She's a home-goods powerhouse with a rustic touch.
By Marisa Spyker
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An expert at updating the traditional, Annie Selke has made Americana enchanting to a whole new generation. Her company, Pine Cone Hill, and its rug spin-off, Dash & Albert, are known for handsome, homespun furnishings that have polish without pretension—and a fresh, coastal feel.
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Walk the Walk
Selke’s spin-off rug company, Dash & Albert, has become a beloved brand for designers and owners of seaside homes alike. And, with their saturated hues, playful patterns, and impeccable durability, it’s easy to see why. “Our indoor/outdoor dhurrie-style rugs can get hit by storm after storm and never let it show,” says Selke. Made from “superheroic polypropylene,” the rugs are staples in high-traffic areas of the home, like porches, mud rooms, and entryways.
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Rise and Shine
From the vibrant, Indian-inspired quilt to the breezy linen gauze shams and matelassé bed skirt, Pine Cone Hill's texture-rich Varkala bedding combo is proof positive that Selke is a pro at making the perfect seaside sleep spot. “There is nothing more inviting than a whitewashed beachside bedroom with a pop of comfy color,” she says. “This year coral is my happy color.”
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Air of Sophistication
Thanks to collaborations with well-known designers, Selke’s offerings with both Dash & Albert and Pine Cone Hill are ever-changing, featuring pieces that fit a range of tastes and styles. Her newest collection of outdoor friendly rugs, pillows, and throws with legendary New York designer Bunny Williams is a picture of airy elegance. Here, Williams brings her signature soft palettes and classic patterns (often inspired by her extensive travels) to a seaside porch.
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In a rustic Martha’s Vineyard cottage with stunning ocean vistas as a canvas, Selke chose here to keep the decoration minimal and the palette subdued. Her Plain Tin rug from Dash & Albert, while adding interest with a pop of pattern, doesn’t detract from what’s outside. “I love this because it’s so simple and serene, just like the view from the window,” she says.
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An easy way to pump up your patio or poolside is with fab indoor/outdoor pillows. These embroidered picks from Selke’s Dash & Albert line combine punchy hues of grass, lemon, tangerine, and crimson, plus fun motifs of tropical flora. “They’re zero maintenance with lots of pizzazz, which is always a good combo!” says Selke.
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Gleaning inspiration from across the globe, Selke took direction for the intricate pattern of these Mirabelle sheets from a vintage Italian fabric. She pairs it here with a simple matelassé coverlet and lightweight linen throw. “Snuggling in bed and reading a summer beach book is always better when you have fresh and fabulous sheets and a comfy laundered linen throw,” she says.