Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall in Love Room Challenge: Our Dining Room

Over the next six weeks I will be participating in the "Fall in Love" Room Challenge which is the brain child of my partner and bestie, Cassie.  Nineteen bloggers will transform a room in their house and "fall in love" with their space again!  I'm excited to participate with these talented ladies and to finally create some style in our dining room.

When we moved into our home 6 years ago I was pumped to finally be getting the red dining room of my dreams!  But all these years later the traditional red dining room is not me anymore.  I am ready to face the challenge of painting over those merlot walls!  Here are a few before photos so you have a sense of what I'm working with.

In this picture you can see there is a lot of heavy dark furniture in this space and half red walls.  Also zero wall decor and a very traditional oriental rug.
In the view from the other direction you can see I did try to accessorize one wall.  I threw up those plates before I hosted Thanksgiving last year in a desperate attempt to have style. #fail
When I was photographing the befores I somehow neglected to get a shot of the windows.  It's not much to see really - three windows - no curtains!

One thing I do love about the room is the antique chandelier that came with the house.  HOWEVER it is no longer attached to the ceiling at this time.  We are also working on our master bath directly above the dining room and when my husband was working on the floor upstairs I heard a lot of loud noises coming from the dining room and arrived just in time to see it dangling several inches lower by the electrical cord!  At least it's now convenient to switch out the ceiling medallion!

I also plan to keep most of the furniture in the room but to lighten up the feel by removing the hutch piece of the china cabinet and replacing the head chairs with upholstered ones.

Here's my mood board to give you an idea of the direction I'm heading.  I'll be painting the walls white to allow the curtains to really pop and the new Ikat rug is already down!
I'm also thinking about adding removable wall paper in navy and gold above the chair rail over the buffet.  A bar cart or bar area would be a fantastic addition but I'm not sure yet if I can squeeze that in to the space.

In the next six weeks I will be sharing periodic updates on the dining room with the big reveal happening November 3rd so stay tuned.  And be sure to follow along with the other challenge participants!  It's going to be a wild ride!
Click each link to see the other room plans!

14 comments:

  1. Great plans. I like your plate wall, but I am also excited to see what else you are going to do. Love that mood board!!

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  2. can't wait to see what you do! i had the gold and red velvet dining room of my dreams in my first house..... barf.

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  3. I like where you're headed with this! Hope the chandelier hangs in there. See what I did there? ;)

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  4. Love your plans Sarah! The blue and white is so pretty!

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  5. whoo! exciting! I love that chandelier, too. When we moved in, our dining room chandelier was hanging by the cords (it was a foreclosure, so there was no one to ask about it), and we've always wondered what happened. We speculated that they were thinking of taking it with them, but it was too damn heavy when they tried to take it down? Anyway, perhaps your story offers us a clue....

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  6. I love all the blues in the moodboard and the way you're going to incorporate the dark wood tones (I'm a sucker for a dose of un-painted wood in a room!). And that chandelier is just amazing - so jealous it came with the house!

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  7. oooo... really loving the colors in your plan. It's going to be gorgeous when you are through with it.

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  8. Yaaay! Can't wait to see it all come together :)

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  9. Love where your room is headed. Can't wait to see more! :)

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  10. I saw a great little glass and gold bar cart at Home Goods the other day...I feel like it would look great in your dining room!

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  11. Love your plan! Nick was talking about doing wallpaper too. I told him to scale down his dream because that's the kind of wife I am. :)

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  12. Nice - another dining room makeover! Can't wait to see, Sarah!

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  13. Love your plans! It's going to look amazing! Can't wait to see what you do!

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