Thursday, August 16, 2012

if we pretend we're at the beach, will we feel cooler?




It is hot. It is always hot in August. We have blessed this year with more rain than usual. Sometimes, it is cool enough in the morning or after the sun goes down to spend a little time outside. With all those blessings, I still am longing for the ocean.











Sand dollars and driftwood gathered by my dear mother-in-law. Shells gathered by my dear daughter. I love having their treasures on our table.

















Beach, desert, mountains or in the city, where ever you are, wishing you a wonderful winding down of summer.


Linking to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch and Kathleen at Let's Dish. Thank you, ladies.

30 comments:

Entertaining Women said...

This is my kind of beach scene...no sand in my bikini! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

xinex said...

Yep! I feel cooler already! What a lovely beach themed table, Barbara!...Christine

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

What a lovely spot to dine! I love how you have placed your flatware - so interesting and eye catching!

Shelia said...

Oh, how pretty! I do feel the breeze even on the Texas Gulf coast! :)
Your table looks wonderful with all of your beachy things. The shells and sand dollars look so cute and I love your pretty outdoor setting.
Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Maria said...

You set the most beautiful tables!

Pat said...

This tablescape looks so great because of the spots of shade and sun on your table. Having your table bare and the pretty splashes of blue around just make it perfect. Nicely done!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Barbara, it's so nice to see you back in Blogland -- and with a tablescape to boot! I do love your colors and textures, and your napkins especially caught my eye. Just beautiful!

Marlis said...

What a lovely setting. Love the napkins!The shell under the cloche is fabulous. I love the placemats on the table and the blue makes everything way way cooler. Great table..
do you leave your table outside year round? What kind of finish is on it.. I know weird questions.. we just built our table for outside out of cedar. Now I have to sand and seal and I'm not sure because it will stay outside year round!
xo marlis

Barbara said...

Oh so lovely setting Barbara. I have been sitting outside in the morning and evening also a very nice treat in August. Our temps are about the same here in Az. as I am north of the big city and so glad not to be down in the jungle of extreme. I have extreme enough as far as I am concerned. Only a month and half to go before we can be back to some pleasant temps. Can't wait and also to see more of your great images in your area.

Texas Tea Party said...

The beach and shell tablescape is perfectly wonderful. I love the large shell placed under the cloche in your centerpiece! Your wooden table makes for a great outdoor setting. I like the star shape salad stacked on the aqua plate and then the paisley napkin. Great Photos!

Thanks, Pam

Tanya@takesix said...

Great beach table, Barbara. Love the aqua color. I like the cutlery tied with the hemp. Beautiful stemware as well. Have a super weekend! :)

Alycia Nichols said...

You seriously have one of the best outdoor tables around. It's perfectly rustic without being a splinter haven! I just love it! I need to charm someone into making me one that will accommodate up to 14. Hmmmmm...I had better get crackin' on that! :-) The cool, soothing colors you used here are perfect! I love the way you picked up on the cool blue in the napkins through your dinner plates and fun, chunky candles. The stemware tied together like that looks fabulous! I will have to pilfer that idea, sister!!! The simple addition of the sand dollar is a real game changer. Very sharp! Lovely photos, and a perfect summer setting! Glad to hear you've been getting some rain this summer. We're still like Snap, Crackle & Pop here in the Kansas City area! At least the temperatures are down now. Actually got down into the upper 50s last night!

SavannahGranny said...

Barbara, This is a beautiful beach table. You certainly captured the mood. I love your outdoor table. It reminds me of driftwood and the star plates are so pretty. The stars of the show are the starfish, pretty shell and of course the driftwood so lovelingly collected.
Your colors are spot on. Thanks for sharing.
I coming over from Kathleen's Let's Dish and I am a new follower.
Have a great weekend, Ginger

Elaine said...

This is SO pretty! I love your wooden table and all the natural elements. Very cool like an ocean breeze!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

What a lovely spot to dine at the wooden table! I can feel the ocean breeze ;o)

bj said...

ahhh, this is just perfect. SOOO much cooler, I do believe. :))

Connie said...

I just discovered your blog through the help of mutual followers. Your table-scape is lovely and yes, it looks as if it might just bring the temperature down. I think that having a beach theme in the desert is a grand idea.
Your photography is outstanding. I especially love the desert flower shots.
I am your newest followers and I would be delighted if you would see it in your heart to follow me back. I enjoy making new blogging friends and I have a true love of the Arizona desert. I lived in Tucson one year while I was a teenager (1958), and somewhere around there I left a little piece of my heart. Have a marvelous day, Connie :)

Cynthia @An Accomplished Woman said...

What beautiful pictures. Where did you find your beautiful dishes and napkins?

Thank you for visiting my table. You were very kind. I will be back to catch up with you!!

Cynthia

Anonymous said...

Barbara, you know how much I love the ocean and this tablescape is perfect! Wow! I hope you can have a 'cool' evening to enjoy it.
Sue

Marigene said...

Barbara, what a beautiful setting...makes me really wish I had never left Arizona!
I love the napkins, they give the table that little bit of unexpected color.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Barbara,

Wonder if you got my email on Saturday...
Hugs,
Mariette
http://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/

Mary said...

Barbara~ What a gorgeous table with the dappled sunlight dancing over it! It is always hot in August here. We had a brief reprieve this weekend but much more hot weather to come before fall arrives. I love your handsome shell in your cloche as a centerpiece and those wonderful chargers!

lulumusing said...

It looks like you did, indeed, cool things off, but were you able to stay outside long enough to dine at this lovely table?

Dotti said...

Barbara - You are BETTER than Martha Stewart. Honestly. I'm sure she doesn't do her own photography! :-D

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty this is! Like a wonderful beach vacation. Love your flatware....perfect with the shells. I'm a beach lover and this table is like a walk on the beach. Hope it's cooler soon.

Linda said...

Hi Barbara, your beachy table is wonderful. Love the additions of the driftwood and shells. Yes, setting a table like this does make us feel cooler. I just posted my seascape table. Enjoy your day.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, this table is out of this world! Your attention to detail is amazing.. I've had sand dollars stored away from my childhood, thanks for reminding me of that fond memory. hugs ~lynne~

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Barbara!
Your table is absolutely gorgeous. You know I am a beachy dish girl, and I would love to sit at your table and play with the starfish and sand dollars! Hope the end of your summer is very pleasant and full of fun. Linda

terriporter said...

You KNOW how much I love this! You set the most amazing tables I've ever seen. Love that there are family items included in your beach stash. Our week at the beach went by way too fast. Wish I could set a table like this to remind me of what a wonderful time we had. Guess I'll just have to watch my video again!

Kathleen said...

This is just beautiful, Barbara! You certainly captured the feel of the beach with your colors and textures. Love those star plates. Wonderful pictures!