Instant Decor: Dash and Albert rugs and pillows
They call them throw pillows and rugs for a reason: Toss them on a sofa or floor for a quick jolt of color and pattern and any room becomes more fetching. This concept was in ample evidence recently at Tumbleweed and Dandelion, a Venice home furnishings store and interior design studio normally decked out almost entirely in shades of cozy cottage white. So these woven cotton pillows and rugs by Dash and Albert really jumped out.
The store offers them in dozens of handsome twill stripes and checks. The 2-by-3-foot rugs are ideal for entryways and bathrooms. They are $39, comparably priced to catalog offerings and considerably more attractive. The 20-inch square pillows are $50, complete with down-filled inserts. Tumbleweed and Dandelion also sells coordinating Dash and Albert throws that I would love to stitch together into a blanket -- if only I knew how to use a sewing machine.
Tumbleweed and Dandelion, 1502 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; (310) 450-4310.-- David A. Keeps
Photo credit: David A. Keeps