A Shell Chic Cottage in Austin Texas

Check out this Austin Texas house. It's big on shells!

shell covered cottage and garden
The theme of this Austin cottage greets you right by the entry. Hard to see in the photograph, but shells are incorporated into the stone street gate. Emily, the owner, claims, "I don’t think there is a surface we haven’t engaged." And all thanks to the book Shell Chic! So let's see.

shell covered garden fountain
This is their front garden shell grotto. Not your ordinary garden fountain. Emily admits that she is a complete shellaholic.

shell covered fireplace
Shells cover the fireplace, the wall beyond and adorn the mirror.

shells cover fireplace like tiles
Here a detail view. The flat scallops make perfect "tiles".

shell covered dresser
And another master piece, a shell covered dresser. Nothing you would expect to find in Austin. Read the entire story about this unique Shell Chic Cottage at Traditional Home.

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vicki said...

Love the photos - but I am thinking these folks had way too much time on their hands!

Love your photo - so sweet!


Flotsam Friends said...

I love it!! Shell Chic is my bible Maya!! Seriously! It's my inspiration to lots of things. Including my candelabras. Take a quick look if you have a minute. http://flotsamfriends.blogspot.com/2009/03/other-pieces-ive-made.html Pruxxx

Elizabeth said...

Oh wow - I love the fireplace! Thats a great photo of you Maya :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What a cute place. Thanks for sharing that.

michelle said...

What a beautiful house! I love the garden fountain and I can see myself sitting by that gorgeous fireplace!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Love that shirt!

sealaura said...

How cool! It is so hard to be a shellaholic in good taste and this house looks just lovely and well done. I am in love with stripes and I'm heading over to Vitamin Sea!

rosiecampbell said...

That fireplace is incredible!

1022 Sea Shell Ave said...

Oh My Gosh!!! I'm totally in love and amazed!!!
I have to get my hands on that book!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love Austin and this house is amazing! How unique and off the charts beautiful! ♥

simpledaisy said...

Love that fireplace!!! Just fabulous:)

Love of the Sea said...

I am in love with that fountain. Oh my - I guess I am a total shellaholic too. What a fabulous place.

Heaven's Walk - said...

Totally totally breathtaking! Wow. What incredible patience someone had to place each one of those shells.....Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing this beautiful home with us!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Everything Coastal said...

Ok, NEED the fireplace at my next house! Maya - not sure if you had a chance to see my second blog, Everything Coastal Style - a little more focussed on home decor and style, with lots of guest bloggers. Come check it out when you get a sec! PS still thanking you for using my photo as one of your weekly headers!

Fearless Nester said...

Thanks for showing this detail Maya, I saw something like this once in a magazine and I couldn't remember where. ~Lili

Beach Vintage said...

I have an old book on shell art and I am always fascinated. Thanks so much for your kind words on my blog last friday. Hugs. Simone xx

Shellbelle said...

I love this book and these folks have taken their home to a whole new level of shell decor! That garden shell grotto is amazing, abalones are one of favorites and with the outer shell removed the colors are incredible. To think as I child we could find them all over the beaches of Southern California. My parents used them for ashtrays, lol.

Nikki said...

I still need a large clamshell water bowl for my dog. Someday.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I love the amazing way they've used shells. Thanks for sharing this beautiful home.

theLENNOXX said...

That garden fountains is shell-tastic (haha)!! Are the blue green shells real?

xo Linda

Beach House Living said...

The gate and fountain are wonderful. I would need a crew for a year to do all that work. Really cool!

GraceArtandDesigns said...

I love the shell dresser! I wonder how the rest of the house is decorated, these photos make me want to see more :) Very well done, thanks for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

Just an FYI, Emily Haas is actor Lukas Haas' mom.

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