July 23, 2012

Striking Shell and Coral Display

Since Summer is into it's third month soon, I need to hurry up
and share some more beach decorating ideas with you before
it is too late.  This vignette in the dining room features a coral
that was purchased this year.  I also added some sea shells
into the mix to carry out the beach theme even more.

shell decorations

After being in the attic for almost a year, the coral arrangement
needed a little sprucing up with some sea shells for its base.
How to make coral

Some candlesticks that I already had also got a dose of shells
to help carry out the shell decoration idea.
how to make shell decorations

The new print in the old frame also helped to carry out the
shell decoration theme for this display.  The colors in the
 print unexpectedly went well with the lamps.
how to make beach decorations

Initially, I tried the cloche directly on the buffet but it
looked unfinished.  I was looking for a cream colored
stand for the cloche to sit on but when I came across this
gold plate, I decided that it would "do" and also it
would pick up the colors of the shells in the print. 
shell decoration

The shells are just placed on the plate for Summertime.
decorating with shells

coastal decorating

The shells attached to the base of the coral added another
dimension to the arrangement and enhanced it.
coastal decorating

coastal home decor

how to make shell candlestick

The shells added to the candlesticks may not have been
necessary but they reminded me of "Sailor's Valentines".
seashell decorating ideas
Sailor's Valentines were late 19th century decorative keepsakes.  They were elaborate arrangements of
seashells glued onto wooden boxes and were given by the sailors to their loved ones when they returned from the sea.

seashell decorating idea

sea shell art

One of my favorite things about the cloche is the
reflection/distortion of objects that you look at
through the glass knob on the top of the cloche.
sea shell cloche

I am sharing this post at
Summer Cloche Party @ A Stroll Thru Life
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Getting Crafty With It @ Krafty Kat
Cowgirl Up! @ Cedar Hill Ranch
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Wicked Awesome Wednesday @ Handy Man Crafty Girl
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper


  1. How very beachy and pretty! Love all your shells- can you believe that it is almost the end of July already? xo Diana

  2. Love your cloches! I am now following you! Penny

  3. What a pretty display. I especially love that print! Very pretty! :)


  4. Lovely lovely lovely, this is a seawitchy display. The heavy candlesticks are a marvelous compliment to the delicate shells. Also, crazy about your kity clipart. Where did you find it?

  5. thats so very pretty..

    I especially love the framed art.

    I am still clochless lol.. maybe next year I can play too.

  6. Great vignettes...love all the shells, etc. Oh, and yes, Martha's vignett with the blue bottles was "perfect"! Thanks for your visit. Linda

  7. I love how you attached the shells to the base of the coral. It really did enhance the overall appearance! It's very beautiful! I'm glad I found this blog!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous vignette. I love it all. The coral display under your cloche is stunning and adding a few shells to the candlesticks is such a very clever and pretty idea. So fun and pretty. Thank so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

  9. Gorgeous vignette. I love your use of the gold charger. How clever.

  10. It's gorgeous and such a lovely cloche!

    Hope you will come enter my very fun glass bottle cheese platter giveaway. It so unique!

  11. Love this vignette! It is so pretty and balanced and everything complements each other so well. Thanks for sharing this lovely part of your home with us at the Gettin' Krafty party!

  12. Such pretty summer touches with all of your shells, and your artwork is the pefect addition!

  13. Every bit of the vignette is beautiful, the picture, lamps, cloche and candles.You did a wonderful job.

  14. This would be awesome for Seasonal Sundays too!

    - The Tablescaper

  15. Very pretty!! I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu

  16. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper


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