Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Sea Beckons

We are fortunate to live just a mile from the Atlantic ocean, which we enjoyed visiting this past Sunday.  Seagulls, splashing, sand and seashells beckoned us on a gorgeous, breezy day.  During this time of year I love to decorate with reminders of the ocean.  Our living room is enhanced with the soft pastel colors of seashells...


...like this seashell wreath I made a few years ago, now hanging by cheesecloth:

The pale blue coverlet I scored at the flea market (with my dear friends) fits the antique daybed perfectly:

I thought the colors on this pink pillow resembled those on pale seashells...


St. Therese presides over a seashell filled with powder blue floral pebbles.

I enhanced some of the pebbles with glittered crosses:

The mantel hosts a glass vase with sea shells, while fresh hydrangeas and portraits of our children rest nearby:

Our talented neighbor painted these portraits from photos we had taken of the children at the ocean.  That was 3 years ago - I miss how small they were.



Silver cups and delicate paper flowers made by yourangil.etsy.com rest on this shelf:



It is a peaceful room to take in a summer breeze.  Hope you are enjoying a restful summer!
Sharing with White Wednesday and Feathered Nest Friday.

16 comments:

Vintage Market Place said...

Susan it is so relaxing. I can feel the ocean breeze just looking at these photos. I just love your pale blue accents. It all gorgeous!
Amy

Petite Michelle Louise said...

ahh....i feel like i have just been transported to the glorious seaside....all these soothing beachy colors....breezy....refreshing! i just adore all of your calming touches here susan. in just a few days, i too will be able to inhale that salty ocean air and sigh with contentment. happy WW mon amie! we'll chat when i return! ;)

Linda Shields said...

Beautiful! Wish I was there. :-) Such soothing colors.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Everything looks so pretty. Love that mirror. Love the kids' portraits. Such a peaceful room.

Ozma of odds said...

...sigh
sigh...
...sigh...
just beau-sea-ful!!

adore the little sea glass pebbles with crosses:)
xo, Rosemary

Donna said...

I just can't get enough of your gorgeous living room, Susan! I love the beautiful blues, creams, and a touch of pink. The portraits of your children are wonderful! And I am in love with that chunky vase on your mantel filled with shells. And of course your shell wreath, too! Perfection!!!

Victoria said...

How beautiful and peaceful everything is! I love the portraits of your children, the colors go perfectly with all your beachy items!

I've been collecting shells every time we go to the beach but I'm not sure what to do with them yet...I love your shell wreath! Not sure if I could pull that off but you never know!

Michele said...

You have a beautiful home. I am now following you.

Michele
Pearl 13.1

The Porcelain Rose said...

Susan,
So glad that came by for a visit!!
I always enjoy my visits here.
I'm jealous! I only wish for ocean breezes!
I love the etched mirror and the mercury glass. And those white roses! I just made a bunch of paper roses using crepe paper a tissue paper. They came out way better than I expected. I was thinking about offering them in my Etsy shop.
Thanks for sharing and for inspiring me.
Elizabeth

June said...

What a beautiful post Susan! I could almost hear the waves coming in. I just love your home!

Heather said...

What a beautiful and restful room! I'd love to just curl up and spend the afternoon there :) the portraits of your children are so beautiful too, and perfect summer colors!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Susan,

I always enjoy dropping by your blog because everything is always sooo serene and tranquil here! Love it! I miss living near the Pacific Coast. We used to be just a few miles away until we bought our current fixer upper home. Now we live in the hills where it is soooo unbelievably hot! Wishing you a beautiful day and wonderful weekend!


Best,
Jessie

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Sorry to be late for WW ~ I've been swooning over my SL!
Your room looks so beautiful Susan, love all your little nods to the sea!

awal.ny said...

Your rooms are always serene and relaxing. I love seeing how you decorate your home.

awal.ny said...

Your rooms are always serene and relaxing. I love seeing how you decorate your home.

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