Collecting from Nature: Decorating with Seashells

Collecting from Nature: Decorating with Seashells

Heather Blaha
Mar 29, 2011

Seattle-based graphic designer and art director, Alicia Nammacher, invited photographer Kathryn Barnard into her natural habitat of a home where seashells are displayed in countless ways. You'll find them perched on ledges, filing vessels, hanging on walls, scattered in an unused fireplace...

Alicia and her husband Jeff collected the shells over many years traveling around the world, and they now create an easy, carefree theme in every room. Combining other natural elements and personal historic significance, the second image above features pieces of cork from vintage life vests that the deisgner uses as a bulletin board. The driftwood "starburst" above the fireplace was made by Jeff after two driftwood pieces washed up on their bulkhead during a winter storm.

Fitting their love of design and the PNW landscape, Alicia and Jeff also have three vacation rentals on Puget Sound in Seattle. Alicia says her "serious addiction to shells and the color palette and textures of ocean life can be seen throughout every unit."

Thanks, Alicia, Jeff, and Kathryn!

Design: Alicia Nammacher
Images: Kathryn Barnard

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