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As we welcome the warm season, my family is enjoying the outdoors in this first summer in our new home. After all, summer should be all about easy living and enjoying the sunshine outside.

Outdoors I set the scene with an easy style reflecting classic Americana. To bring a welcoming vibe with an elegant touch, I was inspired by the summer sky’s simple color scheme of blue and white.

Red White and Blue Lawn Lounge Chairs

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My days usually start outdoors with a cup of coffee in the yard, playing with our new puppy, gardening and taking in the fresh country air. Afterwards, a pair of white Adirondack chairs on the lawn near the garden is the perfect spot to enjoy that second cup of coffee. A knitted blue and white stripe throw comes in handy on cool mornings. Lucky me, I found these at HomeGoods.

Pillows, lawn chairs, mug, red white and blue www.

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We enjoy the little luxuries of entertaining outdoors too. Come dinner time, I gather the family and set a pretty table. How do we make outdoor entertaining a breeze? Melamine plates and cups in several patterns that are colorful, break-resistant and affordable. And a few peonies from the garden are all I need for a simple centerpiece.

entertaining at home

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plates, blue and white, water picture, napkins

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Serving ware with classic tortoise handles adds a touch of elegance, while a simple white tablecloth, napkins and water pitcher keep the table fresh and classic.

serving pieces, entertaining at home

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There is always enough comfortable seating with wicker chairs and blue and white stripe pillows in outdoor fabrics.

Relaxed elegance entertaining at home

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Outdoor living and entertaining have come a long way from clear plastic cups and paper plates. Now classic American style never looked so good and affordable. This summer we are all happy and feeling blessed to be in our new home.

How do you define the American style and make it yours?


Ivy is a decorator and lifestyle blogger at Ivy de Leon. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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