Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lighthouse Scapes

I have a fascination for lighthouses.  I've only been inside one of them, but I've visited several.  As I moved around my house looking for story ideas, I came across the lighthouses I had collected during various travels and thought I'd build my tablescape around them.

The red ones are mine.  They're salt and pepper shakers that I made during a children's play date.  We went to a ceramics place for kids and this is what I chose.  It was fun.  Both the kids and the adults loved it.

I love the blue dishes.  They seem both calming and happy.  The lighthouses and the glasses gave the table a touch of whimsy.

The color reminds me of the island waters in the Bahamas.  The first time I saw the clear blue water, I was dazzled by the color.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

This is probably the most famous lighthouse in the United States.  Everyone seems to recognize it.  If you buy calendars with lighthouses on them (like I do), this one is always prominently displayed. 

Thomas Point Shoal in Annapolis, MD

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was my own inspiration for the red and white design I chose for my own.  Of course, mine looks like a second grader painted it.

Concord Point, MD

Last summer I took my daughter to the Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May, NJ.  I love the city.  It's the last city in NJ before you walk into the Atlantic Ocean.  There are some lovely old Victorian houses across from the ocean.  My favorite house in the world is in Cape May.  All I need is for the people living in it to move out and give it to me.

Cape May Lighthouse

It has 199 steps to the top and I climbed all of them.

There are rest areas ever so often.  I had to stop at most (not all) of them.

While these blues are vivid, our day at the lighthouse turned grey and rain was imminent.  The lifeguards cleared the beach and made us all go inside a building.  Most people climbed in their cars and drove away.  Lightning is dangerous.

View from the top

Can't you imagine the sea in the blue of the dishes or hear the crashing of the waves on the sand?


  1. Oh yes, I can hear the waves! I love lighthouses too! I have collected the ones I have visited. I did decorate a bathroom with them and also a bedroom. Mine are painted on wood and you can put them on a window sill or shelf.
    I love Cape May too! The huge pink Victorian is my favorite house there. Such a peaceful and fun place. I guess I just like the ocean...
    So happy to have found your blog. You did a great job. I love your dishes too!
    Have a great weekend!
    Blessings My Friend,

    1. I have only been inside the one, but visited the lands of a few others. I'll look for the pink Victorian the next time I'm in Cape May.

  2. I am always so excited to read about someone's enthusiasm for Cape May. I think it is one of the most special places in the world. I have also climbed all the way to the top of he Cape May Lighthouse. It is certainly a wonderful view from the top. I never thought about collecting lighthouses, but perhaps I should. They are whimsical and remind us of times at the beach!

    1. I, too, think Cape May is the most beautiful place. Last summer the streets were very crowded. I'd never seen so many tourists. Maybe they found out my secret.

  3. Cape May is one of my favorite places. Are you familiar with the Main Stay Inn? Has to be on of the most beautiful bed and breakfasts I've ever seen. It's larger than most because it used to be some kind of gaming place or something (I forget). Thanks for reminding me and I love lighthouses too!

    Robin Flies South

    1. Robin,

      I haven't heard of the Main Stay Inn. I rarely stay overnight unless it's with friends. Since I live in NJ, only two hours from Cape May, we can do day trips there. But I would love to stay in one of the inns. And my daughter, who loves hotels, would truly enjoy it.