I used to detest it when people would decorate with shells, but I have pinpointed that hatred within me to a specific place when I was a child. I have no clue whose home I was in, but at a very young age decided that the bathroom in their home was very tacky; I believe the colors were peach and sea foam green, with shells spewed all about. And lots of wicker. Probably very posh at the time. Anyway, I didn't like it, so, I thought I didn't like shells.
Until I went to Hawaii. And then I had to leave Hawaii. And I needed something to bring with me to remind me of that beloved land. Shells were the answer. Small, cheap, looks great on a shelf. I love shells!
So, back to being motivated by Pottery Barn. Then, I read this post by the Nester, where she did a great job of "lightening" the mood in her home and getting it ready for summer. Those pictures were all I needed, so I sent Kevin to the attic to bring down the sand.
First, I took down our chocolate brown velvet curtains (which I still adore, but looked too heavy for the summer), and put up white tab-top drapes from Target. Now, I prefer the ultra luxurious look of the PB version, but if I have the option to get unlined white curtains for $19.99 or lined white curtains for $180, I can deal with some light going through.
I love this built-in that Kevin put in for me; it reminds me of the little nooks that are always in older homes. To "lighten" this area, I simply filled a glass jar with fake coral, and threw in a pretty shell. Also, I decided to unify the books on this shelf by covering them (like you did with your text books in high school) with some scrap booking paper I had leftover from my decoupage silhouettes.
More shells, but fake ones this time.
Starfish are so cute! I copied the Pottery Barn idea and filled glass votives with sand and tea lights.
I have developed a mild obsession with pineapples, yet somehow, this is the only one I have.
Any other ideas for summer decor? Let me know!