Hello friends! Hope your summer is going well and you are having all kinds of summer fun! I feel like the summer is flying by and we have not done as much yet as we would like to do. I guess when we throw moving in the mix it takes a little while to settle in and get back on track again. That does not mean that we are not having any kind of fun though, but we are just taking things slowly. There are days when we just have to set all unpacking aside and go have some fun whether it be at home or away from home. The fun is in the mix!
Anyway, a few weeks ago, I showed you how I added a summer sitting area to our backyard which we are truly enjoying. I am back to show you today how I am bringing summer indoors.
I am so excited to be teaming up with At Home stores and a group of fabulous bloggers to show you how we bring summer indoors. At the bottom of this post you’ll find a list of the ladies participating. Be sure to check them out for more indoor summer inspiration. And we also have a lovely giveaway you won’t want to miss! Keep reading!
This challenge was just the push I needed to get our dinning room summer ready. Honestly, I am not usually one to add too much bright colors for summer decorating. And yellow of all colors? But now that I have added color to the dinning room, I am totally loving it! It’s like a different feel every time I walk into it (like a breath of fresh air)!
I have to add that up until two weeks ago, we had no separate dinning room. Before our last home, we have had separate dinning areas and I really did miss that feature. There is just something special about a separate dinning room. It’s kind of nice to gather around the table for special dinners and holidays. But with the move came a dinning room which I was happy to have again. It was empty as we only had a little breakfast table that we brought along with us and using in the kitchen area. That means, it was time for a new dinning set and spruce up the room!
The set is a replica of our dinning table set from a few years ago. We tend to move around plenty for various reasons. But when we sold our first tiny town home, my husband had a bright idea to sell the dinning set, too. He felt that the home we were moving into had more a rustic feel to it plus the breakfast nook was too small to fit the table. But I think we both missed the set more than we knew. It was our first new NON-Craigslist dinning set we had bought. So we always felt that we had not gotten enough use of our first one like this before we sold it.
While we were out shopping at At Home stores, last month, for our backyard makeover, we spotted some dinning table sets. I had been to the store on countless occasions and never really paid attention to see if there was a dinning table and chair set isle. After all, we did not need one. But we saw a table that we really thought would fit the dinning room well. It was bit more on the rustic side and we loved it and figured we might as well go ahead and get it. But after checking the isle when we went back to the store another time, we settled on this one. My husband was really excited and while he loved the rustic one, I think this one made him happy. It goes well with the color scheme of the room. This was the color scheme of the room at that previous home, too. Isn’t that something?!
So now that we had the set, it was time to add some color. At Home stores have some really great quality items with varying color and style for every season. It’s always fun to shop there and to see what new products they have added. (Having my husband helping me while we shopped and decided on items is always great. Plus I never go to At Home by myself – big store with kids in tow). But check out my lovely centerpiece. It makes such a statement in the room!
For the table setting, I brought in some blues and yellows. After all, it is summer! We invested in a set of white dishes a few years ago and I basically used them for every season with a few decorated Christmas ones. Since it is summer, I decided to add some blues to the mix.
I chose a mix of two different designs of plates for added interest. Or maybe it was because I loved both and could not decide on which design to choose:)
I found the set of white linen napkins on sale, too. A simple petal from outside completes my plate setting look. The table setting is very simple. Further down, you’ll understand why there are no utensils. And my lovely glass jar on the plant stand along with the faux flower is also from At Home. I found two of them on clearance.
What’s the point of having a pretty set table with no food? I pulled together some finger foods and threw a quick party for the family to enjoy (hence the lack of utensils). The kids couldn’t be more excited to have a party in the new space. My E.a.t. sign was something I already had on hand and the food is placed on my new to me Craigslist console table find which I just love so much. It is a newly refinished piece for a very reasonable cost.
I was about to make everything from scratch as that is how I tend to think but then my husband advised me to get them already made rather than going throw the hassle.
I did end purchasing some frozen foods that I added my own twist to – but it was less work than if I had to make everything from scratch.
It’s being a while since I have made one of those fruited pizza cookies (like years)!
I snagged the trifle bowl for half off and could not be happier. I always wanted one but did not want to pay more than $10 for one. I know, I am cheap. The drinking bottles and decorative drinking bottles were for a very low cost (talking $5 or less). I really love this chicken wire ice bucket that I also found while I was out shopping.
And of course, I had to save the best for last because I cannot leave the rest of the wall totally bare! Let me introduce you to my awesome plate wall! Ha ha! I always love seeing plate walls so I decided to do something different and create one.
I used a collection of simply two design white porcelain plates from At Home along with a few others to create the look. There was no thought process behind it at all. Just some random hanging white plates. I may shift them a little to create more of an uneven look.
The area under the plates looks a bit empty and don’t mind my too short window curtains. I might have underestimated the height of the windows. My few windows in my previous home were not this high and my curtains are not new. I am in the process of getting new curtains for the windows in this place and wanted a temporary solution. But as for now, I am looking past these few imperfections and totally loving the space.
It may not be the best arranged plate wall you ever did see but I sure love it!
This mirror is also another At Home find for just a little under $25. The frame has a nice two – toned color.
All in all, we are loving this summery space and really enjoyed having our first indoor summer party here earlier this week. It is so refreshing. Minus the table set which was discounted at very reasonable price, all my decor and serving items were just a little over a hundred. Definitely a good way to shop!!
Have you added summer in your home yet? Is there an At Home store in your area? We encourage you to jump in on the challenge by showing us how you are using At Home products in your home this summer. Simply post a picture on your social media and use the hashtags #athomeinspired #athomefinds along with your image so we could find you. Stop by these other fabulous ladies to see their indoor summer ideas with At Home! I bet you will love them!!
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