|Posted on September 26, 2017 at 8:45 PM||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
|Posted on August 4, 2017 at 6:40 PM||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.
|Posted on June 22, 2017 at 7:20 PM||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
|Posted on March 11, 2017 at 10:25 AM||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.
|Posted on November 26, 2016 at 9:05 PM||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.
|Posted on June 23, 2016 at 8:15 PM||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
|Posted on November 16, 2015 at 5:45 PM||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?
|Posted on October 10, 2015 at 6:45 PM||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 alz.org).
|Posted on October 7, 2015 at 7:10 PM||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.
|Posted on September 8, 2015 at 10:00 PM||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.