Thursday, August 23, 2012

Southern Mediterranean Dining

Hey Bloggers!  I am taking a break from my break!  :)  LOL!

You see, I have to because I've got something to show you and I need a little help with a decorating decision as well.  Things have been quite hectic around here lately in more ways then you can imagine.  So... I will do my best to keep this post from being "all over the Map" but it's going to be hard.

First off, if you have children you know it's back to school time and that always means scrambling around to get things done in short order.  This year was no different, except that we sent our youngest son off to college.  He is going to be local at USC, that's the University of South Carolina, not California yall!  Woohoo!  Go Cocks!!!  Anywho, he moved into the dorms last weekend and starts his first day today. I am so proud and happy for him that I just had to include this update in here too.

Here's my precious college boy the night before he moved out.  Looking pretty happy huh?   I will update you with dorm pics another time.

With such a quite house around here in the evenings I am already finding myself dreaming of beautiful dinners for two in romantic and exotic places.  Oouu La La!  Except, with a schedule and budget that doesn't allow for much travel right now I've decided to try and create one of my own.

Welcome to the Mediterranean South Yall!

This setting may not be anywhere near the beautiful shores of Greece, my ultimate getaway island, but it's a great way to spend an evening at home don't you think?

I first fell in love with these dishes a few weeks ago at a resale/antique store.   I really wanted them, but they were selling them only as a huge set for $125.00.  Seriously?  I only wanted a few and something told me I could find them for much less.  Imagine my shock when the just a few days later I did find them for much less and sold individually at TJMaxx.  I was only going to buy four of one size but decided to go for it and get four plates and four salads.  You will see more on that and why in just a bit.

These beautiful iridescent oyster plates are clear and made of glass.  I found them early this summer at Marshall's.  They were sold as a set of four.  Instant love!  I have been wanting to use them all summer and have even purchased other dishes to use with but haven't gotten to creating that setting yet.  

My newest flatware is from Gibson purchased at work, Stein Mart.  The hammered look reminds me so much of bubbles and the water.

Speaking of bubbles, I thought my beautiful handblown purple goblets from Mexico that I got from Novica were the perfect touch for this setting.  So sorry for the crooked picture here, my photo skills seem to be lacking tremendously lately.

And to top it all off, I brought out the blue bubble glass napkin rings again.  They look really cute paired with some of my newest summer napkins also purchased from Stein Mart.

I threw in a few shells to capture that island feel I am craving!

And you should know I had to have my sailboats in here too!  Can you imagine going on one of those Mediterranean charter sails?  OMG! One day I pray!

My poor little crepe myrtle blooms are so beaten down by all the rains we've had lately.  The good news is I am off today and it looks like the sun is coming back out!

So what do you think?  Does it look vacationey enough for ya?  Hehee!
I think it will work just fine!  Now I have a secret to tell ya about these plates though.  They are going to be very short lived as far as dining with them goes.

 Because I have other plans for them that's why!  

You see my bloggy friends, I did not just buy these dishes to eat off of....oh no!  I bought them specifically to use as wall decor.  And that my dear friends, is where I need your help.

I want to add them on the wall here on each side of my picture in the den.

Since I cannot figure out exactly which way I like them best.  I decided to make a few imitation plates to see how they look on the wall before putting in the nails.

Option no.1 has one of the larger plates in the middle with two smaller plates above and below.

Here's a few more further off glances to help you decide.

And this is option no.2.  I would only use the smaller salad plates and place two on each side.

So which layout do you like best or do you have another suggestion.  One set up seems very bold to me and would make quite a large statement.  The other seems more subtle.  I am just not sure how much I want of a statement I want because I certainly do not want to detract from the picture.  What would you do?  I would love to know!

Here's a final look at the two options.  Pretty cool! 
I love Picasa!

I am joining the following parties today.  

I hope I hear from you soon.  Have a great day everyone!


  1. Very pretty colors Mary! I love your little sailboat s&p's! I like the arrangement with 3 on each side, but I would move them a little further away(a couple more inches) from the large artwork.

  2. Love your pretty tablescape. Looks like a mini vacation to paradise to me! I vote for option #1 on the plates for the wall. Another option might be to place one of the larger plates above the picture and then a smaller plate or maybe two smaller pates on each side. Just a thought for you! Can't wait to see the finished look because whatever you decide to do will look great, I'm sure!! :)

  3. I agree with Pam, Mary, they need to be moved to the side more. Option #2 looks to me to small of an arrangement especially next to the picture.
    I love the plates and I think they are really going to look great there, I know you will love them!

  4. Pretty Pretty Mary. I love dishes for decorating on walls. I like the first one myself. Gorgeous table too btw.

  5. I like Option 2 but that is just me! I think your plates are gonna look great! Your son does look happy there-handsome kid!!! What a nice break from your break! xo Diana

  6. Move them out a bit and go for bold - so #1.. Take a color photocopy of the plates and put them up there.. works to get a better affect. Love the plates!!! congrats to the college guy! great table.. xo marlis

  7. Love you tablescape and am glad you found them elsewhere. As for the wall, I don't know . . . . . thinking you may need something else over that couch, but believe me, I am no expert.
    Love your table.

  8. Hi darling, congrats to your son.. my daughter is now in North Carolina, I miss the heck out of her and the grandson.. your table is so vibrant, love the beautiful plates... looking forward to seeing what you decide to do on the wall arrangement. hugs ~lynne~

  9. Your table looks like a vacation photo! Love the oyster plate! I like option #1. I think the three plates on each side fill up the space so well. Your baby is gone?!? Oh my... I would be drinking heavily. I am so sad to think about Jemma going to school all day everyday! I hope you are enjoying your warm days now that it finally quit raining! I saw the water spouts at Edisto. Crazy!!

  10. I'm with everyone else. I would go for option #1. the Wall is large enought to make such a statement. I loved how you showed us the options with the makeshift plates and the picasa tonal. Dawna

  11. Well, first, your son is such a cutie, and I'm so excited for you to officially join the empty nest club, at least part time.

    Second, I love the tablescape, especially the whole "big" picture of it with the chairs and table. It's just as lovely from a distance as up close.

    Third? My vote is for the first option, but I like both. I love what you did with the mock up. I will remember that!!

    Fourth... I'm still thinking that the decorating help/question party would be a good one. Maybe you could just toss it out as a one time event to start.
    Anyway, I miss your blog face.

  12. I've gotta go with the other gals on this one, Mary. I like Option #1 best. Good luck deciding!!! I have to tell you that when I saw the photo of your son and was reading the text, I thought to myself, "Geez...that sure is a nice dormitory!!!" Then I read a bit further and saw that this was the night before he left. Whew! I was just so sure that USC had an on-staff decorator! :-) Good luck to your son as he starts college!!! Very nice tablescape, and I'm glad you are enjoying better weather. PLEASE send that rain here to the Midwest!!!!! Have a great weekend!

  13. Congrats & good luck to your son on this new faze of his life. Congrats to you and your honey, too.

    Door 1, Door 1, please go with the first option! Your artwork is plenty large enough to be flanked with the groupings of 3 on each side. Can't wait to see!

  14. I just love this tablescape! All of the colors that you used are beautiful. I found those exact same salad plates at TJ Maxx and used them in a bookcase at our beach condo. I love your idea of hanging them above your couch. I like option 1 the best!

  15. I vote for one, and for taking them off the wall, blowing off the dust, and using them on the table again! :)
    The table is wonderful, so many rich colors! The napkins pick up so many of the colors and I love your glasses and napkin rings!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  16. I have those plates too, yep, from TJ Maxx. Your tablescape looks really pretty, love all the table accessories you used too. I like option 1 too. But did you try 2 big plates and 1 small in the center instead on each side? I don't know how it will look like....Christine

  17. Love those plates! Eat first and then hang - that's a great idea. I also love the idea of romance when the kids are gone. If only - my son keeps bouncing back home!

    I like the option with 3 plates. :)

  18. Hi Mary! OH, your son is really a handsome young man and I wish him the best for the school year. Now your dishes are so pretty and I love the colors! :)
    Love your table and it does look vacationy!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)


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