Inspired Idea: Me & the Sea

Sometimes the most unlikely pairings make the best combinations (Harold and Maude. Need I say more?). In this case, seashells and sparkly costume jewelry.

I have been redecorating my beach house and used this lovely pairing as an alternative vase filler. Instead of filling vases and apothecary jars with standard flowers or pebbles, try surprising the eye with something interesting that reflects you and the space.

My beach house has a light and airy yet glamorous feel with a touch of French countryside casual, so this seaside-bijoux combo is perfect for the space. If shells and sparkles aren’t your thing, get creative and mix up some tiny treasures that make you smile.

Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when filling apothecary jars and vases:

  1. Keep like colors together.
  2. Remember scale. Try not to combine huge pieces with tiny bits–it usually doesn’t work.
  3. Use larger items for larger vases and smaller fillers for smaller vases.
  4. Group like-object filled vases together. Better yet–group filled jars or vases in odd numbers (like groups of three) and varied sizes for a stronger effect.
  5. Opt for simplicity. If you mix too many things together, it gets busy. Stick with one to two item combos.


Do you have a cool filler combination to share? If so, send me your ideas and I will feature my favorite in a follow up blog. Brownie points for picture submissions!

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XO Lauren