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Seashells Are A Medium

Seashells are a textural medium. That’s all.  A seashore nearby is NOT a requirement. Does Carrera marble work only in Italy?  Do pearls look right only on the Japanese?  Shells are textures, designs and colors from Nature. That’s all and that’s a lot. Use all the beauty that comes from the sea freely, just as we…
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The Perfect Time

Summer is when I like to take on large projects. Time is more generous, and slows when it heats up here in Palm Beach.   I’ve done paneling for bathrooms and foyers during these “slow” times and then stored it until clients are ready to install–whenever. We’ve gone on properties and decorated outdoor fireplaces while…
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Return from Tucson–with Goodies!

  Just coming back from Tucson’s Gem & Mineral Show I am  laden with interesting stuff from around the world.  As always, I bought some great big Ammonites from my Morrocan friend.  This year I was on a special mission:  To hand pick 24 Red, Principe Oysters for an über-large chandelier. Wait until you see…
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Recent Seashell and Coral Projects by Christa’s

Design with seashells is an un-ending fascination for me.  We just finished the most wonderful,  primitive-looking, minimalist and monochromatic panels, which were installed on a bar in the home of a well-known Palm Beach couple’s home.  It was difficult to find, but I managed to  get enough big 8-9” Mushroom Corals to do the job. …
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Sailors’ Valentines

When the Dutch started bringing seashells back from travels in the 1550’s, the use of them in art and science was born. Connoisseurs needed to be supplied with rare species for their Cabinets of Curiosity. Cabinets soon graduated to entire rooms, which appeared, with their magic, in Renaissance gardens, Louis XIV’s Grotto of Thetis at…
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Shells as Religious Symbols and the Meaning of Life

Ah, the Pearly Gates of Heaven.  I’m thinking about them because I recently lost a dear friend, and am thinking that he is meeting St. Peter at those very gates.  According to Revelations, the twelve gates of Heaven are each made from a single pearl.  Of course this is symbolic, or the pearls were rather…
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How to Make Seashell Frames

A step-by-step video on how to make seashell frames by Christa.

Seashells: The Salt (and Pepper) of the Earth

With shock and dismay I see some pretty awful mid-century kitsch used in design today, and I guess it works in some instances.  Shell kitsch, however, is so bad it’ll never be good. It’s the craftsmanship as well as the tastelessness of the stuff that  makes it so awful. When I tell someone that I…
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More Than Just Mirrors

Lots of seashell mirrors dot hallways and powder rooms all around town here, and all over Los Angeles, Long Island, New York City, Chicago… They serve an obvious and “safe” decorating purpose, and are practical. Using shells in an architectural setting can be interesting, and a little more of a surprise than a mirror or…
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A Bit of Frothy Seashell History

Plato suggested that, of course, Aphrodite (Venus in Rome) is nude because comtemplation of physical beauty allows the mind to understand and inspire intellectual love.  Sounds like a line to me.  Plato was in the hobby shop. In Sandro Botticelli’s Venus on the Half Shell (Nascita di Venere) is another sexy beauty nudely standing in…
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