A French country dining room embodies a rustic elegance with neutrals, wood tones, and a peony centerpiece.
I always have visions of summer being the simplest season: no school, less commitments, a little vacation… but the reality with four kiddos and 100 degree heat doesn’t always fit that ideal. 😉
I’m excited to join my friend Krista from The Happy Housie for Seasonal Simplicity again, though, and hopefully to inspire you all with some sweet summer ideas.
Simple Summer Decorating
This room doubles as our schoolroom, so it needed a serious clean out to mark the end of the year. Getting rid of the clutter leaves the space feeling so open and fresh!
Shop the room
I usually shop the house, but I had so many pieces accumulated on my bar cart for some reason, that I managed to rearrange accents without even leaving the room. Definitely a time saver. 😉
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GET THE LOOK:
Add fresh flowers
I’ve actually never bought peonies before, but I spotted these at the grocery store and I’m SO glad I grabbed them! They’ve only grown more beautiful even since I photographed them for you. Even in just a simple Homegoods vase, I think they’re a showstopper.
French Country Style
As you probably know, French style holds a special place in my heart… but I have been especially inspired lately by my sweet friend’s new book. You can read all about it here if you love vintage French style, as well. And just for fun, I thought I’d break down the simple French country look here today, too.
This is an obvious one (and I inherited this set from my great grandmother and gave it a makeover, so I was set on that), but I replaced our antique dining chairs (which were rather delicate) with these casual cafe style chairs… and we love them!
Texture, texture, texture. Pretty and functional!
The “country” part of French country is best embodied with simple accents: linen, a demijohn, a white pitcher, a basket as wall art…
This isn’t necessarily a feature of French country, but it’s my style of French country. And I think that’s equally important to any design: make it your own!
But whatever you have going on this summer, I hope you’re able to embrace a little beauty.
As is often the case in my home, my dining room is a mixture of antiques, DIY projects, and new purchases.
vintage/antiques: dining set (makeover tutorial here), bench, milk can
diy projects: white “boot box” in entry, Paris map wall art
I’ve linked the new purchases as well as many similar, shoppable items below!
SHOP THE LOOK!
And don’t forget to pin it!
Now be sure to go see my friend Janet at Shabbyfufu – you will love her incredible design. And visit the other bloggers sharing their homes for seasonal simplicity today!