Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ode to the Ocean Tablescape

Hi bloggers! It's Thursday again and you know what that means! Susan at Between Naps on the Porch has graciously hosted another Tablescape Thursday! Be sure to swing over to the porch and visit all the wonderful tablescape inspirations!
http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/


I want to invite you to a seaside retreat, where the cares of the world slip away into the sounds of the crashing waves and the only distraction that occurs is the constant cries of the hovering seagulls. The dinner bell has rang and it's time to saunter over to the dining table....Man, I need a vacation!!!

Why is it as soon as the weather turns warm, I'm ready to hit the beach! Unfortunately, it's a little harder to hit nowadays, I'm a little landlocked right now...but I can dream! Maybe in July, I'll get to go home...in the meantime I have conjured up an "ode to the ocean" tablescape! I began pulling together this table based on the inspiration of my bargain placemats...you remember them from Met Monday, right? Well I gotta tell you: I LIKE COLOR! It was kinda hard for me to stay within the blue and white scheme...not that I had to keep within some kind of boundary, but to see if I could!





I started off collecting from around the house...

Seashells, seashells, and more seashells...I pulled some cylinder vases that I have in my collection and decided to use them as candle holders...lots of room for sand and shells...I love my creamy white candles...that's about the only color I use.
Another inspiration piece is this fantabulous aluminum serving dish. I picked it up at the Goodwill last year for $2.98...why anyone would give this away is beyond me! :)


Call me crazy...I dug WAY back in the cabinet, you know, way back in the back that you can never reach, back, and brought out my silver charger plates usually for Christmas, silver seemed to be a common thread developing....


The dishes, the obvious choice, the Claremont dinner plate and salad plate and whilst I was stretching to reach the chargers, I happened upon my little appetizer plates that I got @ Pier 1 at a ridiculous low price (after Christmas, year before last) that just so happen to have blue and....silver, yes, come on little fellas you're going to the beach too !

I do need to introduce you to some new pieces, I got this pitcher and creamer at the Maxx last week. They are really a beautiful white china.
Now that I've got all the elements (except the food, glasses, and silverware:)...let's get going to the beach!


Napkin/bowl...bowl/napkin...I could make up my mind...
I picked up those napkin rings up at the Goodwill...the painted napkins...

I had these little Blue mercury glass votives in my bedroom, they've made an appearance too...


I love my little silver urchin...
I hope you have enjoyed this weeks "ode to the ocean" Tablescape...I'll be dreaming of Emerald Isle, NC and visiting all of your tables...I can't wait!
Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting!
Michelle





24 comments:

  1. So beautiful. You really put a great Sea scape together!! I love it...

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  2. Love your beach tablescape! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

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  3. Love the beach theme and the new pitcher and creamer. Those plates from the Pier are perfect colors for this pretty tablescape. You did a great job.
    Joyce

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  4. A great beach tablescape --

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  5. WOW! Where's the waves! I just can't get over the handpainted napkins. I just love that idea!

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  6. What a beautiful table! I love everything. Those dishes are so lovely!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  7. This is SOOOO pretty! I love the blue hints...and the Pier 1 plates are too cute! Who would have thought to use the holiday plates in the summer, but it works!

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  8. Hi Michelle, your beach tablescape is so pretty. I love all the elements and yes, that silvery tray is beautiful and what a great deal! I have the same Pier 1 salad plates....Christine

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  9. LOVE the creamer, pitcher and silver urchin... FAB!

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  10. Lots of lovely seashore themes this week including yours!! You have a beautiful collection of shells!! and you've displayed them all so beautifully!

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  11. Oooh!!! I'm clapping for your tablescape. I love everything about it! And I adore you new pitcher & creamer. Your napkins & placemats go perfect with this tablescape. A+++. Now hit the beach.

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  12. How elegant! This is lovely and I wish already that we where at the beach. The pitcher and creamer is so cute and it goes well with this tablescape. The siler tray is beautiful and it really brings the table together. Sea shells we collect them every year; I need to put all my out that have been stored all these years.

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  13. Love your Seascape ! I did one too this week....great minds think alike ! I love how there are so many looks. Yours is so elegant !
    Great job !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  14. This looks right out of a magazine! I love the candles with sand & seashell to set the mood! Stop by and see my table setting, if you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to my blog by clicking on "Follow" in the right hand column. This way we can inspire one another frequently! Be sure to stay a while when you're there and enjoy the experience!

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  15. What a stunning tablescape. Such a fabulous collection of shells, starfish, coral and all the elements that so represent the sea shore. You have assembled them just beautifully. Hugs, Marty

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  16. So many wonderful details :).

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  17. The candle arrangement is just so fabulous, and so simple too..., I love it all as you can imagine.

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  18. You said it! Fantabulous!!! this is o pretty...and I'm ready for the beach, too...pretty soon!
    happy holiday weekend!
    ;-D

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  19. Love your beachin' tablescape! Thanks!

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  20. Michelle...this is soooo beautiful...makes me want to go to the beach! I love how you pulled in all these treasures from all over your home! Your new pitcher is awesome...perfect for your beachyscape! This is really stunning! Just reading it was like a mini-vacation! Susan

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  21. This is magazine page worthy! I love all the elements you brought together. You're very good at this. I'm just learning. And I learn a lot from you gals!
    Brenda

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  22. I loved every second of this post! Oh, the shells and candles! I love the shell dish from goodwill!!!! Everything is beautiful! I better not show Hubby we will be in Florida tonight!lol

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  23. How refreshing!!!! I feel like I've just had a dip in the ocean! Is there anything better than the Beach? The Maxx Pitcher is wonderful, and the whole table is Refreshing... Just posted my first Tablescape last week and loved doing it. Keep up the good work, Kathy~@ sweetup-northmornings.blogspot.com Stop in, love to have you...

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  24. Decided to "Follow" Great blog, ~Kathy~ sweetup-northmornings.blogspot.com

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Michelle