Summer Beach Kitchen Shelves

Today I changed the shelves in our kitchen for a beachy summer look.

I like to change these shelves in our kitchen with the seasons and holidays.

This square glass container was a 50 cent yard sale find from May, and the dainty little starfish was 40% off with a Michael's coupon. I layered an old ironstone platter with a navy plate and added a few little white dishes.

I brought back my Adirondack / Muskoka chair napkin rings. I love using them especially at this time of year. The navy, white and turquoise are favourite colours of mine and remind me so much of summer and lazy days at a lakeside beach.

My favourite aqua Crown canning jars with their old zinc and glass lids stayed on the top shelf. I love seeing how the changing light deepens and lightens the lovely aqua tint of the glass. Today is quite overcast but we have had some much needed rain.

This little plaster cast was an impression of seashells made by our youngest son on an art field trip in grade six. I love adding their hand made creations to vignettes.

This BEACH sign used to be in our ensuite bath but has found a temporary home on a little turquoise easel my sister-in-law gave me.

On the breakfast bar below I added my grandmother's silver sugar scuttle, and old silver pedestal with ironstone plates and another Crown jar with mismatched tarnished silver spoons.

I kept the vintage kitchen scale here but changed out the napkins to shades of blue stripes. The best part is that this was assembled with only the small starfish (less than $3) and the 50 cent square glass jar as new purchases. Everything else was from 'shopping the house.' You can find more seasonal variations of these shelves for Spring here, for Valentine's Day here, for Christmas here, for Halloween here, for late summer here and for Fall here

Again, thanks for the kind comments and emails while I have been resting. I am back to work and feeling much better, although my second surgery is still ahead in early July. Thankfully I have only three weeks left of work and then I am off for the summer. Have you added any summer decorating to your home? I would love to stop by and see it.

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The Lettered Cottage


  1. Your summer shelves are wonderful, Elizabeth! LOVE the beachy decor, and sea inspired colors.
    I can almost here the ocean....
    Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Elizabeth, you have styled them so cute for a fun summer look. Love those little chairs.

  3. Nice to see you back in the saddle again. I love the blues you have on your shelf - my favourite too!

  4. Looks very cute! I believe Summer has found your house! Are you a teacher? I was wondering since you said you'd be off for the summer.

  5. Very pretty Elizabeth! Your silver pieces are so pretty!

  6. Very pretty and those tiny chairs are just adorable.

  7. How fun! I just got all my "summer stuff" out last weekend... I too have little spots around the house that I like to change up for seasons or holidays! I love the plaster mold of the shells... how fun! I also have one of those Adirondack / Muskoka chair napkin rings but just one and in white... I've had it for many years now.

    Hope you're feeling better,

  8. i have got to have the little chairs, where can i get them? plus i love the ideas you have. i have a collection of the blue jars and am going to fix me a place like yours and a table with the blue jars for drinking glasses. boy, would my grandmother be laughing if she could see this.ha/ha

  9. Thanks for the inspiration...I had been thinking about a change for my kitchen shelves and you gave me some fun ideas.

  10. Your summer shelves are lovely Elizabeth. I am happy to hear that you are feeling a bit better and wish you luck and success with your surgery. I envy you those adorable chairs.

  11. Love your tarnished silver and zinc topped mason jars! And your sons cast piece is fun - love mixing in personal items!

  12. Your touch of summer is lovely! So nice to "see" you back and feeling a little better.

  13. Looks great...so fresh and pretty! Chat soon, Laurel

  14. Great beachy look going on for the summer. Really gets you in the mood for vacation! So fun.
    Mary Alice

  15. I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better.
    Your shelves are always decorated so nicely. I love the summer look, those little chairs are fabulous.
    I haven't done much in the way of summer decorating.
    Hugs, Cindy

  16. Love the beachy look. You did well shopping in your house. It all looks lovely.
    I am ready to start adding some summer touches to my home as well. If the summer outside won't start I might as well 'get my summer on' inside :-)

  17. Your beach shelf is just so cute. I love all your collectibles. It makes the perfect vignette for the summer. New Follower.


  18. OOH ... love your beachy shelves. Those little adirondak chairs are calling to me!

    Thanks so much,

  19. Elizabeth, I love all your accessories and summer beachy decor.

  20. I'm visiting today through Layla's Summer Mantel Link Party!

    I love your miniature adirondack chairs - they are just precious!

  21. So cute !! The mini chairs add the perfect flair to a summery vignette!

    thanks for sharing,


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