, we often turn to smoothies for a quick, nutritious, meal in a glass that will keep us feeling satisfied till it’s time to reach for the midmorning fruit or nut...

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Annie’s Favorite Stay-Cool Summer Bedding Picks

Jul 16, 2015

As the temperatures creep up, we inevitably peel back—and pare back—the covers on our beds. And while we want our bedrooms to look incredible, what we really need for summer is lightweight, breathable, machine-washable coordinates that keep us cool even on the hottest of nights. Today Annie’s walking us through her three easy tips for putting together an easy-breezy summer bed.   1. Save the fully decked-out bed for spring, fall, and winter, when you can go whole hog with the...

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Wordless Wednesday

Jul 15, 2015

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

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How to Style Your Home for Sale

Jul 14, 2015

If you’ve been prepping your home for sale, you’ve probably been getting a bunch of outdated information from well-meaning real estate agents. Paint all the walls white! Hide every last family photo in a drawer or closet! Potential buyers want to imagine themselves in the home, so wipe out all traces of anyone living here!   The truth is, home buyers are much savvier than they used to be, and no one wants to live in an art gallery. To put these and other hoary old tropes of home buying...

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Entre Nous: Why We Love nousDECOR

Jul 13, 2015

In the home décor world, we hear one complaint pretty consistently, and it goes a little something like this: I love the photos I see in magazines and on websites of amazing interior designs, but I can never track down where the items I like most were purchased from. Or I find them, but they’re out of my price range. A few years ago, Heather Gillette was in the same boat, trying to flesh out the room design she had in her mind. She had inherited a gilded French chandelier from a friend, and...

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Two Fresh New Takes on Summer Bed Dressing

Jul 11, 2015

When you work for a design company, you don’t have to go very far to find people with oodles of visual style. In fact, when we thought about having some fresh new faces style beds using Annie’s Pine Cone Hill products, we only had to walk a few steps down the hall to round up some talent. Today we’re bringing you two all-new takes on summer bedding, thanks to our own staffers, Customer Service Rep Laiken and Product Designer Emily.   Let’s get straight to what makes these beds so...

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New England Industrial Luxe at Hotel on North

Jul 10, 2015

Some homes and buildings have an incredible backstory. Some boast a cast of tirelessly dedicated owners or renovators, or dramatic before-and-after transformations. Still others have an inimitable cool factor, a woke-up-this-way ease that makes us want to kick off our shoes, sink into a cozy sofa or chair, and enjoy the scenery. Hotel on North, the new boutique hotel in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, just around the corner from our headquarters, has all of these and more.     Hotel on...

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Guest Stylist: Porch Perfection with Julie Blanner

Jul 9, 2015

Sure, you can’t throw a pink macaroon or beribboned bouquet of lilacs these days without bumping into a slick, TV-ready entertaining expert, but we’re the sorts who believe that being the consummate host or hostess isn’t about being interested in glossy details as much as in being authentic and making your guests feel comfortable and appreciated. That’s why we turn to the practical yet polished Julie Blanner whenever we’re looking for tips on how to turn our dinner parties, summer...

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Wordless Wednesday

Jul 8, 2015

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

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Your New Plus-One for the Bedroom

Jul 7, 2015

Summer calls for a lot of things—a lazy afternoon swing in the hammock with a great book, romantic picnics under the stars, ice cream socials with friends—but tops on our list is one-piece ease. Think a simple sundress, or a roomy tote bag that goes from the office to the beach and on road trips with equal aplomb. So as the temperatures start their inevitable climb toward midsummer, we’re reaching for the ultimate plus-one in sleeping comfort: the bedspread.     Lightweight,...

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Redo Your Rental in Six Steps

Jul 6, 2015

Apartment and home renters, we hear your woes: it can be downright challenging to make a space feel and look special when you can’t change major design components like wall color, flooring, room size, or architectural elements. The good news is that there are several easy, nonpermanent, and often budget-friendly ways to make a rental look as spectacular as a decked-out owned home.   But first, about those walls: some landlords are open-minded about wall painting, though they might...

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