coastal decor and crafts

1/15/09

Decorating with Seashells

Decorating with seashells is the easiest way to bring home the beach, and there are many ways how you can create stunning displays with your shore finds. Here are a few examples how you can decorate with a Seashell Collection or elegantly display one single shell, using jars, vases and cloches.

decorating with seashells
A beautiful seashell filled jar is such a simple yet visually exciting decorating idea. It can stand all on its own, especially if it is an elegant antique apothecary jar like this one. The jar holds seashells in a Long Island house that draws inspiration from the sea. To tour the home, head over to House Beautiful.


seashell in cylinder vase
If you have scored a large beautiful seashell, show it off in a tall cylinder vase. Better Homes and Garden suggests to pour sand into a glass cylinder vase and arrange the conch to call attention to its natural beauty. Stand the vase on its own or rest another shell or two against the base.

seashells in glass hurricane vase
I'm loving these thick glass hurricane vases. Create a grouping with different heights, and add a candle. A great vignette that you can enjoy year round. For me decorating with seashells is for all seasons!

seashell decorating with cloches
When decorating with seashells, don't be afraid to make a big statement. You don't see a display like this very often. A seashell collection under bell jars! You find this seashell display in Betsy Wyeth’s Benner Island home, off the Coast of Maine. You can tour the home at AD magazine.

purple shell color inpiration
And how sweet is this small cloche with seashells! Featured on Purple Rooms.

shells in fillable glass lamp
And here's the perfect beachcomber lamp! A Fillable Glass Lamp that adds function to decorating with seashells. Via M Design.

8 comments:

Firefly Hill said...

Hi Maya,

I love decorating with shells...they are little works of art. Your blog is great!

annie

Catherine said...

The possibilities are endless! I have some in a glass jar, some on a small antique pewter plate, and some in a wooden pedestal bowl. No room in my house is complete without a shell or two!

Jane F said...

Those shells are lovely. When I was out in San Diego last fall, there was an entire wall of shell, each divided into its own little individual sandscape in the airport of all places! How great to show that idea for accessories.

Jane F., Atticmag

laura @ the shore house said...

I just (finally!!) took all of my Christmas ornaments out of the glass jars around the house so time to break out the shells again. Maybe it'll warm me up to have a piece of the beach back in the house (brrrr! it's cold at the shore house...)

Anonymous said...

Great ideas!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful webpage....great style. So many websites dedicated to decorating with shells are tacky. Yours is just what appeals to me.

Simone E. said...

Lovely photos. Shells always add a nice detail to interior.

Anonymous said...

I have a shell collection my Mom started in the 30's. The most important ones to us I keep on a open shelf in my china cabniet. It has her shells, a photo of her at Big Sur in the 40's, and driftwood pieces she collected. I paired them with my own collection of shells from the 60's forward with photographs I took of the oceans I visit. I am soon to go to Pottery Barn to purchase the large jar for my coastal living room for the large shells to display. The look I want is with sand, her shells and a photo of her walking on a beach. Beauitful!