When in Nantucket, I love to wake up early, grab a freshly brewed cup of coffee, a bucket and head out the door for some beachcombing. This is a peaceful time for me, when I can clear my head, smell the briny air, feel the cool wet sand underfoot and the warming sun at my back. A simple stroll along the waters edge uncovers the most gorgeous variety of one of my very favorite decorating elements, seashells.
Before no time, my pail is brimming with an assortment of clam, oyster, mussel and scallop shells. My haul is brought up to the cottage, gets a good cleaning in the outdoor shower, is laid out on the decking to dry in the sun, and lined up for final inspection. The bounty from this Zen-like activity, multiplied over the course of a couple of blissful days, can spin slightly out of control, so I find that I do become a bit more picky towards the end of vacation, choosing to gather and keep only the best of what nature has to offer.
At home, displaying the shells amassed in large, clear glass containers to showcase their varying textures, forms, and shades of white is just so impactful. I love decorating with these simple treasures that are a daily reminder of carefree summer days and wonderful memories of family vacations.