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Fab Foyer Face-Lift—and a Giveaway!

Nothing says “Happy New Year” like a big, bold makeover. Lucky for us, color maven Tobi Fairley just wrapped a splashy new foyer face-lift for Southern Living magazine that features a few of our favorite things: no-apologies brights, fun patterns, unexpected details, and a rockin’ stair installation of a Dash & Albert rug.


Tobi’s team started by painting the walls in a cool, calming sky tone that pops against the white woodwork. She chose a deep navy for the interior doors and strategic spots throughout the room, like the ceiling border, the octagonal table covered with a pleated skirt, the border of the natural sisal rug, the tape trim on the settee, the framed artwork by the stairs, and the pendant lantern. The cerulean hue, meanwhile, is echoed in the abstract-print pillows and the tall decorative jars on the table. Sticking to a single color family for the primary elements allows the accent color—a fabulously saturated fuchsia—to stand out on the X-bracketed benches.

And what can we say about Tobi’s choice of Dash & Albert’s Bluemarine Ticking runners for the stairs? Let’s start with: wow. And that’s pretty darn perfect. And we love the way the casual stripe not only echoes the blues in but also tones down the formality the space. This is everything an entryway should be: fresh, clean, and inviting, with a bit of intrigue that makes you want to explore the rest of the home to see what other design goodies are in store.


In honor of the New Year and new designs, Annie’s giving away a 4’ x 6’ Dash & Albert rug—the very same Bluemarine Ticking used here in Tobi’s foyer makeover! For your chance to win, check out the entry form below for four easy ways to enter! Contest ends on Tuesday, January 8 at 11:59 p.m. EST. View the full details.

Congratulations to our winner, Renee from Michigan! 

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Renee A January 4, 2013 at 11:24 am

My kitchen could Totally! use a January pick-me-up now that the holiday decorations are down and we’re waiting not-so patiently for spring. Thanks for a great giveaway 🙂

Pamela Christopher January 4, 2013 at 11:32 am

How marvelous, such a change that can make a big difference. We all want this. Great job.

Bethany January 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

I would love it in my kitchen

Lisa Martin-Gerdes January 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

I love the entire Bluemarine Collection but this rug would be perfect in my hallway!

Heather January 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Perfect for my kitchen.

sangeetha January 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm

My entry stairway

jean james January 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I would use this in my son’s room in front of balcony entrance

Amyd January 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I love Dash and Albert rugs! I have one in my kitchen, infusing a white space with a dash (no pun intended) of bright fun color. I’ve been hoping to add a runner to my entry in 2013! Thanks for the inspiration!

Amy Wolfe January 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I’m in love…with a rug!!!

This just screams BEACH HOUSE!!!

Donna Engborg January 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm

i love rugs! i grew up around the carpet community! my youngest son would love this one in his room. he loves blue! i love it on the stairs as a runner – you’ve inspired me to move on mt stairway project – 2013 goal!

Alex Fredrichs January 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Fantastic rug with great color! Love Dash & Albert!

Hildy Lake January 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm

I would use under coffee table so dogs could not totally lie on it! They have their own beds after all!

Gretchen January 4, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Perfect for my younger son’s bedroom!

Lori L. January 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

This rug would be perfect in my laundry room 🙂 LOVE

Laura January 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

It would look great in my laundry room!

tammigirl January 4, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I might use it in my own foyer… Or on my own hardwood stairs. Or in my dining room… or the office. Gosh, I think I need a few of these.

I love the idea of someone helping me decorate my foyer!

Julie January 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm

In the living room

Cindy Aiton January 4, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I would use the rug in my hallway. Thank you so much for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway.

sydney85 January 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm

My daughter’s cute apartment could really use an adorable rug. These are her colors and it would fit perfectly.

Sleepyheadedmom January 5, 2013 at 1:29 am

I think the rug would be great in my kitchen.

@shelleycHolmes January 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

Have two places that could benefit from this rug and immensely. One the bedrooms or the sunroom! Hmmmmm… think I am leaning the sunroom! Nope, I think I am leaning toward the bedroom..

No matter who wins this, I know they will enjoy your Dash and Albert rug!

Rosalyn January 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm

How absolutely divine and timely! I am re-doing a bedroom and it is in shades of blue and white and oh my would this rug look luscious there…yum, a total feast for the eyes and a treat for the tootsies…how wonderful would it be to
start the New Year with this inspiring rug…oh thank you sooooooooooooo much.

Shoppy Shops January 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

What a terrific makeover! I am a big fan of Dash and Albert – and I’d use this rug in my entryway, it’s the perfect color and size!

Meghan Finley January 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm

This would be perfect for the hallway

margaret clements January 5, 2013 at 11:23 pm

would look also in bathroom .

Kathryn January 6, 2013 at 11:54 am

I would love this—what a great pop of color!

Megan January 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I have been eyeing the Dash & Albert rugs for a stair runner for months now. I would finally get around to getting my stairs done!

Lisa Kays January 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm

This would be perfect in my kitchen. I love Dash and Albert rugs!

Debra Lee January 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

This would go in my reading room for sure!

Pat McArdle January 6, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I live in an old farn house cape. The stairs are in the corner of my kitchen (I’d rather they be in the living room). My is blue & white mismatched kitchen ware and dishes ALL in blue & white.

Kim Hoegger January 7, 2013 at 10:49 am

Annie, I have the PERFECT place for your Bluemarine Ticking Rug! Having just completed our lake house, I still have a few places that really need a pop of color and the Bluemarine Ticking Rug would be the perfect addition! Love Dash & Albert rugs and really enjoy reading the Fresh American Blog.

courtney January 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm

This would be perfect for my son’s room!

Amy Z. January 7, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I’d use this in my living room – it would go great with the current colors!

Marie Wanberg January 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I love Dash and Albert rugs and the smart impact that they make in a simple setting.


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