cloche seashell tablescape

Today we are sharing a late summer table scape straddling the end of summer and also looking forward towards the quickly approaching Fall season. Summer is winding down in late August so this table includes summer vibes set outdoors with seashells, but also includes some small nods towards Fall which is fast approaching with moody copper accents and woodsy details.

Linens draped on the outdoor table immediately adds an air of coziness rather than leaving the wrought iron bare, which is the usual summer mode. The bottom old lace tablecloth from my parents’ estate gives that vintage, well worn appeal, which is layered with a new striped linen French tablecloth giving a fresh farmhouse vibe, combining the new and old looks we enjoy.

We always use the copper chargers on our Thanksgiving tables which you can peruse here{rustic Thanksgiving tablescape} and here{Thanksgiving tablescape with mixed metals} and here{Thanksgiving tablescape 2015}. To compliment the copper chargers the copper mugs were added, which can be used for a cool drink or warm beverages depending on the temps and mood.

We scored the etched copper mugs earlier this year while thrifting {why you should always thrift shop while on the road}. I did not necessarily need copper mugs nor did I actual want copper mugs BUT, etching.gets.me.every.time. I am obsessed with the emblem delicately etched on the side of the mugs.

After the copper charger, the plate stack includes a white with black trim bistro plate from Williams-Sonoma for the dinner plate and warm gray accent plates from Wonki Ware, which come in assorted patterns. You can read all about this beautiful dinnerware here{my latest dish obsession}. I love these dishes since they have a great rustic feel which lends itself for an outdoor gathering but yet can be used on a refined table, depending on how you dress the table up or down.

The plate stack is topped with individual mini cloches stuffed with seashells which is the grounding summertime detail of the table. This is accented and complimented with the centerpiece of seashells piled high in a large cloche to once again reinforce and compliment the individual mini cloches.

To counteract the summer seashell vibe, horn-handled flatware and wood bark napkin rings are added for the summer | fall juxtaposition. I wasn’t sure how all the different elements were going to work together while the table was developing, but everything seemed to marry well together.

Seashell votives sprinkled around the table add ambiance and warmth, continuing the seashell theme. Although I am not a matchy-matchy gal with all my tabletop, always preferring to mix and match, I do like to have continuity and flow to the theme and mood of a table. Does that make sense?

The temps are still pretty high here in Northern California, which is not unusual, but I am really in a Fall mood this year. Usually the hot weather keeps me clinging onto summertime, but for whatever reason not this year? I have started shifting some decor with Autumnal inspiration, but I have not brought the Fall bins down from the attic yet. I will get to that in the next week or so.

I think the last couple of years, with the Covid situation, I have become a nester more than ever. I have always been somewhat of a homebody, but I care to go out less and less nowadays preferring to stay home and enjoy tables like this with family and close friends. Our world affairs are not ideal at the moment and I prefer to stay close to home with the ones I love the most.

In other news, do you spy the new fence in the background? I introduced it here{vegetable garden mid-summer update}. I will have all the details on how the Masterpiece guys built it back at the beginning of the summer. I love the updated look it has given the veggie garden and backyard.

“Embrace the seasons and cycles of your life. There is magic in change.”

Bronnie Ware

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2 Comments

  1. What a pretty table with all of your textures and subtle colors. I love the cloches filled with shells. I think a seaside table is perfect any time of year – I am always yearning for the sun and surf.

    1. Thanks Jackie. And yes a seaside table is perfect any time of year. Not living on the coast it always feels like a luxury two me but I hope to someday reside near a coast where I can make this a regular occurrence. 🙂. Have a wonderful day. XO- MaryJo

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