Thursday, April 12, 2012

Switching to Seashells

In case you didn't know, I LOVE seashells! 
Earlier this week, I started reading The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde
Pilcher, and I remembered my box of seashells...the one that I'd put away for the winter...high on the closet shelf.  So with shells on my mind, I got them down...cleared off the coffee table and made a little vignette..




I found the lantern at Marshall's last week...oh, I have a thing for lanterns, too. 
No, I'm not reading this book, I've read it, but I needed something else on the table, and that was the closest thing at hand that worked with the look.




The round alabaster bowl usually holds coasters...Hubby will be looking everywhere for them. 
Poor guy, finally after all these years of marriage, he's getting used to my moving things around.


The foyer chest was bare since I put away the bunny print and tulips, so I decided to go ahead and put some shells there, too.




I just piled them in a chicken-wire basket with Spanish moss in the bottom...




... and added three fern fronds in a vase behind them, to give it a little extra something.




The shell painting on the chest and the two ship prints on the wall came from the thrift store a few months ago. 


Here's a closer look at the ship prints...






And here on the desk, I added a sea biscuit as a paperweight...




I guess I'd better get back to my book and oh...here's one last shell...




Do you love seashells as much as I do?
~ Babs
Joining:
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At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
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26 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great vignettes. Love the wire basket filled with shells. Great ship prints. Did you get my email?

Vee said...

I do not have as many as you do, though I certainly do enjoy my little collection. I remember reading and really liking The Shell Seekers.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What pretty shells! You've created some lovely vignettes! The prints are perfect!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I do like seashells Babs but I LOVE your entry chests vignette!! So pretty!

Marigene said...

Lovely vignettes, Babs. Your entry is so bright and cheery.

PAT said...

Oh Babs, I love the shell vignettes. Those ship prints are gorgeous!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Yes Babs, I do love seashells as much as you! I have been getting mine out too, but don't have my vignettes done yet. Yours are lovely.

Sarah said...

Babs, I've always loved sea shells. They are works of art! I've read Shell Seekers a long time ago, and I've enjoyed every Rosamunde Pilcher book I've read. I also read Anne Rivers Siddons books, and have the same edition of the Nantucket book. Like minds!
Pretty vignettes. ~ Sarah

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love your shell vignettes. So many great shapes!

Debbie said...

Yep. I love shells too. I also love vignettes around the house that are thematic and kind of tell a story so I think this is really pretty.

Kelly said...

Love your new vignette in there. Shells are perfect to decorate with this time of year. You have a nice collection.

Alycia Nichols said...

The fern fronds add a lot to the vignette!!! Color, texture, implied movement, height...really great choice!!! Mother Nature gives us such nice gifts! I love seashells, too. It's my catch phrase whenever someone is going on a trip, even if they're going somewhere arid or desolate: "Bring me back some seashells!" :-)

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Beautiful, Babs! I love all the shells and those ship prints are gorgeous! Great finds! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Maria Elena said...

Your vignettes are beautiful! I love the prints!

SavannahGranny said...

As usual you are so great with vignettes. Yes, I absolutely am in love with seashells. They are all over my house but I can't put them together as well as you.
Love the wire basket and the seashell painting along with all else you do.
Blessing, Ginger

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

The print of the seashells and the ship prints are magnificent. I love the green moss in the hurricane glass with the candle too.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

Amy Burzese said...

Beautiful use of shells in your decor. I'm following!

Amy
http://www.rosestreetreflections.blogspot.com
http://www.withavintagetwist.blogspot.com

Leslie's Garden said...

I remember reading The Shell Seekers a very long time ago, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was about. I've read several of her books and remember that I loved them all. I love the addition of your shells to your vignettes, they are so pretty and just seem to announce that Summer is not far away. Ahh, the beach!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love your vignettes and yes, your lantern is great, I love them too! The basket with sea shells is adorable. I need to gather some sea shells too! Thank you dear Babs for your lovely visit, always appreciated. Enjoy a great weekend.
FABBY

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You have some gorgeous shells and your vignettes are beautiful. I love how you have put them all together, and such lovely ship prints too.

You asked about the flowers in my post. The one you questioned is a geranium. I love the color. Hope you have a super weekend. Hugs, Marty

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your seashells look just gorgeous, especially those in the wire basket! Love your styling and I might just have to run out and grab a copy of the book, it looks like a good read.
Hugs,
Patti

Sue said...

Hi Babs....Happy Weekend!....love what you did with the shells...and what a thrift store find...great ship pictures and the shell painting....I love anything beachy and have lots of shells and beach pictures in my sewing room...not as good as being at the beach but almost!

Emreen said...

Beautiful Babs.. !! Love the chicken wire basket with shells... And I love love the shell print... Looks awesome and perfect !!

Have a great weekend !!

poppilinnstudios said...

Hi Babs,
Pretty vignettes! I like the shells in the wire basket. I remember reading The Shell Seekers many, many years ago. Thanks for the reminder, I remember reading that on the train when I commuted to NYC-way back when.
-Lynn

On Crooked Creek said...

Babs,
Being a land~locked Prairie girl...I never developed an appreciation for shells! They definitely have a tranquil manner. Your vignettes are lovely! The print on the foyer table is so intriquing! Thank you for broading my scope of decor...as refreshing as a sea breeze!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Sherry said...

Gorgeous! Love sea shells! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry