My Chic Nautical Inspired Tablescape is a part of the Tablescape Challenge Blog Tour hosted by Katherine of Katherine’s Corner.
It was inspired by this brass and marble sailboat in conjunction with the waning summer season. When I met my hubby he was quite the home decorator and the brass and this sailboat is one of a few pieces from his original collection that we still have. Plus, coming off our beach themed anniversary celebration, shopping my home for inspiration was easy. There was plenty of navy and white fabric, and another sailboat waiting to grace my table.
For this table, I wanted to use pieces that were readily identified as traditional Nautica. However, I didn’t want it to be stuffy and look like a reject from Jaws.
Originally, my plan was to not cover the table. I decided against it because I wanted a lighter background, in color and feel. There’s nothing like having a white cloth or two in your linen stash. They are indispensable and I think I’m wearing this one out. I had two choices for an overlay; a navy gingham remnant and the striped one here that ultimately won out. To me, the striped fabric has more of a nautical vibe along with a cool and breezy feeling.
A Center Display for my Chic Nautical Inspired Tablescape
Once again I’m straddling the line between a centerpiece and a display here. Display seems more appropriate because there’s lots here and placing it in the center of the table did not work. When I have a “display” I move it to the back of the table where there’s room to roam.
I created height for the lantern and rope votives with this box covered in white paper and decorated with blue trim. Luckily, I didn’t toss it when I had a mind to last year. The blue lantern was 70% off at Michaels and only cost $7.80 plus tax. The white rope wrapped votives were on clearance at my grocery store, the same place the white pillar holders came from. You will see these pillar holders a lot during the holiday season.
The brass sailboat is usually in the living room so it was within easy reach. Hobby Lobby had an awesome clearance sale in June and that’s where the small wooden sailboat came from.
I figured the fairy godmother of tablescaping was with me when I found this lighthouse which is actually a bank at the thrift store for $1.00.
The starfish is thrifted also. When I was picking up pieces for our celebration in June I bought a pack of 5 blue starfish for $3.99. The rope knot came from there as well.
For reasons unbeknownst to me, I don’t have any dark blue chargers. What I forgot about until I took the pictures and edited them was that I have navy cloth placemats. That’ a sure sign that I need to organize my stash ASAP.
These white chargers worked well and along with the white dishes made the perfect backdrop for these gorgeous blue salad plates. You guessed it, another thrift store purchase. At .50 each I was not leaving without them.
At each place setting, I also incorporated coastal accents like the starfish and flip flops.
In keeping with the theme, the anchor napkins are fat quarters from Walmart and I do believe the dark blue cutlery came from Goodwill.
Cobalt tumblers added a punch of color and the baby blue goblets softened the setting for a perfect balance. I didn’t hear waves crashing against the shore, nor did I have to chase seagulls away but this chic nautical inspired tablescape was more than enough to bring a maritime feel into my dining room.
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