Lavender & Lace 
Antiques and Gifts
34902 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View, DE 19970
(302) 539-5933

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The Big Treasure at the Appraisal Show

Posted on October 23, 2018 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Well it was a start to a rainy day but it turned out to be one of the nicest days ever. What made it so nice was the great people that came out to support Alzheimer's at L&L Antique Appraisal Show.

So many interesting items came over the threshold. Large rugs, vases, paintings and currency. Some ladies brought in jewelry that their mom gave them which mostly was of sentimental value. We had more fun trying to guess which item was going to be the "big treasure". It didn't take long to figure out what the "big treasure" was! It was all the great people who came out to Lavender & Lace and donated to Alzheimer's Research.

Thank you to all that came out, brought in items to be appraised, joined our audience, had fun and refreshments and best of all, helped a great cause.

A very big thank you to Charlene Upham & Steve Blumenhaur for sharing their vast knowledge of antiques and donating their time.

The total raised was $150! we never know which dollar will be the one to find a cure, every dollar helps in reaching that goal.


Posted on August 9, 2018 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Some questions folks ask me at the shop, if you have a question, please leave a message I will add it and my answer on this page. 

Q. How do I get a picture to hang level when it has two of those sawtooth hangers on the back?

A. I use this trick at the shop, tie a ribbon, cord or rope on the back from one sawtooth to the other creating a triangle then find the center and just one hook is needed.  

Q.  How do I display the items I collect?

A. Combine your collection with the same theme by grouping a collection it creates an interesting display. 

Q.Where do you find items for your store?

A. I love to hunt for unique finds throughout the US. Antique shops, yard sales and auctions.

Q. Any dealer secret to hunting a multi booth shop?

A. Some dealers collect and know a lot about one item, for example, a booth with large quanities of glassware indicates the dealer is educated about the glass they sell. But, dealers like to make the most of their booth space and other items are brought in. I find those items may be priced lower than their worth or it may be exactly an item I am looking for and has been over looked by other antique shoppers. So check out all booths.

Q. Do you have a special technique when you search for antiques?

A. I will walk through a shop or flea market and do a quick scan. Then I zero in when I see an item I am drawn to. I look above and below and never walk away when something may be hiding in a corner if it catches my eye, I will check it out. I also walk around two or three times and if I am interested in an item I will hold onto it while I am contemplating purchasing it. I learned the hard way don't put it down cause someone else will certainlly snatch it up.  Also, if you love it buy it!

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.