One Room Challenge – Week One, Dining Room

Okay guys, I may have gone just a little crazy. We closed on the new house Friday and I’ve decided to dive right in to the One Room Challenge! Because I don’t have  a hundred boxes to unpack or anything…

For those of you who are new to this the One Room Challenge is a twice yearly event hosted by Linda of Calling It Home. During this event twenty design bloggers take on the challenge to transform one space in just six weeks. Every Wednesday, the designers document their progress while sharing their sources and professional advice. In addition to following along, everyone with a blog, (that’s me!) is welcome to join the fun as a guest participant by linking their own room transformations to Calling It Home.

So this week I’m jumping in with some not so complete plans for the new dining room. You’ll notice we’ve been so busy moving furniture I haven’t even had time to take any before pictures. The one above is from the real estate listing, I’ll share more angles next week, I promise!

So what’s the loose plan? Well, While we were waiting to close we went to a great estate sale where I scored a 4’x 6′ traditional mahogany drop leaf table and two arm chairs upholstered in blue velvet a great start to a dining set.

Paired with some really modern chairs like these.

And do you remember my vintage rugs I shared in January? One of them is headed to the dining room.

As is my amazing vintage light fixture I score in Germany that I have been waiting to find a place for.


Do you see where I’m going with this? My goal is to mix my traditional finds with a heavy dose mid-century. I love the contrast of the clean lines against the more detailed pieces in these rooms.

So you see the plan so is not completely fluid just needs a little refining, plus I needed to make sure I had a house to work on before I got in too deep.

Here are a few inspiration shots that have the feel I’m going for.

Photo via The Everygirl

Photo via Emily Henderson

Photo via Live Journal

Photo via Domino design by Nick Olsen

Another look I’m hoping to incorporate is wallpaper paired with bold trim or even ceiling paint. There is already wallpaper above the wainscoting so I will either have to remove it or go over it. It is not terrible paper but it is also not one I would have chosen so it is a perfect opportunity for something really fun.

Photo via HGTV

Photo via House Beautiful

Photo via Rachel Reider

I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me but I think, I can do it! Wish me luck and stop by next week for a detailed mood board and a progress report.

Now don’t forget to stop by and see what all the other linking participants are planning.



  1. I was actually wondering if you’d have the time for a ORC, what with moving and painting and so on! But then, maybe it’s the ideal time!! And as usual I am bursting with curiosity about the end result. 🙂

    • I’m gonna give it a try. My husband has been super helpful getting things painted so hopefully if we tackle it as a team we can get it done. I’m curious about the end results too 😉

  2. Such a great room, Maggie! I can’t wait to see what you do!

  3. Debbie says:

    Looking forward to what you come up with. Love the Everygirl photo! Miss your postings but know full time job, new house and family are keeping you busy.

    • Thanks Debbie, the move has had a lot on hold since I’ve been taking it apart instead of putting things together. Ready to get to work!

  4. oh this is going to be SOOOO fun to see! so glad you joined- you always do awesome spaces!

  5. I think we might be soul sisters. I love a bold trim with wallpaper or just a bold trim in general. I have a few rooms where I applied this and it looks spectacular. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

  6. Janet Brennan says:

    You are amazing – I am sure your dining area will be beautiful. Cannot wait to see it.

    I love the other pics too – especially the entryway with the dark blue trim and blue & white ginger jars. Great inspection to go bold

  7. Janet Brennan says:

    Meant great inspiration!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Some of these inspiration photos are pretty bold! I hope you go for bold! fun

  9. I think it’s an ideal time—knock it out now!

  10. I looooooove that light fixture! And all of your inspiration! This will be beautiful!

  11. marymeyerinteriors says:

    I love the direction you are heading. Best of luck. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  12. This room has GREAT bones! Congrats again on the new house. Love everything that you already have and plan to incorporate into the space. That rug and table! It’s both thrilling and anxiety-producing that we are doing this round “on the fly”! 🙂

  13. I love your style. Can’t wait to see all you accomplish. I feel like I’ve just joined a super fun sorority of designers, since I jumped in this challenge. 🙂 Good luck and happy new home!

  14. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Oh I so can’t wait to see this

  15. I am so excited to see how your room turns out! The vintage rug mixed with the clean, modern chairs will look amazing. It is a lot to take on but it seems like you’ve got a good handle on it.

  16. I am glad to see that you’re doing the ORC. I’ve always appreciated your creativity (and thrift finds! That table and those rugs!). Congrats on the new house.

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