I've had this arrangement in what I like to call,
"My Cabinet of Curiosities", for several years now and felt like it was time for a change.
Inspired by this set of 20 vintage shell specimens I purchased from my friend Janet at French Blue, who found them on one of her trips to France, I set about changing it.
The first thing I did was swap out the botanical prints for the collection of delicate boxed shell specimens identified in French.
I must admit that it was hard to decide what to feature in my "new" cabinet as I've amassed quite a collection of God's treasures and wanted to showcase them all!
But in the end I defaulted to sticking to the same configuration as my old "Cabinet of Curiosities", introducing similar but new treasures.
I'm quite pleased with how it turned out!
Some things just can't be improved upon...
Believe me... I tried!
I even went so far as to leaving just the boxed shell specimens by themselves and closed the doors for a clean, crisp, edited look.
Neither my mom nor my husband liked it much.
In fact my mom exclaimed, "it looks like someone robbed your "Cabinet of Curiosities" upon seeing it for the first time.
You know how your mom's opinion when it comes right down to it holds the most weight...
so, after a sleepless night, knowing she was right, I got up the next morning and started putting it back together following the original building blocks.
And you know what?
It came together effortlessly!
I really love it now!
So, thank you mom,
I can always count on your honesty.
I'm thinking that now that I don't have to reinvent the wheel,
I can easily change out the shells, coral, sponges, and sea fans every so often for a subtle but different look.
Most of all I'm thrilled that I finally found a way to showcase and enjoy the amazing collection of shell specimens I fell in love with and purchased from Janet over a year ago!
Too often than I'd like to admit, I fall in love with something and buy it without knowing how I'm going to use it. I just know I can't live without it!
Now I don't have to...
I get to enjoy it every day!
So thank you dear Janet, I adore all the wondrous treasures I've bought from you over the past few years! They bring me such joy!