Bring the shore indoors by dressing your home with seashells and other natural materials.
Writer: Holly H. Goff
1 of 15Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Smooth river rocks surround a deep tub, bringing a touch of rustic to this otherwise contemporary bath. The stones also create a spa-like atmosphere—and who can’t use that at home?
2 of 15Photo: J. Savage Gibson
Instead of being displayed in a container, this island-originated foliage is framed to become a focal point of the kitchen, thanks to its large size and scale.
3 of 15Photo: Dominique Vorillon
Flora meets function with driftwood made into a candleholder, a subtle organic element in a condo’s earth-tone living room.
4 of 15Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn
Coastal without being overly kitschy, this living room is warm and inviting, and gives a nod to its Lowcountry location with an oversize painting that seamlessly melds the room’s colors and materials.
5 of 15Photo: Joe Schmelzer
Sea stars, shells, and other beach finds placed in glass jars bring back fond memories of beachcombing and serve as conversation starters.
6 of 15Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn
Green In and Out
This room is nature-inspired at its core, from the palm frond–print sofa to the fresh flowers and plants throughout. The seashell-encrusted mirror adds texture and another environmental layer to the South Florida home.
7 of 15Photo: Lisa Romerein
Enjoy the View
The view is the best nature has to offer in this Mexico casa, and the fresh limes and large conch shell on the patio’s dining table are a reminder that there doesn’t have to be a clear line between living indoors and out.
8 of 15Photo: Richard Leo Johnson
It’s easy to pick up on the seaside theme in this large, relaxing bath, but the shells above the shower are especially fun and playful, encouraging new shell-seeking adventures.
9 of 15Photo: Howard L. Puckett
As if the citrusy color scheme didn’t feel coastal enough, the large shell bowl is a natural touch to the invitingly arranged table that just screams fresh and summery.
10 of 15Photo: Dominique Vorillon
The custom table is a contemporary and unexpected element in this California living room. Made from natural driftwood found on the beach, it makes a bold statement while paying tribute to the sea.
11 of 15Photo: Dominique Vorillon
Sea Glass Shimmer
We’re always interested in new ideas for not-in-use fireplaces, and a collection of broken sea glass brings a different kind of glow to the room.
12 of 15Photo: Annie Schlecter
Classy Caribbean Style
The beautiful Viceroy Anguilla resort offers a good lesson in combining natural elements—such as the driftwood lamp—with chic interiors. Don’t be afraid to mix two styles to create your own.
13 of 15Photo: Roger Davies
Coastal Georgia Welcome
The rustic, large-scale accessories in this entry represent the outside surroundings of Georgia’s southern coast. The large clamshell filled with coral takes center stage but doesn’t overwhelm.
14 of 15Photo: Richard Leo Johnson
Look at that oyster shell chandelier! We love that while it might feel at home in a more muted setting, it also fits in perfectly with cheery flowers and brightly colored fish paintings.
15 of 15Photo: Annie Schlecter
Constructed of river and beach rocks with a driftwood mantel, this custom fireplace really represents its region and shines with the essence of Nantucket.