Heroes in a Half Shell…Turtle Power!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009 | Category: Color, Decor Accessories


{Kelly Wearstler’s Design for The Tides South Beach}

Not one to shy away from making a statement, Kelly Wearstler used hundreds of resin tortoise shells on the walls of the La Marea Restaurant at The Tides South Beach.  Most of the tortoise shells I’ve seen at Round Top or Antiques stores are real, and after confirming with my husband that a turtle must die in order to get their shell, I just couldn’t do it…so I decided to hold out for a great resin version.


I spotted this large shell at Mecox in Dallas and it looked like resin to me, but they wanted quite a pretty penny for it.


I’m kind of obsessed with the white version from Mecox – SO CHIC!


{photo from here}

I also love the one above placed on a stand.

All was about lost when I was not finding a proper “fake.”  Then I saw this gold beauty calling out my name at Mockingbird Manor in Oklahoma City…


Talk about pumped, it was love at first sight!  Trashy or Classy – I don’t care -I love it, and no turtles were harmed in the making of this awesome accessory!

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5 Comments to 'Heroes in a Half Shell…Turtle Power!'

Paloma {LaDolceVita} 18 Jun 09 at 11:46 am

Ooh! I love the white version. You are right. It is definitely very chic and a little less creepy.

LeilaMac 18 Jun 09 at 12:52 pm

I actually really love Kelly Wearstler’s tortoise shell-covered restaurant – such a unique design element! I’ll have to keep my eyes out for this trend this fall (as I’m sure it will pop up!).

Bryce 18 Jun 09 at 5:46 pm

I really like the one from Mecox in Dallas but I would have to say my favorite Hero in a half-shell is Leonardo!

Bronson Design Studio 24 Jun 09 at 10:27 am

The turtle / tortoise theme is indeed an emerging trend. We just started carrying Sea Turtles & Coral Metal Wall Art by Uttermost introduced at the last Furniture & Accessories Market…


I’m sure we’ll see this theme integrated into more and more design elements going forward!

ale 25 Sep 09 at 6:26 pm

fack or not i find it quite disturbing to decorate with turtle shells

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