5 Steps to Decking out Your Dining Room for Thanksgiving

Nov 10, 2014

With almost 30 years in the design biz under her belt, Annie takes a decidedly no-stress approach to holiday decorations. Today she’s sharing her top five tips for Thanksgiving dining room decor that puts the emphasis where it belongs: on you, your guests, and a comfortable, memorable day of celebration. 1. Plan your color palette in advance. Annie likes to use a different decorating palette every year, and usually bases her choice on single inspirational décor item, like a vintage...

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5 Easy & Elegant DIY Paper Crafts for Thanksgiving

Nov 7, 2014

For today’s edition of Friday Fun Best of the Web, we’re getting into the holiday decorating spirit. But with Thanksgiving less than three weeks away, and oodles of food and house prep to on the horizon, we’re craving simple, seasonal décor that we can make on a weeknight, over a glass of wine and an artsy documentary (need some suggestions? Try Finding Vivian Maier or Afternoon of a Faun, both available on Netflix), or with family or a crafty bestie in a single weekend afternoon. We...

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Annie Selke’s Home Reno in Lonny!

Nov 6, 2014

You know when you have one of those really, really, really amazing secrets that you’re bursting to share? Well, that’s how we’ve been feeling for the past few months. But today’s the day that we get to blast the great news: Annie’s home renovation, which is now complete, is featured this month in Lonny Magazine. We love Lonny’s accessible, personal approach to home decorating, and their interactive digital magazines—featuring page after page of curated, shop-able stories—are an...

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Festive Fall Table Setting with KitchenAid

Nov 5, 2014

Looking for some new table decoration ideas for your next fall luncheon or dinner party? Then grab a mug of spiced cider, your favorite table linens, and your autumn gourds and pumpkins, and head on over to the Kitchenthusiast, the KitchenAid blog, where Annie is guest posting today. For this exclusive post, Annie shows us how to style the harvest table two ways. It’s a fresh, festive look for autumn that works equally well for a weekend dinner with friends or a laid-back Thanksgiving meal...

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Sassy Sandwiches: Pesto Grilled Cheese Recipe

Nov 4, 2014

If you’re a die-hard cheese lover like us, you’ve spent more time than you’d ever admit Googling grilled cheese ideas, sophisticated grilled cheese, the best grilled cheese sandwiches, and grown-up grilled cheese. What is it about this much-loved sandwich that can reduce even the most jaded foodie to gastronomic giddiness? While we could rhapsodize about the many virtues of our favorite fromage, we believe the cult of the grilled cheese is attributable to this: grilled cheese tastes...

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Inspired By: New England Sunset

Nov 3, 2014

This time of year is magical for so many reasons, from the crisp mornings contrasted with sunny afternoons to the unbelievable display of colors in the fall foliage. While those colors have given us a lot of recent decorating inspiration, today we’re looking to another color palette—the New England sunset—for décor ideas. We spotted this extraordinary photo of the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on Visit Maine’s Pinterest page, and the moody mix of purple, blue, pink,...

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Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2014

From all of us at Fresh American and The Annie Selke Companies, have a safe, fun, and spook-tacular Halloween! ...

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Knitting Pretty: Loopy Mango

Oct 30, 2014

Break out the chunky knits: fall is here, and it’s never looked cooler than with a Loopy Mango scarf or wrap draped around your shoulders, or a lofty wool throw tossed over the back of the sofa or the foot of the bed. We first came across this couture-caliber knitting and crocheting company at the Brimfield Antique Show, and were immediately smitten with their unbelievably soft, cushy merino wool. That’s thanks to Big Loop, the thickest yarn on the market, which the Loopy Mango crew...

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Wordless Wednesday

Oct 29, 2014

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

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Fall Scarf Style

Oct 28, 2014

We’re getting into the fall-fashion groove here at Fresh American HQ. From soft, second-skin cords to chunky sweaters, cropped jackets, suede booties, and nubby leather bags in rich, foliage-inspired hues, we’re stocking our closets with versatile pieces we can remix into dozens of outfits. Our secret weapon for transforming a look? Scarves. Today we’re getting into the outdoorsy spirit with Annie’s Crystal Wood scarf. With its woodsy pattern woven into soft, lightweight wool, it adds...

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Annie’s Must-Have Layers for Fall

Oct 27, 2014

While we’ve been loving almost every second of this mild, gorgeously hued fall, when the mercury barely reaches 40 degrees F at night and in the early morning, we know that the best way to stay comfortable is by layering up. A lot. Whether draping an extra matelassé or quilt over the bed; tossing a toasty new throw or fleece robe over our pajamas; or prepping for the great outdoors by adding scarves, down-filled vests, fleece gloves, and sherpa-lined mocs to our fashion repertoire, we’re...

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We’ve Got a Souk-ret: Zenza Home Accessories

Oct 24, 2014

During her recent trip to Maison et Objet in Paris, Annie came across a variety of weird, wacky, or wonderful (and sometimes all three) new home products. One company that stopped her in her tracks was Zenza. Based in the Netherlands, this exciting design outfit is using traditional techniques to handcraft incredible lighting, decorative pillows, rugs, and furniture with an urban-nomad style. Zenza was founded more than 20 years ago by Karin Willems, who traveled to Egypt to source products for...

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