Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Oceanside Inspiration Table

Summer just lends itself to dreaming of the ocean. I never get tired of the influence of the sea. Maybe if I lived near the beach that might not be true. But for now it's a recurring theme at my table.

I love vintage too, so there is always going to be a suggestion of the past served up with any menu. My inspiration comes from an octopus print in an antique encyclopedia from 1905. Sometimes all you need is a jumping off point, and an old book can get the table conversation going.

Haviland Limoges softens the edges of this buffet, and loads of candlelight does too. A silver cake stand and a garden sieve vary the heights to keep things interesting. Plain linen and cotton for the tablecloth and napkins lets the centerpiece do all the work. Flatware, glassware, and accents are vintage.

I like the texture of an old wicker demijohn.

Cut glass bistro glasses are displayed in an old tool chest drawer.

A cast iron garden cloche minus the glass holds a shell studded candle (Potterybarn).

Vintage monogram flatware.

I hope everything is just beachy for you this week!
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  1. As always, your photos just leave me breathless..and I always have the urge to throw everything out of my dining room and start all over. :)
    xo bj

  2. I can't figure out why YOUR rust is so in the vintage tile in your header...and MY rust looks like......well.....rust ??

  3. Such beautiful photos!!!! Gorgeous!

  4. This is my favorite kind of tablescape!
    Creamy, dreamy whites and ivory with neutral tans and silvers and lots of texture.
    Love every part of it -- especially the wicker demijohns and the monogrammed silverware.

  5. Hi J,
    I am lovin your beachy themes! You have me dreaming of surf and sand instead of paint and weeds, haha:-)

  6. Very clever putting your glassware in the old tool chest drawer. I really liked that look for the table. Always inspiring me, again.

  7. Hello Jacqueline....ahhhhhh, a visit to your blog is a visual feast and micro vacation for the spirit! Love the photos, love the 'jumping off point'! :)

  8. Oh how I love your blog!! thank you for visiting mine - I'm your newest follower!!

  9. Everything look so beautiful Jacqueline and I also have a love for vintage illustrations. Their sepia tones just seem so relaxed and carry with them a very nostalgic air, who does not love that?
    Have a wonderful day!
    Tina xo

  10. Lots of inspiration here. We love the vintage monogramed flatware. Angela and Renee

  11. Jacqueline, your table is wonderful. Every element is in perfect accordance with the next. I do love that you started out with a book and took the leap from there. Your cloche (minus the glass is just fabulous.. Many blessing, xo marlis

  12. Beautiful table! Everything just goes together so well. I never would of thought of pairing that china up with an ocean theme. It's so soothing and relaxing just like a day at the seaside with your toes in the water and a good book to keep you company. Great job!

  13. Your tablescape is lovely, Jacqueline. It's as soothing and serene as gentle waves kissing the shore. ;)

    Thanks for linking to the party. I love seeing your creativity each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  14. I love your idea of putting your glassware in the tool drawer. I will be on a search for one of those now that I've seen yours. What a beautiful tablescape. I really like how you incorporated the vintage illustration of the octopus. How creative!

  15. Very pretty! The vintage flatware is great!!! I LOVE vintage flatware...especially the monogrammed kind!!!

  16. I love your beachy theme table.We haven't had enough beach days here yet.


  17. Beautiful settings.

    Photos are like art.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Lots of Love,
    Karin Şen Cankan

  18. Jacqueline, This is such a beautiful beachy table. The shell candles and demijohn are wonderful.

  19. Perfect setting. love that old wicker demijohn. Thanks for stopping by at my place.

  20. What a beautiful blog. I am now a follower.

  21. Love your mixture of vintage, silver, china and crystal. This is one of the prettiest tablescapes I've seen in a long time.

  22. Oh, this is so wonderful! I have been by here last week and had no time to comment. So tonight I came by and am savoring your pictures. I love that octopus print! What a neat inspiration. Love all the pillars with the shells too. just wonderful as always! Thanks for linking it to HSH!


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