What better time to share our summer decor with a coastal vibe than on the first day of summer! Mr. Cottage and I have collected shells from the many travels we’ve made to Florida ever since our kids were young. I can’t begin to tell you how I could spend hours walking along the shoreline, my feet in the wet sand and water, looking for what the sea brought into shore. When we downsized, I kept every single shell we’ve ever collected and/or bought. So all I had to do to change the look in our room a bit was to shop our house.
“One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach, one can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.” ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I kept our blue candle and whitewashed candlestick, but decided in addition to the sand dollars to add a pop of color to the room with these faux pink flowers.
Mr. Cottage and I collected sand dollars one winter while we were walking along the shore at Siesta Key beach. We got quite a few and I took great care of them, but the ones shown above were purchased at a garage sale a few years ago. Our neighbor winters in Florida and she had put all her sand dollars in this glass jar, along with white sand. I think I paid just a couple dollars for this.
Just a small vignette I put together.
We have two large coral pieces that we purchased while in Florida many years ago, but the one above was so dirty and dusty that I had to clean it and now it looks like new.
I didn’t realize until later that here I’m decorating with shells for summer and there’s a basket of my Christmas CD’s!
I kept some items on our tiered tray, but added some shells, old worn bottles, starfish and a piece of coral that had broken.
The candle with the shells in it was purchased in Disney World about forty years ago. Some things I just can’t part with!
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