Want to bring the beach and summer to your tiny corner of the world?

You really can enjoy coastal decor in small spaces.

All you need is a spot to evoke the memory of wind on your face and waves splashing on the beach.


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It could be the corner of your desk, a spot on your bookcase, or the top of your piano as I’ve shown here.

There are just a few necessary ingredients.

A container.  Beach or play sand. A sea shell or tiny piece of driftwood.


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This is a vintage turquoise glass bowl that has been sitting in my cupboard, for years, waiting.  Waiting to show off.  Waiting to be useful.  Waiting to help create the perfect moment.  Waiting to show you how you can enjoy the memories of summer and coastal decor in small spaces.


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All I did was sprinkle a little sand in the bottom of the bowl, place a sea shell on the sand, and set the bowl on a few books with some complementary colors along with another shell.

If  you have a fancy shell to display.  That would be terrific.  But, not necessary.

Seriously, I am amazed at how much I enjoy this little moment which reminds me of crashing waves and and sandy toes.


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It’s August and many people are gearing up for the new school year and fall activities.

But, it’s still summer, and the best days on the beach are in August.

Enjoy it now.  Live in the moment.  Fall will get here soon enough.

At the very least, close your eyes and remember the last time you enjoyed your favorite coastline.  Ahhhhh!

Breathe.  Breathe in the goodness of the memory.

And for a moment…the cares of life can be washed out to the sea.


Create a refreshing summer moment. Or two, or three.

Create coastal decor in small spaces.



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  1. Judi says

    i love the bowl! Perfect little beach vignette ~ I have a similar little display and have a votive candle in the middle ~ saw something similar at a restaurant in Maine and loved it:) The color of the books covers is amazing too!!! Judi

    • Diane says

      The little bowl, I think, belonged to our elderly neighbor, and gifted my mom with it and another bowl, when I was young. I think it’s probably from the 40’s, but I don’t know. I wish I did. Isn’t the color great? Thanks for enjoying this little ‘moment’ with me and for your kind words. How fun that you have one too! I created another one too, completely different, that I’ll be sharing soon. 😉

  2. Jean says

    I love all these beach inspired ideas. I keep thinking that is the theme I want for our bedroom if it ever gets past a remodling point to where I can actually decorate it again.

    • Diane says

      Oh I do hope you’re able to have fun decorating soon. That ‘in between’ place is not fun.
      Hope your day is Extraordinary, Jean!!

  3. Linda says

    I have a light green glass container on top of my bookcase filled with sea glass and shells I have collected over the years. I can still smell the salt faintly. It does evoke many memories. At one time I put a votive in the bottom of a canning jar and filled around the votive with the sea glass and small shells, that was pretty too with the votive lit.

    • Diane says

      Oh Linda! Those small spots sound perfect!! Isn’t it fun to enjoy the beach when we can’t be wiggling our toes in the sand?
      Hope your week is extraordinary!!

  4. So lovely! One Thousand Gifts is truly one of my favorites! A perfect summer vignette!

    • Diane says

      Awwww….thanks Mary Lise! One of my favorite books too!! But, you might have guessed. [wink]
      Hope your week has been extraordinary!

  5. Carolyn says

    Love this post & the thoughts about the sea. I too love the little touches here & there. This would also be just the right size in my guest bath. Love the color of turquoise glass…

    • Diane says

      Awww…thanks Carolyn!! Isn’t it amazing what a little something can do to create a big moment?
      It’s funny….I wasn’t a fan of that piece…but I kept it none-the-less. And am I glad now.
      I think I’ve spent too much time trying to have everything match and be perfect. You have no idea how far I’ve come in this. 😉

  6. Gwen says

    I do like your trip to the coast just by your sand and shell and painting. I hear the crash of the waves. I smell the fish over in Morro Bay where the fishermen bring in their catch of the day…I see the brown pelicans dive for a fish. I see the strangely odd elephant seals fight for their spot on this narrow strip of sand as they move from Alaska, I see the walkway along Cambria Beach which is filled with black almost fine gravel sand unlike the rest of the beaches. I see the bright blue ocean I can see while standing at the Mission at Santa Barbara and I’m filled with awe. I feel the gentle roll of the waves on a large ship and the choppy tossing of a ferry crossing to an island. See what just a little sand and a shell does to brighten our thought life? I can choose this moment what to think upon in the midst of deep trials of vast greatness beyond what even my friends know it all. But in it all I can say, to quote that pastor of long ago, For this I have Jesus.
    And so we are encouraged by you making a vignette and your end of the month looms. But yesterday is past, tomorrow has not come, that’s why God calls today the presents (Bil Keane)
    You are an example of actions and words. So then we all keep praying for you!

    • Diane says

      You create such a wonderful word picture Gwen. Though I have never been to CA nor her beaches, I can see and sense the beauty of it all through the painting of your words. Isn’t it amazing how our thoughts can take us places for good or not. Let’s keep choosing the good. I’m grateful that you were encouraged and that God uses the small things in our lives to do just that. Let’s accept the presents of today…give thanks…and rest and rejoice in our loving faithful heavenly Father.
      Continuing to pray for you and your mom. [hugs]

  7. Love this so much! The turquoise container is perfect to represent the water and the sand and shell completes the theme. We live really close to the beach (Lake Erie) but I’m so bad about actually going there…I’ll have to make more of an effort – your vignette is very inspiring to do so!

    • Diane says

      Thank you Nancy! 🙂
      When I lived in Buffalo, I found that Lake Erie’s beaches were not like the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan so I didn’t enjoy it quite as much. But, we used to go and walk along the harbor and that was a real treat. There’s nothing like the water to soothe a soul. 😉 You’ll be glad you made the effort I’m sure. 😉
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!!

  8. The bowl is so pretty Diane. That color is beautiful! I know that you are content where ever God sends you, but I sense a longing to return to a place near the water. I hope and pray that someday, you will be able to. Blessings dear Diane.


    • Diane says

      Thank you, Deborah. 🙂 We left West Michigan in ’95 so it has been a long time. It’s in God’s hands. Thanks for your words of encouragement.

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