(One Room Challenge) Dining Room Reveal!

Let’s just cut all the chit-chat this morning, and get straight to the reason you’re all here, mmmmkay?! Is it {One Room Challenge} reveal day, or Christmas Day…because frankly, I can’t tell the difference right now!

I’m so beyond excited to share our new room with you…and even more excited to curl up with a cup of wine…I mean coffee, did I say wine? (it’s been a crazy 6 weeks!)…and check out the other 19 participant’s rooms today, and all the linking participants tomorrow. It’s going to be inspiration and eye-candy overload this week, and I can’t wait!

Let’s recap for those popping in for the first time…we chose the Dining Room for our third round of the ORC (see our Master Bedroom here and Living Room here), which happens to be the first room you see when walking in the house…and is positioned directly across from our little jewel box of a Living Room.

Week 1 I shared how the room looked when we bought it, along with the floor and paint updates, Week 2 was all about the design, plans and project list, at the halfway point we talked wallpaper, drapes and tying the open floorpan together, Week 4 we swooned all over the wallpaper that was installed, and last week was drapes and light install, plus a rug dilemma. #whew

I’m not going to sugarcoat it…things got a little sideways a few times, and I wasn’t sure the room would come together like I envisioned (I think some of you doubted me, too!!). But all the late nights and fast food dinners were worth it, because they led to a room I can’t believe is in my house! How about I stop yapping and show you our new Dining Room?

I’m warning you though, the number of pictures is excessive, but then again, subtlety isn’t really my game.


The room design started when I found this stunning Ann Jackson wallpaper, and the art by uber-talented Juniper Briggs tied all the elements together. 

The foyer got a mini-makeover, as well, to better bridge the space between the two coordinating rooms.

I could not be happier with the room…it’s exactly the glammed-up Dining Room I envisioned, and is a perfect balance to the adjacent jewel-box Living Room. And of course what good are After shots without the Befores…I’d say this room came a long way!

Making over a room in six short weeks is pretty much bananas, but if it weren’t for the One Room Challenge, it’d surely be 2018 before we got it done! Sure we had a few hiccups and hurdles, but to come out the other side with the Dining Room of our dreams, has been a spectacular experience. Thank you, Linda, for creating this challenge, and inviting me to be a part of it!

And thank you, for following along on this ride, and all your encouragement along the way. Be sure to check back next Wednesday for more details and a full Source List. #nowIsleep #anddrink #itsmybirthdayweekendafterall

A special thanks to these ORC Sponsors who made this makeover possible:
Thank you to these generous shops & artists for your generous contributions:

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{See my past One Room Challenges}



*All photos by the insanely talented & always adorable Mary Summers. And all my love, devotion, and adoration goes to the flawless, Kristin Jackson for encouraging me throughout this process & never ignoring my texts! πŸ˜‰

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  1. Looks amazing!!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
    • sarah wrote:

      Uh, she has a job. If you read the blog you would know that.

      Posted 11.9.16 Reply
    • There was a stream of extremely hurtful comments left by Anonymous readers here. And while I welcome constructive criticism, and know whole-heartedly we don't all agree on design styles, I will not allow this blog…my personal space…to be a source of hate and negativity. Life is hard enough sometimes, so I choose to keep this a place of positivity and encouragement. xoxo Cass

      Posted 11.9.16 Reply
    • I am so sad they said hurtful things to you! I removed my admonishment to them because it was no longer relevant once the comments were removed. xox

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  2. Wow! I feel like you had a bigger challenge than most with having to balance your stunning living room, but you totally pulled it off. That wallpaper is freaking amazing, and everything else lets it sing the way it should. And the artwork is just the bomb. Gorgeous transformation!

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  3. What a beautiful room! It is so gorgeous and unique – I love it!

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  4. You certainly did not disappoint, sweet friend! It's gorgeous in EVERY WAY! I love the traditional elements mixes with some major punches of color and pattern…and omg that art! WoW!

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  5. Cassie! Holy cow! I don't know which part I love the most? If I had to pick, I'd say the rug and window treatments. Beautiful pictures!!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  6. I MEAN! The room is vibrant, playful, and STUNNING. The rug! Those blue velvet nail head chairs! THE ART! The pillows! I could go on and on and on. And I might. Maybe I'll go away to process and then come back for further comments….

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  7. such a dramatic and gorgeous space! i am a huge juniper briggs fan and she's just so sweet, too! beautiful job, cassie! now go celebrate your birthday!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  8. Jenny B. wrote:

    Hi Cassie, all I can say is that I loved the gorgeous dining room you have got now. The pictures you posted here were incredible. I think that room must be the nicest one to be in your whole house now πŸ™‚ I loved it!

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  9. Christina wrote:

    Stunning! It's a perfect balance to the jewel box living room. You nailed it with the rug….it was meant to go with that wallpaper. And I Love the quirky accessories like the pink tray and elephant planter. Great job! Happy early birthday!

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  10. MEM wrote:

    I have the very same rug and love it! Can't beat RugsUSA for finding exactly what you need. I like the lamps too but a bit spendy – maybe you could do a "high/low" version of the room like Sabrina Soto's old show. I'm also a fan of ghost chairs but wonder how comfortable they would be for more than an hour? I can appreciate that you love color and pattern but my personal style is cool grays, whites and silvers that make my oak floors pop. I do love to combine texture. So soothing to come home to.

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
    • They are actually quite comfortable!! Certainly not cushy ;), but a lot of support for the back, and the armrests are an added bonus! We've eaten in this room several times already, and never once has anyone complained…we even linger long now!! πŸ™‚ xoxo

      Posted 11.9.16 Reply
    • HA! I have those Ghost chairs, too, and my parents refused to sit in them for fear of them breaking! They are so 'old school'!!!

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  11. Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! It's. Just. So. Freaking. Good. You completely outdid yourself in here. I'm going to spend the rest of the day drooling over the photos πŸ™‚

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  12. Gorgeous. I would never think to put these items together, and you did it wonderfully. The best!

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  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Looks great for photos or in a magazine. But looks like one of those rooms that you can't go in…and definitely can't use. Doesn't feel homey. Sorry.

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
    • Quite the contrary actually, we've used this room more in the last week than we have in the two years since living here! I think it's because it makes us so happy, so we always want to sit in it! πŸ™‚ xo

      Posted 11.9.16 Reply
    • gail wrote:

      I disagree. It simply looks like a formal dining room, which it is. As I recall, there is a breakfast nook off the kitchen that serves as a more casual dining space. I think the use of color/pattern and the juxtaposition of furniture styles actually does a great job of making the space feel fun and comfortable, while still feeling formal enough to serve as the formal dining room it is.

      Posted 11.9.16 Reply
    • Thanks Gail! Yes, we have an informal breakfast room, and a bar in the kitchen…both are used for breakfast and most dinners. This dining room is more of the formal dining area…although, we use it a heck of a lot more now!! xoxox

      Posted 11.10.16 Reply
    • MelissaG wrote:

      I LOVE the table, but it doesn't seem to go well with the style the room turned into. Having kids myself, I just don't see the need for rooms that are look don't touch…which is what this looks like to me. But obviously, since you have another room across the hall that looks the same, that's your thing! I like a comfy cozy lived in aesthetic….that invites people in and makes them feel comfortable. I don't see you serving tacos in that room! Lol.

      Posted 11.10.16 Reply
    • LOL…tacos are mainstays in our house, so we'll definitely be serving them in here! πŸ™‚ And my kids are older now, so I don't have to design around them as much…not that I did before anyway. I save that for their own bedrooms. xo

      Posted 11.11.16 Reply
  14. this is stunning! It does the living room justice, in equal amounts bold colour and pattern. Stunning!

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  15. Such a cheerful, happy, fun space Cassie! Love how your personality and love of life shines through in this space!! Happy birthday – hope you're having a huge party in there!

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  16. Tim wrote:

    wow what a happy space filled with colors and patterns and it's right off the foyer, the perfect spot to welcome your guests and give them a sense of your style. Love it just as much as the office you did, both equally bold and fab!

    those garden oses, your house must smell heavenly! What fun with that art work too! LOVE it!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  17. Oh Cassie, you did it again! You knocked it out of the park!
    I enjoy your taste in decor so much! All the color just makes me happy. Won't it be wonderful to have holiday dinners in that room?
    It is beautiful!!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  18. Jalene wrote:

    It looks fantastic! It is such a great complement to your other front room! I mentioned this on instagram, but have you thought about painting the lower cabinets in your kitchen blue?!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
    • Hmmmmmmmmmm! I like your thinking!! xo

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  19. Stunning space Cassie! Great job!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  20. Momma wrote:

    Well done! It is such a happy space! I especially love the way the wallpaper, chandelier, and curtains all play off each other. Enjoy the new room!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  21. Deb Moore wrote:

    Very pretty! You guys must be very formal people. I would need a place to just put my feet up and relax.

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
    • This is our formal Dining Room….we have a breakfast room and kitchen bar where we eat most meals! As for kicking up our feet, that's reserved for the family room! (aka, the TV) πŸ™‚ xo

      Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  22. Get it girl! How does the "after"look bigger? I don't know..when's dinner or I'll just settle for some of that wine!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  23. In a time when everyone seems to be going towards all white or monochrome trends, I love how bright and cheery this space is! Amazing job!!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  24. This is fabulous. I am loving the fab wallpaper and you know I cannot resist a face painting. I covet your art! Bravo on completing another wonderful One Room Challenge!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  25. NnN wrote:

    I, too, love that you went with COLOR in this room! Love the wallpaper and rug especially, and the vibrancy they bring.

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  26. I'm speechless! Love the pop of purple you added in, no one could deny this room belongs in your house! All so pretty, and those roses look divine!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  27. So fun,funky, colorful, and gorgeous!!!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  28. What I love about both your dining room and your living room are that they push the envelope. They are daring, unusual, COLORFUL, and yet restrained. Love them! Now sit down with a drink and some tacos (take-out, of course!) and enjoy!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  29. Kathy Lang wrote:

    Beautiful! The rug perfectly complements the wallpaper and the entire room. The agate napkin rings are my favorite accessory.

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  30. Anonymous wrote:

    It's beautiful! My favorites – the art work (just wow!!) and the napkin rings (those are so unique!!). Keep doing it your way (and ignore all the grumpy people). Jayne

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  31. The wallpaper and art are my absolute favorite. Love the purple lamps, too.

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  32. Wow! What a feast for the eyes. So many fun vibrant and unexpected goodness here. That wallpaper is stunning. A job well done!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  33. Carrie wrote:

    Cassie… I am just in awe over this room. I have to say, you always go above and beyond with the One Room Challenge. The room you did before this one was GORGEOUS and this one is, too!!! I just love your style and to mix all of these patterns and pieces together is no easy feat, but you really make it look easy. I have been following your blog for awhile and I feel as though your style just gets better and better! Congrats on the new room. I love just every single detail. The wall covering, the rug… the agate napkin holders. Just so much. They should seriously put this entire room in a magazine spread!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  34. Its bold gold and striking! Pictures never to excessive! You are so creative and amazing! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  35. Such a bright and happy room Cassie, just like you, my friend!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  36. Bravo! An outstanding job well done. The pairing of yellow and blue has always been a favorite but the other jewel tones take it over the top.

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  37. Vel Criste wrote:

    WOWZA!!!!!Another Fantastic phenomenal makeover Cassie! I think we might be sisters in another life since we have the same choice on chairs and table! LOL! Love the inviting and vibrant feel of your space, congrats!

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  38. Bravo on another daringly colourful and vibrant space, Cassie!!! May you enjoy many meaningful meals with loved ones around that table. xx

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  39. Cassie!!!!! This is just amazing! Seriously looks like something you see in Hollywood. Beautiful. Wish I had the guts to do this!

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  40. Hi Cassie! The room looks AMAZING! Is the rug the 8 x 10 size? I always have trouble visualizing rugs in rooms. And with your dining able – do you feel like the 8 seats fit comfortably? I'm debating whether I need a table with a leaf or not. Thanks!!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
    • Thank you! This rug is actually a 9×12…the room is 14×14, so the 8×10 (which is what we had in there originally) was too small. I prefer my rugs to leave about a 6-10" border of floor all the way around in a room like this. I hope that helps!! xo Oh, and I say get the biggest table your room can hold, especially if it has a leaf! That way you can expand if you ever need, or keep it smaller for every day. I don't think you'd ever regret being able to accommodate more people!

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  41. Anne wrote:

    GORGEOUS! Your work is so inspirational! I hope you continue to do what you do so boldly…I love the fact that you put yourself out there, and I hope you enjoy every bit of your hard work because you have a beautiful dining room. I love all of the POSITIVE energy you spread to others, and I hope you enjoy your day!!

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  42. Kristen wrote:

    I really like the rug, and love the cloth napkins you used. I like the planter head too πŸ™‚

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  43. Jessie wrote:

    Absolutely chic and gorgeous! I really like how bold and visually interesting your dining room looks. It's insanely stylish, fun and unexpected, the kind of space I find inspirational. I absolutely dig your style! πŸ™‚ Well done!

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  44. Jana Bek wrote:

    WOWSA I cannot handle the goodness, you know those fresh patterns & hues are pulling at my heartstrings! You killed it lady, bravo!!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  45. What a lovely, gorgeous room!! Bravo on a beautiful job! You do a wonderful job here on your blog. Haters gonna hate. Keep being you! We love it!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  46. Love this room and you! It is so bold and beautiful and I congratulate you on another brilliant ORC under your belt. #Cheers to being fearless with your design ideas!

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  47. gh329506 wrote:

    Cassie this room is GORGEOUS!! I love all your ORC but this may be my new favorite!! Than you for including the sources, I've been searching for the perfect dining room rug for months and this is IT!! -Gwen

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  48. Joanne wrote:

    Gorgeous! You are the queen of design. Your rooms are colorful, bright, swoon worthy rooms that befit a young family. Just looking at your livingroom / dining room makes me smile.

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  49. meg wrote:

    I don't know you in person but I feel like that room is totally you!! Congrats!!! I do have to say I think the word "challenge" in the title is a little incorrect, as I think a real design challenge is doing a really awesome room on an actual real-life budget! I'm not sure getting it sponsored makes it really "challenging" outside of time constraints I suppose, but regardless I feel like you struck true to your style and love your blog! I just wish they'd call it "One Room Design Showcase" or something — it'd be a little more true to what it was!!! πŸ™‚

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
    • Thanks Meg! I think the 'challenge' has definitely grown into something much larger than Linda ever imagined, or hoped for! It's got such a big audience now, with sponsors clamoring to be part of it. And while the budgets aren't always attainable, it's also not 'real-life' to pull off a full room makeover in under 5 weeks with a 'traditional' budget, either. I, for one, would never be able to participate if sponsor help wasn't provided. Of course we could scale the makeovers down significantly, but readers have also come to expect the really big dramatic reveals. I'm incredibly grateful and humbled to be part of it all!! xoxo

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    • meg wrote:

      Yes I totally get that! I really wasn't trying to be negative! The term just doesn't exactly fit the idea of it I all! It's hard to read defensiveness vs. normal talking in text but hopefully I didn't make you feel defensive!

      Posted 11.9.16 Reply
    • Not at all!! I totally get it…and hope you didn't read me as getting defensive! πŸ˜‰ I welcome circular conversations here!! xoxo

      Posted 11.10.16 Reply
    • Hi Meg, the 'challenge' is finishing one room. It all started when I realized many people (myself included) would move onto another room, before finishing one. So One Room Challenge means start to finish room transformation. The level of design, budget, diy's, etc..is entirely individual. That is why everyone is a winner.

      Posted 11.14.16 Reply
  50. meg wrote:

    Shoot I had a typo — hate that! I meant "stuck true" to your style!! Grrrr!

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  51. It's vibrant and beautiful and just like you! Congrats!

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  52. diana wrote:

    This is beautiful! And so refreshing to see all the color with all the neutrals on home decor blogs!

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  53. Kara wrote:

    Gorgeous! Love the bright colors. Makes me want to do a remodel right now! I agree…would totally use the room more now! Sorry people where hateful on here today. Never understand the hate on bloggers. Of all the problems in the world, this is easiest one to solve… Just don't read the blog!

    I can't wait to see your next ORC!

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