A French Country Inspired Dining Room | ORC Reveal

November 15, 2017

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. 

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). 

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! 


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. Their Print & Frame service makes it so easy to  upload digital files, select the frame style you want, and receive gorgeous custom framed artwork in the mail with a quick turnaround.. They are so beautiful, I will never frame anything myself again after seeing the difference a professional framing company makes. 

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. 


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! 

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! 


rug // hayneedle

art // simply framed  •  jenny’s print shop

paint // farrow & ball

crown molding // metrie

curtains // tonic living

decor // chateau sonoma

lighting // lamps plus

throw pillows & linen napkins // 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. Actually, I would love your opinion on something, if you don’t mind… my dining table is "only" going to be 10 feet long, maybe 11, depending on what I can get my husband to build for us. Do you think that it would be too small for two of these fixtures? We have 9 foot ceilings in the dining room, if that helps.

  2. Love this reveal the most out of all the reveals from that season! I have a question about your chandeliers/pendants though. The one from Lamps Plus that is linked as the source looks very similar to these ones but I am pretty sure they are not the same. Yours don’t seem to have any wood in them and there is a couple iron loops that the lamps plus fixture also don’t have. I just reallllly love the ones in your pictures and was wondering if maybe the ones you used are discontinued and the linked ones are just similar ones?

    • Hello Aminah! I just double checked the links and they are correct. The Lampsplus webpage shows a ‘wood’ texture, but in fact it is just brushed bronze. I see the missing iron links in the listing on Lampsplus, not sure why they aren’t shown there, but these are them :) the link is correct. -Chloe

  3. Happy Holidays, Chloe! Your dining room looks amazing. It’s weird, because it’s not often that I see reveals that so perfectly match the idea board. Yours looks seamlessly so. Congratulations on bringing your vision to life so gorgeously. Cheers, Ardith

    • Thank you Ardith! I like to spend quite a bit of time on the vision boards so that I can float through the rest of the project. I loved drawing inspiration and being able to bring it to life! There is so much talent to be inspired from!

  4. Can you please tell us which exact light fixture that is? The link goes to the LampsPlus home page but they have 88 pages of chandeliers! Thanks…*love* the room!

  5. I’ve been looking at all the One room Challenges today and WOW! I can’t believe the transformation. Your room is Perfect. Truly Insta worthy. I wish I was coming to your house for thanksgiving to eat in that lovely space!

  6. It looks like a dream. Would you be willing to share the name of your Restoration Hardware table? Thank you and congratulations on an amazing job!

    • Thank you!! Oh yes – I have a thing for neutrals too, the pink was even risking it :P, although it looks more taupe than anything. How could I second guess anything by Farrow and Ball?!

    • Thank you Joan – yes it truly is! Oh gosh it was so BAD before, I wish I had a photo of what it looked like when we moved in! Straight out of the 60s!

  7. So beautiful! I dream of the day I can renovate my dining space and have enough room for a large table like this. I would love to be able to host a big group. This space is a huge inspiration. So glad I found you through ORC!

    • Thank you Tasha and nice to meet you!!! The only true requirement I had was: fit the entire crew. I love being able to have so many sit together all at once, it is the best feeling!

  8. I love, love, love this dining room! It could not be more perfect. I was wondering which rug size did you buy? It looks like it might be the 12′ x 9′. You are right; the price is very good for rugs that big!

    • We went with the largest option – because the room is so massive and the table is so long! So yep 12×9 is correct :) Thank you so much!!!

  9. Oh my gosh, Chloe, you did such an amazing job! The colors, textures, and design all come together so perfectly!! I love so many of the features! (I think my favorite is the wall color!! Gasp!! Gorgeous!!) Very well done, sweet friend!

    • Thank you so much! The wall color is really stunning and changes throughout the day, sometimes it’s pink, sometimes it’s taupe…it is beautiful under the dimmed lights as well.

  10. Absolutely beautiful! I love that the room is very simple, there aren’t that many different elements competing for attention. But it still looks full, inviting and lovely. Great job!

    • Thank you Laurie – I think I was able to fill the room with large scale items, but since they were so large, I knew I needed to keep things fairly simple. A ying & yang situation :).

  11. Hello! Your room is just beyond beautiful! I’m the artist who did the botanical drawings w/ Jenny’s Print Shop and I love, love, love how you have framed them. May I ask which frame you used from Simply Framed? I sort of want to copy this exactly with some other drawings I have. Thanks and such a beautiful home you have ❤️

    • You are so talented!!!!! I love all of your work and visited your website to see everything else you do when I selected these prints : ) I used the ‘luxe gold’ frame, 24×30", matted. The quality of the framing is reallllllly great. I definitely recommend!!!

  12. Your room is amazing! Those lights and that table, oh my goodness. I agree whole heartedly with you about custom made drapes and I love your rug!!! Enjoy your new dining room!!

    • Thank you Laura – it really is a comfortable place – I find myself working late into the night more often than not in this room!

    • Thank you Linda, and thank you for putting this together and including me! It was such a fun project to be a part of!

    • Thank you so much! I am so grateful for Tonic Living making those curtains for me – they truly were the cherry on top of the entire project!

  13. oh what an inviting dining room and the color palette and furnishings are all screaming "French Country"!! Bravo on the scale of the lanterns … I think they are brilliant and wouldn’t have it any other way. The deep navy blue in the rug complements the neutrals on your chairs and table beautifully. The choice of burgundy blooms, you have nailed it and I think they bring out the pale dusty blush on the walls as well.

    Yay you did it!

    • Thank you so very much!!! Those lights – they kept me up at night for a few days, but I am so happy with the way they turned out! I love the rug sooo much especially because it is such an inexpensive piece for the size!

    • They are from Restoration Hardware! The table is their longest/simplest option and we found the head chairs at the outlet on major sale!

    • Thanks Gwen, I LOVE the way your room turned out too. Yep – such a versatile color. I think your ceiling color makes your room the perfect place for your girls!

    • Hi Lindsey – thanks so much! I have a love of simplicity and French antiques, I think I was able to showcase both of those things here :)

  14. Absolutely gorgeous! I love that table with the chairs. The rug and lighting above are simply gorgeous! Congrats on completing the ORC!

  15. This is so stunning. Your lighting is absolutely gorgeous. It’s just so warm and inviting. My favorite thing has to be the floating shelf.

    • Thank you Angela! The shelf was one of my favorite parts too – especially pulling it off the corrals without my husband noticing ;)

  16. Gorgeous!!! I love the curtain they tie into the lights nicely without competing in the room. Love the whole room, so fabulous!!!