June 23, 2011

A Summer Look for the Living Room

Hello to you!  Hope your Summer is going well so far.  This week, I decide to give my living room a new summery look, complete with bright whites, a few vintage elements and fresh flowers.


I started with some rearranging...swapping the porch furniture with the living room furniture.  The living room is directly in front of you when you walk in the front door and I wanted it to feel nice and welcoming.


I washed all my slipcovers, which was quite the chore due to my crappy washing machine, then after finally getting the furniture all put back together, I added a little vintage stool as a side table and a few old books.  And, of course, no makeover is complete without the addition of flowers.  My lovely neighbor gave my these pretty pink peonies with instructions to take as many as I want.  How great is that?  I managed to contain my glee and greediness and only took a few.


I kept thinking about the other possible decorating options for this room and wondered how a bench would look in front of the couch.  So, I got one out and added a few flowers and some old canning jars to help liven it up a bit. 


I liked it, but I think I'd prefer a rustic side table instead...maybe something with metal.  Another idea that came to mind was logs.  We have these huge peeled logs in the garage and I'm wondering if perhaps the Mister would be willing to cut the end off of one for a little table.  Oh, I think that would look good! Those things cost a small fortune though, so I don't know if he'll go for that idea.


There ya go sweet peeps...my summerfied living room.  Well, all this talk has me hungry...I think I hear some strawberries calling my name.  Hope you're having a wonderfully sunny week.

xo Tricia

•• Since people often ask me...the chair is from Room and Board ••

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84 comments:

  1. Your home is so lovely - I love the soft tones, your furniture and the light...oh that glorious light!

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  2. Tricia is so beautiful and looks like such a cozy place to sit. Your flowers are so pretty. I love how you always have fresh flowers in your home. :)
    Is the rug from PB? I have debating whether to get one, does it wear well?

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  3. Your living room is beautiful. The white, the flowers, the wall color . . .lets just say I love it all. I think the bench looks great. But what wouldn't with canning jars and flowers resting on it LOL!

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  4. The flowers totally make the room don't they? It makes you wonder how we go all winter without them...

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  5. Your chair looks like a lovely peaceful spot. The pale pink flowers with the white and seagrass is particularly pretty.

    As usual, it is your photos that captivate me. GORGEOUS.

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  6. so beautiful and peaceful. i need a spot like that right around now!

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  7. This is so pretty. If I lived there, I would just want to curl up and read in that chair...

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  8. Soo soo gorgeous Tricia!! I love your pretty serene living room! The bench is so charming with your glass bottles~ and those peonies! Oh my! I was on a quest yesterday for some peonies and 3 stores later- NONE! I had to switch to another flower. I am so ready to change all my living room decor around... again... too!
    :)

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  9. Beautiful! I love the peonies. I think the bench looks very nice in front of the couch! Oh, and you have some amazing windows!

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  10. Things look beautful, what a sweet neighbor. hard not to be "greedy" with an offer like that! xoxo Debra

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  11. What beautiful, peaceful pictures! Love the flowers in the vases all lined up. I like the layout and simplicity of your blog. Did you set it up yourself? i am playing around with my blog backgrounds etc....can you offer any help ;) Thanks so much.

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  12. Oh Tricia, every time you show me a new room in your home, I fall more in love! Your home is so beautiful! I do love the bench with added flowers to your mason jars.
    Have a lovely day!
    xo
    Cheryl

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  13. How beautiful!! I love that chair and ottoman and the stool and bench add a nice farmhouse look.

    Love peonies. They looks so pretty arranged in a vase. Great job, Tricia!

    XO,
    Jane

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  14. Your home looks like it just came out of a magazine!
    And that little sofa chair is the perfect place to be; with a book in my hand, and my kitty on my lap ♥

    ...Let's not forget the smootie on the coffee table!

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  15. ...love, Love, LOVE the bench with all those lovely lilacs!!
    xo, Rosemary

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  16. Your living room looks gorgeous! Peonies are an absolute favorite! I immediately noticed your armoire as I'm on the hunt for one myself. I love yours and the colour!

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  17. Oh I love it! The bench, swoon! I'm "pinning" these photos for inspiration!

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  18. Hi Tricia, your makeover is so refreshing and welcoming and serene. I love that feeling. As many peonies as you want? I'm afraid I would not have shown such restraint. :)

    Beautiful photos, thank you so much for the inspiration. Wishing you a lovely weekend of sunshine, strawberries and flowers. xo –g

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  19. Well your living room looks much prettier than mine. I should have waited till after I was my slipcovers to photograph and post. I do love your cozy chair. And I really like the black armoir. I would like to have one like it one day...when we have wood floors. Beautiful!

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  20. Hai Tricia,
    I love the bench in your living room.
    No white sofa for me,(my children)
    but it looks great!!
    Again, i love it.
    Sandra

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  21. Wow!!
    It looks fresh, cozy and stylish, if you ask me.
    I adore your table and the flowers... so pretty.

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  22. I love your bright and airy style! Marvelous!

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  23. Gorgeous Tricia! Have a delightful Summer! Xoxoxo

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  24. BEAUTIFUL photos of your home. I just love it all!!
    Blessings~

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  25. Just beautiful, Tricia! The pale tones are so restful ...but still elegant. The pink peonies look so wonderful in that setting. I have a similar pink one blooming right now, but I don't have an elegant setting for them. I'm so envious of the light you have in your home.

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  26. How peaceful and serene that chair in front of the window looks! I could see curling up there with a book and a cup of tea and not moving! I used a bench like that as a coffee table for many many years and loved it! I sits on my front porch now.

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  27. Tricia, WOW!!!!! So elegant and lovely!

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  28. Oh, Tricia! What a beautiful spot to relax! White slipcovers + pink peonies + aqua canning jars = PERFECTION! ♥ LUV!!!!!

    xoxo laurie

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  29. Your home is a dream! simply a dream!

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  30. Dearest sweet tricia, your living room is so beautiful and i just love everything! The flowers are gorgeous and they always add such beautiful touch to a room! Have a lovely merry happy friday and a wonderful weekend! Love to you!

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  31. Lovely home, just gorgeous Tricia. I love the white and the light...!

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  32. Just beautiful Tricia ~~ calming and clutter free!

    Thank you for sharing:)

    Kay Ellen

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  33. Hello! Thanks for the visit today.I thought I would stop over for one myself.You have a lovely blog.I also have that same chair but in denim the white didn't work for us.I also have a white bench I love too.You have great style! I am now a follower and will be back for another visit~Cheers Kim

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  34. Oops! I am already a follower.Silly Meee `Cheers Kim

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  35. Everything is simply beautiful. I love the fact that you don't overdo anything. It is all just pefect.

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  36. What a peaceful place to rest ones heart!

    Love the simplicity of your room, it truly takes my breath away!!
    I too have simply designs in a home of whites gray and natural driftwood tone.

    I saw your comment over at Rosemarys and wanted to thank you for your comment on the shelter sign I painted for one of my Giveaway's...Keep posted I will be doing another one soon :)

    Blessings to you and yours
    xx
    Dore

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  37. soothing is the word.

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  38. Love Love Love!! So cozy and cheerful!! Looks great!! I love the big windows of light and your fresh flowers

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  39. Dear Tricia,
    thank you so much for your lovely comment. I am so glad about it.
    Your home is so beautiful and look light and airy. I love the way how you decorate your home....in every detail.
    This bench is absolutly great! it suits perfectly to your lovely living room.
    Your blog is really an inspiration!
    Have a nice day!
    Warm regards,
    Lucia

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  40. Hi Tricia, I'm so glad you introduced yourself over at my blog so that I could find you! Oooh I love your home.....so beautiful! Wish I had a neighbour with peonies too!
    Looking forward to grabbing a cuppa and enjoying some time reading your posts! Best wishes, Kerry

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  41. What a sepcial place in your home. Love the peonies.

    Pam x

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  42. Such a lovely room -- I like the table instead of the bench as well although the bench is pretty with the jars of flowers on it!

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  43. Oh I could just curl up in that soft white chair with a hot cup of coffee and a good book! I would be there for hours!

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  44. Hey gorgeous,

    I'd just LOVE to curl up in your arm chair and have a lovely snooze!! Or maybe a little read. It looks SO welcoming, Tricia.

    Gorgeous!

    sarahx

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  45. Big comfy white chair...how inviting! Looks so beautiful!

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  46. OMG - your house and your blog is absolutely gorgeous! had a wonderful time here :-)

    greetings from austria!
    nora

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  47. How lovely! Beautiful home beautiful shots! What a pleasure to visit here!

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  48. Love the new look, and the peonies are so pretty! Mine didn't bloom this year for some reason. :( I am loving the bench with the vases of flowers too!

    Debbie

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  49. Just looking at these photos makes me feel good. Love the lightness and airyness and serene tones!

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  50. You DO take the most romantic photos I've ever seen!
    Brenda

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  51. It looks so serene,
    Tricia! I am seriously
    considering an off-white
    slip for my couch....
    just love it.
    xx Suzanne

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  52. I love your pretty white decor. Your flowers look amazing next to the white backdrop. Looks lovely!

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  53. Would love to sit in your white chair if only for a short while. Wish I had the energy and money to work on my house. Peonies are one of my favorites,too!

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  54. Love your beautiful decor...the couch and slip-covers so beautiful. The blooms and bench so striking together. That armoire..oooh-la-la!
    Your photos...amazing Tricia :)

    Deborah xoxo

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  55. *Sigh* its all so beautiful.Gorgeous photography as well.

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  56. Rosy, so beautiful and harmony. I love homes like this but never could live myself like that, you know:) I need much more color but I alway dreaming those all white homes. Again you have big window there to bring beautiful light inside, I would sit always in that corner and reading or dreaming:)

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  57. Sat down to read through some blogs. The weather doesn't know what she will do. Love the photos...and the color scheme in your summer living room! What color is that on your walls? Oh...and do you make your own slipcovers?

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  58. So beautiful Tricia!
    Have a great weekend.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  59. That chair looks so cozy... Love your photos.

    Rainey @ The Project Table

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  60. I love, love that disressed bench. Don't you move it! It's perfect. :)

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  61. A lovely Zen-like atmosphere you have created... so inviting & serene!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  62. You have gorgeous photos of your lovely room. I really like the contrast of texture of the rug, rustic wood and white linens with flowers. Very pretty and such a relaxing look.

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  63. Such wonderful light and tones in your home Tricia!
    These photographs are just beautiful.
    Each is so perfectly composed.
    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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  64. Gorgeous Tricia! Love the bench in front of the couch. Can't wait to see if you get the log you want cut. I have to ask though, what's it doing in the garage?

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  65. Gosh, you take the prettiest pictures! Love the beautiful flowers... peonies are my favorite :) Lovely living room!

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  66. love the look of your room. I'm joining up as a follower so I can find my way back many times in the future.

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  67. What a beautiful room! Lucky you! Those peonies are stunning and you are seriously talented.

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  68. It looks so cool and inviting Tricia :) Your images are beautiful!
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  69. I just love the way you decorate Tricia...so gorgeous!!! ~Deb~

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  70. Tricia,
    Your home looks so inviting and peacefully white. I love it. And how lucky you are to have a neighbor that gives you peonies!

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  71. Tricia, where did you find the chair? It's incredible!

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  72. Ohhh too divine for words!!!!

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  73. girl. beautiful room...beautiful pictures...love the flowers and the table...

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  74. Such a lovely room you have. The beautiful flowers gives more radiant inside. With a amazing natural light from the outside.

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  75. Tricia, I just discovered your lovely blog. I love this room...so simple and cozy. I'm looking for an oversized reading chair for our bedroom. Where is your's from? I look forward to reading more from you!

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  76. Tricia, you have a lovely home. And I agree; fresh flowers really help to complete a room! Absolutely beautiful :)

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  77. Your home is so beautiful and you display it very well on your blog. I love your home style and all the flowers. I hope to make my own blog as successful as your.

    Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

    Xenia

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  78. Love the look! I have the same seat. Where are those pillows from?

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    1. The pillows came with the chair, which is from Room and Board.

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  79. wow... I really love your sofa!!!! So big and comfy. And I love your pictures too.

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