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34902 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View, DE 19970
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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?

All the Best

Posted on October 10, 2015 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I would like to thank Appraisers Charlene Upham and Steve Blumenaur for donating their time and knowledge of antiques with all the wonderful folks who came out to support this worthy cause. All appraisal proceeds today benefits Alzheimer's Research. 

Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. But Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer's (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Although current Alzheimer's treatments cannot stop Alzheimer's from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing. (info. by

How to balance the scale

Posted on October 7, 2015 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I noticed watching the home improvement shows that whoever decorated the home (most likely the homeowners) they do not know scale. What do I mean by scale? Scale is a balance in sizes. For instance if you have a fireplace mantel and display pictures above it they should not be so small in size that they get lost on the wall. The picture should be large but not to large that it is placed wider than the mantel. If you have several smaller sized frames then hang them in a decorative way. Smaller frames can be hung on the diagonal giving height as well as balance. Place several in a horizontal line to give the appearance they are larger then the piece below them. Do not space the pictures to far apart they should look connected two inches to four inches apart keeps them connected and not disjointed in style. Another good trick if you want to display smaller sized photos is to have them framed using the same style and color of the frame and choose the same color matting for all. Also, using black and white photos gives a harmonious look.

Did you know that some folks also hang pictures way to high on a wall? A good rule of thumb to keep the scale correct when hanging a picture is to hang at eye level height. If it is comfortable to view it you most likely have it hung the right height. However, if a person is six feet tall and another is 5 feet the eye level of course is different for each. If the picture is to be viewed standing up in a hallway or foyer then 60-66 inches from the floor is a good rule of thumb.

Many folks hang pictures so high that the pictures look like they are floating over their sofa.To create balance, your artwork (or grouping) should be at least 2/3 the length of the sofa. Again if you need a larger piece use two or more pieces in a group to create the size you need. Pictures should not be wider than the sofa or the artwork will overwhelm the furniture instead of enhancing it. As a general rule, the bottom of your frame should hang 8” to 10” above the back of the sofa. There are exceptions when you’re hanging a grouping of frames and in this case, you may have to play with the measurements a bit. If possible have someone hold your artwork in position while you step back and have a look to ensure it's perfect.

Trash or Treasure

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Antiques Appraisal Show on October 10, 2015 is going to be so much fun.  The reason I know it is because folks have come out every year and have brought in some amazing finds. Leather license plates, antique chairs, china, textiles and so many other wonderful items.  What brings everyone back year after year is the wonder if what they have either inherited or found on their antique hunting trips is worth a large monetary amount. Mostly it is the sharing of stories of the items, the laughter and gathering of folks who love the thrill of the hunt and the history behind their finds.

So please come join us and make a difference in supporting Alzheimer's Research. $5-1 item and $10 for 3 items. Be part of our audience, bring one item or many to have appraised, browse the shop while enjoying refreshments and snacks. No reservation necessary, bring a friend or two.

Most of all come share a day of fun. 

Eight years old and a new facelift!

Posted on July 2, 2015 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Eight years old and a new facelift! No not me, Lavender & Lace Antiques and Gifts will be celebrating eight years in business September 2015!

I wanted to give the shop a fresh look and thanks to our wonderful craftspeople she is taking shape. Inside we added some really cool perfectly chippy wood columns. (Salvaged and found in an old chicken coop!)The columns created a room within a room. I was so excited it came out exactly as I pictured.

Now we have started clearing out the old brush in the front outside garden. Busy painting trim and doors in a pretty lavender color, what else :).  Our decks have been "decked out" repainted from the dark green color with a fresh coat of white paint. New canopy color, window boxes and custom shutters will also be added. Our vintage bike will be restored and pretty posies will be added to it's basket. Artist Cris Rushing is working on an awesome sign with a circa 1920's theme, thought that would be fun since we are known for our vintage swimsuits. The new sign will be added to the bottom portion of our original sign that is up now. 

This is an exciting time for Lavender & Lace a new front roadway on Rt. 26 making easy access to our parking lot and a welcoming look for our wonderful customers who stop in throughout the year. We truly appreciate each and everyone of you.

Here's to a year filled with great new finds, happiness, beauty & celebrations! 

Thoughts of today

Posted on June 27, 2015 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I couldn't wait to get back to the shop today. I just love getting the store open ready. I truly enjoy the time when I first arrive getting all the lights on and putting out the open, sale and antique flags. One by one I start to put out some of the favorite items on the porches. It is just a happy feeling to be in a place I love and greeting and helping folks who come in to find a treasure or two. 

Hot Summer Days

Posted on June 23, 2015 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The days are getting hotter and that means changing out our home decor. We want a feeling of breezy easy days right? Nothing heavy in fabric choices no more leather or velvets (yes some folks still have victorian velvet sofas). Now we have to get our head in the game, light colors, floral, beach prints perhaps. Get the slip covers out and bring in the lightness of summer. Not able to slip cover? Purchase some large fluffy pillows that have that oh so comfortable stuffing, pillows you want to squish and fluff when sitting in your favorite comfy chair or couch. Change out the ottoman for a large put you feet up style, one you can also put a tray on for a cool glass of iced tea or lemonade. Change out the fireplace mantel with pitchers filled with just picked flowers, put a basket in the fireplace opening, perhaps a mirror to give reflection of the room, add brightly painted picture frames or a large basket of flowers to cover the deep dark hole where the fire was roaring during the cold winter. 

It's that time again to bring in the sunshine and the beautiful breezes. Lighten up the curtains with sheers and add gauzy drapes to doorway openings for a cool feeling when the air blows through your doorways. 

Remember to have fun this summer with your decor, there are no rules mix up prints of stripes, florals and dots. Stay cool and remember Lavender & Lace has fun finds everyday to add to your decor :)

Holiday Decorating Ideas

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Have fun and enjoy holidays look for unique and different things to use in your decor. Did you think of shopping at an anique shop for your decor?  

Celebrating this Memorial Day in style. Search out red white and blue linens, use a colorful vintage quilt for your tablecloth. Give your holiday table setting a patriotic flare. Use a vintage toy truck or red wagon for a table centerpiece it will look yummy filled with patriotic colored iced cupcakes with USA flags in the centers. I love to use child size items on my buffet tables. Find three small children wooden chairs in similar or varied heights and unite them with the same paint color. Place the chairs center stage on top of your buffet table the great thing about chairs is that it give you two display surfaces. Place your food platters on top of each seat and on the bottom between the chair legs place a basket with utencils, plates and condiments.

What else can you find in an antique shop to use for your holiday decorating? The obvious is dining sets and china cabinets to set up your room. Finding several small bistro sets can also be used in a room setting to accommodate larger groups. So many great items and by using them in different ways can be fun even before the party starts.

Colorful Days

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Getting ready to plan my outdoor spaces with flower pots overflowing with colors of purple, blues, pinks, reds and lovely yellows. For an uplifting feeling bright cheery colors does the trick and the wonderful fragrances from lavender and lilacs brings a scent of tranquility. Both welcomed and so overdue after this snowfilled winter.

As warmer temperatures are returning, I have been thinking of how wonderful it would be to see these beautiful colors of Springtime again. Colors surrounding my home and seeing them when looking out through every window. Hummingbirds are attracted to bright colors in a garden. Putting up birdhouses and birdfeeders are a wonderful way to bring the colorful little creatures come visit the garden again and again. A Butterfly Bush is a shrub that I would plant out by a bench so I can sit and enjoy the beautiful variety of butterflies it attracts. So it's time to get creative and let our green thumb show as well as beautiful colors of the season.

Don't have a green thumb, no problem Lavender & Lace has eyecatching art glass scupltures created by Artist Barb Ackerman (see our "shop" page). A grouping of these whimsy towers and flower artglass scupltures placed in your garden and flower beds catch the sunlight decorating your outdoor space in style.