10 Minutes with Joan Osofsky

Jun 19, 2015

Spend 30 years in the home-decor industry, and you develop a pretty defined set of design truths and tricks, not to mention an incredible eye for what works—not what’s trendy or what other designers are doing, but which elements combine to make a memorable room design. Joan Osofsky is one of these erudite experts. A former teacher and suburban New Jersey mom, she always loved antiques and decorating, but never thought about pursuing them as a profession. That changed once she and her...

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Annie’s Favorite Color Pops: Fuchsia & White

Jun 18, 2015

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you know that Annie has rarely met a shade of pink she hasn’t liked. From ballet to blush, rose to magenta, pink is one of Annie’s go-to colors in home decorating. Because it has so many variations, it’s a hue that never really goes out of seasonal style, and it’s especially refreshing for summer. That’s why she’s sharing one of her current favorite color pops, the high-contrast, cheery combo of fuchsia and white.     Sure,...

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Wordless Wednesday

Jun 17, 2015

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

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Make These Simple DIY Peony & Rose Flower Centerpieces

Jun 16, 2015

If you joined us for yesterday’s post on Annie’s barn dinner party, you probably noticed the casual-pretty floral centerpieces she put together for the event. In the spirit of easy-DIY sharing, we’re breaking down how to make these flower arrangements, featuring peonies, roses, a profusion of greenery, in just a few simple steps.     What you’ll need—per centerpiece 1 clear glass vase or painted ceramic vase; we like both cylindrical and rectangular shapes 4–7 peonies or...

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Chic & Simple Barn Party at Stonover Farm

Jun 15, 2015

One of our favorite times of the year is when our sales reps from the incomparable CODARUS come to visit, take a spin around our office, and get to know all the fun new home décor products we’ve got up our sleeves for upcoming seasons. This year, to celebrate our partnership and all the incredible work these people do, day in and day out, Annie hosted a barn party at Stonover Farm, a certified-by-us treasure of the Berkshires. The results were simply chic and utterly...

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Annie’s Favorite Color Pops: Turquoise & Yellow

Jun 13, 2015

Some color combinations fairly scream “Summer!” and we love them for all their breezy-mornings and sunny-days exuberance. Today our boats are afloat thanks to two quintessentially happy, warm-weather hues: turquoise and yellow. One look, and we think you’ll know why we’re smitten.   Yellow and turquoise—peppy tributes to sun and surf—are dynamic colors on their own, and you can hardly go wrong with splashes of either in your decorating, especially against both pale and dark...

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Spring-into-Summer (Healthy!) Soba Noodle Salad Recipe

Jun 12, 2015

We get it: as the temperatures rise, we still want to eat tasty, healthy meals, but we don’t want to spend hours sweating over a stove. These days, we’re relying on simple recipes that both maximize our CSA box or farmers’ market finds and that take hardly any hot-kitchen time to prepare. Case in point: this hearty, flavorful soba noodle salad, a twist on traditional peanut-sesame noodles, but with the kick of spring veggies.     If you’re new to soba noodles, make sure you...

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Guest Stylists: Beth and Kristy from Design Chic

Jun 11, 2015

We first met Beth Woodson and Kristy Woodson Harvey, the mother-daughter team behind Design Chic, at Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta, and were taken with how they’re every bit as easygoing-elegant and youthfully refined as their blog. We can’t get enough of their sleek and clean yet livable aesthetic—or their philosophy that you can find personal meaning through interior design and surrounding yourself with what you love, that little details matter, and that you should use your fine...

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Wordless Wednesday

Jun 10, 2015

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

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Little Giant: Lavish in San Francisco

Jun 9, 2015

Among the store-on-every-corner standout shopping of San Francisco, Lavish looms large. Not that this gift boutique, located in the hip, up-and-coming Hayes Valley, is the biggest store on the block, or the most expensive or outlandish. But what this petite powerhouse lacks in size it more than makes up for in spirit—and quirky, laugh-out-loud giftables.     Lavish, now owned by Nicole Bald, was founded in 2003 by entrepreneur Elizabeth Leu (who also owns Fiddlesticks, a...

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Annie’s Picks for the Perfect Wedding Gift (3 Ways)

Jun 8, 2015

Wedding season is off with a bang. And while buying just the right gift—something that felt personal and a little indulgent, yet still practical—for the new couple(s) used to be trickier than watching Kacy Catanzaro navigate a course on America Ninja Warrior, this year, we’ve got an ace in our shopping bag. Annie has weighed in with her top picks for wedding gifts—at three price levels—and we think you’re going to be as happy as we are with her tips and suggestions.   (And if...

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Annie’s Guide to Chic Kids’ Room Decorating

Jun 6, 2015

Designing a kid’s bedroom can be tricky. As adults, we want our kids’ rooms to coexist peacefully with the rest of the home’s design, but we also want them to feel comfy, fun, and lighthearted—not over-the-top circus-crazy—for their occupants. Today, Annie’s got a plethora of easy ideas for boys’ and girls’ room designs that are functional, practical, cozy, and—dare we say it?—even chic.   To decorate a boys’ or girls’ bedroom, follow Annie’s fool-proof,...

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