A French Country Inspired Dining Room | ORC Week 1

October 4, 2017

Hello friends, how are you this week?? If you follow along on Instagram, you may have seen my post announcing my participation in this fall’s One Room Challenge. If not, let me fill you in…

Over the next six weeks, I will be re-designing a space in our home, and sharing every little detail of the process right here. I will be designing alongside 20 other wonderfully talented bloggers, and I am feeling a bit like a small fish in a big pond. To have my name next to Old Home LoveThe House that Lars Built, and Waiting on Martha is really exciting.

If you haven’t heard of the One Room Challenge before, it is a bi-annual event hosted by Calling it Home featuring 20 bloggers as they renovate a single room in their home. There are a multitude of companies that collaborate with the designers, and House Beautiful so kindly shares all of the finished spaces at the end of the 6 weeks. It’s stressful, fun, and a creative high. 

If you are visiting me for the first time, thank you for stopping by! My name is Chloe, and I run this blog, Boxwood Avenue in-between helping my husband run our cattle ranch. We live in northern California on a 100 year old ranch in a town of 99 people. I feel pretty lucky to live in the middle. of. nowhere. on over 100,000 acres of land…Oh, and it just wouldn’t be right for me to not mention Elderberry and Buckwheat, my two precious goats. I hope you enjoy following along over the next few weeks during the one room challenge! 

the space…

This will be my first time participating in the ORC, and I have decided to tackle our dining room. It is at the heart of our home, and it being unfinished is a real burden. We host dinners at least once a week, and since the weather has cooled down, we have resorted to eating by candlelight because there isn’t a light fixture in the room. Our “romantic candlelit dinners” with friends have turned into anticipated gatherings, and honestly, I think I will still insist on lighting heaps of candles once the space is done. I will however, be very grateful for a working light fixture and something other than stark white walls. 

The first order of business here is for me to show you the “before” images of the room. This is tricky because we have already renovated a few aspects of it. Previously, the space was a formal living room with golden carpet, disintegrating curtains, and decaying furniture. When we remodeled our kitchen, we decided to turn the old living room into a large dining area where we could house the entire ranch crew for large meals after brandings and long days of moving cattle. Just take a peek at what it looked like when we moved in…

We removed the carpet and replaced the floors with laminate wood by Pergo, which we love, and have used throughout the entire house. We painted over the eggshell colored walls with Bistro White, and added thick baseboards. This made the room livable, but it is far from cozy. Over the next six weeks I hope to transform this white, box of a room into a beautiful dining space that is fit for long, relaxing evenings with friends. 

dining room inspiration

Dining Room Game Plan

custom curtains

an extra long dining table for the whole crew 

pink paint, can you believe it?

open shelving with lots of glassware, beautiful accessories, and artwork

oversized vintage rug

crown molding 

a series of light fixtures

Be sure to visit the others taking on the one room challenge!

Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely  | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha 

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    • Oh yes – I will have to go into more detail about that. Still trying to figure out exactly how it’s going to work, but it’s going to be one 22′ long shelf! Thank you!!!

    • Ah thank you!!! BTW love that wallpaper you’re using – it’s going to be so fabulous! Great tile too!!!

    • Hi my sweet friend, thank you! I am sure hoping so – we will see about this pink :). Sending big hugs your way!

    • Hey friend!! Yay! Thank you! Your little guy is getting to big, can’t believe it. Sending love to you guys!!!

  1. I’m so excited to have found your blog through this challenge! I’m also participating as a guest and can’t wait to follow along with you. We are in the process of installing what looks like the same Pergo floors (Riverbend Oak) and seeing yours makes me super excited to see ours finished :)

    • Nice to meet you Angela!! You are spot on – it’s Riverbend Oak. We love it! Can’t wait to check out your post tomorrow!

    • Isn’t it beautiful!? I love that view! Someday…I want to add a balcony, and turn that window into a big set of French doors. We have a hip style roof, so the exterior roof line is a bit boring. Adding a balcony will add soooo much curb appeal, but that’s down the road!

    • Thanks so much for hosting this Linda, excited to be a part of it! Yep – pink walls! Hope they look as good on the walls as they do in my head ;).

    • Yes! You totally picked that out! Right now it’s currently the elephant in the room. It’s BEAUTIFUL, but it doesn’t really fit anywhere at the moment. I thought about using it as a kitchen island, but it was too large. It’s on wheels, so I may just wheel it on into our media room. The plan is for my husband’s uncle to relocate it to his retirement home next year, so it’s a bit of a question mark at the moment as to where to put it!