Coastal Inspired Tablescape

We’re excited to share our Coastal Inspired Tablescape today as part of the Summer Festival Blog Hop hosted by the always sweet Kendra of Joy in Our Home featuring 25 talented and creative bloggers!

If you’re new to The Crowned Goat or visiting from the fantastic Kristi of Making It in the Mountains, welcome, we’re so glad you’re here!

We live on a tiny island in Florida and eating outside is one of our favorite summertime activities.

Most of the time we’re dodging afternoon thunderstorms and sweltering heat, especially in July and August.

Occasionally though, the coastal winds keep the storms over the water and we get to enjoy the back part of our property for a relaxing dinner, movie night, or to hang out by the firepit.

We have big dreams to expand this entire area and I can’t wait to see how things come together.

Beach Inspired Tablescape-The Crowned Goat

My family has lived in Florida for six generations now and collecting shells or sea glass always feels like a summer rite of passage.

Some of these shells were gifts, some of them we found washed up after hurricanes, and some of them we found on the west coast of Florida which has the prettiest blue water.

Coastal Inspired Tablescape Using Shells as a Centerpiece-The Crowned Goat

Although I’m probably more of a farm girl at heart, it’s always fun to pull out our baskets of shells each summer season and decorate a coastal-inspired tablescape with them.

Coastal Inspired Tablescape with Shells and Crepe Myrtles-The Crowned Goat

We made this farmhouse table with the boards our carpenter had left over after he finished building the mantel, moldings, and trims for our home.

It’s hard to see in this photo because of the table runner but the center board bears all the cuts the carpenter made over the months he was out here working on the property.

It’s definitely one of our favorite pieces and we use this table as much as possible.

Coastal Summer Tablescape Ideas-The Crowned Goat

The paint is starting to get really chippy because it’s been weathered by so many different tropical storms and hurricanes.

It’s crazy heavy and it melts my heart every time we return home and see it still standing, secured in place.

We like to keep it pretty low-key and relaxing out here, especially, when creating coastal-inspired tablescapes like this one.

Most of the chargers, dishes, and linens were all thrifted finds.

Coastal Inspired Tablescape with Starfish Place Settings-The Crowned Goat

That way if someone breaks something on accident, it’s not a big deal.

Starfish Place Settings on Coastal Inspired Tablescape-The Crowned Goat

I also try to keep the centerpieces super simple using flowers from the grocery store or farmer’s market.

Having plants in container gardens is great because you can add color with plants from the nursery or the garden center too.

Our crepe myrtle tree has just started to bloom so it was fun to be able to include them in this post.

I would love to have an heirloom flower-cutting garden out here.

We haven’t figured out how to nourish the plants on my “flower dream list” given the sandy soil, the coastal winds, and the salty marsh air just yet.

I’m hopeful we’ll find a way though.

In the meantime, I’m happy to enjoy the memory garden we created in honor of our sweet pups that have crossed over the rainbow bridge.

We use this old work table for so many things from a makeshift potting bench, to a craft table, to a drink station and a serving buffet too.

Container Gardens and Outdoor Dining Buffet-The Crowned Goat

It was either $20 or $25 and at the time and I had NO IDEA how I was going to get it home.

But I knew it was worth taking a chance on.

Some deals like that are just too good to pass up, you know?

Outdoor Container Gardens on the Back Patio-The Crowned Goat

Living on this tiny island is definitely a blessing.

We’ve intentionally left 2 of our acres completely undeveloped to create a habitat for as many animals as possible.

It’s not uncommon to see shore birds heading off to their feeding grounds at dawn and dusk, scrub birds chirping throughout the day, gopher turtles roaming the property, and marsh bunnies hopping through the grass nearly every day.

It makes me appreciate how we’re all connected in big and small ways.

From the gifts of the sea to the habitats we’ve left intact and all the friends and family that have had a chance to enjoy simple moments gathered around a coastal-inspired tablescape like this one – we all have something important to offer.

Creating a Summer Inspired Coastal Tablescape-The Crowned Goat

As always, we appreciate you spending time with us today!

Up next on the Summer Festival Blog hop, Vicki & Kristen of Timeless Creations once you’re finished there be sure to check out what the rest of these fabulous ladies are sharing …

Quick and Easy Summer Vignette Ideas

Joy In Our Home | The Painted Hinge | Honey n Hydrangea

My Creative Days | Follow The Yellow Brick Home

Summer Front Porch Decor

County Road 407 | Chatfield Court | Starfish Cottage

Noting Grace | Sanctuary Home Decor

Sweet Treats

Live Laugh Rowe | Love In My Oven | The Sugar Coated Cottage

Countryside Cravings | Chocolate With Grace

Summer Inspired Tablescapes

Hood Creek Log Cabin | Making It In The Mountains | The Crowned Goat

Timeless Creations | 2 Bees in a Pod

Coastal Inspired Mantels

DIY Beautify | White Arrows HomeRepurpose and Upcycle

Lantern Lane Designs | The Latina Next Door

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Oh, to be in this backyard – sharing a meal, a cocktail and a million laughs! Your tablescape is just beautiful and reminds us of the days that we lived in Florida. Love the table, shells and more importantly the stories and details that go with each piece and memory. Much love.

    1. Doesn’t that sound like a dream, ladies! Oh my gosh, we could have so much fun. Thankfully this property is well gated so I can keep you both here as long as I want – winning! Love and lots of hugs to you, CoCo

  2. I love the coastal touches! Makes it feel like summer right away! Beautiful tablescape!

    1. Thanks so much, Lindsay! I hope you and your family are having the best time this summer. Hugs, CoCo

  3. It’s just gorgeous and that’s all there is to it! Well, there’s a lot more I could say, but where to start??? I love coastal inspired decor for summer. I am headed to the beach in TWO DAYS!! I would love for you to come over and link up this post at Thursday Favorite Things, I would like to feature some coastal inspiration next week. The party is live now through Sat. at midnight EST.

    I hope you enjoy the rest of summer!

    1. There is nothing like being at the beach during the summer, Amber, I’m so excited you’re getting away. Thanks so much for all of your sweet and kind comments. I’m glad to finally be back in town so I can link up again. The cabin is always fun but wow, the internet connection is all but prehistoric ha ha. Hugs and heading over now, CoCo

  4. What a beautiful setting, so peaceful and serene! I LOVE the way you scattered that collection of shells down the center – so simple, yet so lovely!

  5. This tablescape is right out of my daydreams, I think sea shells are one of the prettiest ways to decorate. I liked your story about the picnic table always being there when you return as if its welcoming you home 😉 . Take care.

  6. I love your table, CoCo, your yard, and memorial garden for Tally! I’m sort of exclaiming here because its all so perfect to me. I didn’t know you lived on an island. It brings out the Pippi Longstocking in me!! I especially love the table you made from the carpenter’s leftovers. And your extra table used for this and that…sometimes those are the best finds. I have an old table that a farmer had in his barn on which he did many building projects. If we could listen to the stories…

    Off to see more in this little party!

    Jane x

  7. Beautiful!! I love how so many people brought their summer inspirations outside! I pretty much love everything about this space 🙂 Great job!

  8. This is so pretty. I want to get a group of friends together for an outside dinner party now.

  9. This is so adorable! I love everything I see. The sign, the tablescape, the yard, the lights, everything! It makes me forget about the sweltering heat here too!

  10. Your Summer table is so pretty! I love all of the seashells! Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things – I’m featuring you this week! Angelina @ Petite Haus.

  11. What a great coastal tablescape. You have included all kinds of elements that I like to use to get that coastal style, particularly in the summertime. I will be looking forward to see what you do with your space. I don’t have that kind of space for a backyard, but this year we will be adding on a big screened porch and I will finally be able to do some Florida gardening!

  12. Hi!!
    I LOVE this, CoCo!!! I guess I didn’t realize that you live on an island with so much property…how completely amazing!!! Florida is a special place…the beaches are just gorgeous. I’ve spent many weeks over the years near St. Petersburg where my husband’s uncle lives. I have bags of shells and sand dollars that I’ve collected off the beaches and brought home with me. I actually was inspired by Common Ground the other day and I got them out and started playing around with them in a vignette. I love how all of your shells are draped all the way across the table….it’s just so pretty! Thanks for sharing…love this one. Pinned! Hope you have a lovely day!

    1. Thank you so much for all your sweet words, Rachel, I really appreciate it. Most of the time, it’s like a little slice of heaven to live on the island. I love that you guys have visited St. Pete so often. It’s beautiful down there and the people are always so friendly too. Debra from Common Ground inspires me with her vignettes all the time. I keep telling her if she ever does a vignette class to sign me up because she knows just the right things to put together to make it look classic and timeless. She’s the best! I hope your week has been a special one, CoCo

  13. What a gorgeous and relaxing place – and table – CoCo! Thanks so much for the moment of beauty and the reminder to slow down and enjoy. 💛

    1. You are so welcome, Barbara! I’ve been constantly trying to remind myself over and over again how important it is to be intentional with each and every day. Hope your summer season has been filled with all good things, CoCo

  14. $25! That is a PHENOMENAL deal! Your table looks stunning 🤩 and I love all the shells down the center. The island you live on seems like a magical place- akin to Narnia. Thank you for the inspiration. Hugs, Anna

  15. Amazing an inviting table scape, Love your stories also! So many many great décor ideas thank you.

  16. Such a lovely table Coco. A coastal setting is perfect for summer. Your island home is wonderful. I cannot wait to see what you do with the remaining two acres. I am happy to feature your coastal table at Love Your Creativity. xo

  17. I always enjoy your posts so much CoCo. I recall as a little girl my family would go to Florida every other year and I remember walking the shores collecting shells and sea glass, that was always a treat to find for me. I wish I had those items now… you always create such beautiful tablescapes with your finds. I hope you get that fenced in area for Piper, our pup is loving life these days, although, he does find he wants to go out at all times day, or night, so sleep has been lost to his new found freedom.

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