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What's Inside?

Posted on April 3, 2020 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

There is nothing like something old to give a space a brand new spin and add personality and style. Going through many of my home magazines I came across this sentence. So it made me think, bring in something old so your space shows your personality. Every piece of furntiure new and prestine can give a space a sterile atmosphere. New pieces arranged in a room doesn't especially show your particular personality.  Bringing in warm colors, comfy overstuffed sofa cushions in your decor can show a comfy side you have. On the other hand, a straight ladder back set of chairs can say I am in control with a stiff no noncense personality. That may seem a little far fetched but you get the idea how furniture or decor in a room can tell something about the person who lives there. 

A new spin in your decor, can mean going out to a flea market or antique or salvage shop and finding something that can give your decor that surprise factor. Imagine you have a room that is very sophisticated, dark heavy wood pieces, marble statue bust on a pedistal. Now lets put a spin on that decor, maybe finding an abstract painting something unsuspected but shows your love of modern art. 

I blog alot about decor that gives the guest an inside look at the homeowner's personality. Bringing in pieces that speak volumes of your personality without saying a word. I once was at a home tour in Savannah, Georgia. This townhome's decor was amazing, the homeowner must have loved the ocean, it could have been on a beach but it was actually in the middle of the city. The thing that really caught my eye was a massive tall open door armoire painted dark blue. This huge piece had a variety of sea shells and one large pink coral sitting center stage on a middle shelf. The homeowner must have collected these shells on many beach walks. Here is the kicker, I looked down at the bottom of the piece and a leg was missing, but the piece stood up straight!  Well a small stack of beach themed books was supporting it up right. Obviously, the homeowner had a fun loving quirky personality. Also, a person who is quite ingenious lol

When selecting furniture or just wanting to update your decor, find something that can show without words your personality. 



Outdated or Updated?

Posted on March 9, 2020 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I love publications that give lots of decorating ideas. I have many magazines, although some issues can be outdated some decor ideas are not. I can still always find something new to add to my decor. Sometimes just the way a color is distributed throughout a room can spark a creative idea. A pop of color that I may not have thought to use can suddenly be appealing during a particular season. Season decorating can be more adventureous since it is not permanent. Farmhouse decor is very trendy now, just black and white throughout and shiplap walls is all the rave. Sliding barn doors on a iron rail instead of traditional closet doors. This decor can be fun but I wonder if it is lasting as the open concept everyone is wanting. However, my past dated magazine issues have proven this "trend" seems to be a lasting one. Using something in a way it was not originally intended can make a room more interesting.The unexpected unusual items in a room is always fun. Finding an industrial factory cart and turning it into a kitchen island gives an unexpected surprise in a modern contemporary kitchen. A little whimsey in decorating shows your playful side. Magazines always photograph a room with a homeowner's collection. Some displays are of vintage finds collected over time, others are family heirlooms that have been lovingly stored behind wavy glass in antique cabinets. China plates set on a dining table with silver placesettings and goblets make for an elegant table setting, grouping of china plates on a wall can also give a room elegance. Next time you see a magazine even if it is an outdated issue pick it up it just may give you an updated idea for your decor.






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Is anyone home?

Posted on September 23, 2019 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Some people have no idea how to decorate their home. So they call in a design professional. Some people will copy a room exactly from a magazine or a furniture store display.  The one thing that is so noticible is that their house looked like a store's showroom. Yes, there was expensive rugs and custom drapery but no sign of life. Was there a couple or family that lived there? The answer is you would never have known. It lacked the cozy, comfy feeling you get when a house becomes a home.

How to cozy up that house, it is pretty easy. Add vibrant color, large soft pillows and a throw blanket on a ottoman or chair. Live near the beach bring in some seashells pile them in a wire basket or bowl. Next to the fireplace (even if it is a faux electric one) add some firewood in a bucket or basket by the fireside. Add flowers or live plants. Of course pictures of family or one of a favorite vacation spot adds life to a room. Soft lighting is important, add a dimmer to your electric lights, place fragrant candles in the room on the fireplace mantle or grouped on a table. I am always a fan of a vintage piece somewhere in the home. A vintage piece can make a statement in a foyer, a great color or shape or height. Soften the lines of hard edge furniture stack some books and place in a corner of a side table or coffee table. It is great to have a professional come in and design furniture placement in your room. Just remember to add your personal touch and your personality. Don't forget to bring the cozy, comfy lived in feeling to your home.

How can we help our community while shopping?

Posted on July 19, 2019 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I am sad to say that my friend is now closing the doors to her store. She said the reason her doors are closing is that folks drive by and don't stop to come in. The road in front of her shop is a throughfare of a small main street to a main highway. Folks not taking the time to stop and check out her shop is not uncommon. Unfortunately, it not only affects the owner of a business but also the community. If a new business does not fill the void of the previous business, the community fails to produce revenue. Many times it can be a domino effect to other businesses in the same area forcing them to close their doors. What can be done to keep those doors open? If you have a shop you like in your local area or tourist town, give that business a hand up and support it. Share your find with friends and family, word of mouth helps immensely. Shops with flowers brimming over the edge of window boxes or a cool architectural building to enhance the landscape is what we all would like to see, rather than a ghost town of hollow out storefronts. So when hubby asks if you have been shopping, your answer is yes helping out the economy in our community :)

I am a Purist are you?

Posted on January 25, 2019 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I sat in my shop and kept looking at a primitive cabinet a consignor brought in. She said it was in a barn on her property. It's case was weathered with the original green paint and had faded mustard colored doors. I couldn't see someone else taking it home, I just knew it had to come home with me.

I had the perfect spot in my kitchen so I decided to buy it. I knew my husband would think I was crazy, we had a new home, why would I want to put this primitive old timeworn cabinet in it? Well the answer is easy I just loved it. So as soon as it was delivered to my home and my husband saw it his immediate reaction was what color should we paint it. I can't help it, married over 25 years and he still doesn't know me lol, I am a purist. What I mean by that is that I would not alter a piece, the way it is chippy, faded and dinged just adds to it's character. 

I know many of my customers are "purist" too. The dings and chips and weathered paint is what we love. I once had a cow planter it was chippy but still had alot of it's original paint and the best expressive face. I went to pick it up and move it from outside to bring it into the shop. It was so old that it was falling apart. The cute legs were hanging on and I had to make some repairs. Of course, I would never repaint it or touch anything to alter it's original state. I took it home tightened it all up and it was good as new. Well as good as new as in vintage bliss. Well a customer returned to the shop, while the piece was gone, she was so upset she loved it and came to purchase it. My employee was there that day and said it was being repaired. To the customer's distress she said "oh no she didn't repaint it!" You know I didn't. When I brought it back to the shop she was so happy it was now hers. The best part, the cow was going to a farm this woman owned "a steer farm" how appropriate. Another happy customer and a "puriest" like me lol 


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.





Q&A

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.


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