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Dressing Up

Posted on January 21, 2018 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I once had one of those home parties, this one was a home decor show. The instructor would bring in loads of paintings, accessories, florals, candles etc to use in home decorating. She would set up an easel and give some suggestions how to put a certain look together. It was a fun night for me and my friends and we would buy an item or two. When the evening was over the instructor asked if I would like to join her team. She said my home was lovely and I would be an asset to the company.  I said I am not an interior decorator, then she said something I never forgot. She said, "If I can put together my outfit for the day, I can decorate my home." That kind of stuck with me, I can certainly put together an outfit, match accessories, shoes, bag and even my makeup. Why not be able to decorate my home. 

I can count on one hand a person or two who couldn't coordinate their look. Even now when I redecorate my shop some folks are amazed how many times I can change up a vignette. The one thing I learned is to group items that compliment each other. For instance, if I am doing a sea themed vignette, I gather items that work together, fish sculpture, ocean paintings, sea shells, driftwood etc. It is fun to start building a design. I love mixing styles too, primitive decor with some farm country. Using an antique screened pie safe and adding some English Ironstone. An old sifter with some florals from the garden. A ceramic rooster sitting on top of a farm table.

We should not be intimidated by design but rather excited to show our personalities in our home. I do love interior designers who can put together a look from the ceiling to the floor. Example, a client asks for a home with a French Country feel. The designer has the ability to redesign or reconstruct a home that when you open your eyes upon completion you would think you are in the south of France. 

We are so lucky today to have wonderful publications, television programs and of course the world wide web to give us visual and turtorials on home design. 

When in doubt, remember, we too have the ability to dress ourselves and our homes in great style:)

New look for the New Year

Posted on December 30, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Are you ready for a new look this year? Use bold colors or stay more neutral? I love color but when you make that final decision to "go bold" it is something you live with for some time. The nice thing the guess work is done when it comes to paint colors in each room. The paint companies have color charts designed with paint selections that compliment each color. You may not want to replace your treasures with all new. Search out markets to find pieces to add to your collections. This new year give your home a fresh look while keeping the cozy feel it has now. It is fun to embark into the new year with a fresh eye in home decor, enjoy and Happy New Year!

How to hang Christmas Wreaths

Posted on November 24, 2017 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I have been in my home now for several years now. Each holiday I pull out the same garland and lighted wreath I have used year after year. I thought how can I change my outside Christmas decor. A wreath with a red bow and long ribbon in each window would look beautiful. I counted all the windows and bought wreaths, bows and ribbon. I have double hung windows so it was real easy to open the top portion of the window and using the long ribbon to suspend the wreath I just had to close the window to hold the wreath and hanging was complete. However, sometimes builders throw a curve, I have two front windows that are so high on the inside that a 10 ft ladder would be needed. I do have a deck outside and can get to the windows with a step ladder. But, how do I hang a wreath without opening the windows since that is impossible. Solution: Using velcro I attached it to the backside of the ribbon after putting it through the wreath opening and tying on the bow and then I just pressed the ribbon to the very top of the window. Making sure all the wreaths are the same height and that was it. Easy, fast and looks wonderful.

The best 10 years

Posted on September 26, 2017 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

  I can't believe it has been 10 years since the first day I opened the doors to Lavender & Lace Antiques and Gifts. I always loved antiqueing and searching for that special piece that gave my home character. I love the feel of worn wood, a high chair with years of little feet wearing down the wood to a smooth feel. A great find that has a wonderful patina that only comes from years of being weathered. 

  Finding something unique, a piece that is a one of a kind, makes my job so much fun. Getting a big smile from my customer when they purchase that perfect item for their home. I cannot believe all the wonderful people I have met in the 10 years I have been in business. Young couples who are setting up home, college students who want to have a cool dorm room. The new mom that dresses her little one in a sweet creation from our designers. Seniors who remember their youth and share a happy memory with me. Elderly that are redecorating their homes with colors and things they always wanted to try and now is their time to do just that.

   I want to thank everyone who has come into L&L to shop, browse, donate to our many fundraisers. Thank you to all who have spread the word of my little shop. Thank you for 10 years and here's to 10 more! Thank you, Thank you


Common Thread

Posted on August 4, 2017 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I see people everyday since I own an antique shop, many times we chat as they browse the shop.  The common thread we all share is the love of the hunt and many times  the items I offer pull at our heart strings. They evoke memories of good times and loved ones past and present. Sometimes a memory of what grandma used to cook or serve in. A funny story of a little brother and his favorite bedtime story book he would love to hear read over and over. 

Another thread is when we talk of where we live now or the place we grew up. Sometimes to our surprise we have a childhood neighborhood that we both share. Other times two customers start to chat and before you know it they went to the same high school or had the same teacher. 

Some threads connect the younger generation with seniors each share the love of furniture constructed to last. The young ladies today also like wearing the vintage clothing, not the 1920's wool swimsuits! but do love the 1940's shoes and 1950's style crinoline dresses.

I am happy when I hear I brought a smile to someone who came in to the shop. I get compliments all the time that the shop looks so nice and they feel better after coming in and reminiscing or buying an item that brought back a sweet memory. 

Bring out the good stuff

Posted on June 22, 2017 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I offer wonderful table setting pieces in my shop, crystal, china & pottery to name a few. I hear often "oh I have such beautiful china from my mom or grandmother but never use it". Why not use it when friends and family come to your home for a bbq, or club night. What are you saving it for? When do you use your best? My friend Nancy uses all her best china and crystal every day. I thought that was such an elegant way of hosting and made her guests feel so special. Why do we save it just for a special occasion? Isn't getting together with family and friends a special occasion always? Why not enjoy the good stuff everyday and not save it just for special company or holidays.  

Bring out the good stuff, enjoy what you love and cherish everyday. I will from now on :)

They Tend To Trend

Posted on March 11, 2017 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you noticed watching the rebuild, redecorate, flip a home shows they all start using the same materials in designing a room. Reclaimed wood, shiplap woods, granted some are more created in the execution of the material, instead of putting it horizontal they put it in a herringbone design. But the common denominator is that the materials are all the same, because right now that is the "trend". Remember boring beige, builders convinced us that no color was "what's in" or when gold bathroom fixtures were a must have and what about those bleached pinkish whitewash kitchen cabinets! I know that we all like to be updated on what the new style is, however,  I just don't think we all should forget our own personalities when decorating our homes. These trends are exactly what dates our home decor. 

Holiday Sense

Posted on November 26, 2016 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Holidays are fast approaching, try to make a point of enjoying your friends, family and home. Warm your home with the glow of lights and scents from candles. Decorate with fresh greens so the scent of the holiday season fills your senses and that of your home. Beautiful reflective crystal glassware on a diningroom table with vintage china and silverware makes a room feel cozy and guests welcome. 

Enjoy the holiday time it goes as quickly as it comes.

TIP: No Cost Decorating

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This is a tip that will cost you not one penny! really :)

Owning a small business keeps me busy, as a sole proprietor I have to be a "jack of many trades". One thing I do almost daily at the shop is re-arrange. I not only fill in the empty spots when a small item sells but also have to re-design the space to keep it looking fresh and interesting to my buyers. No one wants to walk into a shop, especially one we frequent often, finding that everything looks exactly the same as the last visit. 

When I came home tonight from the shop I decided to vaccuum my sunroom, which also requires me to move the furniture around to get under each piece. Here's the free tip I promised, instead of putting the furniture back exactly the way I had it, I decided to move things around.

Walk into any room of your home and move things around, you will be surprised that the room takes on a whole new look without changing the paint color, furniture or anything! Yep it can be done it doesn't have to be all the furniture either. Sometimes just by putting a long table behind a sofa and set your lamp on it, some books and maybe a plant you already have, gives the room a different feel. Oh so you don't have a long sofa table, well how about putting your end tables together behind the sofa to create the same look, tables to low, just add something on the tables to give more height. By stacking up books or suitcases you can get the height you need. Look at your room with a different eye. Once you changed things around, wait till the next morning and look at the room again. The best part about this re-arrangement if you don't like it the next day, just put it back the way it was before. I do think that you will like what you did. Sometimes you just have to live with it a while, if you don't like it just re-arrange again :) 

Does your home tell a story to your guests about you?

Posted on November 16, 2015 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Someone once said to me, "a vintage piece gives your home a story". A vintage piece can bring up some questions. Where has it traveled from, where was it found, how it was acquired? A vintage piece can be a pleasant surprise to interior decor. Imagine walking in a modern home and then an unexpected vintage timeworn armoire with layers of chippy paint is centerstage. That one piece starts the home's story.

A vintage collection also tells a story just as a small gathering of the same item starts the visual exchange. Silver picture frames set out with family photos on a hallway entry table, lets one know your taste is elegant, timeless and family is what you value most. 

Some vintage pieces can also bring in whimpsy and a sense of humor. When browsing your local antique shops think how an item can be used or displayed entirely different than what it was intended for. Use a birdcage as a lamp. Take an old weathervane and create a table centerpiece. You can decorate it to "tell a story" for each season. Surround it with finds from your garden or sea shells from the beach, add grapevines and pumpkins for fall and redecorate for Christmas with greens and ornaments.

Shop vintage, vintage never goes out of style. Does your home tell a story?