At one time or another, haven’t most of us brought home a bit of the Ocean with us, whether it be shells, rocks, or drift wood? In the spirit of “anything worth doing is worth overdoing”, over the years I have acquired quite a collection of treasures from the sea. I love seeing them in “Ocean Vignettes” around the house for several reasons: they are beautiful, they remind me of the fun I had collecting them, and most importantly, they remind me of the dear ones I was with. Here are eight different ways and settings I have displayed my nautical treasures.
Shells at the bottom of the flowers to add a spot of texture and color, and also so you don’t notice how unevenly cut my flowers were :)
It needs to be mentioned that the majority of my shells were collected off the Miami area coast by my husband David and daughter Rachel. They actually walked into the ocean about knee-deep, and went “shell fishing” for me. I can’t help but remember that beautiful moment whenever I look at my shells! I really love the look of shells in a wooden container (I bought this container at Fred Meyers a few years back on a 70% off sale – score!)
Shells mixed with my recipe books! The best of all worlds!
Apothecary jars are lovely empty, but add in a bit of moss and shells and they are nothing short of magical! And if this is the first time you are seeing my vintage dining buffet, I still can’t believe I purchased it at an estate sale, together will a 3-leaf dining table and 5 chairs (which you can see in The Magic of the Dining Nook), all for $250!
My decorating style nearly always swings to the traditional. My colors often involve deeper tones, so I think adding in a crystal dish with white shells lightens the atmosphere up a touch!
In the bedroom – ocean rocks, driftwood decor, and mercury glass all on a vintage dresser – what’s not to love!
Shells in a vintage jar with a tea light, a relaxing element for the bathroom. Truthfully, I believe that any ol’ jar would do! The sand dollars collected along our Oregon beaches are a true find. If you have tried to collect these, you know how many broken ones you find until an intact one is discovered!
What is it about the Ocean and its treasures? There is just something mythical and enchanting about them. I think this quote sums it up perfectly:
Here is to us all discovering and embracing what our imaginations can conceive!
by Nanette Cobbley