Dining Room + Mother’s Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

This post is in partnership with World Market

Can you believe Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away? What do you have planned? My family loves to make breakfast together, so we quite often make plans to host a brunch during the holidays. We had a family brunch on Easter and we’ll be having another one on Mother’s Day. But we don’t wait for special occasions to have brunch, any ordinary day will do!

We’ve been craving waffles forever, so this past week I seized a carefree morning to dig the waffle maker out from the basement. The girls were over and we didn’t have a big agenda so WOO HOO! it was a great day for pre-Mother’s Day brunch.

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

The week before, my girls and I had stopped in to World Market to see what was new. I’m so glad we did! They have so many great things right now, but I have to say we were were OBSESSED with all the blue and white linens and table settings! It all spoke to us. So we filled up our cart and brought some of our favorites home. And it was perfect timing, we had so much fun setting the table for our brunch.

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

The mix of blues, whites and organic elements just feel so right for our table (and our house).

I have to tell you how much I LOVE the dishes!

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

The bowls are the perfect size for so many of the meals we make these days (we used them for our yogurt bowls this time, but I know we’ll use them a lot. We love to make rice bowls with avocado, garbanzo beans, sweet potatoes and other tasties).

The plates are such a nice weight, I’m kind of picky about plates and I like them to be a bit heavier! These are winners, plus the soft colors and pattern make such a lovely statement on the table.

The wood handles on the silverware, the woven napkin rings, cutting board and centerpiece brought an organic wood vibe that I just love with the blue and white.

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

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We found this really neat wood bowl at World Market for the center of the table. They also had some faux succulents and plants that made it so easy to whip a centerpiece together (and yay for plants that don’t die).

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

These adorable little patterned bowls are so fun, they come with tight plastic lids so you can microwave or store them in the fridge.

The juice glasses are my faves! We haven’t had great juice glasses for a long time. Again, it was the heavy glass and pretty details that won me over!

Now, let me tell you why these serving bowls are SUPER special! They aren’t just gorgeous to look at, they are HANDMADE, you guys! I knew they were something extraordinary right when I saw them.

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Blue and White Tassel Pillows / Macrame Pillow

I love all of the new throw pillows for the banquette (and two navy velvet ones for the woven chairs).

As many of you have observed, we switched our dining room table and banquette to this side of the room before Thanksgiving.

I’ve shared a few photos of the room here and there, but I haven’t yet officially explained the change.  Our original plan was always to set up the table on this side of the room, just like this. Yet the only wall where our glass doored cabinet fit was on the shiplap wall, so it made sense to leave it there (while it was in the dining room) and move our table near the window for a closer view of the backyard.

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

We really liked the cozy feel of the banquet and table under the window, but I still felt like the ideal was to have the table on the other side of the room.

I also had a vision for quite some time of the glass doored cabinet being in our bedroom, to make it feel more cozy library-ish.

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

You know how sometimes it’s you might hesitate to try something that is not the norm, because you feel like it might be “wrong” or at just not be the right choice? Well, I finally told myself…”self, stop over-thinking and go with your heart. :)” Just to be safe we measured the cabinet and found it was the perfect size to fill the bedroom wall! And voila! My heart was right. I love it there.

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

And so that change opened up the wall space so we could flip the banquette to the other side of the dining room, putting the table in the spot where I originally envisioned it. It’s so nice when your furniture starts to find it’s way to the best spot for it!

Speaking of furniture finding its true home, I’ve been dreaming about ways to rearrange the living room. :)

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Anyway, we had such a great brunch with our family this weekend (and loved setting up a pretty table for it!). We’ll for sure be having another brunch for Mother’s Day in just a couple of weeks! I hope you feel inspired to host a Mother’s Day brunch at your house, too.

Scroll through the links below to find the items we got for for our table (hurry as many pieces were on an awesome sale!).

If you would like more inspiration for gathering people together, you can find my book Simple Gatherings here!

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Dining Room + Mother's Day Brunch

Gathering of Friends

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Thank you all, dear readers, for your support in getting Simple Gatherings to best-seller status on Amazon this week. Hooray! You made this launch week so much less stressful, in fact, you made it a joy.

The giveaways (with all the insanely beautiful Terrain items) are still up for one more day, so if you haven’t entered yet, you’ll find the prizes and links to enter below. Courtney and I picked out every single gift for the prize packs because we wanted them ourselves! They’re really good, so definitely worth entering.

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It’s been so fun to connect with so many of you this week over Simple Gatherings. The cool thing is…that really is a core message of Simple Gatherings! It’s about gathering friends and finding ways to connect with people in real and authentic ways.

Even though we don’t necessarily all get to hang out in my house or yours, I’m so glad that we get to meet up here through our similar interests in the home. Ten years after starting this THING called a BLAWG, I am still in awe that this is even a thing we still get to do!

I love posting and then hearing from you in the comments and emails each week. Honestly, if I don’t hear from you in awhile (or you’re just lurking!), I miss your comments and the camaraderie that grows from that connection. It’s the interaction of people that makes a blog feel like a gathering of friends, so big thanks to those of you who continue to invest yourselves in keeping that connection!

I’m looking forward the next few posts in our fall nesting series (I’ve got some updates to my living room to share!) but since there is just one day left for the giveaways,  I wanted to give you a quick introduction to five lovely friends who are so generously hosting the giveaways on their blogs this week. You’ll also find the links to enter each giveaway, below.

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Meet Emily – Jones Design Company – Office

Emily has been a blogging friend for many years. I’ve always been impressed by her creative talent in so many areas and even more so by her sweet spirit. We both live in Washington, so she’s practically my real life neighbor. Emily actually recently moved to a lovely home in one of my favorite little Washington towns (closer, but still about forty five minutes away from where I live in Seattle). I am sure we’ll find some opportunities to get together!

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Meet Beth – Home Stories A to Z – Dining Room

I’ve known Beth (in person) for years after meeting through blogging. She’s so talented and super creative. Beth has always jumped right in with support whenever I’ve needed help (and I seem to need a lot of help with book launches, ha), so I’ve really appreciated her kindness. She just moved with her family into a GORGEOUS home that has made me (almost) want to move to South Carolina.

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Meet Sandy – Reluctant Entertainer – Outdoor Space

Sandy and I became dear friends years ago through our blogs. We both live in the Northwest, and we text regularly and meet up in person as often as we can. This photo above was taken in her incredible backyard (at her old house, her new house is just as beautiful!) during a beautiful real life gathering my husband and I were invited to. We had such a memorable time! Sandy is the EPITOME of a gracious hostess and loyal friend in real life. I’m grateful to have her as one of my best friends.

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Meet Bre – Rooms for Rent

I’m not sure exactly when I first crossed paths with Bre, but I’m so glad I did. She definitely makes the online world feel like a welcoming place. She is just THE sweetest, she’s always gone above and beyond to support and help me out. Bre inspires in so many ways, including sharing her heart and her darling home. She and her husband just got that adorable puppy, too. Aww.

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Meet JenBalancing Beauty and Bedlam – Front Porch

Jen is another good friend I’m so grateful for. We have both been writers at (in)courage for a long time. We always have a good time when we are together. We live across the country from each other, though, so most of the time we just text (or chat on Voxer, although I can’t figure out how to do it). Her porch is AMAZING! If you haven’t read her inspiring porch story, it’s linked above and was also included in my first book Love The Home You Have.

Even though it might seem kind of weird to say I met each of these friends on the internet, how cool is it that they turned out to be so sweet and genuine? I feel like I’ve gathered some pretty amazing friends on this blogging journey.

Now that you’ve had a chance to be officially introduced to our hostesses, here’s another peek at the prizes we are giving away (through tomorrow). You’ll find a few of these gorgeous serving pieces at each stop in the Progressive Launch Party Giveaway via the links below. They all all beautiful, so make sure you enter each giveaway before it’s too late!

The links to enter are below.

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Gathering of Friends
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Best of luck in the giveaways and happy friend gathering!

Grab your copy of Simple Gatherings at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Take your hostess style quiz here as well as get free lovely downloadable invitations and more.

Have you received your copy of Simple Gatherings yet? I’d love to hear what you think! I hope it is an encouragement and offers you inspiration to gather. If so, I’d especially be grateful for a review on Amazon to inspire others who might also like the book. If you are on Instagram, I’d love it if you would share the book or your own gatherings of friends or family by tagging me @theinspiredroom and using the hashtag #simplegatherings.

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