Like the hydrangea, this is a plant that will dry beautifully, keep its color and last for years.
Over the years, I have amassed quite a collection of sea shells. Except for the conch shell on the second shelf of this bookcase, the shells that you see here were found at yard sales. That particular conch shell was pulled from the mud of the Atlantic Ocean in Wild Wood by my then teenage daughter. It is a very special souvenir/trophy and brings back vivid memories of my kids playing in the surf. To round out the look that I was going for in this corner of the living room, I kept the simple gray, cream beige neutrals in check with a few hammered aluminum items which I thought picked up the shine in the abalone shells. I bought this bookcase years ago at the antique mall where I had a booth. As I spied this piece coming in the door, I purchased it on the spot. It was well before shabby was chic, but I fell in love with the aged patina. Someone had stripped it, maybe in preparation for some new paint, but in all the years that I have owned it, I could never repaint it.
While most of you are starting to decorate your surroundings with the colors of Autumn, I am getting there a little more slowly this year. It will happen, just not this week.
This post is being linked to How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday, and Smiling Sally for Blue Monday. Also, Little Red House for Mosaic Monday, and Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.