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Friday, September 25, 2009

Feeling Clammy

In order to create balance in a room, we advocate adding accent pieces that add an organic touch. Be it a geode bookend, a lovely orchid, a fantastic coral specimen, or even a bowl of lemons, there's something about adding a touch from the natural world that adds interest and life to a room.

Our new favorite organic touch- the giant clam shell. You can do a number of things with them- put them in a kitchen with fruits and vegetables, use them for magazine storage on the floor, pot a plant in them, use them as a champagne chiller at a party- the possibilities are endless! These also reminds us of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride at Disney World- always a plus to conjure up good childhood memories!

We love the picture below because it shows that a giant clam shell does not have to be in a "beachy" house. It's a fun and unexpected combo with the antlers!

Image via Young House Love

We adore the use of the giant clamshell as a magazine holder on the floor. Also dig the coral specimen in the fireplace.

Image via Decorno

The giant clamshell as a planter is always striking. It looks amazing with orchids, like the pairing was meant to be.

Photo via Completely Coastal

If you've got a large coffee table, then a giant clam can create an interesting focal point when filled with orbs or other "bowl fillers."

A bright, acqua, painted floor sets the color stage for the rest of this living room's blue accents
Photo via Coastal Living

This is perhaps our favorite photo...everything about this room is just right. The mirrored console, the lucite lamps, the coral specimens, the velvet covered chairs, the zebra pillows- this is definitely proof that a giant clamshell can add a luxurious touch even to a room defined by urban glamor.

Photo via Decorno
As this photo indicates, giant clamshells come in varying sizes- some are large enough to take a bath in, and some are a little smaller.

Pale sea green linen couches and chairs blend into this light and bright room with its wall of windows
Photo via Coastal Living

You can even make a sink out of a giant clamshell. We are not nuts about the faucet pictured below, but you get the idea! This is probably best left to homes in Florida, though.

Clam Shell Sink, Jupiter Granite

What an unexpected use of a giant clamshell- for drinks at a party! Definitely more glamorous than a plain old cooler.

Image via Point Click Home

Another use as a planter- the greens dropping down is a nice touch.

So by this time I'm sure you're thinking "where can I get my own giant clamshell?" Well, the answer depends upon how much money you'd like to spend. Genuine clamshells can be pricey- from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand (although, if you watch ebay, you can probably get one for under $200). It is illegal to harvest giant clams in the wild anymore, however, giant clams are being raised on clam farms for meat, creating a supply of sustainably harvested shells.

However...there are a number of resin and fiberglass reproductions being offered that look nearly identical to real shells, and cost a fraction of the price. Take a look at this one offered by Z Gallerie, of all places...

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Atlantis Clam Shell, Z Gallerie

This one from Ballard Designs is great too...

Ballard Designs (out of stock)

The real deal from a shell seller- it will cost you, but isn't it beautiful?

The Giant Tridacna Gigas Clam
Tridacna Gigas Clam Half, Naples Sea Shells

The picture does not do it justice, but we like this piece from Crate & Barrel, and the price is right too.

Fiberglass Clam Shell, Crate and Barrel

We would love to display the whole clam- they really are breathtaking.

Giant Clamshells, Seashells4U

Of course, in searching for pictures we happened to come across this, um, interesting one. We advocate putting most anything in a giant clamshell, but draw the line at babies! Try not to be haunted by this picture every time you see a clam shell from now on. Thanks a lot, Ann Geddes.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!


Lauren said...

I asked for the large Z-Gallerie version for Christmas a couple of years ago and my family thought I was crazy, but I still love it! It sits on our coffee table and my husband likes to taunt me and put a bag of Doritos in the shell while he's snacking on the sofa!

Deliciously Organized said...

Very creative post! It looks beautiful in all of the rooms and it's especially interesting used for drinks. Beautiful images...-carlee

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

That is a striking piece! I completely agree about bringing natural elements into a space. I love the look of shells but always receded from buying any because I thought they were meant for beach houses. Thanks for proving otherwise!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

The use of the shell as a planter would be my first choice,but you could change out what you displayed there on a regular basis.

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

Love this look, of course! Have been wanting one for a while. Have had clients with them. Fun accent. Does Oly have one? The ones you mentioned have great prices.

LindsB said...

I think I'm going to have to take the one at my parents house now- love these ideas!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I love this post! I keep seeing them in stores and wanting to pick them up, but then I always put it back down b/c I think it might be too beachy. But I love the inspiration shots you featured. They really can be used in any style.

Have a great weekend!

Kristin said...

And now I must have one! I love how it goes with so many different themes.

sarah @ realestatestyle said...

Great post! I agree on keeping the babies out of clam shells!

Lauren said...

I've been eyeing these up for a long time - but thought they may be too beachy also.. you've changed my mind! Just purchased one off Crate&Barrel.. the reviews are great there too!

Southern Aspirations said...

I LOVE these images! Great ideas- thanks for sharing.

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