The great decorating piece from old times and new A few years ago, interior designer Jonathan Adler was in a Florida thrift shop when he noticed a life-size ceramic greyhound. Today it sits dutifully inside his and Simon Doonan's Palm Beach home. Some visitors hang their hats on it. He says the best ceramic dogs are Italian and from the '60s. You could buy a 29-inch greyhound for $1,400 at 1stdibs.com or one that's 36 inches tall for $450 at theivyinc.com. Or, you could find one yourself. The history of dog sculpture extends over time. In ancient Rome, dogs were carved from marble. Ceramic or terra cotta dogs were fashionable for landed gentry in the 19th and 20th centuries. Using such an object of art in one's home now might seem whimsical or irreverent. Not so, says interior designer Kelly Wearstler, who stationed greyhounds at the entrance of the Viceroy Hotel in Palm Springs. Antique versions are available at Sotheby's and Christie's. You could also rescue worthy animals online from 1stDibs and eBay, or pick up a reproduction from the Ivy or from Los Angeles designer Barbara Cosgrove, who also offers a smaller, puppy-sized dog. Her 12-inch Jake Dog was pictured recently in The Wall Street Journal. Visit her website, shopcandelabra.com.