Mother of Pearl

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I love to see natural materials incorporated into a room's design and one of my favorite materials to play with is Mother of Pearl.  In case you aren't already a fan, Mother of Pearl is the substance that lines shells and mollusks. It has a quiet, shimmery quality that suggests glamour in a more understated way.  I went shopping for Mother of Pearl accessories and here are my favorite picks

This is a letter opener from Mother of Pearl Etsy seller "Nacreart"

Mother of Pearl column lamp on a lucite base from here

And did you know that Mother of Pearl is the recommended serving platform for caviar? Apparently the chemical makeup of the Mother Pearl enhances the caviar and keeps it fresher longer.  Remember that the next time you serve caviar over at your place  :-)

And do you remember Traditional Home's spread a few months back that featured Jill Zarin's New York apartment?

Yes, those tables are covered in Mother of Pearl.  There's gotta be a DIY project here using these tiles

on this Ikea coffee table.

Feeling the love?

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Splendid Sass said...

Just gorgeous! Can you imagine how long it took to finish the large piece of furniture. I love the bowl nd spoon especially.
Have a nice day.

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I also love mother of pearl used in jewelry but you know I never really stopped to think about what it actually was other than from the sea - interesting. Now I would love to see that Ikea table made over, I don't want to do it but I would love for you to and show us all - :)

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

Those tables are just stunning! Love the bowl and spoon too.

Bring Pretty Back said...

Kim, YES! I'm feeling the love! Gorgeous!
Have a pretty day!

Anonymous said...

those tiles are beautiful! I love your idea for the IKEA table--I hope you'll do it and follow up with a post about it.

I've been into making necklaces out of mother of pearl chips.


Noelle at Gray Paint Decor said...

I love the pink one! Great idea to DIY the table. If you do it post pics!!

Interior Design Musings said...

OK, that DIY project you mentioned at the end is so fab - so many apps there. Where did you find those tiles? I tried to click "Source", but could not find them! Love this. M.

Unknown said...

Well now of course I adore that pink cabinet! XX!

Unknown said...

That pink sideboard is the best thing I have seen all day. Imagine how pretty it would be with all of the light playing off of it.

Town and Country Gals said...

Glad you like my Santa! The feathers are my favorite thing!
Love the shimmer of mother of pearl, the lamp is my favorite!
P.S. I am putting you on my blog roll, love your style!

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Mother of pearl is one of my favorites! Thanks for your kind words on my blog today! Made my day!

Leah said...

These are all so gorgeous, just amazing!


Karen said...

I love your idea of using the MOP tiles to cover a table. It's such a beautiful material.

Karena said...

Kim I adore the pink chest, a Wow indeed!

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Unknown said...

Gotta love that pink chest! So cute!


Kendall said...

I LOVE mother-of-pearl tile. It's so chic.