Thursday, March 12, 2009

Showcasing shells

If you have read my blog before, you might know that I'm mad about shells. Love 'em! Just about every room in my house has at least one shell.

To me, they are a miracle of nature, pure perfection, and I look in wonder and awe at their shapes and colours, from the tiniest to the biggest.

I love seeing how others have put out their shell collections and today I've picked out my absolute favourite images.

The image above would have to be one of my favourite images. Ever. Full stop. I can look at this image over and over. I just love everything about it - from the humble painted white cupboard with those fabulous draw pulls. The wire basket on top. The glass bottles, the collection of cute little wicker baskets And then there's the shells and the coral. The look is artful, yet uncontrived. I just want to pick up this cupboard and place it in my house.

This next image, below is a little more formal, but so beautiful. I'm a book lover from way back, so I love the way they've mixed the books with the shells and coral and other tidbits.

Here's a closer look.

Here, below is another humble cupboard with all the aspects I love - books, shells, coral, antique glass bottles. So sweet.

Ooh look, can you see a pattern?

Uh, huh.
Now here's a display of simplicity - the beauty of the shells speak for themselves, and things always look good in threes.

How about these fantastic follised shells below? Simply stunning! This vignette is from the home of the incredibly talented Atlanta Bartlett, stylist and author of At Home With White and The Relaxed Home (I own both) and more. In fact it seems she has a new book coming out next month! For more pictures of Atlanta's home click here.

Images 1 an old Country Home magazine 2 & 3 Simon Kenny 4 & 5 Better Homes and Gardens 6 Belle magazine 7 Living Etc

I hope these images make you as happy as they make me!
Best wishes,


Kath Lockett said...

They are all beautiful, especially the first one. It clearly explains the basis of your style. Natural and elegant!

ness lockyer said...

They are beautiful. Who doesn't love a shell here and there? You are right though, they are absolutely natures perfection.
Ness xx

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

I love corals.. .I'm totally wanting one for my revamped credenza!

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Beautiful! I wish I had some big pieces of coral - very hard to come by - and very pricey!

Lee said...

Too hard to pick a favourite - they're all just so stunning!

Amber said...

your blog is beautiful! I love to be inspired by things like this. I use to live in Adelaide and now I love in Sweden and miss it soooo much! I sahll be back some day!

I'ts Cosmic Rock... said...

WOW...yes, we are kindred spirits! Keep them comming!

timelesshome annika said...

I foun your blog agreat placer to spend some time. Have a nice day.
I have linked your blog on mine.

timelesshome annika said...

I foun your blog agreat placer to spend some time. Have a nice day.
I have linked your blog on mine.

Caroline @ Absolutely Unique said...

I want that white cupboard too, Catherine! It would look perfect at home {I'm a big fan of white furniture}

Candy Allen said...

I have a very similar cabinet as the one in the first photo (minus the beadboard and glass doors). Thank you for providing these very timely, inspiring photos. I now know what to do in my LR.

Junk Sophisticate

vicki archer said...

These are lovely Catherine. I am a great collector of shells when possible and have them in my bedroom on the mantle, xv.

Alison Gibbs said...

Catherine - fabulous images. I love them all. I too have shells around my home.

purple area said...

Lovely post, and yes they make you happy, thanks for sharing!


I too am crazy for shells, coral, star fish... Love them in a beautiful display cabinet! thanks for the inspirations, once again!


lily-g said...

Gorgeous images, love them all. I have shells and coral all around my home too, I have collected them over the years and are my pride and joy. Hope you have a great week-end xx

Terri said...

Gorgeous images. I have some shells in my office at work, to remind me of life outside those wretched walls. :)

P.S. I could not find the item I had planned to send with your magazines. I had seen small wooden letters at a shop (about 10cm high) and was going to send you a cursive "C" but she had sold out! I will ship the magazines next week and sorry I couldn't get your C. I know you love letters. I am starting a new job next week and just didn't have time to look at more shops but will send one if I ever find another! In the meantime, will send the mags and email when I get them off, next weekend at the latest. Slow me!


P.S. i am still looking at my Aussie magazines and don't have them all read yet.

mondo cherry said...

Love the combination of nice shelves, books, and shells. I saw a fantastic piece of coral for sale at a local shop the other day and almost persuaded myself to buy it... maybe if we eat really cheaply over the weekend I might find myself back there again!
Clare x

OLIVEAUX said...

LOVE!!! I have some coral and books on my coffee table & it always looks so beautiful. Amandax

j u s t i m a g i n e said... fab.....thanks for you kind comments on my blogxx

Blue Muse said...

Perfection of nature, to be sure! I especially love that last photo -- so dreamy!
xo Isa

Patty said...

They are all so beautiful...I love shells too and there is a shop here in Double Bay that just has the most divine candlesticks with shells that I have been dying for...I also love all the shells my little girls collect on the beaches...not as glam, but just as magical.

Kimberlee said...

Beautiful post as always catherine. How exciting is it, to find an image you just can't get enough of!

Just an aside - where did you have your white slip covers for your sofa made? My friend (also and adelaidian) has asked me to ask you (she's not quite sure how to orchestrate a comment in blog world so has asked me to ask you xx) ta bella x

Marie said...

Yes, I luv shells also, and I have a few collection myself. BTW, if you have time, check out Maya's blog called "Completely Coastal". She has photos of tablescapes in shells...very elegantly presented.

Lauren said...

so beautiful!!! I totally agree with you on the first photo/ Where's it from?? love it

Solange said...

Oh, lovely indeed!! I adore those shells and corrals, but my question: where on earth can we get these shells and corrals to display in our cupboards? I tried on the internet, but can-t find any.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that you enjoy it!!


sealaura said...

I am just thrilled. these are so inspiring. I love shells too and this was full of great ideas to showcase my beauties.

Velvet and Linen said...

I love displaying shells.
I just bought a bunch of white coral (all different kinds) to display on the shelves at the shop.
It always amazes me that they are nature made pieces of artwork.
Happy weekend.


alice said...

So summery... shells just add something so pleasing to a room!

Millie said...

The romance, the beauty, the colours - all just beautiful Catherine. One of my very favourite Simply Natural posts.
Millie ^_^

Draffin Bears said...

I am with you there Catherine ~ I love shells.
When we were in Fiji walking along the beach there were all these beautiful shells - I took some home with me. Probably would be a no no now!

Also when I was little my lovely old Grandmother used to take us to the beach and we would help her pick up shells and she would take them back and put them on jewellery boxes and use them for all sorts of craft work.

Enjoy your weekend

I'ts Cosmic Rock... said...

What is it with shells I wonder? I personally find them so if they hold a secret...I can't realy explain...sometimes there are no words to discribe how one feels and thinks ey? I'll try though: when I see a shell, it always fills my heart with joy, peace and love...brings out the child in me, makes me daydream of summer, holidays by the seashore,soft warm winds and the smell of salt water and warm sand under my feet. It's like in in a crystal clear bubble, floating on this amazing feel....oh dear, I'm getting carried away here....anyway, ADORE you blog!! I thank God that there a people like you who see the beauty of life and have a hunger to share that with someones else!! Have a wonderful day!!

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AnnaVallance said...

I have been collecting shells for years and your blog has given me some great ideas. Thank you.

Rachel Mallon said...

Great post! I added it to my weeks best! on my dwellings and decor blog!

DesignTies said...

Beautiful pictures. I can see why you love shells and displays with shells to much :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

TheDecoDetective said...

Oh, these are gorgeous! One of my friends has a collection; some of them are quite unbelievable. Nature's a great designer sometimes!

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Natalie said...

Loving Corals right now. Desperately want one for my place but havent found one that i love just yet. Do you know of any good suppliers in Melbourne?


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