she sells seashells by the seashore.
by victoria comment


seashell with florals on pink back drop. / sfgirlbybay

how’s that for a tongue-twister? it’s definitely hard to say three times fast. but seashells, all on their own are really quite lovely. i found a delicate vintage pink sea fan in the french countryside (how did it get there, i wonder?) and it got me thinking about decorating around the seashell motif. in small doses, i think they’re a unique addition to any decor — almost like a small sculpture. and seashell or sea fan art prints are quite nice as well. kara rosenlund is someone whose taste i quite admire and she utilizes a lot of found shells in her decor (and she has a new line of beautiful oceanic inspired photographic prints out as well). have a look at your local flea market or etsy and find your own sculpture from the sea, but remember to be mindful of mother nature and respectful of our oceans, only collecting shells long past their lives.

coral sea fan. / sfgirlbybay

seashell bowl on glass coffee table. / sfgirlbybay

sea shell home decor. / sfgirlbybay

vintage headboard and sea fans hung on wall. / sfgirlbybay

sea coral bowl on stack of coffee table books. / sfgirlbybay

dried florals and sea shell decor. / sfgirlbybay

sea fan in vintage vase. / sfgirlbybay

sea fans as home decor. / sfgirlbybay

black sea fan as wall decor. / sfgirlbybay

hanging sea shell mobile. / sfgirlbybay

sea fans and shells on black shelves. / sfgirlbybay

coral and sea fans wall decor. / sfgirlbybay

white sea fans and coral. / sfgirlbybay

white wall pouf. / sfgirlbybay

• photography credits in order of appearance: creative studio cocorrina’s sweet goddess; carissa gallo photography; @lilyoscarinterior; vintage sea fan print; REBECCA ERSFELD; @jessechamberlinmarble; vintage sea fan; jeff pdf; blueberry modern; Henry Bradbury Antique Nature-Printed Seaweed Prints; @kararosenlund; @lilyoscarinterior; conch shell print; kevin tadge photography; @kararosenlund; design*sponge; @kararosenlund; kara rosenlund’s home via home adore; the socialite family; the socialite family shell mobile; ; roatan coral fan; cereal magazine; deborah wood murphy; studio proba DAY 361 print; alison reid photography; the caftan clique; bio diversity library; Natural Specimen from 1st dibs; JOHANN GUSTAV HOCH print via christie’s; kara rosenlund’s home via home adore; etsy shell chandelier; home adore; kate zimmerman turpin photography; architectural digest; homes to love.

7 responses to “she sells seashells by the seashore.”

  1. Beautiful – but these delicate living items would have been more beautiful left in the sea where they are meant to be. Our seas are sadly being ravaged enough with removing living items for decoration.

    • Thank you for commenting – you definitely have a point and I was mostly referring to vintage sea fans and shells I’ve seen at flea markets, or small sea glass I see. But we need to respect our oceans and not take anything living from them! I’ve updated my copy to reiterate your point. Thank you!

  2. These precious shells,, etc do wash to shore. If not retrieved quickly they crush. I’m qquit certain this artist did nothing to harm the ocean. She is just exploiting the natural beauty of these miraculous creatures. Dont be so judgemental.

    • thank you, connie – but she does have a point and i’ve updated my text to remind others to be respectful of our ocean creatures. but thanks for understanding the sentiment behind my post. xx

  3. I’m not being judgemental – just stating a fact about the sad state of our oceans today. Whether they were taken or not it important not to encourage others to do so. Thanks for updating the post Victoria. Much appreciated : ) xx

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