A French Country Inspired Dining Room | ORC Week 2

October 11, 2017

Hello my friends! How is your week going?? I’m here for week 2 of the One Room Challenge, sharing a few more design details about the room.  Last week I very briefly mentioned (so briefly that you may have missed it) that we will be painting this room pink. You also may be reading this thinking I am crazy. It’s okay, I don’t blame you. When I told my sister I was painting my dining room pink, her eyes got really big, and she shook her head in silence. 

Don’t leave me yet…I can explain. 

I was excited to see Farrow and Ball on the list of sponsors for the One Room Challenge. I have been dying to use their paint, but it really wasn’t in our budget during our kitchen remodel. Since we painted the entire house, we ended up using 3, five gallon buckets of white paint so Farrow and Ball remained a dream. 

If you’re hearing of Farrow and Ball for the first time, it is a luxurious paint line made in England, and is known for it’s chalky finish (called: estate emulsion). The color line is absolutely beautiful, and you really can’t go wrong. My friend Maria (@dreamywhiteslifestyle) has used F&B throughout her home, and it is absolutely stunning! So you can see why I was excited to be able to test the paint out…says the girl who “isn’t picky about paint”. 

I browsed through their paint colors and was immediately drawn to Peignoir. I ordered a sample pot along with a few other neutral (safe) colors. When they arrived, I tested them out in the afternoon light and Peignoir was as beautiful in person as it was on my computer screen. So I went for it: pink paint, for a pink dining room. 

I hope you don’t still think I’m nuts. Hey, I could hate it in the end…but I could love it. It’s absolutely a risk; however, it’s one room, and at the end of the day, paint is an easy, albeit time consuming, fix. So I’m going out on a girly ledge and dousing our dining room with Farrow and Ball’s Peignoir. 

To compliment the dusty pink paint color, I am going to add lots of gray, white, and blue into the design through textiles and accessories. I’ll be keeping the curtains a simple gray linen, although I’ll tell you I was very tempted to go with this pattern. I am thrilled to be working with Tonic Living on the curtains. Having custom curtains for this space will completely transform it. We will be using the Tuscany Linen in Prism with a pencil pleat, and to say I am excited about it is really an understatement. 

I also finally decided on a rug for the space. I was debating over this rug from Annie Selke or this rug from Hayneedle. I decided to go with the Hayneedle option because I love the antique detail. Although I love how simple the Selke rug is, I think I will enjoy the details of the Hayneedle rug in the space. 

Since I went with a more detailed rug, I opted for an open and airy light fixture from Lamps Plus. I think the industrial design of the fixture will help balance out the pink paint and antique rug. 

Lastly, I wanted to quickly touch base about the open shelving I mentioned last week. I plan on adding one looooong open shelf along the 22′ wall without windows. Rather than having a typical buffet or side board, this shelf will serve as an area to hold tabletop necessities and art. I plan on sourcing the wood from the ranch junk yard, and hope to be able to match it to the shelving that lives in our kitchen! 

At the moment, I am finalizing this post from High Point North Carolina. I am on a buying trip for Chateau Sonoma and have had so much fun purchasing all the antiques. I selected a few beautiful pieces for the dining room, and hope they arrive in time for the reveal! Take a peek below to see the finalized design board of the space! I hope you are having a great week, and I can’t wait to get home and show you the room once it is painted!!! Until then, be sure to follow along on Instagram!


French Country Dining Room Inspiration



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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  1. Love Peignoir as well! I can see in the taped up samples, there is pavilion gray, however the name of the sample on the left can’t be seen. Could you please share? Looking forward to the final room, we’re using Peignoir, want to chose the perfect accent:)

  2. I have that rug in our living room in 9×12 and I love it! It is also incredibly easy to clean (A LOT of baby spitup has befallen that rug in the last year) so I think it will work so well in a dining room setting as well. Holiday meals and large gatherings can get messy!

  3. Bringing all of these sophisticated yet subtle elements together is inspired and your dining room should look incredible when you are finished. Thank you for sharing it all. Cheers, Ardith

  4. I’ll admit. When I first heard pink I thought of s baby’s nursery. But – alert seeing the sample on your wall and looking at the barrow website I think the more earthy pink color will look amazing.

  5. New to this blog, but I really don’t think it’s a risky paint color?? It looks pretty neutral to me. Go for it, girl!!

  6. Such pretty inspiration! And I see where you’re coming from with the pink. It seems muted and dusty enough to be neutral and I think it’ll be really pretty :)

  7. I am in love with the pink idea (especially when you have access to that beautiful paint – why not do something fun!) I actually just bought the 5×7 version of that rug for my front room a few weeks ago and I am so in love with it – especially because I have the exact same floors as you and the navy against the light wood is just lovely

    • That was my thought exactly! Why not be a little risky??? Ah that totally reassures me. The rug and the lighting were my hardest selections. I debated on the rug for forever!!!

  8. You should check out FashFlood’s insta (Sarah Lorsung Tvardik) bc she has pink living room walls and it works surprisingly well. You’ll have to scroll through her feed for a bit to see it, but it’s there. It’s definitely a more saturated (yet still pastel) pink and her style is more midcentury – but it’s proof it works. In fact, I would have thought you were crazy too until I saw her living room. Also, yours is so pale, I would worry it would look beige – I’m sure it’ll look great though.

    • Definitely more mid-century, but very fabulous! Proof that pink is versatile! I am hoping it’ll come off as pink, and if at the end of the day it doesn’t, I can always repaint! BTW thanks so much for stopping by and sharing her room with me!