It’s reveal day for the guest participants of the Spring One Room Challenge!
I am happy to say that I survived the 6 weeks and finished my navy dining room! There is nothing like a deadline to get me moving.
In case you are not familiar with the One Room Challenge, it is a biannual event created by Linda Weinstein of Calling it Home, where bloggers challenge themselves to transform a space over a 6 week period. On Wednesdays, twenty designers share their progress and on Thursdays, the guest participants (anyone with a blog) can share.
Like I said, this time around I chose to update my dining room. It had been red for about 15 years and I was ready for a change. Let’s take a look back at the before…
Apparently, I only photographed the room at Christmas time…
Since my husband would never agree to changing the furniture, I had to work around what I had. Luckily, just painting the wall color navy gave the cherry furniture a whole new look! (The color is Sherwin Williams Naval).
I also switched the fabrics on the chairs to this navy and white stripe.
After obsessing about fabric choices for weeks, I realized I was running out of time to order. As a last resort, I ended up buying Ralph Lauren sheets at Homegoods and using them for the seats! I know, how blogger of me…They are a cotton polyester blend and hopefully they will hold up for awhile.
I changed the oriental rug to this seagrass one. It’s definitely not as soft as the previous rug but it gives the room the coastal/traditional look I was going for in here. The seagrass is also a great contrast to the navy.
I hung neutral curtain panels which work well with the seagrass. I thought I wanted plain white ones in here but when I hung the white, I wasn’t happy. Luckily, I had these sitting in the closet for a few years just waiting to be used. They are from Homegoods.
In the back corner, I rehung my shelves and added some Lenox and Blue Willow china. As you can see, I also bought a new bar cart. You might notice it does not show up in all the pictures because I had my son put it together just last night! Nothing like waiting until the last minute. Better late than never…
The bar cart could possibly be my favorite thing in the room! I have been wanting one of these forever and when it went on sale at Pottery Barn, I ordered it using a gift card from my American Express points. That counts as being free, right?
And speaking of Pottery Barn, I also snatched up these green napkins just yesterday. They were on clearance and I thought it would be fun to add a little green to the room.
Originally, I was going to leave the table unset but decided it needed to be dressed up for the big reveal!
The navy and white striped place mats are also from Pottery Barn (from a previous trip). They help keep the table looking a little more casual and cabana-like.
On the other side of the room is my new console table from Pier One. I finally settled on this one after visiting every furniture and consignment store in the entire state of New Jersey. I just couldn’t justify spending a lot of money for this piece but I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted. I figured I could make this one work. The top is glass and I had this vision of myself attaching caning under the glass…and then I had this vision of myself crying because I messed it up. I decided to leave the glass for now.
Wouldn’t caning look great under my blue and white porcelain, though?
The Caribbean map used to hang over our piano in the living room but I like the way it looks in here more. The lamps are from Homegoods. With the dark walls, I really needed some extra light in here besides the chandelier. I like how the white really brightens up the space too.
As you can tell, it’s not very easy to photograph a navy room. It also doesn’t help that it was cloudy when I took some of these photos.
Light artwork and bright plants definitely help brighten things up, though.
For someone who tends to work on rooms slowly and let them evolve, the One Room Challenge is a great way to push myself out of my comfort zone (aka procrastination zone). There is just something so satisfying about having a room finished!!
Cheers to everyone who completed the One Room Challenge!
Be sure to visit the other guest participants in the Spring 2018 – One Room Challenge – Week 6. You will be blown away by the talent out there!
In case you would like to get caught up with my project, here are the links to each week:
This is the second time I joined the One Room Challenge. If you would like to see my home office that I decorated a few years ago, click here –Home Office Reveal.
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Paint Color – Naval by Sherwin Williams (color-matched by Benjamin Moore)
Cherry China Cabinet, Table and Chairs – Thomasville Furniture (from 19 years ago)
Seagrass Rug – Home Decorators Collection at Home Depot
Curtain Panels – Homegoods
Chair Fabric – Ralph Lauren Sheets from Homegoods
White Lamps – Homegoods
Rattan Chargers – I bought mine at Pier One but these rattan chargers are very similar.
Blue and White Plates – These are the same Johnson Brothers Blue Willow Plates I have.
What are you decorating these days?
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