A Bright & Cheery Summer Table

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Confession: I may LOVE to decorate, but I am also pretty practical when it comes to our home’s decor. While any normal person would probably have relinquished all of their hand-me-down furniture by the time they had been married for almost a decade, I often hang on to furniture and other bigger ticket items that were passed down to us ages ago because… well… they still work! It is SO hard for me to justify spending money to replace something that is totally functional, even if it isn’t something I necessarily would have picked out for myself.

Take, for example, our dining set…

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This set belonged to Donnie’s family growing up, and his parents so graciously gifted it to us when we were young, poor newlyweds straight out of college. It has moved across the country with us and back, put up with abuse from our two little Cs, and has seen thousands upon thousands of meals served upon it in its lifetime. And while it might not be my “dream” set, it worked really well for us for years, and we were grateful for it.

Recently, though, it began to show signs of age. Like, when we had guests over, I would hold my breath when they sat down and hope the chair didn’t pop apart… yikes! (Fortunately, that never actually happened, though sometimes it seemed like it was going to! 🙂 ) We finally decided it was time to invest in a grown up dining set, particularly in strong, sturdy chairs that also looked like a million bucks… but were affordable. That’s not too much to ask, right?!

After searching high and low for the *perfect* chairs, I ran across these gorgeous Parson’s Chairs in Sand from Kirkland’s:

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They also have them in seafoam, which I was so close to getting, but I ultimately went with Sand because it would be more versatile in case I ever decide to change our dining room accessories…which happens more than I would like to admit. 😉  The chairs fit all of my specifications: Sturdy? Check! Affordable? Check! Absolutely gorgeous? Definitely check! So we headed off to Kirkland’s, nabbed two of these beauties, and we were good to go!

When I found out that my sister and brother-in-law were going to be coming into town, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to update the dining room for summer (can you believe it’s almost here already?! Eek!) and have a fun little night in!

I was so ready to bring some bright and cheery summer colors into our home, so I used my most favorite aqua dishes to start off the color palette.

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These were also a Kirkland’s find, and though this exact set isn’t currently on their website, these are very similar and are SO beautiful, and this set is pretty too. After the dishes, I continued to bring in more bright, summery colors, adding neutral touches here and there so it didn’t look too crazy.

A Bright and Cheery Summer Table | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

A Bright and Cheery Summer Table | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

A Bright and Cheery Summer Table | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

I always love to decorate my grandmother’s hutch to go along with our seasonal decor, and it is looking especially festive right now with all of the bright pops of color!

A Bright and Cheery Summer Table | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Fresh flowers always make me smile– these bright yellow lilies and cala lilies added the perfect “punch” to the table!

A Bright and Cheery Summer Table | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Oh, hey there pretty nailhead trim! My favorite feature!

A Bright and Cheery Summer Table | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

A Bright and Cheery Summer Table | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

I’m so glad we finally took the leap and gave our dining area a little refresh. It was definitely needed, and we love to be able to enjoy it with our family and friends when they come over, too!

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Have you done any fun dining room updates lately?

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  1. I love the Black Beadboard Storage Bench, it would look so good in my entry!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Ooh that would be perfect for an entryway. I could hide all of the Cs’ miscellaneous shoes in the baskets! 🙂 Have a great day, Kindy!

      ~Abby =)

  2. I love Kirkland’s! The gray chevron chairs are so fun!

  3. I’d definitely give more dinner parties with this awesome decor! And add some self-made paper flowers to it 🙂 x

  4. LOVE those chairs!

  5. The colors are beautiful!!! I love how they work together to make a cheery atmosphere! Thanks for sharing!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you, Kendra! Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

      ~Abby =)

  6. Michele @ happycamperlife says:

    Abby – love the chairs! I’m in a similar boat – we have a dining set that we actually bought years ago but it is starting to show some age and is not the style we want anymore. However all of our money is going to our remodel. Buying just two end chairs may be the way to go! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I’d have to go with accent chairs or wall décor. I haven’t decided. Still trying to decorate my new townhouse.

  8. I LOVE the brown leather storage bench! Great giveaway! Thank you….

  9. Looks lovely and beautiful! Great job!

  10. What a beautiful space. I love the nailhead trim also. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


  11. Kim {Pinspired Home} says:

    I like the storage benches.

  12. I love the chairs!

  13. I love the Retro Blue 80-qt. Patio Cooler! Trying to get my back porch to be more entertaining friendly and that would be so neat to have!!

  14. I love the bright colors you decorated your dining room with! So cheery! I would get the Pop Up US Map Wooden Plaque for our guest room…it would be perfect!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Heidi! And yes– the map would be perfect for a guest room! Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  15. Rebecca F. says:

    I love shopping at Kirklands to help me with my home decor. One thing I’ve been eying at Kirklands.com is the Ivory Single Arm Reading Torchiere to help brighten up my living area. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. My husband and I are building a new home, and there are so many things I would love from Kirkland’s! Starting with the Concordia Window Pane Cabinet, and Aztec Ivory Area Rug, they are both gorgeous, I can’t choose!

  17. Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom says:

    I LOVE the chair that you got from Kirklands! It is so pretty with your dining room table. The colors on the table look so fresh and cheerful! I am going to lunch with my husband today and its about 40 minutes away and there is a Kirkland’s nearby… so, of course it was my plan to stop in there today, too! Love that store!


    1. justagirlabby says:

      Ooh lunch date and shopping?! That sounds like my kind of day! 🙂 Have fun, Carrie!!

      ~Abby =)

  18. I love Kirklands and wish we still had one close to where I live!

  19. Always nice to see how you create stuff! Very thankful to have found this blog! you have helped me so much!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Arlena! You are the sweetest!

      ~Abby =)

  20. I like the Gemma Lattice Framed Mirror

  21. Lisa Williams says:

    I love the Gray Harper Ogee Area Rug……I need a new rug for my living room!

  22. It looks great! Now come decorate my house 😉

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Lol! I’ll be right over! 😉 Have a great day, Brittany!

      ~Abby =)

  23. Heather S says:

    I love the Ivory 3-Drawer Storage Chest with Baskets!

  24. Kimberly J says:

    I like the Navy Vanness Pillow and the Rylan Indigo Squares Pillow.

  25. Love the Gray Harper Ogee Area Rug!

  26. I love your updated dining room! Part of me also loves your old set, too, though. I’m like you in that I cling to old things, out of sentiment I guess. I hope you love your new setup and that your guests enjoy it too.

  27. Amazing what a little color and a few chairs will do! I love the springy look!

  28. Judy Rozema says:

    I love the whole look, The candle holders wrapped in twine are my favorites though, going to be making those

  29. Great choice, Abby. I love the nailhead trim and the look of beautiful upholstered dining chairs in general! Those are so beautiful!!

  30. great job as usual. Kirkland’s has some great stuff

  31. Lindsay @ Lindsay Weighs In says:

    Love the art!! Though it’s hard to choose what I would buy with so many great options!

  32. Hi, Abby ~ I love your new chairs, and the bright, fun, summery vibe your dining room has! On my to-do list today I actually have an item about “setting a fun summer table”. But it’s been so rainy and overcast here that I just haven’t gotten motivated (We see the sun A LOT, and never have I appreciated that more than now!). I think your awesome dining room might be just the inspiration I need! ;0) Thanks for sharing!

  33. I need some chairs for sure. Love them all.

  34. April Hoff says:

    Lovely, Abby! I just love the nailhead trim on the chairs!

  35. Those chairs are stunning! I have SO many places I could use them.

  36. Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me says:

    I am moving into my own apartment this August and I am looking for a fun new chair! These featured on the website would be perfect!

  37. Love those chairs and all the fun colors. Amazing what a few items can do to really spruce a room up. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Sarah Woods says:

    I love Kirklands. My favorite thing…the mirrors. There is a teal one I’m drooling over for my daughter’s room 🙂

  39. Ashleigh Hall says:

    I pretty much live at Kirkland’s when I am shopping for home goods! I have my eye on their Bianca Blue Leaf Dinnerware Set for my birthday! 🙂 And your chairs that you just got have been added to my “want” list! Thank you for such a great giveaway!

  40. The new space is gorgeous, Abby! I love those chairs! I may have to snag a couple of those myself. 😉

  41. carolyn clifton says:

    Love Kirkland’s! Thanks for the give-away!

  42. we need floor lamps but I can’t decide if I like the Triple Wicker Floor Lamp or the Abby Shelf Lamp more.

    Thank you for the chance to win.

  43. The metallics in bloom mirror is lovely.

  44. krista @ the happy housie says:

    It. LOOKS. INCREDIBLE! Abby- I love those chairs. I have almost the same ones as the end chairs on our dining table. They make such a difference – I love mixing and matching the seating at the table. Want to change ours up a little more. And all the hits of colour- awesome, girl!!

  45. jon anne winstead says:

    I love the Savannah White Wicker Rocker
    among other things!
    And I love, love your blog!!

  46. nicole dziedzic says:

    My favorite item that I want and would look awesome on my porch Is the Savannah Brown Wicker Rocker chair.

  47. nadya kotik says:

    I like Chocolate Bear & Blanket Gift Set

  48. I love the Wicker Glass Beverage Dispenser

  49. Carol Norton says:

    Love the cushions!

  50. I am looking for a big statement mirror, so I really like the Geometric Hampton mirror.

  51. I like the black cheval floor mirror!

  52. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I love the Retro Red 80-qt. Patio Cooler
    Item #: 138611

  53. Birdiebee says:

    This online store has some really awesome items. I really love the Espresso Farmhouse 5-Drawer Storage Chest.

  54. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I like the Antique White Rectangular Metal Chalkboard

  55. Jenniferanne says:

    My favorite item is the Fire Flower Stained Glass Bird Bath

  56. Im gonna have to say the mugs! I loved ALL of them!! I really liked the storage furniture too with the wicker basket drawers, super cute!

  57. I love the turquoise oversize throw pillow

  58. The gray harper ogee rug is my favorite item

  59. Angie Bailey says:

    I like the Retro Blue 80-qt. Patio Cooler.

  60. Tracie Cooper says:

    My favorite is the My Happy Place is with You print!

  61. I love the whole look! You are doing a great job with your house! Keep going, darling 🙂


  62. The Black Beadboard Storage Bench is probably my favorite.

  63. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like the Libby Silver Mirrored 3-Drawer Chest

  64. Jeannie Garcia-Buechele says:

    I am totally in love with the Oatmeal Burlap Parsons chairs, I just built a farmhouse table and these would look amazing with my table 🙂

  65. So pretty, Abby! I love all these finds from Kirkland’s.
    Hugs, Jamie

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