(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Annie Selke, author, designer, and founder of renowned home-furnishings companies Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert Rug Company, and Annie Selke Home, has been named to Domino magazine’s Style Council. In the Fall/Winter 2012 issue, on newsstands now, Selke and twelve other home-décor luminaries — from iconic interior designer Bunny Williams to fashion designer Todd Oldham, home-furnishings designer Jonathan Adler, and blogger Heather Clawson of Habitually Chic — address common decorating issues and help inspire readers to create their ideal living spaces.
Freelance writer Dan Shaw, who conducted the interviews for the piece, notes the importance of the Style Council. “This is how professional designers really think,” he says. “They think about use and function and livability, and they layer in the style on top. That’s not always how design is approached, but the Style Council gives people all these little pieces of advice that they can use as building blocks to make a beautiful home.” Members of the council are quoted throughout the Fall/Winter issue, and will also appear in future editions of the magazine to address new topics of interest to design fans.
The inclusion of Selke, a self-made entrepreneur known for her exuberant yet practical approach to home products, on the Style Council serves several purposes, according to Shaw. He observes, “Annie brings an honest, down-to-earthness to the panel. She’s living in the real world, not the rarefied world that some designers are in. She has a warmth, an every-woman’s perspective, and a great sense of humor.”
Founded in 1994 by visionary designer Annie Selke, the 2010 Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year, Pine Cone Hill creates fun, functional, inspired bedding, pajamas, robes, and more that put a vibrant contemporary spin on classic décor. Dash & Albert was established in 2003 and features a variety of durable, beautiful, and affordable rugs in classic stripes, original florals, and unique modern patterns. Annie Selke Home is a collection of richly patterned fabrics for custom home décor projects. Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert, and Annie Selke Home products are regularly featured in local and national magazines and are sold in more than 2,500 stores nationwide as well as online.
In August 2011, Clarkson Potter released Selke’s first book, Fresh American Spaces, which takes a modern approach to five distinctly American styles of home decorating. On her blog, FreshAmerican.com, Selke offers daily posts on a wealth of decorating ideas, shopping and entertaining tips, unusual inspirations, travel advice, and more.