seashell summertime decor

Seashell summertime decor

I cannot believe how fast summer is flying by!  In about 3 weeks the Masterpiece children will be back to school.  What?!?!  Anyway I wanted to pause the season for a moment to share a favorite staple of mine in my summertime decor.
I love seashells- all shapes and sizes, but since we do not live in a coastal town I only bring them out during the summertime.  I love to sprinkle them all over the house to evoke a summer-beachy-airy feel.

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They find themselves on the mantle or the coffee table or a sideboard or the dining room table… you get the idea. Anywhere is fair game, whether it’s in the kitchen, family|living rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms or anywhere really.

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And it’s not really just seashells but much of sea life, including coral, sea fans, starfish, sea sponges and much much more.  Throughout the year I like to use organic decor and this happens to be one of my major choices for the summer.

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Bigger pieces look great as stand alone focal points and smaller pieces look great grouped together or clustered.  I love to use glass bowls or cloches to display them.

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Sealife also pairs beautifully with silver pieces or wooden trays, bowls and troughs.
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Since they are organic they look great in many ways with different things.

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Ironstone and books are a couple others that come to mind off the top of my head to mix beautifully with seashells et al.

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And although much of retail looks like a pumpkin patch already, it’s full on summer mode over here.

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While yet others are languishing in the christmas in july epedemic, I have to admit I am a bit of a season purist.  July and August are summer to me; I am holding on to our lazy schedules for these last few weeks before I lose the kids to high school commitments.

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“To find a seashell is to discover a world of imagination.”
~Michelle Held~


  1. Kippi says:

    Beautiful shell displays. I cannot wait to share this with my shell loving friend. Happy Summer, Kippi

  2. thanks so much for stopping by kippi and leaving your sweet comment! I really appreciate it. xo- mj

  3. The seashells are a nice natural touch to your summer decorations. Since I live in the mountain, it is harder for me to pull off that look. Thanks for sharing the fun look. #HomeMattersParty

  4. Gorgeous and perfect for Summer. Featuring when my party opens up tonight!

  5. Hi Donna! Yes, I totally understand but I am sure it’s beautiful in the mountains. You have great summer flora & fauna. Thanks for dropping by! XO- MJ

  6. Hi Carol! Thank you so much. I love joining your party every week and you’re always a gracious host! See ya tomorrow! 😉. XO- MJ

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