Dining Room Reveal!

Hello everyone! Today, after keeping you waiting, I finally get to share my completed dining space. 

For those of you reading for the first time, my artwork was delivered broken twice, so I was faced with a quick decision to improvise. Despite the minor setbacks, I managed to keep on going because as we all know, "slow and steady wins the race". I look back at the many challenges encountered and still have no regrets. I would do it again, and again, and again. With that said, I think I might just be addicted because this is my 6th time participating. 

Here is where I began; the before:

Now after few weeks of waiting, I humbly present to you my little blue dining room : ).

Ahhh, my square lamp shades. I know this goes against the design rules; (square shades with square lamps, and round shades with round lamps) but I love 'different', and as we all know, design is personal. Wouldn't you agree?

The chandelier you all! It is the shining star of the room (pun intended). I am completely in awe of how beautiful it is. 

Enjoy the photos : ).

Bear in mind that this is a very tiny space, so I tried my best to make it work.

These artwork replaced the ones that I received broken. I think the colors work just fine considering they were a 'spur of the moment' selection. While I really love the brush stroke lamps, the juxtaposition of the artwork and lamp made them compete. So again, more changes (I know).

These little chairs are so comfy, and the kids love them! I smile as I write this post because I am sitting here wondering, "When will we ever get to sit on these things?" Ha! The reason being, we always eat at our breakfast nook which has a large table for six. I could actually refer to this freshly decorated space as the GUEST dining room because we only use it when guests arrive.

I also love my pink rug! Maybe bright colors is not your thing, but I really think this will do well with hiding spills, should we encounter any; and did I mention it is really soft.

I am super happy everything worked out. Thanks to Linda for hosting this exciting Challenge, and thanks to everyone who supported me along the way. It really means a lot to have you stop by to offer some love. 

Have a very good weekend, and keep enjoying the many spaces decorated by my fellow participants. I am now on my way over to take a look.

Many thanks to Lamps Plus for their generous contribution to my dining room.  I am truly, truly grateful. Did you know they not only sell gorgeous lighting, but Lamps Plus also sells furniture and home decor as well? Kindly visit their site and check out their huge selection. They are very easy to work with, very courteous and engaging. Although the chandelier was courtesy of Lamps Plus, all opinions are mine. 

Week 6 - Dining Room Makeover

Hello everyone. We are officially at the end of a long 6 weeks of the One Room Challenge. 

I experienced a minor setback when my artwork arrived broken, not 1 but 2 times. I was assured the replacement would be packaged carefully, but it happened again. 

I had to purchase from another company which set me back a little, but not to worry, I will be adding my final reveal link on Saturday. I worked so hard, it drove me to tears...literally. I was really disappointed, but I got up and continued the fight : ). 

I desperately tried to salvage the art but the glass was glued to the frame, so I had to toss them both. 

Thanks for stopping by. Please check back this Saturday for the final reveal. I sincerely apologize, and I will definitely add another link to the Linkup. Have a great day!

Hurry over to Calling It Home to see the many completed spaces.

ORC: Week 5 - Dining room Makeover

Welcome to Week 5 of the One Room Challenge, and thanks for following along. I am in total disbelief we have only one week left before the grand reveal. I must say, it has been an exciting, yet intense four weeks, but I am super happy I did not rescind. Slow and steady wins the race, so 'hang in there' my fellow participants.

Take a look at my DIY brush stroke lamps. They are now done and ready to shine, (pun intended)...ha!

I cannot tell you the many times I shook my hands while holding the brush, to calm my nerves before painting. All fear took flight after I did my first test-run on a sheet of paper. 

As luck would have it, the lamps came out looking quite lovely. I love them so much I plan on using this same technique again. My next step now, is to find two shades that match them. 

The buffet drawers are stained, and the color is starting to set in. 

I am still on the hunt for artwork, after receiving two orders with the glass broken into pieces, ughh! But not to worry; challenges and successes work together for a great show. After today, the next post should reveal a finished and completed dining room space. Check out my weekly progress by clicking on each week's link; Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4. Thanks for stopping by, and kindly pay Linda's blog a visit to see more than 100 rooms in progress. 
A big thank you to my sponsor Lamps Plus for helping to make this makeover possible!
Have an excellent day/weekend, and please remember to reset your clocks backward 1 hour this Sunday night!

Take a Look - Stunning Chandelier! Week 4

Hello everyone! We are now in the fourth week of the One Room Challenge, and I am extremely excited, anxiously awaiting the completion of all the room makeovers. I am in the middle of redecorating my dining space, and would like to share this gorgeous chandelier with you all. It is the very stunning Vienna Full Spectrum Beverly 26" Wide Crystal Chandelier in a bronze finish, from Lamps Plus. As you can see, it is adorned with beautiful clear crystals, and I really, really, love it! 

It was super easy to install, and was quickly done by my husband who, I can assure you, is by no means an electrician. I suggested the addition of a ceiling medallion to enhance its looks. 

My four year old refers to the large round crystal, extending from the center, as a "disco ball" :-).

Lamps Plus has a huge selection, and I must admit I had a hard time deciding on which chandelier to choose for the room. In the end I managed to narrow it down to these. 
From left to right -
1. Gaviota Pendant  2. Vienna Full Spectrum  3. Possini Euro Nicol  4. Possini Euro Crystal

From there on I figured out which light fixture would most suitably work in the space. The room is close to completion, and should be as we are in the final stretch. 

I painted the brush stroke lamps and they seemingly overwhelm the space. They are large lamps, 24" high to be exact, but not to worry, plan B is set in motion, in case plan A fails.

The table is being stained and the change is already evident in the finish. 

I need to mention a minor disappointment I experienced yesterday. My artwork arrived broken in pieces; however I managed to work it out, and should receive a replacement within 24 hours. Well, that is all for now. Thanks for stopping by and please check out the other spaces over at Calling it Home

Have a great day/weekend!

This post was sponsored by Lamps Plus who provided me with this stunning chandelier. All opinions are completely mine. I appreciate sponsors like these who support my endeavors with regard to this blog!

Progress: ORC - Week 3

Here we are in Week 3 folks! We have made it thus far : ), and we will not give up until we reach the finish line. I do hope I am safe in saying this. Hopefully everyone else expresses similar sentiments.
Well, I am really excited as I gaze upon my very lovely chandelier now hung. It. is. so. very. beautiful (full stop). It adds a regal feel to the room and commands such presence.

 Thanks again Lamps Plus. Here is a peek of it hung, with the ceiling medallion.

Unfortunately nothing could be done about the popcorn ceiling. I contemplated removing it but because of the open floor plan on the first floor, all the rooms have connecting ceilings. Sadly, there is not even one definitive ceiling space to work with so the popcorn stays. The medallion proved a bit challenging because I did not want to use screws to hold it. I worked it out in the end and had it glued in no time.

The rug also arrived looking quite 'spiffy'. Maybe bright colors is not your thing, but I really and truly love it. It is 100% wool, very soft, and very thick. Please believe me when I say my 4 year old plays on it every day since its arrival. He loves it!

I received the tassel curtains as well, and nearly had them returned because they seemed a bit narrow. I am glad I changed  my mind though because they grew on me.

As the title of my post denotes, there is progress over here :). As a reminder here is my design plan for the room.

Thanks for stopping by and please pay a visit to Linda's blog to see the progress  my fellow participants have made.
Have a great day/weekend!