Make This Flower Arrangement!

Jun 29, 2012

Flower arranging can be beautifully elaborate and artistic, but we tend to like it best when pared down to basics: a few gorgeous, high-quality blooms arranged simply in vases that don’t distract from the main attraction, with a bit of greenery tossed in for extra color, texture, and shape. Last week we hit our local flower farm for inspiration, and came up with these elegant little arrangements. We used four different types of peonies, but you can use whatever is in season and catches your...

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Cabin Fever

Jun 28, 2012

  This charming little country cabin, with its whitewashed walls, exposed beams, and barn-red accents, didn’t immediately strike us as French, which was probably why we were doubly delighted to stumble across it in the May/June 2012 issue of Marie Clarie Maison. A sweet-and-spare space, it’s a country retreat with an urban edge—and is full of great ideas and eye-candy inspiration. The loftlike living area, divided only by lighting fixtures and a large, freestanding fireplace, has...

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Enter Our Pet Photo Contest!

Jun 27, 2012

Okay, fess up: do you immediately squeal “Awwww!” in your cubicle every time a friend forwards an e-mail full of pictures of adorable animals? Is your iPhone jam-packed with snapshots of your precious pooch, cunning kitty, pretty pony, or, um, fetching ferret? Then you’re in good company here at Fresh American, where we’re charmed by all things furred, feathered, and finned (and . . . scaled?). To celebrate, we’re hosting our inaugural Pet Photo Contest, and we want you to be part of...

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Ahhhhhh . . . Summer in the Ga...

Jun 26, 2012

Okay, I finally spent the better part of the day in my mother’s garden—as I write this, I wonder if I could ever call it my garden, and I know now that I couldn’t.  While I may be changing the house, the garden is forever a creation of one woman and that woman is Mum.  I will tend it, mend, and hopefully learn a great deal from it, but it can never be mine.  I love that this garden was created out of nothing but a mess of trees.  Mum saw the potential of the site much the way...

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Great Gardens

Jun 25, 2012

At the risk of sounding like a Disney movie, we’re going to say that it doesn’t get much better than relaxing in a garden, surrounded by aromatic flowers and plants, warm breezes and sunshine, and the chirping and burbling of nature. Gardens are decorations in and of themselves, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be improved with a finishing touch or three. Here are some unique garden accessories that are calling our names this...

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Fabric Phenom

Jun 22, 2012

  A picture, so the proverb says, is worth a thousand words. So what are hundreds of pieces of discarded fabric worth? Turns out they’re priceless to Annie, whom we’re pretty sure can find inspiration in an old potholder. Last week, when a generous donor offered her the throwaways from a textile archive, she unleashed this fabric frenzy in her office. Annie painstakingly went through the collection (all seven FedEx boxes of it), which ranges from late-1800s French to early...

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Total Cuteness in Three Minute...

Jun 21, 2012

It’s one of those days where you’ve got roughly a gazillion appointments, meetings, and tasks on your plate, and you can’t seem to wake up or catch up. Never fear: we’ve got the antidote to the weekday crazies. Take a deep breath, have another sip of Dragon Pearl jasmine, and give yourself an instant mood-lift with our roundup of the cutest recent animal videos.     Shiba Inu Live-Streaming Puppy Cam You’ll want to bookmark this one and come back every day for a peek at...

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Hot Stuff

Jun 20, 2012

It’s no secret that Annie loves color, and the more vibrant and energetic, the better. This season, she’s all in for the tangerine trend, and especially its slightly hotter cousin, persimmon. Pair it with white for a clean, high-contrast look, pop it against turquoise or navy, or mix it with pink for a tropical touch. These pieces are the ideal way to perk up with...

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Fun with Fenestration

Jun 19, 2012

Hi again, Back to the house.  It’s coming along!  One of the major choices I made—or my architect, John Gilmer, made for me— was to first replace all the windows in the house.  And, second, to dramatically increase the amount of glass on the view side of the house, to the advantage of the gorgeousness Mum created out there.  Below you see the before shot of the back of the house. You’ll see, going from left to right, that the garage is staying the same.  The first...

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On the Treetop

Jun 18, 2012

Annie loves taking inspiration from nature, especially trees, with all their color, texture, and grain variations. (Don’t believe us? Check out our recent post on the Bark Shingles she’s using to dress up her house.) So it’s no surprise that one of her current obsessions is Pete Nelson’s New Treehouses of the World book. One part analysis of the treehouse’s role around the world, one part treatise on sustainability, one part travelogue, and all parts affectionate celebration of wildly...

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Pleased as Punch

Jun 15, 2012

  We can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend afternoon than kicking back on the porch with some friends and a pitcher of sangria. This sweet, wine-based punch has its roots in Spain and Portugal, where it’s typically served at casual get-togethers, but we like it for everything from elaborate dinner parties to impromptu barbecues. So we called on the expertise of Dominique DeVito, co-owner, with her husband, Carlo DeVito, of Hudson-Chatham Winery  in Ghent, New York. The...

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Road Warrior

Jun 14, 2012

If you believe that your home should be a scrapbook of your travels and experiences, then we’ve got a designer for you: Paula Smail, the colorfully creative brains behind Henry Road. Based in Los Angeles, the studio and store are packed with Smail’s original textile designs—influenced by the likes of Marimekko and traditional African clothing—and an eclectic mix of accessories and gifts found on her world wanderings. We’re tickled by Smail’s bold, graphic design aesthetic, and...

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