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
β€’β€’ Since people often ask me…the chair is from Room and Board β€’β€’
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  • Ashley Sisk

    Your home is so lovely – I love the soft tones, your furniture and the light…oh that glorious light!

    June 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm Reply
  • michelle

    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. πŸ™‚
    Is the rug from PB? I have debating whether to get one, does it wear well?

    June 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm Reply
  • Robin

    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!

    June 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm Reply
  • Comeca Jones


    June 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm Reply
  • Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors

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

    June 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm Reply
  • Razmataz

    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.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm Reply
  • Nancy

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

    June 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm Reply
  • Renee @ where the grass is greener

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

    June 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm Reply
  • Courtney ~ French Country Cottage

    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!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm Reply
  • Ashley

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

    June 23, 2011 at 2:26 pm Reply
  • Debra

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

    June 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm Reply
  • Dawna

    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 πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:06 pm Reply
  • Sweet Young Journey

    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!

    June 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm Reply
  • Blondie's Journal

    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!


    June 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm Reply
  • Kristen

    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 β™₯

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

    June 23, 2011 at 3:32 pm Reply
  • Ozma of Odds

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

    June 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm Reply
  • Megan @ Restoring the Roost

    Simply beautiful!

    June 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm Reply
  • Andrea

    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!

    June 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm Reply
  • elizabeth

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

    June 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm Reply
  • Georgianna

    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. πŸ™‚

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

    June 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm Reply
  • kerrie of sea cottage

    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!

    June 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm Reply
  • Het Hoogerhuys

    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.

    June 23, 2011 at 4:34 pm Reply
  • PriscilaPetersDecor

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

    June 23, 2011 at 6:17 pm Reply
  • Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle)

    I love your bright and airy style! Marvelous!

    June 23, 2011 at 7:45 pm Reply
  • Ashley

    Gorgeous Tricia! Have a delightful Summer! Xoxoxo

    June 23, 2011 at 8:58 pm Reply
  • Sandi

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

    June 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm Reply
  • Tiffany



    June 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm Reply
  • Evelyn S.

    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.

    June 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm Reply
  • Annette

    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.

    June 23, 2011 at 11:35 pm Reply
  • Val

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

    June 24, 2011 at 12:12 am Reply
  • Heaven's Walk

    Oh, Tricia! What a beautiful spot to relax! White slipcovers + pink peonies + aqua canning jars = PERFECTION! β™₯ LUV!!!!!

    xoxo laurie

    June 24, 2011 at 1:04 am Reply
  • Barb

    Your home is a dream! simply a dream!

    June 24, 2011 at 1:22 am Reply
  • jacqueline

    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!

    June 24, 2011 at 1:22 am Reply
  • Tara

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

    June 24, 2011 at 2:00 am Reply
  • Kay Ellen

    Just beautiful Tricia ~~ calming and clutter free!

    Thank you for sharing:)

    Kay Ellen

    June 24, 2011 at 4:17 am Reply
  • WhiteWhispers2u

    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

    June 24, 2011 at 4:19 am Reply
  • WhiteWhispers2u

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

    June 24, 2011 at 4:22 am Reply
  • Amy Kinser

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

    June 24, 2011 at 4:31 am Reply
  • Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage


    June 24, 2011 at 5:36 am Reply
  • Burlap Luxe

    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 πŸ™‚

    Blessings to you and yours

    June 24, 2011 at 5:54 am Reply
  • Lydia

    soothing is the word.

    June 24, 2011 at 6:24 am Reply
  • jessica

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

    June 24, 2011 at 6:44 am Reply
  • Shabby Look

    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,

    June 24, 2011 at 6:51 am Reply
  • French and Sparrow

    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

    June 24, 2011 at 7:11 am Reply
  • Bayside Rose

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

    Pam x

    June 24, 2011 at 8:57 am Reply
  • Martha

    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!

    June 24, 2011 at 9:24 am Reply
  • Susan

    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!

    June 24, 2011 at 9:42 am Reply
  • Sarah @ Modern Country Style

    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.



    June 24, 2011 at 10:04 am Reply
  • A Cottage Muse

    Big comfy white chair…how inviting! Looks so beautiful!

    June 24, 2011 at 10:49 am Reply
  • PΓΌnktchen

    OMG – your house and your blog is absolutely gorgeous! had a wonderful time here πŸ™‚

    greetings from austria!

    June 24, 2011 at 11:15 am Reply
  • Rosemary Aubut

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

    June 24, 2011 at 12:52 pm Reply
  • Pink Roses and Teacups

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


    June 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • hootnonny

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

    June 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm Reply
  • Cozy Little House

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

    June 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm Reply
  • Privet and Holly

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

    June 24, 2011 at 11:52 pm Reply
  • Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com

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

    June 25, 2011 at 12:06 am Reply
  • Carm

    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!

    June 25, 2011 at 12:41 am Reply
  • Deborah

    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 πŸ™‚

    Deborah xoxo

    June 25, 2011 at 12:58 am Reply
  • Karen

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

    June 25, 2011 at 4:04 am Reply
  • Henrietta

    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:)

    June 25, 2011 at 6:14 am Reply
  • nwlambear

    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?

    June 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm Reply
  • Alabaster Rose Designs

    So beautiful Tricia!
    Have a great weekend.

    June 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm Reply
  • Really Rainey

    That chair looks so cozy… Love your photos.

    Rainey @ The Project Table

    June 25, 2011 at 6:51 pm Reply
  • Nancy @ A Rural Journal

    I love, love that disressed bench. Don't you move it! It's perfect. πŸ™‚

    June 25, 2011 at 11:29 pm Reply
  • Bohemian

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

    Dawn… The Bohemian

    June 25, 2011 at 11:45 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky)

    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.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:50 am Reply
  • lisa

    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!

    June 26, 2011 at 1:10 am Reply
  • Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal

    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?

    June 26, 2011 at 3:31 am Reply
  • Carolyn@SweetChaos

    Gosh, you take the prettiest pictures! Love the beautiful flowers… peonies are my favorite πŸ™‚ Lovely living room!

    June 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm Reply
  • The Other Me Is Sane

    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.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm Reply
  • deb duty

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

    June 27, 2011 at 12:29 am Reply
  • blessedmom's simple home

    It looks so cool and inviting Tricia πŸ™‚ Your images are beautiful!

    June 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm Reply
  • Deb

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

    June 28, 2011 at 6:32 am Reply
  • Butterbean Row

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

    June 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm Reply
  • LizzyJ

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

    June 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm Reply
  • The Paper Mulberry

    Ohhh too divine for words!!!!

    June 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm Reply
  • Between You and Me

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

    June 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm Reply
  • Overstock lamps

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

    September 14, 2011 at 7:59 am Reply
  • Natalie

    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!

    September 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm Reply
  • Jocelyn from The Garden Corner

    Tricia, you have a lovely home. And I agree; fresh flowers really help to complete a room! Absolutely beautiful πŸ™‚

    March 30, 2012 at 12:13 am Reply
  • collarcitybrownstone

    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.


    April 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm Reply
  • LivingLovingLaughing

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

    August 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm Reply
    • Tricia

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

      August 31, 2012 at 2:50 am Reply
  • busma

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

    September 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • D.L.S.

    Love the chair and ottoman. I know you said you bought it at Room and Board, but when I looked on the website could not find a chair that looked similar. Would you be so kind as to give the name of the chair and ottoman. Just lovely

    October 2, 2016 at 11:40 am Reply
    • Tricia

      Hello! I've had this furniture for many years and, sadly, Room and Board no longer carries anything of this style…they sell mostly midcentury modern pieces now.

      October 11, 2016 at 1:50 pm Reply
  • Chris and Jodie Haas

    I love the look and feel of the room. Where did you purchase the slipcover from?

    January 14, 2017 at 3:35 pm Reply
    • Tricia

      The chair is from Room and Board. The slipcover came with it.

      January 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm Reply

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