August 3, 2016

Blue & White Summer Living Room

Today I thought I would finally share a few pictures of our very casual summer living room before it is time to change things up for fall. I added some touches of my favorite color combo at this time of year, blue & white.
I mainly used items I already had around our house. My only new purchase is one pillow cover for this sofa, which inspired adding all of the blue and white throw pillows I had in the house. You have already seen most of them in our master bedroom, but I thought it would be refreshing to bring them down to the living room for the summer.
I took some of these pictures when all the peonies were blooming. To me, there is absolutely nothing like the scent of fresh cut peonies. I miss them already.
The scent reminds me of my childhood and the weeks that the peonies are blooming are the best. I even cut a few on my way up to the mountains for Memorial Day weekend and when we got there, the lilacs were blooming up there. So I made a bouquet of both of them. They smelled heavenly.
Back to the blue and white, there was a vendor called Family Heirloom Weavers at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY that had the absolute best prices on textiles. I purchased the runner on the coffee table and the blue and white pane pillow cover for $20. I regret not buying more and I really hope he is back next year. He was doing so well as he always had a line at his booth. I searched and did find that they sell on eBay, but the prices seem a bit higher. I added where I purchased the other pillows in the picture below.
We decided to remove the tv from over the faux fireplace. Nobody ever watched it anymore and it is pleasant to have a level in our home without a big black box.  I had to come up with something to cover the outlet that is now centered over the fireplace for the television, so I grabbed this sign that I purchased at Hobby Lobby a few months back. It had been hanging over my desk and I love the saying. Although is a bit on the small side, it fills in the space over the fireplace until I come up with something else for the fall.
We hope you are having a wonderful summer!


  1. Your home is just gorgeous, Courtney!! I did a post on Lake George recently, as we spent some time at the Sagamore again this year - I was thinking of you and wondering where your cabin was!

  2. I love your home but love, love your Goldens. I have two also. Your baby is growing so fast ! They are both just too cute ! Thanks for sharing !

  3. Hi Courtney,
    Ahhhh love the blue and white. Swooning over your pictures. Just beautiful. Dax is so big now. Adorable.

  4. Just lovely. Seeing your home is always like a breath of fresh air. I can smell clean linen when I look at your photos. Hope you're having a fabulous summer. Thanks for always giving great ideas and opening your home to everyone!

  5. I like how you move decorations around your house to make things new, pulling from here and there to make a new look. It all looks fresh and relaxing. And those golden babies are beautiful!

  6. Hi Courtney: Of course, you know the kids caught my eye. The baby is really growing. Your blue and white looks so pretty. Love all the different pattern on the pillows. It really brings summer home..Happy Thursday..xxoJudy

  7. You have such a talent for changing accessories and working with color. I love the blue in there and your goldens are as cute as ever. Hope you are enjoying your summer - and staying cool!