Not your average flatware.

VIETRI searched for years to find a superior Italian flatware manufacturer to join our large “family” of handcrafted tableware artisans… It was the beautiful metalwork of Bugatti that eventually won our hearts. In the province of Brescia, in northern Italy, metal working dates back to the Roman Age, 27 A.D. Local iron was used then [...]

Meet VIETRI Artisan Francesco Venzo

Meet the creator of  Painted Palms, Foglia Fresca, Corallo, Organica, and all of the Incanto collections… It’s all in the family! Master molder Francesco Venzo, son of the deceased master painter Signor Giovanni Venzo, works in his ceramics factory with his uncle Mariano and his brothers, Carlo and Gabriele. They are all from Nove, Italy, [...]
Garden Stripe Woven Cotton Rugs

Easy Care Decorating Solutions with Dash & Albert Rugs

Massachusetts based company Dash & Albert makes rugs in every style and pattern you can dream up.

Their cotton rugs, like the Garden Stripe Woven Cotton Rug, are so versatile they look great in a sunny beach cottage, a traditional home, or a modern apartment.

Garden Stripe Woven Cotton Rug

Garden Stripe Woven Cotton Rug, from $30

Their wool rugs, like the Gypsy Rose Wool Hooked Rug, are soft, cozy, and great for warming up a room.

Gypsy Rose Wool Hooked Rug, from $84

But it may be their indoor/outdoor rugs that steal the show with their low-maintenance qualities. Pets, kids, and green-thumbed husbands are no match for scrubbable, bleachable and UV-treated rugs, like the Diamond Denim Indoor/Outdoor Rug.

Diamond Denim Indoor/Outdoor Rug, from $38

The versatility and ease of Dash & Albert rugs are gaining lots of attention. One innovative blogger/DIY-er decided to do away with her old carpeted stairs in favor of an elegant-looking Dash & Albert runner, transforming a functional staircase into a stylish focal point.

Transforming Home Blog, August 20, 2012

Another clever home blogger wowed us with before-and-after shots of easy-clean Dash & Albert rug. She used Clorox Clean-Up and a simple scrub brush to make her rug look like new in a minute flat.

On Sutton Place Blog, September 3, 2012

 

 

On Sutton Place Blog, September 3, 2012

Browse all of our Dash & Albert rugs (and did we mention beautiful, comfy throws?) at GraciousStyle.com.

bye bye carpet, hello dash and albert runner

The carpeting on my stairs was a mess. Stained, dirty, gross. I have always wanted to get rid of the carpeting and put in a cool runner but was a bit afraid of tackling the project on my own.
So I found a great contractor who came in, ripped off the carpeting, sanded, sanded, sanded, and sanded the stairs down, stained the plywood and painted the risers, then installed the dash and albert runner I picked out.
I love it! So happy.
Here is where we started:
The stairs under the carpeting were in terrible shape. I knew they weren't going to be pretty which is one of the reasons why I decided to put in a runner instead of leaving them barewood. Also, I have 3 rowdy young boys who are up and down these stairs all day and without the runner the stairs were slick. Really slick. I actually slipped and fell on them.
We installed a small piece of moulding on the edge of the stairs to pretty it up a bit.
The landings (shown below) were an ugly particle board that I covered with peel and stick vinyl "wood" flooring. Since they were going to be covered I wasn't all that concerned about it. But I love the vinyl floor and am actually considering putting it in my mudroom now! And at $30 for 24 square feet, you can't go wrong.
                           
The contractor was able to stuff the upstairs hall carpeting into a gap in the floor so the top bullnose shows. I am very happy with that. Of course I would love hardwood in the upstairs hallway, but that is just another thing on my list....
So now I have to deal with the banister. It is a lighter wood which matches my downstairs floors. But of course now my stairs are a darker wood. Originally I had thought about staining the entire banister, balusters,  everything the darker color, but on second thought I wonder if I should only darken up the newel posts? So it looks like the lighter downstairs flooring and darker stairs were supposed to be that way? Any thoughts?

Handcrafted how?

The steps used to create Italian ceramics remain unchanged from their beginnings over 500 years ago… The methods for forming ceramics are as varied as the artisans who create them. The clay can be modeled by hand, thrown on a wheel, pressed or shaped into a mold or poured into a mold. The final piece [...]