Fixture Upper

Feb 24, 2012

Sometimes there’s just not enough space at floor or table level to hold all the weird, wonderful, and wack-a-doodle shapes we want to try out in our rooms. So we say, Behold the overhead lighting fixture, where we can play with the squat, the sculptural, the scribbly, and the sprawling and not have to worry (much) about competing with other objects in the room. Here are a few of our current neutral...

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Dress Whites

Feb 24, 2012

We’re all in for being original. But sometimes, the best way to show individuality is by recombining classics in new ways. Case in point: the white button-down shirt, a fashion icon thanks to larger-than-life figures like Audrey Hepburn, Sharon Stone, Carolina Herrera, and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. We love a crisp, tailored shirt’s ability to project authority while still maintaining a feminine, pretty appeal, and we’re beyond thrilled by the ginormous array of choices, from traditional...

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Put It on the Table

Feb 24, 2012

You know you’re a design nerd when the very thought of shopping for accessories makes you giddier than a Harajuku girl in a Hello Kitty store. We own our nerddom, because we know that accessories are one of the best ways to give a space a finished, polished look that says “I meant to do this,” rather than “I plopped this here on my way in the door and forgot about it.” Smaller spaces, like console tables, can be challenging to accessorize, which is why we love this primer from the...

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Figure Study

Feb 24, 2012

It’s pretty easy to grasp the concepts of layering, texture, and natural elements in a Nuanced Neutral room, but shape is what elevates a design from good to “Whoa.” This living room would leave even Keanu Reeves exclamation-less, thanks to its juxtaposition of hard angles with swooping arcs and voluptuous curves. The room utilizes a white base to best show off furniture and accessories, making it easy to distinguish all the rectilinear pieces like the art prints, the stacking side...

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Mac and Cheese, Please

Feb 17, 2012

A plate of warm, gooey mac and cheese is, as Julia Child put it, the stuff of life. Okay, so maybe the famous tippling chef didn’t actually say that, but we’re pretty sure she’d have loved the new generation of mac and cheese—in all its sophisticated, flavorful glory—as much as we do. When you’re pining for a midwinter meal that reminds you of home and family time, whip out your cheese grater and fire up the stove, the oven, and even the slow cooker (yes, the slow cooker!). Try our...

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As Good as It Gifts

Feb 17, 2012

Sure, buying gifts for someone with exacting tastes can be a bit, ahem, stressful, but we prefer to see it as a Mission: Very Possible that we’re happy to accept. So if you’ve got a preppy princess in your life, click this way for some great gift ideas. For the Yogi Prep:                           For the Fashionista...

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Watch Out

Feb 17, 2012

From tote bags to Top-Siders, the types and numbers of preppy accessories are almost endless. But one of our favorites is the wristwatch, not just for the functional factor, but also for its ability to instantly inject a bit of pep and personality into an outfit. And let’s face it: it’s a whole lot more fun to check the time on a cute and colorful watch than it is on a clunky black cell phone. Try one of these prepster...

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Hello, Yellow!

Feb 17, 2012

  Yellow is one of the hot colors for spring, and we couldn’t be more excited with all the citrusy, sunny, golden, and amber-tinged choices. Since yellow is also one of the quintessentially Happy Preppy colors, we think now is a great time to give your favorite space an overhaul, with this cheery hue front and center. Taking our cues from this sassy and sophisticated outfit at the Tory Burch runway show at the just-wrapped New York Fashion Week, we came up with this preppy-with-a-twist...

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The Silk Express

Feb 10, 2012

When the landscape outside our windows has faded to dull brown, bony branches and white lawn frosting, we pine for a bit color and organic shape indoors—like the beautiful fresh peonies in this room. Sure, silk flowers aren’t the real deal, but when purchased from a quality manufacturer and styled just right, they’re a darn good impersonation. We picked up a couple bunches of silk peonies from silkflowers.com, one of our go-to suppliers for believe-it-or-not artificial flowers, and...

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In the Pink

Feb 10, 2012

Maybe Valentine’s Day has made us all nostalgic for our girlhood bedrooms, but we’re loving the idea of pink walls as the base for a romantic room. With the passion of red toned down by pure-as-the-driven-snow white, pink suggests gentleness, femininity, and intimacy. As designer Stephen Shubel told House Beautiful, “Pink can go cool or warm, depending on the light, but it’s always refreshing. A pink room puts me in an upbeat mood and brings a smile to my face.” Get inspired with...

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And…Scene

Feb 10, 2012

We love a room makeover, but even more, we love all the little details that go into it. Have a look at these behind-the-scenes images from Annie’s most recent Woman’s Day magazine makeover, then hop over to their site to see the finished...

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A Room With A Viewpoint

Feb 10, 2012

  What could be better for Valentine’s Day than design with heart? As part of her special Woman’s Day magazine makeover series, Annie redesigned the bedroom of Jennifer Rathbone, a Schenectady, NY, mother of three whose daughter Ila has struggled with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of pediatric cancer, since 2006. To celebrate the makeover, Pine Cone Hill will donate 10% of online retail sales through March 15 to CureSearch when the promotional code WDCURE is entered during...

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