2018 Fall One Room Challenge - Week 1


I’m so excited to be kicking off Week One of the 2018 Fall One Room Challenge! This is my second challenge, and this go-round I’m “challenging” myself to give our dining room some much-needed style!

Earlier this year, we converted our ugly sunroom to a brand spanking new dining space, which was a fantastic thing to do.

SO LADY WHAT’S THE PROBLEM??? Why do you need to make changes to this space???


I hopped on the dark-wall-trend WAY too fast!. My house has a lot of 1970s features, lots of woods, whites and blue tones … this room doesn’t match. It’s stagnant.

See what I mean??????

Here’s my design plan. (Full disclosure, you all know I do this JUST FOR FUN; RIGHT?) I have fears it won’t turn out how I’m envisioning but this is why I love this challenge. It’s getting me out of my comfort zone AND getting that much closer to creating a dining room that I love.

Design Plan

  • Color Block Wall: This is the main part of my project! I’m getting rid of the dark wall and replacing it with what is (I hope) a sophisticated, yet casual neutral-toned scandi-inspired geo patterned wall. The pattern will make its way in some form or fashion around the entire room. My hope is that the geometric pattern will tie together with the 1970s angled walls in the other parts of the house.

  • Modern White Chairs: I’m keeping the head-of-the table-chairs with my Comfort Works teal slipcovers and adding two modern white chairs. I love wood + white together, and combining it with a little teal/blue is my sweet spot.

  • Brass Chandelier: I’m working with MP Design Shop (see my kitchen pendants!) on a fixture for the space. I love their work and I’m so excited about getting a new fixture!

  • Window treatments: When I said this used to be a sunroom, that’s no joke. This room gets hotter than-you-know-what.

  • Rug under the existing table

  • California-inspired art

  • Wish Item: THRIFTED BUFFET. I’m hoping, but not promising, that I can find a good thrifted buffet to DIY. Paint will be involved so it doesn’t matter what color it is. I just need to find one!

I’m in awe of the color blocking results and I can’t wait to get started. First steps??? Primer’g the heck out of the dark wall. Something tells me it’s going to need a few coats …

I’ll be back to report on my progress next week! In the meantime, check out the featured ORC challengers. They’re an amazing group! And if you want more, Better Homes and Gardens is this year’s sponsor. Read about their involement here. Last but not least, the Home Love Network is featuring challengers throughout the event.