Well morning Beach Cottage ladies, how are you this fine Friday? Well here it’s overcast and pretty warm, I have been for a nice long walk with Barls and then for a coffee with my friend lg, sitting, watching the world go by by the sea…not a bad way to start the day for sure.
This then is a recent little tablescape of mine while playing Beach Cottages and for me what it’s all about…because it is simple, easy and most importantly didn’t break the bank.
Just call me thrifty Mr BC, just call me thrifty baby.
This is such a basic fall back of mine but I still love it..vintage bottles, a few coastal / nautical things and some stripes…
There is something about the bougainvillea, the bottles and the white that makes this look tricky but really it’s established in as short a time as it takes to shove a pizza in the oven and wait for it to cook.
Over the last few weeks I have come across various tables, dressed in different ways that have caught my eye…one recently while I was in the waiting room for an appointment…you know those magazines that are always there and always seem to have an article that you love…quite how does that happen?
Anyway, this one recipe was in a magazine that I would never buy, a high-end homes and interiors magazine with glossy pages, lush styling and advertising clearly aimed at a lifestyle that is about as far from mine as it is to the moon.
Hello sweet bokeh, how you going? ;-)
Said magazine had an article on laying the table…how it changes your life yadda yadda and although I agree with that and love me a dressed table in the house, really it is not the be all and end all of my life.
Well not all the time.
So the article had a really lovely table, the stylist had kept it simple but stunning, vintagey with flowers and dark colours and some napkin ring holder type thingies that were really quite unique, now I have encountered in my escapades with table dressing many a napkin ring and usually I prefer without but I do think that they can add just that touch of formality when and if you need it….and so I checked out in the little source thing in the side where I could get these napkin rings.
At which point, I fell off my chair.
Like $198 per napkin ring?
So for the 6 in the pic that’s $1200?
Man I am so out of the loop with my silly little tables dressed with thrifted vintage bottles, a Turkish beach towel as a tablecloth and the random sprinkling around of flowers from my garden…
But hey ho I think that is one of the main reasons I like blogging and blogs and rarely buy a magazine these days…what about you? Are you like me and look at some of these things and your heart just sinks?
And yes I guess if you are spending $198 on a napkin ring, dressing the table really can change your life…and in my case if I did that it would very much change my life…with a divorce….I mean hello I can hide a whole lot of things in that magic white wardrobe of mine but napkin rings at $198 each might be pushing it just a leetle bit too far.
See you lovely ladies again soon, I have a trip off of the beaches tomorrow…looking forward to discovering a new beach down to the South of Sydney, having some sushi and having a play with my camera, I haven’t done that for ages…
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