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Simple Summer Kitchen and Breakfast Nook

This is my favorite part of summer. Peighton has been out of school for a few weeks, we’re finished with most of our traveling and now we just slow down and live simply. At the beginning of the summer, I sat down to schedule out some activities for the girls to keep them busy but then I quickly decided that instead of being in go mode this summer, I wanted to get back to basics. So, we’re living simply this summer and it’s definitely reflected in my decor as much as it is in our days.

Simple summer decorating ideas that are fresh and affordableMy sweet friend Nina Hendrick is hosting her Simply Summer Home Tour and I’m thrilled to be joining some of my favorite (and super talented) blogger friends. Last week I shared my light and bright summer living room. Today, I’m welcoming you to my cozy kitchen and breakfast nook.

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Pillows | Striped Throw | Chairs 

This space is one that gets a lot of use in the summer and I’ve fully embraced the ideas of simple decorating. Multiple times a day, the girls and I sit around the table doing art projects, play with play doh, or just draw pictures. We also sit here and chat about what each member of our family will be for Halloween (Peighton is a little excited about getting a jump start on her costume) and whether or not fairies are real (obviously, they are).

Since this space gets a lot of use and it’s not terribly large, simple decor works best in here. I used a striped throw blanket as a table cloth to cover my table that’s in desperate need of repainting.

The most beautiful hydrangeas make for the easiest centerpiece of all.

The rest of the kitchen follows suit, with minimal decor that maximizes space.

When we made over our kitchen a year and a half ago, we created a large opening to the living room which makes the kitchen feel more open than a typical galley style kitchen.

I love the view of my summer mantel from here.

We tend to do a lot of fresh fruit in summer and these yummy pineapple double as decor.

I also had fun styling this tiered tray with things that remind me of easy summer living.

We use this little chalkboard each week to add our plans for week. It usually has activities like: play on the waterslide, and go to the library listed on it. The joys of summertime as a kid.

Thank you so much for stopping by and joining me today. Don’t miss the rest of the gorgeous summery spaces on the tour. You can see all of them below.

Nina Hendrick | The Happy Housie | Finding Silver Pennies | TIDBITS | So Much Better With Age

Zevy Joy | A Burst of Beautiful | House by Hoff | Migonis Home | Just a Girl and Her Blog

Nesting with Grace | Design, Dining, and Diapers | Bless’er House | The Wicker House

Life on Virginia Street | Craftberry Bush | The Blissful Bee | Boxwood Avenue | The Chronicles of Home

Love Grows Wild | The Wood Grain Cottage | Cherished Bliss | Making Home BaseThe Turquoise Home

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  6. I adore your kitchen! Your tiered tray is perfection! Everything is so lovely! Hope you are having a great summer making memories with your kids!

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  11. Just gorgeous, Chelsea! I love your dining nook. I would love to eat there every morning. You’ve done an amazing job with your home.
    Hugs, Jamie

  12. This idea of decor gives a refreshing look to the house in summers. Just perfect idea for summer decor. The accessories have been choosen intelligently and are suiting. Your work is really commendable.Keep up the good work.
    Regards Akshay

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