Every year, my friend Keith packs her suitcase with Rhode Island beach stones at the end of August to lug back to the West Coast; remembrances of East Coast summers. Here's a roundup of beach stones used as decor; plus an inspiring book by San Francisco artist and photographer Josie Iselin.
Above: A mantel by stylist Tanya Goodwin of Home from the Sea.
Above: A stairway in a house in Sicily, photograph by Adriano Bacchella.
Above L: A collection of ringed beach stones. Above R: Beach stones suspended from a vintage wood hanger.
Above: Beach stones in a Boston-area interior by Christine Lane.
Above: Stacked beach stones, via Paonote.
Above: Beach Stones, by Josie Iselin with text by Margaret W. Carruthers; $12.21 at Amazon.
Frequently asked questions
What are beach stones?
Beach stones are rocks that are found on the shore of oceans, rivers, and lakes. They are usually smoother and rounder than other types of rocks due to constant contact with water and sand.
How can I use beach stones as decor?
Beach stones can be used in many ways as decor, including as paper weights, candle holders, vase fillers, and even as art pieces. You can also use them to create a rock garden or pathway in your yard.
Where can I find beach stones?
You can find beach stones on the shore of oceans, rivers, and lakes. You can also find them at landscaping stores or specialty stores that sell beach-themed decor.
Do beach stones come in different colors?
Yes, beach stones come in a variety of colors including gray, black, white, and even red or blue. The color of the stone is influenced by the minerals and materials in the area where it was formed.
How do I clean and maintain beach stones?
To clean beach stones, rinse them with water and scrub off any dirt or debris with a brush. You can also soak them in warm water with vinegar to remove any bacteria or stubborn stains. To maintain beach stones, avoid exposing them to harsh chemicals or extreme temperatures, and store them in a dry, cool place.