I’ve been meaning to post up some delectable goodies with turtle/tortoise shells for a while. I just love the all natural vibe and gorgeous textural interest they give to a scheme.
Now it’s a bad thing I suppose but I have to admit I am no cuddly animal lover. I come from a long line of farmers in the north of England (since the Vikings according to my Mama, but I’m not sure she has any actual evidence of this…) and, while I can’t abide any form of actual cruelty, I definitely have a very practical attitude towards animals. It’s in my genes, can’t help it!
So anyway having said this I have to admit that turtles are one (and potentially the only?) type where I have to INSIST on faux /very-extremely-entirely-ethically-sourced (VEEES in the lingo) shells as when we lived in the Caribbean I spent a significant amount of time dancing around underwater with these happy chappies:
There’s nothing like one of these coming at you and almost boinking you on the nose.
So anyhoo, here’s the design that started off this slight obsession back in 2011. The Tides on South Beach by Kelly Wearstler is seriously seriously gorgeous:
As are their Bloody Marys:
See here for more pics of this hotel and our Miamiiiii trip.
And here are ummm a few more pics of shelly goodness:
LOVE the whiteys, think these are my faves actually, and they’re very easy to get faux-style…
Gorgeous with a bit of bling too, no?
And this coloured lacquered puppy is a fun take on the piece: