One Week Challenge: Week 5

31 Oct One Week Challenge: Week 5

Today is Week 5 of the One Room Challenge…so one week to go before my dining room reveal!  It’s crunch time…and I still have a lot to do!  This weekend I had the big project of painting the room:  ceiling, walls, baseboards, moldings- I painted all day Saturday and Sunday and the last two days I’ve been finishing the trim when I’ve had time.   Still a little more to do…

In the meantime, I’ve been looking for two wicker chairs to put at either end of the table. With the Dining Room Budget rapidly being depleted, I needed to find a good deal.  I found these chairs at Home Goods and grabbed them, even though they weren’t exactly what I was looking for.

I really wanted chairs that had armrests and a curved back, to give more contrast to the four white chairs.  I found these online at IKEA:

So on Monday I made the hour drive to IKEA with a friend to check out their Byholma Wicker Chair. I loved them!  They were comfy, sturdy and the price was right!  The only problem was they were 26 3/4″ deep, and I only have 29″ between my hutch and table.  Even though I could slide them under the table a little bit, I still felt like it would be cramped.  As we walked through IKEA, I kept seeing the chairs in displays, which only reinforced how much I liked them, but in the end I came home without them (but not without a big blue IKEA bag full of other goodies!).  So I am sticking with the Home Goods chairs.  But last week when I thought I was going to get the wicker armchairs, I ordered this fabric from John Robshaw to make throw pillows for the chairs.

The fabric is beautiful!  So while the armless wicker chairs don’t really need the pillows, I’m going to make them anyway.
On to the lighting situation…which has been stressing me out to no end!  I purchased this basket weave pendant from Horchow
Dining room light?
While it is a beautiful light, it was not right for the space.  The color of the metal basket weave was quite a bit darker than what was shown online, and with my natural fiber rug, wicker chairs and wood table top, there was too much brown going on.  After my husband and I  agreed that it had to go back, that’s when panic set in (Ladies- I know you’ve experienced some of that too at some point during the last 5 weeks!)  Pouring a glass of wine, I plunked myself in front of the computer to try to come up with another option.  I don’t like making a major purchase when I’m stressed or time crunched, because I don’t make the best decisions.  But I needed a light STAT!!  I did order one, and it’s expected delivery date is Tuesday.  Keeping my finger crossed that it arrives on time AND that I like it.
And now the fun stuff…My Chinese Happiness Pots arrived from Wisteria- and I couldn’t be happier! 

My 7 year old turned the Wisteria boxes into a makeshift drum set!

I brought in  my green glass bottles from the living room- love the contrast with the dark wood.

So there you have it…the ups and downs of my One Room Challenge week.  Thanks to all of you who have left comments and words of encouragement.  To see what everyone else has been working on this week, head over to Calling It Home.  And be sure to check back in next week for The Reveal!
As always, feel free to leave a comment or ask questions in the comments section below.

p.s.  I am having major issues with Blogger not allowing me to enlarge my photos…so frustrating!!  Sometimes I can, but more than often I can’t.  After importing the photo I  click on the photo and it turns blue, but I don’t get the bar giving me the sizing options.  Does anyone know why this is happening and how I can fix this?????

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  • Ashley @ The Houston House
    Posted at 13:43h, 31 October

    Love the wisteria pots!

  • Traci Hutton
    Posted at 13:48h, 31 October

    That light fixture is to die for!! You have amazing things going on in your room…can't wait to see the reveal!

  • Linda {Calling it Home}
    Posted at 14:19h, 31 October

    Hi Elle, your room is looking beautiful and together we have quite the blue and white collection. I remember making stuff out of empty boxes….love that! By the way, you are a "no-reply" blogger so I could not email directly back to you. What that means is that you don't have an email address in your profile.

  • stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs
    Posted at 15:05h, 31 October

    wait – not only do I have all of your pieces I also have those glass bottles… we are twins separated at birth! We must meet at some point. This is crazy good…. love the chairs and cant wait to see it all come together as well!! designer dopplegang!

  • Michelle Woeller
    Posted at 15:14h, 31 October

    I think I fixed it- give it a try now. Elle

  • Carol
    Posted at 17:03h, 31 October

    Everything is coming together for you. It is looking so good – and I love your wicker chairs (yeah Home Goods!). Looking forward to the final reveal.

  • Elisa of Fancy Free Me
    Posted at 19:05h, 31 October

    LOVE the fabric! It's going to look great with wicker chairs. And your wisteria pots are gorgeous!

  • Patty Rumaker
    Posted at 21:40h, 31 October

    Your dining room is coming together so nicely. I like the chairs you have chosen and it sounds like they fit your space so much better. Looking forward to next week.
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  • Jen Gilday
    Posted at 04:35h, 01 November

    It's coming along!!! Love those bottles!

  • Vel Criste
    Posted at 16:20h, 01 November

    Love tat fabric, I would make pillows too even if those chairs didn't need them! The lighting looks gorgeous, did you happen to see the Young House love version over at Shades of light? Don't know if that's cheaper though, they look very similar, and knowing Horchow, it's usually pricier. Can't wait to see it all next week!!!

  • cindy hattersley design
    Posted at 20:08h, 03 November

    Love the John Robshaw fabric and I think the light fixture is great! Could you tone it down with some white stain? It has a great look!

  • Mary Jo
    Posted at 00:40h, 06 November

    I love watching the process and how all the little snags along the way is just part of the deal. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

    xo Mary Jo