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Ideas & Inspiration: Outdoor Settings Pt. 2

Posted on May 25, 2017 | 0 comments

In the last segment we ran through a variety of options for planning your outdoor spread, highlighting furniture pieces made by some of the top manufacturers in the world. We also discussed materials and guiding principles utilized in the production of these thoughtful, well-made products.

For this next installment, we’ll showcase a few more options  -- including supplemental tables, durable fabrics and fun accessories -- to round out the entire project.  

(Hint: If you really want your deck or patio to stand out, this is where we discuss the cool stuff.)

 

 

[Photograph © Janus et Cie 2016.]

Chaise Lounge. We should have included this in part one, but ran out of time (or perhaps forgot!). Anyway, we now have a chance to give this item it’s own special due. We know how near & dear these are to the sunbathers out there!

Let’s face it, chaise lounges are always calling, beckoning you to come chill by the poolside.  It's pretty much impossible not to sit down or lean back on one.  Some are retro-cool with features that hearken back to the 60’s era, while others are more elegant with updated contemporary styling. Either way, these are outdoor staples sure to be one of your most used & enjoyed items.

 

Lexington Tommy Bahama Cafe Table

[Photograph © Lexington 2016.] 

Café Tables.

Do you cherish that intimate outside setting for you and a friend to sip iced tea over lunch, or begin the day having breakfast & coffee with your significant other? Look no further than the legendary Café table (and chairs). This one is self-explanatory, but there are a couple things to keep in mind…

The cheaper versions are often narrow and less than sturdy, while the well-made ones will ensure you are comfortable for the duration of your meal and conversation afterwards, at the very least. Play it safe & smart. No chair collapses or table tumbles on our watch, please. (We hate the awkwardness of checking to make sure the other person’s okay, but really wanting to laugh instead!)

 

 Gloster Bar Cart

[Photograph © Gloster 2016.]

Other Tables (besides coffee, cafe' & side tables)

This is where you can really start making some headway by both adding to your basic spread, and having everything conveniently at your fingertips when it comes time for entertaining.

Save yourself the hustle of running inside to refresh drinks by having a beverage cart within arm’s reach. We think this is a no brainer! Right?! Serving food? Get yourself a handsome and practical buffet or serving table that will leave all of your other surfaces free & clear for their intended use. Utilize the secondary shelf below to stow extra servingware; and this also makes a nice out-of-the-way spot for your bluetooth speaker.

 

Tucci Hammock

[Photograph © Tucci 2016.]

The Cozy Elements.

Nice afternoon hammock nap anyone? Just like the aforementioned chaise lounge -- you know you want to! Whether standing or strung between two trees, nothing allows for more peaceful relaxation and tuning-out, while simultaneously tuning-in to the sweet sounds and gentle rhythms of nature. Single or multiple person sizes available, depending on if you want to share or not!

 Once you have all of the major & minor bones in place, you’ll perhaps want to finish with accessories that tie it all together and really make it feel like home. This is where area rugs truly shine and import “that indoor feeling” to a place outside of those 4 walls. Several of the product lines we carry, including those from Perennials, have captured the best-of-both-worlds in their look, feel and functionality. When considering these items as investments (as you should), and factoring-in longevity, read this quote from Perennials product catalog:

 "(Their) selection of made-to-order luxury performance rugs (are) specifically designed to resist mildew and fading while keeping a luxurious feeling underfoot. Perennials rugs are made of 100% solution-dyed acrylic yarns, meaning they are as durable as they are beautiful.” There you have it, straight from the horse's mouth.

Brown Jordan Fireplace

[Photograph © Brown Jordan.]

Fire pits… lanterns… planter boxes?

Suffice to say, you can put as little or as much thought and expense into your outdoor area as you so desire. We provide you with product lines & options (as many as humanly possible), and offer help with decisions and design… the rest is up to you!

And lastly… FABRICS!!! 

To preference (if you weren't aware), most furniture manufacturers have their own lines of fabrics nowadays. These are going to be your most cost-effective options and also what the company thinks will pair best with their designs. We usually start here first, and browse what they have to offer; if there is something different or more particular you require, we have a plethora of available options past that. What we’re trying to say is… no matter what, we’ve got your cushions covered.

One of, if not the first, names in indoor/outdoor fabric that pops in everyone’s mind is Sunbrella. Let us inform you that we have personally experimented ourselves with the durability and “cleanup-ability” of Sunbrella fabrics, and it amazes us how something can be so soft & tough at the same time. We give it our seal-of-approval for following thru on their performance promises. In fact, Sunbrella is “the #1 trusted name in marine fabric”, so they certainly have the chops in the outdoor arena. And with thousands of choices, you can’t go wrong there.

Not to be outdone, all of our fabric lines have indoor/outdoor options that are both tough and beautiful.  Notables names include: Thibaut, Décor de Paris, Scalamandre, and Kravet Soleil.

One of our faves is Bella-Dura, who have “developed (a) response to the industry’s demand for an upholstery fabric that literally outperforms (on all levels)”. They’re an impressive company who has won multiple ‘Best of Year’ awards from Interior Design magazine. To catch a glimpse of their products in action, click here

Thanks for reading our two-part blog on outdoor settings. When it comes to decorating your home, we strive to give you the best products available, made by companies who love what they do, to make sure you are completely satisfied (hopefully thrilled!) with your design project!

To browse more available options online, check out the Outdoor Settings board on our Pinterest page.

See you soon,

D&D

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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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NY NOW Gift Show Recap

Posted on August 31, 2016 | 0 comments

Last week, Fiona, Don and Mindie attended the NY NOW Gift Show in -- you guessed it -- New York City!

During this annual event, their goal is to seek out new items for the Fall, as well as upcoming holiday season. As usual, they were in luck and discovered lots of amazing pieces and products.

NY NOW Gift Show 2016

While reluctant to disclose everything they purchased (they enjoy the surprise factor of waiting to reveal new items in-store), they did mention a few things they are excited to receive, including new Julie Vos Jewelry, Juliska Housewares, John Robshaw Textiles and new lighting products. They look forward to sharing these items with you in the near future.

(To be notified when new items arrive, sign-up for our preferred email list here.)

Included are photos taken on the trip of some of the fun and exciting pieces they came across. Enjoy!

NY NOW Gift Show 2016

NY NOW Gift Show 2016

NY NOW Gift Show 2016

NY NOW Gift Show 2016

NY NOW Gift Show 2016

 

NY NOW Gift Show 2016

NY NOW Gift Show 2016

And last but not least, they met a new friend while on their adventure... and his name is Pierre!  

NY NOW Gift Show 2016

They already miss this adorable little guy.  Until next time!

Cheers,

D & D

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Brand Focus: Bunakara

Posted on August 04, 2016 | 0 comments

Featuring Q & A with Bunakara owner/designer Joana Aranha and company architect Marta Aranha.

All photographs courtesy of Bunakara.

Bunakara furniture catalog picture #1

For each installment of “Brand Focus,” we highlight one of the amazing manufacturers and their products offered here at Dwelling & Design. This month, we are excited to tell you all about Bunakara, a hot new company set to take the design world by storm with its current collection of home furnishings. Inspired by knowledge, traditions and emotions of the past -- combined with present inspiration and their own unique vision – they produce pieces that can’t be found anywhere else.

In fact, “not be found” has become a tagline for the company, and motivation for creating their one-of-a-kind products. Look closely at some of the pieces (shhhh it’s a secret… unzip one of their pillow cases and look inside!) and discover thoughtful messages or other “hidden” details. Other signature characteristics include -- brass ferules on table legs, Flower of India beaded rose (think “charm bracelet”), and single paint-dipped furniture legs.

Bunakara furniture catalog picture #2

Joana Aranha has literally turned the tables in the furniture design realm, and offered-up her own solutions by creating items she couldn’t find anywhere else. And this über creative, memorable and mysteriously-fun product line is the triumphant result!

 

Dwelling & Design reached out to Bunakara for more information and insight into their creative process. We were fortunate enough to receive a Q & A session with Joana Aranha and her sister Marta, the Bunakara company architect. Let’s get into the conversation.

Bunakara furniture catalog picture #3

How long has Bunakara been in business? 

The conception of the collections took place throughout 2014. Joana’s wonderful  ideas were first designed and water-colored  creating the visual expression of Bunakara’s collection. Technical drawings and the execution of the prototypes was the next step and production followed.

In January 2015 we revealed it at the Atlanta’s Mart and the response was really good. So we went in April to High Point which confirmed the enthusiastic welcome clients gave to the brand.

We would say that 2016 is the launching year of Bunakara. 

Where do you get your inspiration for the designs?

Joana Aranha, heart of Bunakara and head of creation, always goes back as far possible in search for inspirational elements in a dialog between her cosmopolitan soul and her artisan essence. Although Joana has her roots in Europe, a land of history that inspires her creations, it is in India that she celebrates heritage and nourishes savoir-faire to create the objects she does not find anywhere else.

Bunakara furniture catalog picture #5

What is your favorite product and why?

It is very difficult for Joana to pick one product since the whole collection reflects what she really loves. If only you could see her when she holds the fabrics…. And the extremely keen eye for proportion when it comes to the furniture.

But since Joana has to choose, on textiles her favorite is the Patchwork story because of the incredible mix of velvet, linen, cotton, buttons and embroideries. A patchwork of a story, the mix of old techniques.

Regarding Furniture the piece that Joana can’t resist is the two stripe chair with the back covered with fabric. It’s an Icon, the chair that is completely unexpected, that surprises the client. Actually this one was the first creation of Bunakara, maybe that’s why there is a special connection.

Tell me about the red flower and why it’s included in every piece?

It is the iconic signature detail, a tiny beaded red rose with a fabric-wrapped stem. Inspire by a red flower Joana once cupped in her hands in New Delhi, represents the soul of Bunakara, the “beginning of everything”. The flower of India insignia hangs from all the Bunakara pieces.

Bunakara furniture catalog picture #6

Thanks so much to Joana and Marta for providing us with more details about Bunakara!

 We invite you to stop by the Dwelling & Design showroom to see all of the new Bunakara pieces we recently received… you really have to see them for yourselves! What do you think about this exciting new product line? Please leave your comments below!

 Cheers,

D&D

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For additional questions or inquiries, call 410.822.2211 or email info@dwellinganddesign.com.  Find store directions here.

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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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