I have been writing about going to the beach my niece for years! When she was four and not as wordy as she is now, she would pick up shells and hold them up and say, “Shell mine”. We would take the shells and stuff them in our pockets or make small piles by the beach blanket to take home at the end of the day. Regan, who will be turning 11 in a few short days, has collected so much, “shell mine” that we all have apothecary jars full of Regan’s shells. I am sure that many of my readers share very similar beach memories and have collections of shells from the grandkids. The shells are a treasure trove of memories and wonderful gifts from the sea, so why not use them? In the world of decorating we love these natural wonders and you don’t have to live by ocean to appreciate your shells. Let’s take a peek into a guest room that shines with shell filled coastal flair, somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
The inspiration for this room came from two pieces of art. The pictures are of seashells but with a pinky red pop. The frame on the pictures looks like driftwood. I love them!
• Wall Color
The walls were already painted a periwinkle blue. Periwinkle is a purple based blue and adds brightness to the space. I think this wall color is amazing!
• The Bedding
The bedding was a combination of colors that I found in the artwork above the beds. I bought burlap colored bed skirts for the base of the bed. As always, I bought a white coverlet to use as the main bedspread. I found another coverlet that looked as if the print on the fabric was custom made for the artwork. The bedspread is called “out to sea” and we folded it down at the bottom of the bed to use a pop of color. I placed burlap color euro’s that matched the bed skirt in front of the creamy headboard and a pillow in front of the euro that matched the “Out to sea coverlet”. Finally, I found a striped pillow that complemented all the bedding to place in front of the other pillows. This bedding looked like it was custom made to match but it is all from area stores. I love it!
• Side table
We chose to place one side table between the twin beds. This table is a skirted burlap table and it complements all the bedding and the art. The table is thirty inches around by 30 inches high and we placed glass on top to make the table user friendly.
• Starfish lamps
We placed a bronze starfish lamp on the table, to reinforce the ocean feel but in an elegant way. We also place anther bronze starfish lamp on the long dresser
that opposed the window.
On the table between the beds we placed a real clam shell filled with black sea fan and shells. This type of arrangement looks amazing! We also placed two driftwood birds on the table between the beds. On the long dresser we place a shock of greenery near the starfish lamp and on the other side of the dresser we made our own shell apothecary jar. Inside, we place a large shell called Truncata spider, a large urchin, some large cowrie shells and an assortment of other things. It was like a shell terrarium.
The room already had shutters that popped against the periwinkle blue.
• Crown molding
I always suggest crown molding because it finishes a space. This room has seven inch crown because the ceilings are over nine feet. Remember, nine feet and over should always have seven inch crown molding. Crown molding finishes a space and draws the eye upward. This “drawing the eye up” makes the room look larger!
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