Today, we’re excited to share our cottage inspired summer entry and dining room!
A Slow & Simple Summer…
When it comes to summer decorating the past few years, we’ve definitely taken a more relaxed approach. This year will be much the same as we’ve chosen “slow and simple” as our summer theme.
While we were deep in safer at home orders, I literally sat in each room for hours with a sketch pad and a to-do list trying to hone a vision for every single space in the house.
I wrote down easy and action-oriented things I could do to help each room feel more pulled together.
And I’m hoping this summer, I’ll be able to make good on completing that list.
I still want the house to feel like summer though. I just don’t have time for a lot of extra fuss because I have lots of projects I want to complete.
If you’ve been at home the past few months and waiting for specific stores to finally open up, you might feel the same way.
Easy Summer Decorating Guidelines…
No matter what kind of projects we have going on, we almost always approach seasonal decorating using the same simple guidelines…
- Keep a consistent color palette
- Embrace seasonal accents
- Layer in texture
- Bring the outdoors inside
- Create an uncomplicated display, vignette or centerpiece
- Make it easy to maintain
We live in an open concept home and you can see multiple rooms the minute you walk through the front door. Keeping a consistent and complementary color palette for the cottage inspired summer entry and dining room is key.
Truthfully, the entry and dining room feel like one large space. And if not for the big columns defining the two areas, it would probably read like a big giant box.
Cottage Inspired Entry & Dining Room…
Every season, we start with a piece of inspiration. Most of the time, it’s a piece of fabric. But in the past, we’ve been inspired by everything from movies, to a home décor books, to things growing in the garden.
If you had a chance to check out our cottage inspired front porch tour, you already know we spotted this Waverly fabric at Joann’s a few months ago and loved it so much, we bought what was left on the bolt.
While, it was meant to solely be used on the porch and for pillows around the house, it’s been so beloved, we even used it in the master bedroom refresh too.
It seems like such a small thing but that one piece of fabric helped us pull together all the elements for a cottage inspired summer entry and dining room boasting lilacs, lavenders, creamy whites, pale grays, roses and sage greens.
Present Not Perfect This Summer…
As I’ve shared in the past, I feel like there’s a lot of pressure to “go all out” with seasonal decorating sometimes.
If that notion gives you joy, by all means, do it up as bright and as cheerful as you want.
But if you’ve gotten used to the slower pace of life, are downsizing or just looking to find a balance between a well-appointed home and enjoying adventures with your friends and family, take the pressure off and consider only putting out those things that makes your heart sing.
Creating cottage inspired summer entry and dining room is an easy way to welcome your guests in a festive but budget friendly way without a lot of extra effort.
All you need is a few well-placed flowers in vintage containers, and to switch up your pillows.
These small steps will go a long way in helping you create the feel you’re after in minutes.
That way you can spend the rest your day celebrating all the season has to offer.
Let us know if you’ve created a cottage inspired summer entry and dining room this year!Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.