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Bring IN the Bay!

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Bring IN the Bay!

Cristina Soriano

Cruisin' in Capri

Cruisin' in Capri

For most of us, the bittersweet Labor Day weekend bids farewell to long lackadaisical summer days and warm, starry nights. It marks the few remaining beach weekends of drinking rosé and diving into easy beach reads.

Paradise in the Philippines! (I've kept the integrity of the photo so the color of the sand and the sea are REAL!)

Paradise in the Philippines!

(I've kept the integrity of the photo so the color of the sand and the sea are REAL!)

To commemorate one of the last seaside Saturday’s, my beautiful summer assistant, Lucy, has put together a few simple ways to incorporate the waterfront into your home.

Adorable little Lucy in her American flag swimsuit in the Hamptons! 

Adorable little Lucy in her American flag swimsuit in the Hamptons! 

Here's Lucy's vision. 

Bring IN the Bay!

Many of us city dwellers are unable to go to the beach nearly as often as we would like to – the hustle and bustle of the big apple retains us New Yorkers in the rat race of pacing the big city blocks. Fortunately, I spend a lot of time at my mom’s home in the Hamptons where our sanctuary is near a small, almost forgotten bay that is filled with unique shells. One morning, I took a walk on the bay and found about a hundred lovely shells that I wanted to repurpose and use as accents in the home. Here are some of the things I created, hoping they inspire you to bring the bay INTO your home!

Sandy Centerpieces

I poured a little bit of sand into the bottom of a large glass vase and then strategically placed the shells inside so you could see all of my favorite ones from the outside of the vase. This centerpiece will last forever and is an easy and quick alternative to flowers.

Courtesy of Nautical Wheeler

Courtesy of Nautical Wheeler

Alternatively, you can collect some sand and put it in a hurricane glass like this one, and fill the top with a beautiful round candle.

Shell Napkin Rings

I went through my large canvas tote filled with shells and picked 6 of my favorite medium sized shells to use for napkin rings. I super glued a small piece of twine to the inside and the tied it around a rolled up napkin. The napkin rings are easy to make and attractive the eye, but if you want to purchase some, here is a different, but beautiful option.

Shell Ashtray

A big beautiful shell can serve as an ashtray. It may be a little abstract but your guests will love it! It’s a clever and elegant way to substitute your typical unattractive and gross ashtray.

A Planter

Courtesy of Ballard Designs

Courtesy of Ballard Designs

If you’re lucky to find a huge clamshell, you can repurpose it as a planter, filled with beautiful summer plants. If you're not, you can buy one here and recreate the look by simply filling it with live succulents or orchids!

Nautilus Shell Vase

Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Courtesy of Martha Stewart

Home to a sea mollusk, nautilus shells can also be home to a small bouquet of colorful blooms as well!

To recreate this look, adhere a shell onto a plate or wooden plank with either a glue gun (or for a less permanent option, adhesive tape). Fill the shell with some water and a small arraignment of delicate flowers!

I hope you have as much fun bringing the Bay into your home as I do! 

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