Summer Dining Room Decor {bHome Summer Open House}

My husband and I like to look at homes that are for sale. We explore new neighborhoods, new builders and we even take in some open houses for existing homes. Sometimes we fancy moving to a smaller home and want to see what’s out there. Other times we just like to see what kind of homes are being built in our area.

When we drive the family through a new neighborhood my son usually rolls his eyes and says something like, “We’re not going to stop and walk through a house are we?” While my daughter is usually more enthusiastic and says, “Hey, let’s stop and see a house!”

I have a feeling you all are more like my daughter and are enthusiastic about home tours.

Today, I’m inviting you all in to stop and see some houses with me — including mine.


bHome summer open house tour

The bHome Summer Open House tour has been going all week long and continues today and through tomorrow. 

The bloggers on this tour are amazing and are all on the bHome App with me.   I have links to their tours at the bottom of this post as well as details about a wonderful giveaway you won’t want to miss — stay tuned!


Today, I’m inviting you in to see my dining room spruced up for summer.

One of the trends my husband and I have noticed in new homes is that many floor plans are doing away with a formal dining room. While I’m not completely opposed to that concept, I have to say that I really enjoy my formal dining room and we actually use it quite a bit.

cottage dining room


We give it a good work out with family and friends throughout the year and especially during holidays.  We even like to sit here to each lunch during the winter to enjoy all the sun streaming in through the big window.

summer floral display


I love my dining room and it’s actually one of my favorite rooms in our home. 

I have worked very hard to blend my style with my husband’s in this space.

dining room


If you have been around here before, you know that I love farmhouse, cottage, traditional and casual living spaces and my husband loves the rustic Texas ranch vibe. 

touches of Western and farmhouse blend together in this dining room


rustic summer display

lemons and limes used in decor


For the longest time I had a hard time blending our two styles.  I could never get it to a place where we both liked it.

blue china hutch


It all started coming together when I visited his uncle’s ranch a few years ago.  I began to see and appreciate where his love of the rugged Texan cowboy life came from and I started to love it too. 

Now, I just add those touches in here and there while staying true to my style as well. This way I am bringing in the things we both love and appreciate.

blue and white plates


blue and white pillow


When it comes to adding seasonal touches I just like to add a few things here and there.  This summer, I’m loving the floral and citrus accents I added.  I also like the split peas I put in the hurricanes to add a little fresh color.

split pea vase filler


As much as I adore using real flowers, I’ve come to terms with the fact that faux is just easier for my busy life style. I still add the real deal in from time to time, but the no fuss variety is where it’s at for me during this stage of life. And, they make me almost as happy as looking at the real thing.

This time I just set a bunch of flowers in a large tray with no vase.  It was a little accidental and I’m finding I really like them that way!

tray of flowers


This room makes me feel cozy and happy any time of year.

summer dining room decor

 (You can read more about some of the transformations in my dining room here, here and here.)


In thanks for being part of the bHome family already…or to welcome you today, we are giving away a $200 gift certificate to Painted Fox Treasures. PFt has all the summer time and any time home decor we all love. It is simple to enter. Just download bHome (the app) for free and leave me a comment with your bHome username. If you are already a bHome user, just comment and include your user name. Winner will be chosen at random on June 20th and notified with a message on bHome. Android users: don’t worry! We will offer this again when you can download too! Download bHome HERE.


Don’t miss all of the beautiful homes on the tour:

TODAY (Thursday)

Southern Hospitality

Top This Top That

Rooms FOR Rent

Savvy Southern Style

Lilacs & Longhorns

Eclectically Vintage

Cynthia Weber Design

AKA Design


To see the homes featured earlier this week:


My Soulful Home

Home Made by Carmona

AKA Design

On Sutton Place


Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Garden Therapy

At The Picket Fence

Unskinny Boppy

Miss Mustard Seed

French Country Cottage


My Soulful Home



Housepitality Designs

Craftberry Bush

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Shabby Art Boutique

Setting For Four

A Healthy Life For Me

signature with flowers 

I often share at:  Metamorphosis Monday, Your Designs This Time, The Scoop, Wow Us Wednesdays, Inspire Me Tuesday, Furniture Feature Friday, Something to Talk About, Amaze Me Monday

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50 Responses to Summer Dining Room Decor {bHome Summer Open House}

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  5. and it should, it’s a gorgeous room. that buffalo check always makes my heart pitter patter. i remember the first time i saw the post when you did those chairs. Lovely, even the accident.

  6. I so love your dining room Julie…I think I saw it somewhere in blogland (maybe at Savvy S) and that is when I started following you!…You have successfully incorporated the styles that you love with a Texas flair….I remember when I traveled a lot to Texas with my hubby on business, my entertainment was going to the many new developments and going through the models, then taking him back to see the beautiful homes. I love the homes in Texas!…We love seeing Showcase/Designer Homes…We will be traveling to the Southern Living Home in Charlottesville soon..Thanks for the beautiful tour Julie!!

  7. Fantastic tour!
    What a charming home filled with personal touches that are sure to make everyone that comes through the door feel welcomed.
    I hope you have a fantastic summer!

  8. Barbara says:

    Love your checked upholstered dining chairs! I like the hurricane glasses with the candles and split peas, and the big bowl with lemon/limes and antlers! You have done a great job blending your “lilacs and longhorns!”

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  10. Kelly says:

    I love open houses too – fun to peek into peoples homes. Your home is gorgeous – love the hanging wine rack – so fun!

  11. You know I love your gorgeous style. You do a phenomenal job blending what you love and what your hubby loves. I bet he loves you for that and it’s a great family home.

  12. Kim says:

    Julie, I always enjoy seeing your dining room and I love the summer additions. We don’t use ours unless I’m the host at Thanksgiving or Christmas. If we ever get another home we will most likely not add a dining room.

  13. debbiedoos says:

    Julie your dining room is beautiful! I love that it reflects both you and your hubby. The color scheme is so warm and inviting. I can see many meals and holiday’s enjoyed in that space.

  14. Ann says:

    Every time I see that buffalo check I just sigh. 🙂 I love the touches of blue too. Thank you so much for joining our tour…relax and enjoy the rest of the summer!

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  16. Linsey says:

    Thank you! bHome user name is Linseyd

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  18. I adore the mix of styles and I think it works perfectly Julie! I think getting rid of a formal dining space is fine if you never use it but sounds like yours get some well loved gatherings! Love it all.

  19. Cblackwell

    Very nicely done!

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  21. Kelly says:

    Just love your dining room Julie!! Those plates on the wall are so pretty!! Great to be touring with you!!


  23. Thank you for letting us tour your wonderful home! Gee, I just love the collection of plates on the wall!

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  25. ginette4 says:

    You have a beautiful dining the chairs!
    bHome username; ginette4

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  29. Becky says:

    It’s a gorgeous home tour!! Love every little detail 🙂

  30. Vanessa says:

    Julie everything looks beautiful!! Your summer touches are just lovely and its so fun being part of this tour with you!

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  32. Perhaps in our marriage vows there should be a clause that says “I promise to honour thy’s decorating style” because rarely do we find a soul mate that completely gets our individual style. I love that combining both of your styles has lead to a beautiful room that you can both be very happy in. Your dining room is really beautiful Julie and must be a delight to entertain your family and friends in.

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  38. Carmen says:

    I absolutely love your decor, especially the blue and white plate wall! I’m a blue and white fanatic and have started a plate wall myself. My bHome username is: makethishouseahome


  39. Such a lovely space!! So happy to be on this tour with you!

    xo Michael

  40. Just lovely, Julie! You have so many wonderful pieces, and you have blended you and your husband’s style perfectly. Hope summer is starting off well for you all! xoxo Andrea

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  42. Your home is beautiful, Julie, and certainly a wonderful space to spend time with family and friends.

  43. Heather says:

    Your home is so cozy and inviting! Crushing on your plate gallery wall – I love how you mixed in blue patterned plates with the white ones! So happy to be a part of this fun tour with you! Xo Heather

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