Ombre Obsessed

Apr 26, 2012

Colorblocking is all the rage these days, and we think those big, bold sections of color are awesome . . . and not in a shoulder-padded ’80s kind of way. What to do if you love the stripy effect but want something a little more subtle? The answer, dear design nuts, is ombre. The French word ombre translates to “shaded.” As a dyeing technique in home design and fashion, where the term describes a color gradient, it’s been around at least since the 1800s. The most common way of creating...

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Watch Me, Now

Apr 26, 2012

British artist Dominic Wilcox  is one of those insanely talented people who make the rest of us look like schoolyard slackers. We can’t decide whether to be more jealous of his charmingly crude illustrations, his WTF installations, or his too-cool sculpture. (Did we mention that he once was his own walking art installation, wearing an on/off switch attached to his scalp for an entire month?) But what really caught our eye is Wilcox’s Moments in Time series, in which he created teensy...

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Dog Days

Apr 25, 2012

Anyone who knows Annie and Fresh American knows that we consider our pets part of our family. Most staff members have one or more furry, feathered, or fishy friends, and those who don’t still enjoy their daily greetings and play sessions with our canine office mascots (like Maxine, pictured here “modeling” one of our beds). So when we heard about Maria Goodavage’s new book, Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes, we couldn’t wait to take a look. It turns out that...

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Bunny’s World

Apr 25, 2012

In her 40-plus-year career, Bunny Williams has become one of America’s preeminent designers, known for spaces that are classic, livable, and thoughtfully eclectic. Having started with the iconic Parish-Hadley in the 1960s and branched out on her own in 1988, she has hit on a non-formulaic formula of decorating that mixes antiques and modern pieces, high-end custom décor and flea market finds in a way that seems comfortably cluttered and worldly, but never pretentious. To put it simply, as...

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Vanity Fair

Apr 17, 2012

Old Hollywood movies are filled with images like this, of a glamorous starlet primping for an evening out in front of a stunning vanity table. These tables have—sniff!—gone out of fashion in the past few decades, but we think it’s high time to bring them back. Sure, you don’t actually need one, not like you need a bed or refrigerator or a closet full of Stella McCartney shoes, but a vanity table suggests intimacy, romance, and vintage style, and adds an element of shine to a space. We...

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Round Top Roundup, Part 2

Apr 16, 2012

If you paid us a visit last week, you no doubt got an eyeful of the weird, the wacky, and the wonderful in Part 1 of our roundup from the Round Top antiques fair. And if you were yearning for another bunch of Annie’s unique finds, pine no more. Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page for extra behind-the-scenes...

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The King of Romance

Apr 16, 2012

“People say the living room or the kitchen is the heart of a house, but it’s really the bedroom,” says famed New York City designer Mario Buatta. That explains his scaled-up, the-more-layers-the-merrier approach to decorating these most intimate of spaces. Buatta’s bedrooms not only focus on beautiful patterns and textures, but also make liberal use of reflective surfaces and metallics, cushy headboards, and unabashedly feminine touches. They’re spaces that seem tailor-made for women,...

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Coveted Gardens

Apr 16, 2012

It’s the 25th birthday of Veranda, and the March/April issue takes a look back at delicious designs featured in the magazine over the past quarter-century. While we think the entire issue is a keeper for the coffee table (be prepared to wrestle it away from your guests), we couldn’t stop oohing over the archival photos of some of the world’s lushest, most thoughtfully designed, most romantic gardens. The gentle pinks, lavenders, blues, and whites contrasted with verdant greens, the...

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Flower Power

Apr 10, 2012

Annie just got back from a trip to Texas, where the bluebonnets—the Lone Star’s state flower—are in full, crazy-colorful bloom. Luckily for us, tourists aren’t the only ones who feel compelled to stop and ogle these amazingly eye-catching and prolific violet-hued flowers; it’s pretty much a statewide sport to travel the “bluebonnet trail,” from Burnet to Llano to Fredericksburg, and a variety of other cities in between, and stop the car in the oddest of places to snap dozens of...

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Baby, It’s You

Apr 10, 2012

We can’t wait for spring for many reasons, tops among them the up-and-at-’em start of the Berkshire cultural calendar. And what better way to kick it off than with Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm, that annual festival of the adorable and cuddly from our friends at the Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, Massachusetts? This year marks the tenth anniversary of Baby Animals, with a plethora of teensy and exuberant piglets, calves, lambs, chicks, and goats frolicking their way around the...

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Round Top Roundup, Part 1

Apr 10, 2012

Consummate shoppers that they are, Annie and her styling team made their way through the just-finished Round Top antiques fair in Smithville, Texas, scouring the booths for furniture, art, and objects that are equal parts cool, odd, and likely to provoke the reaction “I don’t know what it is or what I’ll use it for, but I love it.” From tons of Easter bunnies to taxidermied swans, art made from wristwatch parts, and chairs crafted from road signs, Annie and company saw it all—and...

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The Poop on Peeps

Apr 10, 2012

Just mention Peeps, those perky mainstays of Easter baskets, and you’ll no doubt get some pretty strong love/hate reactions. But we can’t get enough of the frisky little fellas, and we’re not the only ones. Peeps have been around since 1953, when the Just Born company of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, purchased the Rodda Candy Company and its handmade marshmallow chick. Just Born created a machine to automate the process, and the mass-produced Peep—made of the, um, highly appetizing blend of...

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