Sunday, July 8, 2012

Shells and more, decor...

More on my short season of shell decor here in the Living Room. I found this wonderful urn at Pottery Barn a couple of years ago, in St. Louis, and since then it's been sitting on my coffee table holding whatever is seasonal. It's one of my favorite decorating pieces. 

I've picked up these great conch shells at the fleas for just a few dollars,
so they are piled in here, at least for the next few weeks.

Here's the rest of the mantle. I found these wonderful starfish at The White Rabbit in St. Louis. What a great shop, wish I'd taken photos, but Anne and I were headed back to Springfield and it was a quick visit. Such a great store, if you're in the area be sure and stop by. It's packed with great vintage, shabby, chippy, white goodness!

If you didn't see yesterday's post on making some faux soldered bottles,
then scroll down to the next post.

Also, a fixture on the mantle are my super duper love'em so much
Wolff Pottery vases. A huge bargain from Restoration Hardware
a while back. 
About 10 dollars each.
...but I did have to paint them white.

(Did I tell you how much I love them?)

More Living Room; no shells, 
but how about some repro Staffordshire dogs instead?

nothing says "Summer" like repro dog figurines.
(just kidding)

and my white desk in the corner...

This however, does say summer...
my vintage botanical specimen window.

Hard to believe, but I found a large college notebook from the 1940's
 filled with them for $11.
I know...
don't hate me cause I'm lucky.

oh, and another tapestry stool to feed my addiction.
Not cheap, but still a bargain at 40 dollars from Robin's Vintage Suitcase.
(Her new tearoom opens next week...yay!)

OK, you know me...
I'm itching for Fall...
I LIVE for September 1!!
Until then, I'll just have to play with my shells.

While hunting for photos I just realized it's been a year this week
since I started my Living Room transformation by painting over 20 pieces
of furniture white...yikes.

I'll be joining these gal pals for parties this week:

Susan for Met Monday
Hope you're having a wonderful week!


  1. I love all of your summery decor. Lately, it has become my favorite look since going all neutral and all. I think shells add texture and a bit of nature, so in my mind, it could be used all year long. I love how pretty your living room looks.

  2. The living room looks great
    And I like you shells of course and have mine on my front porch since the house is on overload

  3. Every time you say "painting twenty pieces of furniture white" I get a little dizzy. The shells are lovely (especially urn Bound) and not crazy all over the place like mine. xoxo, Olive

  4. Love the urn and the shells are fabulous. All of your displays and vignettes are so pretty. The dogs are just way too cute. Your home loos amazing in all white. Thanks so much for joining to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  5. You've given me so many great ideas! I live in Florida so I decorate with shells in every room!

  6. Oh my goodness the room looks like a picture out of a magazine! Love it!

  7. Debra, Everything is BEAUTIFUL!! Of course I love the urn full of seashells.

  8. Debra,
    This is the "C O O L E S T" living room I've seen this Summer. Made the 106 degree temps seem far, far away, my dear friend! Lovely transformation! Thanks for sharing the time table that it took to get it where it is today...hepls those of us going through similar decor changes to understand that it doesn't happen in a weekend! The window took my breath away...great find!!! Have a wonderful week ahead!

  9. Debra,
    Love all of your shell collection.You have it all displayed perfectly too.It has been a hot summer.I am actually looking forward to cooler weather in the fall.But I am enjoying the summer with my daughter.

  10. It ALL looks wonderful! Seashells add to any type of decor (even landlocked here in Kansas!)

  11. I love your summer coastal living room. I especially love the skirted slipcovers on the two chairs. Did you make them? If so, did you have a pattern? I have a pair of very similar chairs that I need to do something with. Hugs to you on this beautiful summer Sunday! xo, Kimberly

  12. Your living room is absolutely gorgeous! I agree, it looks like something that belongs in a magazine!

  13. gorgeous elements and that room is divine!

  14. Oh my all that white! I love it and think it definitely shouts "Enjoy summer right here!"

  15. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Need I say more! :)

  16. Everything is gorgeous! I love decorating with shells and was lucky enough to be given a box of all kinds of awesome different ones this year. The urn on your coffee table is just too fantastic.


  17. Your fireplace is just gorgeous. MIne is painted white, too, but structurally it's still 70's! I love the shape of yours!

  18. LOTS of beautiful summer eye candy, Debra...everything looks really lovely!

  19. Everything looks gorgeous!

    I awarded your blog with

    One Lovely Blog and Very Inspiring blog award . I hope you could come by and check-it out!


  20. I love your shells, Debra!! But I also love the repro Staffordshire dogs - I have a pair in my house, too! I'm going to have to go back a year or more in your blog to see the living room before you painted everything white! I'll bet the transformation is quite dramatic! Have a wonderful week... Donna

  21. I love all your summer decor. Your living room is beautiful.


  22. So much decorating inspiration in this post. Your seashell mantel is beautiful, and I love the urn full of shells.
    Mary Alice

  23. Everything looks lovely! Adore your grandfather clock :)
    Greetings from Australia♥

  24. How elegant and lovely everything is!! I am pinning that urn with shells! I am itching for fall too. I am scouring the magazine racks everytime I am at the store. I already have my plans for fall and I am ready to decorate!

  25. Wow can I come live there? hee hee so stunning!! I love all your rooms and photos! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share all this eyecandy with us.


  26. I love it all....but I really love your desk!! Hugs, Penny

  27. I love your calm white home all summered up! Lots of great decor tips and tidbits!!

    Please join my new weekly linky party TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS going on now. What a great decor tips to share!

  28. I've just discovered your lovely blog through No Minimalist Here, linky party. What a gorgeous home you have, you have some beautiful furniture and I love your taste.

    Lee ☺

  29. I MISS my shells!!1 Thay are all PACKED for the move;(:( I wanted SO badly to keep them out and display them but that woudl be a BIG NO NO for staging the house. I feel like I am in decorating purgatory!!! I adore your living room. I love the contrast of all the white against the wood beams and the upholstery. Beautiful. XO, Pinky

  30. Debra, I absolutely LOVE your shell filled urn. I'd keep it out all year, too. Gorgeous! "Repro" dogs say Summer to me, and Fall and Winter, etc. I'm always looking for a few more to add to my tiny collection.
    Love all your vignettes. Have a great weekend,

  31. It's all so beautiful! I wish I had your courage! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home at Potpourri Friday!

  32. Hi Debra,
    I love seeing photos of your beatuiful home. It's hard to believe it's been a year already since you've painted everything white. It sure looks pretty.


  33. What an absolutely gorgeous room! It was worth every bit of effort you put into it! (I'm itching for fall too, Debra -- pumpkins and camp blankets, yay!)
    xo, Andrea

  34. Debra,
    You have worked your tail off and it shows!! Every nook ~ every cranny and every detail of this room is simple stunning. I am in LOVE! You are such a talent!!!

  35. Love that pretty urn Debra. I would never think to use it indoors (until now!)... it looks like an outdoor planter. But it looks so beautiful indoors with those shells--love it! Thanks for linking up-

  36. Debra,
    What an amazing home you have created. I love how you used your urn with your shells. Just everything is so gorgeous! What a dream home. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home on Simple & Sweet Fridays.



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