Tips for Beach Cottage Shell Decorating Ideas ~ Flowers Go Nautical
Mon 10th, Oct, 2011
G’day, I have been pottering with flowers and shells this morning, the sun is out and life is good… ….do you love seashell decorating…love going all coastal and nautical and beachy and displaying your seashells?..so do I!
I just love collecting seashells, I think they are the quintessential beach souvenir…nature provided us with her own holiday talisman and oh so much better than bringing home a sombrero!
We spend a lot of time beachcombing, I don’t think there are many things in life better than walking along the seashore, wind in your hair looking for things to put in your pocket…
…but sometimes, what to do with them?
I love them displayed in water and of course along with that I just love them dotted around with a glut of bright and pretty fresh flowers… so this idea combines the two…a place to put your seashells stuffed in your pocket, after a trip to the beach and lovely flowers here’s what I started with
To get a coastal -y nautical display going on is really simple, easy on the budget and works with pretty much any decor…for the BC Look add fresh flowers for a bit of colour… You will need an array of shells and things found on the beach…we found the cork, some sea glass and other pretties for our growing collection… Sometimes I add natural things, especially if it’s Autumn and the leaves are turning, I didn’t end up using those this time, but I know that for many of you who read this blog the leaves are turning and there are pumpkins around…just so easy for your fall coastal decorating to add in the odd pumpkin and cones among your shells… To decorate your home with displays and make it work the key is different sizes and shapes…and the answer to a stunning vignette is to keep the main focal point fairly large and imposing…even if you have a small home…one collection of small things in a large vessel equals impact…
Though I am respectful of the traditional coastal/nautical decorating styles, obviously seeing as I have decorated this old cottage that way, I’m not so keen on the in your face ‘beach’ theme whereupon every sailboat, pebble, oar, lighthouse, ‘beach this way’ sign is thrown together hopefully for the beachy look..an amalgam of a few of those together with your own style though I think works beautifully I like to add my BC twist to it…putting seashells and beach finds with vintage things and flowers…things that I have found treasure hunting around these beachside suburbs…things that say me and mean me To be frank, I don’t really think you can beat a seashell in your decorating, whatever.
“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach;
one can collect only a few,
and they are more beautiful if they are few”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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