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!


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Posted on June 28, 2017 | 0 comments

In the spirit of independence and the opportunity to pursue our dreams (we love what we do, and thank you for allowing us to do that!), we're celebrating by discounting everything storewide this weekend.

Need a few things for entertaining this weekend?  Come in and take a cool, refreshing breath while browsing our latest designer selection of serving trays, bar carts, cocktail recipe books, placemats and table linens... 

...We also have the newly released Al Fresco Melamine dinnerware from Juliska in-stock!  Perfect for entertaining indoors and out (check out the promo video here)!  

Find relaxation amongst indoor/outdoor pillows from Designers Guild, fun summer sheets (and robes!) by Matouk, artisan furniture by Bunakara, colorfully hand-painted accessories from Dana Gibson Designs and standout Julie Vos jewelry -- perfect for celebrating the joy of sunshine and summertime!

 Thursday, June 29th thru Monday, July 3rd

Take 20% OFF Storewide. 

Visit our store and showroom 

*Store will be closed Sunday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 4.*  

And SHOP ONLINE anytime


use checkout code 'JULY4' (good thru July 4)

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Juliska Summer Release - Introducing Al Fresco Melamine!

Posted on June 14, 2017 | 0 comments

From their Al Fresco Collection, this new melamine dinnerware was made with the adventurous entertainer in mind.  Durability meets design with the iconic Berry & Thread motif allowing you to seamlessly entertain indoors and out.


  • Available in Colorful, Neutral (Off-White) designs
  • Dinner Plate & Salad/Dessert plate sizes
  • Clear Glasses also available for pre-order
  • Outdoors, Child & Animal friendly
  • Made of Melamine, BPA Free
  • Dishwasher safe, top shelf recommended
  • Imported


**View and purchase NEW Juliska Al Fresco Melamine items in our ONLINE STORE.**


And check out the Juliska promo video below:


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Ideas & Inspiration: Outdoor Settings Pt. 1

Posted on May 25, 2017 | 0 comments

Since it's that sunshine-celebrating time of year, we thought we’d explore some of the most exciting and practical ways to transform your outdoor area into "party central", "relaxation station", or whatever vibe you might be going for.  Whether pool-front, waterfront, green-grassy acres or garden bonanza, there are plenty of options to enhance and optimize your exterior spread.

[Photograph © Fiona Newell Weeks]

We're talking about woven all-weather wicker, ethically-harvested teak frames, heirloom-worthy aluminum, versatile “grid” geometric seating, illuminating lanterns, Parasol canopies, palm planter boxes, hard-as-nails ceramic table tops, retro chaise-on-wheels, and peanut tables, just to name a few.  

Any of those strike your fancy...or at least pique your curiosity, even if you don’t know what they are?

You're probably thinking, "I’m familiar with wicker...and I’ve always wanted a ceramic-topped table!  But, parasite canopies…? We hired a guy to spray for mosquitoes, so we shouldn’t be needing one of those...”

Hold on, we said parasol canopies, silly!  Those lifesaving umbrella-type things that protect you from frying or going blind when you’re outside eating lunch on a warm and sunny day.  That all came out a little fast, but there is a lot you need to know before making any outdoor furniture decisions this season! 

[Photograph © Gloster]

Woven All-Weather Wicker

This isn't wicker from grandma’s generation, although the “hand-crafted” part still applies.  These pieces feature lightweight, corrosion resistant powder coated aluminum frames clad in the highest quality manufactured fibre.  Soft to the touch, this remarkable polyethylene material is completely weatherproof and resistant to both tears and UV light (as Gloster puts it best in their portfolio catalogue).  Whew, and I thought we were long winded.  Come in-store to discover more about this traditional-looking wicker furniture that uses the latest outdoor materials and technology.  Also, we'll show you more of the styles and options they offer -- and just like all of the words they/we try to cram into our sentences -- we assure you it’s a lot.  

Ethically-harvested Teak Furniture. 

We work with companies, such as the aforementioned Gloster, who harvest their hardwood from carefully managed plantations, keeping a close & caring eye on all phases of production.  Literally, they only fell trees they themselves have planted (an average 50 years prior).  What?!  (We are impressed too.)  By allowing the trees to reach a certain level of maturity, this ensures that the wood develops all of the inherent properties, including “high natural oil content, hard-wearing, highly resistant to rotting and almost impervious to the effects of sun, rain, frost or snow.”  Their knowledge and professional discipline is on-point.

[Photograph © Fiona Newell Weeks]

Heirloom-Worthy Aluminum. 

And here we have another company making a bold claim and doing absolutely everything to back it up.  “Guaranteed for life… we want our furniture to become heirlooms”, states McKinnon and Harris, manufacturers of some of the most gorgeous metal-framed furniture we’ve seen, and are lucky enough to offer.  Industrial paint-finishes can be a designer’s worst nightmare (i.e. Orange Peel may work as a hip band name, but not so much for painted surfaces).  On the other hand, what you witness with McKinnon and Harris is smooth elegance personified -- like buttercream frosting on your favorite cake.

[Photograph © Gloster]

Grid Geometric Seating. 

Do you covet versatility...pieces that can easily be rearranged or reimagined depending on company, mood or season? 

As we’ve said before, we know many ways you can have your dessert and eat it too.  Unlike your typical, overstuffed living room sectional (these are on a leaner, meaner diet) “GRID” geometric seating allows you to change your outdoor furniture arrangements with different lounge combinations of sofa/chair/table/etc.  So. Many. Possibilities.

Tune in next week for a focus on outdoor fabrics, plus much more!  




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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


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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