Botanical Prints + A Simple Dining Room

It’s no secret that I love to move things around in our home. A LOT. I know some people might think I’m crazy to do that, but it’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing. I have so many memories of rearranging my bedroom countless times throughout my childhood. And I would beg my mom to let me do the same in our living room. I guess it’s how I’ve always been. And I actually find it to be really therapeutic in a lot of ways. The process of freshening up a space by simply moving a few things around to create something new is really energizing for me and I’m almost ALWAYS in a better mood afterwards. Well this weekend I got a little quiet time to do some much needed freshening up in our dining room and it was awesome. I ended up moving that giant pie safe out and changing a few other small things, as well as hanging a new set of botanical prints that I’ve been dying to show you guys. It looks SO much better and so fresh and clean. I LOVE it, so I wanted to share it today!

Simple farmhouse style dining room with botanical prints Simple farmhouse style dining room with botanical prints.

Farmhouse style decor and vintage botanical prints

Farmhouse style dining room with botanical prints.
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Ahhhhh. This room makes me want to take a deep breath and relax. It’s SO clean and simple. I moved out that giant antique pie safe from this corner in order to really downsize a lot of the extra stuff in here. It was so big and bulky. And it kind of weighed down the entire room, if that makes sense. I love how open it feels in here now without it.

Vintage inspired botanical prints

Another big change is the new artwork hanging on the wall. I actually found these French botanical prints at a local antique shop and I was smitten immediately. Like head over heels in love. I adore everything about them. The black frame. The simple yellow flowers. The vintage vibe. ALL OF IT.  They’re just perfect. I don’t have any artwork in our home, which is kind of crazy, so these are a nice change. And I love the way the black frames look on the white walls.

Farmhouse style botanical prints

Farmhouse style botanical prints Farmhouse style botanical prints

Farmhouse style dining room and botanical prints

Usually I like to keep a table runner and dishes set out on this table just so it looks a bit more put together. But I cleared all of that away and I love this simple, clean look. I also did a very small centerpiece with fresh white roses and one of my favorite candles for summer. And side note–this table was one of the very first big chalk painting projects I shared here on the blog. You can see the transformation in this post. I still love it several years later and I’ll probably have it forever.

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It’s kind of crazy how just a few little changes made this space feel so much brighter and fresh. A lot less cluttered and more simple. I love the new botanicals prints too and I think the dining room was the perfect spot for them. And I gotta say, after changing up this room I kind of want to go into every other room in our home and simplify it. Take away the extra stuff and have more on a minimalist approach. That sounds pretty darn good actually!

So glad you stopped in today!! Here’s a few other posts you might enjoy:

20+ Vintage Inspired Botanical Prints

The Best Vintage Inspired Candles

Chalk Painted Vintage Metal Cubby

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31 Comments

  1. deanne wrote:

    I thought maybe you would switch out the white flowers on the table for yellow, buy some fresh and see how you like it, then invest in a silk arrangement from Marshalls or somewhere, otherwise I love it!

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh yeah, that would have been a good idea Deanne. I just saw these white roses at the store and couldn’t resist!

      Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  2. Bev wrote:

    I agree!! Love the white flowers but yellow will give just a pop of color to tie in with the prints. Very summery!

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      That would have looked great too!

      Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  3. denise wrote:

    I love your style – you make it seem so easy – do you mind sharing where you got that rug.

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  4. Diane Hyde wrote:

    Seeing your dinning table reminds me of one I had years ago and sold in a yard sale, which I later regretted. Now I really regret not hanging on to it and redoing it as you did yours. All is good in the end, I now have a antique table that my Mom and Grandmother restored 50 years ago.

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Ah well it sounds like you have an amazing antique table now anyway Diane. Those that have been passed down for years are the best!

      Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  5. Chels wrote:

    I love how simple it is. Those prints are gorgeous, btw!

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks girl! xo

      Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  6. Deedra wrote:

    That room is perfect!! Love the fresh simplicity of it. Makes me want to do the same in my own home. And I have to thank you for sharing your candles with us. I’ve been purchasing them for some time now and they are the best! Smell great, last a long time, and are clean burning. Anyone who hasn’t tried them should place an order. Best customer service ever! Thanks for sharing your room makeover. You always inspire me.

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      aw that is so good to hear Deedra!! I LOVE Antique Candle Works, they are the sweetest company ever!! xoxo

      Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  7. Angela Servello wrote:

    Sarah, Sarah, once again you have proven my theory, that we are truly soul sisters. When I was a young girl, my parents were not together and my mom gave me free reign to rearrange our little apartment, as I wished. She would come home from work and all the furniture would be changed. I loved it. I was always my happiest doing it. I always regretted not going into a field that made me happy and made money. It was a very different world back then, for me anyway. That’s why I am so happy for you to have been able to work at what you love and make a living. God has truly blessed you, please don’t ever forget that. I absolutely love your dining room. So clean and soothing. 💞 Angela

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh my goodness Angela, that is so cool!! We really are soul sister. And thank you for the reminder–God has been so good to me and I’m very grateful to be able to share my love of home with all of you here. It’s a dream come true and I have to pinch myself everyday because it doesn’t seem real!!

      Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  8. Debbie wrote:

    Once again you did an amazing job. It looks so pretty, new and like you said, Fresh”. It has Summer written all over it! I love your style, great ideas, creativity and your sweetness. You brighten my day and put a smile on my face! Thanks for sharing your home, your family and your heart sweet friend! Gorgeous space!! – Debbie❤️

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Aw Debbie, thank you! That means so much to me. And thank you for brightening my day with your sweet comment. It’s really so appreciated!! xoxo

      Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  9. Carol Bauer wrote:

    Sarah, I love following you and your great eye for design. I am a minimalist, too!

    Can you share where the tree (real or faux) is from?

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Hi Carol! That tree is from Pier 1 actually, but they don’t sell it anymore which is CRAZY. Sorry!

      Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  10. Pamela Martin wrote:

    Where did the pie safe go?

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      I moved it into the front room…and it honestly looks big in there too! I might get rid of it, I don’t have a good space for it anymore.

      Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  11. Ashley wrote:

    I’m so happy to know that I wasn’t the only kid who rearranged their bedroom! 🙂 I would do it a few times a year and my mom thought I was nuts. haha there’s nothing better than a fresh start to make you fall back in love with a space, am I right? I absolutely love your home and how fresh and inviting it is. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh high five Ashley. Right there with you girl! And I completely agree, it’s amazing what a few small changes can do to freshen up a space!

      Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  12. Becky wrote:

    Oh Sarah I have been changing furniture around since I was a teenager in my bedroom all the time. My husband got lost in our bedroom getting up in the middle of the night after I had changed the room around the day before. I remember in saying I’m lost after bumping into dresser.. Well Sarah the room looks wonderful and what a good feeling it is just to change a few things. Thanks again Sarah. xo

    Posted 7.2.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      lol that is too funny Becky! I’m surprised that same thing hasn’t happened to my husband yet. But I’m sure it will soon enough!

      Posted 7.2.18 Reply
  13. Emily wrote:

    LOVE this space and LOVE your blog! It’s so fun to see other people’s spaces and see what they come up with! I find it so interesting. I feel so inspired now to simplify in my own spaces! <3

    Posted 7.3.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Aw thank you so much Emily!!

      Posted 7.4.18 Reply
  14. Mary P wrote:

    I love the simplicity of the room for summer. So clean and refreshing.
    What color is you dining room table. Is the top different from the base?
    Thanks and just love your work.

    Posted 7.3.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Mary! The top of the table is different from the base. I can’t remember the name of the color off the top of my head, but the top is white and the bottom is a soft gray color.

      Posted 7.4.18 Reply
  15. Amy wrote:

    I always love what you do. Did you trade out the chairs again too? Or maybe you have a couple of eating areas. Really like the little centerpiece.

    Posted 7.5.18 Reply
  16. j. hall wrote:

    I love how you’ve freshened, brightened, lightened and “summer-up” your dining room! It’s beautiful! I just had our kitchen and the kitchen cabinets repainted, we have an older home with a large kitchen and high ceilings. I was feeling as you felt, the room needed freshening and brightening. I have been looking for some botanical prints for the breakfast room and HERE they are, your looks fabulous. Did you do the paint treatment on the frames were you fortunate enough to find them as they are? Happy Summer Dining!

    Posted 7.5.18 Reply
  17. LOVE this space and LOVE your blog! It’s so fun to see other people’s spaces and see what they come up with! I find it so interesting.

    Posted 7.11.18 Reply

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