Sea Inspired Table Settings

No matter what size dinner you are hosting, you can easily incorporate a nautical, coastal or sea life inspired theme into your table setting. From centerpieces, to dishes, to napkins, to serving-ware and glasses, there are so many ways to take your table from drab to fab. What’s great about a sea inspired theme, is that it’s timeless, and can be used at any sort of event from a backyard barbecue or clambake, to a formal sit down dinner. If you can’t be on the beach for dinner, you can definitely bring the beach to you!

Going to a florist and having a custom centerpiece made for you is always an option, but can be expensive, and require preordering. I like using natural elements around the table. One quick and easy centerpiece idea is to use glass vases and candles.

You can fill these vases with anything you have lying around. Think seashells, starfish, sand, driftwood, sisal rope, rocks, sea glass…use your imagination. You can also take existing glass or plastic vases and make DIY nautical rustic sisal rope centerpieces, as seen on the blog Ruffled.

Napkins are also a fun way to bring color and carry your theme through to the table. If your event is casual, go with a disposable printed napkin, if it’s more formal, go with a linen napkin. When it comes to dinnerware, I love dishes that are embellished with some sort of sea inspired them, without distracting from the food on the plate.

I’ve found that there is a wide variety of sea inspired plates and platters available right now. While some are ceramic, others are melanine, which is perfect for backyard barbecues. Here’s some table inspiration for you all, and links to some great accessories you will need to turn your dining table into a beautiful sea inspired gathering place for you , your family and friends! Click each photo to view the original source, or where to buy!

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Fabulous Friday: Nautical Bedding!

A great way to completely change the look of a bedroom, without having to redo paint color, rugs and window treatments, is to update your bedding. A new duvet, comforter or sheet set can bring color, print, and character to an otherwise dull room in need of a makeover.

Something I like to do in a lot of the bedrooms I’ve worked on, is pick a solid, versatile duvet cover or comforter, and mix and match seasonally with an assortment of printed sheets and decorative pillows.

Of course, my favorite bedding collections are nautical or coastal in nature, and this spring/summer season, I’ve seen a lot of bedding collections online that I really love.

Here are a few of my favorite bedding collections of the season. I hope you like them and will feel inspired to transform your bedroom, kids room, or guest room with a great saltwater living inspired bedding set.

Aunt Sadie’s Candles

Sometimes, what drives me to a company is its history. I just love a good story behind a product or company I use in my home.  Aunt Sadie’s candle company, founded in 1996,  is a family  business based in Boston, Massachusetts. The name Aunt Sadie honors the matriarch of the family Sadie Denton, a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt…who loved to bake.

Aunt Sadie’s specializes in authentically scented, hand poured in the USA candles. Each candle is packaged in a tin can, and wrapped with beautiful paper that compliments the candles scent. From seasonal scents, to the great outdoors, to the kitchen, Aunt Sadie’s has a scent for whatever your heart desires.

These beautiful candles will bring an air of nostalgia to your home, as the scent of the beach, a christmas tree, or even apple pie permeates throughout your room.

I’ve purchased many Aunt Sadie’s candles throughout the years, my favorites being the Santa Tree candle, which I bring out every Christmas. I do change up my candle seasonally and always look to add a new scent of Aunt Sadie’s candle to my collection.

There are over 200 scented candles to choose from, so whatever you fancy, fancy Aunt Sadie’s candles!

Anchors Away!

Adding anchors to your home or wardrobe is a great way to add a touch of nautical, without going overboard. It seems like everywhere I go to shop this season, I see anchors! Here’s some of my favorite anchor pieces this season. All are available online by clicking on the picture. Enjoy!

Area Artist: Jacqueline Maloney

Over the years, I’ve attended many art shows and fairs on the North and South Forks of Long Island, with my daughter, who designs jewelry. One of my favorite artists I’ve come across at these fairs is a talented, young watercolor painter from Hampton Bays, NY named Jacqueline Maloney.

Jacqueline’s collection of illustrations include paintings, note cards, tote bags, serving ware, pillows and more. Simply put, Jacqueline’s illustrations are happy, fun, and evoke the coastal feel I love. You can find her displaying her beautiful works at art shows across the East End, or online at her Etsy Shop.

My favorite pieces of hers are her sea life illustrations, notecards, which have recipes on them, and her “How To” collection. I purchased the “How To Fillet A Flounder” illustration last year, and have my eye on the “How To Pick Crabs” illustration next time I see her. I also love her illustration of the wineries on the North Fork of Long Island.  Jacqueline’s illustrations are perfect for any decor and make a great gift, so be sure to check them out!