Summer Decor

We don’t have a mantle to decorate as the seasons change, but we do have a console table in our entryway that can be dressed up.  Can you believe it’s already June?  How quickly it snuck up on me!  I wanted to add some summer decor to our house, just some simple touches like sand and shell filled vases.  If you follow me on Twitter, you know I scored a 5 pound bag of sand at Lowe’s for $3 on Friday so I could transform our console:

I used a piece of burlap ($3 a yard at Hobby Lobby) and frayed the ends for the runner, then filled some jars we already had with sand and seashells.  I purchased the shells a couple years ago at Pottery Barn during their “after summer sale” so they were super cheap.  I found this sand-covered sea horse at Home Goods for about $8.  Home Goods also had starfish garland on a rope for $7, but I cut the starfish off of the rope. 
I love using books in my decor, and just took the jackets off for a more natural feel.  The large piece of coral was from Crate & Barrel, but I saw on The Stories of A to Z, that Beth spray painted inexpensive colored coral from WalMart’s pet department, and I thought that was a genius idea!

The bowl below usually holds Hershey’s kisses!

The faux orchid is from Crate & Barrel.  I plan to put it in a shiny silver pot, but for now, I’m keeping it as is, looks more “beachy” this way!  And I didn’t really need 5 pounds of sand for this project, but even at Lowe’s the little bags (that I would’ve needed 3 of, were $5 each).  So $3 for a 5 pound bag it is!  

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Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. So fun! I love it. We have a display style coffee table that I filled with sand for my son's beach themed birthday a few years ago.

    I love the idea of cutting the starfish off a garland. Those sea creatures can be pricey! Love your beach themed console.


  2. Wow! Love this look! So great and beachy for the summer! I want to recreate this myself!! 🙂

  3. looks great!! I have a beach themed bathroom so I definitely need to incorporate more SAND! – love the idea of spray painting cheap coral from Walmart! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. I love this!! I am with Nicole, my house looks like this all the time too, evennn though I live two hours from the beach! So pretty!

  5. Looks great Megan! I love all the seashells. Looks like I will hit up lowes for sand when I finally get sterling a sandbox, that is a steal!

  6. No mantle.
    No problem.

    Such a great area to change up when you get the tinkling to do so.

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  7. it looks great! I can't believe in your big ol' house you don't have a fireplace.. but then, now that I think about it, I never have seen one in your photos, ha! You did get a major bargain on that sand. 🙂 Don't you love using odd ball stuff like that in your decor?

  8. Megan, this is gorgeous!! Love everything about it.
    I guess its time to get my spring faux eggs out of my candle holders.

  9. Love it girl!!! I just posted about my sea shells yesterday- I cant believe its already time to pulls those out! we're gonna blink and its going to be time to pull out the pumpkins!!
    ps LOVE the little sea horse!

  10. So pretty!! I'm about to dress up my dining room table for summer… one of my favorite seasons : ) You always do the best vignettes!!

  11. what the stinkin beautiful!? i love it! so creative! We dont have a mantel either…but a sweet shelf that i need to get my booty on decorating!

  12. I also decorate our console table with sand and seashells. It's so beachy. I love what you did. Really puts me in the mood for the beach!

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