Thursday, April 23, 2015

Under the Sea Tablescape



Sometimes a pretty table is all about the centerpiece. That is certainly the case with this colorful, sea-inspired table that is really strong on the Wow factor.
It came about thanks to a much deserved bit of retail therapy that I took at Pier One. It was one expensive trip I can tell you,, but I reasoned that it was cheaper than a therapist, and much cheaper than a criminal defense attorney.

Not a turquoise fan in the past, these days I find I am drawn to it like a moth to a flame. I have found it to be very versatile in that it pairs nicely with a lot of colors.


I spotted the fish from across the store and had to have it.

I had no idea at the time where I would put it, and really no concept (in that big, well-stocked store) of just how big it was, so was a bit shocked when I got it home.


It works though, and I love it. I expect that this guy is going to look great with a Luminara® candle inside.
I also loved the turquoise and green versions of my favorite placemats that I probably use more than any others (you can see them here and here).
Naturally, I had to get matching napkins (these were on sale, thank goodness).
When I spotted the stemware, well, I had to have that, too, but demonstrated extreme restraint, I thought, when I didn't buy the matching pitcher.

The rest of the table came about from what I already had in stock (from previous trips to Pier One!). These starfish candle holders I bought last year and used them here and here.

I wanted to kick off the spring and summer seasons with a bang, and think I managed to pull that off here. Hope you enjoy it.

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16 comments:

Linda said...

My very favorite color - it's beautiful. I think you should go back and get the pitcher to go with the glasses. ;) I have some depression glass called ultramarine that would look great on your table.

Marigene said...

Beautiful! Aqua is my favorite color for tablescapes (no idea why), but even more so when green is also added.
That is large piece, but looks right at home in the center of your table.
The starfish plates are really nice.
I think it's time I pulled out some aqua...

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Je pense que tout comme vous, je n'aurais pas résisté à la vue de magnifique poisson !...
J'aime beaucoup l'allure qu'il a sur la belle table que vous nous montrez. A lui tout seul, il apporte un air de fête...
Très jolies photos... et des couleurs tellement vivifiantes !

Gros bisous ☼

Valerie Roberts said...

Seeing the expression on the face of this adorable fish, made me smile. What a lovely table. Your dishes are so pretty.

Candy S said...

This is just gorgeous!! You cannot imagine my delight when I saw your tablescape posted at Tablescape Thursday. I absolutely adore aqua and teal used in any tablescape and this lovely sea theme tablescape is no exception. I am adoring the "Big" fish in your centerpiece and everything else from the placemats to the water goblets. I have been thinking of creating a seascape tablescape too and you have inspired me to get busy and get it done. Your newest follower..... Candy

Brittanie Pyper said...

Love love love this! My home decor colors are turquoise, orange, white, and grey. I was immediately drawn to this page once I saw the image from the Weekend Retreat linky party. So pretty!

Elaine Cariglio said...

I don't even go into Pier 1 unless I know I can buy one thing!I love everything in that store and always want it all! I love the fish! Bravo for buying it. I probably would have talked myself out of it. lol I do that alot! I too love the sea colors! Great job at setting a table I want to spend hours sitting at with you!

thepaintedapron.com said...

That fish would have swum home with me too Pattie, it is just fabulous! I have those mats in a red version, but I sure love your blue and green ones. Turquoise is my very favorite color, it amazes me how versatile it is! Great summer table, I love it all!
Jenna

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Gorgeous!!! Everything is so pretty. The colors are my favorite! I know you will enjoy your splurge for a long time.

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Wow! What a delightful table! I absolutely adore the colors in your tablesetting:) The Starfish plates and aqua glasses work so prettily with your theme. The fish centerpiece makes a beautiful focal point on your table...love the pretty mats!Thanks for setting such a lovely tablescape for us. Happy weekend! Hugs, Poppy

Doreen@househoneys said...

You're spot on that a centerpiece can make or break a tablescape. This fish is large enough to make a statement, but not so large that it looks out of place or that it would interfere with conversation.

Pier I is a visual feast for the eyes. When it comes to things like napkins and placemats, they have it all over Homegoods, or most stores for that matter.

Very creative tablescape Pattie, and thanks so much for visiting!

Pam Lauren said...

Love it! I love turquoise and beach theme stuff! This is perfect! I think I need to take a trip to Pier One!

Rosie M. said...

You've absolutely "hit it outta the park!" with this spring/summer table!! Congrats on your new centerpiece! He looks very comfortable there and is sure to put a smile on anyone's face joining the table. Your colors are fantastic (love those starfish plates!) Wonderful...... Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

Sandra Lee said...

I've had those moments also when retail therapy was the best option!! Your table is whimsical and beautiful. Pier 1 owes you big time!!!

Christine Graves said...

Such a cute table and I love that fish! I too usually am not a fan of aqua but lately it really seems to be growing on me.

You did a beautiful table!

Carolyn said...

Beautiful tablescape. I'd love for you to join my creative party. I've been hosting it for 4 years and love to feature pretty things. http://www.carolynshomework.com/2015/05/the-inspiration-board-creative-party.html