When I think of summer the first thing that comes to my mind are shells.  I have always had an affinity for them since childhood... collecting sea shells from summer trips to the beach and displaying them in pretty bowls all summer long was a favorite thing to do. Some thing never change... I still like to pull my collections out each summer and show them off...

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I don't live anywhere near the beach, but that doesn't mean I can't decorate with beachy elements! 

So, today I'm decorating "beach chic"... using natural things found at the beach but upscaling them to give my dining room sophisticated summer beach style!


The secret to keeping the beach theme from looking... well, too beachy... is to keep everything monochromatic and definitely not cutesy!

I started with a burlap runner down the center of the table. Just can't get enough burlap!

 Then I filled the table with an antique tool caddy that reminded me of drift wood, white dishes, glass candlesticks and shells... lots and lots of shells!

I filled a tall glass vase with balls that remind me of glass bouys... and then added shells!

Tea cups and shells... a perfect match!

Pitchers and shell work pretty well together too!

I love symmetry! So I flanked each side of the tool caddy with the same vignette of candles.

Look what I did with a cake stand!

These are the cutest starfish pillows. I got them from Pottery Barn Outlet last year on sale. I wish I had gotten a couple more!

More beach theme on the buffet...

A big shell...

Candles with starfish...

And just for a little whimsy...

Even the bar cart got caught up in the beach theme!

I found these cocktail skewers at the beach last year.

Goes to show... you don't have to live within walking distance from a beach to enjoy the beachy elements of summer at home!

Now, how are you decorating this summer?

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