Summer Inspired Dining Room

After a spring season where the dining room table was set with pastels, eggs and bunny plates, I’m ready for my summer inspired dining space to feel relaxed and uncluttered.

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It’s always nice to start with a blank canvas.

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We’re in the midst of changing things up in the entry and adding a few decorative touches in the dining room so for now, I just want to keep things really simple in here. I still love this dough bowl as much today as I did the day I bought it. And you can’t go wrong with blue hydrangeas and a layer of ticking.

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I try to restyle the china hutch and buffet for each season. I’m always on the look out for ironstone but it’s hard to find in this area especially at affordable prices. I keep thinking I’m going to hit a big estate sale and I’ll be able to shop and pick to my heart’s content. So far that hasn’t happened which keeps me constantly searching for ironstone on the treasure trail.

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I seem to have collected way more platters than pitchers or tureens but

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the tureen collection is definitely growing. I don’t think I’ve ever displayed them all together. It was fun to gather everything up and see how many pieces I actually have. The various shades of white are my favorite part.

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Now that spring is over the natural history bird posters are being moved to a different room. This meant I had to find something to flank either side of the hutch and buffet so I brought out this set of watercolors that have been featured on the mantle. I’ve had the blue and white ironstone dishes for a few years now. You’ll see the bird posters make another appearance. I just want to finish the dining room first and then I’ll start the bedrooms.

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We had to buy a new rug once I decided to use the sisal rug that used to be under the dining room table outside. The pattern of the new rug brings more texture to the room but they compete with the lace curtains.

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I’ll keep you posted on what I decide but for now, I’m taking my time deciding which one I like best. You know what always happens. You move one thing and that leads to moving ten.

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See you guys back here tomorrow. I can hardly believe it’s time to say Goodbye May, Hello June.

 Many blessings,



    • says

      We should have known at Haven we were going to be twinsies. The chandeliers in the dining room and the kitchen table area are from Ballard. I love everything they have too. Sending you hugs, CoCo

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      Thanks so much, Lori, I appreciate it! It feel really nice to have more of a relaxed and carefree attitude for summer. I love being outside with friends and family and I know you do too. Hope your weekend is a happy one. Coco

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      I really appreciate it, Christine, thank you so much! I’m always on the lookout for ironstone because it’s so hard to find in this area. Maybe one day we can finally meet and shop together. Hugs for a happy week, CoCo

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      Such sweet things to say, Susan, I very much appreciate it. The rug is an indoor/outdoor rug from Lowes and was really reasonably priced if you have one near you it’s worth checking out. Hope you have a great day, CoCo

    • says

      Cat you are so cute! No need to be jealous at all, girl. I would share anything in this dining room with you any day of the week 🙂 Hugs for a happy day, CoCo

    • says

      Such sweet comments, Tara, thank you! That hutch is a beast and worth every bit of effort. Can’t wait to see your hutch too. I love everything you do. Hope your weekend is a happy one, CoCo