Wednesday, July 30, 2014

All In The Details: The Shell Seekers


Wouldn't you agree that it can be the smallest details that make a house feel like home?  I'm a big believer that joy can be found in the little things, and that you can make magic with collections, objects and touches that tell a story about you. 


Barefoot in the sand, listening to the waves, walking the beach and searching for sea shells just feels like summer. It's the excitement of a week at the shore when school days are still in the distant future and vacation will stretch on and on.


A bowl of blue tinged cockles from Nantucket... 


...or moon snails from Whidbey Island, bring back long lovely days.


In blue willow at my friend Dana's....


Or keeping clam outside at Heidi's...


Something pretty tucked away in a corner.


A little bit of summer all year long.

Of course, the best shells are the ones with a story - that you found on a visit to your Grandmother's beach house or that vacation in Hawaii...  But that doesn't mean the ones you track down in less traditional ways aren't as pretty. No time to get to the shore this summer? You can still collect them here, here or even here.

Where's your favorite place to seek sea shells?

23 comments:

  1. It is all about the details. I love sea shells and collections that immediately transport one to a fond place or memory of a happy time.
    We collect rocks and began long ago when we would go to a favorite summer island. We would only be allowed to take one. It's funny how that "one" rock collection has grown over the years.
    pve

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    1. Patricia, I love how one by one a collection can grow - a way to mark time, the years and wonderful memories! Happy Wednesday! XOXO

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  2. Such a gorgous post, Jeanne. While so many of us are taking our summer siestas, you are consistently hitting it out of the park!
    This subject is close to my heart as I usually have on my desk a big shell filled with red, white and blue coral that was found on a far, far away beach on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu. Normally, I wouldn't have taken coral as it is precious but this was just after a hurricane that had churned up the bottom of the ocean and there was coral as far as the eye could see lining the beach!
    It reminds me what a big world we live in and that many things are possible...
    xo
    H

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    1. Hello, sweet Heather. So lovely to see you this morning. What a wonderful memory of your time in Vanuatu and reminder of the vast wonder of the world. Hope the unpacking is coming along (and that the shell and coral are soon back on your desk)! XOXO

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    2. They are! I was actually inspired by your post to go and find them. :) And a good thing too because Remi had packed a plant - yes, a real live plant - in with that box! It is fine now...

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  4. Jeanne, I used to collect shells every summer and added them to this huge glass bowl when my kids were younger. We had a ball scouring the shoreline for shells deemed worthy of adding to our collection:) Every single one connected me to those priceless summers of when my kids were young and the wonderful carefree summers we shared at the beach.
    Cheers to more shell curating and carefree summer days!

    PS Got your "care package" yesterday and wow! It totally made my day. Just sending an email now:)

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    1. HI Tina! I have such great memories of beach combing with my mom - I think that is why I love shells so much - and I am sure your kids will treasure their memories, too! So glad you got your package of goodies and that it brightened your day! XOXO

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  5. Love the shells. My friend, Dude, does a great job using them around her home. I'm doing a home tour tomorrow of her home. Have a wonderful day, Jeanne.

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    1. Hi Katie! Looking forward to hearing about your house tour. Hope you have a wonderful day, too! XOXO

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    1. Oooooh! I've never been but I'm sure it's just amazing! XOXO

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  7. I love shells they invoke such memories form my teenage years of working at the shore..collecting shells on my day off was a way of being in the moment!

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  8. Jeanne I adore shells and have them in bowls all around the house. They are a year round love for me, reminding me of the ocean!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  9. Sadly, most of our regattas happen on rivers or lakes with not much nautical niceties to collect but we do hit the Cape and the Hamptons once a year and find some treasures there. The title of your post reminded us of one of our favorites books by Rosamunde Pilcher... have you read it?
    xxoo
    C + C

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  10. Beautiful photos and even more beautiful shells! It truly is the little things in life, isn't it?

    I collect shells and pine cones and acorns from wherever I visit...

    Have a wonderful day, Elizabeth

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  11. Jeanne,
    This is so wild. My youngest son gave me a shell yesterday. Said he had cleaned it off. It's dark gray and I have set it aside so that I can look at it often. I grew up going to the beach and looking for shells and sand dollars. I have bowls and bowls of them. Most in my guest room. I also have a large shell with a painted gold interior that I really need to pull out and put on my kitchen table for the rest of summer!! Glory is in the details and you've got them covered!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  12. I love shelling and have them displayed throughout my home.. I never leave a beach vacation without a small shell and a bit of sand to keep in the cup holder my car. It makes me happy for the memories of my trip and the hope for a quick return to the beach.

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