If you know my mom or are related to my mom or might be thinking about calling my mom or know someone with short blonde hair who walks really fast and is in charge of the world.
This post is on the down low.
She went with my children to camp as a counselor….
….and in return I’m babysitting her house.
And I wanted to surprise her.
So I gave her dining room a little summer freshening up.
When I was a teenager I used to use this stuff on my over-sized pores called Sea Breeze.
You would scrub and clean your face and towel it dry and when you were finished, you would reach for a little Sea Breeze.
It was blue and it came in a clear bottle with ships or waves or something else floating on the front of it and I don’t even know if they make it any more.
You’d put some Sea Breeze on a cotton ball and wipe it on your face and buckle your seat belt.
Because it was amazing.
It felt like you were riding a wave on a surf board with the ocean breezes blowing and the palm trees swaying in the wind with the sun and the sand all around you and if you closed your eyes you could almost feel summer enter the room.
That tiny little bit of Sea Breeze on a cotton ball was all it took.
Not a lot.
Just a little.
Just enough to make you feel like summer was here.
Just like this room refresh.
I started the room refresh by cleaning everything.
I dusted and straightened and re-hung the freshly ironed curtains and put away extra baskets and decluttered the space and pulled a tiny Captain America out from under the chair.
And then I placed a burlap runner on the table.
Then I created a centerpiece so simple it took seriously only about five minutes.
I filled a large glass vase with plums and topped it off with hydrangea and greenery from my mother’s yard.
(total aside: Best glass vase tip ever. Look for glass vases at the floral department of your grocery store. They are so inexpensive because they are usually trying to get you to buy the vase to fill it with flowers. Case in point. This giant bell-shaped vase was only $15 at the grocery store)
Then I added these pillows with a beautiful over-all floral pattern and added a side chair next to the side board.
A pillow like this is an easy way to introduce a new pattern for summer.
But don’t spend a lot of money on your summer pillows.
You can find them inexpensively at discount stores, especially if you don’t need them to match.
The pillows introduced the side chairs into the conversation.
Plus, they matched the plums.
Not that I encourage decorating a room around fruit.
I brought a few more blue and white dishes out of the cupboard and stacked them in a wood tray and on the table.
Then I fluffed the curtains.
I straightened the chairs added a few more accessories….
…..and the room was ready.
Camp is almost over.
I’m picking them all up tomorrow at midnight and I’m taking my sleepy campers home and not saying a word. With all the rush of the sleeping bags and snack bags and sunglasses and towels to be washed no one will notice the dining room.
Until my mother goes to get her morning hot tea.
Then it’s going to be a Sea Breeze moment. 🙂
PS I just finished the cutest dressing table project over on the HomeRight blog. Click here for the DIY.