A Room and A Recipe: American Made Dining and a Simple Summer Salad

Light walls, rustic dining furniture with clean lines, natural rug

Monday is the first the first official day of summer (yay!) so it only makes sense that today’s room and recipe would be light and airy, fresh and simple.



This neutral dining room has such a welcoming simplicity, and it wouldn’t be difficult at all to duplicate.

Here’s how:

  • Start with warm white walls to create a fresh, clean backdrop.
  • Add dining furniture in a dark tone for an interesting contrast.  (This room features our American-made Livingston table and chairs),

Light and airy look in the dining room - furniture is rustic but has clean and simple lines.

  • Use rustic pieces but keep the lines clean and simple.
  • Layer in lots of texture (e.g., canvas art, natural woven rug, stained wood, metal table base, reclaimed sideboard, glass pendant, etc.)
  • Use something unique to decorate at least one wall
  • Rather than one light fixture, group 3 pendants over the dining table. They not only make a statement but, with so many rough and rustic textures, it’s a great way to add a little smooth sparkle to the space.



This recipe comes from my mother-in-law and has been a favorite in my husband’s family for years. Of course, now that I’m part of the family I love it too!

Even though it’s a simple recipe, getting it wasn’t easy at first – “a little dab of this, a smidge of that, and if I have something else on hand I use that instead” – but we were able to pin it down. That’s the sign of a good cook, right? No recipe needed and it turns out delicious every time.

I work best with recipes, though, so this is going to be great for me. If you want to make it too, here’s the scoop:

And you end up with a fresh and tasty cucumber salad


2-3 cucumbers (depending on size – I used 2 large)
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup half and half
1/4 cup + 1 TBSP mayonnaise (I used Hellman’s Light)
2 1/2 tsp vinegar
salt and pepper (to taste)

Peel and slice 2-3 cucumbers depending on size

Peel and slice cucumbers. (If desired, you can sprinkle them with salt and let them sit for a bit. This pulls the water out of the cucumbers and keeps the salad from getting watery the next day – assuming you have leftovers. Rinse and thoroughly drain before putting the rest of the salad together).

Thinly slice the onion and add it to the cucumbers.

Just a few simple ingredients required for this fresh and tasty cucumber salad

Whisk half and half, mayo, vinegar, and salt and pepper until thoroughly blended.

Pour over cucumbers/onions and gently mix together.

Pour the dressing over the cucumber and onions

Simple, fresh and tasty – just the way a summer salad should be!

And you end up with a fresh and tasty cucumber salad

Do you have a favorite salad recipe? Please share it in the comments!

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2 Responses to A Room and A Recipe: American Made Dining and a Simple Summer Salad

  1. Bryan June 18, 2016 at 11:31 am #

    Lots of great layering and different textures used in this staging, which really brings this room to life. The antlers add unique touch of character and really help set the environment. Will have to try the summer salad recipe too–Thanks!!

    • PK June 20, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

      I agree Bryan – it’s fun to have that little something unique that sets a room apart. The antlers definitely do that in this space!


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