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A French Country Inspired Dining Room | ORC Reveal

interiorsChloe | Boxwood Ave.33 Comments

The time has come for the reveal of the 2017 fall One Room Challenge! The past seven weeks have flown by, and today we get to see all of the beautiful reveals! If you need a quick recap, you can revisit the previous ORC posts here: week one, week two, week three, week four, week five, week six.

Can we start by taking a moment of silence to acknowledge what this room used to look like...

Scary, I know. 

Pink dining room with oversized table & lights, floating shelf | boxwoodavenue.com

The room used to be my craft room, which served as a horrible entrance for visitors. I hate clutter, but as any fellow crafter knows, clutter & messes are inevitable, so having my craft room directly off our entryway was a terrible idea on all accounts. 

When we remodeled our kitchen, we removed the dining area from the living room, and my craft room quickly became our dining room. We tore up the old carpet, added thick baseboards, and painted the room white. We purchased a super long table and chairs, and there they sat. 

Since this is one of the first areas you see when you enter our home, I knew I wanted to do something a little dramatic. I also wanted to play off the black wood paneling in our entryway. My first thought was to paint the room a rich emerald green, but I didn't think that would look good (like, at all) next to the black entryway.

I then thought I might add interesting trim along the wall where the floating shelf now rests, which I still think would have been a nice option. Ultimately, as you know, I decided to simply go with a floating shelf along the length of the 20+ foot wall, plus beautiful crown molding from Metrie (which we have in the rest of our house as well). 

Rustic floating shelf in French inspired dining room | boxwoodavenue.com
Pink dining room with oversized table & lights, floating shelf | boxwoodavenue.com

rug | paint | curtains | decor | lighting | crown molding | throw pillows

Although the room had been freshly painted white, I decided to re-paint the room a soft pink/lilac color (Farrow & Ball's Peignoir) to play off of the black entryway. I hadn't ever used Farrow and Ball paint before, but I am 100% converted after seeing the outcome of this room. The quality is incredible, and the depth of color is really apparent. 

I used blues and grays alongside the pink walls and opted for black hardware to draw some of the black in from the entryway. I couldn't have dreamt of a better rug for this room - it is from Hayneedle, and surprisingly very budget friendly, especially for the size! 

I had initially planned on sticking to all navy blue tones (did you see those beautiful navy napkins above?), but am so happy I decided to add in a lighter shade of blue with the throw pillows from Pom Pom at Home at the head seats of the table. The additional pattern, texture, and color adds a lot to the room. I think you can always throw in an additional pattern or texture so long as you keep a streamlined color scheme. PS: The pillows are a favorite of any guest we've had, I definitely suggest ordering an insert with the cover. This pillow is also one of my favorite! 


artwork


I selected prints from Jenny's Print Shop which were framed by Simply Framed for this room. I can't tell you what a huge difference artwork makes in any space; having a professionally framed piece of artwork elevates a room beyond measure. I worked with Simply Framed to mount the prints, and they did an incredible job. Simply Framed is an affordable and easy way to add custom work to a room. I simply emailed my file and selected the frame style I wanted, and within a few weeks, the artwork was delivered to me. They are so beautiful, I will never frame anything myself again after seeing the difference a professional framing company makes. 

Simply Framed Artwork | boxwoodavenue.com

paint | curtains |  crown molding | throw pillows | artwork (frame, print)

If you've been following along, you may notice that one of the biggest additions from my last ORC update is the curtains. I don't think I can accurately put into words how much I love these curtains...If you've ever had custom curtains made, you know what I'm talking about. 

While custom curtains are an investment, they are 100% worth it. Save on an inexpensive rug, or inexpensive artwork... but splurge on the curtains. I worked alongside Janine, owner of Tonic Living to design these curtains, and the experience from start to finish was a dream. I simply emailed my measurements and paint color, and she sent back photos of different colored linen placed beside the paint sample. I loved being able to see the paint and linen color next to each other which took the guess work out of narrowing down my fabric selection. 

I loved working with Janine, and love being able to support a fellow lady in business. Her shop, Tonic Living is stunning, and I wholeheartedly recommend her for any textile needs you may have. 

Pink dining room with oversized table & lights, floating shelf | boxwoodavenue.com
Pink dining room with oversized table & lights, floating shelf | boxwoodavenue.com

decor


Styling and finishing a room is by far the most fun part of the project! I sourced decor from my own home, and a few other big box shops, but the majority of these pieces came from one of my very favorite shops: Chateau Sonoma. Sarah, the owner has become a very good friend of mine, and I work there behind the scenes helping with their marketing. Sarah was so kind to send me products to use for the reveal - like the breadboards, grain sifter, and bottle rack. The shop is full of French antiques, and if you love French decor as much as I do, then I know you will love Chateau Sonoma. I fell in love with it the first time I ever visited, and am so excited to be able to share it with you! 

Pink dining room with oversized table & lights, floating shelf | boxwoodavenue.com

And that's a wrap! A really big thank you to all of the sponsors of the One Room Challenge, they are so generous and believe in our visions from the start. I am grateful to Linda, Calling it Home, for including me in the One Room Challenge, it was a huge honor to create this space alongside so many talented designers. Thank you to House Beautiful Magazine for sponsoring the ORC, but most importantly, thank YOU for following along over the past 7 weeks as this room has come to life. Your comments, suggestions, and support have meant the world to me. I hope you will continue to visit my little part of the web! 


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A French Country Inspired Dining Room | ORC Week 6

interiorsChloe | Boxwood Ave.2 Comments

Hello my friends, how are you this week? It's week six of the One Room Challenge! This week should have been reveal week, but we were granted an extra week due to all of the natural disasters that affected so many over the past month, and I am feeling very thankful for this extra week. 

I still have quite a bit of work to wrap up by the end of the week to prepare for the reveal. The curtains need to be hung (currently stalking my tracking notifications for the hardware), art needs to be installed, and I need to spend some time styling the space. 

One Room Challenge Dining Room French Country Inspired | boxwoodavenue.com

My good friend Sarah at Chateau Sonoma is sending me all of my very favorite things to style the space with: bread boards, grain sifters, baguette baskets, demijohns... Those should be arriving sometime this afternoon and I can't wait to get my hands on them! 

I mentioned the curtains before, but I have yet to share a picture of them. They are custom made from Tonic Living, and I couldn't be more thrilled to get them hung. If I am being totally honest, I've never had custom curtains before, so I'm feeling a bit like a kid on Christmas. 

We also laid the rug down, and it is the perfect color, shape, and texture for this room. The blues pull out the pink tones in the paint, but the brown and navy accents ground the colors so that the room doesn't become nursery pink. I don't want to give too much away before the reveal, so I'll just share a little snippet above with the curtains. :)

But let's talk about the shelf...

Yesterday we finished up the last bit of construction work in the room: the shelf. Initially I hadn't planned on making this a floating shelf because of all of the work that goes into securing it to the wall. However, while our contractor was sealing our counters, I decided to ask him what it would take to create a floating shelf. He seemed excited to make this for me, and I was excited he was willing.

He used a 20' long piece of metal bracket and then welded rods to it. He cut a long, narrow hole in the sheetrock and then secured the bracket to the studs. Then he drilled holes into the wood and slid the shelf right onto the rods. I have seen these sort of wall brackets for sale on Etsy if you are interested in purchasing one for your home. 

And then there's the wood... Finding 3 distressed boards of similar color in the junk pile at the ranch was not possible. The boards we did find ended up being pretty warped. As Jeff (our contractor) and I talked about a solution, I glanced down to the barn and had the brilliant idea to remove a fence board from the corrals. The fence boards have aged together and match beautifully in color. They also happen to be straight. So Jeff and I headed down to the barn to remove a few fence boards. I will replace the missing fence boards with the boards we initially brought down from the junk yard. An even trade. Although Greg wasn't too excited about his deconstructed corrals...

I decided to place the shelf at 36" so that it sits just a touch higher than the table. Traditionally you'd see a sideboard or something similar in a dining room, which would sit at about 36". When Jeff was installing the shelf I got nervous about the height, but now that it is finished, it's just right. I am very happy that I decided to go with a floating shelf here, it's beautiful and the gray colors in the wood look great against the pink wall. 

Dining Room One Room Challenge French Country Inspired | boxwoodavenue.com

I'll be finishing up all of the details this week, and then shooting the space on Monday for the big reveal. I can't wait to show you the full space with the rug, curtains, art, and decor! Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful day! 


DINING ROOM GAME PLAN

custom curtains - Tonic Living

an extra long dining table for the whole crew - existing

pink paint - Farrow and Ball

open shelving with lots of glassware, beautiful accessories, and artwork - on the hunt for wood!

oversized vintage rug - Hayneedle

crown molding - Metrie

a series of light fixtures - LampsPlus

custom artwork - Jenny's Print Shop & Simply Framed 

linen textiles - Pom Pom at Home



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This Week on the Ranch No. 7

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"This Week on the Ranch" is a weekly series sharing snippets and stories from life on the range. 

Old Red Barn Cattle Ranch | boxwoodavenue.com

I was finally able to slip away for an afternoon to head up to the ranch to see what the boys have been up to. It's been fairly quiet around here, moving cattle every couple of days, but feeding has yet to start and hay season is over, so we are in a bit of a lull for the next week or two. 

I have mentioned that we have quite a large herd of horses - for working, riding, and breeding. This year, Rodney has decided to halter break some of the mares to be sold. So this past week, the boys spent time working with each horse so that she was gentle enough to have a halter put on her. Coming from an English riding background, it's very interesting to see the western/ranch way of training horses. 

Some of these horses are over ten years old, and have never been touched by a human since they were babies, so you can imagine how intense it is for everyone involved. 

The horses are brought into the barn in groups of five or six and then sorted out one by one. They start by moving one into a small area of the barn where they stand with a flag. The flag is used as a means of touching the horse without having to get too close. As she becomes desensitized to the flag, she can be approached and hopefully touched. 

The boys are usually able to do this within a few minutes and then start to scratch her, talk to her, let her know that humans are friends. Once she becomes more comfortable with being scratched, the guys will move on to putting a halter over her head. It's amazing to see the technique of this - all of the little tips and tricks are so important, and take years to learn. For example: where to hold the rope, where to stand, how to place the halter over her neck, etc... I love watching as the horse becomes more relaxed and comfortable. Although, there are always a few that are hell bent on staying as far away from the halter as possible, which is never fun. 

One of the horses was not happy about having a halter on her. She worked herself into a sweat, and the boys spent nearly an hour working on her. By the end, they were finally able to lead her and remove the later easily, but it took a lot of patience. 

Halter breaking is usually the first step in a horses life; however, these mares were bred for breeding purposes only and we hadn't planned on selling them, thus hadn't ever halter broken them. Our herd has gotten a bit too big though, so we are selling a few bunches here and there. 

Many of these mares have sons and grandsons that work on the ranch, and are our best riding horses. Rodney knows the lineage of all of the horses, they are really his passion, he has a created a very unique breed that is tough enough to ride on rough ground all day without shoes, Greg calls them "tough as nails". 

I feel like every single week I have told you guys that, "I have been so busy...", which isn't my favorite thing to be, but it's been the truth over the past couple of months. I have a few projects that I have been working on for months, and they are all finally about wrapped up! As some of you know I work for Chateau Sonoma, and we just launched a brand new website which I am really excited about! I am also working on finishing up my photography course, which I am hoping to launch within the next two weeks!! On top of that we've got the One Room Challenge to wrap up next week. Plus a few other things I can't go into detail about, but are really exciting! Anyways, please know how grateful I am to be doing what I love,  it's because of you that I am able to, I hope you have a wonderful week! 


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