Inspired By: Fall Foliage

Oct 14, 2014

These days, we don’t have to venture very far for color-palette inspiration. Right outside our office window, on almost every tree and shrub, is the most spectacular display of fall color that you could imagine, full of rich and vibrant reds, oranges, golds, and greens. We could decorate an entire room around any one of these hues, but today we’re so enamored with the effect of all that eye candy together that we’ve created this borrowed-from–Mother Nature fall-foliage palette, complete...

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Fun with Food: Halloween Decorations Edition

Oct 13, 2014

We adore Halloween—in all its kitschy-spooky, party-centric, treat-filled glory—but the store’s selection of decorations . . . not so much. This year we’re ditching the mass-produced spiderwebs and candelabra and playing with our food. Yes, you read that correctly: we’ve taken a cue from Joost Elffers’s 1997 classic Play with Your Food and made these custom Halloween critters from common fall produce like gourds, pumpkins, squashes, and peppers. First, we went on a little shopping...

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How to Store Your Linens for Fall

Oct 10, 2014

Ready to swap out your featherweight coverlets and pastel sheets for some toasty duvets and fall-friendly colors? Now’s the perfect time to prep your bedding for storage over the long fall and winter season. Follow Annie’s tips to keep your favorite bedspreads, blankets, sheet sets, throws, and other bedding looking brand-new: 1. Wash and thoroughly dry all items before storing. This step is important, as body oils and other dirt are like catnip for insects, and dampness encourage the...

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Game Changer: 6 Tips for Tailgating Like a Pro

Oct 9, 2014

Fresh air, fall foliage, tasty treats, and showing up to support our favorite football and soccer teams: a weekend afternoon doesn’t get much better than a good, not-so-old-fashioned tailgate. But maybe, like us, you’ve often thought, Tailgating is incredible fun . . . but does it have to be so ugly and uncomfortable? If so, the answer is an emphatic no, and this post, dear upscale tailgater, is for you. To get in the school- or pro-game tailgating spirit, Annie came up with these six...

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Wordless Wednesday

Oct 8, 2014

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

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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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