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The Best of Fresh American: 2015 Edition

We hope you’ve enjoyed joining us this year on the blog as much as we’ve enjoyed putting together all these posts on decorating, shopping tips, creative DIYs, and scrumptious original recipes. But if you didn’t have the chance to drop in six days a week, no worries. We’ve rounded up our best and favorite posts of the year, all in one handy list. So slip on your favorite pajamas and robe, fire up the laptop or tablet, and get scrolling.


Lisa Mende bedroom styling


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Treat your body to a little post-holiday detox with this flavor-packed original recipe for Kale and Quinoa salad with Edamame and Mango. 


Make your travel as stress-free as possible all year long by following Annie’s exclusive tips for how to pack a carry-on like a pro.


how to style your home for sale


If you’re planning to sell your home this year, drop everything and read our Q&A with real estate pro Mary Jane White on how to style your home for sale.


Get some creative interior design tips from a bunch of über-talented designers and bloggers, including Lisa MendeBeth Woodson and Kristy Woodson Harvey from Design ChicErin Gates, Mandi Gubler of Vintage Revivals, Erin Olson Moser from House of Turquoise, and Kate Riley of Centsational Girl.




Behold the power of paint, an area rug, and some well-placed accessories. We gave one bathroom a makeover three different ways, and we’re still having a hard time deciding which one is our favorite.


Personalize and prettify a beat-up old headboard with this exclusive DIY for a yarn-bombed headboard. 




It’s easier than you might think to change up the look of your bedroom. Find out how we use shams to give our décor a simple switch-up. 


how to use shams to update your decor


Need a housewarming gift or a hostess gift that’s guaranteed to please? Check out our exclusive how-to for putting together a creative hostess gift basket. 




For a master class on where to find design inspiration—and how to maintain your sense of humor while redecorating or renovating—have a peek at our Q&A with Million Dollar Decorators darling Mary McDonald. 


Find out why pink rugs kill it every time in all sorts of rooms, from upscale to casually coastal.


Love bohemian style but wish it were a bit less cluttered and hodgepodgey? Annie’s got your tips on how to decorate sophisticated boho. 




Take a healthier approach to dessert with this original recipe for the ultimate gluten-free apple crisp,  courtesy of Matt’s Cookie Bars pastry rock star Matt Albert.


Some of the prettiest color palettes we’ve seen in ages are here and here, as we bring your four creative takes on color inspired by one gorgeous French watercolor.


Give your kids’ tired old playroom an exuberant makeover in 5 simple steps. You won’t believe how easy it is to turn it into a mecca of make-believe.


Mud season isn’t so far off. Get the low-down on which rugs are best for your mud room.


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