Today, we’re excited to share our Coastal Inspired Tablescape 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 currently have big dreams to expand this entire area and I can’t wait to see how things come together. I lobbied hard for a yard full of goats, but that just seemed to slow our plans way down ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
That way if someone breaks something on accident, it’s not a big deal.
Our property has really sandy soil, so we try to supplement centerpiece arrangements with plants we pick up at the plant nursery or the farmers market.
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 salty marsh air just yet.
In the meantime, I’m happy to enjoy the memory garden we created when we lost our sweet little Tally last year.
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.
It was either $20 or $25 at the time and I had NO IDEA how I was going to get it home, but I knew it was worth taking the chance on. Some deals like that are just too good to pass up, you know what I mean? Thankfully, I was rescued by a truck we’ve dubbed, The Cherry Bomb ha ha.
Living on this tiny island is definitely a blessing. We’ve intentionally left 2 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 which are endangered in Florida roaming the property at leisure and marsh bunnies hopping through the grass nearly every day.
It makes me appreciate how we’re all connected in ways that seem big and small. 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.
Thanks so much for spending time with us today, we’re glad you’re here! You can take a peek at how we used these same shells in another coastal inspired tablescape in this post.
Make sure to check out Vicki & Kristen of Timeless Creations which is the next stop on The Summer Festival Blog Hop and all the rest of the creative ideas these fabulous ladies have to share …
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