Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer Decorating

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This weekend I brought out my $10 silver tray that I found at the Santa Cruz Flea Market last summer and filled it with shells and candles.

It's usually cool enough here in the evenings to have candles burning but there are those really hot summer nights where I don't even want the lights on! I'm hoping we don't have very many of those this summer!
I bought the candles and the small shells at The Dollar Tree...I'm loving that place lately! They have an online store now but they don't sell everything that they have in the stores so it's better to go in if you have one nearby.
Here are the shells from The Dollar Tree, I used these and then filled in with larger shells, beach glass and moss that I already had.

54 comments:

Karin said...

Lovely centerpiece, Cindy ~ so relaxing. I'm fortunate enough to have a Dollar Tree nearby. I like how you change things around ~ I have a habit of just leaving the same ol' stuff out, but I really like your idea of keeping it fresh.

debi @ life in my studio said...

Wow! I might just have to check out Dollar Tree...haven't been there in awhile. Your table centerpiece is so pretty and beachy...wonderful summer look.

Carolyn said...

Another nice touch! Candlelight is so romantic.
Carolyn

CeramiquesDeCherie said...

I LOVE this idea and thoroughly plan on stealing if from you. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

lorhen82 said...

You have a wonderful style of decorating...very pretty! ~Lori

Terri and Bob said...

Love the coolness of the shells, the warmth of the candles and the shine of the silver!

A Touch of Country said...

very beach & romantic! I just bought a round silver tray about 16" round and might have to copy you!

Thanks for such great posts, you are an inspiration to me!

Tanya said...

I love how cool it looks inside your LR in contrast to how HOT it has been outside lately!

Olive Rue said...

WOW!!! You are as old as dirt...4 years eh? Lol. JK. Times flies doesn't it. It really does seem like I have had my blog longer than 6 months.

And here we go again thinking along the same lines of posts. I swear last night I was thinking I needed to place some shells and silver together. You beat me to it! ;-) I love how it looks. It turned out FAB dahling!!!

Debra said...

Hi Cindy, just wanted to stop by and say Hello and to thankyou for being a constant source of inspiration. I have bookmarked your tutorial on painting furniture. Thanks for sharing your life with us.
I'm a new blogger, but not new to your blog.Come by for a visit.
Blessings Debra

Melanie said...

Looks great! I picked up the same shells from dollar tree and others that came in a small basket not long ago. I was so happy to find them after seeing the same shells for like $7 at Michaels.

Happy summer!

Alison said...

Such a pretty summery centerpiece, just lovely.
love
Alison
x

Julie said...

Beautiful! I know what you mean about the heat though...we are going on 1 month with no rain and our poor farm is burning up. No end in sight either :0(

marty39 said...

The tray is beautiful. I bought some of those shells as the Dollar Tree, they had three different sizes in different bags and I got some of each. Great fun and so many ways to use them. Hugs, Marty

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I bet by the time I make it to dollar Tree there will be no cute shells left for all of blogland has seen this sweet little tray!!

blessings
mary

Debbie said...

What a creative way to display candles and seashells. I love the look and also being able to use the many silver trays I have stored away. Love this idea and it looks beautiful.

Marina Capano said...

Hi! fantastic!

Marina

Mary said...

That's so pretty, Cindy! I'm not sure there is a Dollar Tree near us, but I will definitely visit the online store. Are you feeling better yet? I hope so! Take care of yourself. :)
xoxo,
mary

Really Rainey said...

Hi Cindy! Great deal on the tray... Its beautiful! And thanks for guiding me to the Dollar Tree... We have one that just opened! I'm gonna check it out!
Really Rainey

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy
thanks for the inspiration. We don't have a dollar tree here but we do have a dollar store. Will have to check it out if they have any shells. I have a silver tray and will have to copy you. Please post more decorating things. I love it and it inspires me to do things that i would not normally do. Look forward to checking out your site every day.

dianne

Charlene said...

Love your shell tray! When i saw your tray I wondered if you saw my post from Thursday where the designers at Nell Hill's used silver trays as chargers on their table.

LOVE what you did. I am still wanting to go to Home Goods & look for the starfish you showed the other day (the one with the bumps) & that candle you put on your patio. Have a great week & keep that cool weather for us. We will be there soon. AND IT IS HOTTER THAN A FIRECRACKER HERE!

Lisa @ On Cloud Pink said...

Thanks for sharing. What a great idea! I gotta move on the summer decorating. Thanks for the push.

Toodles.

Kathi said...

Your tray is beautiful! Love the way the light dances around the room...
I just found a DollarTree near me.
It was fun to poke around and see what they had. All I bought was a wooden plaque to decoupage but I did see those shells. Being from Florida I have lots of shells!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Hey Cindy~very creative. How's that book coming? I know if I bug you long enough you will do it;)LOL!!

Sandra said...

I love it, Cindy! Your centerpiece looks soo pretty!
Thanks for sharing with us:)
Blessings,
Sandra

Lisa said...

Really great! Love it!
Hugs, Lisa

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Cindy,
What a lovely centerpiece for your coffee table or anywhere. What a great creative idea. who would know you could find shells at the $l store! I have some stored away
and haven't used them in quite awhile. You have just inspired me
to break them out and find a place to use them.
Hope it is cooler where you are than here. It feels like an oven when you walk out our door. Ugh!!
Summer is realllllllly here!!
No more morning sitting on the porch I imagine!! At least not till fall........ unless we get a lot of rain.
Have a great day hon,
Blessings, Nellie

Crystal said...

My daughter and I just love to go check out the Dollar Tree. You never know what you may find?
What an excellent centerpiece for your living room. I feel like I could just sit down and relax on your couch :)
Crystal

NicNacManiac said...

Oh my gosh...the ambiance is palpable. I am going out to get me some shells right now!! You are so inspirational and creative!! I love love love it...beautiful!
Thanks so much for sharing!!!
Enjoy the rest of your evening!
Hugs, Nerina :)

DeAnna said...

This is beautiful! I am on my way to the dollar tree tomorrow - woot woot!!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

OOOOhhhhh....I like that! Very pretty for the summer months. I have a dollar tree 5 mins from me! Yea!
~Patti

Arleen @ Seasons for All said...

Hi Cindy. Beautiful, as usual! Thank you for sharing these photographs with us. ~Arleen

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Cindy; What a beautiful summer center piece for you table. Love the lite candles and those shells are so pretty, I am going to pay our Dollar Tree a visit tomorrow, I sure hope they have some....

Hugs;
Alaura

Marie said...

Hello Cindy - love the shells and candles on that fabulous tray! So pretty.

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Wendy said...

I love your "candlescaping"... I took a bunch of shells that I picked up from Sanibel Island, FL (beautiful beaches) and have them on a cake plate with a candle and then also added them in a apothecary jar...I really love the look of shells in everything..I will have to check out the Dollar Store!!
Wendy

Willow said...

I love that idea. I need to get me a tray and some more seashells.

Willow

VINTAGE HOME lifestyle said...

Just beautiful...it is just so great what we can do with so little. You are just amazing. I hope we can get together some time soon.
Big Hugs...
Cathleen

desiree said...

Your home looks like it's in a quaint little coastal town. It looks great. I've never been to the dollar tree but will have to stop in....SOON!

Anonymous said...

Sometimes the Dollar Tree has the best things. My elderly mother likes fake flowers. I needed to spruce up what she had and wanted something that looked "reasonably" real. I went to Michaels and JoAnns and found nothing. (I don't know what's up with them.)

Anyway, as a last resort I went to the Dollar Tree and scored.

~elaine~

Blueberry Heart said...

Hello, I have read/admired your blog for such a long time! I LOVE these photos - so relaxing and pretty - fab!!
BH x

Beverly said...

Everything looks so nice. It makes me dream of the sound of lapping waves and the breeze on my face.

Kathleen Grace said...

Just lovely Cindy! I just picked up an new (old) coffee table. This would look so pretty on it:>)

Elenka said...

I just love the way you've arranged the candles!
It's perfect.

Coastal Sisters said...

How lovely! This looks beachy elegant!

LuLu~*xoxo

homespun1 said...

elegant,simple and inspiring! I have a dollar tree..was just there the other day.. however I did not see any shells but I did purchase some lovely soft fuufuu yarn and some other goodies. Love that place!!

Liz said...

Cindy your centerpieces would inspirer anyone to buy dollar stores items. You turn inexpensive items into beautiful centerpieces.

RobinfromCA said...

It looks beautiful! Too hot today - hoping that's not an indication of things to come. Went to Capitola where it was only 74º - perfect.

Robin

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Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Hi Cindy~
Oh, I love it! The candles on the tray are beautiful surrounded by the shells and starfish! And what a creative idea also to add moss! I should check out the Dollar Tree again~ the last time I was there was in the fall...I hope you're having a great week! :)

Tawney--A Chichi Life said...

What a perfect summer centerpiece!

Junkstylediva said...

You are so clever! I never thought of using a silver tray to display..well...anything! Love the shell idea!

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Anonymous said...

Loved the silver tray centerpiece, would love to have one like it. Can I ask you the dimensions of your tray? Love your ideas.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

It's 27" from handle to handle and 11.5" wide. I found it at a flea market, it was about $10 or $15.