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As an interior designer in Orange County, California,  I have worked on several beach homes along the coast.  During this time, I’ve grown to love many of the materials and colors used in coastal interiors.  One of my favorites uses of sea life is the giant clam shell.  I’ve been collecting and clipping photos of these and today decided to share some of my findings.   I have always loved some of the applications for their use in interior decorating and last year when I started a project in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico overlooking the ocean, it only made sense to bring some of the vibrant blues and varieties of  sea life into the home.  I really wanted to incorporate one of these giant clam shells into the interior of the home.  As I began my search I found the price of these giant clams to be quite costly…up to as much as $900 for half of the shell!  I used the giant clam shell on the side of a large spa like bath tub and put sponges and towels in it.  In my search I came across several different uses for these beautiful giant clams from sink vessels to planters.  Below are some of my favorite photos that I collected during my search.  Have you used a giant clam in your interior design project?  I’d love to hear what you think and would love to see some of the different applications you’ve used!

Bathroom Coastal Design

Giant Clam Shell in Shower

This is a bathroom by Barry Dixon.  I love the neutral colors, zebra ottoman and giant clam shell in the shower.

giant clam filled with succulents

Giant Clam with Succulents

A beautiful clam planter filled with an array of succulents.  This would make a great center piece on top of a buffet or dining table.

Giant Clam Shell on Dining Room Table

Giant Clam Shell on Dining Room Table

Speaking of center pieces, this giant clam serves as a planter with greenery in this black and white dining room.

Giant Clam Outdoor Vignette

Cast Stone Giant Clam Shell Filled with Succulents

Beautiful outdoor vignette showcasing a giant clam with succulents and surrounded by an array of  stone accessories and accents.

Giant clam shell living room fireplace

Giant Clam in Front of Fireplace

(Elle Decor)
giant clam sink in powder bathroom

Giant Clam Sink in Powder Bathroom

In this powder bathroom the clam is used as a vessel sink on top of a mirrored vanity.  The backsplash is mother of pearl tile and the mirror is framed using small shells and starfish attached to the frame.

giant clam on rustic buffet

Giant Clam on Rustic Buffet

giant clam and zebra pillows

Giant Clam on Mirrored Credenza

giant clam filled with sponges

Giant Clam with Sea Sponges

Giant clam shell used as vessel sink

Giant Clam Shell Vessel Sink


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