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Event Recap: Holiday Tablesettings Workshop

Posted on November 17, 2017 | 0 comments

We recently hosted a Holiday Tablesettings Workshop including table decorating, tips for entertaining and how-to demonstrations. We invited some of the most creative professionals we know to collaborate and share ideas for the upcoming holidays. 

Featuring David Wunderlich of Juliska, Carolyn Lasako of Kari Rider Events, Amy Wilkins of Monteray Farms, Eunice Kim-Port of Surcee Calligraphy and local spirits distributor, Hair 'O The Dog, who provided champagne for the evening.

Photography provided by Melissa Grimes-Guy.

Enjoy a few photos and recap of the event!

Fiona Weeks and Don Wooters, co-owners of Dwelling & Design and co-hosts of the evening, greeting all in attendance, and sharing the evening's itinerary.

Carolyn Lasako, Studio Manager of Kari Rider Events (@kaririderevents), made sure everyone had flutes of champagne comfortably in-hand. 'Bubbly Bar' signature drink recipes included Blood Orange and Cranberry Prosecco with blackberries, rosemary sprigs and pomegranate seeds for seasonal garnish. The rosemary was fragrantly delicious!

KRE's dining table personalization, in the form of name cards and menus, conveyed a perfectly intimate setting for any special occasion. Local, festive accessories included ‘found’ items such as oyster shells and magnolia leaves. Also featured--for those in the giving spirit—small gift boxes and miniature champagne bottles, each adorned with handwritten calligraphic tags.

Surcee Calligraphy (@surceecalligraphy) provided the golden ink for all of the table’s stunning stationary. Owner/artist Eunice Kim-Port was in attendance to share her stories of how she makes the lettering come alive.

Amy Wilkins of Monteray Farms (@monterayfarms) filled the store with an abundance of freshly cut flowers and stunning centerpieces—both large and small—for nearly every table within the store.

 

Amy Wilkins demonstrating how to fill decorative vessels with an exciting variety of floral elements. With Amy, diversity and texture are the name of the game. Introducing local and eclectic elements like sorghum and purple bean-pods, she pushes the envelope of style and composition with every arrangement. She grows much of what she uses in fields and greenhouses on her local Trappe, MD based farm.

Some of the items she brought along (that you might be able to find in your own backyard!) included: deer antlers, oyster shells, driftwood, and winter vegetables, such as radishes, carrots and gourds. Amy’s advice to forage nearby areas for interesting and different pieces brought a collective ‘aha!’ moment from those in attendance, who were delighted by the simple, charming idea.

David Wunderlich of popular diningware and glassware company Juliska (@juliskaofficial). Their fun and stylish collections of diningware and glassware truly set the tone for any occassion.  Spreading the message that we should “celebrate everyday”, he showcased many new and popular Juliska collections, including:

  • Berry & Thread; with its’ iconic berry stamp; available in multiple colors
  • Country Estate; red, blue and flint-colored toile countryside designs
  • Firenze; a fluid, marbling-inspired pattern with striking lines and coloration
  • Reindeer Games; whimsically-detailed, holiday themed artwork detailing
  • Santa’s reindeer playing games like polo, skiing, and the sorts

Every piece of Juliska is unique, as they strive to impart a handmade feeling by embracing a "perfectly-imperfect" methodology. Mixing and matching of the various collections is encouraged and highly recommended! 

The table is our gathering place, shared with family and friends during the holidays—so this year create a setting that will be truly unforgettable!

Cheers,

Dwelling & Design

 

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Holiday Tablesettings Workshop

Posted on October 18, 2017 | 0 comments

Holiday Tablesettings Workshop

The table is our gathering place, shared with family and friends during the holidays—so this year create a setting that will be truly unforgettable! Join us as we host a special workshop featuring the talents of a few of our favorite companies getting their festive on!

Look forward to tips and inspiration aplenty as they showcase their own, unique expertise when it comes to the art of planning, designing and decorating tables perfectly primped for the holidays. 

Also, be sure to take advantage of event-exclusive promotions. Plus, GWP for spending $250 or more on Juliska products (first 25 purchases only).

Juliska offers functional and beautiful artisanal glassware, tableware, lighting and home accessories. Representative David Wunderlich will be in-store telling Juliska’s compelling L’Amour et Savoir Vivre story and decorating with their extensive line of products, including the newest 2017 Fall/Winter releases. Come see and learn how to layer and build each place setting for a most elegant (and epic!) celebration this upcoming holiday season.

Meet Carolyn Lasako, Studio Manager for Kari Rider Events, as she shares their celebrated expertise for planning your next special event. She’ll reveal how a well-curated presentation combined with a few thoughtful details can make all the difference in crafting your next memorable experience. Point of emphasis includes dressing tables with artistic calligraphy on namecards and menus.

Monteray Farms and owner Amy Wilkens will demonstrate their hands-on approach for creating the perfect centerpieces, using wildly colorful and creative floral arrangements. Come see how their expansive, farm-grown varieties can be used to tie all of the elements together within any setting, and add the finishing touches that take your special occasion to the next level. 

We will be serving hors d'oeuvres, as well as signature cocktails by Kari Rider Events, from 4-6 pm.  

Please RSVP for this event here.  We look forward to seeing you!

Once registered, you’ll be entered to win a FREE floral arrangement from Monteray Farms, as well as one FREE item from Juliska (up to $100 value), both awarded that evening.

Special Juliska discounts & GWP promotions run all day Friday & Saturday. 

Juliska Event 2016 - Karena Dixon Photography

Juliska Tablesetting. Photography by Karena Dixon.

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Juliska 

Founded in 2001, Juliska first began with an assortment of 40 historic, mouth-blown Bohemian glasses. Today, Juliska makes hundreds of items in over a dozen categories for the table and home, all inspired by the joy of bringing people together and helping create a happy home. They believe in savoring the moment, loving your life, being bold, making your own rules and always finding reasons to celebrate!

Kari Rider Events

Since 2009, Kari Rider Events has been offering a collaborative approach to event planning and design. Using strengths in management, organization and styling, their team transforms each client’s vision into a carefully designed custom event. Visit their downtown Easton, Maryland studio and showroom—a place where inspiration and hands-on collaboration unite to streamline and enhance the planning process for clients and vendors alike.

Kari Rider Events website.

Monteray Farms

Monteray Farms creates their floral bouquets and designs on the family’s farm, located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. They maintain a small, exclusive shop in order to provide a personal, hands-on experience. Their designs are known for their freshness in quality and design, using an abundance of varieties and texture. They prefer to think of their customers as friends, not jobs. Visit them by appointment only.

Monteray Farms website.

 

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Brand Focus: John Robshaw Textiles

Posted on October 03, 2017 | 0 comments

Mala Bed Collection

[Photo courtesy of John Robshaw Textiles.]

From the moment we first encountered John Robshaw’s textiles at market, we felt transported to a foreign, yet familiar place. We found ourselves swooning over the majestic elephant prints and Eastern-inspired themes, which lent themselves perfectly to everything they graced--including pillows, bed linens and stationary. A refreshing sense of “new timelessness” indicated we had found something magical, that we should embrace and share with others.

Origins

As a young painter in pursuit of his passions, John found himself traveling East seeking the perfect paint pigments for his projects. What he found was a deep connection with the local artisans he encountered and their tradition of textiles going back decades, if not centuries.

[Pictured: Unique John Robshaw block-print artwork available at www.johnrobshaw.com. Images courtesy John Robshaw Textiles.]

John fell in love with not just the natural beauty of these fabrics--including raw wool and cotton spun with loose, colorful geometric patterns--but also the time-honored production methods. He spent time with these craftsmen, learning their skills and applying their methods—particularly the process of block-printing from detailed wood carvings.

Check out our John Robshaw Textiles Pinterest board.

The Visionary Designer

Throughout the course of his international travels (which include China, India and Indonesia, among other countries), he has discovered and amassed a collection of techniques and patterns that delight his inquisitive mind and inspire his artistic heart. Mixing a variety of styles and aligning them together with his own careful twist and creative vision, he has struck a unique designer chord within himself.

John Robshaw Artisans

[Photo courtesy John Robshaw Instagram: @johnrobshaw]

John’s works display an affinity for the various histories and cultures he has become so familiar with. And he holds the highest regard for these teachers and older practitioners—whom he is inclined to utilize within the fold of his company endeavors today—for their perfectly imperfect, human touch (reference: About John Robshaw at www.johnrobshaw.com).

Products

John Robshaw Textiles

[Photo courtesy of John Robshaw Textiles.]

When admiring the wonderfully broad range of fashionable John Robshaw Textiles products, the continuity and attention to detail is unmistakable. Curved, scalloped edges define not only the elegant, fabric-adhered headboards, but also the fine stationary products as well. Thick, pulpy, recycled paper acts as the perfect canvas for holding rich, bold colors carefully applied by silkscreen or block print. Eastern themes of karma and yogi wisdom proliferate these printed materials, and indoctrinate both the giver and recipient, imbuing feelings of enlightenment and thoughtful charm.

JR Yogi Notecard

[Pictured: John Robshaw Retailer Thank You Card]

Is it possible to charge up the chakras and balance our karmic scale simply by coveting a piece of handmade fabric or paper? We’re not sure, but John Robshaw has us revisiting our feng-shui principles and pondering these ancient Eastern philosophies.

Cheers,

D&D

John Robshaw Textiles produces block printed textiles from India including bedding, wardrobe, tabletop, curtains, lounge, travel, gifts & accessories, vintage one-of-a-kind treasures, and much more.

Join us, as we feature the new Fall/Winter 2017 releases during our Bed & Bath Product Showcase.  Take 20% OFF all Matouk & John Robshaw Products.  In-store and special orders.  Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th ONLY.  Details here.

Don John Fiona

[Photo: Don Wooters & Fiona Newell Weeks of Dwelling & Design with John Robshaw at 2015 NY NOW Market.]

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Bed & Bath Product Showcase featuring Matouk & John Robshaw

Posted on October 02, 2017 | 0 comments

Come see the new Matouk & John Robshaw Fall/Winter 2017 releases!  Including Bedding, Pillows, Bath Linens and more.

Company Representative Roseanne Wilson will be in-store (Friday only) sharing product information, how-to demos and design suggestions. Learn more about how these popular textiles are made and the inspiration behind them.

Take 20% OFF all Matouk & John Robshaw Products.
In-store and special orders.


Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th ONLY.

Plus, ENTER TO WIN a John Robshaw Textiles pillow of your choice (up to $300 value)!  No purchase necessary.  Must visit store 10/6 - 10/7 to register.

Also, join us Friday evening 4-6pm, as part of downtown Easton’s First Friday festivities, for complimentary snacks & cocktails.

 

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Designers Guild New Releases & Design Demonstrations

Posted on September 05, 2017 | 0 comments

Designers Guild Event

Click here to register for this event.

On Friday, September 22 from 3-5pm we invite you to attend an Interior Design Workshop, featuring representatives from Designers Guild, and hosted by Dwelling & Design co-owners and designers Fiona Newell Weeks and Don Wooters.

Be the first to see the brand new Autumn/Winter 2017 Designers Guild releases, featuring the colorful textiles they are world-renowned for. Plus, take advantage of 20% OFF all Designers Guild products this weekend only.

Watch, listen and interact as we demonstrate these products and provide designer advice for how to use them within the home.

FREE Designers Guild gift bags ($45 value) for first 20 people in attendance (with registration). There is no cost to attend this event.

We look forward to seeing you!

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DWELLING & DESIGN MAKES DONATION TO IMAGINATION LIBRARY OF TALBOT COUNTY

Posted on August 29, 2017 | 0 comments

Imagination Library | LEE LOVES LOCAL | Dwelling & Design

(Pictured: Amy Walstrum and Francesca Wiseman of Imagination Library; Fiona Weeks and Don Wooters of Dwelling & Design.)

Dwelling & Design is pleased to announce their charitable contribution of $1,000 towards the Imagination Library of Talbot County. Funds were raised in July through their annual LEE LOVES LOCAL sale, an initiative focused on giving back to local causes, in coordination with upholstered furniture manufacturer Lee Industries. Dwelling & Design matched funds raised, bringing the total to $1K.

“The support for this cause was fantastic,” says Dwelling & Design co-owner and interior designer Don Wooters. “We hope it helps to raise awareness of this great program, and provide a little extra means for accomplishing their mission of increasing children’s literacy,” he adds.

The Imagination Library currently provides reading materials for over 1,200 children living in Talbot County, pre-school aged and younger.

“Some of the best memories we have as children and parents are reading together at an early age. It encourages learning and creativity during the important formative years, and we all want to see our children live happy, prosperous lives,” adds Fiona Newell Weeks, fellow co-owner and interior designer at Dwelling & Design.

“A little goes a long way…$25 is enough to cover one child for a year…so any charitable support we receive makes a big difference,” says Francesca Wiseman of Imagination Library. “One of the benefits is that the donation stays local, within Talbot County, so anyone who helps can really see their contributions being put to use,” she adds.

“The more books they have access to, the more successful they’ll likely become in life, as it teaches learning and comprehension from an early age,” says Amy Walstrum, volunteer for Imagination Library, who is also a 3rd grade teacher at Chapel Elementary School in Cordova, MD. “Plus, the children look forward to receiving their books through the mail, sent directly to them with their names on the label…it’s exciting and empowering.”

 

Imagination Library is an independent, non-profit organization that is solely funded through individual donations and community support. Imagination Library provides preschool-aged Talbot County children with free monthly books in an effort to encourage and foster a love of reading, thus preparing them for a successful start to school.

Dwelling & Design was established in 2007 as a partnering between fellow designers Don Wooters and Fiona Newell Weeks. Now entering their 10th year of business, they have made a successful, colorful mark with their professional design services and unique products in the home furnishings and décor realm. Dwelling & Design was recently named 2017 Small Business of the Year by the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Imagination Library of Talbot County, check out http://www.imaginationlibraryoftalbotcounty.org.

For more information on Dwelling & Design and Lee Industries furniture, visit https://dwellinganddesign.com and http://www.leeloveslocal.com.

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Dwelling & Design Awarded TCCC 2017 Outstanding Small Business of the Year

Posted on August 29, 2017 | 0 comments

TCCC 2017 Outstanding Small Business

The [Talbot County Chamber of Commerce] Chamber's 2017 Outstanding Small Business Award was given to Dwelling & Design, an interior design and home furnishing business in Easton owned by Fiona Weeks and Don Wooters. 

Chamber director Tracy Berrigan presented the award.

"Weeks and Wooters each bring their own flair and expertise to the business," Berrigan said. "It's a great combination of a unique fresh style and a classic style with a traditional twit."

"They provide personalized service from anything from designing a plan for furnishings a housewares for an entire home or an individual room," she said. Dwelling & Design employs 6 people from designers to sales associates, experts on bridal registry and marketing specialists, each with a true passion for their work," Berrigan said.

The business has a large showroom at 13 Goldsborough St., which recently expanded to include a neighboring commercial space.  The reach of its services extends to Annapolis, Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA; Philadelphia, PA; Houston, TX; and Martha's Vineyard, MA.

It also is involved with several local non-profit organizations.

"We were very surprised when we opened our doors in 2007 at the beginning of the recession," Don Wooters said about the positive response from the community.

"We just marched forward and spread our creative palette--offered all we had for consumers. We just did not turn back," he said.

"The community is such a great place for us," Fiona Weeks said. "And we feel so honored to be able to do what we love, where our passion is. Because sometimes in life you just don't get that opportunity."

[Taken from Star Democrat article by Richard Polk appearing Sunday, August 27, 2017.]

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Annual September Lee Upholstery Sale | 40-50% OFF

Posted on August 15, 2017 | 0 comments
LEE September Sale

If you've been thinking about purchasing new furniture, now is the time! 

Take 50% off ALL in-store Lee Brand Furniture

Visit our Showroom for an exciting selection of pieces featuring rich, colorful fabrics and stunning designer details...ready to take home now!

Or design your very own! 

Take an ADDITIONAL 20% OFF our ALREADY discounted Special Order pricing

Browse our Design Center and choose from a plethora of styles, fabrics, stitchings, pillows, cushions and sleeper-options.

The possibilities are endless!

For over 45 years, Lee Industries has made it their mission to create innovative, stylish, high-quality home furnishings. Always 100% made in the USA. Experience the difference!

Our Annual Lee Upholstered Furniture Sale runs Friday, September 1st thru Saturday, September 30th.

For store directions, click here.

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Trending NOW! Fall 2017 | Conversation with Designers Fiona Weeks & Don Wooters

Posted on August 15, 2017 | 0 comments

NY NOW 2017  

Ahead of the NY NOW Trade Show, Dwelling & Design co-owners and designers Fiona Newell Weeks and Don Wooters share their thoughts and insights regarding current trends in 2017 and what’s just around the corner.

Before we begin, you might be asking—what is the NY NOW Trade Show? It’s an annual event—exclusive to those within the trade—featuring 1,000+ innovative exhibitors displaying the latest home furnishings and textiles, décor, and housewares.

Who is setting the trends?

One of the first questions in regards to new and exciting ideas within the industry is—where do they originate? To which Fiona and Don both freely admit, “fashion is most often the driving force behind new home décor trends”.

Don has another insight to add…“Cosmetics,” he says, “seem to have influenced a lot of the colors being used right now.” From lighter blush tones such as dusty pink and creamy peach, to deep, provocative shades of red and purple reminiscent of lipstick, “the popular colors are getting warmer,” says Fiona.

What are the latest decorating styles?

In terms of decorating trends, “it may sound a bit cliché, but we’re seeing a lot of traditional-with-a-twist… and ‘eclectic’ is everywhere”, says Fiona. Naming several of his observations, Don says “high-end classic…English chintz…and old-world glammy glitz; people are striving for a sense of splendor within their spaces.”

Commenting specifically on furniture pieces she has seen recently, Fiona adds, “classic is always in, no matter what…and to the delight of those who prefer a little more old-fashioned flair, Victorian pieces are making a come back as well”. Complimenting this old-world charm in the textile realm, Don mentions ‘Althea’, a pattern famous for its large, colorful florals.

What will you be looking for at market?

When asked what they’ll be observing and looking for at market, they answer by pondering a question of their own—“will more manufacturing be returning to America?”, they ask. They have been monitoring global issues and say that all signs point to more goods being made within the country. “We’ll be looking for more products made in the USA,” they announce, which should be quite a refreshing development for our country’s economy moving forward.

Highlighted below are several trends they’ve noticed are hot right now or will be in the near future.

Robert Abbey Lighting

Mod Lighting (Lamps that shine, even in the daytime)

Lamps are often statement pieces—representations of both form and function. Modern and contemporary lighting, offered by companies such as Robert Abbey (seen above) and Holtkoetter, continues to push the envelope as representations of smooth sculpture, shiny space-age engineering or ultra-refined, contemporary contours. “Abstract-style lighting is very popular now, too” says Don. “While we prefer those with simple yet clever designs, we’re always excited to see the new creations in this category.”

CircaLoft Table Finishes

Natural Finishes (Well, almost.) 

“Perhaps what we mean is not totally painted”, says Fiona. As in whitewashed, distressed, or stained with any variation of color. Kind of like denim, wood is currently cool barely clothed. Wow, who knew “revealing the grain” could be so exciting! “We love the pieces currently available from companies such as CircaLoft (pictured here)”, says Fiona.

Dwellling & Design Showroom

Black & White (And the Gray areas in-between)

Gray has been the go-to alternative neutral in recent years. Now we’re seeing it more commonly include both ends of its’ spectral palette—black and white. “Any colors introduced within these spaces, including the palest of pastels, are going to show extremely well,” says Don. Also, a perfect stage for displaying black & white photography for the more monochromatic connoisseurs (as seen in our showroom setting above).

Malachite

Malachite Mania

The glowing, opulent tones of green within malachite can be mesmerizing and energizing. “This is great when used as an accent, because the colors are powerful…so you don’t need much to really add a nice punch…even as a faux pattern, it’s very effective,” explains Fiona. Examples of accessory pieces include lamps, small tables, trays, and perhaps drink coasters.

Celadon Audubon Print

Wildlife in a Domestic Setting

Living on the scenic Eastern seaboard, we’re encompassed by beauty—especially in the Chesapeake Bay area. And when it comes to decorating interior spaces, “we can’t help but surround ourselves with more of the same”, says Don. “It’s all about the wildlife. When you know what you love, go with something classic—such as graceful waterfowl artwork or a series of always-timeless Audobon Prints.”

Now, we're off to New York for market!

Cheers!

Fiona Newell Weeks 

Fiona Newell Weeks, designer and co-owner of Dwelling & Design

Don Wooters

Don Wooters, designer and co-owner of Dwelling & Design

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Julie Vos Trunk Show - September 1 & 2

Posted on August 09, 2017 | 0 comments

Julie Vos Trunk Show

Join us for two days of celebrating Julie Vos beauty & bling with our largest in-store selection ever...and we're offering a free gift with purchase (spend $250+)!  

The trunk show and incentives run all weekend (Friday & Saturday) and don't miss cocktails and hor's deouvres on Friday 3-6 pm (yes, we're staying open an extra hour!) and a little bubbly (can you say mimosas!) from 10-12 Saturday morning.  

This is a two-day-only store event, so invite a few friends and come downtown for some fun & shopping on Labor Day weekend!

Whether fancy or casual, Julie Vos jewelry is perfect for any occassion!

For store directions, click here. To browse our current online selection of Julie Vos jewelry, SHOP HERE.

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