I’m so, so excited to be taking part in a Summer Festival Blog Hop this week, teaming up with 25 creative & talented bloggers to bring you all sorts of lovely Summer decorating ideas & inspiration (you’ll find it all linked at the end of this post)!
Today, I’ll be sharing a space I’ve never actually shared on the blog before … welcome to our farmhouse outdoor dining space!
To me, Summer is all about simple, relaxed living and spending all the time we can enjoying the great outdoors.
Maybe it’s the promise of those long, lazy days of Summer, or maybe it’s simply because we spend 3/4 of the year buried under a pile of snow up here in northern Alberta – whatever the reason, we always make the most of our short Summers, spending every minute we can soaking up all that glorious fresh air and sunshine!
From morning coffee on our front porch, to late dinners in the backyard as the sun sets, we’re outside from sun up to sun down around here.
Our front porch has always been our go-to spot to kick back all Summer long.
It was one of the very first projects we tackled in this old house and it’s still one of our favourite places to be. Since then we’ve been occupied by all sorts of reno projects inside the house (check out our latest, and BIGGEST project here), but with those long, warm days of Summer rolling in again, we’ve found ourselves wanting to spend some time on our outdoor spaces instead. Our backyard is basically a blank canvas with nothing but grass and a patio space that needs a whole lot of love. Though our little man spends hours out there all Summer long, it isn’t a space we spend a lot of time in as a family.
This Summer, we’re hoping to change that. First up, creating an outdoor dining space that we actually want to use.
We’ve always adored this big old tree in the corner of our yard – in fact, it’s about the only thing out there we love. So, stringing some lights around the branches and setting our table right under it all was an easy decision.
Our table (a DIY project from a few years ago) was in pretty rough shape, but nothing a quick coat of paint couldn’t fix of course.
I just love how all of the dishes and flowers pop agains the white.
With some gorgeous brass candlesticks and a few bottle vases with flowers scattered through the centre, our new outdoor dining space was feeling cozier than ever.
This simple outdoor tablescape took just a few minutes to set up and I’m absolutely head-over-heels in LOVE with the way it turned out!
And it just looked more lovely and cozy as the sun went down and the night slowly rolled in!
So, if you need us at all through the next few months, pretty sure this is where we’ll be – gathered around this lovely table, sipping Summer cocktails with friends while our kiddos stay up way too late playing while we watch the sun set.
You can see the entire process of how I created this tablescape in the video below:
Sending out SUCH a big thank you to my sweet friend Kendra at Joy in our Home for organizing and bringing together all of these beautiful Summer ideas!
If you’re looking for more summer dining inspiration, you’ll definitely want to swing by to see what my friend Coco at The Crowned Goat has put together – you’ll love the soft colours and touch of whimsey of her coastal tablescape!
Just one last thing before you go my friends, please take some time to check out all of the other fabulous Summer inspiration my friends are sharing throughout the week:
Vignettes on Monday
Joy In Our Home | The Painted Hinge | Honey n Hydrangea
My Creative Days | Follow The Yellow Brick Home
Front Porches on Tuesday
Country Road 407 | Chatfield Court | Starfish Cottage
Noting Grace | Sanctuary Home Decor
Recipes on Wednesday
Live Laugh Rowe | Love In My Oven | The Sugar Coated Cottage
Countryside Cravings | Chocolate With Grace
Tablescapes on Thursday Hood Creek Log Cabin | Making It In The Mountains | The Crowned Goat
Timeless Creations | 2 Bees in a Pod
Mantles on Friday
DIY Beautify | White Arrows Home | Repurpose and Upcycle
Lantern Lane Designs | The Latina Next Door
Wishing you such a lovely day!
I can't wait to hear your thoughts!