London’s Color of the Moment: Electric Blue

Oct 7, 2014

Just a couple of weeks ago, Annie crossed the pond for a bit of business. As is often the case, she came across a variety of inspirations during her travel. She didn’t, however, expect to find said inspiration in the form of a 15-foot-tall, electric blue rooster perched atop Trafalgar Square in London. Meet Hahn/Cock (see number 16 below), a fiberglass sculpture by German artist Katharina Fritsch, which was first unveiled last summer on the fourth plinth, a large stone pedestal originally...

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Inspired Design: Kit Kemp’s A Living Space

Oct 6, 2014

We’re going across the pond today, colorfully and eclectically, with a peek inside the book A Living Space, from London-based interior designer—and one of Annie’s personal favorites—Kit Kemp. Over a 30-year career, Kit has been the prodigiously talented brains behind a variety of interiors, including some of the most design-savvy hotels in the Western world. As the design director of Firmdale Hotels, she’s put her indelible stamp on the Soho, Covent Garden, Charlotte Street,...

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Inspired By: 8 Great Mudrooms

Oct 3, 2014

As pet-loving people who live in a part of the country renowned for its lengthy mud and snow seasons, we’ve become connoisseurs of the well-designed mudroom. We did some searching around the blogosphere, and came up with these eight great examples of mudrooms. But what, exactly, makes them so special? A great mudroom has: Lots of storage options for shoes, coats, purses, pet accessories, and more. We’re talking wall hooks, shelves, benches with drawers, countertops, or any combination of...

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Scarf Style with Toshiko of It’s Not Her It’s Me

Oct 2, 2014

Here at Fresh American, we get to work with some amazingly creative, smart, and stylish people. Today that pool of fabulously fun folks just got a little deeper, as Toshiko Shek of the fashion and lifestyle blog It’s Not Her, It’s Me shows us how to style three fall-ready scarves. We love Toshiko’s casual-with-a-vintage-twist vibe and her ability to find just the right, richly detailed accessories for every outfit. So hop over to her blog  to see how she’s wearing Annie’s Rose...

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Wordless Wednesday

Oct 1, 2014

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

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The Happy Staircase Rug Installation with Centsational Girl

Sep 30, 2014

When faced with a decorating dilemma like a particle-board staircase covered in dirty, dated, worn-out carpet, we like to ask ourselves, WWCGD (What would Centsational Girl do)? Lucky for us, Kate herself has answered this very question in a new blog post on creating a fun, functional, and—dare we say?—adorable hallway by installing a runner on a staircase. After tearing out the old carpet, Kate painted the stair treads a beautiful sea green, then topped them off with Dash & Albert’s...

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Decking the Halls with the Art of Amanda Jones

Sep 29, 2014

When Annie first brought home her new Basset hound puppies, Googie and Impy, earlier this year, she immediately called on friend and pro pet portraitist Amanda Jones to immortalize all that giddy, goofy puppy energy on film. (Check out some adorable behind-the-scenes pics and video here.) Now, as Annie’s home reno is entering its final stages, we get to share the results of that shoot: a spectacular photo installation in Annie’s hallway. Annie knew she needed large art to cover the tall...

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Sassy Sandwiches: Herbed Goat Cheese, Fig, and Cucumber

Sep 26, 2014

When the warm, sunny days of late summer begin to slide into drizzly nights and chilly, dewy mornings, we get a hankering for rich, flavor-packed meals that leave us feeling balanced and satisfied. Enter the sassy sandwich, a grown-up take on a convenient standby. In our previous edition, we tackled an upscale chicken salad with a hint of spicy curry. Today we’re going just a little bit sweet, with this original recipe featuring herbed goat cheese, figs, and cucumbers on a crispy...

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Sherwin-Williams Paint Color Palette—and a Giveaway!

Sep 25, 2014

We’re just going to come out and say it: we’re crazy-excited for this exclusive room color palette and giveaway with our friends at Sherwin-Williams. What’s got us so jazzed? To start with, Annie’s Joya Soumak rug, a soft, visually dynamic, and finely woven wool area rug hand-crafted by wrapping the wefts over four warps, then pulling them back under the final two warps. With its durable construction,  Indian-inspired design, and mix of fall-friendly hues, it’s a bright spot for...

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Wordless Wednesday

Sep 24, 2014

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

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Grey Gardens: How to Pop Fall’s It Neutral with Color

Sep 23, 2014

Click over to pretty much any fashion blog or retailer, and you’ll find that grey is everywhere this season, from cozy knits to smooth leathers and chunky tweeds. We’re loving this alternative to black, and think that the new it neutral works perfectly in interior design, as well. Our favorite way to use grey in room color palettes? Layered in different shades, with a single pop of fresh, fabulous color. Today Annie’s weighing in on her favorite current grey-palette combos: grey and...

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The Art of the Pattern: Fabric Painter Peter Fasano

Sep 22, 2014

  Albert Hadley. Dorothy Draper. Mario Buatta. Bunny Williams. These are some of the giants of American interior design—and a few names fabric artist Peter Fasano tosses off in casual conversation. In his 30-plus years in the home-design industry, he’s worked with the best of the best, and tapped a seemingly never-ending well of creativity to rise to the top of an increasingly crowded field. Peter got his start back at Parsons in the 1970s, where he studied interior design. After...

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