Summer Decorating with Coral and Shells!
We’ve been doing a little Summer decorating around here, using white coral and oyster shells.
I love using coral and oyster shells to add hints of Summer this time of year.
My love of shells may possibly be influenced from living on the Gulf Coast for many years, but I don’t think you have to live in a Coastal area to enjoy the textures and layers that coral and shells can add to a home.
Even though we live far from the Coast now, decorating our rooms with seashells are a fun way to remind us of summertime memories.
I started by adding a few of these natural nautical treasures in our foyer, to an old shabby garden urn. It was so easy to fill it with white coral.
Coral is just as beautiful as a fine sculpture, and it looks perfect standing alone, or piled in a vessel.
Many years ago, I saw a picture in a magazine of a beautiful antique garden urn, filled with white coral, sitting on a kitchen counter.
It was in a home designed by one of my favorite interior designers, Lisa Luby Ryan.
I’ve never forgotten how simple and elegant it looked.
It inspired me to start picking up pieces of white coral when I found them, until I had amassed enough to fill my own urn.
Coral, in their different shades of white, adds such a gorgeous textural display to any tabletop.
It’s right at home on my hand painted fish chest in the foyer.
Our coffee table in the family room was another ideal place for a Coastal Summer display.
I simply used round oyster balls in different sizes, and a large clam shell holding a white orchid and moss balls.
Over the years, I’ve developed a love affair with oyster shells. They have such amazing colors and their natural texture is perfect for decorating.
I found this trio of balls encrusted with oyster shells in a shop in Mobile, AL, and usually display them somewhere every Summer.
The large clam shell is actually a recent purchase, and it’s faux.
Have you priced a large natural clam shell lately?!? Wow, are they expensive!
Mine is made of plaster and if I didn’t tell you it was faux, you would never know it! It looks so realistic!
I found it this last weekend at an antique market, and grabbed it as soon as I saw it, knowing that I would probably never pay the price for a real clam shell. This is a great substitute.
I filled the clam shell with a white orchid, covered the base in layers of preserved moss, and then added a few small moss balls for interest.
Placing it on top of a stack of books gave the vignette added height.
It looks fabulous with the texture of the oyster balls.
A few Summer touches were also added to the guest bedroom, including an oyster encrusted mirror that I made myself many, many years ago!
An oyster shell mirror had been on my wish list for quite a long time, but the prices were astronomical, so I decided to make one myself!
Living on the Gulf Coast, as we did for many years, there are quite a few restaurants that specialize in oysters.
One of those restaurants saved me boxes of their oyster shells so I could tackle this DIY mirror.
It was such a mess to sterilize them, boiling them in water to clean them. And it was quite smelly!
Afterwards, I found out that you can buy boxes of cleaned oyster shells on Ebay for very little!
If I ever tackle another oyster shell project, that’s where I’ll get them!
I hung the oyster shell mirror over the little French chest, and added a formed oyster shell candle holder that I’ve had forever.
Shells are an inexpensive way to decorate for Summer.
You don’t have to be on the beach to find them. They are an easy pick up at Hobby Lobby, and can give your home that Summer vibe with little expense.
Amass them in a bowl, decorate a tabletop, or just display a large piece of coral in a special place.
Several years ago, when Nate Berkus had his daytime tv show, he said, “Shells add a sense of sophistication to your home and decor”.
Hmmm…I guess I am on the right track.