Summer Living/Dining Room

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

TGIF!

Hello friends!

With summer right around the bend, I’ve been adding more summery touches to my already coastal décor. Today I wanted to show you our living / dining room space all spruced up for summer! I plan to have a small home tour as part of the Summer Celebration blog party that is coming up, but before that post is up I wanted to give a more detailed look into some of my spaces done up for summer.

So here is our living & dining space Summer 2014!

If you’ve never been to my blog before, I must let you know this room has come a long way from it’s textured wallpaper beginnings:

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

Trust me, that photo actually does the room justice.

Here is our space today!

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

With layers upon layers of wallpaper down, we did many treatments to the walls to get them to the condition they are in today. You can read about our wallpaper removal here on the blog!

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

The focal point of our living room is definitely our mantel we put together to replace the built-in unit. The top mantel we created afterward & is a simple facelift for your existing mantel!

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

This year it’s decorated with blue bottles, driftwood from my family’s cottage, and a sea float. The focal point is a large window with a burlap wreath that I made.

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

On either side of the fireplace, we have two cozy armchairs. The starfish pillow I scored on clearance at Homesense for $10!

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

The other chair sits by the window & is my favorite spot to curl up with a good book & my coffee. 🙂

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss
Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss
Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

I’m new to having plants in my home. I am now the owner of a few cute succulents & a corn tree. Now let’s see if I can keep them living!

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

The corn tree I have sitting in a wicker basket. To lift the tree up to appear taller, I stuffed the bottom of the basket with plastic bags & a towel.

 

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

Our white loveseat is from Ikea. If you have pets & eat in your living room, I would definitely recommend going with the Ikea Ektorp! I wash it once every month or so, and buying new covers is fairly cheap. It’s starting to show some wear now, so I may need to buy another someday soon.

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

On the other side of the room is our dining space. It’s quite small, but it can accommodate my large farmhouse table my father built so I’m quite happy about that! If you are interested, here is a tutorial on how I created the timeworn finish!

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

Our chandelier is a Restoration Hardware knock-off I found at Homesense. Our Jasper Dining Chairs are from Wicker Emporium.

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

I really enjoy being able to see the blue of the foyer from the dining room & my foyer table.

 

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I hope to acquire more shells for the vases soon. I’m still just getting comfortable experimenting with tablescapes. If you are just starting out, going with something symmetrical is a safe bet! The antique paddle was bought from a foreclosure at a barn.

  Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

The beautiful coastal artwork is from Distinguished Imports.

    Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss
 

Summer Tour - Coastal Living & Dining Room - @nestofbliss
Adding shells and natural sea inspired colours in your home is an easy way to welcome the summer season.
Are you a seasonal decorator? How do you spruce your home up for the warmer months?
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Comments

  1. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    Brandi, I love everything about your living room and dining room. I wish I could copy everything. I wanted to ask you where you got your Roman Shades? And do they give enough privacy for a first floor, front bedroom? And are they expensive?

    • Hi Sheryll!

      I’m not sure where the shades were from as they came from the house. They definitely dim the room significantly but isn’t near the coverage of black-out curtains. So I suppose that would all depend on how much light you are comfortable with!

  2. Just lucky Brandi. So soft and welcoming.
    I do change the décor with the seasons. Living in Florida we have access to the beach quite a few months of the year and I have collected lots of shells with our boys. They were placed out the last few days of April this year.
    Happy weekend.
    Hugs, Gee

    • Hi Gee,
      That sounds beautiful! How wonderful you get to enjoy the beach that often & can decorate for the season so early on. We have snow for a while & it just melted in April!

  3. I’m not a seasonal decorator (except for Christmas), but I love the coastal look and have been slowly incorporating it into our home. My latest room makeover is our ocean-inspired master bathroom.

    Your living & dining rooms totally capture the coastal look & feel 🙂 The colours and finishes are soft & pretty (thanks for the peek into your blue foyer!), and I love that the dining table looks like driftwood 🙂

    • Hi Kelly!

      Thank you so very much for your kind words. I will certainly have to come check out your renovation! Have a beautiful day. xo

  4. Love all the open and airiness feel of this space!

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