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The Best of Fresh American: 2014 Edition

Another year full of decorating challenges, home renovation, creative DIYs, and kitchen experiments has passed in a flash. But if you didn’t have the chance to join us every single day, no worries. We’ve rounded up our best and favorite posts of the year, so your first step is to put on your coziest sweater and slipper socks, break out the laptop or tablet, and get scrolling. Your second step: sign up for an e-mail subscription so that you’ll get decorating ideas, color palette inspiration, home how-to’s, tasty snack ideas, and more delivered straight to your in-box all year long in 2015.

Start off the New Year right with these tips for making New Year’s resolutions that stick—and make yourself just a little bit happier every day of the year.


Create your own winter wonderland—sans snow shoveling—with these adorable woodland-themed sugar dioramas. Perfect for prettying up a room all the way until the last flake melts.

DIY winter dioramas 18

Become the grand dame or doyen of gift-giving with this pair of easy tutorials. In the first, we’ll show you how to put together the ultimate care package for a loved one who’s just moved away and could use a few creature comforts from home. In the second, become a style BBF (best bride forever) or BFF by creating this easy swag bag.

Pefect for weddings, birthdays, mother’s day, graduation, as a going-away gift, and more.



create a care package for college

Have your hot chocolate and eat it, too, courtesy of this moist, rich Hot Chocolate Cupcake recipe from sweets master Mikey T’s. Oh, and pass the marshmallows.


Keep your bedding in tip-top shape for years to come with Annie’s tips for how to do the laundry the right way (hint: it’s not just about pretreating stains and cold-water washes) and how to prep your linens for long-term storage.


Get your color-palette inspiration right here, with some spot-on picks for indoor/outdoor decorating, and a plethora of pretty palettes inspired by nature.

indoor outdoor color palettes

fall color decorating palette

Go up in the aerie with Boston-based decorator Lisa K. Tharp, who designed this sophisticated yet sweet teenage girl’s room.

K Tharp Design aerie 2

Let’s rug it out with a trifecta of tips on floor decor. Learn how to choose area rugs for challenging spaces (think: mudroom to man cave, and everywhere in between), plus our top 10 uses for small rugs—we guarantee you’ll find a few surprises in here. Once you’ve picked your area rugs, check out Annie’s pro tips for how to place a rug in a room.

J Latter Design Houzz

Whip up some sassy sandwiches, starting with these grown-up grilled cheese recipes: Pesto Grilled Cheese and Herbed Goat Cheese, Fig & Cucumber.

pesto grilled cheese

Fly me to the moon with this aviation-themed party design for the Berkshire International Film Festival gala and dinner, created by none other than Annie her creative crew.

BIFF gala aviation themed party

Get inspired by one of the most talented designers we’ve ever met: pattern painter Peter Fasanowho has created incredible custom fabrics for the likes of Albert Hadley, Mario Buatta, and Bunny Williams. And did we mention he’s been in the White House (literally and fabric-figuratively)?


Skip the couch surfing and try these10 tips for putting together the perfect outdoor movie night. Complete with decorating ideas, snack recipes, and more.


Sophisticated, upscale bedroom design that will please both male and female decorating tastes? Yes, please. Check out Annie’s he- and she-friendly guest room, part of her recently completed home renovation.


Create a relaxing, beachy sanctuary, courtesy of some fresh, layered bedding and gorgeous fabric by designer Kate Riley, aka Centsational Girl.


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Susan Morrow January 2, 2015 at 2:37 pm

love your merchandise!!

Fresh American January 2, 2015 at 3:16 pm

Thanks bunches, Susan! We love hearing from customers and blog readers. Here’s to a happy—and stylish—2015!

Mary January 2, 2015 at 8:12 pm

Congratulations on a wonderful 2014.

I cannot tell a like, 2014 was a very difficult year, with several long trips to the OR and long hours, days,weeks and months recovering. And if I felt as if I were being pushed off a cliff, then Annie and Pine Cone Hill provided a cloud for me to land in. Thanks for your lovely, soft sheets and cuddly sheepy fleece robe. They made a difference.

I greet the New Year in full health again and look forward to a year celebrating life! Thanks for being a part of that!

PS The Fall Palette #3 was one of my favorites, too. Absolutely delicious.

Cheers, everyone!

Cindi January 3, 2015 at 3:21 pm

I adore the “Sophisticated Neutral” lovelies!
Thanks, Cindi


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