A French Country Inspired Dining Room | ORC Week 5

Well, hello week 5! We've got paint...


The lights are up. 

If you follow on instagram, you might have seen a sneak peek of the lights? If not, here you go. 

French Country Inspired Dining Room "Before" | Boxwood Avenue

I'm going to be honest with you guys, I didn't like them when they first went up. They seemed really big. And a little chunkier than I had expected. But they have grown on me. No pun intended. 

Generally you'd hang a chandelier or pendant at least 30" above the tabletop; however, with these lights, we didn't have room to clear the 30" mark. So we settled for 28" - I asked the contractor helping us to sit at the table and pretend he was eating, then to get up naturally. No heads were hit, and the lights were well above his head making me feel much better about the 28" height. 

Yet, I still felt they were a bit too big. I had a moment of panic thinking I needed to find a solution for them, but I wanted to sleep on it for a few nights. I sent photos to a few friends, and realized that once I had placed the head chairs back in place, the lights looked much more appropriate. They needed something else to balance them out besides the smaller side chairs. 

One Room Challenge Dining Room with Pink Paint | boxwoodavenue.com

I also think the look of the room will dramatically change once I have the curtains, rug, shelf, and artwork in place. So, we are keeping the lights, final verdict. 

I remembered a conversation I had with my dad recently about one of my favorite designers, Brian Patrick Flynn's design in the HGTV Urban Oasis 2017. The giant lights above the kitchen island that I love. And my dad doesn't love. You might dislike the lights or you might love them. I hope you love them, but if you don't, I totally get it. We're rockin em. 

With that said, let's talk about the paint for a minute. Remember the green primer? It was absolutely necessary for the color to develop properly. In fact, it's a lot more gray than I had expected, but it's so beautiful. As the light in the room changes, the paint changes - from a warmer pink all the way to a lavender gray. I love the depth of color and texture of the estate emulsion finish, it's almost plaster like. 

Metrie Crown Molding in One Room Challenge Dining Room | boxwoodavenue.com

We also have the crown molding up which is from Metrie. We have the same crown throughout the rest of the house, so I was excited to be able to also add it to this room. The curtains are going to look soooo good sandwiched between that chunky baseboard and pretty crown, I can't wait! 

Next week I'm hoping to have them up along with the rug in place. Then it's one week until the reveal! 

So, let me know - what do you think about the lights? Love em? Hate em? Need to see the space with the rug before you decide? Drop me a comment! Also, if you're participating in the ORC, leave a link in my comments so I can come say hello! As always, thanks so much for stopping by! 


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