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Design Inspiration: the perfect piece of Majolica

What is Majolica???  Majolica is brightly colored earthenware pottery with a clear lead glaze, and it can be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to adding a little pizzaz to your decor.

Since the 14th century artisans have been making these clay treasures.  Taking care to decorate them with colorful embellishments and interesting details.   While some pieces of majolica are purpose built, a pitcher, an oyster plate, or a serving platter, others are nothing more than wonderful works of art, meant only to be displayed and admired.

Majolica (a general term) comes from all over the world in many shapes and sizes.  Being from a coastal area, my favorite majolica pieces are always those which have been inspired by the sea! Adorned with birds, fish, shells, seaweed, and coral, these sea themed wonders are the perfect touch in any coastal home! Put them on the bookshelves, use them to store treasures found on the beach, or mix them in with your everyday tableware to add a little pop of color.

For some of my favorite pieces and ideas on how to display these wonderful treasures, check out the pictures below.  To learn more on how to start your own collection, or to become the proud owner of one of these earthenware creations, check out our website at

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Has gift giving gone to the dogs? Check out these great dog gifts!

The domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) a.k.a Man’s Best Friend, is a subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis lupus), a member of the Canidae family of the mammalian order Carnivora.  The dog was the first domesticated animal and has been the most widely kept working, hunting, and pet animal in human history.

Would you classify your dog as; a best friend, a confidant, a companion??? If the answer is yes, why not shower them with gifts this holiday season???  Here are some of our favorite finds for your pooch, and the best part…they are all available at Design Works.

Home Cooking For Your Dog by Christine Filardi, is the first holistic cookbook for dogs to include recipes for cooked meals, treats, and the raw food diet—a big trend in the pet industry. User-friendly, chop-licking recipes like Fido’s Fishcakes, Potluck Polenta, and Peanut Butter and Coconut Cakes call for healthy ingredients you can find in your local grocery store (or may already have at home) to create balanced, nutritious meals for a healthier, happier dog.

Waggo’s dog bowls are hand-dipped, 100%  ceramic, and sure to add the perfect amount of color to your home.  Available in five colors, dishwasher safe and FDA approved, this bowl will convert your dog into a Waggo-er!  Perfect for the salty paw in your family, Waggo’s durable rubber Anchor and “Floats my Boat” Buoy Toy are fun ways to play with your furry first mate. Made of durable, non-toxic rubber, these toys floats in water for fun in the ocean, lake or pool.

Bocce’s Bakery treats are all wheat-free with fresh, human-grade ingredients perfect for pups with allergies or sensitive bellies.  Baked in small batches with no chemicals or preservatives, these treats are available in assorted flavors all of which your you pooch will want to devour!

Happy Holidays

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