What started as a table for two, in my head~ “Seashells by the Lakeshore”~ for Kathleen’s Let’s Dish~ At the Beach Table Challenge, morphed the moment the fragrance of the gardenias drifted my way. . .
To me a table or picnic isn’t complete without flowers!
I had already “planted” an orchid in shells in a burlap bag for a centerpiece for my table~
I kept glancing at the gardenias as their scent wafted my direction. . .
I felt compelled to add a few gardenia blooms to the shell “vases”. . . then decided against this unlikely pairing.
“Shells only,” and “Beach Challenge,” I told myself~ no need to gild the lily, or orchid in this case :)
I found myself looking back at my gardenia post from last year~
I surprised myself when I reread a quote
I discovered from Southern Living
about gardenia buds and seashells. . .
“Sultry as a summer evening and as intoxicating as an exotic perfume, the scent of gardenias settles like a memory onto your soul. The blossoms are just as enticing.”
“Buds shaped like seashells unfurl into velvet soft flowers in the warmth and humidity of early evening. But it’s the fragrance that captivates.”
Their fragrance had captivated me~ subtly urging me and prickling my subconscious to pick a few blooms to add them to my table. . .
So validation and permission granted from Southern Living~ Gardenias sprouted from shells and blossomed beside starfish in shell-shaped dishes at my table!
White shell-shaped dishes and a vase (Olfaire and Ceriart SA, made in Portugal) washed ashore at HomeGoods a month ago~
Originally I had planned on using the vase for flowers, but discovered it was just the right size to hold a bottle of wine at the table~ Ocean Song, a Pinot Grigio, a crisp & light summer white~ perfect for sipping lakeside or seaside!
Abalone napkin rings are from Kohl’s~ found recently scavenging the aisles like a beachcomber to find a set of four :)
Scattered Shell napkins are from Pottery Barn this season and have assorted shells, sand dollars and red coral designs.
A nautilus on the napkin is repeated on the coverlet, intended as bedding but used on my table, from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
I received this set of three burlap bags recently as a gift.
My thoughtful gifter sent these burlap bag/buckets my way with their versatility in mind~ imagining their endless uses. . . filled with fruit, flowers, shells, or wine :)
I picked up sea fan placemats from Pottery Barn on sale at the end of the summer last year~ not sure how I would use them until now.