If you are new here or are visiting from another blog I am so happy that you have stopped by. I have teamed up with such a great group of bloggers to share a little snippet of my home for this Summer Home Refresh. Since summer is in full swing I know that you will enjoy taking a peek at how each of these talented bloggers refreshed a space in their home for the summer months, be sure to follow along this weekend as we share some new spaces each day. (The links are at the end of this post)
One of my favorite places is the Central Coast of California. The first time that I visited Santa Barbara I was smitten with the white washed Spanish style villas covered in vibrant Bougainvillea blooms. I was just visiting the area again recently and it inspired me to bring a little taste of the California Coast to my home. So since my dining room is the heart of my little home I started here.
I set the table and changed the decor. I tucked in these succulent clippings here and there as they remind me of the ice-plant that grows along the edge of the beaches….
To bring in the white wash look of the Spanish villas I painted some pottery white and used them on my buffet….See how easy it was to paint them HERE
When I added some Bougainvillea cuttings to the large vase it was love at first sight!
I put them right next to my Old World screen from World Market to capture that California Coastal vibe.
I am chomping at the bit to get this room painted white. But life keeps teaching me patience over and over again. I am reminded that things can wait. It will happen eventually and in the long run whether it was painted in May or in December it doesn’t really matter that much. But my attitude about it does.
So I sucked it up and made it pretty for now!! You will even notice the cable cord coming out of the ceiling in the corner in a few pics. Keeping it real around here!
My little house has an open concept which is one of the things that I really enjoy about it. It makes it so practical and nice for entertaining.
As you can tell it is cozy, which is code for small, but we have made good use of the space. One more thing that makes it warm and cozy is that I have not been afraid to leave wood tones in my home. I think wood is classic and inviting. I love white and bright as much as the next person but I like some contrast too.
The dining room is open to the kitchen and the living room. You can see the before of my Glamily Room HERE which was my first One Room Challenge. I like to fill my house with unique vintage finds like this seascape. When I found it in a thrift store the canvas was dented and the frame was ugly, but it was an easy fix…See how I REPAIRED IT HERE
This sign is hand painted by Dara, you can order her signs here at Hood Creek Trading ….. It is a beautiful reminder for me and my family and a perfect addition for summer.
These pictures on the mantel are some of my favorite beach memories. My boys when they were small in Pismo Beach and my husband on one of our anniversary trips to Big Sur, CA.
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Tips For Creating A Tablescape:
Decorating for the seasons is new for me. As it turns out I really love doing it and I especially love tablescapes. I use what is in season and blooming in my hometown.
We always collect little momentos when we go on vacation. All of these natural elements are keepsakes that we foraged or bought in local beach shops. I created this tablescape with some of my favorites, like the sand dollars that my boys gathered in Pismo Beach (from that day in the picture on my mantel)
- Use white dishes and dress them up. I use the Luminous Collection by Pier 1 Imports and made them stand out with those striped IKEA placemats.
- Add cloth napkins and give them something unexpected like an herb sprig or simply tie them with jute string like I did.
- Tablecloths set the mood. Tumbled linen is an all time favorite as it is sophisticated but casual and unassuming. My trick for an inexpensive alternative is actually this 6×9 dropcloth from Lowe’s
- Incorporate nature..For this coastal feel I added driftwood, succulent clippings, moss, shells and Bougainvillea blooms.
- I always like to throw in something unique and vintage like those brass candlestick holders
It is always a nice way to end the day when the evening sun streams in the windows. Dinner time is special to me because we are all together, even though it is usually being dominated by laundry piles that didn’t get folded, last-minute chores and homework it is still that time of day when we put it all aside and have family time. Those times make life worth living, am I right?
If you love that book page wreath hanging on my room divider it is made by Shannon and you can grab her tutorial here at Coffee Paint Repeat
The kitchen got a little love too. To say that I was excited to receive my balance scale from Jamie @modernfarmhousemarket is an understatement. I couldn’t wait to style it. So for the summer season it got dressed up with an aloe vera plant and some seashells…
Thanks for making it to the end, you deserve a treat……Which I have for you. More beautiful rooms and projects to love below. You are welcome!!!
Do not miss out as these amazing ladies invite you into their homes throughout the weekend to share their summer spaces.