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Color Preview 2017: Pantone’s ‘Greenery’

Posted on December 27, 2016 | 0 comments

Pantone recently announced their “Color of the Year” for 2017, entitled Greenery, and by their own admission it was a total no-brainer.  Although it may have flown slightly under the radar up until this point, once you've seen it for yourselves, its pervasiveness should quickly become evident.  Just take a moment to look around.  Serious.  We'll do it together...!

From the vantage point on this end, I immediately see a mousepad, polka-dotted seat cushion, colored paperclip and striped stationary; all shades of yellow-green and very close relatives to the appointed Greenery.  What do you see?  (Feel free to comment below.)  Perhaps a Granny Smith apple, tablet cover or tupperware lid?  Maybe you're that guy or girl with their very own in-office putting green.  Lucky you!  (Clovers are green too, btw.)

 

Pantone Greenery

 Pantone | Greenery (15-0343)

 

Undoubtedly, this was a major part in Pantone’s decision-making, as this “tone” has become such a wildly popular choice for companies and manufacturers in the past 10 years. International brands like Starbucks, BP and Holiday Inn all use some form of green in their logos. And even local companies such as Hill’s Café and their JMX juice line have used it to highlight the natural, healthy features of their products, in addition to biodegradable and recycled packaging content. It is representative of money (ca$h), go (green light) and synonymous with the eco-friendly movement.  Summed-up in the words of Laurie Pressman, VP of the Pantone Color Institute--“symbolic of the age we’re living in”.

Green Juice

In the interior design realm, one of our favorite colors has always been lime green--a very close cousin to Greenery. Over the years, we have always been compelled to work this into our home designs and store vignettes (just drive by our store windows, browse our portfolio, or peruse our Instagram feed). We find it happy and energetic, whilst also calming and restorative!

 

Showroom 2

 Store Showroom | Dwelling & Design

 

Green can be a great color year-round for its warmth and vitality, whether used primarily or accentually. It serves to bring a bit of nature indoors, and will also complement your existing potted plant life quite well. Want a pop of color that injects new life into your existing coastal-theme? Blue and green are a classic combination, and give that comfortable Polo or preppy understated-swagger to a room. It’s also not gender-specific, so it can safely be used to decorate a new baby’s nursery, whether it’s a boy or girl.

 

 

Store Showroom | Dwelling & Design

Wooters Project

Design Project | Dwelling & Design

 

Some more quotes from Laurie Pressman (VP of the Pantone Color Institute) during Pantone’s latest Color of the Year announcement:

“Green signifies the 1st sign of Spring…and compels us to express, explore and experiment.”

“Green is forward-thinking in the sense of not just eating avocados, but applying avocados.”

“It indicates self-assurance, success and happiness.”

“Green is Nature’s neutral.”

“(The color green) has been proven to slow our hearts’ production of stress hormones.”

“(Green implores us to) work in tandem with natural forces in the environment…and connect with something greater than ourselves.”

 

 Store Showroom | Dwelling & Design

 

It also stands in stark contrast to last year’s selections—Rose Quartz and Serenity. And yes, in 2016 there were two ‘Colors of the Year’ (actually, the only time since COTY’s inception in 2001 that they’ve doubled-up). But sure enough, to help carry over those colors in seamless & ingenious fashion, Pantone has offered a very useful (and attractive!) ‘Transitional Palette’. After all, it would be kind of silly and impractical to completely start over with a blank canvas each year, just to keep up with the latest trends!

 

Pantone 2017 Transitions

 Pantone | Transitions Palette 2017

 

So, needless to say, we are very excited at the prospect of utilizing this color in a broader scope, now that it is receiving even more recognition. If you are interested in adding or expounding upon this color within your own domain—we are more than eager to help you do just that!

Cheers,

Dwelling & Design

For directions to our store and design center, click here.

 

Showroom 3

Store Showroom | Dwelling & Design

John Steiner Artwork

Original Artwork by John Steiner | Dwelling & Design

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Brand Focus: Juliska

Posted on November 30, 2016 | 0 comments

 

Karena Dixon | Dwelling & Design | Juliska Event

Featuring Q & A with Juliska Sales Representative David Wunderlich

 If you haven’t visited the store recently, the showrooms at Dwelling & Design are all decked-out with seasonal flourishes for the upcoming holidays. One of the brands that has provided incredible inspiration with these decorating endeavors is Juliska and their brand new releases, which include some of the most out-of-this-world tablesettings we’ve laid eyes on. On the contrary to our over-the-moon ecstasy however, you will find that their product line centers around an intuitive old-world understanding and has established itself on a very organic and artisanal down-to-earth level.

 

At the heart of the matter

 

Whilst making plans for unveiling the new vignettes, we contacted our friend and Juliska sales representative David Wunderlich. Aside from being one of the most fun, enthusiastic and life-loving professionals we have the special privilege of knowing, he’s a design-enthusiast and has a bevy of knowledge and insight to share with anyone interested in the subject.

During a special in-store visit by David (we took him up on his offer, since we’re kind-of obsessed with this sort of thing!), he guided us through a wonderful tutorial session, providing an in-depth perspective on this innovative, yet traditional company whose popularity continues to grow. We were quite engaged during the presentation, and couldn’t help but marvel at all of the interesting details regarding Juliska’s manufacturing principles, creative processes, European-influence, and general history of commerce and evolution within this industry!

We’d like to, in turn, share some of this amazing story with you! We asked David questions about the company, as well as his excitement with design and how he channels this energy around the holidays. We hope you enjoy!

 

Discussion with David

D&D: You explained that Juliska pieces are intentionally made to be “perfectly imperfect”. Can you give us some insight into the design & thought process that founders David & Capucine Gooding use to make these creations come to life? 

DW: Well, they are on a deliberate mission. Really to create a look that celebrates imperfect beauty… with special attention paid to the details, such as subtle glazing, textures and design that gives an appearance of soulfulness. They really strive for each piece to have its own identity of sorts, and to convey very “careful qualities” – after all, each piece is made by an actual, unique human being. These are devoted artists and artisans who take a lot of pride in what they do. The finished product is a reflection of those things – each with its own priceless personality.

 Karena Dixon | Dwelling & Design | Juliska Event

D&D: Juliska dinnerware pieces are certainly gorgeous for serving… but they are also intended for baking as well! What makes them so durable and able to withstand hot oven temperatures?

DW: The attractive qualities of these pieces are beyond skin-deep. Juliska is known for seamlessly blending beautiful designs with quality functionality.  Actually, while giving the impression of being fragile or delicate, there is a very tough and resilient foundation below the surface. Allow me to try and explain…

All “fired” Juliska pieces are considered “stoneware”; and yes, this is a very specific term and it must undergo a specific process to be labeled as such. Unlike “earthenware”, whose ranks include terracotta and most pottery, the aforementioned stoneware endures higher temperatures while being fired (1100-1300 degrees Celsius), and undergoes something called ‘vitrification’ while cooling, where all of the materials combine into one. The piece is now transformed and composed of a much more durable material (i.e. harder and less “chip-able”).  

So, basically, you have the advantage of preparing, baking and serving in the same vessel (and then that same vessel can be popped into the dish washer!)  Their products inspire incredible thoughtfulness—such as—to make a batch of your favorite muffins using their muffin pan and deliver the entire “package” to a friend or family member… best when still warm from the oven!

D&D: What makes you so passionate about Juliska?

DW: First of all, because it is so relevant to everyday life. Their vast assortment of dinnerware, glassware and table accessories allow you to make everyday life more special. It stands the test of modern families, their busy schedules and is there as a reliable and comforting assurance that the moments we too-often take for granted are preserved and waiting for us at the end of the day. And when we open our homes to share with company, it adds warmth to each occasion and facilitates experiences that are memorable.

Karena Dixon | Dwelling & Design | Juliska Event

D&D: What is most rewarding about what you do?

DW: I love introducing someone new who isn’t familiar with these products, completely unaware… and brightening their day unexpectedly!  I love the success stories, like your store for instance.  It wasn’t too long ago that you were carrying just a few pieces, and now you’re displaying and selling a large part of the entire collection. And it’s events like these that allow people the opportunity to really see what Juliska offers and to partake in the experience themselves.  



Dwelling & Design | Juliska Event | Karena Dixon Photography

D&D: What is your favorite part when it comes to decorating for the holiday season?

DW: Innovation. Creativity. Presentation. I recently went to the local fabric store to find materials for decorating my house this season. I wanted to create beautiful curtains that acted as backdrops for the holiday festivities. And I suddenly saw things from the perspective of being a “stage”… so I was “setting the stage”, so-to-speak, for all of these wonderful things to transpire.  And I view entertaining almost as a performance. It is definitely an artform in its own right.

Dwelling & Design | Juliska Event | Karena Dixon Photography 

Holiday Cheers,

Dwelling & Design

 

Photography | Karena Dixon Photography

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To continue the conversation and learn more about Juliska, please visit us at Dwelling & Design. We’ll give you that hands-on experience and show you a great selection of products they offer, including tablesettings essentials (stoneware, glassware, flatware and textiles) as well as functional décor and fine lighting options.

Juliska is guided by the phrase “L’Amour et Savoir Vivre”; meaning “Love the art of living well”.  We look forward to collectively helping you enjoy the holiday season and beyond!

   

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September Furniture Sale

Posted on August 31, 2016 | 0 comments

It's that time of year again!  Starting Labor Day Weekend, save BIG on LEE Upholstered Furniture.  Prices too low to advertise! 

Sale runs the entire month of September and applies to only LEE Brand Furniture.  Discount on in-stock items as well as special orders.  

Visit our showrooms and Design Center to view all of your options: size, fabric, style, stitching, and so many more details!  Meet with one of our designers to create a custom piece, perfect for your home, apartment or office.

For more details, visit Dwelling & Design in Easton, MD or contact us here.  Store Hours are Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm.  

Dwelling & Design Showroom September 2016

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What's Up Eastern Shore - 'Best of 2016'

Posted on June 07, 2016 | 0 comments

Dwelling & Design is pleased to be the recipient of What's Up Eastern Shore Magazine's 'Best of 2016' award for "Best Home Decorating Store".  

This is determined by YOUR votes and positive feedback, so we want to say THANK YOU!!!

We have accomplished a lot in the past year -- expanding the store and design center, and constructing a brand-new showroom.  Our loyal customers and incredible staff have gotten us thru all of the growing pains, helped our "new" store thrive, and we couldn't be more grateful.

Thank you!

Don Wooters & Fiona Newell Weeks

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