an old secretary desk & seashell decor

Summer is just whizzing by.  I can’t believe how quickly it’s passing.
Secretary seashells 1
We’re in full summer mode around here, from schedules to activities to meals and decor.
I thought I would show you some of my summer decor.  I shared the beginning of the summer details here.
Secretary seashells 2
This year I displayed my sea motif (shells, starfish, coral, etc.) concentrated on my old secretary.
Besides the pieces on the mantel that is.
Since I used a lot of sea form I kept the other details to a minimum.
Secretary seashells 3
Basically I only used books and cloches in the vignette as additional accents.
You can see how I decorated for summer last year here.
Secretary seashells 4
Our school district changed the instructional calendar this past year so school is back in session on august 15th.
Really, REALLY early.  Yup we’re pretty much about a month away!!!  I’m SO not ready.
Secretary seashells 5
I’m really enjoying the lazy days of summer.
Everything and everyone is so very relaxed.
Secretary seashells 6
In the stores I’m seeing pumpkins and halloween decor and I’m NOT ready for that!    Yet.
I love the fall but right now I’m still in full summer mode around here.
Secretary seashells 7
Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore !
sharing @:
home&garden @ a delightsome life
vintage charm @ charm bracelet diva
syc @ have a daily cup of mrs. olson
share your style @ little farmstead
home sweet home @ the charm of home
shabbilicious friday @ shabby art boutique
feathered nest friday @ french country cottage
simple&sweet @ rooted in thyme
the inspiration gallery @ craftberry bush
friday features @ oh my heartsie girl
morning cup of joe @ the cottage market
pinworthy projects @ my suburban kitchen
craft frenzy @ craft dictator
the creative collection @ the crafted sparrow
party palooza @ i heart naptime
saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes
share it 1 more time @ lilacs&longhorns
a bouquet of talent @ life on lakeshore drive
sundays at home @ love of home
amaze me monday @ dwellings-the heart of the home
motivation monday @ making our life matter
dishing it digging it @ rustic &refined
the creative corner @ curly craft mom
show&share @ coastal charm
metamorphis monday @ between naps on the porch
mmm @ keeping it simple
the scoop @ stonegable
inspire me monday @ my uncommon slice of suburbia
celebrate you story @ the sweet sensations
make it pretty monday @ the dedicated house
inspire me tuesday @ a stroll thru life
the inspiration board @ carolyn’s homework
talk of the town @ knick of time
wow @ savvy southern style
wake-up wednesday @ god’s growing garden
funtastic friday @ olives & okra


  1. Snap says:

    Love love love seashells … all year round! Lovely collection!

  2. Nellie says:

    Love your seashell display……….you have a lovely collection for sure.
    I love a coastal look for summer………
    Blessings, Nellie

  3. Lisa says:


  4. You have a beautiful collection of shells. And I love the secretary. It all looks so lovely. I think school starts earlier every year. Where I live they go back the first week of August.

  5. thanks snap! i love sea shells and all sea form in general. the majority of my collection is from when my family lived in the bahamas back in the 70s and the ocean was our back yard. my family harvested it all (i was too young) before awareness increased & the regulations became stricter. they hold wonderful memories for me. thanks for stopping by xo- mj

  6. thanks lisa! i appreciate you stopping by & leaving a comment. i love visitors! xo- mj

  7. welcome debra! thank you for the sweet comment, i really appreciate it. i was just talking to my husband about how crazy it is how early school starts. we grew up starting after labor day & it seems to get earlier & earlier. have an amazing week. xo- mj

  8. thanks nellie! i love the coastal look for summer as well. have a wondeful week! xo- maryjo

  9. I have started seeing all of those fall leaves and pumpkins, too! I can’t get in that frame of mind yet, either. What an amazing collection of shells and starfish you have! I am heading over to Tarpon Springs this Thursday to pick up some shells for some upcoming crafts I have planned! Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  10. I’m all for shell decor! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!xoKathleen

  11. Lori says:

    Love seashells! I decorate with them too! They just seem to fit during the summer months… 🙂

  12. i can’t wait to see what crafts you create with your new sea shells. thanks for stopping by. see u at celebrate your story. thnx for hosting every week. xo- mj

  13. yes lori. i agree. i love using all my sea shells, etc. every summer. xo- mj

  14. Sandra Garth says:

    This is quite a display MaryJo! The typewriter looks right at home in this display. Thanks your joining us again at Celebrate Your Story and have a fun weekend.

  15. Sherry says:

    I always love what you do with that desk! This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  16. Christine says:

    WHat a beautiful Secretary and I am developing a crush on your typewriter as well!

  17. thanks sherry & thanks for always hosting hsh. xo -mj

  18. thanks christine. i looked for a vintage typewriter for a long time before i found this one. it’s bigger than i wanted but i have grown to love it. so fun to play with. xo- mj

  19. thanks sandra! have a great week & i’ll see you @ celebrate your story. xo- mj

  20. thanks kathleen and thanks for hosting every week! xo- mj

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