Shop the All-New Annie Selke S...

Aug 6, 2014

Ever have one of those secrets so juicy, you think you might pop if you don’t share it? Well, we’ve been ready to burst like a grape in summer fruit salad for a while, but we finally get to make the big reveal: our brand-spanking-new website is now ready to shop, and we think you’re going to love what you see. What’s the big deal, exactly? Well, for starters, the new site is fully integrated, so you can shop all of Annie’s brands—Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert Rug Company, Fresh...

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How to Create the Ultimate Car...

Aug 5, 2014

With a daughter in college—and her own past experience with living at a boarding school and university—Annie has acquired some pretty useful back-to-school skills, like shopping for dorm-room essentials, packing, and putting together a thoughtful care package. Perfectly timed for when your student is starting to feel the stress of a heavy workload and a bit of homesickness, the care package is all about providing a hint of home and a healthy dose of comfort right when he or she needs it...

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Sewn Together: Lisa K. Tharp B...

Aug 4, 2014

We’re always on the hunt for innovative decorating ideas, so when we saw this eye-catching area rug treatment courtesy of interior decorator Lisa K. Tharp, we let out a collective ooh and aah. In her design for a stunning beach house on Cape Cod, Lisa came across an enviable challenge: how to choose a rug for a light-filled, expansive living room that sees its share of sandy feet and muddy-puppy messes? The answer: sew together several durable indoor/outdoor rugs to create the look of one...

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Bistro Box: Farm-to-Table Road...

Aug 1, 2014

In our little corner of Western Massachusetts, an area rich in culture and dining options, we’re lucky enough to see new restaurants pop up almost every season. This summer, the one that’s got us the most jazzed is the Bistro Box, a quick-service roadside stand that serves—drum roll, please—local, farm-to-table comfort foods with a scrumptious contemporary twist. The Bistro Box was founded by Nick and Birdie Joseph, both Culinary Institute of America–trained chefs, as a food truck...

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Sleek & Bright Girl’s Roo...

Jul 31, 2014

“I wish I could find great bedding and accessories for my daughter’s room that doesn’t have Disney princesses all over it.” If we had a nickel for every time we’ve heard this lament, we’d have enough cash to design an entire mansion full of girl’s rooms . . . and we’d make sure one of them looked like this bright, spunky, but not overdone bedroom by Laura U Interior Design, an award-winning firm out of Houston. What gives this room its punch is the tasteful use of bold hues...

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Wordless Wednesday

Jul 30, 2014

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

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Easy Succulent Container Garde...

Jul 29, 2014

We didn’t think gardening could get much more fun—until we saw the something-cool-around-every-corner gardens of Bunny Williams. While we meandered around these stunning grounds, we couldn’t help but notice some unexpected plants—spiky cheveria, bright chartreuse sedum—popping up in unusual places. The conclusion? Bunny digs succulents.   Eric Ruquist, Bunny’s chief gardener, notes that the renowned interior designer loves succulents for their variety in size, shape, and form, and...

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How to Place a Rug in a Room

Jul 28, 2014

In the “What topics would you like us cover in the future?” section of our recent blog survey, an astute reader noted, “How to place a rug in a room.” It’s was a forehead-smacking, duh moment. How have we never covered this topic before on an interior design blog? We’re not sure, but we’re happy to report that today we’re correcting the oversight and offering you our favorite rules for the perfect placement of an area rug in the most common rooms of the house. Before you start...

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Soft Focus: Fiona Printed Bedd...

Jul 25, 2014

We love summer brights—those big, bold colors that command attention as soon as you walk into a room. But sometimes we crave a bit of softness, and Annie’s new Fiona printed sheets and shams—part of the Pine Cone Hill 20th Anniversary Collection—are just the ticket to a lighter bedroom-decorating look that has style for miles written all over it. The first iteration of Fiona, from 2002, was a botanical-and-paisley quilt that customers just couldn’t get enough of. Annie revived it...

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Artist Crush: Maggie Mailer

Jul 24, 2014

If you’ve ever wondered what Rachel Maddow, Jimmy Buffett, and dozens of Berkshire and New York City art collectors have in common, here’s the answer: the paintings of Maggie Mailer. One look at her dreamy, layered, abstract-meets-narrative landscapes and “mindscapes,” and you’ll understand why. After receiving her B.A. from Columbia University in 1993, Maggie, a New York native and the daughter of author Norman Mailer and jazz singer Carol Stevens, came to Pittsfield, Massachusetts,...

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Wordless Wednesday

Jul 23, 2014

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

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We’re Crushing On: Climbing Ro...

Jul 22, 2014

Following our visit to Bunny Williams’s exquisite gardens in Connecticut, we couldn’t stop thinking about her climbing roses. Lush, hearty, and bursting with vivid green leaves and colorful blooms, Bunny’s roses are what gardening dreams are made of. So we did a little digging to find out how we might be able to get such robust roses at home. Bunny has a profusion of climbing roses in two of her garden “rooms”—the parterre garden, where they twine along arbors, and the perennial...

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