Annie’s Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Dec 3, 2014

We wouldn’t dream of celebrating the holidays without our dogs and cats—not only are they part of the family, but we also love watching how excited they get by our festive moods and all the great-smelling goodies coming out of the oven. But with all the distractions of the holidays, it’s easy to drop our guard, and that’s exactly when Fido and Fluffy are likely to get into trouble. So we brainstormed with veteran pet caretaker Annie to come up with this checklist of pet safety tips for...

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Easy, Last-Minute DIY Holiday Decorations: Winter Sugar Dioramas

Dec 2, 2014

If you joined us for yesterday’s post on creating homemade holiday ornaments and faux-gingerbread houses, you know that we’re holiday decorating junkies. But between all the cleaning and reorganizing, meal planning, prepping the guest rooms, and shopping for holiday gifts, we sometimes find ourselves a bit short on time. When we want a tout-de-suite burst of holiday cheer, we turn to easy DIY decorations, like these utterly charming winter sugar dioramas. Pick up the components on your next...

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Easy, Last-Minute DIY Holiday Decorations: Cinnamon Ornaments & Houses

Dec 1, 2014

We have a habit of getting so caught up in holiday events and festivities that we sometimes find ourselves a bit behind the sparkly glass ball in our holiday decorating. So what to do when guests are due shortly and there’s no time to hit the stores for new holiday décor—but we need more than just a Christmas tree to make the house feel homey and welcoming? The answer is these sweet little cinnamon “gingerbread” houses and cinnamon ornaments, made from basics we already have in our...

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Leftovers Makeover: Thanksgiving Turkey & Harvest Veggie Potpie

Nov 28, 2014

Leftovers Makeover: Thanksgiving Turkey & Harvest Veggie Potpie Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that keeps on giving, thanks to plates and bowls piled high with mouthwatering entrees and side dishes . . . that usually wind up in piled-high plastic containers in the fridge after the big day has come and gone. If you’ve found yourself stocked with a mountain of holiday food and not enough mouths to share the awesome burden of munching, or if you simply need a break from the same-old,...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 27, 2014

Everyone at The Annie Selke companies wishes you a Thanksgiving holiday filled with terrific food, even better company, and tons of memorable moments.

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Wordless Wednesday

Nov 26, 2014

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

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Smart Solutions for How to Hide Electrical Cords

Nov 25, 2014

Electricity: Can’t live without it, but we’d definitely love to toss the unsightly cords littering our floors and walls and mucking up some otherwise clean interior design. We went in search of the best ways to hide electrical cords in your décor, and we found some pretty ingenious solutions. From the simple (foam core!) to the elaborate (get a load of that 3-D braided “sculpture”), we’re ready to conceal those cords—sans plasticky faux-wood cord covers and miles of twist...

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Annie’s Holiday Gift Picks

Nov 24, 2014

We’ve got a handle on the whole holiday gift-giving thing this year, and it comes down to two words: gift packs. For the special guy or gal on your list, Annie has put together these helpful gift-collection suggestions that take all the stress out of holiday shopping. Even the man or woman who has everything is bound to appreciate these comfort-focused essentials—featuring pajamas and robes, tote bags and travel bags, throws and fun accessories—that are perfect for lounging at home or...

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Fall Scarf Style

Nov 21, 2014

Just in time for holiday event season, we’ve got your go-to daytime outfit. Featuring feminine details like a flippy, layered skirt; a bright fuchsia sweater; an elegant floral wool scarf; a cropped jacket that nips in at the waist; and pointy-toed flats with sweet bows, this fall ensemble is just the thing for business luncheons, weekend get-togethers with your former college pals, and casual (but not too casual) meet-the-parents holiday meals. What makes it that much more special is...

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Sherwin-Williams Paint Color Palette—and a Giveaway!

Nov 20, 2014

As pretty much every farmer around these rural parts—and most of the characters on a certain HBO series—keeps reminding us, winter is coming. Maybe that’s why we’re eagerly anticipating this exclusive, über-sophisticated color palette from Sherwin-Williams, based on Annie’s Patched Melange, a Scandinavian-chic woven wool area rug in icy greys and warm tans. One look at the subtle layering of neutrals, and especially the wintry silvers, and we knew we had a match in color-palette...

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Wordless Wednesday

Nov 19, 2014

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

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Silver Fox: Annie’s Metallic-Accented Dining Room

Nov 18, 2014

Annie is known for her fearless take on color, but when it came to decorating her new house, she knew she wanted an easygoing, pared-down approach that put the emphasis on some truly special heirlooms, antiques, and modern decor. In the dining room, this meant creating a sleek neutral backdrop that allows a showstopping granite dining table, a crystal chandelier, and a mix of vintage and contemporary wall art do the talking. Although Annie spent weeks agonizing over just the right wall color...

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