Steele of the Week: Dash & Albert Rug (Giveaway!)

Dash & Albert rug

Happy news for beach house dwellers (and beach style lovers): Dash & Albert is giving away one of their signature cotton woven rugs to a lucky Daily Catch reader! Scroll down to find out how to enter for a chance to win!

With their graphic patterns, bold colors, and durable construction, Dash & Albert rugs have become beach house staples since making a splash on the design scene 12 years ago. Read on to get to know Annie Selkie, the designer and guru of simple, sophisticated style behind the gorgeous rugs.

Designer Annie Selkie

Designer Annie Selkie

Tell me about Dash & Albert. When did you launch the company? What were you doing before? And why did you decide to launch it?

I launched Dash & Albert in 2004, ten years after launching Pine Cone Hill, my bedding and sleepwear company. Rugs are a natural extension of my love of home and love and appreciation for beautiful textiles. Initially, we added a few rugs to the Pine Cone Hill line but it became pretty clear, pretty quickly that rugs are their own animal and required their own merchandising and sales plans. Hence, Dash & Albert was born.

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How did you come up with the name?

I wanted a name that sounded British and a bit bespoke, like Holland and Holland (Classic British hunting outfitter) or Turnbull and Asser (bespoke men’s suits and shirts), implying old world substance and style. Then I looked to my Clumber Spaniel, Dash, and my red and white Basset Hound, Albert, and the rest is history. They became our first spokesdogs and are followed in that tradition by Clumber Spaniel, Emmet and red and white Basset Hounds, Googie and Impy.

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D&A is well known for its rugs. What made you decide to focus on this product?

I was reviewing some placemats by laying them all out on the floor to review and the lightbulb went off that these mats would make better rugs. That moment was the birth of our classic, colorful and crazy popular cotton woven rugs. Then the more I explored the rug category the more intrigued I became with all the different techniques and fabrications that are available to play with. I have been playing ever since!

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With so many brands, does Annie Selke have a unified “look” or “approach” to home? Where can consumers get the best look at all of your product?

The introduction of the Annie Selke catalog has been a great adventure. The mission is to show all our products working together to create inviting, livable rooms with a distinct point of view. We are not just trying to show off every single product we make. As we all know, there are many ways to put a space together and many choices that have to be made. Hopefully, this new catalog makes that just a bit easier for our customers.

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Did you have a career before launching The Annie Selke brands?

I worked for Ferragamo. went thought the Saks Fifth Avenue training program, worked in PR and wrote copy for Conran’s and worked in Product Development, all in New York, prior to starting Pine Cone Hill in 1994.

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Biggest lesson learned from starting your own business:

Do what you love and money will follow. You need a passion for and a strong commitment to what you are setting out to do.

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What does home mean to you?

Comfort, joy, dogs, gardens, friends and family – happiness.

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Beach weekend essentials:

Great friends, great food, preferably cooked on a grill, preferably seafood, good book and a lovely bed (and maybe a hammock as well).

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Favorite time of year at the beach:

September on the east coast and November and March in tropical destinations—when you want to get away from the east coast!

[Here’s a guide to the best island vacations for each month of the year.] 

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Favorite room in a beach house:

I love waking up in a beautiful bedroom that overlooks the water.

[To see gorgeous bedrooms with stunning water views, click here.]

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Beach day uniform:

Big hat, sunglasses, a bright and colorful Indian caftan, comfortable bathing suit for swimming, fit flops and one of our Le Tote bags for towel, book etc.

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Best book you’ve read lately:

Commonwealth by Anne Patchett (her latest)

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Go-to weekend drink:

Fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice, ruby red vodka, a touch of cherry juice and a cherry.

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Trend you’re loving:

That people are enjoying spending more time at home and really caring about and placing a priority on surrounding themselves with things they love.

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Sunrise or Sunset?

Both but I get to appreciate more sunsets than sunrises!

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How to win a Dash & Albert rug:

For a chance to win a 6’x9′ woven cotton rug from Dash & Albert, tell us in the comments below: What room would you use the rug in, and how would the rug inspire the rest of the room’s design? We’ll pick the winner based on originality, use of language, and appropriateness to contest theme (see full contest rules here). The contest deadline is Friday, October 14 at midnight.

Thank you, Annie!

Images courtesy of Annie Selkie, Heidi Ross/Harper Collins, and Barbara Rich/Getty Images.

COMMENTS

  1. Allison Hackett

    I would use the rug in the living space off our kitchen. This is a room where family and company hang out while I’m cooking. It’s where the kids do homework and lounge on the sofa reading. It’s the heart of our home. The woven cotton rug would be the centerpiece of the room. It’s casual elegance would define the space as welcoming and inviting to all who enter, which is exactally how I want my home to feel.

    October 12, 2016 at 8:24 am
  2. jeremy mclaughlin

    This would be perfect in our kitchen.

    October 12, 2016 at 9:02 am
  3. Nora Burke

    I would use the rug in our first floor TV room at our beach house. Two years ago we bought a house on the water that was in the same family for over 100 years. NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING had been done in the house for 100 years- well, except for the toilet that the owners put in the corner of this TV room, YES, right in the corner- no wall or door just a toilet in the corner. So we removed the toilet refinished the floors and painted but it really needs a furniture facelift. A Dash & Alert rug could anchor the room and give it a fabulous pop of color and help bring the room to life. With the great colors in every D&A rug, we could spread those colors around the room in accents on the side tables, coffee table and couch/pillow colors.
    This summer I was able to visit the Coastal Living Design house in Bridgehampton which is about 30 minutes from our house in Quiogue; it was fabulous – I got so much inspiration from Every room, especially from the D&A rugs throughout that offer such a great pallete of colors to spread around the room. The CL design house this summer was absolutely fabulous. So, I really really hope you pick me for the rug give-away, THANKS!!!

    October 12, 2016 at 1:10 pm
  4. Linda Huff

    I would put it in my living room, that I am currently refurbishing and changing everything to coastal décor. It would bring the room together and make it more cohesive. It is the only thing lacking at this point.

    October 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm
  5. Rhonda Pollard

    We live on the Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawai’i in a 1950’s plantation home on old sugar cane land where tropical (aka “rainy”) climate is both our friend and enemy, so furnishings have to be thoughtfully selected. The wool rug in the guest bedroom is not cutting the mustard, and I’ve been looking for the perfect rug to replace it. One of the indoor/outdoor Dash & Albert rugs would look absolutely amazing in our guest bedroom and would stand up to our moist climate as well as our three Labrador Retrievers. Aloha and mahalo for your consideration!

    October 12, 2016 at 3:06 pm
  6. Dana Matthews

    I just had to look….these are beautiful rugs. I would choose the NEW! MERRY GO ROUND NEUTRAL MICRO HOOKED WOOL RUG and I would put it in my bedroom. In August my only child began her first year of college. I have raised her alone and dedicated the past 18 years to her. Now that she is stepping out and beginning a life of her own it is time for me to do the same. The second half of my life I want to do what pleases me and do those things I had to put on the back burner. I’ve become very comfortable in my bedroom over the past couple of months and have made changes that I would enjoy such as adding a flat screen TV, moving my computer and workstation into my room and changing the colors of my bedroom to be mood enhancing (the empty nest syndrome is REAL!). I think every time I looked at this rug it would be inspirational to me simply because of it’s name. MERRY GO ROUND…that has been my life for so long. Raising a child alone is not easy and sometimes our lives have gone in circles, sometimes it’s called for things to stop and me to get off, but mostly it’s been fun and just like everything, a Merry Go Round is most enjoyed with two people. Accepting that my daughter is growing up and moving forward does not mean that the ride ends…it just stops for a minute….and starts over again.

    October 12, 2016 at 3:25 pm
  7. Taryn T.

    This year has been a roller coaster for me. Back in January, we purchased two new sofas. Brown leather, and there they sat, on our plain wooden floor, looking boring and bland. I desperately wanted a beautiful bit of color to inspire me. Should I take inspiration from the pumpkin spice craze, and add shades of orange and rust? Should I keep it neutral, or change colors seasonally? How about making a bold statement with stripes or chevron? Then, my health deteriorated. I learned, as a young woman, I could be facing a heart transplant. The decorating was placed on the back burner, but as I would come home, I would glance at the dull couches, with no color, and envision a room. I would throw my hospital bag on the love seat, and think about adding something meaningful, like a gorgeous blue color, to remind me of the ocean. It is my favorite place, and I felt as if, even though the storm was raging around me, my home could be my safe place, my anchor. In late September, I learned my heart had shown signs of recovery. It was like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I have realized that my living room needs life! It needs that pop of color, to be brought together, and to show my journey! I want my living room to help tell my story, creating a beautiful place to enjoy life, and my family. With a rug from Dash and Albert, I could do just that!

    October 12, 2016 at 3:53 pm
  8. Rebecca

    I would love a Dash & Albert rug for the new bunkie! It is a part of the garage that has been transformed into a she shed/ guest area/ protected porch space with a lovely view of the pond and Lake Erie. I plan to use this area as a getaway from the every day, and a rug like this would provide the warmth and cottage/ beachhouse feel I like. The rug would help to inspire the nautical design of the room because so far there is only a copper tray, wooden coffee table, barometer and copper pendant light in there! Having some colour and a beautiful rug would put us in the right direction! Thank you for considering us.

    October 12, 2016 at 4:59 pm
  9. Jacqueline Brownc

    Very beautiful! I would love to have it in my home. I could use the smile that it would put on my face. Thank you.😊

    October 12, 2016 at 7:31 pm
  10. Billie Rowell

    I would use it in my computer room, it has a laminate floor and this would help keep our feet warmer during the winter. Thanks for the chance to win.

    October 12, 2016 at 7:48 pm
  11. Linda Hoyle

    We are just re-doing our living room etc and of course no floor yet..haha..but this would add a lovely look once the floor is down…and give it that light and airy look we are going for..thank you so much for giving us a chance to win this lovely rug! 🙂

    October 13, 2016 at 9:06 am
  12. Lea Lundy

    I adore ,D&A rugs and own a couple of the gorgeous totes! Recently, we moved back to a city we had left, thinking we’d never return. (Funny how life throws you curve balls when you least expect it.) We found a great house, but due to the costs of moving twice in 4 years (one of those to CA), redoing and updating our current home has required more time and patience than originally anticipated. But I know the finished product will one day be worth it! As we are still adding furniture, and more importantly, details like curtains, rugs, pillows, artwork, it would be a complete joy to be gifted a rug from my favorite company! Thank you for the opportunity, and for considering our comments. Best!

    October 13, 2016 at 9:24 am
  13. Danielle Wallin

    I would love an area rug for our living room. My husband and I currently live in a house with carpets and we are moving to a new home with hardwood floors. I would love a rug for my six month old daughter to be able to play on. In addition, we are a military family and this will be our third house in six months. I would love to incorporate some inviting accents, like Dash and Alberts rugs to give our new home a sense of comfort. Dash and Albert rugs are so unique in that they are stylish and beautiful while being versatile and durable. The coastal yet classic vibe of the rugs will perfectly marry our current decor with the old feel of the house.

    October 13, 2016 at 8:23 pm
  14. Rebecca

    I would put it in the foyer of my getting-renovated house a block from the beach. It just survived hurricane Matthew but had a roof leak so it needs a little dash of “pick me up” to help us welcome all our new friends when we finally get to move in. Thanks!

    October 13, 2016 at 9:16 pm
  15. Mary Novack

    I would use the rug in my soon-to-be-finished four-season porch! I would finish and decorate the room around your beautiful rug. This room has windows on all sides and overlooks the woods on our acre lot, and the swimming pool in the backyard. So, it would be kind of like the look you love, only a swimming pool instead of the ocean! Love the whites and blues and the clean, fresh look your rugs offer. I want this room to be a peaceful, calm, clean and bright place to relax and sit down with a good book.

    October 13, 2016 at 10:53 pm
  16. Carmen Rudnick

    I would use the rug in my living room. That is where my family spends a lot of time so it would definitely help to liven up the area. I’m in the mood for a change of color so I would most likely need to shop for a change of curtains and possibly a splash of color on a wall!

    October 13, 2016 at 11:34 pm
  17. Dana Larsen

    I can picture my grandson crawling on that beautiful rug right now, so it would go smack dab in the middle of the living room. Since I live on the lake, this design would tie right into my beauty decor, which includes lots of relaxing blues and cremes and textures, with some driftwood, shells, lanterns and even an antique beach bike. Thanks for the opportunity – this is a lovely piece. Good luck everyone!

    October 13, 2016 at 11:51 pm
  18. Sue Brookes

    I would put the Dash & Albert Rug on the upstairs floorboards of our 100 year old converted stable. Our twelve year old daughter has her drum kit there. She would enjoy the beauty and it would be the finishing touch to the charm of the building.

    October 14, 2016 at 12:40 am
  19. Shea Adams

    I would put this rug in my living room. I would love to use it to brighten up the room and give it a pop of color! Blue is my favorite color and I think this rug is beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win!

    October 14, 2016 at 1:45 am
  20. Amy Craig

    We will begin construction of a multi-generational home next month that will include a MIL suite so my mother can move in with us. He is a retired Vietnam Army veteran who voluntarily mentors and helps our local legal system with dispute resolution. We need a new rug in his office but he refuses to spend the money. This would solve the disagreement and help make it a soothing place for both of us since we share the space. I love your products!

    October 14, 2016 at 3:22 am
  21. Joe Clark

    Hello, I want to believe that it’s alright for an older divorced man to have a spiffy living room. No more man cave. It’s a new day with a new rug!

    October 14, 2016 at 5:54 am
  22. Ashley C

    This rug would be perfect in my dining room! It would provide color to the otherwise white and grey room and I could use those colors in other aspects. It would give it a slightly nautical feel because I already have some white driftwood as part of my centerpiece.

    October 14, 2016 at 6:51 am
  23. Alison B.

    If I were to win a Dash & Albert rug, I would use it in a spare room I am converting to my new office! I have just decided to return to college after a 30 year break (YIKES!) and am hoping to create a study space that is cozy, calming and inviting. The room is currently a blank slate (as it only has a desk in it) so the rug would serve as a source of inspiration for the rest of the decor. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

    October 14, 2016 at 7:39 am
  24. Pamela Tessmer

    We are using blue as an accent color in our living room, so any one of these would fit in perfect against our hardwood floors. I am a huge fan of “beachy” themes, I find the colors uplifting, especially since we live in such a cold climate and only get to enjoy the sun 2 months a year. The colors and themes help keep me warm all year round.

    October 14, 2016 at 9:36 am
  25. Mary Lou Hunt

    I would use one of these lovely rugs in Our Vancouver Island west coast style beach house. We have an ocean view from each room and one of your rugs would make a nice compliment to our decor. One room I am struggling to decorate is the great room above the garage. This room is huge, 16×30 ish, with a sloped ceiling. Plans are to have a tv area, coffee bar and model railroad. I’m thinking two rugs will help to divide the space into cozy areas. Thank you.

    October 14, 2016 at 9:58 am
  26. Lauren Drew

    I love that Dash & Albert is named after her dogs! I never knew that, thank you for the fun article!

    I would use the rug in my living room, which is currently stuck in design limbo. When we moved into our apartment, it needed a lot of updating, including repainting the (slightly headache-inducing) bright green and burnt orange color scheme. We settled on a mid-gray and added a white couch, but are hitting a dead end trying to integrate my significant other’s traditional colonial bachelor pad style and furnishings with my feminine and modern taste. A Dash & Albert rug could provide a grounding feature to the room that has timeless appeal with understated elegance, and help bridge the gap between our home decor styles to create a living room we’ll both be happy to curl up in front of the fireplace in.

    Thank you so much for this opportunity!

    October 14, 2016 at 10:17 am
  27. Ruth Harrison

    I would absolutely use one of these rugs in my bedroom…my whole house is turning into seaside theme which fits beautifully with their rugs – the seaside is so relaxing and my favourite place in the world! We got married next to the sea and my whole theme was shells and beach.
    To be honest these rugs are so beautiful I may even hang one on the wall as an art piece.

    October 14, 2016 at 12:32 pm
  28. christine white

    Oh, I would LOVE one of your gorgeous rugs to use in my new living room! I became disabled in 2005, had to stop teaching, and move in with my parents. They sold their Chicago home and moved to Florida just for me. Well, fast forward 10 years and dad passed away and mom and I needed to downsize and save money. I also know both of us need to live our dreams now since we don’t know what tomorrow holds. Well, I found a tiny condo on the beach in Fort Pierce. One of your rugs would tie the outside ocean with our inside coastal feel. You would see your rug, the ocean and beach from the front door. Oh, it would be amazing! I’ve already met my bucket list goal of living at the beach, but it would be great to add a win like this to it! I hope we can win it.
    Thanks so much for this amazing chance,
    Christine

    October 14, 2016 at 4:06 pm
  29. Larry Compagno

    A new rug would help keep my living room over looking the gulf with the beach atmosphere I love. I getting pressure from one of my kids to go beach sheep whatever that means?

    October 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm
  30. Lynn Ward

    I love love love this Dash & Albert rug! I would put the rug in front of a door that goes out to a deck. It is in a bedroom that has soft white walls and I am making it a comfortable “lakeside”‘guest room.
    The rug would go perfect on the hardwood floors.
    Thank you for this article … I enjoyed reading it!!

    October 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm
  31. Lindsey Kenny

    As I read this, my husband is packing up our kitchen as we move tomorrow to our new house in Hingham MA. I’m looking forward to afternoons at the beach and strolls through our new neighborhood. I would use the rug in my children’s playroom. I’m looking to do a coastal theme and I think one of the indoor/outdoor rugs would be perfect in that space to make it a great room for creativity but also sofisticated and cool.

    October 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm
  32. Connie Murray

    I just ordered and received a small tiki stripe rug last week for my laundry room. It is amazing and I love it. Little pick me ups can really brighten your day when you’re going through chemo which I will be doing for the next several months. I sure could use that pick me up in my coastal living room which is entirely too blah.

    October 14, 2016 at 7:29 pm
  33. Athena Borders

    A rug will anchor a room and in my opinion is one of the most important (and most times overlooked) element in a room.
    We are in desperate need of a classic and inspiring piece in the great room of our Florida home. With two young children ages 2 & 4 I have looked on and off for several years for the perfect durable cotton woven rug to no avail. Thanks to my cherished Costal Living magazines I have finally stumbled on Dash & Albert and I am in love!
    Our room is currently lacking color & texture (with only two white skirted couches) and this generous giveaway would finally put an end to my indecisiveness and allow me to create a warm space for my family to enjoy!
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful costal designs with us!

    October 14, 2016 at 8:31 pm
  34. sandra givan

    these exceptional rugs are perfect for any room in my place ! I believe I would use it in my bedroom because that’s where all my favorite things are. that is my favorite place. thank you for making it possible for some lucky person [ hope its me ] to own such a lovely house enhancing item, they are all so dreamy . your doggies are adorable !!!

    October 22, 2016 at 10:29 am
  35. Terri Robin Doyle

    I would love to have one of your rugs for my home. Just today we had to take out our living room rug, due to Hurricane Matthew. We tracked in black like tar from the trees that had come down in the yard, so a new rug would be wonderful.

    November 28, 2016 at 7:10 pm

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