Shopping’s First Resort

We think of the beach as a great place for restaurants, but it’s just as great a place to shop for home furnishings and accessories.

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Not everyone enjoys bold color on every wall. Those who prefer timeless decor would do well to stop in Symmetry. The name says it all. It’s clear from the store’s artistic, conceptualized displays that the guys behind the counter fully understand the importance of balance and harmony in a home. Earth tones are the name of the game, though a shopper will encounter classic black-and-white damask inspiration here and there. Though Symmetry offers a wide array of lighting, like candelabras and lamps, as well as serving dishes, its gift is providing the just-right pieces your home needs. Is your reclaimed farm wood table missing something that you can’t put your finger on? Let the folks at Symmetry find just the thing. 46 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 260-9741
Have you ever wondered what 400 square feet of fabulous looks like? The answer lies on Second Street in Lewes. While you may have to jockey for elbow room in Cottage, it’s well worth the fight. Unexpected, budget-friendly home furnishings occupy every nook and cranny. The store even makes trash look pretty with damask-printed garbage bags. A piece to try is the doorknob hanging: a crystal doorknob fixture is attached to a polished piece of colored wood with a vintage keyhole shape. Hang it up for instant hipness. Unexpected finds, like vintage restored purses and art made of Scrabble tiles, make Cottage an eccentric treasure trove. 142 Second St., Lewes, 644-1544
Jeff West Home, Rehoboth BeachJeff West Home
Washington, D.C.-based designer Jeff West knows his stuff. Look no further than Jeff West Home for proof. There’s a little bit of everything, from tin magazine tubs to delicately painted china to pillows to antique lamps and furniture. The Dana Gibson pieces are a nod to tradition. The Tole Tea Caddy Lamp in particular is a conversation waiting to be had. West pays attention to the little details, and the little people: You’ll find all things for baby, from gifts to impeccably designed clothes to a soft pink chaise fit for a preschool princess. 413 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-3635

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