I just love summer……spending time outside, beautiful flowers, the beach and my kids being home all the time!
I've really been wanting to repaint the dining room a nice light, neutral color, but we put it on hold to do some exterior painting. Maybe in the fall, I'll get around to it!
In the meantime, I had a goal of spending little to no money to lighten up the dining room with what I already had without the room being painted!
My toile window treatments and EBay rug really allow me to be able to use different colors! They have all of my favorite accent colors…blues, greens and reds! I decided to lighten up the look of the table by using shades of blue as the main color.
I started with a clean slate. I had in mind what I wanted to do in order to bring a touch of summer into this rather winter looking room! I simply laid out my same old Pottery Barn linen runner, but wanted to layer it! I found this wonderful runner at HomeGoods.
So happy to see the price tag…..only $12.99! That is the total cost for my blue summer dining room!
I was really loving how the two runners looked layered together. I then got several pieces of drift wood from my screened porch from our summers on Caswell Beach. I arranged it down the center. Then I just start adding elements.
I haven't used my glass candlesticks in years! I washed them all and loved the light and airy feel that they added. I actually had the cream candles leftover from Christmas a couple of years ago and had never been used! Score! Surely, I can't be the only one that gets excited “shopping” their own home.
I usually do not use these floral dishes that were my Mom's wedding china except in the fall. They have lots of blue so decided to add them to the mix! Mom gave me the set along with the crystal stemware a few years ago. I just love them!!
I set the table rather simply and added my small Mason jars throughout the center. You see….my blue hydrangeas are in full bloom, and I was set on using them!!!
These little goodies were purchased on a trip to France. We toured a crystal factory. I bought these bud vases. I thought they were so unique and perfect for individual place settings. If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you may have participated in a question that I asked….What is This? You guys are so creative!!!! I got tons of additional uses from a tea bag holder to individual butter dishes!
I haven't used them a while. I washed them and placed Shasta Daisies from our garden in them. They are beautiful also with a single rose.
This is the first year that these young blue hydrangeas have bloomed! They are gorgeous! I simply cut and added one stem in each water filled small Mason jar. God did a beautiful thing when he created hydrangeas!
My summer assistant (14-year-old daughter) got to decorate this area in her own way. She used an antique blue Mason jar that my mother gave me. She placed shells around it from our Cape Cod trip when she was 2-1/2. I think she did a great job!
To continue the coastal theme with our beach finds, I added a few clusters of shells here and there.
Here you can see a bit more of the window treatment fabric that I love!
The daisies are short-lived only lasting the length of the meal, but the hydrangeas will last over a week if you keep replacing the water every couple of days! They may even dry beautifully!
You do not have to spend a fortune decorating for the seasons. Shop your home and use what you have in new ways!
It is also not necessary to spend money on expensive flowers! Plant flowers and plants in your gardens that can be used indoors in vases such as roses, peonies and hydrangeas just to name a few!
Even green branches are stunning in a vase alone!
I am so excited to be participating in this Summer Showcase of Homes July 22-26, 2013! My home will be on the 26th! Here is a listing of the other fabulous bloggers participating!! I am so honored to be apart of this amazing group of women! I'll be posting the full schedule! Be sure to sign up by email for updates!
Link Parties that OSH parties at on occasion!
Saturday: Funky Junk Interiors
Wednesday: Savvy Southern Style