WELCOME to CAROLINA PANACHE! I believe our homes should be a haven, a place of beauty and peace that reflect who we are and what's important to us. I'm on a journey to add personality and panache to every corner of my house. For me, good design evolves, grows and changes with the needs of one's lifestyle. I want my home to be creative, to be stylish, to be entertaining, to be real. I hope you will join me on my journey. It's always more fun to travel together.
This blog is all about bringing style and elegance to the home. The art of dressing your home goes beyond hanging a few items on the wall and arranging furniture. Much like a fabulous set of earrings or a new stylish handbag may take your little black dress from fine to fabulous, home accesories and key furnishings can take your rooms from ho-hum to singing the Halleluiah Chorus! Join with me as we discover new ways to add panache to every room of the house.

Sunday Favorites - A re-run "On the Beach"

Welcome to my very first "SUNDAY FAVORITES". This brilliant idea was conceived by Chari over at Happy to Design. Be sure to pay her a visit to read all about Sunday Favorites and to view the full list of participants for this week. You'll be happy you did!
Chari over at Happy to Design had this wonderful idea to feature our favorite posts on Sundays. Many of us have a lot going on during the weekends and don't have time to compose a fresh and new post. Also new readers and bloggers are coming to blogland everyday and the chances that everyone has seen your past post is pretty slim.
This gives new readers a chance to view some of your favorites while letting your faithful followers a chance for a "re-run". S0, I am featuring a post from earlier this year. It's a tablescape that I adore because it reminds me of home, family and my best friend.....


Okay, so I decided to marry a Florida native about 20 years ago. Up until that time I had never even been to Florida! And I had only seen the ocean one other time and that was in Virginia! Needless to say, not only did I fall in love with Mr. Right but Palm Trees, Seashells, Sandy White Beaches and West Coast Florida Sunsets fell right in line. I started thinking last week that next month is Mr. Right's birthday and wouldn't it be great to have a seafood buffet for his birthday dinner. Grill up a little Salmon in Lemon-Dill sauce, pan sear some Scallops and bake Crab-stuffed Mushrooms with Hollandaise Sauce....hmm. This started me thinking about table decor - naturally. So this week's TABLESCAPE is a forerunner of next month's birthday buffet but Ssh! Don't tell because I want it to be a surprise. This table is all about Seashells and the color of a Florida Sunset.

Burnt Orange linen placemats set the right amount of color punch to play up the white dishes. I love these Shell shaped salad plates. They were a real-deal at HomeGoods and work perfectly with my Ivory dishes from Better Homes and Gardens.

Silver accents and Mercury Glass give just the right amount of glitz.

A real Florida, West Coast sunset. Isn't that just beautiful? Thanks Linda Charlene for the use of your incredible photo! XOXO! Now you see where I got the inspiration to use the orange placemats.

Walking along the beach after a storm is the best time to find little treasures washed up from the depths of the ocean.

The color pallet is very simple - white, orange and silver - but it all glows in the soft flicker of candlelight.

I found these little bronze Starfish napkin rings at BBandB while I was still living in Florida. I pulled an ivory cotton napkin through the ring, then stood it up resembling an Octopus. Okay, work with me here - use your imagination. If you tilt your head and squint your eyes it COULD look like an Octopus.

Last week a Reader e-mailed me asking how many sets of dishes do I own. The answer is one. I do have extra salad plates and bowls or plates only from other patterns but as far as complete place settings go, I have one set, enough for 10 place settings. Most of my tablescapes use common pieces. The differences are all in the linens and the accessories. Invest in a neutral color and style, then you can mix and match to your heart's content.

The romantic glow of candlelight adds ambiance reminiscent of an evening clam bake on the beach.

Now, this little guy won't be center stage during the birthday dinner but I'm sure I'll find a nice place for him to rest.

Here is a close-up of the shell-shaped salad plate. Notice the raised details at the bottom of the plate - it is a cluster of little seashells.

This shell-shaped silver serving platter will most likely hold Peel and Eat Shrimp during the seafood buffet. I have three of these in various sizes. All of them were purchased at Target on a markdown sale. They will make the perfect buffet set-up and keep our seaside theme in tact. Well, I hope you have enjoyed the "Walk Along the Beach" table. Until I see you again,

Happy Decorating!



Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Alisa, I think this is my favorite tablescape that you have done so far. I love the organic feel of it. The colors are very serene and peaceful. Any time you can bring in elements fron nature I love it. The shells just make this tablescape. I love the salad plates. Good job!

Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

Alisa...love this table! I bet your DH loved it! I saw the octopus!!! :-) Great shell salad plates...everything is perfect for a beachy tablescape! Susan

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a stunning Tablescape. I love everything about it. I don't remember this one, so I am so glad you chose this to repost. I love the shell motifs and all of the dishes and accessories are gorgeous. So beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

Designs on 47th Street said...

Alisa, this one was new to me too, so definitely glad you repeated. It is wonderful in every way. I love your N.C. beaches! So this tablescape took me away to Nags Head or other lovely beaches. Yes! The octopus was very, very cute. Love those napkin rings. Love the dishes and the silver. Oh you get the picture! I'm sure your Mr. Right will be quite pleased.

Thanks for repeating this great setting.

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Alisa - I agree - I think this is one of your prettiest tablescapes. It was magazine worthy. I enjoyed seeing it the first time and I enjoyed it again the second time around! Thx for sharing, Barb

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Alisa,
How are you my friend?
Isn't the weather just gorgeous here in NC?
Sooo pretty!

Your beach themed table is one of my all time favorites for sure. So soothing and crisp in all the Whites.
Love the lanterns and shells.

I re did my old topper post and mentioned HI and the HOME plaques.
Come by when you have time.

Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday.
~Warmly, Melissa :)

xinex said...

Alisa, this is one of my favorte tablescapes. It is very pretty and I have told you so before too. I am glad you reposted it...Christine

Anonymous said...

How fun = I just became your 100th faithful follwer~~

What a lovely tablesetting and I scanned down to see several of your other past posts and you reeled me in! Looking forward to more inspiration!


Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Alisa...

My friend, I just "jumped for joy" when I seen your name on the list for "Sunday Favorites"!!! I'm so glad that you decided to participate and thank you so much for the really sweet "mention" at the beginning of your post!!! I sure do appreciate that, you are such a sweetheart!!!

Ooooh...I'm so glad that you chose this beautiful birthday tablescape to repost! I have never seen this one...it's new to me!!! What a fabulous tablescape! I just love the coastal/seashell theme...and the warm soft colors that you chose! Mmmm...soft creamy whites, rusty oranges, and silver! What a lovely color combination!!!

The place settings are fabulous! I just love your BH&G dinner plates! They are just gorgeous and I love the fact that they are so versatile! Oooh...and the pretty shell plates...I love those! Girl, we do not have a Home Goods in Colorado...boohoo!

Okay...I'm tellin' the truth...the first time that I seen your pretty napkins...and because this was an ocean themed tablescape...my first thought was that the napkins looked just like an octopus! Seriously!!! Hehe!!! You did great, Girl! What a cute idea and I love the pretty starfish napkin rings...beautiful!

Alisa, I always enjoy seeing your tablescapes...you are such a creative and talented lady! You always do something totally awesome for the centerpiece...you wouldn't believe how many of your tablescape photos that I have saved to my computer for future reference and inspiration!!! Hehe! Your centerpiece for this table is simply gorgeous! I love the mercury glass candleholders...soooo beautiful! Love all of the pretty silver dishes sprinkled with seashells! I find the contrast of the "natural" colors and texture of the shells coupled with the elegance of the silver...stunning!!! Well as you can see...I enjoyed this tablescape tremendously!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!!!

Thank you again, my friend, for participating in "Sunday Favorites"...I'm so happy to hear that you will be a regular! That sure puts a smile in my heart!!!

Warmest wishes,

Lisa said...

Re-runs never looked so good!
PS I have to tell you -my name is Alisa too but family and friends call me Lisa. I know no other Alisas my age (50) and only a very few younger. We are a very exclusive club!

From the Old InkWell said...

This is beautiful! Love it!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful table, Alisa!!

Cass @ That Old House said...

What a stunning table! The shore -- no matter where it might be -- is such a special place. I'm looking forward to summer now.

Chandy said...

Alisa, I remember this post and I'm still salivating over them! Wow, I love everything about this table! Gorgeous!

My Met Monday post tomorrow is about that napkin fold so if you can visit please do!

Kristens Creations said...

Thanks for checking out my red! I remember this post and really loved it! Makes me wish I was back at the ocean. Have a great week! Kristen

Victoria Hayden said...

Alisa, this tablescape is fun and beautiful! I love your shell salad plates! What a great idea for his birthday! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. So glad to have you follow along, I have already been following you and love to see your posts! Thank you!


Mrs. Cozy Home said...

LOVE the scallop tray on the stand as part of the centerpiece, I would never have thought to use it like that!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

I just love this tablescape! So serene and very pretty! :) ~hugs, Rhonda

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