Dream Weaver: What’s the Difference between Percale and Sateen?

May 11, 2015

When we gave a sneak peek at the new Annie Selke Luxe line a few weeks ago, we dished on the finer points of Egyptian cotton, and why its luxuriously long-staple fiber is a natural for high-end sheets and duvets. Today we’re taking it one step further by breaking down that top-quality fiber into the two predominant weaves you’ll find in the wide world of bedding: percale and sateen. So what, exactly, is the difference?       Although there’s some discrepancy about the origin...

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Annie’s Favorite Color Pops: Pink & Green

May 9, 2015

Some patterns and color combos are so tied to time periods or designers that the barest mention of them conjures up a mental movie reel of images. Case in point: pink and green. When you read those words, if your first thought was, The ’80s are back! and your second thought was, Better bust that Lily Pulitzer dress out of the closet! you know exactly what we’re talking about. But beyond the dose of sweet nostalgia, what we love most about these evocative color palettes is that they’re...

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A Pistachio Semifreddo Recipe You’ll Want to Eat Every Day

May 8, 2015

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the most unforgettable. We love to experiment in the kitchen, and during the warmer months, this means our ice cream makers are in near-constant rotation with all manner of unusual flavors. But when we took our first nibble of this ridiculously easy and flavorful Pistachio Semifreddo, we were ready to tuck away our favorite appliance. For the rest of the spring and summer. It’s that good.     In Italy, the term semifreddo, which translates to...

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Inspired by: Dr. Zhivago on Broadway

May 7, 2015

We can count on, well, one finger the number of times we’ve been inspired to redecorate based on a Russian revolutionary war–era story. And though it’s been some time since the impossibly chic, fur-swaddled Julie Christie in the celluloid version of Dr. Zhivago made us want to drape ourselves—and our houses—in layers of tailored wool, soft felt, elaborate embroidery and beading, and richly detailed velvets and silks, we now have a whole new revolutionary-Russia inspiration to draw...

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Wordless Wednesday

May 6, 2015

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

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Pretty as a Picture: Painterly Prints

May 5, 2015

For us, decorating the bedroom for the warm-weather months is the equivalent of pulling all those adorable, colorful, featherweight sundresses out of their long winter-closet hibernation, and using every conceivable excuse to toss them on—from a trip to the grocery store to afternoon coffee with friends and hanging out on the porch swing with a book and a glass of iced tea. Over the years, we’ve found a tried-and-true way to add a pop of effervescent personality to our bedroom design:...

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Haint That Something? The Blue Porch Ceilings of the South

May 4, 2015

We’re not a superstitious bunch, but we are aficionados of the unexpected—like a pop of soothing blue, also known as haint blue, on a porch ceiling. Though we’ve seen this colorful treatment on many homes in the Southern United States, we’ve noticed it in a variety of cities around the country, and that got us to wondering about the roots of the haint blue tradition. Where did it come from, and how is it used today? Haint blue paint originates with the descendants of African slaves...

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How-To: Decoupage a Vintage Map Table

May 2, 2015

Ever hit one of your favorite home décor stores and see something you love, then think, I wonder if I can make that? That was exactly our experience when we saw, at a Certain Upscale Store That Will Remain Unnamed, the perfect side table covered with a gorgeous vintage map. Since it was a bit of a budget-buster, and since our DIY adventures have taught us a thing or two about getting crafty, we figured we’d tackle how to decoupage a vintage map table in our own workshop. We think you’ll...

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Berkshire International Film Festival 2015: Your Exclusive Preview

May 1, 2015

We’re gearing up for a big arts and culture season here in the Berkshires, and what better way to kick it off than with the Berkshire International Film Festival? The 2015 program, from May 28 to 31, is the festival’s most ambitious yet, with 31 documentaries, 27 fiction features, and 20 short films from around the world, including Brazil, Egypt, South Korea, Ukraine, and Norway, and even from our own arts-rich region.     The films that will be showcased at BIFF include Meru, a...

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Annie’s Favorite Color Pops: Orange & French Blue

Apr 30, 2015

You can take the crayons away from a gal, but you can’t take the gal away from an exuberant, out-of-the-box sense of color. So we’ve learned in our years with Annie, who finds new ways to get hue happy every season. For the next several weeks, we’re going to be taking a look at her latest color palette crushes, starting with an unusual, dynamic pairing for spring and summer: orange and French blue.   While citrus hues may be a no-brainer for decorating during the warm-weather months,...

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Wordless Wednesday

Apr 29, 2015

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

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Try This on for Sisal: Rugs for Layering

Apr 28, 2015

Ask an interior designer about his or her go-to décor items, and the short list will almost certainly include sisal rugs. The “workhorses of a great home design,” as Annie calls them, sisal rugs are neutral, all-natural, durable and long-lasting, and sophisticated yet earthy. They also have beautiful texture, making them the ideal foundation pieces for a room. And while they’re lovely on their own, we’re especially smitten with these area rugs because they’re a breeze to layer with...

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