I've been dreaming of owning a little cottage on the waterfront for years. Whenever we rent a place on the beach, I wake up, stare at the ceiling and imagine how I would re-paint it or change out the curtains and refurnish the screened-in porch. Here's how I might lay out a dining room table, depending on whether I was living on a lake, a tropical island or by the ocean.
I'm picturing a cabin at the edge of the woods, looking down on a shimmering lake. The walls are all made of natural logs, there's a stone fireplace and cozy wool blankets for winter. In the summer, the large windows let in the sunlight, beckoning you down the steps and onto the dock where you can jump in a canoe and spend the morning on the water. When you come back for lunch, you might pull out these items to set your table:
There are tons of kitschy ways to lay out a "tropical" table, but we know we'd quickly get tired of the tounge-in-cheek palm tree look. Instead we're going for a more subtle approach allowing some brightly colored flowers and stunningly fresh food take center stage.
This is where my heart lives. I'm an ocean girl through and through and I would love nothing more than to own napkins printed with a line drawing of a great sailing vessel! I can picture stringing lights around the porch and leaving some inside these terrific lanterns, throwing on a simple tablecloth and serving up a bright red lobster on this delicious wave-patterned plate. All after a day of playing in the salt water and reading a trashy murder mystery on the beach!
Tablecloth via Crate & Barrel
Napkins via Oh Little Rabbit
Platter via Jessica Howard
Lanterns via Terrain
Which table setting speaks to you the most? Let us know in the comments. And vote for your most favorite item! Also, send us a photo of your own version of a waterfront table... we'd love to see & share!
P.S. Check out these book for further inspiration: