Showing posts with label shells. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shells. Show all posts

Saturday, July 20, 2019

She Collects (Vintage) Seashells

This time of year, late July, I get that little nudge to play with some Seashell Decor. There's a short window of opportunity to do shell decor around here. Early Summer is filled with garden fun, then comes the Patriotic decor. Now's the time before "Pre Fall" starts. So I put together a little vignette on an antique tray in the Dining Room. It's not really  "beachy", but more "vintage".

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Not So Boring Shell Decor Inspiration

After posting my last post on my Seashell Entry Vignette, I got to looking through Pinterest for some other ideas using seashells. If you're like me, you may have boxes or tubs filled with loose shells from long ago vacations that are screaming to be used in something fun, beautiful, and inspirational. I've made some collages of random images to give you some ideas. Once I saw all these I realized how easily I can get into a predictable and "boring" place. So enjoy and let your creative imagination go. I think the easiest might be to just take the tealight out of it's metal container and place in the shell for some quick romantic Summer ambiance.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Late Summer Look-back

I've been hunting for some inspiration for this transition time into Fall.
 The fading flowers are showing the wear and tear of the sun,
 the temps are still hot, the yards have started turning brown around the edges, 
and this time of year, I often find myself in a little decorating funk. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer Mantel Makeover

Do you ever get stuck in a rut? ...and you don't even realize it until you want to change something, but you don't make the change're stuck in a rut. OK, that describes my mantel. I just tend to do the same old things. Well, at least I did until I started on my paint transformation a few weeks ago.

This room really causes me to be symmetrical,
you know something alike, or at least similar on either side.
my sofas, chairs, end tables, lamps...
works for me,
but can be predictable and boring.

...OK, so it's easy,
but not a good excuse.

And, I still needed out of the mantel rut.
Spray painting my small accent lamps, buying new shades,
 and then changing out the book stacks
were a good place to start.

But my light and bright obsession
and a need for something summery caused me to try some new things.

I removed the small clock that had been there,
then went on a hunt for a couple of prints that were similar,
but different.
Two vintage bird prints fit with my summer theme,
and then an old white iron doorstop for the centerpiece.
My large conch shell and two smaller ones were added in the mix.

Anchoring both ends are vintage demijohns that my husband contributed.
Actually I borrowed them from his collections,
but he agreed they fit the French feel I was going for.

One of the best bits of advice I was given during my makeover was
to remove everything from the place in question,
then try new things.

It's still "symmetrical" in here,
but at least I've changed out a few things.
Now, to just stay out of that rut!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

White Wednesday at the Beach Party

I 'm loving these blog parties. It stretches my imagination. So, last minute again, I wanted to find a way to combine something "Beachy" with "White".
I put together this little "Cottage Vignette" in my sunroom, because the light there is just so natural. It's on the north side of the house, so it's bright without being harsh.

This little wicker basket is holding some sentimental treasures...dried roses and hydrangeas from my younger daughter's wedding, a conch shell that my mother used as a doorstop for 50 years, (my Dad found it on a beach during his Navy years) and a little nautilus shell I recently found at a flea market. The two shabby white candlesticks were once electified and the linen is an old French piece.

And this is the closest I was to the "Beach" this summer.
Soaking up some vitamin D in my back yard.

Click on the links below to see other great ideas for the "Beach" and "White".

Beach Party at The Shabby Chic Cottage

White Wednesday at Faded Charm

Hope you are enjoying your last days of summer.

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