Good on Paper: Asian-Inspired ...

Sep 1, 2014

When you hear the words paper rugs, what comes to mind? If you’re first reaction is “What the heck is a paper rug?” you’re not alone. But these area rugs—yes, they’re actually made of paper—are so cool, so sleek and Japanese-chic, that we just had to share. Dash & Albert’s new paper rugs were inspired by tatami, or mats traditionally made by covering a rice straw core with a woven-rush top. The West first got a dose of tatami as floor decor with the 1980 miniseries...

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Debunking the Myth of Dorm Bed...

Aug 29, 2014

During the rush—physical and emotional—of back-to-school shopping, every year, thousands of parents and their kids are fed one of the most persistent half-truths about dorm bedding: that they must purchase specially made (though not especially well-made) twin XL sheets to fit those pesky oversize dorm beds. That got us thinking. Why do colleges and many boarding schools use twin XL beds, and do you really need special bedding to fit them? Universities used to offer the same twin-size beds...

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Sherwin-Williams Paint Color P...

Aug 28, 2014

With fall just around the bend, we’re looking to transitional pieces and color palettes that combine the last-hurrah feeling of summer with warmer, cozier fabrics and textures. So we started with Annie’s best-selling Harlequin area rug, a cushy, dig-your-toes-into-it wonder crafted of hooked cotton that works in pretty much any room of the house. With our foundation in place, we tapped the experts at Sherwin-Williams to create an exclusive color palette based on the rug. This...

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Let’s Rug It Out: 10+ Uses for...

Aug 27, 2014

Ever heard the William Morris quote “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”? We couldn’t agree more, and think that functional objects and home decor should, whenever possible, serve more than one purpose. Case in point: small rugs—think 2’ x 3’ and 3’ x 5’ rugs—those indoor/outdoor mini powerhouses that can be used as a whole lot more than just doormats and kitchen mats. Here’s a roundup of a few of the ways we like to use...

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We’re Sensing a Pattern: Color...

Aug 25, 2014

The thought of a fresh new color palette is so exciting, it makes us feel like Santa has dropped down the chimney a couple of seasons early. So today we’re breaking out the cookies and milk, because one look at these new Lyric bedding coordinates, area rugs, and accessories, and we knew we’d been given an incredible gift: the foundation for about a bajillion (it’s a technical term—we checked) room color combos that can go from fall through summer with a few simple switch-outs. Lyric,...

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Top of the Pops: Movie Night P...

Aug 22, 2014

We hope you joined us last week for our post on how to set up a killer outdoor movie night. And what’s a movie night without popcorn? Not the fatty, goo-laden stuff you get a theater, mind you, but homemade, flavor-packed popcorn recipes that will appeal to a range of ages and palates. Since we can’t stop “testing” these popcorn toppings here at the office, we knew we had to bring them back for an encore, and some additional tips. Always start with freshly popped kernels; popcorn is...

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Time and Again: William’s Agel...

Aug 21, 2014

Sometimes we get caught up in an exciting trend without really thinking about whether it will still be relevant in 10 or 20 years, but as Annie likes to remind us, “Great design is timeless.” One look at the William duvet and shams, part of the Pine Cone Hill 20th Anniversary Collection, and you’ll know exactly what she means. Originally inspired by a circa-1850 English document, this pattern is a nod to lush antique botanical illustrations, with a few contemporary updates. The army...

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Wordless Wednesday

Aug 20, 2014

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

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Inspired By: Transferware ...

Aug 19, 2014

When you work with an avid collector like Annie, you’re bound to come across all sorts of fabulous treasures. During a meeting the other day, we couldn’t take our eyes off her collection of transferware, which occupies places of honor both in her office, pictured here, and at home. With its bold indigo hue, variety of shapes, and intricate patterns, transferware is a natural for inspiring all sorts of home décor. And since blue area rugs continue to be one of Dash & Albert’s...

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Pet Projects: Annie’s Favorite...

Aug 15, 2014

For as long as she can remember, Annie has been an animal lover. Whether caring for the family pets as a little girl, naming her Dash & Albert Rug Company after her constant canine companions, or taking up horseback riding as an adult with her daughter (also a major fan of four-footers), Annie has always made animals a big part of her life. And having known the incredible joy pets can bring, these days, she makes it a point to give back as often as she can. Here is a run-down on Annie’s...

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Great in Bed for 20 Years Gues...

Aug 14, 2014

With the searing heat and humidity of August upon us, we’ve been looking for ways to lighten up and cool down. And when we asked Victoria Smith of the legendary sfgirlbybay blog how she would dress her bed this summer, we knew she’d dream up exactly the laid-back, modern boho bedding look that would keep us cool till the temperatures turn. “I’m very much into light-colored bedding,” Victoria says. “I just find it more restful and peaceful for a good night’s sleep.” So she...

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Wordless Wednesday

Aug 13, 2014

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

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