Monday, January 05, 2015

Dash-ing Rugs

As much as I love the holidays, I can do without those "let's rehash the year in entertainment" segments on television and online. Honestly, I don't know how much more I can handle of George Clooney's wedding and anything having to do with Miley Cyrus. I think we should put both to rest.

Although I have no plans to write a year-end review of design, I would be remiss if I didn't mention one of the highlights of 2014: Bunny Williams's rug collection for Dash & Albert.  When I first saw the collection, I immediately thought of those snappy, modern-yet-rooted-in-tradition rugs that were used by Billy Baldwin, Albert Hadley, and Angelo Donghia.  All three designers seemed to gravitate to rugs that offered a contemporary foundation for a room's furnishings and suffused the space with a relaxed American attitude.  The same can be said of Williams's rugs, I think.  They hark back to the not-so-distant past, when American design was really coming into its own, and yet, they still manage to look fresh and of the moment. 

Alongside images of the Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert collection, I have selected photographs of rooms by Baldwin, Hadley, Donghia, and one or two others.  As far as the rugs in these photos go, what looked good forty years ago still looks good today.  In fact, I wouldn't change a thing in most of these rooms.  It just goes to show that classic design never goes out of style. 


Clarence Indoor/Outdoor Rug

The New York City apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Harding Lawrence, which was decorated by Billy Baldwin.

Daisy Indoor/Outdoor Rug

An Albert Hadley-decorated show house room in Southampton, New York.

Elizabeth Green Indoor/Outdoor Rug

The Master Bedroom in the Southern California ranch of Mr. and Mrs. David H. Murdock.  The home was decorated by Mrs. Murdock.

Elizabeth Sand Indoor/Outdoor Rug

The living room of Oscar and Françoise de la Renta.

Cleo Blue Indoor/Outdoor Rug

A McMillen-decorated apartment in Manhattan.

Lucy Juniper Indoor/Outdoor rug

An entrance hall that was decorated by Angelo Donghia.

Annabelle Moss Indoor/Outdoor Rug

A Billy Baldwin-designed living room in the Manhattan apartment of clothing designer Mollie Parnis.

Marco Juniper Jute Soumak woven rug

The foyer of Mrs. Clive Runnell's Florida house, which was decorated by Billy Baldwin.


  1. Beautiful rug options for a great variety of spaces!

  2. loved Oscar's home.

  3. Always timeless indeed!

  4. There is nothing like a beautiful rug to tie a room together!! Great share!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

  5. Beautiful rugs! They're subtle and coordinate with a variety of styles.