Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tablescape Thursday

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I'm joining in on Susan's (Between Naps on the Porch) Tablescape Thursday today.

I bought these large shell bowls at Move it Elsewhere last weekend. I got 10 of them for $15. Only $1.50 each...you can't beat that!
I know many of you are decorating for Fall now but I just can't get into that yet because it just doesn't feel like Autumn here in Northern California until about mid-October or later!
When I saw these bowls I fell in love with them and thought they would be perfect for my Shrimp Louie Salads that I love to make (and eat). Remember those? If not, click here. I had so much fun putting this table setting together! I used my little blue and white bone dishes. I thought those would be perfect for lemon wedges. I also put my glass fish plates under the shell bowl since they went well with the beachy theme. I used large napkins as placemats to add some color. I would have preferred to have some light blue dinner plates instead of the white ones but I don't have any...and I really don't have room to store any more dishes! Unfortunately!!!
When I first picked up one of these bowls it was a HUGE letdown! I thought they were glass or ceramic and they are melamine! I almost didn't buy them but I figured if they look like glass then why not! I'm glad I did now!
When I came home from buying these I got on the computer to see if I could find some on the Internet to get an idea how much they sell for. I found out they are sold through restaurant supply companies and they come in different sizes. I may buy some smaller ones to hold the Shrimp Louie dressing! If you are interested, click here to see one place that sells them, but there are many more...just do a google search on "shell bowls".

Oh, I almost forgot...did you notice I moved my dining room table around?

Stop by Susan's blog to see more Tablescapes!


Note: the pictures on my right sidebar can now be enlarged. I had a couple people ask me if I would do that so I put a link on those photos so when you click on them it takes you to that photo in Flickr.


53 comments:

Elsie said...

WOW!! Cindy,that is beautiful. You
did good on your bowls and you always make everything look so
nice and pretty,so what we eating.
Gotta be something good. One of your good receipes? :)

Lou Cinda said...

I'm first!! I love this and cannot believe you got 10 of those shell bowls for $15.00! That is a STEAL!! It is all so lovely!!

I did notice the table! LOVE IT!

Have a great day!

Lou Cinda

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage said...

Beautiful...when's dinner?

Sandi said...

Absolutely lovely tablescape Cindy! Thanks for sharing.
Blessings~

http://joymariesboutique.blogspot.com/ said...

Totally Love Your Blog!! The table is set so beautifully.

Jessica
http://joymariesboutique.blogspot.com/

ceekay said...

Cindy, those shell bowls are perfect for you! Your tablescape is lovely!! It is hard to get in Fall mode when it is still hot...I know, we are still over 100 here too. Happy TT!

Esther Sunday said...

Makes me hungry for clam chowder.



Love it!

Dining Delight said...

Those bowls are fantastic and you are right, if you didn't notice they were melamine at first then why not get them! From the pics, I would never have known. Your centerpiece with the seagull and starfish is perfect. Your home is so lovely and I have long-time admired all you have done while just being a renter!

DD

Carolyn said...

I love your new dishes = you have made a perfect tablescape with them.
Carolyn

Kim said...

That is just stunning. It looks like a table from a celebrity wedding. Watch out Colin Crowie! :)

my cup of tea said...

That is so beautiful! I have been trying to collect some fun/pretty beach items for a beach theme tea~party I would like to throw for my friends. Thank you for the inspiration!
Donna

Sedona @ MyDivineDelights said...

Nice!! Right up my alley too! The candlelight gives everything a special glow, and I love all the white!! :)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Cindy..I smiled when I read your comment with your post. I am in Southern California and for the life of me, hot as it is and has been and will be for awhile yet...I am done with summer! DONE! I even went out yesterday and bought some beautiful Mums!

Your post is gorgeous! Fantastic!
I need to pick up more dishes...I think. More garage sales? :)

The white shells...so very, very pretty! White is always so breathtaking!
What a deal on those shell dishes!! Great find and such a beautiful tablescape!
Mona

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Beautiful tablescape. I love it!!! And you are right about fall in California. We don't get it until almost Halloween if at all. Here in SoCal where I love it's suppose to go up to 108 degrees by next week. Yikes!!! I love the shell bowls & your summery tablescape. I was going to do a summer tablescape, but procrastinated.

Glenda said...

Those bowls are fantastic. You could even use one in your bathroom to hold towels or soaps, etc.....

Move it Elsewhere can become and addiction.



CIao

Charlene said...

I love your tablescape for today! And the shell bowls are wonderful. I bought a big one shaped like that for salads & such. I almost didn't buy it becuase that shape is hard to store in the cabinets. But, like you... So Glad I Bought It. And I do love your starfish & other Ocean pretties (yes, I see that Conch Shell on the sideboard loving it too). Earlier today I did a post about my Ocean Themed stuff & how I need to put it away for Fall. Since we have had the rain & cooler temps Texas feels more like Fall now than it ususally does this time of year. So I know what you mean about hating to put away the Ocean Treasures. Have a great weekend.

Martha said...

love the tone on tone.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your home is so lovely and your tablescape is just stunning. I love it. The shell bowls are beautiful and they do look like glass. I would never have known. I love the pretty centerpiece also and the addition of the starfish is really gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

A stunning room--what a setting. Everything ties so well together. Very beautiful--takes my breath away!! I see it and say ahhhhhh. As far as the melamine ...I have seen a lot of pretty dishes on Ebay made of this...I am a bit leary to eat off of them...I keep wondering about safety issues. When I looked up what they are made of it has some pretty bad ingredients. BUT then again perhaps the combination makes them safe.

Lynn said...

Cindy, Three words: Romantic, elegant, stunning. Thank you for sharing.

Kathleen Grace said...

What CUTE bowls Cindy! I would want the little ones too. You inspired me with this post. I'm cleaning all the sewing junk off the dining room table and when my husband gets home tonight he will find a pretty table set!

Karin said...

Those shell bowls are magnificent! They sure look like porcelain!
I like Glenda's idea about using one for non-food items.

LillyB said...

Very beautiful tablescape!!! The bowls are awesome...I am with you on running out of space to store dishes!!

Lacy said...

We just came back from the oregon coast. Your pictures made me miss it!

Jeannine said...

I always love your stuff. Wish I could go to That Shop when it is open. I don't think Husband would go for that.
Your shell bowls are the best and they look like china to me! Great find and your tablescape is so cool and inviting. We're back up to 100 degrees here this weekend.

S and O said...

Wowee I am so in love with your dinning area!! It looks like something right out of a magazine! :)
Those bowls are really neat and I like the way you organized everything, it looks STUNNING!

Olivia

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is gorgeous! Love those big shell bowls, they sure look like glass!

Katherine

Diva Dee said...

Cindy, the pictures of your home are just breathtakingly beautiful!Love everything!!!

I wanted to say thanks so much for taking the time to come and see my blog and make a comment, it really made me feel blessed!
Dee

Junkstylediva said...

Stunning! You really should look into interior design, staging or something along those lines. Your so talented! Inge

Debbie said...

This is one of the prettiest table settings I think I have seen. AMAZING

tales from an oc cottage said...

Those shell dishes are THE coolest thing ever! EVER! GOR-geous table too!
(great lighting!! I can never get good indoor light! Love it!)

m ^..^

pam said...

I am lusting for your dining set! For months I have spent all my spare time seaching craigslist to find a good deal on a set like yours.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Pam, don't give up! It took me over a year of looking to find mine! I found it at the Salvation Army for $175! I had to paint it though!

pogonip @ meadowsweet cottage said...

I'm now on Move It Elsewhere's email list, thanks to you.

I'm sure one of their sales will coincide with a family visit in the Bay Area...or maybe it's the family visit that will coincide with their sale, lol!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Cindy,
Your table is just gorgeous! The soft colors with the touch of blue. I love the shell bowls and they do look ceramic! Just Gorgeous!!! Cindy

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Cindy~ ~I never tire of looking at your home. I love all the creams and whites everywhere. It is the house I dream of, mostly white with touches of color.
Oh well, for now I am working with what I have and I am grateful for that for it is beautiful in it's own way.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Lynn said...

Absolutely beautiful, and I think your new bowls are perfect, what a great deal :)

Gail Griner Golden said...

Cindy - I LOVE your home and your website. One of my favorites.

Cathrines Kreative Hjørne said...

How lucky you are - those shell bowls were just wonderful - and what a bargin! Nothing ss (= feels) better to get something for nearly nothing, and then be able to set such a adorable table with it! I love the fabric on your dining chairs, but then again I'm a Toile-girl myself, you know! Have a lovely weekend, and do not hurry to set an autumn table, because the season gets there fast enough! We face the autumn already, and, as my husband say: "Soon it's Christmas"! - A little bit to go before that, I say! Hugs Cathrine in Norway

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

This looks very stunning... I like the centerpiece and the white bowls.

Blondie's Journal said...

The table looks stunning, Cindy!! You made a wise choice getting the dishes~they look gorgeous. I absolutely love the pale blue toile tablecloth.

Perfectly lovely table. Beautiful tablescaping!!

xoxo
Jane

Joy said...

Beautiful! I love all the white china and the loves shells and starfish.

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Cindy,

What an absolutely lovely tablescape Cindy! Like you, I am just not ready for fall decorating and am still doing the beach thing down here in Central Florida. I love your centerpiece, where did you get it or how did you make it?

Thanks for sharing!

~Tracy

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Lovely tablescape! I was kindly led to your blog by Shari of My Cottage Bliss...seems I need a LOT of help in the furniture painting department, and she linked to your tutorial. This is going to help me more than you know.
Beautiful blog, have a wonderful weekend!
Anne

Carolee said...

I love your tablescape!!! You do such beautiful things with white. I think I'm hungry for the Shrimp Louie salad too. :-)

AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I adore your beachy look. I feel the same, I live in Southern California and I am just not ready to let the summer go. I love your blog, you do such a beautiful job. I am a new blogger and I did my first blog a few days ago,I would love for you to stop by and see my seascape. I am a new follower of yours, you have the best pictures.....

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Cindy,
I'm so with you...just not ready for fall...still nice and warm here in GA. :-) Your dining room is always such a beautiful spot...and even more beautiful with this beachy tablescape. I love your shell bowls (what a great price!)and your centerpiece is wonderful! The touch of color from the blue napkins as placemats, is perfect! Enjoyed this tablescape...so glad you shared it for TT! :-) Susan

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

What a way to remember the sea. Love those shell bowls! :-)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is so beautiful -- I must say, I always sigh with delight whenever I visit your home! Just breath taking.

chez sheri said...

Simply lovely. Every time I see your blog I just stare at screen and go "ooooh" and "ahhhh" and "I want, I want, I WANT!!!"

This setting is especially uplifting and wonderful. I can't thank you enough for creating and sharing such sparkling, warm and wonderful scenes. I'm so grateful I found your blog.

chez sheri

Sarah said...

This is a lovely serene setting. I can see why you fell for those shell bowls. You have some wonderful detail on this table. Love the little side salad dishes. Thanks for sharing. Sorry I'm late arriving. It's been one of those weeks. ~ Sarah

Jane said...

Hi Cindy!
I'm with you...not ready for fall. The temps here have been in the 90s with no relief in sight.
Your table is gorgeous! I cannot believe those shell bowls were such a bargain. I would LOVE to find some of those. They're beautiful...and just right for a salad.
Thanks for sharing your lovely table.
Jane (Artfully Graced)

country cottage said...

Beautiful tablescape. The bowls are very nice

Cathy