Saturday, July 16, 2011


Not at the Seashore
Yesterday I showed summer turquoise inspiration which included this photo.
I found it on Pinterest. What I didn't realize at the time is this photo
came from Mikey's blog
Last night I happened upon the whole photo shoot on his blog.
He recently showed his Summer mantel which was filled 
with seashells. How gorgeous is all this?
I was just thinking I wanted to fill my own mantel with shells before I saw this...
but I am a long way from the ocean
and only have a few shells. So it's not going to happen any time soon.
But I do love what Mikey did with his. 

Don't these photos look straight out of a magazine?
There is more to see at his blog.

I am feeling so landlocked at the moment.
It's been over 100 degrees each and every day for like four weeks now with no end in sight.
I feel like I am living in an oven with the light turned on.

I hope it's cooler wherever you are.


Lee said...

You have inspired me to go grab othe old shells and coral I know it at my Mom's house....she will never miss it (teehee)!
The heat is returning to Michigan-looks like high temps for the next week again. Yuck! I think I will turn into a hermit crab and stay inside. Glad our air conditioning is working again!
Treat yourself...I think I need some wine slushes or frozen fruit bars.
Thanks for sharing!

Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage said...

Thanks so much for the feature! I really love all the attention I've been getting recently! Funny that you mention you don't live near the ocean. I live about an hour from the beach. I rarely go. Maybe for the day once a year. (Really. . .I know I need to fix that...) Most of my shells all came from thrift shops and yard sales. I got the coral from Marshalls, Kohls, and HomeGoods. (yes, even the fan coral. . . ) Hope is out there! With how beautiful your home is, I'm sure your beach inspired mantel will be lovely!

~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

Debby said...

I will have to check out her blog... love the first photo!! xo

Cindy said...

Hi Nita, It's not much cooler here, hopefully you cool down in the evenings.
That mantel is something else, I love, love, love it!!! The old turquoise bottles and the gorgeous seashells are amazing!
Hugs, Cindy

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I've followed Mikey's blog for a while now. His kitchen reno is incredible. We have been cool but it's supposed to get hot today. Hope you somehow enjoy your weekend!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

You know when I saw that image I thought it might be Mikeys mantle, but not because of the shells...I thought I recognized the french repro sconces! Then I thought, I don't think the walls are turqouise though...ha! Such a small blogland! Well I hope it cools down, just sounds like a weather pattern is stuck over where you are. It has been picture perfect here the last few days, and now the humidity is returning tomorrow.

Judi said...

I love the seashells. Beautiful arrangements...
Inspiring.... I have a garden room that I have been trying to do the beachy theme in. Will try to use some of your ideas.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Mikey's blog is lovely. Have you seen his kitchen yet, Nita? It is so pretty.

"Create Beauty" said...

LOVE those shells and the mantle decor!!!! I also have shells everywhere and can't get enough of them. Picked upa beauty at a thrift shop this week for $8. I actually stood there wondering to myself if I "needed" another shell. What was I thinking? Of course I do!!!!

Really like them piled into that old wire basket, and that tall turquoise bottle is fabulous!

~ Violet

Ames said...

I live in Florida and I have shells tucked everywhere. A little eye candy here and there. You know you can order bags of shells online if you what that look bad enough.~Ames

Teresa said...

So very lovely! I may have to do something like that at the cottage!
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend.

Fabiana ~ Ciao Newport Beach said...

Yours is absolutely one of my favorite blogs! I love this post!


Olive Cooper said...

Mikey is very talented at layering. His kitchen re-model on a budget was awesome. I find all my shells at garage sales for almost nothing.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Beautiful!!! I love Mikey's blog too - what a fabulous inspiring site to visit!! Thanks for sharing Nita!! Try and stay cool!

sissie said...

Ooh, I'm excited to check out his blog. I love using shells for decorating.


oldblackcatboo said...

Sigh...those shells make me wistful. I wish I was close to the ocean and could just run out into the cool surf. Alas I am stuck in the Midwest. It's HOT and getting HOTTER. Only in the 90's today. They said to enjoy it because it's just going to get hotter! I'm glad I have "air", I spent SO many years without it! I plan on staying inside (mostly) and wishing for Fall!
I am now off to check out this Mikey's blog and I must see this kitchen everyone is talking about!
Try to keep cool!
XOXO - Cindi

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

One word... FABULOUS! We have been unseasonably cool but the weather man says we are going to be roasting by next week. Oh how I wish he were wrong.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi...I just found your blog and it is really lovely! I am astounded at the transformation of your home! Great photos and wonderful decorating! I am now a follower. ~Hugs, Patti

KTbee said...

i tend to stay away from seashell decor living in OK... but that mantle is gorgeous! i love the metal basket filled with shells.

Natasha in Oz said...

I too saw all those gorgeous pics on pinterest but had no idea they were Mikey's. Isn't he fabulous!

Best wishes always,
Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

The enchanted home said...

What a beautiful post. I love seashells, they make such gorgeous vignettes and no two ever look the same.....beauitful pictures.

Dawn said...

Oh Nita, I was so excited when I saw your invite and beautiful note to me about my mantel...thank you darling. I would love to join you tomorrow. I will link up. This post is WOW!!! Now, I wish that I had done's never enough when decorating. Dawn Xo

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