About Seashore Chic

Sondra Barchard is an artist who specializes in custom shell mirrors. Her work has been commissioned by top designers across the U.S. including Mark Sikes, Rod Mickley, Thomas Burger, Carly Ahlman, Designers West, and Cynthia Collins. Sondra also has many clients who choose to take decorating into their own hands, including a couple of butchers, a baker, and lots of homemakers. 

Sondra started Seashore Chic in 1999 to get her husband to stop nagging her about returning to work once the kids were in school. She planned to spend mornings combing the beach for shells on Amelia Island and the rest of the day figuring out what to do with them. She became a partner in a shop in downtown Fernandina Beach and realized this could actually be a thing. A shell artist. Who knew? 

In addition to shell mirror design Sondra is also a resourceful and imaginative home decorator. Because she has an obsession with thrifting and a great eye for design, she is able to reinvent spaces for her clients by editing and adding. Her personal style is Island Colonial. She opened Seashore Chic Boutique in Melbourne Florida in 2018 featuring vintage rattan, blue and white, chinoiserie, and anything that looks like it came up the road from Old Key West.  

Sondra now lives in Melbourne Beach, Florida with her husband Curt in an empty nest called the Coconut Cottage. She still combs the beach, and hopes you’ll choose her to make a spectacular shell mirror, or for any of your decorating needs. 

The making of a shell mirror