Sometimes you just have to have a few seashells in your life. I love anything ocean- or beach-inspired. It makes me smile and feel good. You may recall my guest room, which features a beachy theme, and is still undergoing more changes and new additions I have planned. If I can ever get around to it! Every time I seem to finally get something crossed off my list, four more things pop up in its place. Busy is as busy does, huh?
Anyway, seeing a lot of blogs featuring summer-time makeovers (like this one and this one) inspired me to try it out with my hallway table. I'd put it off for awhile simply because it's hard sometimes to change the look of something in our home. We are so country that it can appear to clash when you bring in another "look" that doesn't completely jibe with what's already going on. But I decided to hell with it, and I'd stick some seashells on my hallway table anyway.
Here's the before...
I like it for now. What do you think? I used one of the giant shells as a holder for one of the votive candles, and I kept the turquoise candlesticks to infuse it with some bright color. The sign came from Murdoch's Bathhouse in Galveston (a housewarming gift from my sister), the photo frame from Hobby Lobby and most of the shells I've just accumulated over time. I might still rework this as summer goes on... perhaps there's a country beach theme I can learn how to incorporate. I'd like to spruce up my mantel for summer too, and take a break from the Texas flag-inspired stuff, but not sure how to do that just yet. It's all a learning process - just means more blogs to read to inspire me!
Come back for my next post on how I do get inspired (whether to decorate, cook, work or to just feel better about life!) and some interesting book reads I plan to knock out this summer. Speaking of the time of year, I always love to infuse some sort of blonde into my hair for summer. But I didn't want to go all blonde again this time since my hair grows so fast and requires too many trips to the salon and way to much moolah to upkeep. This time, my trusted stylist Mario Tort (owner of Estilo Salon) shaped my layers and used the ombre color technique for my locks. It starts at my roots with my natural dark brown hair, then fades down the strands ending in a shock of blonde at the bottom. I love it!
And now ... drum roll... the moment you've all so patiently been waiting for!! A GIVEAWAY!!!
The prize: this adorable turquoise beaded bracelet from my Etsy shop, Texas Take.
The how-to: Leave a comment on this blog post sharing your summer-worthy reads or summer decorating tips, and a winner will be chosen using random.org on Tuesday, July 5!!!
The rules: Only one comment per person, please. Multiple entries will be deleted. This giveaway is open to everyone. Please be sure to include your email address with your comment so I can contact you for mailing details if you win!
Thanks for stopping by and good luck!