Friday, February 17, 2012

Meeting Annie Selke of Pine Cone Hill and Dash & Albert Rug Company



(l-r) Linda Merrill, Erin Gates, Leslie Fine, Julianne Covino, Annie Selkie, Marni Katz, Tara Bellucci

Last week, all the great ladies from the Annie Selke Companies invited a small group of design bloggers for an intimate dinner at Sel de al Terre in Boston.  In addition to meeting up with this great group of bloggers: Erin Gates - Elements of Style; Leslie Fine - Leslie's Blog; Julianne Covino - Create Girl; Marni Katz - Style Carrot; Tara Bellucci - Apartment Therapy; and Kara Butterfield (not in pic) of Boston Magazine's new blog Roost - we got to meet the creative force behind this successful Massachusetts based brand - Annie herself. Located in the Berkshires in Western, MA - Annie's companies include Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert Rug Company and Annie Selkie Home. 

I've specked products from these companies for years. Great quality combined with fresh designs and colors always makes a winning combo.

A recent project using several Annie Selke products - perfect for a little girl's room. Great quality with a fun color palette.  A nice feature is that many of the fabrics in the ready made products can be purchased by the yard. Not shown are the roman shades made from Edelweiss Crewel fabric - they are gorgeous. (professional photos coming soon!)

And here is an old snapshot of a guest bedroom that I did several years ago. The round braid rug in the foreground was Dash & Albert, although they no longer show this style on their website.

Contrary to these above projects, I don't only do pink decorating projects and Annie Selke doesn't only have pink products! 

How cute are these Dash & Albert tote bags made from their woven rugs? Part of our fabulous dinner included a swag bag - and these were the bags. I am loving my Tiki Stripe bag and will be excited to bring it along when I go to Bermuda this summer - the perfect shopping/beach bag.

Our bags also contained some beautiful pillow cases, napkins and the softest, cuddliest Sheepy Fleece bathrobe I've ever seen. 


Best of all, we received a copy of Annie's new book Fresh American Spaces.



This new book encompasses Annie's eye for fresh and inspiring looks, breaking them down into categories: Refined Romance, Cultured Eclectic, Nuanced Neutral, Happy Pretty and Everyday Exuberance. There are photos of beautiful rooms of all styles and tips on how to bring these looks alive in your own home. Click here for Annie's blog and more about Fresh American Spaces.






My thanks again to everyone who made this wonderful evening such a success. You're all a great group of women and really know how to throw a party!

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