Spring Must Haves: Home and Design
By Jennifer James Davenport
Spring has finally made its arrival here on Seven Mile Beach. It’s been a long winter and we can’t wait to spend time sitting in the warm sun. Spring is one of my favorite seasons. It signifies everything new and fresh. Flowers are blooming, baby chicks are hatching, and turtles are making their way out of the water to lay their eggs. It’s the perfect time to get your beach home ready for vacation time, company visiting and summer nights that seem to last forever! We searched the island and beyond, looking for the latest trends in home design and decorating. Spring is the perfect time to renovate and refresh!
1. SMART SHADES
Control your window shades with just your voice. Set everything up through your iPad or just use the remote control and you will never have to get of bed! Made by Hunter Douglas, you can adjust your shades to work on your schedule. Have them automatically darken at night and lighten up on time each morning! Now you can creative the perfect room ambience 24 hours a day.
Creative Window Design Center
173 21st Street, Avalon
2. COLORFUL PILLOWS
Changing your “look” is as simple as changing your pillows! These pillows by Rightside Design are great for inside or out! Add a pop of color to your favorite couch or chair and spruce up your living space.
2761 Dune Drive, Avalon
3. KITCHEN ORGANIZERS
If your kitchen isn’t organized, then you aren’t organized. No one wants to search every cabinet and drawer when you are trying to cook! This Convoy pantry unit will help you organize all of your kitchen essentials, making them easy for you to grab when you need them.
3025 Dune Drive, Avalon
4. SOMEONE TO SHOP FOR YOU
No one wants to spend vacation time shopping for the essentials. Fortunately, @Shore Service has a home-essentials package that includes things such as paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste, etc. Let it do the shopping for you so you can get more time on the beach!
2713 Dune Drive, Avalon
5. OUTDOOR LIGHTING
Outdoor lighting is something you never realized you needed, but once you have it, you can’t live without it. Once you see your deck, patio or backyard lit up, you will want to sit outside every night. The hard-wired systems allow you to control the lighting so that you can turn it off or on as you need it.
200 Bayshore Road, Villas
6. CUSTOM STORAGE SOLUTIONS
From custom closets in every bedroom to custom garage organizers, laundry-room cabinets, custom pantries, wine cellars, craft rooms and more, consider organizing your closets and other spaces that allow your shore home to shine.
15th Street, Hammonton
7. WOODEN PLANK PORCELAIN DECKS
When you spend a lot of time and money making the inside of your home look perfect, it only makes sense to have the outside look amazing, too! This deck is made of wooden plank porcelain. Put together with the permeable pavers and it blends for a spectacular combination.
114 Stagecoach Road, Cape May Court House
8. GAS FIREPLACE
This beautiful, linear, direct vent is compatible with natural gas or liquid propane gas. It is temperature-controlled so you aren’t running up the gas bills. Enjoy the warmth and comfort of a fireplace without the fuss of burning wood!
Rettinger Fireplace Systems
476 Centennial Boulevard, Voorhees Township
9. FIRE TABLE
Warm up with a Firetainment fire table. This versatile gas fire table has multiple flame-adjustment settings, as well as cooking package options. The absolute best way to add some ambience to your patio!
260 96th Street, Stone Harbor
10. STRIPED BEDDING
Spring and summer bedding need to keep you cool, crisp and comfortable while you sleep! This luxe seersucker strip has the sophistication of elegant menswear and would match perfectly in any bedroom. Available as a duvet, quilt and coordination shams.
215 96th Street, Stone Harbor
11. SUNSHELF FOR THE POOL
If you want to feel like you are at a resort, add a sunshelf in the shallow part of your pool for the ultimate hangout spot. These Ledge loungers come in various styles, colors and are the perfect finishing touch!
3101 Dune Drive, Avalon
12. STATEMENT ART
Artwork is the ultimate finishing touch that your shore house needs. This piece is a limited edition. Use your own perspective to determine where you think it is!
209 96th Street, Stone Harbor
13. ACCENT LAMP
Refreshingly modern, organic and finely crafted, the pierced bubble shapes of this pattern are an interpretation of natural oceanic forms as they deteriorate over time. This innovative carving design, coupled with its functionality, make it the perfect lamp to accent a bedroom, living room or entryway.
211 96th Street, Stone Harbor
14. YOUR OWN HANDYMAN
Even the newest homes have some jobs that need to be tackled. With just one phone call, you can have all your home-improvement jobs and repairs addressed.
Dennis Huston Handyman
15. WINDOW CLEANING
The winter months can be pretty harsh on your home, including the windows. We can guess there is probably an inch of saltwater and just yuck built up on them by the time spring rolls in. Get your windows taken care of inside and out by the professionals! Side note – they also do pressure washing so you can take care of the rest of your house, too.
Kelly Window Cleaning
16. CUSTOM WOODWORK
Sometimes just doing a little extra something can really take your home design to the next level. Custom mantels, crown molding and wainscoting in just one or every room will really give your home that custom look.
Custom Classic Trimwork
9 Sand Castle Drive, Cape May Court House
17. CLEAN CARPETS
While you are busy spring cleaning the rest of your house, don’t neglect your carpets. There is a lot of sand, dirt and who knows what else still hanging around from last summer. Start this season off fresh! Carpets dry in just one hour and it’s safe for pets and children.
18. CORETEC FLOORS
When you live at the beach, water and sand are the name of the game. No matter how much you think you’ve cleaned up, both always seem to find their way into the house, especially on the floors. This COREtec flooring comes in a variety of colors and is 100 percent waterproof, pet and child friendly! It truly looks like real hardwood but with exceptional dent-and-scratch resistance. The best part? It comes with a 30-year residential warranty!
South Jersey Hardwood
250 Ranger Road, Suite 10, Rio Grande
19. WASHABLE RUGS
Rugs are a great way to add some color to a room and keep it practical, inviting people to wipe their feet before they come in. These Jellybean rugs are made for indoor and outdoor. They come in a range of designs and colors. The best part is that you can throw them in the washing machine when they need it!
Hoy’s 5 & 10
219 96th Street, Stone Harbor
28th Street & Dune Drive, Avalon
20. COMFORTABLE FURNITURE
At the end of the day, you need a comfortable place to put your feet up and just relax. This set, by Braxton Culler comes in various colors and four custom styles. Shown here is the couch, love seat and chair. The couch also comes with a sleeper sofa if you are planning on having some company! Made in the USA and made for both inside and out makes this furniture a must have!
Coastal Designer Outlet
556 Sea Isle Boulevard, Ocean View
21. COASTAL BEDDING
This Nerida Collection by Easter Accents is sure to give you that tropical feeling all year long. The duvet cover is designed with corals and seashells against a backdrop of calming spa blue. The coverlet and shams have a textured wave pattern making you feel like you are floating in the Caribbean Sea. Available in all sizes and pieces are sold separately.
2320 Dune Drive, Avalon
22. DIGITAL HI-FI SPEAKERS
Play anything. Hear everything. From streaming to game, from TV to multiroom music, LSX is designed for all your home-entertainment needs. Play what you like, how you like, where you like – and experience it all in glorious high-resolution stereo.
336 96th Street, Stone Harbor
23. CUSTOM ÉTAGÈRE
We love this custom étagère for any room in the house. Whether you want to display dishes, picture frames or knickknacks, you can design this piece yourself so it works for you. Paint it in any color, choose any hardware and select the wallpaper for the background. Your design, your furniture.
2021 Dune Drive, Avalon
237 96th Street, Stone Harbor
Outlet Store: Route 9 & 83, Clermont
24. PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE
The best way to add life and beauty to your home on the outside is to have the landscaping done right. You don’t want to spend your summer sweating over the grass. Let the professionals do it for you! From flowers and landscape lighting to fencing and power washing, this is one-stop shopping for all of your exterior needs.
Brian D. Revoir Professional Landscape Maintenance
25. STATEMENT ARTWORK
Every home should have at least one grand piece of art on display. This oil-on-canvas painting is 20 x 60 inches and named “Winds of Success.” Natalya Romanovsky’s paintings are a combination of vibrant color, rich texture and much movement, which makes them so desirable.
2199 Ocean Drive, Avalon
9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor
26. MURPHY BED
When you own a house at the beach, you will always have visitors. At times, it might be tough to accommodate everyone. A Murphy bed is the perfect solution! Put one in your office, den, or even the guest room. You can store it away for more room when it isn’t in use and take it down easily when you need it. This is a game-changer!
7 Eves Drive, Suite 150, Marlton
27. CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS
Besides providing privacy and blocking out light, window treatments really pull a room together and make it feel “done.” And now, they can anticipate your needs by automatically adjusting throughout the day providing the perfect ambience. Compatible with most home systems, you can sit back and let them do the work for you.
Avalon Carpet Tile & Flooring
2209 Dune Drive, Avalon
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