I feel like it’s the official first day of summer, even though it’s not on the calendar! Why – it’s the week of the summer home tour series hosted by Marty of A Stroll Thru Life! If you are here visiting from Thrifty and Chic – Welcome! Wasn’t Alicia’s summertime home just lovely! Those framed lavender prints in her dining room is such a genius idea! For this year’s tour, I’m sharing my dining room and kitchen. I’ve recently made some changes in these spaces, so today is the big reveal! Summertime brings back memories of childhood on the farm – helping my grandmother in her garden, my mom making lemonade for the farm workers bringing in the hay, making homemade ice cream, catching tadpoles in the creek . . . and, I think it’s why I am drawn to a vintage style in my decor for the summertime.
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If you follow me regularly, you know I’m drawn to black and white and buffalo check! And, summertime is no different! As a contrast, I added in some red and white to my summertime tablescape. To me, red and white is classic summertime! When it gets closer to July, just add in some navy and patriotic touches for the Fourth of July celebrations! And, you may have noticed a new rug! I am replacing all of my jute rugs and I’ll be sharing more about that in another post. I found this rug HERE and love the cottage style print and warm gray and ivory tones.
The big change in this space is the checked feature wall in the dining room. I decided it was time to change out the stenciled damask wall for something more current and when I saw this wallpaper from the Magnolia Home collection, I was smitten! It’s called Vintage Threads because the buffalo check is made up of tiny lines that criss cross. I like that it’s a bold pattern, but still light and bright.
You can see the pattern a little bit better in this photo of my vintage scale with a Wandering Jew plant. Fingers crossed that I can keep it alive! I did my research to find the right trailing vine for the scale that wouldn’t be toxic for cats – just in case Sadie decides to give it a taste!
And, did you notice the inside of my corner cabinet? I used leftover wallpaper from my office ( House of Hackney London Rose) to line the inside walls. I love how the two wallpapers work together! I used repositionable spray adhesive to lightly attach the paper, because I do like to change things from time to time and I didn’t want the wallpaper to be permanent.
I love the look of the vintage ironstone and silver against the wallpaper. That little pitcher was what my grandmother used for milk on the table. Since we lived on a dairy farm, our milk came straight from the cow!
And, what’s better on a summer day than a slice of homemade strawberry pie! If you haven’t tried my recipe for the Perfect Strawberry Pie, what are you waiting for! Strawberry season is so short – make a pie while those sweet berries are plentiful! You can get the recipe HERE.
For each table setting, I layered a galvanized charger, white dinner plate, a red and white plaid napkin, a vintage ironstone salad plate, and a berry basket filled with strawberries. These small glass custard cups fit perfectly inside the berry baskets.
I shared recently on instagram and facebook that I don’t often share my kitchen because it really needs a major update. But, those updates take time to save for. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things that I can do to make it look nicer while I wait for those big upgrades. I’m often asked about my concrete countertops and if they have held up. It’s been almost six years now and they have held up great.
I did add a couple new things. I fell in love with this metal dairy sign from Decor Steals earlier this month and had to have it! It works perfectly above the kitchen sink. And, I recently got this bold buffalo check throw rug for in front of the sink area. I like it because it’s washable!
Another vintage scale and some summertime red and white flowers brighten up this area. And, I had to add the tiny red vintage sneakers I found a few years ago at a local antique shop.
Lastly, the space opposite the kitchen counter is where I have the kitchen cart that Mark built. I love to style this space, but it’s so hard to photograph! I used a mix of vintage and vintage style reproduction pieces in this space.
I found this galvanized mini greenhouse at a local shop and fell in love! The vine is faux, but is pretty realistic. I found the vintage Better Homes and Gardens Garden Book from the 1950’s at a local thrift shop! There are some for sale on Etsy if you’d like one too!
And, what’s better than being able to bring in flowers from your own flower garden to decorate in the summertime! Something else that I learned from my grandmother! She always had the best flower garden!
Thanks for stopping by today to take a look at my summertime vintage style dining room and kitchen spaces. Next up on today’s tour is Starfish Cottage. You are going to love Kristy’s beachy boho style! If you missed any of this week’s tours, you can find the entire line up with links below! This is such an eclectic group of bloggers and styles – there’s something for everyone!!!
Monday – June 11
Tuesday – June 12
Wednesday – June 13
Thursday – June 14
Fri –June 15
Stacey @ Poofing the Pillows
Doreen, this is all incredibly beautiful!
Love all your vintage treasures and the pops of red!!
I love the vintage touches. Also, the red and white accents are spot on! Just beautiful!
Kathie form IL
Prayed for you just now, hope you have a great day with good health and JOY.
Laura Ingalls Gunn
I am absolutely smitten with your new wallpaper treatments. The pop of red is so cheerful!
WOW… Your kitchen is beautiful !! What a great idea with those plants across the kitchen window………………………. Thank you so much for sharing!!
I love your updated vintage summer style! So much fun participating in this week’s blog hop…Blessings, Kristy- Starfish Cottage
Doreen!!! I’m obsessed with that checkered wall. It’s so so good and such a focal point. But of course I love the rest of your beautiful home as well. Always enjoy your tours! Have a great summer!
I love that check wallpaper in the dining room, how perfect is that. I also love how welcoming and inviting your kitchen is. It just speaks come in and enjoy to me. Thanks so much for joining the tours, your home is always full of wonderful ideas and inspiration.
Every space is adorable. Love that wallpaper and what you did inside the corner cabinet. I’ve been inspired to do something different too. I’m tired of the boring look of ours.
Absolutely gorgeous! I love your updates; thanks so much for sharing your inspiration!
I love everything your dining room and kitchen are so really pretty and cozy. It’s just the kind of place you could be invited to and feel at home. Thank you.
What a pretty tour! I love the wallpaper on the wall and in the hutch. I love your updated touches with the vintage as well. I always love your tours! I am looking forward to your porches. They are a favorite of mine. Your home is so welcoming.
Doreen, I am just smitten with your new wallpaper accent wall! You’ve given me such good ideas for some summer perk-ups, especially in the kitchen!
Doreen, your wallpaper is so pretty…both of them and yes they do complement each other so beautifully. PS- your kitchen is lovely.
Love the tour, thank you for sharing. I do have a question..is the check in the wallpaper a dark black? It looks gray in the photo.
Hi Doreen! So happy to be joining you on this tour! I love all of your summer touches. I have been on the fence about painting my corner hutch in the dining room until seeing this post…now I know what’s on the DIY agenda this weekend! Such pretty paper lining the back of the cabinet and your walls too. Love your use of strawberries too, I also shared some faux strawberries on my tour.
Pinning away so many lovely images. Have a great summer!
I’m so glad I thought to look for this post after I read your other posts today. I wanted to see your kitchen makeover. You always have the best ideas. The wall looks amazing. I’m so glad this light and bright buffalo plaid came out because it really goes well with your cabinet against it. Your idea to use spray adhesive was a great tip to add wallpaper or paper that we don’t want to be permanent. All your white dishes pop. It’s neat to see the heirloom milk pitcher. Thank you for giving us a tour. It’s stunning!! I’ll be over ohhh about two next Tuesday for pie and a chat (wink)
Christy @ Our Southern Home
Absolutely stunning! I adore that wallpaper…both! You’ve got me rethinking a bath reno. Love your new rug as well!
Everything looks so pretty and summery. I love your vintage touches!