Wednesday, August 15, 2012


 SUMMER is quintessentially the Sand and the Sea!

 The hunt for sea shells as the waves roll in and back out, again and again! 

The shell theme for this table began with finding the Majolica by Kaldun & Bogle!  On a visit to Home Goods earlier this summer,  I purchased the majority of the pieces but there were only 5 shell salads. The table stayed in the back of my mind and then fortune smiled and on a trip to another Home Goods just a few days ago the Majolica shell salads appeared with other Kaldun & Bogle pieces.
 The Colors of the Shells ..... PINKS, CREAMS & BROWNS
 The Colors of the Sea .... BLUES
The Colors of the Shore ..... TANS, BEIGES & YELLOWS
The sand of the beach is translated in the hue of the linen tablecloth and napkins by Fieldcrest.
The napkin ring is the a sea blue shaped knot.
Shell shape blue place mat from Style Happy is just one representation of the colors of the water.
Gibson named the dark blue flatware Sangria Rope.

 Sandy hued place plate by Destino, S. A. anchors the plates.

Matceramica from Portugal has a distressed cream finish on the dinner plate.

 The sage salad plate by Matceramic has the same pattern with more detail.
A Seahorse spreader is placed at the top of the plate for the lobster cheese dish.

Majolica shell shape plate with ruffles and swirls of pink, blues and creams.
Each of the the shell plates were in four different shapes!
The center is styled with a silver sea shell of different shapes on each shell plate.

 An array of goblets and tumblers for water, lemonade and iced tea.
The shell motif goblets are from France.

A fish shape plate is surrounded by shells and sea glass.

 A clear bowl is used to serve the whole wheat crispy crackers.

The centerpiece is a shell compote with three seahorses as the pedestal on a cake stand.
The other large majolica shell is placed in front of the cake stand.

 My husband's favorite tuna salad in served from the a glass bowl placed on a bed of ruffled lettuce topping the shell compote.

The large shell serves up a seafood salad in the glass bowl surrounded by green leafy lettuce.
Another majolica fish shape seems to be swimming with the shells along the sand.

The glass bowl provides a cheddar and sour cream chip to accompany  the salads.

 The majolica seahorse pitcher .....

with the detail of the seahorse handle.

 A close up of the seahorses on the pedestal of the compote and the shells scattered on the blue bubble glass cake stand with a wavy edge.

Any shell from the majolica box to the real ones are so collectible!

 The other shell pitcher .....

with the seaweed handle in a close up.

 Each place setting has textures from ruff to shiny! 

A cornucopia shell pitcher has the hues of the ocean and the colors used through out this  tablescape.

The best of the ocean and sea awaits! 


kitty said...

Oh my goodness, look at all those pretty layers of plates and all the wonderful accessory dishes!! What a perfect sea shell tablescape. The centerpiece is perfect!!

xinex said...

Your beach themed tablescape is really pretty. I love your majolica plate collection. I have never seen them before.....Christine

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh My, I want to live at your table! I'm sure "The Little Mermaid" would steal it all away!!! I adore the pitcher with the seahorse handle, AND those plates(ALL OF THEM) are "WONDERFUL"! Thank you for sharing, I KNOW I'm going to be looking for majolica table settings like yours NOW!!! SO Much Fun! Thank you for sharing it all with us.
Have a fun week,

Elaine said...

You have outdone yourself! This table is amazing, down to the smallest detail! I adore seahorses, and am always looking for them. Thanks for sharing this table!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

This is truly the nicest shore table I have seen. The majolica seahorse pitcher puts a smile on my face. Well done!

Dawna said...

I want to sit at your table and feast upon all the lovely items. I purchased the seahorse compote, but didn't see most of the items you were able to collect. A perfectly perfect tablescape.

Babs said...

Oh, how gorgeous! Your tablescape is so interesting and fun. Love the pitcher with the seaweed handle and the fish plates. I don't think we got those at our HG.It's great that you could find enough pieces without having to hit every HGs in fifty miles.
PS..I just noticed your collies..they remind me so much of one we had many years ago.

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

This was fun watching you "build up" your dishes and what a beautiful lobster cheese dish to top it all off! You have beautiful accent pieces, too - Just lovely!

Entertaining Women said...

Your collection of majolica pieces is absolutely outstanding. This is a beautiful table. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Dianne said...

This has to be the best sea side table I have ever seen. Perfectly done! Dianne

Sarah said...

Oh, wow! I feel as if I've just been on a dive in the deep blue sea. Your details are amazing. Makes me wish I'd pulled together my beach side table. ;-)
Thanks for sharing and for stopping by to visit with your thoughtful comment.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

I've never seen majolica like yours. You have a wonderful collection.

White Weathered Hutch, said...

Oh my what a wonderful collection.
Thanks for stopping by my blog.


Your beach tablescape is gorgeous, with the most beautiful sea shell elemnets, I've never seen such a fabulous collection..I love it!! The Majolica plates are fabulous! Thanks for your sweet visit. Enjoy the weekend.

Infuse With Liz said...

Wow what an artfully set table! I love it! The seashell collection is wonderful! I just learned that brand name and looked them up on line but didn't know Home goods would carry them! Too bad I don't live closer to one! I love how you used the lettuce with the bowl on top- what a great look! I enjoyed looking at all of it!

A Walk in the Countryside said...

I love it! The colors are so beautiful!

Alycia Nichols said...

That pedestal compote....oh, my goodness!!!!! SO pretty! You got a lot of really great pieces! Good thing you made that trip back to Home Goods! I really like the seahorse spreaders, too! This looks like the summer I WISH I could have had! :-)

Crystal Grandeur said...


Thank you for stopping by(Crystal grandeur)and to leave a lovely comment.your table looks good and you have great them all.thank you.

Barbara said...

You have found so many unique pieces! I love the seahorse spreaders. Wonderful table!

Tanya@takesix said...

What a perfect table for summertime! Those Majollica shell plates are beautiful. I've never seen them before.

Marigene said...

What a beautiful ocean inspired table. The shell plates are fabulous. Love the little seahorse spreaders.

Leslie Harris said...

i LOVE this post. I can't decide which piece is my favorite, I think it's the seahorse spreader. Thanks for sharing such lovely eye candy. And I sure appreciated your kind comments about my 'Wild About You' dinner party.
Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)

Kathleen said...

What a beautiful table! You have a wonderful collection of sea inspired dishes, and you put them together in an exquisite manner! Just lovely!
Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

allisamazing said...

Your seashells are amazing and your table is gorgeous!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh this feels like a day at the beach for sure! Love the fish platter and everything looks so pretty ----thanks for your visit last week. I've been out of town, but hopefully will be back in the groove here soon!

Sally Lee said...

Hi -- I can't find any email address link on you page. We'd like to feature this article on our Beach House Decorating site.

Please let us know if we can share your photos with links to your blog.

Marie - CEO of Sally Lee by the Sea