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Dining Room - One Room Challenge - Week One - Before + Mood Board

I am super excited to announce that I will be taking part in the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge as a guest participant!

The gist of the challenge is that each designer selects one room to design over 8 weeks with the final reveal happening June 25th.

The process will be documented in 6 blog posts and via insta Highlights, showcasing some major aspects of my design process. Here is the blog post schedule if you would like to follow along:

One Room Challenge Guest participant blog posting schedule

For the challenge, I’ve decided to finally style my dining room. It’s funny because, not along ago I bought the first dining table I’ve owned in about 6 years! Shocking right!?! But, in a one bedroom apartment that I work out of, I already had a pretty large desk in an open concept living room / dining room area. Because it didn’t have any drawers and really resembled a dining table (except being more narrow) I just used that for diners that included guests.

Well, one day I became super envious of all the fabulous dining spaces I saw online and decided it was time.

The Pieces:

  1. I purchased a beautiful chrome and glass 42” round dining table from a lovely lady on Facebook Market. ($50)

  2. I picked up four free chairs from another Facebook market place user the day after buying the table. (Free)

  3. I purchased a vintage buffet off Facebook Market. ($20)

  4. I sanded and repainted a mirror that had been given to me by an previous roommate, and place it on top of the buffet. (Free)

  5. Found a floor lamp down in the laundry room of my building where we have a Swap Shop for tenants to leave unneeded or gentle used items for others to give a new life to. (Free)

  6. Found a cool piece of artwork, also down on the swap shop table in our building. (Free)

  7. A friend was updating their lighting and had planned to dispose of a fabulous crystal chandelier, needless to say, I was happy to take it off their hands. (Free)

  8. Not long ago, I bought some beautiful drapes and put them up to make sure I loved them. I did, but never got around to taking them back down and to the tailors to get them hemmed to the perfect length. ($70 - one set)

  9. Bought some awesome, Chilewich style placemats in a grey PVC. ($18 for 4)

That was really all I had in the space other than some overflow of paperwork and some decor I pulled from the rest of the apartment to fill it.

Needless to say, while I had done pretty well so far in the budget department, the space just didn’t live up the standards I set for myelf when working on any client project. So, it is definitely time for a BIG change and I can't wait for the reveal!


Before photo of a boring dining room in a toronto condo apartment
glass dining table, crystal chandelier, navy buffet, grey mirror, wood floors, grey ikea curtains VILBORG

This is a rental so I won't be able to change the floors (darn!) but instead, I will use some methods to draw attention away from the orange toned floors and colours that will work well with them where visible.

Because this really is an area that we use for mainly for celebrations, entertaining and the like, the style I’m going for is GLAM! (Well, and because it's one of my personal favourites!)

The adjectives I’d use to describe the vision would have to be:








Check out the mood board I assembled to get the vision out of my head, and into a more tangible form!

Posh Glam dining room mood board with glass table, pink dining chair, black ostrich feathers, bar cart, candle, floor lamp, vase, books, black shag rug, chandelier and wall stencil

While these are not exact pieces I'll be incorporating, a mood board helps clarify the vision and see the direction the designer is heading it!.

And, while I have big plans to rock this room, I’ll be showing all of you that budget-friendly doesn’t mean your space can’t be super fab.

Subscribe to get updates as we progress through the project and if you would like to see what the other fab designers are doing, click the link below!

One Room Challenge Spring 2020 Week One Guest Partcipant

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