Enter for a Chance to Win a Necklace from Sylvia Benson!

June 22, 2016 | By | Comments (46)

Congratulations to our winners Sandra Sancilio, Beth Seeliger, and Denise Ouelete!

Scroll down to learn how you could enter to win a necklace from Sylvia Benson.


Monday was National Seashell Day, and we’re celebrating all week by giving away shell-inspired jewelry from three of our favorite jewelry designers! Up for grabs today are these chic tassel necklaces from Sylvia Benson–they are handmade in a North Carolina studio, and we’re dying to pair one with white jeans and a colorful tunic for a breezy summer outfit.


Coastal Living giveaway

Image: Greg Dupree


How to Enter:

Comment below and, in 100 words or less, tell us your favorite way to decorate with shells. Three winners will be selected, and you have until 11:59 PM Eastern time tonight to enter! See full contest rules here.


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  1. nancy cretaro

    i have always had such a love for schells! the best way to decorate with schells is to place them in a simple glass mason jar!what a natural and fun way to display natures beauty! my heart goes back to collecting them when i was a young girl!

    June 22, 2016 at 6:14 am
  2. Beth Seeliger

    I decorate with shells by putting all my beautiful found shells in a 3-tiered serving dish. This is a great way to display shells and guests to our home love looking through them. I encourage all guests to take home their favorites; I can always get more on my daily beach bike rides.

    June 22, 2016 at 6:41 am
  3. Sandra Sancilio

    I like using seashells to leave little subtle reminders around my house of wonderful trips I have taken. Just looking at the seashell will help bring me back to that wonderful time. I’ve like putting bigger seashells out on a table and filling the base of glass lamps with smaller ones.

    June 22, 2016 at 7:10 am
  4. Patricia Kowalski

    I use collected shells to make picture frames. I hot glue them on inexpensive frames, then I place pictures of that vacation in the frames. A two fold memory of a beautiful beach!

    June 22, 2016 at 8:31 am
  5. Kimberly Lunsford

    I’ve been collecting shells since I was a little girl. I’ve since passed my love of shelling onto my little boy. He and I will bring our treasures from the beach back to Ohio (first we make sure there’s no stowaways). We have a fountain/pond area in our front yard made of stone. We’ve added our beautiful shells to this area where we can reminisce of our fun times together.

    June 22, 2016 at 8:38 am
  6. Larry Compagno

    I simply fill wicker baskets and glass vases. This allows my guest to look at and touch them all.

    June 22, 2016 at 8:57 am
  7. Jackie Capewell

    My gardens and plant containers are the beneficiaries of my seashell collection! Not only are they an added feature to garden design, but also add nutrients to the soil. I also have little glass yogurt jars in which I put small seashells, beach pebbles and beach glass. I add an incense stick (to keep mosquitos away!) on my backyard patio. So glad summer is finally here!

    June 22, 2016 at 9:03 am
  8. Kirsten

    There’s no limit to how you can decorate with seashells! I glued small ones on a switch plate in a bathroom. It looked great!

    June 22, 2016 at 9:06 am
  9. Denise Ouellette

    I like to collect larger shells and use them in the guest room and bathroom for jewelry holders so everything is close by. My personal OCD is I have a few jars, one is beach stones and the other beach glass and shells and have them seperate by color in a vase then when I find coral washed up or a sea fan I let it dry and put it in the vase like a floral arrangement, it’s different and really pretty.

    June 22, 2016 at 9:12 am
  10. Sue

    It’s always been “Sue sells seashells by the seashore” since I create them out of Chocolate! I adore your beautiful shell designs. They are an inspiration to my pearlescent finish on my pieces and I greatly appreciate hand crafted excellence!

    June 22, 2016 at 9:15 am
  11. Tammy Blair

    My husband and me hot glued starfish above entryway of our kitchen and also along the alcove of main entrance of our house. I also glued various shells on wreath and used battery operated mini lights to hang on front door.

    June 22, 2016 at 9:40 am
  12. jack0409

    Although I don’t have one, I love it when people use the shell chandeliers!! Living in Charleston, many people also have oyster shell driveways, which I also just love!

    June 22, 2016 at 11:17 am
  13. Rachel d.

    I love mirrors decorated with shells but I also like lamps that has shells in a design around the body of the lamp.

    June 22, 2016 at 12:32 pm
  14. Sandra Buccino

    Seashells are my travel memories. Texture, colour, shape, each piece reminds me of a special moment spent by the sea. Such wonderful moments to keep which are saved on our fireplace mantle.

    June 22, 2016 at 12:47 pm
  15. Tiffany Bullard

    I love adding seashells to my front door wreath and displaying them in glass jars on the porch. It makes my house seem like a beach house before you even walk in the door.

    June 22, 2016 at 12:57 pm
  16. Bebe

    I love to use them all around the house ~ they are beautiful on a grapevine wreath or around a mirror. Plus really large ones I use in my front yard garden beds and flower pots-bring a little bit of the ocean home with me! 🙂

    June 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm
  17. Sarah ‘Uramkin’ Austin

    I love shells in wind chimes/suncatchers. Mixing displays of bright beads and shells to hang in the windows make my wanna-be beach house seem not so far from the ocean.

    June 22, 2016 at 1:51 pm
  18. Elizabeth McGlasson

    We Love to paint the shells that we find at the beach! We also love to glue pearls and other fun things like diamonds on the shells! It is always fun to make jewelry out of the shells to see how different we can make them. Thank you so much for the chance!!

    June 22, 2016 at 1:55 pm
  19. Faye Pantazopoulos Brown

    I like to glue them on old jars and create seashell candle holders to use both indoors and outside on the patio on summer nights.

    June 22, 2016 at 2:06 pm
  20. Joni Owens

    I use them anywhere and everywhere in my home. I have them on the coffee table in a basket, I have a large old shell that belonged to my great-grandfather there with the others, I don’t get to the coast much anymore, I buy my shells now by the box full at thrift shops and other places. I love them.

    June 22, 2016 at 2:10 pm
  21. rollin walker

    I collect sea shells. seeing them takes me to a peaceful place…I have them on my porch and in the garden. they are also wonderful for a party. group them and light candles in them and you have a magical glow!

    June 22, 2016 at 2:16 pm
  22. LavaDogsHawaii

    Having lived on three different coastlines, I’ve always loved to scour the beach for shells to collect. I have a tray of shells from Florida, California, and Hawaii. I love the differences between them all. I don’t make anything with them, just display them in various places throughout our home and in my office. So many wonderful memories come with each shell!

    June 22, 2016 at 2:36 pm
  23. Jill Ontal Iacono

    I am in love with seashells!! I have them in every room of my house – – I live in Miami, Florida, so my seashell collection naturally blends in with the interior design of my home! My favorites in my collection are from Long Island, the Caribbean and the Carolinas. I grew up in Atlanta and spent a lot of time at Hilton Head Island, so I have a large collection of oyster shells from Hilton Head, which are my most treasured, for family memories!

    June 22, 2016 at 2:46 pm
  24. Sharon Hurley

    I display my shells in a beautiful crystal vase. Since it is clear, you can see all of the beautiful treasures that I have found. Most of them have been from North Carolina and South Carolina beaches. I was born to be a beach girl! Sand in my soul, salt water in my veins.

    June 22, 2016 at 2:49 pm
  25. Debbie

    I live in Myrtle Beach and I have shells all over my house, and even in my car. My favorite thing to do with them is to make wreaths and jewelry!

    June 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm
  26. Allie

    I live in the city, but my heart is at the beach. My space is coastal/rustic and you’ll find shells everywhere you look. I use shells in homemade terrariums, hanging ornaments and am working on a custom bench for my dining table with a feature shelf of shells and starfish. I always want to feel like I’m at the ocean.

    June 22, 2016 at 3:04 pm
  27. Amy Stonger

    I have a wind chime made of seashells. It’s one of my favorite pieces in my home.

    June 22, 2016 at 3:09 pm
  28. Emily Nicole

    My absolute favorite way to decorate shells!

    I love to decorate with all of the shells my children and I have collected over the past ten years. My husband is an officer in the United States Marine Corps and we are so fortunate to be stationed in so many beautiful beach areas throughout the years! The kids and I collect shells every place that we live. I love filling our home, not only with the gorgeous shells, but with the memories that we connect and share with them. – Emily ❤

    June 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm
  29. Barb Danielisz

    I use shells and sand and old barbie dolls that I paint to create a “mermaid” in a bottle -then fill it with water and decorate the outside of the bottle with cords that resemble something you would find on a boat. I display them surrounded with more shells that I have got from various trips I have been on and collected! ❤

    June 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm
  30. Eileen Deliz

    We made small shadow boxes decorated with the seashells we collected in Florida. We decorated on the outside and added the pictures and the real shells in side.

    June 22, 2016 at 4:31 pm
  31. Jeanne Cutler

    Would look Very pretty with my sundress!

    June 22, 2016 at 4:59 pm
  32. misscherryjones

    My favorite way to decorate with shells is to layer my beach treasures in vintage blue Ball jars, each tagged with the beach name.

    June 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  33. Rachel S

    If the shells are large enough, I use them for salt and pepper holders or incorporate them in my plates as a dip holder.

    June 22, 2016 at 5:18 pm
  34. Karen Templeton

    Being a homesick island girl, I decorate everything, including myself, with shells! Of course I have the ubiquitous glass vessels and apothecary jars filled with shells, coral and sea glass. I have a sterling silver necklace with dozens of seashell charms hanging from the rear view mirror in my SUV. The corresponding charm bracelet is on my wrist. Several family portraits in my home have shell charms on delicate chains draped beautifully from the top of the frames. My china collections have various shell motifs, down to coordinating linens, napkin rings and serving piece handles. My throw pillows throughout my home have shell themes. I have large conch shells strategically placed in my courtyard and patios.

    Too much is never enough! More is more!

    June 22, 2016 at 6:39 pm
  35. Maemi

    The necklace is so pretty! 😀 I use small sea shells to decorate picture frames and mirrors. They make a beautiful border.

    June 22, 2016 at 6:50 pm
  36. DJ

    This necklace is so beautiful! I love gluing seashells onto picture frames and gifting them to my friends.

    June 22, 2016 at 6:54 pm
  37. Sheri Cape

    I love to decorate lanterns with sand and shells.

    June 22, 2016 at 7:15 pm
  38. Angela Greene

    My favorite way to decorate with shells is surrounding my mermaid statute next to the pool. I have at least one shell in every room of our home. We live on the Gulf Coast of FL so looking for shells is a favorite pastime. 🐚

    June 22, 2016 at 8:07 pm
  39. Janice

    My favorite seashell memory started out as a disaster. The movers lost some boxes, including the mobile for my daughters crib and she would cry and cry without it. At the time, we couldn’t afford to buy everything new while the movers found the misplaced boxes. So, I made my own mobile out of dental floss and shells I collected along the beach. It was lovely and the shells held special memories from collecting them. My friend saw it and asked me to make her one to hang at her beach house as a wind chime. We love relaxing and listening to it chime in the breeze.

    June 22, 2016 at 8:09 pm
  40. Tammi

    I like to lay out a bunch of shells and sand on a table, a beachscape of sorts. I include rocks, little pieces of driftwood, and beach glass. My beachscape at work even has a mini Adirondack chair. And coworkers often come by for a mini “beach” getaway!

    June 22, 2016 at 8:40 pm
  41. senesca huzzie

    I so love shells! I decorate mirrors, picture books, lamps with shells. I place sand & shells in a glass kinda round fish bowl and put a candle in middle. I just love created new ideas.

    June 22, 2016 at 9:54 pm
  42. Wendy Addison

    As a child on the Delaware Bay, in the cool of the evening, we would dig holes in the sand and press the shells that we had found that day into the damp sand on the sides. When it was perfect, apiece of string tied to a stick and placed across the top, hanging down into the hole. was the final step. My mom would melt square pieces of canning wax and run it down to the beach to us, and she would pour it into the hole and let it harden. Beautiful, memorable sand and beach treasure encrusted candles!

    June 22, 2016 at 10:32 pm
  43. Heather

    I make rain chains and garden gate closures with strung seashells! Hope I win the lovely necklace!

    June 22, 2016 at 10:40 pm
  44. Shell Groinen

    Well my name is shell ! 🙂 so i think that is already a great start !! and of course i feel a real connection with seashells ! and i decorate myself and others ! 🙂

    June 23, 2016 at 1:41 am
  45. Heather S

    That necklace is otherworldly ❤ bummed I missed entry on this…

    June 23, 2016 at 12:24 pm
  46. Emily Ramirez

    Hello! Who were the winners?

    July 2, 2016 at 6:01 pm

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