Home Tour: Summer Dining Room

Hi and welcome to our Home Tour:  Summer Dining Room.  I am excited to share our updated look for the summer this year with navy + green.  (Well, really it’s spring – but you know what I meant) – ha!  And nothing says “hello spring/summer” more than signs of beautiful green grass and Easter celebrations.  Click 26 Gorgeous Easter Tablescapes To Try or My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow to see more spring table inspiration.

So, how you decide which color to use each year? Well, it depends on what colors draw you in and just make you smile.  Especially…..if you can use it with some of your existing decorations, then you have a winner.  Are you picturing it yet?  You know the one…..Yep – that’s your color then!  Is it green like mine?


HOME TOUR:  SUMMER DINING ROOM

It’s funny how some colors come and go in trends, but green is always in.  And why is that you ask?  Because green is the color of all things nature-related.   Whether you use it as an accent (decor) item, as greenery (plant), or even as food (apples) …..it just shouts fresh, crisp, and clean!!  Use lighter shades of green for spring, and darker shades of green for summer….  but. just. use. green. please!!  OK-   Let’s get to it then!!

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HOME TOUR:  SUMMER DINING ROOM

***PAINT COLORS:  Navy Accent Wall – SW Naval, Side Walls – SW Silver Strand***

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DECORATING PLAYBOOK

I have to admit that our dining room is my favorite room to decorate, because #1:  it is the easiest to change out and #2:  it is the easiest to clean.    Plus, it does not get as cluttered as the living room and kitchen with all of our “daily junk,” and that means less work!!   Who else is with me here – LOL??!!  I just have to move the backpacks, shoes, and loose homework paper to another room and voila – it’s clean!!

So, what makes it so easy to change out?  The reason for this is that I have my core items in place, and then I can sprinkle in my accessories as needed.  Here is a list of the 2 groups to help me explain it better.

CORE ITEMS:

  • Rug
  • Lamp Base
  • Mirrors – Gray and White
  • White Slipcovered Chairs
  • Chandelier
  • Buffet
  • Table
  • Candle Sconces
  • Candle Sticks

ACCESSORIES:

  • Lamp SHADES
  • Table Runner
  • Floral Arrangement
  • Throw Pillows
  • Wreath (if I want color on the mirror)
  • Table/Place Settings
  • Candles
  • Ceramic Orb Balls (in candle sticks)

 

By keeping the core (foundation) items of the room relatively the same, I can just simply “pop” in some accessories (accent items/colors) and get a whole new look.  This keeps my decorating costs down big time….and it allows me to “feel” like I am getting a New ROOM!!

Plus, this helps me with seasonal changes as well.  I can easily “add in” the accent color of the season or holiday and not have to change the entire decor.  I can use yellow or pink accents for Easter, orange and gold accents for Fall/Autumn, and red accents for Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, and Christmas.  Love this!!

Here are some pictures so you can see what I am talking about.  I am a visual person, so attaching a picture along with the core items and accessories will help join the 2 elements together.


CORE ITEMS

Mirror + Lamps + Candle Sticks

 

Round Mirror

Click here for tutorial on White Round Distressed Mirror or Click here 15 Best Round Mirrors.

 

Buffet + Rug

 

Candle Sconces

 

Candle Sticks

 

Chandelier

 

Slipcovered Chairs+ Table

 


ACCESSORIES

Table Centerpiece:  Cobalt Vase + White Flower Stems

 

Green Striped Lampshades

 

Green and White Pillow

 

Solid Green Pillow + Green Buffalo Check Summer House Pillow

Click here for 10 Ways To Add Buffalo Check (without breaking the bank).

 

Blue Ikat Table Runner

 

Closeup of Blue vase + White Flowers

 

Closeup View of it together

So…… will you now want to try decorating or adding some green decor this spring/summer?  And where will you use it?  Can’t wait to see some pictures!!

If you have any questions, please shoot me a comment!  I’d love to hear from you!!

Have a Great Week!!  Love & Summer Hugs 🙂

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SHOP OUR DINING ROOM

  1.   chandelier – with glass hereno glass here, no glass – 2 sizes available here
  2.   rug –  here, here, here
  3.   table – here, here, and here   
  4.   chair + cover (dark legs) – here, brown/white legs option also
  5.   chair frame  (white legs) – here, brown/dark brown legs option also
  6.   chair cover only – here
  7.   buffet – here, here
  8.   large rectangular mirror – smoky blue mirror here, beaded mirror here, arched mirror here
  9.   white round mirrorhere
  10.   lamp pair  – white pair here, green pair here,  navy lamp pair here
  11.   green striped lamp shades – white cotton lampshade here, white linen lampshadegreen 2″ ribbon here
  12.   white candle sticks trio – here, here, and here
  13.   navy and white orb balls – here, here
  14.   blue and white table runner – buffalo check runner here, blue stripe runner  here,  green table runner here
  15.   cobalt vase  – single vase here, trio set here
  16.   white flowers – magnolia stem here, cherry blossom stem here, dogwood stem here, hydrangea stem here
  17.   green pillows – kate spade dot pillow, green striped pillow, solid green pillow,
  18.   summer house SIGN  – here
  19.   gold sconces –  round here, round with mirror here

 


***** PICTURES OF ITEMS *****

(Click on the picture to get to the webpage for more information)

 

Carmen 6-Light Foyer Pendant

 

Isoline 4-Light Geometric Chandelier

Plumville Blue Area Rug

 

Grieve Cream/Navy Area Rug

Naples Park Hand-Tufted Ivory/Navy Area Rug

 

Tiphaine Extendable Dining Table

Bleau Extendable Dining TableArtur Extending Dining TableHENRIKSDAL Chair with long cover IKEA You sit comfortably thanks to the high back and seat with polyester wadding.

 

HENRIKSDAL Chair frame IKEA You sit comfortably thanks to the high back and seat with polyester wadding.HENRIKSDAL Chair cover, long IKEA The washable cover to HENRIKSDAL chair frame is easy to put on and take off.

Colborne SideboardSaguenay Sideboard

Misty Blue Wash 32x48 Mirror

Beaded Wall Mirror, 12"x48"

Ashley Oengus Accent Mirror, Bronze Finish

 

White Distressed Round Wood Wall Mirror

 

Moira 32.5" Standard LampBilski Table Lamp Set

Parker 31.5" Table Lamp

 

 

Green Matte Grosgrain Ribbon - 2"

 

 

Deco 79 Distressed White Wood Candle Holders with Spiked Candle Plates, Traditional Style Table Decor, White Candlesticks Accent Decor | Set of 3: 4”, 6”, 8”

 

 

 

 

Brookville Runner

Wilber Stripe Runner

 

Dulin 5 Piece Sculpture Set

Skeens Floral Design Decorative Balls

 

Barski Glass - Handmade - 8" H - (8 inches High) - Barrel Vase - Cobalt Blue - Made in europeBlooms Table VaseFaux Magnolia White Branch

Faux Cherry Blossom White Branch

 

 

 

Faux Cream Hydrangea Stem

 

 

kate spade new york Random Dot Square Throw PillowLydia Jane Pillow, Emerald and Kelly Green and Ivory, Polyester Filler, 22"

 

Anley Pintucked Pillow Cover

Summer House Wall Décor

 

Oval Mirror Candle Holder Wall Sconce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Setting a FALL TABLE in 8 Easy Steps

So, you have spent like HOURS decorating and setting up you dining room fall table, and it is stunning!!  You pat yourself on the back, and pop open the bubbly.  Then you’re doorbells rings, and you are ready to.drop.the.mike!!  The moment is here!!  Your best friend strolls in….and…. walks….right….by….. (like she always does) without even a glance over to your fall table.   WHAT??!!  How did that happen?  You worked soooo hard.  I mean….she didn’t even glance!  cry-cry, sniff-sniff!!  That’s where Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps comes in to rescue you!!

I know that you would LOVE your family and friends to ooooh and awe over your gorgeous fall table decoration this year and actually STOP (even better if their draw dropped) to admire your work.  We all want a gorgeous fall table centerpiece to grace our dining room and make an entrance to our home.  But let’s be real here……. we just don’t have the time to get it done right.  So, today I am going to show you how to set a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps.  ***As a bonus*** I will also show you how to change out the “decor” so you can replace certain pieces with serving dishes – WOOHOO!!  So not only can you have a beautiful table set up right now, all you’ll have to do is wave your magic wand & POOF you will be ready to host a dinner!!  Let’s get this party started 😉 …. shall we??!!

Want more fall inspiration and tips click 5 Secrets for Fall DecoratingFind Your Style:  37 Fabulous Fall Wreaths , Fall Home Tour 2018 or Halloween Fa-BOO-lous Breakfast Party.


 

source: etiquettescholar.com

SETTING A FALL TABLE IN 8 EASY STEPS

First things first:

If you want to explore informal and formal place settings at a greater length click here.   This is a great website!  It has everything you need to know about flatware, serveware, glassware, etiquette, manners and more.  You can always pin it and go back to review it a later time.

Since we are hitting the decorating portion of table setting today, I just wanted you to have something to refer to….. when it is time to set up for your actual holiday dinner!!

 

 


SETTING A FALL TABLE IN 8 EASY STEPS

SUPPLIES FOR 6-8 GUESTS:  CORE, ACCENT, TEXTURE

1)  CORE SUPPLIES

  • 6-8 gold chargers
  • 6-8 dinner plates (mix & match)
  • 6-8 bowls (mix & match)
  • 6-8 napkins
  • cake stand
  • buffalo check runner (not pictured – see below)
  • 6-8 placemats (not pictured – see below)

***TIP*** I used a blue and white theme, but use whatever colors you want (just keep the core supplies in TWO colors).  

 

 

 

2)  ACCENT SUPPLIES

  • 2 glass hurricanes
  • 2 white pillar candles
  • 2 glass jar candles
  • 2 bling votive candle holders
  • 2 candle votives
  • 2 milk glass flower holders
  • 2 white flowers
  • 3 white sized pumpkins

***TIP***Use whatever accent color you like (just keep the accent supplies all in ONE color palette).

 

 

 

3)  TEXTURE SUPPLIES

  • large textured orange pumpkin
  • small pumpkin
  • 2 natural beaded garland strands
  • assorted pinecones
  • assorted acorns in orange & gold

***TIP*** These are all in the WARM color palette – orange, brown, natural, and gold tones.  This keeps the blue and white from looking too cold and stark.

 

 

 

 

…….and the show stopper.  The one final addition that MAKES the entire table come to life!!  It is THE final accessory must-have.

 

 

 

 

 


CHEAT SHEETS – FOR QUICK REFERENCE

***STEPS 1-4***


***STEPS 5-8***

 

 


 

 

STEP 1:  runner + placemats

Put your table runner in the center of the table (longways) and place your 6-8 placemats down.  My table setting has 6, just because I don’t have my leaves in.  For a table setting of 8, everything will work the same.  Simply add 2 extra placemats to the sides so that you will have 3 and 3 on each side.

***NOTE*** I only 4 placemats on my setting so that more of my buffalo check runner would stand out.  It is just my personal preference.  When using the setting for function, I would add my other 2 placemats at the ends.

 

 

 


 

 

STEP 2:  chargers

Add your 6-8 gold chargers.  ***NOTE*** The gold picks up the WARM tones in my TEXTURE supplies.  This will make a big difference to your overall color palette.  So whatever colors you choose, just make sure your chargers and texture go together.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

STEP 3:  dishes

Now you can add your 6-8 dishes/plates.  ***NOTE***I used 4 salad plates (on sides), and 2 dinner plates (on ends)…..just for the decorating purposes only!!  I always like a little CHAOS to my method – lol!! and the smaller salad plates allow for more of the gold charger to show.    If you are using the setting for function, you would use all dinner plates.

 

 

 

 

 


 

STEP 4:  napkins + side bowls

Add your 6-8 napkins and lie on all of your plates at a diagnol.  Then place 4 (or 6) bowls to the side settings.  The bowls on the end settings will be different.  ***NOTE***As noted in the article I linked above, the napkin on the plate is an option for a formal place setting.  You can also add the napkin to the side of the plate if you want.  I like the diagnol position on top of the plate because it adds movement to an otherwise “clean lines” table setting.

 

 

 

 


STEP 5:  cake plate +  end bowls

Next add in your cake plate to the center (or just left of the center) and your 2 end bowls.

***NOTE***  I have the cake plate in the center here on the picture to the right so you can see it easier.  I like things a LITTLE funky, so I moved it to the left so that the flowers could stand out more (see step 8).  I also mixed the bowls up so that it isn’t so matchy-matchy.

 

 

 

 

 

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***TIP*** When mixing a lot of different patterns, keep the colors the same using different sizes/scales.  I have used blue and white:  buffalo check (runner), polka dot (side bowls), large medallions (placemats), small geometrics (napkins), and stripes (end bowls).

 

 

 


STEP 6:  add ALL accent supplies

So, now you will add ALL of your accents onto the table runner.  Each one will be placed at a diagnol like the picture beolw shows.  You will see that I placed 2 white pumpkins into the 2 end bowls, and one pumpkin under some extra napkins (in front, left of the cake stand).

 

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***NOTE***  This design is for those of you who like a little DRAMA!!!  If you like a more simplistic look, you can skip steps 6-8)

 

 


STEP 7:  add texture

Place your larger pumpkin onto you cake plate and weave your beads in between your white accent supplies. Once you like the placement of the beads (sometimes you have to play with this part just a little), you can sprinkle in your other textured supplies.

 

 

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***NOTE*** Use the other textured supplies to FILL IN the holes in your decor.  I always like to throw in the pine cones, acorns, and extra pumpkins so that they look random.  They look more natural if lying sideways or clustered like they “fell” onto your runner.

 

 


 

 

STEP 8: vase +flowers

 

DRAMA
DRAMA
DRAMA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GO FROM FABULOUS

TO FUNCTION:

Simply replace decorations with serving dishes and your are ready to host your dinner party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOOHOO!!  BRING OUT THE WINE + WINE GLASSES!!

CHEERS!!

 

 

 

 

 


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HAVE AN AWESOME WEEK!!  LOVE & FALL HUGS 🙂  jael

So…..are you a high drama or clean lines kind of girl??  Which one of the supplies is your fav….. and why??  Shoot me your feedback in the comments section below!!  Mine is the large textured pumpkin!!

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If you need more fall inspiration click 5 Secrets for Fall Decorating, Find Your Style:  37 Fabulous Fall Wreaths, or My Fall Home Tour 2018.  I have also updated my 12 Best Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools and Modern Farmhouse Staple: Black Bed (part 2) Posts.

 

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