Nice Threads

Oct 31, 2012

You can’t walk through the housewares section of a major department store without being cart-jacked by bedding signs trumpeting the virtue of high thread count—the number of threads per square inch—often with lofty price tags to match. While we’re all for purchasing the best bedding you can afford, our years in the biz have taught us a few things about thread count. Hint: it’s not measure of how awe-inspiring your Halloween costumes will be, but it does make for some super-comfy and...

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The Fence Post – Part 3

Oct 30, 2012

If you have been following the Fence Posts, you will remember my struggle in deciding what to plant to make the fence appear more grounded to the landscape, more purposeful. And, after experimenting in Photoshop with New Dawn roses and hydrangeas, I settled on the hydrangea option.  If you saw the “High on Hydrangeas” post, then you know that they are a significant design element in the beds in the front of the house, and I figured why reinvent what is already a beautiful...

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Welcome to Our Worlds: La Dolc...

Oct 29, 2012

  If money were no object, where would you most like to travel? Tell us in the comments below and be entered to win a luxurious Grapevine Crewel Double boudoir decorative pillow from Pine Cone Hill, valued at $108! The contest runs from now until 11:59 p.m. EST on October 31, 2012. View the full details. Congratulations to our winner, Victoria from...

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Let There Be Light with Blue Q...

Oct 26, 2012

When we find a designer or company we love, we stalk it obsessively. Lucky for us, Blue Q, founded by brothers Mitch and Seth Nash in 1988, is located pretty much around the corner in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, which makes such shrub-prowling a breeze. Not that we wouldn’t go out of our way for Blue Q’s irreverent, non-animal-tested bath and body products, gum, bags, T-shirts, tin banks, and other gifty items—after all, who wouldn’t love a little Bitch Slap Liquid Hand Soap, Jack the...

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Master Glass

Oct 25, 2012

On a recent trip to Seattle, we figured we’d make a quick stop at the brand-new Chihuly Gardens and Glass. As fans of Chihuly’s fanciful glass sculptures, we knew we’d enjoy ourselves. But we didn’t realize we’d want to linger for hours, ogling the hundreds of mind-bending shapes, hues, and textures on display throughout the 1.5-acre garden plot, larger-than-life greenhouse, and exhibition hall. Chihuly, a Tacoma, Washington, native, studied interior design at the University of...

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Wordless Wednesday

Oct 24, 2012

Welcome to (almost) Wordless Wednesday, where we feature and inspiring new image each week.

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Pumpkin Picks: Best Recipes fr...

Oct 23, 2012

Feeling hungrier these days? No wonder, what with the shorter days and cooler temperatures that signal the slow slide into mid-autumn. Well, fear not, dear readers, because we’ve got an incredible roundup of recipes from the best blogs featuring one of our favorite fall food delights: the great pumpkin. Breakfast or Sweet Treat Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Shake from Oh My Veggies Breakfast smoothies are a staple for several Fresh American staffers who like to pack a few extra servings of fruit...

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Annie’s Tip of the Week: Traum...

Oct 22, 2012

For Annie, the most stressful part of travel isn’t usually the travel itself—it’s all the prep work leading up to it. But as she shared in part 1 of her tips for trauma-free travel, careful planning is essential. This is especially true of packing, because as former House Beautiful editor Stephen Drucker once told Annie, “As long as you’re comfortable being the worst-dressed person in the room, pack light.” So she’s developed a few simple rules for packing that eliminate the...

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Beyond Black & White

Oct 19, 2012

We couldn’t have been more jazzed than we saw the convergence of two of our favorite things—fine art and a black-and-white color palette—at the Guggenheim this fall in Picasso Black and White. An exploration of 118 of the Spanish maestro’s b&w paintings, illustrations, and sculptures from 1904 to 1971, the exhibit highlights the depth, complexity, and emotion of what seem, at first glance, like simpler works. The show tracks the artist’s development from his early monochromatic...

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Win Big in the Dash & Alb...

Oct 18, 2012

We’re suckers for photos of adorable pets, and hopeless suckers for photos of adorable pets in hilarious Halloween costumes. So we’re going to be checking in every day to see the new entries in the Dash & Albert Halloween Pet Photo Contest. The winning pet will have his photo posted on the Dash & Albert homepage, plus win an amazing his-and-human prize package full of Dash & Albert goodies and valued at more than $270! Get in on the action by visiting the Dash & Albert...

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Wordless Wednesday

Oct 17, 2012

Welcome to (almost) Wordless Wednesday, where we feature an inspiring new image each week.

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Annie’s Tip of the Week: Traum...

Oct 16, 2012

When you’ve got a business schedule like Annie’s, which can take her from Boston to Tucson in the same week, or from a 10-day trip to India followed by a home show in Atlanta just a handful of days later, you learn some pretty valuable tips about traveling. On the eve of her latest Asian jaunt, she shares this treasure trove of tips for pain-free travel. Check back next week for her advice on packing! Before you book a flight, check out the options on Hipmunk.com. Here you’ll find flight...

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