One Room Challenge Week 5 - The Pretty and the Not So Pretty #DesignFails
October 31, 2018
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If you have been following along, we are in week 5 of th One Room Challenge. I am transforming a very tired, pale yellow dining room into an East Coast Charm Meets West Coast Cool space...in six weeks. Eeep. The ORC is so fun because it truly shows the ins and outs of a room makeover. There have been so many exciting moments and definitely a few fails but through the fails, this room has turned into an even better space than I could have imagined.
As I am wrapping up painting chairs, shelf installing, art hanging and the like, I thought it would be fun to give you a sneak peek at some of the accessories I'll be adding to the dining room plus diving into some of the hiccups I've encountered through this wild process.
Marble Bowl: Target | Blue Dinner Plates and Bowls: Anthropologie | Pink Side Plate: Anthropologie | Blue Watercolor Dinner Napkins: Amarela Dinner Napkins in Orchid Indigo by Roostery | Pillow: Les Touches Blue from Arianna Belle | Large Earthenware Tray: Target | Small Pink and White Dip Bowls: Anthropologie | Blue Checkered Bowls: HomeGoods

Some of the trials and #designfails



  • Finding an electrician with an opening to install sconces BEFORE the wallpaper went up. Spoiler alert...we found one! Shout out to John Caruso for helping us in a pinch. This guy also worked his magic on our crazy fragile handblown glass chandelier that was on the verge of cracking and breaking in a million pieces. I definitely think my heart stopped for a minute last night but all is well and now it is hanging beautifully over our table. Phew. Lesson learned: Follow your timeline and find contractors as soon as humanly possible. The good ones are usually booked out quite awhile.

  • Sourcing products that ultimately didn't work with our timeline. The overall design plan has changed from the beginning stages based on products that weren't available or couldn't be shipped in time but in the end, I LOVE the result even more. Sometimes going with the flow and changing directions can result in an even better space. Case in point, our side chairs. Our original option wasn't going to make it here in time so I took to craigslist and found the most amazing antique English schoolhouse chairs that just needed a good coat of paint. Lesson learned: Have backups for your backup options.

  • Hanging the drapery rods too high so that the drapery was an inch off the ground... cropped curtains are not a good look! I turned to amazon and expedited drapery rings and phew, short curtain crisis averted. Lesson learned: Measure, measure, measure and then measure again.

  • Saggy floating shelves - still working on how to fix this one but we discovered installing on the studs is super key. Also pretty sure it says that exact statement in the IKEA directions. Whoops! Lesson learned: Captain obvious here... read the directions.

One week and counting until the final reveal. I see the light and am fully ready to enjoy the heck out of this new gorgeous dining room. I can't wait to show you the final look and could not have done this without all of my amazing, awesome, can't-live-without sponsors

Arianna Belle | Article | Fabricut | Hayneedle | Hudson Valley Lighting | Jill Rosenwald | Select BlindsSpoonflower + Roostery

Wallpaper: Vern Yip Collection wallpaper from Trend Fabrics - pattern 30002W in color: Medium Blue 03  | Jute Rug: Couristan jute herringbone rug from Hayneedle | Hydrangeas: Whitemoss & Twigs

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If you missed it, read my previous One Room Challenge updates Week 1 ,Week 2Week 3, and Week 4. And don't forget to check in with all the other amazing One Room Challenge designers.  So much talent and so much beauty happening below. Reveal day should be insanely good...