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Table Decorating Ideas for the Holidays

Posted on December 11, 2018 | 0 comments

Seeing what our designers do year-round is pretty spectacular. When it comes time for the holidays, it seems like they always have a little extra inspiration to add to make the setting wow-worthy. Here are a few ideas they shared for setting the table, whether it be more traditional, injecting a little coastal flair, or imagining something all your own. The important part--get creative (yourself, kids, parents, everyone) and have fun.

Experiment with color. Try integrating blue & white for a refreshingly cool, coastal look. Or pick your favorite color--you can even take turns each year deciding--and work around that scheme, bringing out your inner interior designer.

Local foraging. Trimmings from holly trees with lovely dark green leaves and bright red berries. Pine branches for garlands and wreaths. Pinecones. Shells, seaglass and driftwood for bringing in that beach inspiration.

Add extra Eastern Shore flair with deer antlers. Yes, we said it. Embrace the outdoors!

Light things up. Not only will candles add a feeling of warmth, but the playful dance of a flame often inspires conversation. Use hurricane vases to protect the garland, etc. and ensure the kids don’t burn down the house.

Another alternative: battery-powered LED lighting, woven into a table wreath or garland.

Placemats. Go colorful and creative with placemats gold or plaid (see page 14 of our Gift Catalog).  Or if simplicity is the aim, materials like burlap add an inexpensive, textural element (and can easily be repurposed), while letting the other more colorful elements sing.

Another idea: see Juliska’s Sentimental Tidbits plates (page 25 of Gift Catalog)

Fresh fruit. Decorate with colorful, fresh fruit and you won’t have to worry about packing these away after the New Year! An easy grab and healthy alternative to satisfying those sweet cravings. Pears and citrus are particularly delectable this time of year!

Personal placesettings. Use stamps and stickers on folded, blank stationary. Use those carefully-honed calligraphy skills, or let the kids do the honors (sure to be good for some laughs afterwards). 

Play a game around the table, like everyone taking turns explaining what they’re ‘most thankful for this year’, or sharing an all-time favorite holiday memory.

Bonus post-meal idea: Hot Chocolate Bar. Place personalized mugs around the table, inviting everyone for a warm cup of cocoa. Bar options may include candy canes, cinnamon sticks and eggnog. Adults can add a splash of coffee or Bailey’s to take things up a notch. Cheers!

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Dwelling & Design Helps with TCYP 'Toys For Tots' Parade Float

Posted on November 29, 2018 | 0 comments

Nicholas Tindall, PR Manager for Dwelling & Design, and local artist, helped the Talbot Country Young Professionals paint the 'Toys For Tots' float, which will be in the Easton Holiday Parade this year. The parade will take place in downtown Easton on Saturday, December 1 from 6pm to 8:30pm.

Toys For Tots is an annual initiative sponsored by the Talbot County Young Professionals each year ahead of the holidays. This year marks 15 years that TCYP has spearheaded this project on a local level. It is their goal, working with local businesses, to provide toys for children and families who are in need. Last year's initiative, culminating in the Toys For Tots Luncheon (click here to register), brought in around 2,500 toys and thousands of dollars in donations.

The Talbot County Young Professionals, part of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, offers local young professionals opportunities to network and socialize with like-minded individuals. 

Special thanks to Fred Frederick Jeep/Ram for their accommodations with providing a workspace and housing the float.

Toys For Tots

Toys For Tots

Toys For Tots

Toys For Tots

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2018 Catalog / Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on November 15, 2018 | 0 comments

Blues, birds and boats are just a few of our favorite things!

We invite you to check out, 'A Coastal Christmas', our 2018 Catalog / Holiday Gift Guide with over 25 pages of incredible designer items for the home. Be inspired to find the perfect gifts in categories like Home Decor and Diningware, as well as Bed & Bath, Eastern Shore Style, Jewelry and more.

So inspiring are our Coastal surroundings, we’re embracing them for the holiday season!

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New Fall Collections

Posted on October 03, 2018 | 0 comments

Fall Collections | Dwelling & Design

Fall is officially here, and so are a slew of new collections from our favorite designer brands. Bold and colorful are definitely leading the way, with brands like Stray Dog Designs, Julie Vos and Designers Guild making statements and finishing the end of year in dramatic fashion.

If more neutral palettes are your jam, have no fear, for there are exciting additions in this department as well. Eloquence, with their charming shabby-chic and French antique reproductions (hint: we just got a new shipment in!), is a company you’ll be hearing a lot more about in the future (i.e. stay tuned for a Brand Focus). And with the upcoming holidays, Juliska once again adds those extra special touches for making it a memorable occasion with fam and friends.

Artemis Cabinet | Eloquence


Using found antiques for inspiration, Eloquence has designed these new pieces to exist comfortably amongst any setting. Charming, shabby-chic, but uniquely their own, these classic pieces have been re-imagined to bring simple luxury and joy to your home.

In-stock we currently have a selection of tables, chairs, cabinets and consoles.

Photo courtesy of Eloquence


Quilts by John Robshaw


How much do you love the old-fashioned feels of hand-knitted quilts? John Robshaw has brilliantly updated this favorite blanket style with his fresh designs. Paying homage to a homemade tradition with handmade craftsmanship ensures each piece is special and unique.

Photo courtesy of John Robshaw

Deer Laurel Tray | Jayes Studio


Simultaneously eclectic and handsome, the new trays from Jayes Studio have us feeling all warm, happy and ready to embrace the season! Choose from several styles. We’re loving the Deer Laurel Tray, with its Eastern Shore flavor.

Photo courtesy of Jayes Studio

Throws by Designers Guild


The new Designers Guild throws include rich textures, playful patterns and stunning colors. Wool throws are perfect for the sofa and chairs in the living room, while linen and cotton bed throws will add sumptuous style to the bedroom.

Photo courtesy of Designers Guild

Luxor Collection | Julie Vos


The holidays just may come early this year with breathtaking new jewelry collections from Julie Vos. The detailed, daintiness of Florentine and the boldness of Luxor add to the diversity of this hot-selling NY-based designer company.


Photo courtesy of Julie Vos

Pendant Lighting | Stray Dog Designs


After much anticipation, Stray Dog Designs recently unveiled their new collection of lighting products. Including lamps, pendant lighting, sconces and chandeliers. Introducing several new signature Benjamin Moore colors to the palette, these are some of their most wildly creative home accessories to date!

Photo courtesy of Stray Dog Designs

Nautical Art Reproductions


Surround yourself with unforgettable coastal scenery captured and conveyed in our latest selection of nautical artwork reproductions. Colorful compositions in both small and large scale sizes.

Call or visit the store for sizes and pricing.

Fall Arrivals | Juliska


Juliska knows how to set the tone for celebrating the season. New additions, including the stylish Emerson and nature-inspired Forest Walk, make the entire dining experience—from preparation to presentation—seamless, and a memorable tradition to be shared with friends and family.

Photo courtesy of Juliska

In addition to these new collections for Fall, we’re heading to High Point Market next week to seek out more wonderful things we'll have in-store by the end of the year. Stay tuned for more and be sure to visit us soon!

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Blue Line Pillow Sale

Posted on September 24, 2018 | 0 comments

Huge savings on amazing designer brand pillows during our Blue Line Sale! Choose from Designers Guild, Christian LeCroix, Ryan Studio, Dana Gibson and more! 

Take 75% OFF select pillows marked with blue line, while supplies last. Browse and click pictures below for available items and information. While supplies last!

Dwelling & Design | Blue Line Pillow Sale 1

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Plus, more! For purchases, visit the showroom, call the store 410.822.2211 or email info@dwellinganddesign.com.

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Labor Day Essentials

Posted on August 28, 2018 | 0 comments


Sometimes it only takes one or two items to create a theme, complete a spread, and elevate the entire party. Combining casual and classy—perfect for your Summer send-off celebrations!

Julie Vos Jewelry


Shop new collections including Catalina, Florentine and Valencia by Julie Vos. Whether fancy or casual, perfect for any occasion!

Photo courtesy of Julie Vos.

Juliska Al Fresco


Enjoy carefree outdoor entertaining with the Al Fresco collections by Juliska. Made of melamine and acrylic, this is where durability meets design!

Photo courtesy of Juliska.

Designers Guild Towels


Whether hitting the beach, lounging by the pool, or stocking extra towels for house guests, these colorful towels are exactly what you want.

Photo courtesy of Designers Guild.

Paper Lanterns TC Company


A fun and easy way to add ambiance to any gathering, inside or out! Package contains 3 different lanterns with assorted patterns and sizes.

Photo courtesy of TC Company.

August Cocktail Napkins


A splash of humor (and sophistication) to go with your cocktail. Plus, extra points for conscientiousness in using cotton napkins that are reusable!

Photo courtesy of August Organ.

Jaye's Studio Placemats


Your guests will be drawn to these handpainted metal placemats like a magnet! Articulate your table settings with different colors and designs. As seen in the latest issue of Traditional Home magazine.

Photo courtesy of Jaye's Studio.


Jute Bags TC Company


Coastal-themed jute bags perfect for carrying all of the Labor Day essentials!

Photo courtesy of TC Company.

Have a fantastic Labor Day Weekend!  Be safe!


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Project Focus: The Dixon House

Posted on August 01, 2018 | 1 comment

Quietly nestled in downtown Easton is an establishment with a reputation for outstanding elderly care. Ascending the steps of the spacious front porch and entering through the front door, you’ll be greeted with welcoming smiles on the faces of everyone you encounter at The Dixon House, both residents and staff alike.

There is a sense of pride and optimism at The Dixon House—attributes which have long endured since the doors first opened in 1910. “It’s always been group housing, and it’s continuing to serve that purpose,” says Linda Elben, executive director of The Dixon House. “We feel it is our duty to carry on the tradition of hospitality within this building. That includes providing a family-like atmosphere, and comfortable facilities and surroundings.”

To that end, as of late last year, the establishment underwent an entire first-floor interior design renovation. Don Wooters of Dwelling & Design was hired to help guide the project in the right direction. ‘Rejuvenation’ might be a better description, with all-new wallpapering, carpeting, light fixtures and furniture adorning the facility.

Dixon House Lobby

Lobby Seating Area

Entry Chandelier

“We designed and decorated in a colorful, transitional style, that was both mindful of the residents and in keeping with the nature of the building. We were able to accomplish a look that is manor-like rather than commercial or institutional, ” commented Don Wooters, interior designer and co-owner of Dwelling & Design.

Dining Room


Moving forward, “significant effort was made in updating it to compete and keep up with newer facilities on the Shore,” adds Wooters. Areas of the facility receiving the new interior design treatment include: lobby/seating area, dining room, "Day" room, central hallways, business offices, wellness center and salon. 


Dixon House Salon

"Dwelling & Design did a wonderful job maintaining the old Victorian feel of the house with the designs and colors that were chosen," comments Linda Elben. “We feel that this is really the closest to home that someone can be in the later stages of life.”

"There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction working on a project like this," says Wooters. "We are grateful to have worked with this exemplary local establishment and hope that its residents and employees enjoy the benefits of their surroundings for many years to come."


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Before & After Photos:

Dining Room 

Business Office


Wellness Center


Project Design Renderings:

"Dining Room"

"Day Room"


Additional ‘Dixon House’ Article links:

The Talbot Spy (November 28, 2017)

Senior Nation: Updating Dixon House with Residents in Mind

The Talbot Spy (August 8, 2017)

Senior Life: Dixon House on the Trail

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8 Attractive Indoor/Outdoor Fabrics for the Active Household

Posted on June 26, 2018 | 0 comments

We want it all. The style and luxury of the finest woven fabrics. But that's not nearly enough. We want spill-resistance, like in those “glass of red wine” commercials. And we need to be able to leave our furniture outside in the elements for a week and have it still look as good as when it first left the factory.  

Ok, what else? How about able to endure 50,000 double-rubs with 1,500 hours of lightfastness. Is that asking too much?

Good news—these demanding requirements are practically becoming the norm nowadays. Technology is rapidly advancing in the textiles industry too. Companies realize the investment made in furniture by consumers with children and pets (adults can be hard on furniture too, admit it!) and that they need it to hold up under all sorts of precarious situations. In other words, hope for the best but definitely be prepared for the worst!

So yes, we can have our cupcake and eat it too, and easily clean the icing off the cushions. No biggie.

Here’s a collection of 8 different indoor/outdoor options that we think are pretty attractive—not only for their patterns—but for the priceless peace of mind they offer in addition.

(Disclaimer: All of the following fabric samples are rated for indoor/outdoor use. However, please consult individual fabric specifications for durability ratings and recommended usage. All photos courtesy of respective designers.)

Holly Hunt | Vinyasa, Golden Sun

Holly Hunt | Vinyasa, Golden Sun

With a sterling reputation and impeccable taste, Holly Hunt continues to shine across the interior design realm, and Golden Sun is the perfect example of that.

Content: 100% solution-dyed acrylic

Specs: Stocked with stain repellant finish; kid-proof; easy to clean; non-fade.

Pindler | Pescador, Haze

Pindler | Pescador, Haze

From Pindler’s Sunbelievable Collection (love that name!). We also love their subdued sense of style that hits all the right notes.

Content: 61% solution dyed all-weather acrylic; 39% solution dyed poly exclusive design

Specs: Mildew & fade resistant; soil & stain resistant; 50,000 double rubs; 1500 hours lightfastness.

Fabricut | Bella Dura

FABRICUT | Bella Dura, Maggie, Azalea 

This whimsical, geometrical pattern is begging to be paired with other design elements and decor accessories (mountains, wind chimes, etc.). 

Content: 100% Bella Dura 

Specs: Indoor/outdoor; water, soil & stain repellant finish; mildew resistant; 1,500 hours light fastness; exceeds 65,000 Double Rubs (Wyzenbeek Method); 5 year warranty; exclusive pattern. (#fabricutfind)

Thibaut | Oasis, Spa Blue

Thibaut | Oasis, Spa Blue

This woven graphic adds just enough interest and texture while retaining all of the soothing and calm qualities desired.

Content: 100% Sunbrella acrylic

Specs: Proprietary water and stain repellent finish.

Perennials | French Lilac Fabric

PERENNIALS – Go To Stripe, French Lilac Fabric

Absolutely in love with this dreamy, classic French stripe. The definition of timeless.

Content: 100% solution-dyed acrylic

Specs: Indoor/outdoor; Perennials NanoSeal Finish.

Schumacher | Sarong Weave

Schumacher | Sarong Weave, Grey

This block-print inspired, tiny quatrefoile pattern has style and comfort written all over it.

Content: 100% solution-dyed acrylic

Specs: Indoor/outdoor; 6 year lightfastness.

Kravet | Ritme Marine

Kravet | Ritme, Marine

This fun, bohemian-inspired design will work beautifully in any outdoor (or indoor) setting.

Content: 100% Polyolefin

Specs: Indoor/outdoor; water repellent & stain release finish; 50,000 double rubs.


Lee | Novo Natural


Soft neutrals and subtle navy stripes given a distressed treatment. What’s not to love?

Content: 95% Polyester, 5% Olefin

Specs: Outdoor/indoor; stain & fade resistant; 33,000 double rubs; eco-friendly. 

Btw, this is an extremely small sample size! It was incredibly difficult to choose from everything that is out there, but so much fun too. For more, check out our Indoor/Outdoor Fabrics Pinterest page, and of course stop by the store and design center. We can help navigate, if you need it :)



P. S. Need more Summer inspiration? Check out our Styles Inspired by the Outdoors.

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Top 5 Favorite Pieces by Stray Dog Designs

Posted on June 20, 2018 | 0 comments

Stray Dog Designs are immediately recognizable for their fun, eclectic creations in bold, juicy colors. If you've been to our store, seen them in magazines, or own a few pieces already, you know exactly what we're talking about! Here are our 5 favorite pieces by Stray Dog Designs:

Paulina Otomi Pendant

Paulina Otomi Pendant

We love everything about this. The handwoven shade. The thought put into each detail . And the colors, of course. It’s pure handmade beauty.

Billy Goat Side Table

Billy Goat Side Table

What's not to love about this table? The definition of a conversation piece. Gold leaf top to boot!

Joe Weeks Table

Joe Weeks Table

It’s named after our own Fiona's husband Joe! He’s cool like that. And so are Billy and Jane and the crew.

Aly Floor Lamp

Aly Floor Lamp

What do you see everywhere on the Eastern Shore, aside from water? Fields. With corn stalks (or soybeans). It’s part of who we are.

Crab by Stray Dog Designs


Got crabs? Perhaps the single most iconic element on the Shore. And a Dwelling & Design retail exclusive (not available online)!

For more information about this amazing company, read our Brand Focus: Stray Dog Designs, including interview with co-founder and lead designer Jane Gray.

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Brand Focus: Stray Dog Designs

Posted on June 18, 2018 | 3 comments

Glance around the shop and one of the first things you’ll instantly recognize are the colorful creations of Stray Dog Designs. Papier-mâché animal sculptures and nature-inspired home decor dot the periphery with their exuberant presence. You may even spot a large blue crab (although it may not necessarily be blue—perhaps lime green or hot pink!) crawling across a chair or sofa, made exclusively by them for our store here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Beginning as “a collision of free spirits”—including man, woman and dog—Stray Dog Designs have dedicated their time and space in the universe to creating and bringing joy to those around them. Back in the 1990’s, Bill & Jane fell fast in love, eagerly got hitched, and soon met someone who would forever change their lives—La Princessa. This homeless, loveable canine became their adopted first child and also the inspiration for the company to-be.

Family Photo | Stray Dog Designs

Jane, Billy, and the Pritchard family.

While this may be a hasty and inadequate summation of their backstory, they are modest by nature and quick to heap praise upon those around them. These include family and employees in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as well as their "family" of artisans residing in Mexico whom bring a deep sense of culture and craftsmanship to the endeavor. Since day one, they have always expressed their gratitude in having us as a retail partner (we're just as grateful!) and personally handle every inquiry we've ever had.

Stray Dog Postcard

Heck, they even sell a piece of furniture named after Fiona's husband--"The Joe Weeks Table". True story!

We were excited to have the opportunity of asking co-founder and lead designer Jane Gray a few questions about their company, philosophy and general outlook in the design industry. We hope you enjoy this insightful interview, including a few sketches of new product designs by Jane.

Hi Jane! So what are some of your main sources for inspiration?

Inspiration can come from anything, anywhere at anytime. I could be struck by the graphic on a box of cereal or really any type of random nonsense..... but my main source of inspiration is, and has always been, nature. I love a walk in the woods. I love a weed, a weirdly shaped seed pod, a delicate and perfect spring bloom like a snow drop or hyacinth. Trees almost kill me with their beauty (not to mention their pollen ). Creeping caterpillars, twittering birds and hens with their bob-headed trot, cabbages and corn stalks appearing in the garden, etc, etc....I am captivated and inspired by almost everything in the day to day world immediately outside my door.  And travel is also hugely inspirational. Museums, magazines and social media, as well. I'm not a Pinterest stalker or much of a Facebook person but I regularly look at instagram. When my kids' were small, children's books influenced a lot of my designs. 

(Follow Stray Dog Designs on Instagram: @straydogdesigns)

Design sketch, Goose-neck desk lamp by Jane Gray

How do you choose your vibrant and iconic, colorful shades?

I just like a bright, happy punch of color. There is so much gray and beige and tasteful tan out there in the interiors world I think a good pop of cheer here and there is necessary (or, at least, it is for me;)

In an industry that can take itself so seriously, how do you maintain your sense of humor?

Take myself seriously? How could I? Look at my work. I'm never sure why anyone in our industry takes themselves too seriously, for that matter.....we are all in the DESIGN business for heaven's sake. We are not going to cure cancer or end world hunger or provide relief to the suffering in war torn countries with our clever seating arrangements, adorable throw pillows and fabulous light fixtures. And besides... a sense of humor is key. What would we do in this world if we couldn't laugh at ourselves every now and again?

Design sketch, Metal wire sculpture Acorn pendant by Jane Gray

Can you briefly tell us about the skilled artisans who hand craft your items?

Yes, that I can. We work with a lovely group of people in San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico, (a delightfully beautiful colonial town that you should make a point of visiting if you have never been.) The majority of our workshop crew have been with us for twenty years or more. They are hardworking, fun loving, creative problem solvers and naturally artistic. We also use independent artisans around town for some of our work, which allows mothers the flexibility of working out of their own houses at their own pace without sacrificing time with their families.

Can you tell us about any new items we might see in 2018 or down the road?

Yes! We have loads of introductions to roll out this year. We previewed a couple of faves on Insta and got lots of great feedback. We have several new lamp bases in tole, iron and papier mache, we are going to have some new hand painted paper shades and are working hard on rolling out screen printed paper shades, as well. There are several new hanging lights that we are excited about and at least, 5 or 6 new wall sconces. Our lighting category has been far and away our best selling division for the last few years so we really focused there. 

Design sketch, Cone Flower ceiling light by Jane Gray

What do you hope to instill in your children (or anyone else, for that matter!), as a very family-based and conscientious companies?

Work hard...but not so hard that you neglect your family and friends. treat your co-workers, employees and clients with respect and kindness. Have fun...if you don't enjoy your work that is bound to negatively affect other areas of your life. Don't be greedy...the majority of our society's most pressing and acute ills are greed driven, in my opinion. Clearly, I don't have any earth shattering wisdom to impart....it all circles back to what we learned in pre-school. Follow the golden rule, share well with others, and let your light shine!

A couple other cool things to note about Stray Dog Designs: 

    • They use a palette of nine colors--all eco-friendly, low VOC paints by Benjamin Moore.
    • Use recycled and recyclable materials whenever possible.
    • They donate a portion of every sale to organizations that improve lives--both human and animal--through their Stray Giving Program.
    • Check out their other Core Company Principles.

Now can you see why we love this company so much?  Not only are they charming and fun, they're positively setting a conscientious example for operating a business in the 21st century.  



Check out our Top 5 Favorite pieces by Stray Dog Designs.

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