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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Ed Albers and Michael Cusumano want to help you. That’s why DCOR is the opposite of stuffy, intimidating and overbearing. The two wanted to bring to Southern Delaware a marketplace not just for designers, but for anyone who wanted to be inspired by beautiful pieces and expert showrooms—and who wanted the most important thing when it comes to design: access. You’ll get all that and more at the Design Center of Rehoboth. Lighting options run the gamut, from clean and traditional to bold and risky. Even the pillow collection, with its vibrant coastal living influence, is a revelation. If you want to walk around and soak up the good vibes, do so. But if you want some hard-core instruction in areas such as space planning or outdoor living design, you can get that, too. In a nutshell: For every aspect of home decorating, DCOR is as solid a foundation as you’ll find. 112 Atlantic Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-9341
Mark Showell Interiors
Talk about elegance. If you’re in Mark Showell Interiors, one thing is for certain: You’re not interested in being just any beach house on the block. Tag team Mark Showell and Julie Metz run the interiors game, and their motto is “Something for everyone.” From whimsical to traditional to oh-my-gosh-that’s-just-the-bathroom opulence, the showroom is rich with nautical themes and vibrant palettes, and there is an assortment of antique artwork to set off any room. The store carries enough product to make everything in your house sing—even your silk floral arrangements, which are anchored in Showell’s favorite line of hand-made Italian pottery and sitting pretty on your Theodore Alexander cocktail table. 59 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-2272
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