Monday, August 16, 2010

Island Dining

The children help set the table...
a work in progress for all of us...
Wine glasses are placed at either end...just for the adults, of course!
We gathered some of the shells from around the house and a few from the beach that morning...
and arranged them in a little boat as our centerpiece.
The shell wine bottle top is perfect for tonight (a gift from a friend!)
The farm table is from Victoria and Thomas, and the chairs are from Pottery Barn outlet.
The linen napkins were a housewarming gift from a friend, when we came to run/walk the Cooper River Bridge Run.  The plates are from Pottery Barn outlet and the flatware is Martha Stewart.
The oars, the seashells, cobalt blue glass, and even the 'crab' chair in the corner give a 'beachy' feel to this cottage.  When guest come, we want them to feel like they are at the beach!  The prints are from the Southeastern Wildlife Expo, which is held in Charleston.  The telescope was left by the previous owner!
The candles add a nice glow at dinner.
The lobster sign is from an antique store in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  It is one of my favorite things in the house.
My mom's hats are displayed in almost every room of this little cottage.  She loved big straw beach hats!  They are a sweet reminder of her and of fond memories at the beach!
This Gullah sweetgrass basket is another one of my favorites!  Weaving these baskets from the beautiful sweetgrass and pine straw is truly an art!  If you are visiting Charleston, stop by and see these talented artists.  The baskets were originally crafted for the practical purpose of collecting rice and cotton in plantation fields.  You have to shop around for the best price. 
After a day of sand and sea, the table is set, so we head out to buy our dinner!  First stop, the Farmer's Market for some fruits and vegetables.
Then, we head over to Raul's Seafood for some fresh shrimp.
A little bit of butter, garlic, white wine, a pound of shrimp, some fresh greens and a good recipe from one of these books, and I think it will be a wonderful evening!

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24 comments :

Shay said...

How beautiful! I love the beach feel of this. Where did you get the candleholders for the wine bottles? They are so unique. I look forward to reading your blog each day. Shay- from beautiful Upstate South Carolina.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG, do I love this dining room!
Your table and chairs are just gorgeous, and the whole feel of the room is perfect.
I love the nautical theme and it's such a classy looking room!
Cindy

Erin@likegrandmas said...

It's not nice to hate people, so I'll just be envious :) By the way, can we move in with you, lol?

Sailing Simply said...

I didn't realize until this morning you had a home at IOP. I am envious too! That is such a lovely beach and your beach home is gorgeous! I love your whole dining room! The kids did a wonderful job setting the table. Such fun! You have created a beautiful beach home your guests will not want to leave from.

Kathleen said...

Very lovely table and room. I love the part about your mom's hats. We live at the beach too, and I hope my little gkids will have memories like that too!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The children did such a fantastic job of setting the table. Your dining room is gorgeous. How wonderful to have a beach home. I love all of your shells and the shell wine stopped is so unique and beautiful. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Sarah said...

Beautiful table. Love those napkins! Your cottage is charming, especially the thought of your mom's hats scattered about.

Terrell said...

I love these pics!! Looks like an amazing time! The table looks stunning!! I'm glad you are enjoying the magnet...and thank you for the quick mention of FrouFrouDecor!
Hugs,
~Terrell @ FFD~

Christie said...

Shay in the upstate of SC! The candle holders in the wine bottles were from Wisteria! Thanks for your sweet comments!

It's me said...

I love these pictures.......looks all amazing.......wishing you a happy day love...Ria...

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Just beautiful! I'm lovin' your napkins!!! Also the candle holders are really neat-enjoy!

gina said...

Beautiful!! Everything looks so inviting and the shrimp sounds so yummy! Love those napkins and the lobster sign!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christie, I LOVE your style! Your dining room and your tablescape are both wonderful! Your son is a cutie too. laurie

Pieced Pastimes said...

Love this! Every little detail is just wonderful! My favorite item is the bottled candle holders, but then too the 'Lobster' sign is great too! TFS.

Bella said...

Christie, Thanks for checking me out and linking up to my NEW linky party Amaze me August, I love your lemonade stand along with the rest of blogland, lol. The farmers market and your little one are too cute, I love farmers markets! Thanks again!!!!

Denise said...

I love your dining room! Great job. :)

Andi said...

Hi Christie.

Thanks for leaving a lovely comment on my blog (patchandi.blogspot.com).

I would be happy to discuss making some quilts for you.

Please contact me via email so we can have a less public chat.
patchandi@gmail.com

Cheers,
Andi :-)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I see that your are bringing up your children well!The table they set is really so pretty! They did a wonderful job!!! And it is perfect for soaking in all the summer left in 2010!
Yvonne

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

What a great dinning room you have! I love the napkins and the Lobsters sign!

Entertaining Women said...

The natural light in your dining room is gorgeous. You have indeed captured the lovely feel of the beach for your guests. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Mimi said...

I love your beach inspired table...great centerpiece...cool candle holders.

Marlis said...

ooh fun. It just looks like a great day. I just ordered some of the bottle candle holders!! Your tablescape is perfect for the setting..

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MessyMissy said...

Hey, I have a sweetgrass basket almost exactly like that. Some relatives bought it for us in SC. It's gorgeous!! Love the touch of blue on the table and the lobster sign with starfish.

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