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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
What does home mean to you?
Comfort, joy, dogs, gardens, friends and family – happiness.
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).
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.]
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.]
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.
Best book you’ve read lately:
Commonwealth by Anne Patchett (her latest)
Go-to weekend drink:
Fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice, ruby red vodka, a touch of cherry juice and a cherry.
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.
Sunrise or Sunset?
Both but I get to appreciate more sunsets than sunrises!
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.