Beach Cottage Decorating with White
Wed 13th, Mar, 2013
Hello sweet Beach Cottaegers, come on in today for some beach cottage coastal vintage style – if you like white, vintage, flowers, shells and strawberries, well you are in the right place.
This is a simple little tablescape I did recently as Summer ended and the last of the local strawberries came in (I am assuming they were the last but if the strawberry plants in my garden and the hot weather we are experiencing in Sydney is anything to go by they may not be).
A few friends, easy food (I mean the hardest part was the opening of packets) and a glut of strawberries….
I didn’t have much time on my hands, through really I don’t think that matters, everything you see here on this blog has to be easy and do-able – the real deal, I think we’ve ascertained that by now – you won’t be finding napkins that cost more than the week’s grocery shopping in this next of the woods.
I am sure, too, that you have ascertained by now that one is having a little fling with Mason / jam Jars – yep one is loving them in any size, shape, colour or form at the moment – they made an appearance on this here beachy publishing house last week and here again today pop up their little heads.
Here used super simply, tied with vintage ribbon and filled with casually put together white flowers…
A white flower is my basic go-to flower, special occasion or every day – we all have our little fallback things in life do we not, mine is the foofing around with white flowers.
And a few shells in the form of napkin rings add the hint of the nautical alongside the rustic wood for the laid-back coastal vintage style that I love…
Someone I used to know once told me that you can serve whatever you like to guests (and she did especially Marks & Spencer ready meals) as long as it was followed with something that tastes like a treat – strawberries, on this occasion, dredged in icing sugar & ladled with oodles of extra thick double cream did the trick on that front…
To be frank, my shopping list for things for the table is pretty short and sweet – a bunch of drugstore flowers on the way home from the school run and things I can find in the house…the world does not need another tablescape with items that require one to go out into the depths of Outer-Mongolia to source a vintage vase….
I like to combine white on white textures, with the odd pop of colour, a few coastal things and the odd bit of substance to make it err on the side of rustic with a nautical twist.
I am lucky to have lots of white bits and bobs now to use for tablescaping and vignettes (have you seen that ‘vignetting’ is suddenly all the trend? I didn’t like to say that in this little part of the web we’ve all been doing it for years)…all of it has been slowly gathered for pennies, thrifted with love and once you start to collect it everything just seems to fit together quite easily…
Just how I like it.
I hope you enjoyed Strawberries and Cream Beach Cottage style, now please can somebody pass the Limoncello.
I will see you girls tomorrow, I have something quite interesting for you…
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