So here we are, week #4 of the One Room Challenge, and I feel like I’m making progress and (perhaps) won’t be in a state of complete and utter panic by the end of this thing. Who am I kidding? I’m sure there will be some panic, but I do have a lot of the big items under control. I think. This post contains some affiliate links.
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I posed a question on my Facebook page this weekend, and got a great response – thank you! I’ve been trying to decide on a rug for my dining room, and was considering these two options, and I shared the rugs in rooms (even though the style is totally different in each one).
The herringbone rug got the most votes, and it’s the one that I ultimately chose (and finally ordered today). But I really do like both rugs – the second one, the Moroccan Trellis rug, has a great look as well, but I think the first one will be better at dirt-hiding, which is a bonus for me. I’m excited to get it and am crossing my fingers that it looks as nice in person as it does online. I make sure to read the comments, as so many rugs seem to look different in person than they do online it seems. The reviews say it’s a “true navy”, so we shall see. I just want everything to gel together, and I struggle when I can’t see things in person!
Although sometimes the more I look, the more I find. Someone tell me to just stop looking. Just stop. Pay no attention to this beautiful Safavieh navy rug. Just stick with what you ordered
and don’t order this rug for the sake of comparison.
Speaking of buying things online, finding upholstered chairs is proving to be more difficult than I expected! I have been looking all over the place, and am all over the map on trying to make a decision. Again, struggling with how the chairs look “in person” vs. online. I don’t want to go with a stark white, because my curtains are more of a cream than a white. If I go with cream, what if it’s not the “right” cream. But I don’t know that I want to go with something that is too much of a linen look either. Although now that I stop and think about it, that might not be all bad, considering my fabric options. To refresh your memory…
Some options I’m considering some variation of this classic slipcovered chair (although they say these are more cream than white in person).
Something like this slipcovered arm chair:
Or something like this slipcovered arm chair (although these are a bit on the spendy side):
I went to our local Restoration Hardware Outlet looking for an option, but was disappointed that there was nothing that really wowed me, and their prices on the upholstered dining room chairs were still on the high side.
HOWEVER, I did find a solution to my Crypt Keeper Chandelier problem I shared with you last week. One thing that the Restoration Hardware Outlet does have, is good deals on their lighting. So, I strolled through, looking to see what they had, and I hit the Mother Lode.
Oooooh, this looks promising! But notice how it says “fixture only” – that’s not good. So I ask one of the salespeople about the shades, and she tells me that I just need to look around and see if there are any, as they’re sold separately. I resigned myself to this being a no-go, but then discovered a big beautiful shade, sitting up on its side around a corner.
And that’s not even the best part of this story. You saw on the box for the fixture that it was $74.99. I got an additional 30% off that price. The shade was originally $375. It was 80% off, and then I got an additional 30% off on top of that. So, I walked out the door with this gorgeous chandelier for just under $109.
I am super excited. I’m scheduling an electrician to come out next week to install it (and do some other work that has been lingering), and I can’t wait to see it installed. Crossing my fingers it looks as pretty as I hope it will. In the meantime, it’s sitting on my dining room table. And yes, the walls were painted this weekend – Revere Pewter for the win. Although my husband can hardly tell its been painted. Even though the color is definitely different from the old one. I blame it on much of the main living area being painted this color…
See, look how much lighter the walls were before? I swear, this room changes color by the hour with the way light comes in.
And, as an added bonus, I spotted these cool pillow covers at the outlet (that would look great on some pretty upholstered chairs, if I ever make up my mind).
So there you go, things are starting to come together. I still need to figure out what fabric I want to use to reupholster the other dining room chairs, and ARTWORK is on the list as well. Getting closer
and waiting for something to go wrong and blow up my timeline.
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