When I think of summer I often think of the times I have spent by the seaside in the Britanny, France but also on the western and eastern coasts of Africa.
One of our favorite pastimes was collecting seashells and it is well known the seashells of African beaches are by far the most spectacular.
Simply collected shells in clear glass container make a great decorative statement in an entry or on a dining room console.
I am as amazed by their beauty as I am impressed by the talent and creativity shown by those who use them as decorative elements. The degree of artistry varies from country to country, from item to item and from price point to price point, of course, but the shells themselves dictate the patterns and colors that will make each piece uniquely beautiful.
Simple patterns are found on charming boxes and small pieces in inexpensive import shops
While finely sculpted silver encases a Nautilus vase and a clever serving dish at the unique shop of Deyrolle in Paris
Spectacular mirrors adorn a grand bathroom
Shells dazzle in a window only the house of Hermes could have created
A graceful grouping for a fun beach house lamp
A very light and playful geometric display livens up a saside bathroom wall
or a sunny corner shelf.
Imagination ran wild in the extravagant "grottos" of 19th century mansions
Modern versions of those stunning folies are still being created, some quite intricate
some very graphic and contemporary
Mr Clement, a French retiree has amused and bemused the public with the decoration of his house in Siouville, France for years
And if you are really VERY fond of seashells...
you might want to live in one.
images marie claire maison, deyrolle, hermes paris, martha stewart, wisteria