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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Beach walk bonanza, a shell chandelier

A new book, Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century, documents the household habits of a representative group of middle class Americans and reveals what we long suspected -- we have way too much shit in our houses.  In fact we have so much crap it stresses us out and makes us unhappy.  Needless to say, Morris would be appalled.....he lived by the dictum "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful".   Seen above are the handmade, beautiful and useful dining room chandeliers of The Farmhouse Hotel, a lovely hotel in Langebaan near the West Coast National Park in South Africa.  The local beaches are littered with shells, limpets in particular, and here they are used to spectacular effect.  The shells are hung from two concentric metal hoops.  I'm saving up my shells to make my own chandelier someday.

Here is an entertaining Boston Globe article about the book.  Here is the book: