The Shape of Things

Oct 21, 2011

We can’t resist the little details that make a room come alive. And when it comes to rooms that are, well, lacking in architectural zing, details like decorative moldings are a simple way to give the space some character without making a center-of-the-room statement. These moldings, featured in a gorgeous Georgian-style home in the Summer 2011 issue of Renovation Style, are just what the style doctor ordered. Bold shapes? Check. Elegant character? Yep, got that, too. Romance personified?...

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Plush Life

Oct 21, 2011

Romantic décor often gets a bum rap for being frillier than a Dolly Parton tribute at the Grand Ole Opry. With this bedroom, we say, au contraire, mon frere. It’s all about a simple backdrop; clean, modern lines; and a handful of well-placed details that make individual areas of the room pop. The design starts with walls in a warm cream shade that have been left mostly blank—note the single panoramic artwork over the bed and the smaller shadowboxed piece over the fireplace mantel. To...

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Good Scents

Oct 21, 2011

  When you think of romantic movies or TV shows, what’s the first image that pops into your mind? Probably something along the lines of a plush bedroom strewn with rose petals and lit by the amber glow of dozens of votive candles. Sure, it’s a cliché, but for a reason: candles are romantic, plain and simple. They allow us to slow down, dim the lights, and relax . . . preferably under the admiring gaze of Johnny Depp or Taye Diggs or that guy who played the hot twins in The Social...

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Divine Design

Oct 21, 2011

Patricia de Nicolaï was practically destined to become a world-renowned fragrance designer. The great-great-great-granddaughter of Pierre François Pascal Guerlain, the founder of famed perfume house Guerlain, she told England’s Daily Mail, “I grew up surrounded by people who were fascinated by smell. My parents had a beautiful eighteenth-century manor house in Burgundy with a lovely garden where the rooms were scented with Pot Pourri de Guerlain. . . . I think my love of fragrance was...

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Sweet Talker

Oct 21, 2011

The late cartoonist Charles M. Schultz once observed, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” If you’re like us, you probably think little is a relative term and chocolate is, in fact, the sixth, unofficial food group. But what makes us associate chocolate with romance? Turns out this one goes way back. Chocolate was invented some 3,100 years ago by the Aztecs, who made a frothy, beerlike drink from ground cacao seeds. They believed that chocolate had...

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The Good Word

Oct 21, 2011

Fresh American Spaces has been on bookshelves for only a couple of months, but we’ve gotten lots of great feedback online and at book signings. Here is just a sampling of some of the most recent reviews of the book and interviews with Annie—and some shots of her in action as she meets fans and signs copies of the book.   Express Night Out Crafter News Houston Chronicle online Lonny Library LA Daily News   Stowe Kitchen Bath and Linens, Stowe, VT   Lillian August, New...

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Bling It On

Oct 21, 2011

If shine is the jewelry of a room, then chandeliers must be the statement necklaces. Whether traditional or modern, elegant or eclectic, these dangling dazzlers can instantly up the romance quotient of a room and elevate your décor to the next level. Smaller chandeliers are ideal for scaled-down spaces like dining rooms and bedrooms, while the big boys work best in large, formal dining rooms, foyers, and living rooms. Also take into consideration the height of the ceiling, and what you’ll...

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Dramatic License

Oct 18, 2011

When decorating guru Eddie Ross’s partner, Jaithan Kochar, hit the big 3-5, Eddie did what we’re sure he’d do for any of us: threw a royally cool garden party. (The tastemakers at Lonny documented the whole shebang, and Eddie gave additional behind-the-scenes dish on his blog.) We went ga-ga over this glorious yet deceptively simple table, and couldn’t help breaking it down into ideas we can steal reinterpret for our own get-togethers. After selecting the Indian theme, Eddie let the...

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Happy-Hued Halloween

Oct 18, 2011

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, not only for the snack-filled parties and over-the-top costumes, but also for the chance to go all out with decorations. Instead of sticking to the traditional orange-and-black Halloween scheme, why not take a page from the Mexican Día de los Muertos celebration and get creative with color? Stock up on inexpensive colored tissue paper and let your inner Edward Scissorhands run wild to make this festive tabletop...

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Fall Wrap-Up

Oct 14, 2011

Confession time: how many scarves do you own? Whether an extra, diaphanous layer on a cool summer night, a chunky-knit wool for winter, or a printed silk that livens up a work suit, we believe you can never have too many scarves. This year’s early-fall offerings are especially fun, with vibrant hues, funky patterns, and just the right amount of midweight warmth for that transition to the autumn chillies. Here are a few of our...

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Pretty Puffery

Oct 14, 2011

  There’s nothing better than unique accents that do double duty. Take the pouf: not only is it a great way to inject a bit of colorful energy into your room, but it also provides extra seating options for guests. Poufs are comfortable, cute, and kid-friendly, and come in a variety of sassy prints and materials, from smooth leather to nubby knits. We’re partial to these exuberant offerings from our friends at Karma Living. For a limited time, buy their poufs here! Or give one of these...

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Pop Artist

Oct 14, 2011

The preacher John Calvin once said, “There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” Maybe that’s why we flipped over House Beautiful’s September color issue, and especially this where-to-look-first? beach house designed by Mona Ross Berman. Taking her cues from 1960s surf culture, Berman chose high-impact turquoise, orange, yellow, and white—a palette lifted from the owner’s unique Mod dining table—and added splashes of...

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