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Dash & Albert 10th Anniversary: The Firsts (Part 1)

Over the past ten years, Annie’s own Dash & Albert has had some incredible successes with both products and customers. In fact, a bunch of designs—and partner stores!—have been with us from the very beginning, and are still going strong today. Here’s a chance to get to know them a little bit better.


Based on a “filthy little rug” Annie found in a textile sale at the Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts, Gypsy Rose—all cleaned up and looking gorge in a multicolor floral—has versatility and a vintage appeal that have been über-popular with decorators and homeowners looking for a dash of retro character.


Ease, affordability, and casual elegance—Swedish Stripe, developed from an antique French ticking in Annie’s textile collection, has it all. From its cornflower-on-ivory pattern to its lightweight cotton weave, this rug goes pretty much anywhere, and always provides beautiful backdrop that doesn’t overwhelm a design.


Another woven cotton “team player” developed from an antique French ticking, Staffordshire Stripe is a perennial favorite both for its bright denim hue and eye-catching variegated pattern. We’ve seen it in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, offices, and a bunch of rooms in between, and it never fails to spruce up the space.


. . . Because everyone should have a rug that goes with their collection of cowboy boots. Blue Awning, with its thin-thick-thin navy stripes on a white background, is a woven cotton dream that helps to elongate small spaces and makes big rooms look even grander. And have we mentioned how terrific it looks on stairs?

As for our original customers, we really couldn’t get any luckier! These partner stores jumped on the Dash & Albert bandwagon when the company was small enough to fit in, well, a little red wagon, and they’re still by our side, all these years later.


We could wax poetic about Hammertown and its inimitable founder, Joan Osofsky. (For a peek at Joan’s just-released decorating book, click here.) The original store, in a renovated eighteenth-century horse barn in picturesque Pine Plains, New York, is packed with an amazing variety of goodies for the home, from furniture and lighting to kitchen supplies, tableware, cookbooks, and even toys. And now many of those can be sourced at Hammertown’s additional stores in Rhinebeck, New York, and Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Joan and her staff’s mantra, “Love where you live,” is easy to embrace, no matter your decorating style or your budget. Need we say more?

Erika Reade

If we could live in a store, it would be Erica Reade Ltd. Featuring the perfect mix of home décor, gifts, and art (think we’re exaggerating? You’ll find everything from handmade cards to exquisite linens, vintage accessories, and ceramics you can’t find anywhere else), it’s no wonder this endlessly tasteful and well-edited boutique has been named to Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta Hall of Fame list. It’s our go-to spot for that aunt or boss who really does have everything, and boasts one of the friendliest and most knowledgeable staffs we’ve ever come across.

Williams and Sherrill

Looking for high-end furniture, accessories, and linens? How about “you shouldn’t have!” gift baskets, and holiday décor that’s decidedly non-cliché? For this, as well as tons of inspirational decorating vignettes, and yards upon yards of to-die-for fabric and wallpaper, pack up the kids and the car and head to Williams & Sherrill in Richmond, Virginia.  Then walk through those magic doors and into more than 25,000 square feet of design goodness. This—and the dozens of custom window treatments, bedding, and pillows they create every year—is why Williams & Sherrill has become a favorite of decorators and home-design aficionados up and down the East Coast. Just don’t blame us if you forget to save room for the kids when you’re stowing your fab finds for the ride home.



Annie is giving away the über-popular Gypsy Rose Cotton rug in size 4′ x 6′ from Dash and Albert! Check out the Rafflecopter entry form below for 4 easy ways to enter! Contest ends on Sunday, October 13 at 11:59 p.m. EST. View the full details.

Congratulations to our winner,  Janel  from Maine!

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Cindi October 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Such a gorgeous rug…..Thanks for another fabulous

CAROLE PORTER October 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Words escape me! How magnificent this handmade piece is ! LUV IT !

Roxie Costanza October 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Gorgeous. This needs to live at my house. Thanks.

Maria October 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm

This rug is oh so me in oh every way! ♥ IT!

Diane October 8, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Love that it can go with any color in your room!

Denese Braden October 8, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Lovely and GORGEOUS!!!! Such an artistic statement !! I would really LOVE to WIN this!!

Leslie October 8, 2013 at 8:48 pm

This happy design immediately stirs up memories of my grandmother’s home.

Theresa Elger October 9, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Such Beautiful rugs and other items on this site. So glad I came across it. Thanks for the chance to win a dreamy rug. Can’t wait to keep browsing.

Joan Petrucci October 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm

This rug is such a fun vintage look for any room in any style home!Love it!

Janel Messmer October 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

Love this rug..amazing!!!


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