Share This

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Crazy For Shells

I only feel comfortable with a small dose of ' SHELL DECOR ', but as my mother would say;

" It takes a lot of different horses to make a horse race .''

This house is in Austin Texas. I would expect to find it in El Cid, just over the bridge
from Palm Beach, where there are absolutely charming homes.

This picture drew me right in...........and suddenly I wanted to post.
(remember, I have been feeling stale)
The shutters are gorgeous, and the new or old finish is FABOO !!
In the garden behind the house there's a grotto with a koi-filled pond as its base.
This is the fantastic fountain. The owner collected all these shells herself.

This mantle would be the envy of any Palm Beach - er.

I think this room is wonderful, although...........I would have used a much lighter hand while applying the shells on the mantle wall.

But again, I repeat my mothers words; " It takes a lot of horses to make a horse race ."
This actually could be a picture of a Via off of Worth Avenue , in Palm Beach, Florida.

Detail of a shell-covered chest of drawers.

I could see this chest as in a cabana bath, maybe for towels etc. Or maybe small night stands in a guest house ( by the pool ). As I have mentioned before, the Shell Chic look is very hot in Palm Beach. And for Palm Beach , this look will remain a timeless classic.

" Next to the grotto ( koi pond )is a boudoir dans le jardin, a tester bed frame also embellished with shells. Many Austin homes feature outdoor sleeping areas, with beds outfitted in comfortable mattresses, colorful throws, and stacks of pillows—throwbacks to the days before air-conditioning replaced open windows. " I love this idea.

And I certainly could use this in Boca Raton , Florida. For many months of the year, we have nearly perfect weather in the winter months.

My posts on Koi:

Article from:
Design:Landscape designer: Berthold Haas Design, 618 Lavaca St., Suite 11, Austin, TX 78701; 512/236-9645, Shell art: Emily Haas, Shells on Twelfth, 512/740-1668,

Renee Finberg 'TELLS ALL' in her BLOG.....


  1. Enjoyed these photos...they ooze with the love this woman has for her home and garden. Inspiring.

  2. Ooooh I love the outdoor pices and parts...fountain, walkway, umbrella stand...

    Niiice. Shellie

  3. I am a shell-a-holic!! I LOVE this post..that fireplace surround.. "I die"!! I was having some major blogger's block recently..heck..if I saw this, I would want to post immediately too! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. I am a shell-a-holic!! I LOVE this post..that fireplace surround.. "I die"!! I was having some major blogger's block recently..heck..if I saw this, I would want to post immediately too! Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. shellie,

    i was hoping you would come by.......
    i thought of you while putting this post together.

    i knew you'd like it !


  6. You know, when I go to the beach I am always so seduced by the beautiful shells. I gather them in my pockets like jewels. I rinse them off and carefully bring them home. Then I unpack and think....what am I going to do with these??? Ah well, I'll think of something!

  7. Pamela -

    i know........i would love to try and cover a small chest.
    a mirror frame i think would be easiest to achieve.

  8. The embedded shells in the fireplace mantel are wonderful. I love the macro shot, but agree with you that it is a tad overdone, as in the larger pic. Still magical.

  9. Oh I think it's lovely-I collect smooth, pure white stones when I go. I have dishes and bowls full of them. They are just so pure and feel so wonderful to the touch. I have no idea what I will ever do with all of these one day- but I can't help myself.



Thanks for participating!!

About Renée Finberg

I have been in this business since the age of 22.

I love what I do and cannot imagine my life without Design.

Design Challenges are great.

And because of those challenges

I have imported fine antique pieces from Paris,

Designed and Manufactured Furniture,

Created Fantastic Window Treatments,

And solved all kinds of spatial & architectural issues

With my unique style.

If I can't find it, I create it.

My rooms would make excellent movie sets.

I am a visual, tactile and audio sensitive individual.

Creating is what I live for, not math, not spelling, not science.

Just Great Design.

Just imagine how it would be if each of us,

If only for a few hours of everyday,We could be in a space that is our very own.A place that is exactly the way we want it to be

Surrounded by all the things we wanted to see,

The atmosphere we wanted feel, smell and the sound we wanted to listen to.

Private Paradise



Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
Renee Finberg 'TELLS ALL' in her Adventures in Design by Renee Finberg is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at reneefinberg@gmail.ocm.

Protected Journalist