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The Beach Plum is a species of plum that is native to the East Coast.  A deciduous shrub with a natural sand dune habitat, this plant is salt tolerant and cold hardy, making it perfect for Cape Cod landscapes.  Beach Plums can be eaten out of hand and are usually a sweet snack!  In addition to their edible characteristics, the beach plum is also used in the stabilization and restoration of coastal sand dunes.  So if you can eat it and use it to save our precious landscape then this shrub should not only be celebrated, it should be worshiped!

Inspired by a Christmas gift I received, a flask of Beach Plum Liquor, I decided that I really needed to do a little more research about these gems, and figure out how I could put them to better use!  Below you will see some of the recipes, information, and photos I found during this adventure.  If you have a great recipe please share it with us!

Beach Plum Jelly Recipe via twobluelemons.com

Beach Plum Cocktail Recipes via cheslseawinevault.com

Beach Plum Cordial via npr.org

Beach Plum Cookies via npr.org

Beach Plum Sorbet via ediblecapecod.com

Beach Plum Chutney via gardenista.com

Beach Plum and Ricotta Salad via yahoo.com

Boozy Fruit via marthastewart.com

Joe’s Beach Plum Meatballs & Sausage via the dennisportgeneralstore.com

 

 

 

 

 

Round Up: Party Perfect Projects

I have a confession to make…I am slightly addicted to Pinterest! Today’s blog is inspired by all of the wonderful party themes, ideas, and decor I have seen there over the past few years. From pom poms to piñatas these diy projects are sure to transform your next party into a swanky soiree. Whether you are planning a child’s birthday or a grown up get together, these Pinterest picks will not disappoint!

Keeping it Cool via asublerevelry.com

Tips on planning a business event via wework.com

Dinner Party Table Setting via oncedailychic.com

Pom Pom Napkin Rings via artbarblog.com

Pineapple Party Invitation via ohhappyday.com

First Birthday Party via projectnursery.com

Donut Party Accessories for your next fete via brit.co

Kid Friendly Fondue Bar via karaspartyideas.com

Host a Local Farmer’s Market Party via themakerista.com

Pom Pom Balloons via designimprovised.com

Library Inspired Baby Shower via stylemepretty.com

Pineapple Party Favors via thehousethatlarsbuilt.com

Initial Balloons via bashplease.com

 

Destination Austin…

Texas that is, black gold, Texas tea.  A city that Old Jed the millionaire would most certainly never leave for Beverly…Hills that is.  Austin has its own swimming pools and movie stars and a heapin’ helpin’ of their very own and self proclaimed “weird” hospitality!

For any of you that happen to find yourself in or near Austin for any reason, take advantage of the eccentricity that Austin residents manage to maintain despite the rapid development their city is undergoing!

After a long weekend in Austin (which was not nearly enough time to take in everything the city has to offer)  I have to say… I am SMITTEN!  If only the ocean wasn’t 3 + hours away I might even consider moving.  Well, enough about me… here are a few recommendations from my time in Austin.

STAY

Austin Motel– 1220 S. Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78704 • 512.441.1157

The Austin Motel is a place where you can slow down and relax. Family owned and operated since 1938, the friendly staff invites you to share 41 unique affordable rooms and a cool 50’s style pool. Located on South Congress Ave., the Austin Motel is the perfect location for shopping, dining, clubbing, bat watching and generally enjoying what Austin has to offer.

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Hotel San Jose– 1316 South Congress Avenue Austin, Texas 78704

Concrete floors and minimalist interiors afford impeccable cleanliness and a sense of calm. Handmade furniture, custom sheets and kimono bathrobes complement the location. Their rooms and amenities are designed to set a backdrop for a life of adventure and inspiration, without the clutter of everyday existence.

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EAT

Odd Duck- 1201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

The trailer that brought Chef Bryce Gilmore to the forefront, known for making farm fresh cuisine accessible to the masses, is now open on a grander scale.  In December of 2014 Gilmore and partners, Sam Hellman-Mass, Jason James, Mark Buley and Dylan Gilmore created a 110-seat restaurant with an outdoor patio that overlooks the corner of Gibson and South Lamar with views of downtown Austin. Menu offerings feature local, seasonal fare prepared on the restaurant’s wood fired grill and oven. Odd Duck offers an approachable, yet finely curated wine and beer list and a full bar. Everything is amazing…but be sure to try the ham & cheese stuffed pretzels with homemade béchamel, the grilled bacon with corn pudding, chantrelles and mustard greens, and the goat confit with red chili, gordita, goat cheese, and popcorn.  For dessert you can’t miss with either the coconut rice pudding which comes topped with shaved ice or the apple cake donut served with mesquite bean ice cream.  If you’re thirsty the draft apple cider Moscow mule is to die for!!!!  Made with house ginger beer, apple cider, citrus, and vodka, this cocktail is both thirst quenching and delightful!

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Blue Ox BBQ and The Buzzmill– 1505 Town Creek Dr. Austin, TX 78741

The blue ox bbq is a food truck located in the backyard of the Buzzmill coffee shop and bar.  With fresh meat coming off the pit at 11am and 7pm, this mouthwatering food trailer is well worth a visit!  Sold by the pound, their brisket is sure to melt in your mouth!  Thirsty? Grab a craft beer, locally roasted coffee or homemade infused liquor inside the fort or on the patio at the Buzzmill.  Open 24 hours this full service bar and coffee shop is located on East Riverside.

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Home Slice Pizza– 1415 South Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78704

Home Slice Pizza is an independent neighborhood pizza joint serving authentic NY-style pizza—by the pie or by the slice.  Their homemade, hand tossed, bona fide pies are simply delicious.

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Franklin BBQ- 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

Aaron Franklin and his wife Stacy debuted Franklin BBQ in late 2009 on an East Austin parking lot. What started from the walk-up window of a travel trailer turned brisket stand, quickly morphed into a bustling brick and mortar location.  Everything here is great!  A word of advice they open at 11am, but be there by 9am or you will find a line around the block.

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Etc…

I would be remiss if I didn’t say that there are hundreds of fabulous restaurants in Austin.  For the sake of time I can’t mention them all…but it’s safe to say that whatever type of food you fancy, Austin will not disappoint!  From food trailers to fine dining, Austin is a foodies fantasy factory!

 

SHOP

Stag Provisions for Men– 1423 S. Congress Ave. in Austin, TX

This is one of the best men’s stores I have ever had the pleasure of visiting!  With clothing, accessories, vintage, gifts, and apothecary, Stag truly is a modern day general store for every man.  The unpretentious yet carefully curated atmosphere is inviting, inspiring, and superbly executed!  With a mantra like…”If we love it, we stock it, and if we don’t, you’ll never find it here,” this shop is both fresh and compelling.

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Uncommon Objects– 1512 South Congress Ave. Austin,Texas 78704

Established in 1991 as a small antique collective, Uncommon Objects has matured over the years into the one-of-a-kind emporium full of expertly curated antiques. Twenty-four sellers have been assembled under one roof to bring you a genuine and sometimes quirky slice of American culture and history.  Uncommon Objects has been described as “your eccentric uncle’s attic on steroids.” Many of the items are grouped by color or theme making this a visually appealing walk through time!

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Mockingbird Domestics– 2151 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704

Mockingbird Domestics carries fine-crafted, modern-classic styled elements for you and your home.  With a wonderful collection of locally made home accessories, furniture, gifts, lighting, tabletop, and textiles you are sure to find something inspiringly unique when you visit their shop.

 mockingbird domestics austin

Feathers Boutique– 1700 B South Congress Austin, TX 78704

Since opening their doors in October of 2005, Feathers has quickly become a favorite stop among fashionistas from around the globe.  Specializing in hand-selected vintage clothing for women, Feathers has expanded its collection to include an array of artisan jewelry as well as vintage home decor and gifts.

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The Gypsy Wagon – 1204 S. Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78704

With locations in Colorado, Dallas, and Austin, The Gypsy Wagon is anything but a chain store.  They strive to carry gifts and home items that are handmade, that are produced with recycled or sustainable materials, and that are made by people and companies who care. At The Gypsy Wagon they have amassed a group of featured artists that they admire and have grown to adore.

gypsy wagon

 

This month we highlight some of the amazing linen companies carried at Design Works.  From blankets to throws, pillows to shawls, these companies are producing beautiful goods sure to add a bit of luxury to your home or wardrobe.

Today the spotlight is on Matouk, a company dedicated to producing fine linens since 1929.  With a wide range of products including; sheets, coverlets, duvet covers, pillow cases & shams, tabletop, bath towels, laundry essentials, home fragrance and more, it is safe to say that Matouk has something for everyone!  Read on to find out more about this Massachusetts based powerhouse.

“In 1929, John Matouk founded a company whose mission was to give Americans ready access to the world’s most luxurious linens. Mr. Matouk, who was born in Damascus the son of a fine jeweler, understood the principles of meticulous workmanship and good taste. As a young man he immigrated to Italy where he learned the fine linens business, gaining particular expertise in the intricate lace and hand-work that were very much part of the tradition there. He began exporting Italian linens to the United States and he developed a partnership with the outstanding Olga Asta linen and embroidery house located in St. Marks Square in Venice.

In July 1929, he fulfilled his life-long dream to go to the United States. He brought with him trunks of exquisite fabrics and cloths that he sold to the finest stores and elite families. Even in those difficult times there were those who had a passion for fine things and the means to afford them.

During World War II, with his supply lines from Europe cut off, Mr. Matouk moved his production to the U.S. He located his factory and offices in Manhattan. When linen became scarce during wartime, he pioneered a special blended fabric of mohair, rayon and cotton. This became Matouk’s first signature tablecloth and it sold thousands of units. In 1963, John’s son George F. Matouk joined the business and became president three years later after his father’s death. During his 36 years leading the company, George Sr. grew Matouk from a maker of fine table linens and a limited selection of embroidered sheets to a full-service home textile source for the best retailers in the country, with a broad spectrum of linens for the table, bed and bath, featuring custom sizing, embroideries and monogramming. In 1985, George Sr., moved the factory to southern New England, home to both a tradition of American textile production and a community of skilled craftspeople.

The Matouk factory and headquarters are now located in Fall River, Massachusetts in a state of the art building featuring a solar energy system that produces over 35% of the electricity required to operate Matouk. They continue to bring the best quality linens to the market by using both old world techniques and state of the art tools, and by sourcing the finest materials from around the world.” (matouk.com)

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The Admiral Collection

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The Beachcomber Bath Collection

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The Mirasol Bedding Collection

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Home Fragrance by Matouk

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Tabletop by Matouk

Introducing the Barnyard Chic collection… fall 2014 brings this little piggy to the market.  Inspired by chickens, pigs, and cows, this fall we are bringing the barnyard to Barnstable.  With a selection of products including; cocktail napkins, cards, tea towels, ornaments, and cook-books, you are sure to find the right touch of barnyard chic at Design Works.

For inspiration, ideas, and a selection of products we have available at the shop check out the pictures/links below.  As always we look forward to hearing your ideas for fall 2014.

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barnyard chic fall 2014

Paper cocktail napkins by Caspari

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Paper cocktail napkins by Caspari

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John Derian Decoupage Cow Tray

john derian pig tray

John Derian deoupage pig tray

Great ideas for a kids barnyard birthday party via A Blissful Nest

 

barnyard pig

Love these letterpress prints supporting local farms!

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Barn Party Ideas via Modern Prarie Girl

barnyard chic sir madam

Fauna cups by Sir Madam available at Design Works

smoke cookbook

Smoke – New Firewood Cooking by Tim Byres

chicken cookbook

A recipe from: Chicken-The New Classics by Marcus Bean

Pork Clouds are wonderfully fluffy crisps made from salt cured pork skin. Available at Design Works

 

This month we highlight some of the amazing linen companies carried at Design Works.  From blankets to throws, pillows to shawls, these companies are producing beautiful goods sure to add a bit of luxury to your home or wardrobe.  In this issue we feature Brahms Mount, a phenomenal company located in Maine!

Brahms Mount weaves textiles with a classic American look.  Their throws and blankets are soft, luxurious, and classically beautiful.  Always remaining true to the authentic character and centuries-old textile tradition of Maine, their products have been capturing hearts since the company was founded in 1983.

Their blankets, throws and linen towels are woven on antique shuttle looms by local artisans in Monmouth, Maine. They use specially engineered yarns spun from natural fibers and colorfast, eco-friendly dyes. Blankets and throws come off the loom looking rich, organic, and resilient.

They pride themselves on playing a role in keeping American manufacturing alive and well.  As one of the few remaining American textile mills, Brahms Mount buys only a portion of the yarns they use from abroad. All of their designs originate at their headquarters in Maine, and every textile is woven on looms by local artisans, just as they have done since the company was founded in 1983.

Join us as we look at some of the what it takes to make these beautiful blankets…

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Brahms Mount Antique Shuttle Loom

 

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brahms mount

brahms mount

 

 

 

School has started and fall is banging on the door.  With the change of seasons comes a whole new mix of products that will be available in our shop and on our website.  Join us over the next few weeks as we highlight some of our favorite new goods, talk about fall trends, and showcase some great autumn escapes.

With cool evenings finally on the horizon, we start our fall series with the art of wool, and more specifically a look at America’s last true vertical woolen mill located in Faribault Minnesota.

Founded on the banks of the Cannon River in Faribault, MN, the Faribault Woolen Mill is a living testament to American craftsmanship. Founded in 1865, the year Lincoln died and the Civil War ended, Faribault woolens are renowned for their comfort and quality. From providing woolen blankets for pioneers heading west to comforting our troops through two world wars, their woolens are woven into American history.

Today the craftspeople are using the same techniques and machinery to create wool blankets, throws and accessories that were used 148 years ago.

Faribault’s blankets and throws are offered in a range of colors and patterns. One of their best sellers is the SoHo (short for stuff on hand only – with a nod to their favorite part of Manhattan); it was created in 2008 when the mill was at the brink of going out of business and a mill designer was directed to create a salable throw using remnant yarns salvaged from the mill’s dwindling inventory.

fall at faribault mill

faribault mill showroom - fall products

fall scarves