I've shared this post before, but it remains among my favorites.
Of all the images in The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating With Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details, this one of the shell encrusted fireplace of Southern Living's Heather Chadduck has been a crowd pleaser.
Made with shells from a local seafood restaurant, Chadduck applied them like a gigantic puzzle to the surface with tile mastic. Photographed by Jim Franco, this image is also among my favorites, since it shows how you can take something that cost absolutely nothing, and with a little elbow grease and ingenuity, turn it into an eye-catching treasure.
Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!
The Elegant Thrifter