Summer Seashell Vignette

June 29, 2016
A few years ago my daughter's and I went on a little adventure to Bald Head Island.

Bald Head Island is a beautiful barrier reef located on the East side of Cape Fear.

Sea turtles frequent the shores and are protected federally.

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The only motorized vehicles allowed on the tiny island are golf carts with bicycles being the 

preferred mode of travel.

It is on this island rich with American history combined with stories of pirates that we found 

our collection of seashells.

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Bald Head Island ends where the beginning of the treacherous sand bars and shoals begin. 

As the tide went out we found ourselves walking along this ever shifting and

intriguing labyrinth of sandbars that form and then disappear into the sea.

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                                                                     Bald Head Association                                                                        

With our collection of seashells and one prize sand dollar I was eagerly anticipating

creating something wonderful and Summery for our home.

Bringing my goodies back to Texas in plastic bags and then purchasing a few more from

Michael's  I was ready to create a Summer Seashell Vignette.

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I find that my seashells have become my go to each Summer.

I pack them away in late Summer and bring them back out about this time of the year,

every year. 

There is something cooling and refreshing about adding these treasures from the sea to our 

home  decor.

You know with Texas heat, I must find away to trick my mind!

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A few years ago I added some seashells and roses to our gold tea cart for a light and 

Summery pink vignette.

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Good seafood, lots of sunshine and gorgeous ocean sunrises were our staple for our short 



I am enjoying incorporating the natural beauty of Summer into our home with easy 

going vignettes that are simple, pretty and that will go with any decorating style.

To create this Summer seashell vignette I used the following items that were already in my 


1. Seashells
2. Mason jar
3. White/cream birdcage
4. Small vintage dish
5. Tin dish
6. Flowers of choice

decorating your home by using a vase with seashells, flowers and seashells, peonies and seashells

Simply add the assorted seashells to your collection and toss a few in your vase

for added interested.

Thank you for joining me today and a big thank you to Linda from Life and Linda.

She has given my blog and I a brand new update.

I highly recommend her for any of your blog questions or updates.

Her professional and friendly demeanor will put you at ease and she also educates you

along the way!


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  1. Nice shells, Jemma! I love the shells I've collected over the years, and was able to get some huge conch shells prior to weight restrictions on luggage from our favorite vacation destination. Now I just go for a small bag each time we travel that I carry home. I have just a couple sand dollars retrieved from Hilton Head Island, and I bleached them. :) Your collection is a nice way to not only bring summer in the decor, but to remember the great time you had at Bald Island.

  2. Good Morning Jemma, Such a lovely vignette of shells for summer decorating. I love all your wonderful photos. You are very talented with your camera to capture not only the style but the atmosphere through the lens. Taking a vacation with your daughter had to be a highlight too.
    Adding shells to my home is a fav also along with taking them outdoors at our "stoney beach"
    Wishing you a beautiful summer day. Stay cool!! xo

  3. First off, the update is gorgeous! Secondly, you make me feel right at home with your gorgeous seashell vignettes. I love that they had a beginning on a special trip with your daughter. Special memories just make a home so much more special,don't they?

  4. The seashells gathered on a wonderful, memorable trip are all the more special to take out and decorate with year to year. Yours are lovely and your vignette is very summery. I have a small section of a shelf that holds my memorable seashells year round. I just need to remember to dust them once in awhile!!

  5. This is so pretty, Jemma. I rarely incorporate shells. You're making me want to rethink that. :)

  6. Love the new look! You are awesome!❤️❤️

  7. I love all the pretty shells. Your shell setting is really pretty.I love beach theme and I am hoping to get a beach theme tablescape going soon as July 4th is over with! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. Jemma, your seashells are so pretty. You created a lovely vignette with them and your sweet accessories. Thank you for the shout out! It was my pleasure to give your blog a pretty makeover. xo

  9. Hello Jemma, I love the seahsells and anything beachy. Your ideas are lovely. Thanks for sharing. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  10. I love the new look to your blog. I noticed it a few days ago and have meaning to compliment you on it!

    One of my favorite things in the world is to beach comb at sunrise. I can spend hours walking along the shore examining shells and adding to my collection. Sand dollars are a particular favorite of mine.

    Currently I store them in decorative glass jars, but I love the ideas you've shown today!

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  11. I am so late here! And this barely came into my email now. But I'm here....any room left for me on the picnic blanket on the shores of fun?

    So many seaside memories for most of us, aren't there! My memories wash up on the shores of Huntington Beach and Carmel, California to the cooler waters of Boston and the North Shore where Ruben and I lived. All we had to do was walk out our front door, cross the small residential street and there we were, on the sandy park of Beverly Cove. We'd collect beach glass, our favorite and most rare to find, the AQUA chips. The Eastern seaboard is mainly what comes to mind, but my seaside visits in Nice, France are among the most exotic and novel. Never did I think I'd see the Mediterranean, and there I was, living there.

    Jemma, summertime is definitely a time to muse and bring out the old moments of our lives. Colorful as your gorgeous bouquets, these memories are fresh again.

  12. I live at the beach, so sand and shells are always a staple in my decorating, Jemma. I have so many of them, they fill glass bowls and vases inside and are peppered around the garden outside. It's hard for me to say no to a pretty shell!! Your arrangement looks beautiful. The flowers are outstanding, too!!

  13. When we were at Marco Island this winter, our friend collected so many shells I suggested she hire a back hoe to transport them! They were so pretty, but I can not imagine what she can do with them all! There were more shells than usual this year due to weather conditions, so she had a blast. Although I appreciate shells, they're not something I incorporate into my decor, but if I lived in a warmer climate I would rethink that.


  14. I never thought of mixing shells in the same vignette as flowers. I bought a cut bottle vase at Wisteria the other day. Now I know what I will do with it :)

  15. Good morning, my friend! I love the mix of flowers with seashells! I too bring out my shells for a summery vignette. Love all your pretty shells - you've displayed them in such a beautiful way! Happy middle of the week to you, Jemma!

  16. The shells I collected from Pacific coast beaches are still packed away somewhere. You reminded me that I really must find them :-)

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  17. Oooo, look at the turquoise sea shell. Jemma, your little sea side corner is very charming. You know, Jess loves the ocean and lives about 5 minutes from it! The pink flowers are such a vibrant pink color. How nice that you and your daughter visited this island together. It sounds beautiful. Isn't it fun to decorate our homes for each season?

    love, ~Sheri

  18. Hi Jemma, Those seashells are beautiful! I love the idea of decorating with them. Your site looks great too! Joan-My Cookie Clinic

  19. Thanks for the encouragement to get my shells out on my front porch where I usually set them in the summer, then sometimes on my patio.
    I really like yours by the blue ball jar
    your blue or turquoise shell really looks great with the others

  20. Hi Jemma! I love your sea shell vignette along with the bright pink peonies! Gorgeous! ;)

  21. Love your seashells from the seashore and I noticed your blog had been switched up. Is this the new template she was talking about on FB?

  22. I agree that seashells around the house says summer. I love the color of your shells. It all looks so bright and pretty.

  23. hi Jemma, I've been to Bald Head island too, such a unique place, you truly feel like your on the edge of the world so to speak- shells are always a way to bring the sea breeze into your home, and lovely with the accessories you've chosen!
    Happy 4th,

  24. such a cute idea for summer! I need to check out that Bald Head Island - it sounds incredible!

  25. I love shells, too, Jemma. And to be honest, I'll have them out at other times, too -- just to remind me in the depths of winter that there really IS a thing called summer and it WILL return! This is lovely!

  26. I love your new design. Your post has me missing the NC beach. We were stationed there for almost 10 years. I have many fond memories there.

  27. I absolutely ADORE your arrangements, Jemma! I have collected shells from many shores and you TOTALLY inspired me to combine them with flowers from my gardens!

  28. Jemma, I love your seashell vignettes, but I love the story of you and your daughters going to this island and sharing time and the history of this area. Thank you for sharing at Your Inspired Design LInk Party.

  29. Your little seashell vignette is a nice way to remember your trip. Your statement "with Texas heat, I must find away to trick my mind" is one I must remember. After sending our summers in Maine, it is hard adjusting to the heat of Florida.

  30. Sea shells are so nice to have around the house in the summer months.
    I also like cool blue hues ... and a hint of pink somewhere.

    Your seashell vignettes are lovely.

    All the best Jan

  31. Beautiful Jemma. Just seeing those seashell vignettes has cooled me right down. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  32. Hello Jemma, I love the way that looks with decorating the home in the summer with seashells. It is just perfect.
    Thanks for sharing at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Enjoy the week.

  33. Aww...so cute!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipe, crafts, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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