Google+ House Revivals: Seashell Chandeliers by the Seashore

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Seashell Chandeliers by the Seashore

Do you just love a beautiful seashell chandelier?  I've been thinking a lot about shell chandeliers lately.  I do love them, if they're well executed.   This dining room, from the pages of House Beautiful, sports a darling chandelier.  The over all effect of the room is light-hearted, relaxed, and just a bit whimsical.

 Designer Ashley Whittaker

If the shell-encrusted chandelier is not your thing, maybe you'd like this empire style chandy made with urchin spines ( okay, we're not being totally scientifically accurate in our definition of a seashell, but that's okay).

This swagged antiqued and silvered chandelier has a clean, modern aesthetic.

And speaking of modern, this capiz shell drum chandelier is pretty amazing!

If your tastes run more to the romantic, you might find something you like from Elegant  I like how the shells are placed in the cage of the chandelier on the Belleair Beach.

Here, it's the shades that are embellished with shells.

Or perhaps something purely elegant is more to your tastes?  These two chandeliers would be at home in the most elegant spaces!

We've definitely been seeing a lot more of the more roughly textured oyster shells in design in recent years, as seen in the dining room below.

I'm actually loving these sweet oyster chandies -- so beachy casual.  Perfect for a weekend beach cottage!

So, my question is this.  What is your opinion on shell chandeliers?  Do you love them? Hate them?   Have a favorite?  Let me know in a comment -- I really wanna know!


  1. I've never really been a fan of seashell chandeliers. It had always appeared to me that they are just kind of "globbed" around an existing chande. Perhaps I would view it differently if I lived near the ocean. Some of the chandes that you have pictured in your post, however, are beautiful. And I have always loved the capiz shell pieces. Great post!

  2. I think they can be awesome in the right house

  3. I think they'd be great if I had a house on the beach. My favorite one is the capiz shell drum chandelier. So, which one will you make?

  4. Ohh, I'm really taken with the capiz shell drum chandelier. But in general, I think I'm not exactly a shell chandelier kinda girl. Although I can totally see them rocking a beach house (which I suppose works out well for you!).

    Alicia {ProtoDoom}

  5. Cool. I never thought of that. I just made a seashell mirror yesterday. You can see it on Moon Walk.

    Have a great weekend!

  6. I like capiz shell sconces and small chandeliers, not too fond of the extra large ones

  7. Thanks for leaving your comment on my blog today, and I do live a shell chandelier in the right setting! Enjoy working on your beach house! Janell

  8. I love the one in the second to last photo. They roughly textured one would go perfect in my house!! Wow - beautiful.

  9. A shell-encrusted chandelier is something I'd probably only want in a beach house. I like the look, but I don't think I'd enjoy it in the winter unless I was looking at a windswept shore

  10. They're all so very beautiful, but I would really like the seashell drum chandelier in my dining room since it's nautical already.

    Thanks for visiting with me yesterday. I appreciate your comment.

  11. I am a capiz shell chandelier girl all the way, their delicate translucence suckers me in! I went with the Home Depot capiz shell chandelier ($149 Cdn) and I luuuuuuv it! Every time a slight breeze catches it, it is like an ocean makes me pause and savor a memory of the ocean! sigh. Although I must say, that capiz shell drum chandelier is pretty cool too, definitely a more modern take. So which one ARE you going to hang in the beach house? I can hardly wait to find out! You are probably going to make your own, aren't you? you crafty ocean soul! Incorporate some driftwood maybe? Hmmmmm, endless ocean much fun!

  12. I didn't even know there existed such a thing...and I have to say, not a fan at all...sorry. But I know there are places where they are the perfect thing. I just wouldn't want one in my house. I'm anti-ceiling fan, too. Yes, I like the gentle breeze. Don't like the dusting of them. I think I'm cranky today...

  13. Cool. I saw my very first in person seashell chandy at a store in Venice Florida just this month. I loved it. It looked like the had taken the chandy to the beach and encrusted it in crushed shells and then carefully placed certain ones stategically where they would make the most impact. The cost was 2500. bucks. It was a beauty. I had never known that they existed before.


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