Happy Monday, Friends-
Drew and I just came back from Russell Orchards, it’s this great orchard, mini farm and bakery two towns over from us. He doesn’t understand that I’m the mama-razzi and need photos of him at all times… 🙂 I don’t ever want to forget a look, an expression or miss how excited he gets when he sees a tractor or a dog… I try to balance being totally there with him and still getting those photos so AJ and I can remember him at that exact moment… but I’m not always an expert at that balance, I’m definitely still learning!
One last photo of our time in Ipswich before I jump into a fun tablescape… this was on our ride home, I loved the natural look of the field with the hay bales in the tractor:
Remember how after our trip to Hamilton, NY in June I posted about this fabulous store, Swank, that I’m in love with? Well, here’s how great the owners are… they sent me these dishes that I oogled in the store! While running the other day I brainstormed about beachy tablescapes, with these plates as the starting point. Sometimes torturous runs are easier when I think about fun things…
The plates as I saw them in Swank. Now that I’m looking at the photo again I also have the bird at the bottom right of the photo. 🙂
I wanted something beachy without being too quintessentially beachy… and then I remembered these great chains that have fallen off of anchors at Tuck’s Point. When it’s low tide they are just exposed and laying on the sand not attached to anything. Some are only a foot long but others, like the one I snagged the other day, are at least three feet long. Here is my tablescape with that inspiration…
Please pardon the giant sheet of drywall in the background… our dining room table is currently in the living room while we are in the midst of our kitchen ceiling makeover. The drywall sheets are already painted with three coats of paint and are ready to be hung. Hallelujah!
Aren’t these dishes great? I thought that the hydrangea would add the simple feminine touch to the table and the chain would be textural and rustic.
Here is a close up of the chain that I took home… it’s pretty rusty but it has some character.
Now, some up close and personal shots of the plates that were the catalyst to this post!
Don’t you just love this color and pattern? I don’t think I could ever do wallpaper or something large with a pattern this busy but I love it on these plates (they are a Cynthia Rowley design).
Remember how I mentioned from this post about the hydrangeas my mom so graciously let me take from her bush? Well, I shamelessly went back for more. Drew and I were at my parents’ for longer than I expected because he just loves playing with them, the only way we could get him to stop crying hysterically was to give him chocolate. Yes, he is my child, chocolate does solve most problems. 🙂
Tell me, have you done any fun tablescapes or events lately?
Or used anything unexpected in your decorating?