Shore Décor & Design
By Joanna Heston
The saying is true: “You never know how many friends you have until you have a beach house.” With the numerous family and friends that you’re sure to host this summer, there is no better time to shop for a little shore décor to spruce up your home. From beach chic décor and trendy hostess gifts to fresh furnishings and design services, there are an abundance of unique home décor stores and services that cater to homes in Avalon and Stone Harbor to outfit your beach house.
2761 Dune Drive, Avalon | 609-368-3000
Exceptional, eclectic gifts and stunning home décor are what you’ll find at Armadillo, Ltd. The store, owned and operated by Jacquie Ewing and John Bell, has been providing residents, visitors and community business professionals with home décor for more than 17 years. Open year-round, Armadillo, Ltd. carries more than 50 lines and is always bringing in new vendors and artisans throughout the year. The store specializes in gifting, while also servicing the interior-design professional with tabletop necessities to complete their projects. Ewing and Bell carefully select each line Armadillo carries for both the story behind the product as much as the quality of the merchandise. Among the lines are Vietri, Caskata, LAFCO and EKZO. The duo love what they do, the customers who have become friends, and the thrill of finding that next new “whatever.”
Beach Dwellings Design
352 96th Street, Stone Harbor | 609-967-5299 | beach-dwellings.com
Maria Toczylowski of Beach Dwellings Design has been providing full-service interior design for clients in Avalon and Stone Harbor since opening her store in 2005. With a lifelong passion for design, Toczylowski works with clients one-on-one, assisting with everything from the floor-plan stage of a new home down to the last accessory, and anything in between. An HGTV designer, it is also Toczylowski’s goal that each client is satisfied with the result and that each home reflects her client’s personal style. She has been honored as one of the 25 Best Interior Designers in New Jersey by The LuxPad and also won the Best of Houzz award for service and design. Whether you’re looking for a contemporary design or something more traditional, Toczylowski loves to bring each client’s vision to life and create the home they have always dreamed of.
Serving the Delaware Valley Tri-State Area | 800-269-0493 | closetfactory.com
Showroom: 7 Eves Drive, Suite 155, Marlton
With more than 40 years of experience in premium-grade architectural work, the team at Closet Factory is ready to transform your clutter into coherence. Owned and operated by Richard Palko, Closet Factory offers design, manufacturing and installation of custom-made storage solutions for your home or office. With a goal of maximizing your available space through personalized, creative design, customers are assigned a designer who serves as their space planner, stylist and project manager. From closets, home offices and garages to mudrooms, pantries and beyond, Closet Factory works with customers during a collaborative design process to create a space that is uniquely tailored to their needs. Closet Factory offers a free, no-obligation in-home design consultation.
237 96th Street, Stone Harbor | 609-830-3230
2021 Dune Drive, Avalon |609-368-0900
Blufish Two & Design Studio | 4 Clermont Drive, Clermont | 609-478-0450
Blufish Designs, owned and operated by Whitney Kotzman and Eileen LaPenta, has grown since its opening in 2010 to include stores in Avalon and Stone Harbor as well as an outlet location and design studio in Clermont. The business carries indoor and outdoor furniture, high-end home furnishings, accessories, and so much more. Several lines are exclusive to Blufish, and Kotzman designs the custom furniture in collaboration with the Amish craftspeople of Lancaster, Pa. Customers can browse a wide selection of bedroom furniture, bedding lines, and accessories like lighting and bureaus in addition to the chic and coastal-inspired home décor. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your home this summer or accent your room with a custom piece, Kotzman and LaPenta have everything at Blufish Designs to get you started. For indoor decorating to outdoor decorating and beyond, stop by one of the Blufish locations and dream up your space for the ladies to create.
Euro Line Designe
751 Bay Avenue, Somers Point | 609-927-1111 | eurolinedesigne.com
Renovate and refresh your home with help from Sandra Aromando and the team at Euro Line Designe. With high-end custom cabinetry for homeowners, architects, interior designers, builders and developers, Euro Line Designe has been in business more than 30 years. The showroom features two floors of beautiful and inviting displays that represent multiple cabinet lines ranging from high end to value engineered. Whether you’re looking to update your kitchen or bathroom, Aromando and the team guide you through the four-step process of the project. From scheduling the appointment and the first meeting, to presentation and the final drawing and completion, Euro Line Designe assures the highest level of quality for your home. Some popular brands the showroom offers include Neff Kitchens, Craft-Maid, Elmwood, Dura Supreme and Hunter Douglas. It’s time to call in the experts and create your dream kitchen or bathroom.
Serving the Tri-State Area | 609-567-8621 | abcclosets.net
Serving Avalon, Stone Harbor and surrounding areas in South Jersey, ABC Closets has been customizing spaces for more than 25 years. The ABC Closets team has a passion for organizing, so whether you are looking to update your bedroom closets, home office, kitchen pantry or garage, you’re sure to be amazed by the multiple customization options, luxury finishes, colors and layouts. Owner Tony Brinn’s experience and knowledge of design elements is complemented by his honest, no-pressure approach as he designs and recommends projects tailored to each customer’s needs and budget. ABC Closets offers free in-home consultations and fast turn-around installations. The company carries a complete line of laminated shelving and accessories as well. Take the clutter out of your life and let Brinn and his team transform your space.
South Jersey Hardwood
Showroom: 250 Ranger Road, Suite 10, Rio Grande | 609-305-5047 | southjerseyhardwood.com
For more than 30 years, Paul and Stephanie LaTorre and the team at South Jersey Hardwood have been providing exceptional floor finishes with a personal touch. The business specializes in hardwood installation, sanding, restoring and refinishing as well as installation of the highest-quality porcelain and ceramic tile, luxury vinyl, laminate and carpet. No matter your vision, the team can create it. South Jersey Hardwood provides custom refinishing of hardwood floors, as well as custom tile designs for everything from floors and backsplashes to walls and tub/shower surrounds. In working with Synchrony Bank, South Jersey Hardwood is also able to offer customers 6- and 12-month financing at zero percent. The business is an exclusive retailer of Mirage and Legno Bastone hardwood, COREtec luxury vinyl and Milliken carpet, so you’re sure to find whatever you need for your next flooring project.
Megan Gorelick Interiors
Serving Avalon and Stone Harbor | megangorelickinteriors.com
Studio: 100 West Rockland Road, Suite O, Montchanin, Del. | 302-482-1325
Serving Avalon and Stone Harbor clients for more than a decade, the team at Megan Gorelick Interiors recognizes the importance of making your home just right. Specializing in ground-up construction, full renovations and personalization of art, accessories, and beyond, Gorelick has been recognized for her coastal design projects throughout the island. She works with various subcontractors, vendors, builders and artisans in addition to her team to see her projects through from start to finish. Gorelick is a great listener and if she can’t figure out a specific project or design, she consults with like-minded “gurus” to ensure your home is exactly what you envisioned. Gorelick is also a member of The Design Leadership Network and Design Trust, Ltd., and travels nationally and internationally to design shows throughout the year. She specializes in clean, classic interiors infused with style and comfort to create your dream space.
Trendz, Trendz HOME & Olive Tree
209-215 96th Street, Stone Harbor | 609-368-3313 | trendzstoneharbor.com
Trendz, Trendz HOME and Olive Tree were established in 1981 in Stone Harbor. With three different areas of expertise, style comes to life at each of the establishments by Amy and Lisa Hardy. The duo is committed to uncompromising quality and celebrating the relevance of design in the lives and homes of everyone they meet. Trendz features award-winning designer jewelry and art by Irene Neuwirth, Pamela Froman, Temple St. Clair, Alex Sepkus, Heather Moore, Suzy Landa, Marla Aaron, Anita Ko, Jade Trau and Roberto Coin, to name a few. From everyday to extraordinary, you’re sure to find whatever style you’re looking for as part of a nice gift for someone or yourself. At Trendz HOME you’ll find exquisite luxury linens for bed and bath, diffusers, candles and unusual gifts. Olive Tree features gifts and finishing touches for hosting friends and family and your own quiet escape. Furnish your home with beautiful accents hand-selected to fit a variety of styles and budgets.
Island Home Renovation & Design
2389 Dune Drive, Avalon | 609-796-5102
Mike Peirson and Valerie Waywell-Peirson are excited to be entering the 10th year in business for their company, Island Home Renovation and Design. The company is a comprehensive resource center for your shore home-improvement needs. From project design, material selections and sales, to expert installation, the business provides turnkey services for your next shore house-renovation project. The showroom offers all the material needs for your project under one roof including custom cabinetry, countertops, tile, hardwood flooring and carpet, plumbing fixtures, and door and cabinet hardware. With different areas of expertise, the husband-and-wife owners team up to offer exceptional services for their clients. Mike enjoys being hands-on from the start of each project to the very end, while Valerie is an accomplished artist in both painting and glass mosaics and displays her works at the showroom along with the work of several other local artists.
2199 Ocean Drive, Avalon | 609-967-4462 | 9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor | 609-368-7777 | oceangalleries.com
Kim and Josh Miller have been showcasing fine art pieces for Ocean Galleries’ customers for more than 30 years. With locations in Avalon and Stone Harbor, each gallery offers the creations of internationally known artists as well as a collection of fine art glass, and handcrafted jewelry. Throughout the year, Ocean Galleries also hosts popular artists for exhibitions and receptions. Some of its notable artist shows include visits with Peter Max, Autumn de Forest, Romero Britto, Josef Kote, Graham Nash, Jane Seymour and Aldo Luongo, among many others. The team of knowledgeable art consultants can help with your art design plan. Ocean Galleries is also known for its creative custom framing that is done on-site and focuses on quality and design. No matter if you’re looking to frame limited-edition artwork, concert tickets, wedding invitations or even your entire collection of beach tags, no job is too big or too small for the team at Ocean Galleries.
2320 Dune Drive, Avalon | 609-368-6390 | completeinteriors.net
Boasting the largest showroom on Seven Mile Beach, Complete Interiors has been in business for 19 years. Owned and operated by Dan and Andrea Powell, Complete Interiors offers furnishings that range from upscale chic to beach casual. The team of designers will work with you based on your personal style and taste whether its a small project or a complete redesign of your homes interior. Some specialty brands include Coastal Living, Century, Lexington, Bassett, Pal-ecek and Bungalow 5, to name a few. Offering full-service interior design, furnishings and window treatments, Complete Interiors is also a certified Hunter Douglas and Centurion dealer. The friendly, service-oriented team is completely focused on the customer’s vision. Stop by the Dune Drive showroom this summer or visit the sister store, Coastal Designer Outlet, at 556 Sea Isle Blvd. in Ocean View.
Coastal Designer Outlet
556 Sea Isle Boulevard, Ocean View | 609-624-1544 | coastaldesigner.com
If you’ve been searching for affordable quality furniture, look no further than Coastal Designer Outlet. The store features a great collection of shore décor and everything from bedroom sets, sofas and curios to dining tables, occasional tables, lamps, shades and more. Owner Dan Powell’s vast design experience and industry knowledge allow him to assist customers no matter what they need for their home. If you’re looking for a custom piece for your space, Coastal Designer Outlet can help. If you’re looking for a brand name, its 5,600-square-foot showroom offers Ashley Furniture, Bassett Furniture, Braxton Culler, Magnussen, Stanley and more. The store is open year-round, Monday through Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. Don’t miss the store’s end-of-season sale from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.
The Creative Window
173 21st Street, Avalon | 834 Asbury Avenue, Ocean City | 609-967-7700 | creativefurnishings.com
Specializing in custom window treatments, unique furniture, and complete interior and exterior design, The Creative Window has been serving South Jersey and beyond for 47 years. Operated by the Pokrass family, the business prides itself on personalization, customer service, and top quality. Whether you stop by the Avalon or Ocean City location, customers are sure to be greeted by Fran, Howie, Jeff or Lisa, who make you feel part of the family when you walk through the door. In addition to home décor and design, The Creative Window offers boutique landscaping, exterior shutters, and awnings. The business is one of the largest Hunter Douglas dealers in South Jersey and is proud to offer its customers the most skilled installers in the industry. The Creative Window is your one-stop shop for all new things for your home, so be sure to check out its wide selection of furnishings.
Seashore Ace Home & Outdoor Living
260 96th Street, Stone Harbor | 609-368-3191 | seashoreace.com
Known as one of the largest outdoor furniture dealers in the tri-state area, Seashore Ace Home and Outdoor Living in Stone Harbor offers a 7,000-square-foot showroom complete with everything you need to spruce up your space. The business features outdoor furniture, grills and accessories including outdoor throw pillows, patio umbrellas, firepits and more from top industry brands such as Telescope Casual, Lloyd Flanders, Tropitone and Sunbrella. The store also carries a wide selection of indoor shore-themed plaques and signs, decorative lamps, bathroom curtains, decorative sets and more for your one-stop shopping experience. Owned and operated by Scott Fisher and family, Seashore Ace has been serving Stone Harbor and surrounding communities since 1946. The company also offers shrink-wrap services, free assembly and free local delivery for customers. Delivery outside of the county is also available.
Rettinger Fireplace Systems, Inc.
476 Centennial Boulevard, Voorhees | 833-438-7388 | rettingerfireplace.com
No matter the season, there is just something relaxing about curling up by a fire with a good book or beverage. David and Alexis Rettinger have been providing warmth and relaxation for their customers for more than 25 years, offering a complete line of gas, wood and pellet-burning fireplaces for indoor/outdoor use, stoves and inserts from their 6,000-square-foot showroom. Rettinger Fireplace Systems features the most recognized brands in the industry including Mendota, Heatilator, European Home, Ortal Heat, Valor, American Hearth, and Flare. The team of nationally certified sales and installation staff offers the highest-quality customer service to exceed client expectations, and the company offers in-house design services, fireplace installation and gas fireplace service. The team is also a reliable resource for new construction and renovation projects and the showroom offers more than 70 burning displays.
2300 Dune Drive, Avalon | 609-967-0400 | seashorefloorsllc.com
Peter Fricano and the team at Seashore Floors have been “your floor store at the shore” for more than 30 years. No matter if you’re looking for tile, carpet, vinyl or hardwood flooring, Seashore Floors carries a wide selection of brands to fit your style and budget. The showroom highlights the range of flooring solutions available for your next project. Ready to restore your old hardwood floors? The team members can bring them back to life by treating them to give them a new look. If you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen backsplash, they can help with that, too. Fricano and his team pride themselves on their attention to detail, great customer service and exceptional range of quality products, and they have been awarded “Best of Houzz” several times. No matter your vision, the team at Seashore Floors is ready to transform the look of your home with custom flooring.
The Cabinet Shop
204 N. Main Street, Cape May Court House | 609-463-0400 | cabinetshopnj.com
Family-owned and operated, The Cabinet Shop has been beautifying homes in Cape May County for nearly 30 years. Featuring fine cabinetry, countertops and furnishings for your home or office, The Cabinet Shop boasts a 4,000-square-foot showroom full of top manufacturers’ products to create a unique, customized look for your space. Browse through hundreds of styles and colors as you visualize just what your kitchen, bath or office would look like with new, top-quality products. Some top cabinetry brands include KraftMaid, Medallion, Sagehill Designs and St. Martin, to name a few. With several options for countertops to choose from, customers will be able to browse different brands for natural stone, quartz, solid surface and wooden countertops. The business carries brands and designs to fit every budget while also providing customers with free computer design, estimates and delivery.
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