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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Shell Game

You don't need to live at the beach to appreciate the beauty of shells. Like snowflakes, no two shells are quite alike. A bowl of your favorite shells on the table is a wonderful way to capture your favorite beach and island vacations, but after seeing today's post, we think you'll agree that shells have much more potential than sitting jumbled in a bowl and gathering dust!
To start off with some of the most amazing works of art we have ever seen, we'll direct you to the work of Blott Kerr-Wilson, at
While much of her work is in the restoration of historic shell houses in Wales, this amazing artist also creates entire wall and ceiling coverings entirely of shells. Suffice to say, these rooms are one of a kind.  The results are breathtaking, to say the least.

The sailor valentine details on the wall of this powder room would be considered amazing on their own, but they're just a few of the components that adorn this incredible room.
Above is detail on the ceiling of a bathroom.  Breathtaking.

The above sketches and give you an idea of the detailed planning that goes into these designs.

Another amazing bathroom.

A shell cabin in Cornwall, England.
Back in reality, not all of us will have the opportunity to commission custom shell rooms. Even so, there are plenty of amazing shell home accents and furniture that will give you the same effect. Best of all, you really don't have to be at the beach to incorporate these items into your home. Provided you limit your shells to one piece, and you carefully incorporate them into the overall scheme of the room, we think most of these items could be an amazing feature in any home!

Case in point, check out this breakfast room with a shell chandelier by Eric Piasecki (and we are obsessed with these French Bistro Chairs). The room is bright and cheerful, and most importantly, the shell chandelier is the only shell/beach component in the room, which keeps things from looking too beachy.

For a similar effect, check out these fabulous shell chandeliers. We can't make up our mind as to our favorite!
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Similarly, a shell mirror is another wonderful way to introduce a whimsical, yet chic touch to a room without going overboard. We love this mirror and how it perfectly complements the white marble topped vanity. Bathroom with shell mirror, Coastal Living.

Check out these shell mirrors. They certainly come in all pricepoints (and we're sure a very motivated DIYer might be able to handle this too!). We were surprised to see that even the king of khaki and twill, Pottery Barn, is getting in on the shell game too.
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If you're not ready to commit to a mirror or chandelier, we know you'll at least love one of these special boxes for your jewelry or keepsakes.
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If you're really ready to make a shell statement, then say it with furniture! However, shell furniture is probably best saved for houses at or near the beach. As much as we love shells, these items would look fish out of water in Washington or Charlotte!

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Bex said...

Hi Sarah! I had to share this place in West Palm with you. Whenever I go in I am tempted to cover everything I own with shells!

Anonymous said...

Great post! Love all your ideas! You two girls are inspiring!

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