Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Under Glass

Playing with my Living Room decor has become so much easier
and more inspired since the paintbrush came out last week.

Decorating with a white palette has been what I've been striving for
and now I feel like I have so many more options.

What can be more "summer" than seashells?
I have a conch shell that was given to me by my mom
that she and my daddy had their entire married life.
Believe it or not, it was a doorstop for the front door.

I'm not an expert, but it seems quite large to me as conch shells go.

I added another smaller one,
and a nautilus shell to some old books
for a summertime cloche vignette.

I'm painting my sofa table and some picture frames today
so these were taken amid the mess.

I also finished my frenchy toile sofa pillows,
you can see one in the background.

They weren't an easy job,
as I'm no professional seamstress,
but they look pretty good from a distance!

I found my husband standing in the middle of the Living Room last night,
"It's really growing on me", he said.
"In fact, I really like it."
Now there's a man with a "chippy" gene.

I'm joining Marty for her Summer Cloche Party
and the rest of these fun parties.



  1. Hi Debra!
    This is so cool, I really love your seashells and the old books look great all together.

    Laura =)

  2. I just love your new living room Debra and the cloche display is gorgeous to me!!! hugs and love, Dawn

  3. Hi Debra,
    I'm glad that you are enjoying redoing your decor. White does make it easier.
    Mr. Sissie has the chippy gene, he just doesn't know it yet! LOL!


  4. Your room looks great.....and you have a really sweet husband!

  5. LOVE IT Debra!! The shells and old books look perfect under the cloche and I am in love with that urn in all it's chippy goodness! Martina

  6. I think we are all saying-"Now why did I not think of such a clever summer cloche!"

    Your new white look is great. Love it.

  7. That urn steals the show...almost. The conch shell from your parents is so pretty. I find them all the time and am amazed people are selling them. Your husband is getting the chippy/white vibe from you by osmosis! hugs♥O

  8. How pretty Debra!
    I need to get a cloche...I'm bumping it to the top of my list!

  9. Debra- I love how you placed the cloche inside the urn! You were really thinking! It looks so pretty filled with shells and the old book. :-) Sue

  10. Oh how lovely! I'm normally not one to really like the white on white tones, but the way you are doing it is simply stunning.

  11. I love the lightened living room and those seashells look terrific in the cloche. Looking at how you took the leap and painted dark furniture white makes me REALLY want to paint my dining room set. Eeek...I don't think my hubby will be as agreeable to it as yours. :)
    (also LOVED your studio on 'where bloggers create' - lots of inspiration there)
    - Susan

  12. Haha! Well, I hope it's growing on him, Debra, since I can't see you changing it! : ) I love the urn as the base for the cloche. It probably makes it a lot easier when you have things like shells. I'll have to try to be a little different that way.

  13. That is a lovely cloche display Debra. I'm so happy that you and your husband are enjoying the new look in your home.

  14. Love your big conch shells under that cloche and placed in the urn. I do believe it about the shell door stop. We did the same thing with a bedroom door in our first house.

  15. It looks beautiful Debra!

    White Spray Paint

    Do you get paint all over yourself like I do???

  16. always beautiful Debra. Love the shells, love how you displayed them in the cloche. and the sentiment, too lovely...


  17. Debra, what a clever idea to use the urn as a base. Very nice!

  18. Debra, I love your displays. So beautiful!

  19. Hi Debra! Your cloche display is beautiful. No one does it better.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  20. I just love shells under the cloches! You have some beautiful ones!

  21. love your shells and the one of your mum and Dads is such a special one,, you have such a lovely home,,

  22. That's a very neat cloche. I love the base. THe shells look great in it.

  23. I'm glad your hubs likes the room. It's excitingly beautiful. I love the look of the cloche over the urn! I'm gonna do it too!xx

  24. Very beautiful, Debra. You've put your heart into your living room and it shows.

    Now about that husband comment, can he wave the wand over here?

  25. How nice that the shell was your parents door stop all those years. I love it when memories are part of the decor. I like how you put the shells in an urn. I did a shell cloche as well. You've given me a new way to display them.

  26. The shells with the old book pages look perfect! I love the entire look!


  27. Love that "chippy gene" thing! I'll be finding out soon if my hubby is in touch with his inner chippiness!! There are some changes taking place a little at a time that will soon not be able to go unnoticed!!

    Love the the have wonderful style!
    Have a great week!

  28. The urn, the sea shells and the cloche display it's just gorgeous! You did a fabulous display, I just love it, my friend. Love, FABBY

  29. Looks beautiful, Debra! Your shell display must bring so many memories to mind!

  30. What a great idea to put the see shells under a cloches love't!!

  31. I love your shells under glass.. You have a BEAUTIFUL room to display them in too.. enjoyed my visit to your home very much an will be coming back.

  32. Debra, I love how you used an urn as the base for your cloche. Beautifully displayed.

    Have a wonderful day,

  33. If you put the shell to your ear, I bet you won't just hear the'll hear your mother smiling out loud.
    P.S. Sometimes men tend to forget we women know a thing or two about creating a beautiful retreat from the outside world.

  34. Your urn and cloche is stunning, I just adore it. Such beautifu shells and it looks fantastic all put together. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  35. Your cloche vignette is absolutely lovely!

  36. I love the rusticness of your display..., and that must be one heavy conch shell to be used as a door stop! Have yet to find one!!

  37. Hi Debra! I love love love your cloche. It's such a wonderful idea to use a pedestal planter as a base. I'm saving it to my idea file! The sea shells and old books are perfect. I love your precious little birds... Your pillows are wonderful. Again, I really wish I could sew... Have a lovely week!


  38. It's lovely, Debra! How fun that your hubby likes your new look! And thanks so much for posting our party button! The staff can't wait to see the girls! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  39. I love summer under glass. I have never thought of using a cloch on a deep container. I have just always used flat things! Now I'll have to go shopping in the basement.
    I wanted to let you know that I won't be having Treasure Hunt Thursday since my blog is so screwed up. I am in a total funk and don't have the energy or time right now to get it straightened out by Thursday. Please don't go to my old site - you can find me at

  40. Beautiful summer setting! Love those seashells! The urn is beautiful. Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my humble site...sometime:)

  41. Beautiful! I love the shells and book displayed in your lovely cloche! I look forward to seeing your sofa table and new pillows!

  42. Very beautiful... The shells look beautiful... And I love that urn.... The combination of urn + cloche looks wonderful...

  43. Very pretty! Love that big conch.

  44. Hey Sweet
    It looks fabulous!!! Good job on the pillow and I love the shells. How wonderful to have such a special one.
    Stay cool

  45. Beautiful, Debra. A complete delight!!

    Barb ♥

  46. I love decorating with shells and your big, special conch plus the books under the cloche INSIDE the urn is such a lovely combination. Love how you put it all together!

  47. Hi dear,
    Your iron urn looks gorgeus with that big -and special conch sheel,from your parents.
    And I love the little birdies, in front of the urn.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  48. What a stunning way to show off your pretty shells. Love the added texture from the old book pages. Very nice!

  49. Debra, The cloche and shells are beautiful and I love your rusty urn. The toile on your pillow is one of my favorites. Thanks for joining my party this week.

  50. Wow! I never seen like this b4. A one of a kind in my eyes. Gorgeously cool...

    DOn't forget to join Marty's and my giveaways.

    Happy TTT.

  51. Conch shells are so pretty with their pink inside! Can't wait to see the rest of your pretty touches to your room. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  52. love it! Thanks for sharing at my linky party this week.

  53. I don't think you can ever have too many shells- they are so versatile for decorating. Love the rusty urn and the sentimental value of what's inside :) just lovely. Your pillows look great too! Thanks for linking up to the party- your living room transformation was a big hit last week!! :)


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