Someone commented on a blog the other day that seashell decor was over done - she preferred to see beach houses that weren't decorated with shells.
I decorate with shells.
Maybe it is cliched, but we live in a beach house for a reason - we love the beach and EVERY shell in our house has a special meaning.
The glass jar full of shells and the orange conch shell were my 30th wedding anniversary present - not the normal gift, but special to me.
Seven months before our anniversary, Steve was invited on a surf trip to the Maldives - literally half way around the world from home.
He excitedly made all the plans, paid his deposit, arranged for one month off from work (before he was a full time artist) and as the time grew closer we realized that he would be gone for our anniversary.
The glass jar sits on a shelf in our bathroom filled with beautiful sand from the Maldives and shells he found on different islands.
The large conch shell was a trade- a fisherman wanted Steve's binoculars and Steve said he would make the trade for a beautiful shell.
These shells might not look like much - at present they are sitting in a drawer - but they come out for display periodically.
We found the large sand dollars on the left while driving on the beach in Costa Rica.
All the tiny shells in the middle were collected by KC and me on the beach in Kjerringoy, Norway at the home where my grandmother was born.
The sand dollars on the right, the snail shell and the larger shell were gathered over time on our morning beach walks.
The shells on display on a bedroom shelf also have meaning.
Steve found the large snail shell in front of the orange conch shell while walking back up the beach from a long surf session - if I ever move it, he notices right away and asks where it is.
The large starfish and the conch shell were purchased (I didn't want to risk our special shells) as table decor for a family party and they serve as a reminder of that special day.
A shelf in the bathroom holds more special memories.
The container of sea glass is a 15 year accumulation of morning walks on the beach - every piece is from our beach.
The piece of coral is another favorite find of Steve's.
It might look like a lot of shells, but it is just 3 spots -
the garden . . . bathroom shelves . . . bedroom shelves.
To some it is cliched, but to us, it is simply memories on display.
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