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Monday, August 2, 2010

Beach House Details

My friend Kat at Low Tide High Style recently had a contest to win a pair of my beach glass earrings.  Hope you all got a chance to enter! 
If you check out her Blog today you'll see some photos that she took of my beach house!  I know that we are so fortunate to live in a great spot like this.  Larry and I wonder at our luck every day!

I thought everyone would like to see some more details, so I have taken a few photos for you.  Remember, Kat is a far better photographer than I am!  Here is a photo of the outside that she took so you can see all the porches!



In the pictures of the living room that Kat took you may have noticed funny looking things on the wall.  These are old corbels - a carved wooden bracket that was used to support a wall or porch roof.  You will see these on many old homes.  When the homes get remodeled, these are thrown away or (hopefully) sold as architectural elements on their own.  I have many (too many!) and put them around the house to set things on.  One has a starfish and one has a small bird decoy.  The grungy old paint makes them even better I think!  I like them because they fit in narrow spaces and add so much texture.

Corbel and Mussel Shell Wreath

The wreath in the photo is made from New England mussel shells that have been bleached and worn by the waves.  Some are so pearly and some worn a soft blue.  Another example of nature's gifts, found things that can be transformed to elegant accessories.

And this painted shell I found at a flea market was also transformed from the ordinary to special.  Someone else knew the beauty of a found object.

Primitive Painted Shell


When I go out searching for beach glass, I often find feathers from our native birds.  Over the years, I've collected them all in a small crock.  I keep it on top of my wall clock - so the kitty-boys don't get it.  I've learned this the hard way!

Maryland Native Bird Feathers
I love collecting interesting things, don't we all?  I especially like natures perfect elements ..... and they're usually free!

7 comments:

Valerie said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful beach house!

XO,
Valerie

michelle said... [Reply to comment]

You have such a beautiful home! What an amazing place to grow with your family. I was so excited when Kat posted the pictures! Your decor is so lovely, I love all the natural elements! Thank you for sharing your home.

Sherri said... [Reply to comment]

Julie, your house is absolutely stunning!! Kat took some lovely photos-I love your house!

Elizabeth said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my, your house is absolutely gorgeous and such a perfect colour too. I always find feathers but never knew what to do with them all - you have a lovely collection.

Frosted Trash said... [Reply to comment]

Kat did take some wonderful photos! I'll bet she could make everyone's home look ready for a magazine spread!
I would love to hear how any of my followers display your collections too, leave me a comment and we'll all share!

Love of the Sea said... [Reply to comment]

Wow gorgeous home....I love it. And thank you for the information on Corbels - I will have to research more on those...they look very interesting.

Donna Parsley said... [Reply to comment]

I'm envious of your house!!! WOW! For those who are not-so-fortunate to have a beach house (like me), we can still have a 'beach-inspired' house by putting on some ornaments like seashells, bottles, etc. Or you can always go to the beach to have a relaxing day at the beach.