Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Coastal Touch

seashells in urn for coastal touch
Since I started blogging last year, I have the hardest time deciding which style I like the best, which one I want in my home.  I get so confused!! There is some many beautiful styles that I do love but what do I want to be surrounded with? What style will keep me satisfied the longest?  I decided to STOP looking at all the gorgeous inspiration that the internet offers for awhile and think it though!  I asked myself, “What do you like, not decorating wise but what are my actual interest?”  Well, I love history, especially local and state history.  I love genealogy.  I love Louisiana, except for the hot, hot summer heat!  and I love the beach!
There was my answer!  I live in an area in Louisiana that is close to a lot of antebellum homes on the Mississippi River and it is steeped in history that I love so why not reflect that in my home?  I live few hours from the Mississippi Gulf Coast so I don’t have to go far to get my coastal fix but I can have a little bit of it in my home as well!  So I’m going to bring a little Louisiana coastal feel to my living room!
This little coastal touch was quick and didn’t cost me a thing since I had everything on hand.  I purchased this urn a few years ago at a yard sale.  I’ve tried planting things in it but it’s just too shallow so I’m going to spruce it up a bit!
coastal touch
Before it was gray with a whitewash finish.  I decided to give it a couple of coats of white spray paint.
coastal touch
You can still see a little gray peeking though but that’s ok!  After it dried, I used some Annie Sloan dark wax to tone it down some.
seashells in urn for coastal touch
Even Savvy said it looks cool!  I filled it up with some seashells and now it looks great on the piano!
seashells in urn for coastal touch
This is the kind of projects I like, quick and easy!  Drying time took the longest!  I’ve got big plans for this corner of the living room, I just hope it looks good when I finished!  Sometimes what’s in my head doesn’t always work out in person!!
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  1. wow. this turned out beautifully! it is gorgeous! i love the beach too and this is the perfect piece to showcase in the summer. love it!

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

  2. I think the urn looks fabulous with the seashells! And I think that it's great that you are adding some coastal touches to your home. I've been to Natchez, are you close to it? It was beautiful! I feel the same way you do about defining my style. It's hard to pin it down, I seem to just decorate with things I love. Maybe someday I'll come up with a name for it! lol!


  3. I luv the urn and sea shells. Asking myself why I have never combined the two?! Hmm.. thanks for the inspiration Tammy.
    Cheers, Gee

  4. I love the look, Tammy. Beautiful shells!....Christine

  5. Perfect! I have a similar urn... and a seaside theme in the bath. I have shells in a silver shell-shaped bowl but hadn't thought of using the little urn... until now! They will be perfect together!
    And hello from a Louisiana girl -- I'm not there anymore but certainly remember those hot, humid summers! (I'm a new follower!)

  6. Hi lovely lady.
    How Beautiful is this with the it!! I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my new " April Showers " I hope you have a Bless and wonderful week with your family.
    XXOO Diane
    Your house on your sidebar is Gorgeous love the porch..

  7. Love the effect of the brown wax! Please come link up my party and share this post with us! Karin

  8. I love coastal style and your urn with sea shells is beautiful!

  9. Love this look! I live near the coast so I am drawn to this type of d├ęcor! Nicole from southerncharm


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