A French Country Inspired Dining Room | ORC Week 6

November 8, 2017

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. 

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. 

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! 


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

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

Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | Dwell with Dignity | 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. Question! did you drill hole so the bracket parts of the shelve fit inside the wood, or did you just carve out channels so the wood would sit on top of the bracket flush? Meaning if you looked on the bottom of the shelf would you see the carved channels and bracket?

    I’m thinking of doing this in my dining as well, but can decide which way I want to install it.

    • Hi! We used a large drill bit to drill a hole inside the wood boards so that the slid onto the bracket hiding the metal altogether!