Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Gift From the Sea

Come join me for brunch in the backyard. We aren’t close to the ocean , but we can pretend before the day gets to hot.


The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.  Anne Morrow Lindbergh




I know you can’t tell, but somehow this is the only salad plate that is upside down. Oops.


Salad Plates – Home Goods earlier this Spring
Salt & Pepper shakers – William Sonoma Outlet
Dinner Plates - Target.
Both the dinner and salad plates are melemine, amazing.



Chargers – Pier 1
Placemats – Ross
Flatware – Our everyday for years

The placemats are shades of yellow and orange  & match the napkins and orangey starfish.


Glassware – Home Goods gift from my Mum, I love the texture of the glass. The grid is a nice counterpoint to the shapes of the shells.


Salt & Pepper Shell – William Sonoma Outlet
Cake Plate – TJ Maxx
Starfish Garland -  Marshalls


Before company arrives there is time to sit by the pool, listen to the waterfall with a glass of iced coffee and catch up on some reading. There is an extra rocker with cozy pillows if you want to join me.


The quilt was made years ago from a line of Fig Tree fabrics by Joanna Figueroa for Moda.. Her fabric always has a lovely vintage feel. Soft, but not faded.


Of course the perfect reading material is Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

I feel we are all islands - in a common seaAnne Morrow Lindbergh


Stitch at you soon,

I am joining Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish  and
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.



  1. Nice combo of colors for a seaside table. :)

  2. Morning Dawna,
    You did a great job on this lovely table. So pretty and so beachy, loved it! Like how you used the cake stand to display the beautiful shells.
    Also love the adirondack chairs and how you draped the quilt over it. Everything very nicely done and makes me feel like I should be at the beach!!
    blessings, Nellie

  3. Good morning, Dawna! pretty! I love the plates!!! I haven't seen those dinner plates at our local Target stores, but I will now be on the lookout for them as we travel this summer. They're beautiful! I love the ease of melamine in summer. The patterns are just so great these days! I have seen the salad plates, and I loved them from the moment I laid eyes on them. Gorgeous! I like the way you folded the napkins to display them in the glassware. Very simple but effective and pretty. Beautiful table! Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Love all the layering of the plates! Fabulous centerpiece as well! I am going to steal your looks perfect for a sea scape!
    Come link up to centerpiece Wednesdays and share your ideas with us!

  5. I really love the sandy, serene colors in this one. The plates are wonderful. If I had a Target closer, I'd be heading out to take a look for some.

    So lovely!

  6. Beautiful post both words and picures. That chair and quilt are so inviting. Great dishes too. Sometimes I think the melamine dishes have prettier designs than regular dishes! I have that shell garland too and it's so easy to use for decorating. Mine is in an apothecary jar right now.

    Robin Flies South

  7. Great layering and lovely plates. I have those white chargers. Such a lovely and peaceful setting. Love your centerpiece. I am your newest follower. I do hope you visit and follow along.

  8. This is one fabulous table!!! I love those plates, both the dinner and the salads. and together they are extraordinary. Totally cool. Your centerpiece is so pretty too. The napkins in the glasses are so perfect as to not take away from anything and yet add the perfect touch. xo marlis

  9. Wow! Love your table. Those scalloped edges on one of the plates is so interesting. Wonderful table to the beach theme and for tablescape Thursday!

  10. This is so pretty! I love the chairs with the lovely quilts draped on them too.
    Perfect beachy table!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!
    Could you remove your word ID? You will get more comments if you do, bloggers run when they see it!:)

    1. Kathleen, I am so sorry I am not sure how to remove or where exaclty to find it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  11. Beautiful table, Dawna!
    Yes, do away with the word ID, it is more than annoying.

    1. Thanks to you and Kathleen I was informed, found it and removed it. Thank you so much. I had no idea that it was coming up.

  12. Well, this is lovely. Sorry I missed seeing it when you posted. Your details are perfect for the beach theme.


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