Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Nautical Tablescape

Shopping the summer sales at the biggies like Williams Sonoma, and Potterybarn isn't quite like thrift shopping, but discounts can be as much as half off, and there is a bit of the thrill of the unexpected to it.

You never know what stock is going to be closing out and on super sale. You just have to take your chances.

I lucked out on these faux coral placecard holders with the frosted glass base. The cards were included. They're great for labeling things like cheeses or any kind of fun signage you may want to use on a table.

They also continue the nautical theme that I've been enjoying lately, and make an interesting accent with my vintage summer white china.

The short vintage tumblers with lids are a new acquisition. The old cloudy glass and the bit of rust on the cap suggest a little sea glass and salty sea air. A white linen runner with a luscious deep crochet trim is all ready to be laid out. It was five dollars at a junk shop and just needed a soak. All is in readiness for another leg of my armchair cruise around the world!

Where is your table taking you this week? Hope it's fun!
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  1. Jacqueline, what a great find! Love the nautical feel to this table. Clever to use the map. Your photos are awesome as always! ~ Sarah

  2. ...LOVE your newest additions from the sea...even if they are faux:)

    xo, Rosemary

  3. Sweet post. I love the rusty covers on the glasses and the place card holders are cute and unique. Pamela

  4. Hi J,
    I never would have guessed the coral was new, I never do William Sonoma (I know gasp :-), I guess now I know what I am missing!! Love those new tumblers too, very summer chic... That deep crocheted edging, pure lust!
    A beautiful table... I almost forgot the whales, so fun!!!

  5. Your nautical touches are so lovely and I love the serendipity of finding those nautical placecard holders.. xo marlis

  6. Pure serenity! The crocheted lace on that runner is just divine!!!!!!

  7. Lovely table! I always enjoy seeing lace, and yours is especially beautiful.

    Did you know the "tumblers" are really jelly jars? The little metal lids are the tip-off. Way back when, homemakers would make their jelly, pour it hot into jars like that, then seal the top with a layer of hot paraffin wax. To store the jars and keep them clean, they would lay one of those metal lids over it. They didn't put jelly through a water bath like other home canned jars.

  8. Dear AD:

    Yup, I actually did know this. I have sold a number of these in the shop. So many vintage things are being used in new ways. I might use these as juice glasses, but I just love the way they look with the rusty lids!

  9. so many wonderful pieces but i am smitten with your whale lovers :)

  10. Great finds to create a beautiful and unique tablescape! So muc inspiration here.

  11. Great finds! Love the little place card holders.

  12. The combination of whites and taupes is crisp, classy and elegant! What finds! I love the table runner and cloche. You have a lovely blog. I love Albuquerque & Santa Fe, by the way...visited last August and was surprised at the sudden showers and hail on a warm afternoon!

  13. Gorgeous pictures! I purchased those same place card holders on sale, and I love them. The crochet runner was a great find, it's beautiful. The plates are lovely, all the pictures are so stunning!

  14. Those jars with rusty lids are beautiful!
    XXX Ido

  15. OH those vintage tumblers with the lids are too adorable!! Never seen them before!

  16. Simply beautiful! Love the linens.

  17. Breathtaking! I love the white and old glass! Using the map was brilliant and really brought the table together!

  18. Oh, everything looks so beautiful together. I am in LOVE with those tumblers!

  19. I'm loving all of your beachy thoughts. Great placecard holders and wonderful runner. Hope to see you Sunday at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  20. Jacqueline, your new place card holders will be so versatile! Great find. Your pictures are lovely.

    Stop by if you get a chance. My Vintage Linen & Dish Auction is going on through 9PM Eastern on Monday!

  21. Hi Jacqueline,
    I am still loving your map. I had plans to make a tablescape with a old map all summer and I will get it done soon. I have been very busy with the kids home from school. I so enjoy your cool subtle whites and I always love how you pair them with brown. It is just perfect. Thanks for linking it up at HSH!


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