I’d be lying if I told you our formal dining room got tons of use. Let’s be honest, it’s great for holidays, pictures & new seasonal table scapes of course! It’s one of my favorite things to change in & out, but boy do I struggle with it! It’s the first room you see when you walk into our home & I always want to make sure it’s inviting, warm & matches the decor I have going on for that season. I try to carry those design details through the dining area and into the kitchen to create a constant flow. This summer… it’s all about the lemons!
If you’ve followed along for awhile, you know I struggle with incorporating color into my design scheme. Not that I don’t love it in other peoples homes, and honestly I’m jealous of the people that can put turquoise, lime green and pink together and it all works- I am just not that girl. My tastes are always evolving and I love to switch decor in & out, so keeping it neutral is extremely helpful when doing so!
Today, I am going to share our summer dining room & table scape with you, including shoppable links to help you create your own summer table scape! Before we get into it, I want to point out I keep the table extremely simple, leaving out silverware & glassware. It makes me nervous with the pups to have glassware out, that they can bump & I have a lot going on in the room with the buffet and car so going with the “less is more” just works better for us! Feel free to include those into yours, as it looks beautiful & can fill up a room if that is what you need!
Welcome to our dining room! Easily one of my favorite spots in our house! Our table and chairs are from Nebraska Furniture Mart, but I have found them online & linked them! Same goes for the side board/ buffet you see to the right. Dane actually picked this table out & it has been so easy to transition from each season. The wooden shelf & brackets are linked & I switch out the garland seasonally with the table, this time I used a lemon garland. I also love to switch out the faux plants in the galvanized planters to each side! You can shop our bar cart here, I have kept it neutral for this season as there is a lot going on, but you can always add a pop of color by changing out the tea towel!
I always begin with a simple table runner, usually neutral (except for Christmas) and go from there. Then pick your charger- this is a good time to put in a pop of color to tie in the details of the rest room, I have a farmhouse feel throughout our home so the galvanized metal was a good touch & complimented the planters near the gather sign! You can shop my galvanized chargers here. Since we don’t usually eat off of these plates, I try to reuse the white plates for a few seasons if possible- so I picked a neutral set that I can carry out through the year to go on top of the charger I choose. You can shop mine, here. Then comes the fun part! I try to buy my napkins in bulk as it is cheaper. You can get a great deal from the retailer I buy mine through, they are usually BOGO 50% off, so be sure to wait for them to be on sale! The napkins are one of the few things I change out each season, as they are more reasonable then the other pieces & add so much to the table! To go along with the lemon theme I chose these with a touch of yellow. To fold them the way I did in this photo, completely unfold the napkin, find the middle and pull it to the top (this reminds me of when we would make the ghost pops for Halloween). Then slide the napkin ring from the top to the middle (bottom should be the ends). Then fluff the top by pulling it apart till it’s full.
Finally, the napkin rings take the cake! These particular ones are more dramatic then I would normally choose however I knew my centerpiece would be simple, so they worked well. These are from the same retailer an are ran on the same BOGO sale! To complete the table scape I used a glass vase I had on hand (never throw them away from gifted flowers) & filled it with faux lemons. I often times will purchase pre-made centerpieces from Kirklands for our table, but with the plates being so decorative I kept this one simple and added a box wood wreath for extra greenery! I love seeing your home decor posts so be sure to tag me in them!