The practice of decorating furniture with shells goes back to the Rococo period of 18th- century France when the shell motif was popular as a carved decoration.
In the modern day, the term has come to refer to furniture literally encrusted with shells in decorative patterns. Alabama-based J. Marshall Sims created the fantastical pieces that decorate the Idea House.
The show-stopping large round mirror in the guest room sports a crown of coral sprays. The white highlights of the shells and coral echo the white accents in the room’s decor.
J. Marshall Sims custom designed all the mirrors in the house to fit their spaces. For the guest bath, he fashioned a tall, narrow mirror to hang in the limited space over the vanity. It provides a dramatic focal point and complements the height of the windows.
Designer Dale Trice supplied the Apalachicola oyster shells that J. Marshall Sims used to create the pair of encrusted lamps in the guest room. The local flavor adds a special note of authenticity to the beach house.
A spray of coral tops antique glass bottles in the living room, providing natural texture and serving as permanent natural decorations.
Even a birdhouse in the breezeway is distinguished by a shell exterior, bringing the natural motif to the outdoors.