Did you know that attaching shells to objects such as frames, mirrors or pieces of furniture is a practice called Coquillage? I didn't know! I heard about the name when I posted about the 2008 Beach Idea House here which has quite a collection of interesting examples of coquillage. Take a look!
Coquille is the French word for shell and the art of Coquillage goes back to the Rococo period of 18th- century France when the shell motif was popular as a carved decoration. In this picture you see a cute birdhouse distinguished by a shell exterior. You can also use coquillage as a way to Display a Seashell Collection!
This is something that I want to do -decorate the necks of a couple of bottles with tiny shells, then use them as vases. It's a simple and lovely idea.
Local Florida oysters were used to create a pair of shell encrusted table lamps in the guest room.
A large shell encrusted mirror.
And a picture frame by the bed is adorned with shells to carry the coquillage motif throughout the house. You can tour the entire house here.