Decorating magazines and catalogues often feature coastal decor as a summer look. But do touches of coastal decor have a place in a mountain home? That’s the question I have asked myself since moving to Our MT Nest from our longtime home in south Florida.
Having spent the greatest part of my life in Florida I was accustomed to incorporating tropical and coastal touches in my decor. But when this mountain home was our vacation-only abode, we never used any coastal touches in the decor. So, after moving here full-time, I wondered if it might look strange or out of place to incorporate a few summertime coastal touches. After all, our house is sitting on the side of a mountain surrounded by forest and inside, with all our shiplap wood walls and ceiling, it’s got more of a cabin look going than beach cottage.
I tried a few different vessels to hold the shells before finally settling on my Landon 5-Votive Tray Candle Holder from World Market that I first wrote about here when it was purchased last fall. It’s weathered wood seems the perfect compliment to the sea shells.
When I first I put the shells in the tray, they looked a bit too sparse, so I adde a layer of sea glass filler under the shells. I like the way a few pieces of the sea glass peek out here and there.
Among the shells in the collection is a beautiful conch shell that was presented to me long ago by my son, whose love of fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, water skiing, and all other water pursuits started almost from birth.
Another coastal touch is this driftwood and glass piece that I purchased at the end of the summer season last year. It was a piece that “spoke my name” and I had been watching it all through the summer last year.
So when it was still available at the end of the summer season, and I could purchase it with a discount, I decided that it was meant to come home with me. I love the way the glass has been molded to fit perfectly over the shape of the driftwood. And I love the pale blue color of the glass.
This summer I decided to display my very special seashells and add other small touches of coastal decor whether they fit in the mountains or not! Each time I pass the shells, I smile remembering how they came to me. What do you think? Do touches of coastal decor belong here in the mountains?
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