Wednesday, September 16

Shells: Inspiring Fashion, Art & Interiors

Shells have long been admired as exotic treasures inspiring the imaginations of artists and craftsmen.
Today on Nantucket, shells remain an emblem of beauty. Some wonderful ideas of how you can include shells in fashion and interior design are available right now at these nantucket retailers...
TRIANON & SEAMAN SCHEPPS (47 Main Street) creates heirloom quality Turbo Shell Earrings with pearl caps and gold bands worthy of a spending splurge, and the inspiration of the world renown jeweler's logo. Available in two sizes with optional finishes. Visit store to request prices.

MITCHELL'S BOOK CORNER (54 Main Street) Has inspiring books of all kinds, including "Shell Chic: The Ultimate Guide to Decorating Your Home with Seashells" has some amazing home decorating ideas including shells as fashion accessories, $35. "Seashells" is a compact little book with beautiful photos $17.95

DANE GALLERY (28 Centre Street) features hand blown glass and porcelain original pieces of handcrafted art. Joe Peters creates hand-blown glass crustaceans in real shells. Various sizes from $80 to $500. Marc Petrovic composes amazing still life arrangements created from hand blown replica apothecary bottles, nautilus shells and life boats all made from glass. Shown above; "Reminder" $7,200.

ANDERSON'S (29 Main Street) has far too many shell design items to list here. Let's start with the lighting, which is now on sale. The Capiz shell chandelier is modern and dramatic and the sheer shells illuminate a room with a soft glow. Regular $2,000 now 25% off. The mother of pearl inlay chest of drawers should be seen to be appreciated, $4,800. There are also matching urns available. Sea fans, sand dollars and shells are beautifully displayed in floating frames, $548.

THE HUB (Main & Federal Streets) has assorted shells for sale in amazing abundance. There are also wreaths made from shells and coral $325, and lovely glowing night lights from $18 to $20.

NANTUCKET BOOKWORKS (25 Broad Street) has a great shell picture book, simply named "The Shell Book" containing beautiful hand-tinted photographs of extraordinary shells $17. A larger and truly amazing book is available in "The Shell: A World of Decoration and Ornament." This large volume is filled with amazing elegant architectural decor and personal adornments honoring the beauty of shells throughout history, $65.

CERI (25 Centre Street) is a great boutique on the corner of Centre and India Streets. There are many magnificent pieces of clothing and jewelry with a lot of "wow" factor! If you haven't discovered Ceri yet, stop in and have a look. These sweet shell and pearl necklaces are just $45 to $150.

NANTUCKET LOOMS (16 Federal Street) has exquisite one of a kind Sailor's Valentines designed and handcrafted by Betsy Braun $1,250.

TRILLIUM (15 Washington Street) features gorgeous home goods and place settings, including this collection from Kim Seybert. Ivory/Natural sand dollar table runner $48. Pearl gold & ivory zig zag pressed square place mat $50. Ivory/Natural coral branch border place mat $90. White/Gold crochet edge napkin $25. White/Beige coral napkin $34. Ecru bias silk organza napkin $28. Pearl shell dome napkin ring $21. White/Beige gingham shell napkin ring $18. Also from Trillium, John Derian's handsome glass de coupage plates, platters and trays have a nostalgic nautical and nature theme available in various sizes from $75 to $485.

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