Guest Stylist: Summer Porch Decorating with Miss Mustard Seed

Aug 20, 2015

We’ve been crazy for Marian Parson’s brand of easy, French-country-with-a-twist decorating for what seems like eons, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that she’s used our products in her master bedroom, her guest bedroom, her kids’ room, and even in her hallway. So when she told us she was getting ready to redo her deck, we knew she’d come up with something laid-back, elegant, and gorgeous. Check out the full reveal on her blog, then come back here to get the look at...

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Wordless Wednesday

Aug 19, 2015

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

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10 Minutes with Erin Gates of Elements of Style

Aug 18, 2015

Some designers have a great eye for color or pattern. Others have an architectural sense that can create drama out of the simplest shapes and varied proportions. Yet others have an innate feel for which fabrics complement each other—even when they don’t seem like they should even live in the same room together—or how to place accessories just so for the ultimate unstudied-looking, lived-in arrangements. Boston-area interior design Erin Gates possesses all of these qualities, which is why...

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Make Over Your Playroom in 5 Simple Steps

Aug 17, 2015

After nearly three months of nonstop play sessions with their little ones, Fresh American staffers have all had the same gripe: their kids’ playrooms are starting to look tired, messy, and dull. So we concocted this easy 5-step plan for transforming a humdrum playroom or kids’ room into a mecca of make-believe with just a bit of organizing and a few affordable décor switch-outs.   Start by clearing out the room. Pack everything in boxes or crates so you can clear a space with the...

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We’re Crushing on: Amanda Jones’s Dog Years

Aug 15, 2015

It’s a rare photographic talent who can masterfully capture our pets on film the way we experience them every day in private, quiet, and pricelessly funny moments. Rarer still is the photographer who can peer into the soul of our pets and create art that’s alternately sweet and poignant, that makes us take a deeper look at—and run home and hug—our four-footed family members. Amanda Jones is just such a photographer. After four successful books featuring her favorite subject, dogs,...

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Kale and Quinoa Salad with Edamame and Mango

Aug 14, 2015

Summer is the perfect time for lighter eating, and while lettuce-based salads are a seasonal staple, they can be a little, well, Dullsville. Instead, we’re livening up our weekend lunches with this kale and quinoa salad, which combines the protein-packed power of quinoa with antioxidant-rich kale and some zesty add-ins, like juicy mango and crisp edamame.     If you haven’t quite warmed up to kale yet, we promise that this is one of the best ways to eat it. For starters, it’s...

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Kick It Old School with Vintage-Style Rugs in Modern Spaces

Aug 13, 2015

Striped skirts and Liberty-print button-downs. Pink and orange. Chocolate and peanut butter. Some things just work together, and while we may not know the scientific reasons why, we sure aren’t complaining. Today we’re looking at one more pairing on our perfect-match list: vintage-style rugs in modern interior design.   What makes a vintage-look area rug such a natural pick for decorating in a modern room? For starters, retro rugs have a cool throw-back vibe that helps keep the space...

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Wordless Wednesday

Aug 12, 2015

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

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Guest Stylist: Erin Gates of Elements of Style

Aug 11, 2015

Interior designer, author, and blogger Erin Gates knows a thing or two (or a dozen) about luxurious bed dressing. So when she added a new master suite onto her house, she had a few style rules in mind: the bedding had to be simple, calming, and easy to layer. She also had a penchant for white, which she uses in almost all of her bedroom designs.       Enter Annie Selke Luxe coordinates, which fit the bill perfectly. She started by topping the Piazza sheeting—in bright white...

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WAM Theatre: Performances for Everyone That Benefit Women & Girls

Aug 10, 2015

  In 2009, Kristen van Ginhoven, a longtime actor and theater educator, was reading Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and human rights advocates Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. “I put down the book, and the idea just came to me,” van Ginhoven recalls. “I thought, I have to use what I do to benefit women and girls—theater as philanthropy.” In 2010, she launched the nonprofit WAM Theatre in the Berkshires with a...

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More Fresh Takes on Summer Bed Dressing

Aug 8, 2015

Here at Fresh American HQ, we have a pretty inspiring office space, with artwork, fabrics, photos, and finished home decor products practically as far as the eye can see. But one of the most coveted spaces in the entire complex is the Product Lab, where employees can indulge in a bit of decorating playtime, and try their hand at mixing hundreds of different bedding, rug, and accessory combos. In last month’s peek into the Product Lab, we brought you two bold, bright, effervescent looks for...

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Five Desserts to Add to Your Must List This Summer

Aug 7, 2015

Summer is for salads and iced tea, or so the traditional thinking goes. While we love an unexpected salad combo (stay tuned for one of those, coming next week) as much as the next guy or gal, for us, summer boils down to a basic food philosophy: simple, fresh ingredients with tons of flavor, prepared easily, with no sweltering over a stove.   Because eating lighter in the summer shouldn’t mean skipping dessert, we rounded up a bunch of recent recipes from around the blogosphere that fit...

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