Beach Cottage Nautical Coastal Christmas Tablescape
Thu 15th, Dec, 2011
Well it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas in this old cottage…it’s feeling like Christmas’s past to me too with the cool weather we are having here in Sydney…
So, this is a little tablescaping I did for friends who came over for a Christmas tipple and a turkey recently
We had a lot of food happening so I kept it really simple on the table, plus I wanted to use a wreath in the middle for some greenery…ladies there sure was a big old load of white going on in there…it needed some Nordic ;-)
So I used an artificial wreath that I have had for years…(I have to say one can never have enough wreaths in their Christmas life can they? ahem Mr Beach Cottage was helping with the Christmas lights the other day and counted from the Christmas box no less than seven wreaths….the eyebrows raised and the muttering started, have to say I did chuckle to myself ‘cos he hadn’t included the one on the deck, the one on the bed and the one on here already…no of course I didn’t make him any the wiser).
But, this wasn’t looking quite beach decor to me…
So I slipped the nautical looking lantern in the middle….one can pretty much always rely on a good old lantern for a bit of coastal style… this one is even better because it’s very much good on the old pocket too, coming, as it does, from my very trusty lil Nordic boutique, IKEA.
There was though, a problem…the weren’t enough bling in there baby (pls. no grammar emails just go with me here, I am having a moment)
and so I stuffed in a big old mix
Christmas baubles in silver and white..for sparkles
Christmas lights in icy blue stars…for twinkling
Christmas Beach with shells & starfish…for coastal Christmas
I also used red and white stripe on the table…these table mats were given to me by a friend, though weren’t intended for Christmas, she knew I loved me some nautical stripe, said she found these in a local boutique and immediately thought of me…
…and yeah I lurve them…just right to add some Christmas red to this old place…almost say a little bit Hamptons to me too…do you think??? All I need now is the man from the Ralph Lauren advert sitting at this table offering to serve my drink and I, my friends, would be very much sorted.
You know I couldn’t do a table without throwing a sphere in (and please note bokeh lovers Christmas bokeh in the background ;-) )
I always love to have some loose baubles on the table…one of my guests picked up this and said
‘Oh you forgot to put this on the tree’
Yes this particular guest was male, yes I put pepper in his beer and gave him a tiny helping of turkey with no skin.
I shoved those French cafe chairs, the unpainted ones on the end of the table, for no other reason than I totally, amazingly, whole-heartedly love those beauties, and I wanted to sit and gaze at them all night.
I saw the same guest eyeing my chairs (and the ladder for that matter) very very suspiciously…he who lives in a minimalist house with marble counters…but I just have him a broomstick look, and after the way the bauble comment went down he just touched one of my French cafes and said
I said yeah, gosh, they cost me a fortune in the antique shop…we’ll keep the little thrifting secret just between you and me ;-)
And so lovely Beach Cottage ladies, this Thursday on the beaches, that is very much it from me…What will be on your Christmas tables this year then? Love to know?
Don’t forget to enter the Beach Cottage Coastal Giveaway for a special Christmas treat to help you with your baking and stop by tomorrow, I have a fashion post…Iam on my way to Kuala Lumpur to the red carpet blogging event…and I’m gonna show you my outfits…
Nautical Cottage Stripe, Driftwood Wreath, Starfish Sparkles…just a Beach Cottage Coastal Christmas Bedroom