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:
Trust me, that photo actually does the room justice.
Here is our space today!
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!
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!
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.
On either side of the fireplace, we have two cozy armchairs. The starfish pillow I scored on clearance at Homesense for $10!
The other chair sits by the window & is my favorite spot to curl up with a good book & my coffee. 🙂
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!
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.
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.
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!
Our chandelier is a Restoration Hardware knock-off I found at Homesense. Our Jasper Dining Chairs are from Wicker Emporium.
I really enjoy being able to see the blue of the foyer from the dining room & my foyer table.
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.
The beautiful coastal artwork is from Distinguished Imports.
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