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Eastcote Lane Preserves and Refreshes Antiques

By Kelly Church

Eastcote Lane is an east coast furniture company that is the result of owner Teresa Decker's lifelong passion for antiques and artwork. With locations in Devon, PA; Cap May, NJ; and Kennett Square, PA, residents all over the east coast are able to purchase Eastcote Lane designs. Decker, in her workshop located in the Devon Eastcote Lane storefront, hand paints, refinishes and reinvents furniture.

"We try to pay tribute to the age and classic style of the pieces we save, while giving them a fresh appearance than can blend into modern day design," Decker said. "Sometimes we keep it classic, sometimes we add a little [whim]. When you are saving pieces, there are no rules."

Decker grew up doing a lot of the same work she does now, except for fun. As a child of the military, her family moved a lot and often had second-hand furniture. Her grandfather also used chalk paints, so she had them at her disposal and grew a love for saving old pieces of furniture by making them new.

"I've done pieces inspired by song lyrics, old cars, nature [and] fashion," Decker said. "Inspiration is everywhere if you're looking for it. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by amazing local talent. I don't have to go far to find an amazing original piece, and it makes me feel so good to support local art."

Decker said she blends many different styles as she redesigns furniture in her workshop. Although she pulls from many different looks, she is adamant that her line remains cohesive. Custom painting is also an option with Eastcote Lane for customers who are looking for pieces designed specifically for the aesthetic of their home.

Eastcote Lane also offers a gallery space for 20 artists and groups who create all different works of art for the home. Lynn O'Connor is an artist that makes paintings to be displayed throughout the house, and Jeanne Joseph Glass' hand-blown glasswork is also on display. Ceramics, including beautiful plateware from Bonnie Ann Burnett, and other three-dimensional household items are also crafted by this group of artists. Displaying and selling original art by local artists is one of our favorite aspects of Eastcote

The original location, which houses Decker's workshop, just celebrated its four-year anniversary. The Cap May location opened three years ago and Kennett Square is the new shop on the block opening just six months ago. In a relatively short amount of time, the furniture company has boomed in the area. Decker said she hopes her stores give shoppers an gratitude for history.

"The goal is to leave you inspired, to tap into an appreciation for another time when we saved instead of replaced, repaired instead of discarded and appreciated timelessness instead of trend," Decker said.

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