Summer Cottage Dining Room Decor | Tour 2023

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Welcome! Today I'm joining the Summer Home Tours  hosted by Marty from A Stroll Thru Life where over 30 bloggers get together to share seasonal decor of their homes!  If you are stopping by on the blog tour hop from Worthing Court welcome! Isn't Suzy's home beautiful and full of inspiration?

Happy almost-summer! All of May and this part of June has been super weird for us, not too much of a summery feeling, but I sure am looking forward to those hot July months and excited to share my summer dining room tour with you! The past year or so I've been slowly transitioning my dining room (without any real intention) to a place to house all my vintage and antique stoneware and ironstone. I grabbed this hutch below from a thrift store and immediately started filling it! It's finally time to share my dining space with you full of all my antique/vintage finds!

Getting that cottage dining room feel is all about adding things that you love! For me, it's clearly the stoneware along with other random goodies like my vintage baskets, creamers, frames, and wood cooking utensils. To keep my collection from looking too busy, although it may be borderline already!...I keep the colors pretty simple with the creams, whites and wood tones. 

For my summer centerpiece, I placed a large stoneware crock I received for Mother's Day right in the center and then built around it using other small stoneware pieces. I corralled them all in this oversized tray. Also, I love candlelight at dinner time, so I keeping candles on the table is a must!

To add more color and texture, I threw some greens in the crocks. I love to decorate with dried greens, but now with two cats it's better off to use the faux variety. I found these greens at Hobby Lobby along with the myrtle tree in the back. 

Adding that cottage charm includes layers! As you can see, I layer everything in my house. It keeps it comfy and cozy even during the summer months. I have tried to take away layers for summer, but it just doesn't feel right in my home. So I keep them! I made these pillow cases for the heads of the table to represent a little English cottage flair.  I have a video hack on how I made each of them in 5 minutes here.
This hutch in the corner is another place to house some fave finds. The crock on top is another gift from my husband for my birthday. It's safe to say that he gets me! There are every day dishes in here along with some vintage butter pats, and vases from  my collection with Antique Farmhouse

A new thing I started collecting...and have recently stopped unless I find an amazing deal...are the vintage butter pats. They are the perfect little things to be on the hunt for and collect since they don't take up a ton of space! They do get pricey though. I try to keep each pat I buy under $4. I've seen some go for over $20 for those little things. Crazy! But I do love their sweet little addition to my shelves. I have some in here and on my buffet hutch. 

And now for the rest of my stoneware. They truly serve no purpose most times, just as a collection. Most of these pieces are from my contact in England, the others are from local shops and Instagram stores. (I have a list of my fave places in this post) These too are fun to collect, but get pricey! I'm at a point that I'm happy with what I have...mainly because I don't have much more places to put them :) And I should probably save some money on more useful things, ha!  

Adding into the collection are pieces of "vintage" artwork. These pieces can be found throughout my house and are the perfect addition to vignettes and shelves. They come in a few different sizes, I chose the smaller ones for these shelves. These apothecary cabinets behind the artwork are a project I did a few years back. They don't hold anything...they are just fun to look at :)

Other things I use to break up the collection are wooden utensils, terra cotta pots, plates (also a birthday present), books, vintage frames, candles and a clock face even! 

The older I have gotten, and the more I have lived in my house, the more I realize it's all about surrounding yourself with the people and the things you love. My style has slowly changed over the years replacing new items with used finds. Believe it or not, the only pieces of furniture in here that are new are the white chairs. Everything else is secondhand to me. I feel like besides the story I'll give it, it already brings a story into the home. I wish I had a 300 year old home somewhere, but I don't! It's almost brand new, so this is the way I give it some charm :) 

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I hope you enjoy the tour, and I know you'll find more inspiration at Lori's house at The Stoneybrook House! You can find the full list of tours going on this week below! 

Monday June 5th

A Stroll Thru Life - Simply2Moms - Our Southern Home - The Tattered Pew - Whispering Pines Homestead

Tuesday June 6th

Eleanor Rose Home - The House of Silverado - Calypso In The Country - StoneGable - My Wee Abode - Southern Home and Hospitality

Wednesday June 7th

Worthing Court - Thrifty and Chic - The Stonybrook House - Decor To Adore - Chalking Up Success - She Gave It A Go

Thursday June 8th

Shiplap and Shells - Pasha is Home - DIY Beautify - CitrineLiving - Thistle Key Lane - Country Road 407

Friday June 9th

White Arrows Home - It All Started With Paint - Southern Crush at Home - Amy Sadler Designs

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happy DIYing! Alicia