Fluff Enough

Nov 30, 2012

The weekend is almost here, and we know what you’re thinking: I can’t wait to fritter away some time looking at funny photos of animals. Okay, maybe that’s what our TGIF-ready brains were thinking, and that’s why we’re hanging out at the Fluffington Post, where you can see everything from a parakeet working a computer mouse to a so-weird-it’s-cute baby tapir and a plethora of shots of dogs and cats doing all the hilariously goofy things they do best—with headlines like...

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Behind the Scenes of the Dash ...

Nov 29, 2012

The old adage in Hollywood is “Never work with children or animals.” We can’t attest to the kids part, but we couldn’t disagree more about the animals! Pets are a big part of our office culture, and when it comes time to shoot the Dash & Albert Rug Company catalog, the dogs—including Annie’s own adorable trio, Dash, Daisy, and Emmet—definitely have their day. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos of our latest Dash & Albert photo shoot and the celebri-canines who steal...

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Wordless Wednesday

Nov 28, 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: Dinin...

Nov 27, 2012

With the holidays in full swing, we’re all in host- and hostess-with-the-mostest mode. We’ve come up with dozens of great ways to make guests feel at home, and we’ve amassed an arsenal of incredible holiday recipes. But how often do we think about where our visitors sit when they’re eating those tasty tidbits? If you like to entertain as much as Annie does, you’ll follow this handy tip when shopping for dining furniture: go for a pedestal table. Not only does it create a more visually...

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Rug Roulette—and a Dash &...

Nov 26, 2012

When we saw this easygoing, light-filled Southampton beach house on the pages of Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, we were immediately taken with the refined, shades-of-gray palette contrasted with all the rustic wood touches—like the wide-plank floors, the barrel lamp in the far-left corner, the log end tables, and the custom reclaimed-wood and glass dining table by Lennegan & Marantz. And while we’re crazy for the cushy gray Jayson Home nailhead-trim sofa that acts as a divider...

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That Voodoo That You Do

Nov 23, 2012

When we’re on the road, we like to experience as much of the local culture as possible. And if that culture happens to include sweet treats at a punk-rock-style bakery, well, who are we to argue? That’s why, on a recent trip to Portland, Oregon, we were giddy to discover what has become a local institution: Voodoo Doughnut. Founded in 2003 by Kenneth Pogson and Tres Shannon in one of the hip neighborhoods of downtown Portland—they’ve since added a second location in Portland, as well...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2012

From all of us at Fresh American, we wish you a fun and fabulously designed...

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Setting the Table with Carole ...

Nov 21, 2012

Carole Murko of Heirloom Meals is back for another great guest post on holiday meal traditions. Check out her two previous posts here and here, and don’t forget to enter the Pine Cone Hill table linens giveaway! For me, traditions are sacred. Especially when it comes to Thanksgiving. While the recipes and stories are important, so are the objects that are part of our heritage and memories. My grandmother’s meticulous Italian linen tablecloths, her cut-glass serving dishes, her aperitif...

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Master Bath from Scratch

Nov 20, 2012

Nothing makes you feel more like living in a luxury hotel than a fab bathroom and well appointed closet.  After you sort out the bed and bedding, that is!  I take a bath almost every night that I am at home so my bathroom is REALLY important to me.  So I wanted to make the most of the space allotted. Once the addition that houses my “girl world”—master bath and dressing room—was framed, my contractor, Jason Richardson of J. Richardson Contracting, LLC, and I looked closely...

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Annie’s Tip of the Week: Tops ...

Nov 19, 2012

If holiday prep is making you sprout a few new gray hairs, let us help take something off your plate . . . or at least put something pretty under and around it. Annie’s guest posting today about setting a gorgeous (and no-stress!) seasonal table on the Wayfair My Way Home blog, so click over to get inspired now. And don’t forget to check out Wayfair’s seemingly endless collection of dinnerware, flatware, servers, glasses, table accents, and more, for making your holiday meal even more...

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A $10,000 Merry Makeover from ...

Nov 19, 2012

Do you have a room in your home that’s more ho-hum than “Ho, ho, ho!”? Then, dear design mavens, we’ve got a contest for you. Between now and November 26, the fine folks at Ace Hardware are sponsoring a Merry Paint Makeover contest on Facebook. To be entered to win a killer prize package—including a complete room makeover with one of Ace’s Design Experts, valued at more than $10,000—all you have to do is like Ace’s Facebook page, then upload a photo and a 100-word description...

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Foiling Food Allergies with Ca...

Nov 16, 2012

  Today we’re lucky to have Carole Murko of Heirloom Meals on deck for another guest post on holiday meal traditions. Check out her amazing recipes, and don’t forget to enter the Pine Cone Hill table linens giveaway! I am dreaming of all my yummy Thanksgiving recipes and traditions—stuffing, manicotti, stuffed mushrooms, etc. Never did I think I would have to pause and reconsider what’s on the menu. Well, now I do. My husband has celiac disease, and I have recently developed a...

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