A Simple Summer Tablescape and a Chair Makeover

Happy Monday everyone! . . . Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Mine was filled with lots of tasks, including preparing for a dinner party . . .

~ ~ my annual turn with the Dinner Group of wonderful friends.

Summer Tablescape

I set a simple table this time . . .

~ ~ no place cards . . . no little “cutesy” things that I usually do . . . I went Simple.

Summer Tablescape

My dining room is a casual room . . .

~ ~ that is located just off the kitchen and at the back side of the house . . .

Summer Tablescape

Rather than the typical formal dining room located in the front of a home.

I am seeing more of this “casual dining space” in new home plans.

Summer Tablescape

We feel as if we are in a “tree house” when sitting in this room . . .

~ ~ as it is a second story view.

Summer Tablescape

The centerpieces are basil plants with daisies added in pretty terra cotta pots.

~ ~ I used the floral aquapics to secure the daisies in the plant.

These centerpieces were given to my guests as “parting gifts”

It makes up for my lack of gourmet cooking skills!!!…:)

Actually, no . . . I love to give my guests a momento of the evening . . .

~ ~ and I typically design my centerpieces as the parting gifts!…Two purposes in one!!

And now to the chair makeover . . . A chair that my niece wanted for her daughter’s room.

Chair Makeover

My niece is re-locating to the Denver area . . .

~ ~ so after this chair has been sitting in her garage for years . .

Chair Makeover

~ ~ she wanted to have it recovered before she left.

Chair Makeover

Ta da!! . . . We decided to eliminate the tufting. . .

~ ~ and paint the legs for a more updated look.

Chair Makeover

Here it is in a corner of Linda’s beautiful dining room . . yes, she also does upholstery!!

So that was a snipit of my weekend…hope you all had a great one too!

Have a wonderful day and hope it is filled with great sunshine!

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  1. Donnamae says

    Your dining room is lovely…simply elegant! Don’t you just love living in the trees? 😉

  2. I love your casual table design. Just perfect for family or for guests. I tend to stay with simple when I do tables. easy and Pretty! I always love your ideas. Sheila

  3. Cute centerpiece and how nice to send them home with your guests. Linda does such fabulous work. Gosh I wish I lived closer to her.
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  4. Jeanette Price says

    The table looked lovely.. I think I recognize those dishes.. Lenox Butler’s Pantry correct? I have them as well and I love them. I love the pillow on the chair and the flower. Did Linda make that as well? Great job!

  5. Linda miller says

    I think formal dining rooms are a thing of the past in most families. We have one that is used 3 times a year, at most. Pretty much wasted space. We also have a breakfast room table and a kitchen counter. Just too many options for 2 people. Your simple table is perfect for a summer dinner party. Wish it was set for 2 more…that would be Jeff and I!

  6. Shirley, your tablescape is so pretty and inviting! I love the pots of flowers throughout your table. I love the chair Linda recovered! Wow, it’s gorgeous!

  7. So I’m going to pat myself on the back and pretend that you posted this beautiful tablescape because I pestered you about it a couple of weeks ago! 🙂 You’ve just given me a great idea for great guest favors. Basil or some other herb that they’re going to use anyway makes perfect sense!

    You’re right about the more casual dining room going into new construction. It’s the wave of the future. People are drifting further and further away from the very formal. I’m versatile. Even though we have a separate dining room, I’m sure I’d be just as happy with something that was more integrated. I have, in fact, rallied to have walls torn down. Vetoed every time!

    What a transformation on the chair! Wow! I never would have thought that something in such a rundown condition could be transformed like that! Maybe I should rethink some of the furniture around here instead of just campaigning to get rid of it altogether.

    Thank you for posting a tablescape, Shirley! I knew all along you would do a slam dunker! 🙂
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  8. Your dining room looks beautiful and the flowers are the perfect centerpiece. Great chair makeover!!
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  9. I love your very pretty, yet simple table. I’m all about keeping it simple so the hostess can enjoy the guests too. Love the idea of sending something home with each guest…lovely!!
    Your niece did a wonderful job on the chair!
    Mary Alice
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  10. Wow such a perfect hostess gift, I am going to remember that one and your table is beautiful!

    Your chair makeover turned out great, I am nervous about trying to do upholstery. Unless of course I get the chair for garage sale prices then I won’t be so afraid to mess it up….lol
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  11. I love the simple centerpiece idea and that you then gave the plants to your guests – such a lovely idea! Everyone can use another basil plant!

  12. Great takeaways AND centerpiece for a casual table – I really like those, Shirley. And a great job on the chair!
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  13. Beautiful table vignette!!!! The chair turned out wonderful too :o)
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  14. Daisies and basil…what a great combo!! Love that for your centerpiece and for your take home gift. I like the casualness of it. And that chair turned out wonderful! Upholstery is one skill I really wish I would learn. It would come in sooo handy.

  15. I love the centerpieces Shirley what a great take home gift!! Linda did an amazing job on your nieces chair!!
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  16. The table is really nice and I love the basil with daisy’s. Great center piece’s and parting gifts.
    The chair really turned out good – love the color. Your sister did an outstanding job on upholstering of the chair.
    Happy Summer! Are you getting all those storms where you live?
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  17. I love basil – the perfect centerpiece! And that chair is the perfect size and shape!
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  18. Shirley you have a beautiful dinning room. The chair look great! It look kinda hard though. I need to take some classes.
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  19. Wow. Just wow. I’m amazed.

  20. That was a fabulous chair transformation Shirley! Linda is amazingly talented, as are you for putting such a simple and perfectly lovely table together. Love the idea of basil and giving the centerpiece as gifts. Who doesn’t need some basil??!
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  21. I love your simple Summer table,Shirley. Plus, the gifts are perfect!
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  22. A very pretty summer table, Shirley. What a sweet parting gift for your guests.

  23. I love that dual purpose centerpiece idea…it dosn’t surprise me, you are a perfect host. how was the dinner party?
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  24. Hi Shirley, your dining room looks lovely and so inviting.

    Great makeover on the chair too.

    Have a great week,

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  25. A simple table always works for me and, I think, makes people feel more comfortable. I hope tufts aren’t out of style because I just ordered a sofa yesterday that has some!
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  26. Love your pots of basil with the daisy picks for a centerpiece Shirley!
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  27. I have a few things that need taken care off… Amazing work…

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