Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Inspired by the sea

G-day mates~~~today's tablescape is inspired by the sea.

A bottle for a message. A lantern to guide the boats in the dark. And shells, LOTS of shells.

It seems summer is slipping through my fingers at a rapid pace. I want to hold on as tight as I can, for as long as possible. Setting the table with objects given up by the sea felt appropriate today.

The glass clam shell dishes were found at an early summer garage sale. Perfect for my set of shell dishes. The napkins are paper(something I rarely use). They have shells on them, so I had to buy them!!!

The glasses were picked up at a local thrift store....more shells. The little votive cups are from a cute gift shop at the lake.

I just love these dishes. The bowls(not shown) are large enough for a big bowl of chowder. Seeing it's so extremely hot and humid, we will forgo the soup.

Bleached shells are favorites of mine. They look so crisp and clean.

A dear friend recently gave me the lantern. It fits perfectly with all the beachy whites here at the lakehouse.

I am soooo going to miss having our meals out on the sun porch. When cold weather hits, the porch will be closed for the season.

That's why I'm holding on to summer for as long as possible. Watching the boats as they pass by. Seeing the sun dance off the water. Hearing the gulls as they sweep overhead. Listening to the soft sounds of the wind chimes. Feeling the warm summer breezes as they pass through the screens....sigh....

It's not over until the fat lady sings...and I ain't hearin' any music!!!!!

I'll be sharing with Tablescape Thursday over at Susan's Between Naps on the Porch. You must pay her a visit, and see all of the inspirational settings the other bloggers share.

Have a wonderful summer evening.





  1. I LOVE this post. Your table looks beautiful. I love the dishes and glasses. And the loose shells scattered around. I am getting ready to go shelling in Sanibel Island this weekend... your table fits with the theme of my mood about now!!

  2. Beachy and beautiful lovey. hugs♥olive

  3. Hey Debbie ~ I am trying to Remember, if I knew you were from Houghton Lake ~ I knew you lived on a Lake.... My Great Aunt (My Grandma's Sister) lived on Houghton Lake the whole time I was growing up.... Maybe I had mentioned it before, Gramma use to go up for Tip Up Town each year ~ Brings back Memories.... Love the Table Setting, it is So Pretty & Perfect for a Lake.

  4. Hi Debbie,
    Love the glass shell dishes and I would have bought the paper napkins too they are really neat! Such a pretty table setting too!
    It was just to hot and humid to eat outside today so enjoyed it inside with the AC! I'm sure by the lake it is a little cooler to eat♥

    Have a great evening,

  5. LOVE your whites! And I don't blame you at all for wanting to stretch the season out- we live on our porch! Great post
    xoxo Pattie

  6. Hi there Debbie,
    This is just so pretty! I adore shells, and I really love all of your beautiful dishes. How cool that you found the glass clam shell plates at a garage sale! Ok, even though it is so darn hot here, you are making me hungry for some clam chowder! Have a great night :)

  7. Love the shells! So pretty with all of the white.

  8. Ohh I love this. The colors, the dishes are to die for. I love the clear shell dish the best! So fun. Stop by and enter my centerpiece Wednesday on my blog. Great ideas!

  9. I love your style, Debbie. Crisp, white and so summery. I would love a bowl of chowder right about now and I'm not even picky... love Manhattan and New England, but need a bit of Tabasco. Sorry it's so humid, it's cool here, in the very low 80s. Good chowder weather for sure ;)
    Love your home on the lake ~ perfect!

  10. I love your tablescape! So serene and pretty.

  11. Love your summer whites~ so crisp & cool...we've been so intolerably hot, I have to admit to looking forward to fall, but porch living is great :-)

  12. That is lovely! I don't blame you, I feel the same way. But there is still lots of summer left. September is one of the best months here, the weather is fabulous and the crowds gone!
    Love your dishes and glasses too!

  13. The textures on this table are so nice. The colors are so light and summery. Just beautiful . I love you blog!

  14. Hey Debbie- What a beautiful table you have set tonight. I sure missed you while you were gone...and am so glad you are back and playing with us here! lol Okay-do the glasses have shells on them too? I LOVE the plates~what a great find!

    I'm like you-I don't often use paper napkins either...nor do I like paper plates. I don't mind eating on them at someone else's house but I like to use real plates and silverware and cloth napkins.

    I love all your shells! I lived in Florida for several years and because they were so avaialable I don't think I really appreciated them until I moved to the Midwest. Yeah-it was kind of a V-8 moment! I used to walk Sanibel Island all the time and pick the shells up. Sure wish I had that collection today!

    Happy Thursday to you~ Diana

  15. Hey sweet sis .... I want to move in with you in your adorable, summery, beautiful lakehouse. lol! Sooooo pretty! You done good, sweetie!!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

  16. Beautiful! I love your plates...Christine

  17. Hola Debbie, how lovely is your sea inspired table setting, wonderful!!!
    maria cecilia

  18. Debbie,
    I love the table the view of the very pretty!! I dream of sitting there and looking at the water with the boats going by.

  19. Hi Debbie! Wonderful setting! I love the color scheme is such a soft white. Such a wonderful coastal look, where's all the seafood? LOL! Just kidding but it really has me dreaming of fresh shrimp! Love it!

  20. Beautiful table. The whites are so soothing and cool. Very welcome in hot weather! Who wouldn't love sitting on that porch and enjoying good food and a water view?

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  21. Beautiful Debbie! Just beautiful, and that view - WOWZA! Gorgeous! Just a reminder - my Friday Vignette's post is tomorrow, and I'd love it if you'd link up! Even pictures from this post - the vignettes are great! :) Hope you join in! :) Artie

  22. Wow, what a beautiful place and a great table setting! There is nothing like decorating with inspiration from the sea.

  23. Debbie, what an inviting, soothing table! I love your "beachy whites," and those glass shell shaped plates are wonderful! A great find! Thank you for your kind comments on my table this week!

  24. Sooo beautiful! I would love to come sit on your porch and watch the view and enjoy a meal served at your table!

  25. OOh so pretty. Love all the dishes and sea inspired items..

  26. I love this tablescape. The soft blends of white-on-white is delightful. I hope that summer lingers for you this year. My daughter is a singer-songwriter. Her new CD 'Orchid' has a song that I think you might really like..."Broken Things." You can find her & hear her music at Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  27. Beautiful table...right now I am ready for lots cooler weather, 100°+ temperatures with very high humidity is just too much right now.

  28. So very lovely Debbie! I love the little clusters of shells dotted around the table! A very nice touch! The sea has my heart...I think I'll be at the shore early tomorrow! Can't wait!
    Have a delicious day!

  29. I just found your blog and it's beautiful! I love your table setting. It's so perfect for summer. I am also holding on to summer as long as I can.

  30. Hi. Such a pretty seascape!!! I want to go to the beach! :) Love your bead strands; what lovely additions to your chandelier.
    ~ Julie

  31. Wow, this is impressive! Great job on the photos as well. They could be in a magazine.

    Warmly, Michelle

  32. Hi Debbie, I am sooo envious of your white wicker! I love the pieces you found.

    Your table is just perfect, and on a sun porch!

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. Just let me know when you need more white shells. :)