Boston Popular

Aug 31, 2011

Jill Goldberg, a Massachusetts born and bred designer, got her start as so many designers do: by rearranging the furniture in her mother’s living room. After a foray into acting in L.A., where she came to appreciate the relaxed California aesthetic, Jill attended The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and later started her own company, Picket Fence Interior Design. The experience helped her realize that she wanted to work with materials and items she felt passionate about, and in...

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Neutral Resources

Aug 31, 2011

All these centuries after the advent of patchwork quilts, and even decades after the awesomeness of Marimekko sheets, many people still opt for neutral bedding. We love color, but we get it: neutral sheets, covers, and pillows create a sophisticated, streamlined look and make fast friends with brightly colored decorative accents. As a bonus, neutral bedding encourages calm and relaxation when you need them most. For this look, we started with our pleated linen bed skirt,  duvet cover,and...

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Mushroom Mania

Aug 31, 2011

  There’s nothing better than food you can pluck from your—or your neighbor’s—backyard, cook, and serve for dinner. (Just make sure you ask your neighbor if you can pluck said snacks. Or at least do it under the cover of night, and wear good running shoes.) Wild mushrooms are among our favorite yard-to-table foods, not only for their versatility and flavor, but also for their wide variety of shapes and hues. They make any dish look cool and high-end, no matter what you’re...

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Light-Hearted

Aug 31, 2011

Ah, the Internet age. Where we once had only a few measly home or department stores with which to satisfy our jones for beautiful lighting, we now have a world of illumination options. Crafted of stone, driftwood, cork, abaca, cedar, paper, twine, and more, these lamps, pendants, and sconces not only fit the color palette of Nuanced Neutral, but they also help to bring some much-needed natural warmth and texture to spaces that can sometimes seem cold without...

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From Kenya, With Love

Aug 31, 2011

When we think of Africa and its jubilant approach to traditional dressing and personal adornment, the word neutral doesn’t exactly spring to mind. But when we think of Out of Africa, we immediately conjure up images of sleekly minimalist interior palettes that somehow manage to both echo the desert tones all around and evoke a healthy dose of Scandinavian cool. That, and Robert Redford. Don’t judge us. We know you were thinking the same thing. The sets for the movie, which were based on...

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Stay the Same

Aug 31, 2011

Think it’s safer to paint your ceiling in a color different from your walls, or juxtapose dark flooring against a lighter wall? Not so much. In a neutral space, eliminating the horizon line that occurs when darker colors meet lighter ones creates a “blank canvas” effect where all other pieces in the composition—from furniture to fixtures, architectural details, fabrics, and accessories—stand out. The effect can be magnified in smaller rooms, which get an optical boost in height and...

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Foot Notes

Aug 31, 2011

Layering textures is one of the guiding principles of Nuanced Neutral, and it doesn’t get much easier than tossing down a plant-fiber area rug. These natural beauties—in patterns ranging from herringbones to braids, twists, and basket weaves—often make for floor coverings that are striking in their own right but that won’t steal the thunder of your favorite decorative objects, and are durable enough to hold up under the fancy footwork of humans and four-legged critters alike. We also...

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Sag Harbor, NY

Aug 26, 2011

Annie Selke is on the road, John Hancock-ing copies of her just-released decorating guide, Fresh American Spaces. For the first stop on a multicity book tour, Annie met with fans in Sag Harbor, NY, at Fishers Home Furnishings, a perennially peppy store that celebrates all things home design—as well as its twenty-fifth birthday this year. Take a look at some of our favorite moments from the...

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Here Comes the Sun

Aug 26, 2011

In the lore of flowers, sunflowers are symbolic of adoration. Because their heads are always turning toward the sun, sunflowers were worshipped by the Inca as an earthly incarnation of that star. We’re smitten with them for their jubilant, schoolbus-yellow petals; their broad, swirly seed heads; their sturdy stems; and their ability to give a room an instant cheer-lift. Add arrangements of sunflowers in cute, colorful vases to several rooms of the house. Harvest them when the center is tight...

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Out to Lunch

Aug 26, 2011

Just because you’re brown-bagging it doesn’t mean you have to, well, brown bag it. With the multitude of spunky, colorful bags and boxes currently on the market, you can tote your lunch with personality to spare. We love these reusable bags and containers not only for their happy-go-lucky style, but for their ability to hold adult-sized portions and stand up to years of trips in the car and cramming into a school locker—making them more economical per use for you, and a whole lot kinder...

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Fair Market

Aug 26, 2011

When it comes to late-summer and early fall activities, we have a general rule: if it includes artisanal crafts, cute animals, live music, amusement-park rides and games, and copious amounts of fried food and ice cream, we’re there. Country fairs are still a mainstay in certain parts of the country, especially the Northeast, where you can find everything from tiny hometown shindigs that celebrate the zucchini harvest to hopping weeklong extravaganzas featuring equestrian shows, kiddie...

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Pie Piper

Aug 26, 2011

Summer is fresh-produce paradise, and one of our great delights is hitting the farmers’ market each week for tomatoes. Whether rich red Brandywines, pop-’em-in-your-mouth Sungold cherries, ripe Romas perfect for making sauce, or brilliant green and gold heirlooms that star center plate in the most mouthwatering salads, tomatoes are at their peak right now, and we are taking full advantage. This recipe was perfected by our own resourceful sales support manager, Kate Hill-Tapia, who got it...

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