Follow Pine Cone Hill on Twitt...

Dec 31, 2012

The New Year is bringing all sorts of surprises here at Fresh American HQ, and one of the most exciting is the launch of our Pine Cone Hill Twitter account. Starting the week of January 7, you’ll have access to even more of Annie’s signature bedding and tabletop tips, sneak peeks at new products, ideas for getting a better night’s rest and creating a happier home, and lots of incredible giveaways. So start following @PineConeHill, and stay tuned for the official launch giveaway. (Hint:...

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Creative Cocktails for New Yea...

Dec 28, 2012

Among Fresh American staffers, New Year’s Eve is a favorite holiday for a variety of reasons: it’s a great excuse to get gussied up, hit a party or three, and look fabulous while sipping festive cocktails. What better way to accomplish this lofty goal at your own shindig than by whipping up some fresh takes on champagne, the perennial New Year’s Eve drink? Check out our roundup of creative champagne cocktails, all of which have five ingredients or less. Bonus: they’re a terrific way to...

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Kathryn Ireland’s Timeless Int...

Dec 27, 2012

from Kathryn M. Ireland Timeless Interiors, photo © 2012 Tim Beddow. Some designers have It, with a capital I. One of these lucky ducks is Kathryn Ireland, and we’re endlessly awed by her innovation and spirited approach to living spaces. In her fourth book, Timeless Interiors, the famed fabric designer, Elle Decor A-List Designer darling, and star of Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Decorators shares eight of her unfairly amazing designs. Whether it’s a coastal Normandy manor, a Spanish...

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Wordless Wednesday

Dec 26, 2012

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

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Warm, Cozy Wishes

Dec 25, 2012

Merry Christmas, from the entire Fresh American team!

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Annie’s Tip of the Week: Curio...

Dec 24, 2012

One of the easiest ways to personalize your décor is by adding curiosities, quirky objects and oddities that speak to you simply because they’re interesting. While curiosities often come from the natural world—think fossils, petrified wood, dried marine life (sand dollars, starfish, urchins, crab legs), and insects—they can also be any piece that prompts the reaction “What is that?” When incorporating curiosities into a room, consider these tips from Annie: The objects should be...

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Red-y for My Close-Up

Dec 21, 2012

Remaking a generic 1990s brick house into a showstopping, personalized, art-filled palace is no easy feat, but Houston decorator J. Randall Powers is more than up to the challenge. While his entire home, featured on Architechural Digest is a visual feast, we’re especially fanatical about his living room. Let’s start with the walls, covered in a textured brown paper, which complement the wall-to-wall floor covering. The millwork lends a formal French vibe to the room, which is softened by...

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Wood You?

Dec 20, 2012

We adore statement jewelry, sometimes more so if that statement is made-you-look-twice subtle. We came across the work of multitalented painter and artist Ali Herrmann at a recent artisan fair, and we were immediately smitten with her unusual—and unusually affordable—upcycled earrings and necklaces. Made from art transfers applied to the backs of old dominoes, the jewelry depicts everything from abstract color gradients to vintage kitsch (show your love of Wonder Bread!) and...

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Wordless Wednesday

Dec 19, 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: Holid...

Dec 18, 2012

Consummate host that you are, you’ve stocked the kitchen and bath in anticipation of your holiday houseguests. (See part 1 of Annie’s tips.) Now it’s time to hit the sack. As Annie says, “It’s the golden rule: do unto others. You want to treat guests like they’re at a hotel, and offer them what gives them comfort when they’re away from home.” Get your guest bedroom in line with these simple tips. It should go without saying that the bedsheets should be clean, but we’re going...

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Annie’s Tip of the Week: Holid...

Dec 17, 2012

You finally finished your holiday decorating and shopping, and now you’re prepping the house for guests. Regardless of whether it’s your in-laws, your adult children and their mini me’s, or your former college roommates  who are on their way, Annie’s got some super-practical tips for taking the stress out of playing happy host. Today we’ll attack the kitchen and the bath; check back tomorrow for Annie’s advice on prepping the guest bedroom. The Kitchen When stocking the kitchen...

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Holiday in a Box

Dec 14, 2012

There are only two weeks left till Christmas, but judging by all the rushing around that’s been happening at Fresh American HQ, we’ve got more than a few late shoppers who need leads on where to get cool and creative gifts—all without leaving the comfort and convenience of the living room (or favorite pj’s). So settle in with a cup of hot cider, and let’s go shopping for gift collections that come packaged in their own sweet little boxes.   For artisanal crafts fans, get thee to...

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