One Room Challenge | Dining Room Delight | Final Reveal!

One Room Challenge | Dining Room Delight | Final Reveal!

Welcome to the FINAL REVEAL of my One Room Challenge dining room!

061118-779-15 copy.jpg

The moment you have all (me, too!) been waiting for is finally here. But….before we get to all the good stuff AKA the after photos, I would first like to thank Linda Weinstein, the creator and owner of the widely anticipated One Room Challenge. I have found that nothing motivates me more to get my own home looking fantastic (or maybe like an interior designer lives here) than these challenges. Thank you for giving us a place with inspiration and support to push our own creative boundaries.


This is my 5th ORC completion. Can you tell I’m a big fan by now!!? See my spring reveal here, where I transformed my foyer and hallway that is directly off of my dining room.

To truly appreciate this reveal, I think you have to see where we started and the progress in between. Check out week 1 for the oh so boring beige before picture.

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

Below is my mood board I updated in week 3 to reflect my High Point Furniture Market finds. While I was at High Point Market, I purchased chairs, art, draperies and wallpaper that differed from my original idea board. When availability of products and bargains are to be had…you learn to be flexible and pivot! Being able to have unlimited resources at my fingertips while I was at the world’s largest furniture market really helped me pull this makeover together.

I think my family will be spending a lot more quality time in here now.

ORC Fall 18 (1).jpg

Are you ready to see the rest of my dining room now? Without further adieu I present to you my #diningroomdelight!

061118-779-16 copy.jpg

Here we are entering from my foyer. Despite the boring beige and blah before decor, the room itself had some pretty good bones. All the wainscoting and built ins were already in place, they just got a nice new fresh coat of Sherwin Williams Pure White paint.

To add a little interest and dimension to the small space, I had my carpenter add base cap molding to the ceiling. I knew I wanted to mimic the step detail at the top of the built ins onto the ceiling to create movement and dimension. To take this one step further, I painted a small black band, about 1/2” wide around the entire inside perimeter of the moulding to create a shadow like effect.

Voila, added dimension and interest at a really affordable price.

061118-779-2 copy.jpg

One of the very first items I picked out for my dining room was this gorgeous Go Lightly chandelier by Barbara Barry. I knew I wanted something elegant yet understated that also had a classic timeless appeal. I went to go see it in person while I was at High Point Market to make sure I loved it as much in person as I loved it online – I did! Isn’t she gorgeous!?

The second item I ordered was the gorgeous green double gourd lamps on the back console. Depending on the time of day they can change colors and look more blue. They come in about 20 different colors so you can really have fun with these in your own space!

I really love how the contrasting greens in the room play with one another.

One of the major design elements that came into the space are the dining room chairs I found as High Point Market floor samples during my trip in October. I originally was thinking I wouldn’t love the avocado green leather upholstered seats, but I totally do now that they are in the space! And they have grown on my husband, too!


Cat approved too! See they match her eye(s)?

061118-779-8 copy.jpg

In order to break up some of the black grasscloth on the built-ins, I needed to fill in with a little bit of artwork that had a splash of color with a white background. I found this amazing Princeton Springs print here.

If you’re admiring my crystal glasses, my husband and I received them as a wedding gift 17 years ago. If you love them as much as I do and need some for the upcoming holidays, fear not. I found some look- a- likes at Macy’s for you and they are on sale for Veterans Day. Score!

061118-779-9 copy.jpg

Isn’t this green Selenite sculpture beautiful? I love the vibrant green and texture!

061118-779-12 copy.jpg

One of the last major ticket items to go into the dining room before the accessories was this beautiful black Thibaut grasscloth wallpaper. I actually thought at one point that the installation wasn’t going to happen. I’m so happy it finally did! Do you see what a nice texture it added to the background? It’s a very fine weave, without a lot of heavy texture, as everything else in the room already has plenty of texture, and I needed the grasscloth to act as a subtle backdrop and not as the focal point.

For those of you who may not be familiar with natural grasscloth wallpapers you can learn more about the process of hanging grasscloth (it’s not easy so be sure to click if you are going to hang it!!) from my Grasscloth Guide here.

Organizing shelves can always be a little tricky. I didn’t want to overwhelm the space with too much stuff. So I tried to keep it fairly simple with just my serving ware and a few accessories mixed in like the beautiful agate box, crystal ball, bone box and of course some pretty books.

061118-779-11 copy.jpg

Don’t you just love my little bird collection I have going. How sweet is the little nuthatch bird picture and the little modern bird sculpture?

One of my favorite last minutes finds from Target is the adorable fox figurine.

061118-779-5 copy.jpg

This angled view from my hallway gives you an overall view of almost the entire space. The only thing that stayed in the space from before was my rosewood dining table. It is not available for purchase any longer.

Let’s talk about the beautiful original artwork I found at High Point Market. I went through a good amount of searching until I found this handsome fella. I think the blues, and touches of green and black really tie the dining room and my foyer together. I bought just the canvas and had my local frame shop add a floating frame around it and voila!

Another High Point Market find was the gorgeous Thibaut Mitford green and white printed fabric used for the custom draperies. I was extremely lucky to score the draperies as a High Point Market sample. They used them for a photo shoot prior to market. They were probably the biggest SCORE this year! Thank you, Thibaut, they are gorgeous and perfect in here.

Peeking out from the corner is the beautiful Olive branch in ginger jar by fellow ORC participant, Jana Bek. Check out her collection here!

A key piece I haven’t talked about at all yet is the area rug. My hardwood floors are mahogany and are very, very red. To help ground the space I opted for this beautiful sisal rug. It’s casual and neutral so it allows for the chairs and other colorful elements in the room to stand out. This sisal has a very fine texture just like the wallpaper. It’s meant to be the supporting role not the lead. Another important factor to consider when choosing a sisal rug or any rug is the rug pad underneath. I found one on Amazon that I am absolutely in love with. It comes in multiple sizes and thicknesses. Just another (hidden) level of comfort added to the space!


I almost forgot about the rest of the artwork – somehow it didn’t make the “cut” during the photoshoot. I wanted to share these with you, though, so I just took these photos with my iphone. I apologize for my poor photography skills.

The hand crafted painted metal botanicals are absolutely stunning in real life. I’ve actually had them for some time now. I just had no place to hang them. Don’t you think the black grasscloth backdrop just makes them pop? You can find the hydrangea, foxglove, lilac, and primula here.

Let’s not forget about my adorable hummingbird print too! I just love him and the beautiful colors in his wings!

Kids plates.png

If you read my week 5 post – you did, right?? – you know that I had each one of my children pick out their own plate collection. Very happily, they did! I wanted our family to have a “uniquely ours” table setting. I thought it would be a fun activity to get my kids involved in this dining room, too.

So, I decided to invest in a complete set for each one of my kiddos. My idea is that when we are done making memories here in our family, they could take those dishes and start making memories with their own families…in many, many, many years! (I promise I’m not crying right now)….

Here they are above with their plate selections.

Scarlet’s collection (right), Genevieve’s collection (middle) and Grant’s collection (left)

There will be a follow up post that will focus more on the table settings, and our family in a few weeks. Stay tuned!

Table water.jpg

Cheers friends! I hope you enjoyed my dining room reveal. Have a great Veterans Day weekend ahead. Please be sure to thank a Veteran for his/her service. I’ll be thanking my hubby for his 21 years of service, too!

PLEASE go check out the 20 featured designers who revealed their rooms yesterday and the 200+ participants who are revealing their rooms today. I’ve got some good designer friends that I can’t wait to hop on over to see their reveals today!

If you remember, I mentioned in an earlier post that Better Homes and Gardens (this years’ media sponsor) will be selecting 2 participants to be a part of the 20 featured and sponsored designers next April 2019. What a dream for those 2 participants. Of course I secretly hope I’m one of them. Maybe you can put in a good word for me? Haha! 🙂

Thank you for following along on my One Room Challenge 6 week journey! Comment below and let me know your favorite part! I love to read your comments!

And, if you haven’t yet, I invite you to subscribe to my blog and connect with me on Instagram here to see what schemes I’m up to.


Jana Donohoe


Comments (32)
  • Jewel
    | 8 November 2018

    This room is definitely one of my favorites! Way to go! We did trim on our ceiling too.

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 8 November 2018

      Thank you so much Jewel! I’m so happy to be enjoying the space now. I can’t wait to see what you did with your trim! I love adding moulding, what a difference it can make to a space, right!

  • What a beautiful dining room! I love the grass cloth in the built-ins, and that light fixture is to-die-for! Well done!!

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 8 November 2018

      Hi Rachel!
      Thank you so much. We will be enjoying it a lot more these days. I’m totally in love with my chandelier too!

  • tim@designmaze
    | 8 November 2018

    looks fantastic! love the grasscloth wallpaper backdrop and those flower artwork in shadow boxes, I want them!! congrats to a beautiful dining room in week 6!

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 8 November 2018

      Thank you so much Tim!

      The flower art shadow boxes are stunning. I wish I captured them better for photos. So glad you loved them still. I’m so happy to have completed, can’t wait to see everyone’s reveals today!

  • CK
    | 8 November 2018

    Every inch came out perfectly. And your cat has eyes like my dog!

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 8 November 2018

      Thank you so much Christine! I’m getting ready to hop over to your reveal. So excited!

  • Elizabeth Scruggs
    | 8 November 2018

    Love, love, love your new dining room! It’s incredible!
    and I SO love the idea of getting each child their own set of dishes unique to them and to pass along when they are grown- such a cool idea! I may have to borrow it!
    beautiful job my friend!

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 9 November 2018

      Thank you so much Elizabeth! Yes, I encourage you to borrow my idea for your kids too! I think your girls would love it. Hope to see you soon.

  • Nicole Janes Design
    | 8 November 2018

    Your dining room turned out beautifully. I love that you so much space to display your lovely drinkware and dinnerware. Enjoy your new room!

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 9 November 2018

      Thank you Nicole! We will definitely be enjoying everything more often and especially over the holiday’s.

  • Veronica
    | 8 November 2018

    OMG! So stunning! I Love every detail. This is such a great space to dine. And great minds think alike – I am planning to use black grasscloth in my master bedroom, which is the last room left to be done in my home. Maybe Spring? 🙂

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 9 November 2018

      Thank you so much Veronica! I love the black grasscloth and I say yes 100% for your master bedroom in the spring!

  • Sheri Bruneau
    | 9 November 2018

    Oh my….. Your dining room is so beautiful. I love all of your choices – the colors are so happy! Your styling is so pretty and showcases some of your beautiful treasures. I have to mention I especially love the book "Get It Together". 🙂 Well done my friend!

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 9 November 2018

      Thank you Sheri! I thought to myself when I saw the photos that you would like that book…too funny! This one is dedicated to you. 🙂

  • Leslie Carothers
    | 9 November 2018

    OMG WOW, Jana! It came out so beautifully! Every detail is perfect. I love the color combinations, I love how you created that dimensional effect on the ceiling, I love your bird collection, but most of all I love how you made your children part of the process by letting them pick out their own set of dishes that you plan to pass on to them later. They will treasure that knowledge when they are old enough to appreciate the sentiment that went into doing that for them.

    Congratulations on getting this done! I know it was a nail-biting experience at times, but you did it – again!

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 9 November 2018

      Thank you so much! Yes, I did it! it feels so good to be done and finally enjoy the space and to get my house back to semi normal. 🙂

      I hope my children will enjoy those dishes as they get older. They all were very excited about the process in selection and getting receiving them in the mail too.

  • Kelly Rogers
    | 9 November 2018

    Another great project, Jana! You and your family are so cute. I especially love the ceiling and your shelf styling – and I’m jealous of your drapery deal! That’s just amazing and serendipitous. Congratulations!

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 9 November 2018

      Thank you so much Kelly! I’m still pinching myself on that drapery deal. Very serendipitous indeed!

  • Marina V
    | 9 November 2018

    Well done!!! Love the styling and those kids with their plates. Oh my, tissues please. Beautiful space. Enjoy to the fullest!

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 9 November 2018

      Thank you Marina. We will definitely be enjoying the space much more then ever before.

  • Lora Frost
    | 9 November 2018

    Stunning space, bravo! I love the woodwork on the ceiling and your thoughtful choices in putting it all together!

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 10 November 2018

      Thank you so much Lora!

  • Jana,
    Your dining room looks amazing!!! My next big home project is going to be putting in built-in bookcases across one wall of my dining room – I’ve always wanted a library/dining space. I love what you did on the ceiling, and the small black band there is brilliant!!! Congratulations on a job well done!

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 10 November 2018

      Hi Kristie!
      Thank you so much. It took a little experimenting to get that band just right, but I love how it turned out too!

  • Rachel
    | 9 November 2018

    This is a gorgeous dining room, Jana! I’m such a sucker for a good grasscloth wallpaper and that dark color makes the beautiful built-ins really pop. And I’ve been eyeing that chandelier for our front entryway! Best part might be the kiddos picking out their own plateware, what a special way to bring them into the process.

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 10 November 2018

      Thank you so much Rachel! I’m in love with that chandelier- What a beautiful option for your foyer!

  • Janet Lorusso
    | 10 November 2018

    Wow! This is all so lovely, Jana! It’s hard to pick out one thing – I love it all – the grasscloth, the styling, the drapery fabric, the ceiling detail (which is just genius BTW), the chairs and matching cat :), the dishes selected by the kiddo’s. SO personal and so beautiful, all the things that make for a great design!

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 13 November 2018

      Awe, thank you so much Janet! I really appreciate it. I love hearing you love so many things in here, especially the cat. lol. 🙂

  • Ola
    | 12 November 2018

    I love the attention to details in this room! It’s so rich with layers and texture. Nicely done!

    • Jana Donohoe
      | 13 November 2018

      Hi Ola- Thank you for noticing all the details and textures in here. I appreciate you stopping in!! 🙂

Leave a Comment

Pin It on Pinterest