One Room Challenge Reveal Day: A Navy Inspired Dining Room

I’m so excited to share this navy inspired dining room makeover with all of you!  I really couldn’t be more pleased with how it all turned out, and I’m so glad that I jumped in on the Calling it Home Fall 2017 One Room Challenge!  Now I have a Thanksgiving-ready dining room, and not a moment too soon!  I won’t jabber on too much right now, so let’s get on with the reveal, shall we?

But first, let’s take a peek back at where we began (with a terribly lit before photo, of course).  It just wasn’t getting any attention, and is one of the first rooms you see when you walk into our home.

ORC Dining Room Before

If you want to go WAY back – here it is when we first moved in, seven years.  Yes, let’s look at how far this dining room has really come.  Before we moved in – 

Dining Room Before

Dining Room Before


And here it is now:

One Room Challenge: Navy Dining Room Makeover

I could just sit here and stare at it for awhile, enjoying the finished look.  I want to rope it off so no one can go in here and touch anything.  Especially my dogs.  Our younger pup is living like a nomad right now because we haven’t found a new home for his crate (it used to be in the left hand corner – classy, right?).  His muscle memory has him going back to his space in the dining room.  But I just can’t – I don’t want him anywhere near my gorgeous new drapes – the inspiration for this whole makeover.

One Room Challenge Dining Room Makeover

And can we talk about the drapes?  My mom is an angel in her patience and persistence in getting these beauties done.  And must be said that my dad served as a sanity check and a support along the way (and I think he feels like he sewed them in his own way).  Suffice to say, my parents rock.  My mom obsesses and stresses about projects like this in the same way that I obsess about custom furniture for clients.  We both get completely OCD and notice the imperfections that we know are there, but other people will never notice (and I’m guessing she’s probably picking out the imperfections in her mind as she reads this.  And may be compelled to make some adjustments the next time she’s here).

I think these drapes are perfection.  My parents marriage of 50+ years is still intact, and they haven’t disowned me, so I’m considering that a win.

One Room Challenge Navy Dining Room Makeover

I know the band of trim on the edge was a late change, but I’m so glad that I hunted down just the right color and splurged on it.  I love the extra eye-catching detail it provides.  This fabric was the starting point for the entire room, really.

Navy Dining Room Decor

The artwork! I have to tell you – I went to Target to buy frames for the Etsy artwork I was planning on buying, but then stumbled upon these perfect abstract art pieces while I was there.  I just couldn’t help myself.  They’re just the right size and scale and I could buy them and not stress about it.  But I am still planning on integrating some Etsy digital artwork into my home and will share the process with you, I promise.

One Room Challenge Navy Dining Room Reveal

I scored these navy lamps at Target as well.  My only mistake was not buying BOTH of them the first time I saw them.  By the time I went back to get them, there was only ONE.  I had to trek across town to get the other one, and thankfully I was able to do so, because they’re perfect in here.  I know better than to not buy something I love the first time I see it – for some reason I apparently like to inflict unnecessary stress upon myself.

One Room Challenge Navy Dining Room

The chairs from Restoration Hardware Outlet fit in perfectly.  I’m telling you, with this round of the One Room Challenge, I got so lucky, so many times, in finding just the right items that I was searching for in this room.  The chandelier, the upholstered chairs, the artwork. Serendipity.

One Room Challenge Navy Dining Room Reveal

We didn’t roll out the rug until the end, and even though it makes you a little dizzy to look at it while you’re rolling it out, it’s really pretty in here, and ties everything together beautifully.  I love the herringbone pattern.

One Room Challenge Dining Room Reveal

If you look closely, you can see that we got the dining room chairs recovered as well.  I ended up going with the fabric that I originally planned to use as a band on the drapes.  I didn’t want to go crazy with another print, especially with the pattern on the rug.  I’m choosing to ignore my husband’s comment about pulling out a bandana and cowboy boots since apparently these chairs remind him of a pair of worn denim jeans meant for the rodeo.  

Navy Dining Room Makeover

Whatever.  They’re pretty, I promise.  And a huge shout out to Edwards Furniture near me.  They reupholstered those seat cushions in less than a week, and I know they’re super busy with their upholstery business.  Super friendly people, and they do great work!

One Room Challenge Navy Dining Room

One Room Challenge Dining Room Reveal

I even lucked out with some navy trimmed Kate Spade plates at HomeGoods.

Navy Dining Tablescape

Navy Dining Room Tablescap

Navy Dining Room Table Setting

The thing I love most about this room makeover, is how my main living area all seems to jive together now.  I have touches of navy in a lot of areas of my home, and now the dining room fits.

One Room Challenge -Navy Color Scheme

It all just flows together now – almost like I actually planned it that way. 😉

Navy Dining Room

And yes, that’s a dog bone on my dining room rug.  Thanks to this guy…  Don’t be fooled by his cuteness.  I think he was a goat in a previous life.  He eats anything.

Dining Room Makeover: Before and After

Also – don’t be fooled by how pretty this space looks – I can promise you that the rest of my house looks like toddlers and/or a bunch of fraternity brothers have been running the show.  That’s the price of the One Room Challenge for me, but it’s totally worth it.  It’s funny, when people ask about the One Room Challenge, this is how the conversation usually goes:

Them:  So this One Room Challenge, is it a contest?

Me:  No.

Them:  Do you win something?  Is there a prize?

Me:  Nope.

Them:  (Looking confused)

Me:  I do it for the deadline.  I like having a goal and a timeline that forces me to make decisions and get something done.  And no, I can’t create the deadline.  It has to be someone else’s deadline.  Otherwise it doesn’t work.

As a side note, I think that all future One Room Challenges should have an extra week added, midway through the process (but don’t tell me until like, week five).  I really think this helped me not be a complete stress case in the final week.  A mini stress case, but not a complete stress case.


Here is a list of all of the sources for the items I used in the dining room – please let me know if you have any questions.  This includes affiliate links for your convenience.

Wall color – Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore)

Drapery Fabric – Laureate Indigo

Drapery Trim – Manon Indigo

Navy Herringbone Rug –

Belgian Slope Arm Slipcovered Armchair – Restoration Hardware Outlet

Navy Abstract Artwork – Target

Navy Linen Lamp Base – Target

Chandelier – Restoration Hardware Outlet

Kate Spade Plates – HomeGoods (similar plates available here)

If you want to look back at how this whole makeover played out – check out the progress here:

One Room Challenge Week #1:  Dining Room Plans

One Room Challenge Week #2: Fabric Ideas

One Room Challenge Week #3: Paint and the Crypt Keeper Chandelier

One Room Challenge Week #4: Rugs + Chairs + DEALS

One Room Challenge Week #5: Bold Artwork

One Room Challenge Week #6: Crunch Time and a Dirty Little Secret

Whew!  I’m exhilarated and exhausted!  Thanks for following along throughout the process – what do you think?



  • Reply
    cassie bustamante
    November 16, 2017 at 6:41 am

    what a difference, jenny! it looks beautiful- i love that rug you went with!

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      November 16, 2017 at 7:53 am

      Thanks Cassie! I am loving it too! Feels so good to have it finished!

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    Kristin Mullen
    November 16, 2017 at 8:09 am

    This was definitely worth the wait – it’s gorgeous! ! I’m a sucker for any room that has navy in it, so you had me hooked the first week when you showed us the print for the drapes.
    Makes me want to put down my tv remote and get my dining room back together! We recently had our whole first floor redone – floors, walls, trim, ceilings and our kitchen cabinets. I have been dragging my feet putting everything back in its place and hanging things on my freshly painted walls (why am I so scared?!). But I do have a Thanksgiving deadline looming over my head, with 24 people coming to dinner, so it’s time to get to work!

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      November 17, 2017 at 6:52 am

      I work best under pressure! You have plenty of time to finish off your dining room – it sounds like the hardest part of the work is already done! 🙂

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    November 16, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!!! I love it!!

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      November 17, 2017 at 6:51 am

      Thanks so much Amanda – I think it’s my favorite room in the house!

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    Jackie McCormick
    November 16, 2017 at 9:05 am

    OMG Jenny – I LOVE THIS ROOM, my favorite so far. Seriously, I can’t stop looking at it! See you tonight!!!

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      November 17, 2017 at 6:51 am

      Thank you Jackie! I can’t stop looking at it either! 🙂

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    November 16, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Wow!!! Wow!! You did such an amazing job on the transformation Jenny! I love everything and I know you’re so excited to have it done! Revere is perfection mixed with the pops of navy. High five friend!

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      November 17, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Thank you so much Cyndy! I couldn’t be happier with this room. I go in there and just look at it – you gotta love the One Room Challenge!

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    November 16, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Love, Love, Love this room!!! All the fabrics add interest without overpowering the room or each other. No cowboys for the chairs! Another great transformation!!!

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      November 17, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Thank you my friend! Now I just need to have you over for dinner! 🙂

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    November 16, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Jenny, it is amazing. The drapes!!!! Your sweet mom did a beautiful job and they really are the showstopper. It all came together beautifully.

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      November 17, 2017 at 6:49 am

      Thank you Lauren. The drapes definitely take the cake, don’t they? I love them so much and am so thankful that my mom was willing to tackle that project for me!

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    November 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Beautiful! The drapes make the room!
    May I ask where did you get your blinds? I must live near you cause I’ve had Edwards do upholstery for me also…know them personally. Great job!!

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      November 17, 2017 at 6:48 am

      If memory serves, I think the blinds are from Lowes. I’ve had them for awhile, but they weren’t anything custom made or anything like that. I’m really happy with Edwards Furniture – such a nice bunch of people!

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    Mary Burrows
    November 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    LOOKS BEAUTIFUL! You did a wonderful job putting in all together when you were under much stress. I especially like the drapes.

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    Missy B
    November 16, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Beautiful!!! The drapes are gorgeous and stealing the show! Beautiful fabric choice.

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      November 17, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Thank you Missy – the drapes really do make the room. I’m so happy that I went with that fabric!

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    November 16, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    This is beautiful! Great job!

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      November 17, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Thank you so much Molly. I’m so happy to have it finished!

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    November 16, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    So, you have the funniest way of describing your husband’s comments….it cracks me up. First the coffin light and now the cowboy jeans chair fabric. Too funny! You should do a guest vlog where he’s walking into a room or space that you want to decorate and giving a description of what “he” plans to do and why. I think that would be a stitch! Happy Thanksgiving and congratulations on making the deadline AND a beautiful space. Thanks also for keeping it real and helping me to think I’m not the only one that moves the dog’s space for good design, or at least the approach of good design. :o)

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      November 17, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Thank you Janey! My husband think my next One Room Challenge space should be our storage area in the basement. The unfinished, awful, ugly storage area. I told him no, because it’s not something that I can make pretty. 🙂 I love your idea of a guest vlog – I might have to put some thought into that one! Happy Thanksgiving! PS – the dog crate is currently in the middle of the hallway as you come in from the garage. I need to figure this one out!

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    November 17, 2017 at 5:07 am

    This is beautiful, Jenny!

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      November 17, 2017 at 6:43 am

      Thank you Sandy! It feels so good to have it finished!

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    November 17, 2017 at 9:57 am

    This is so pretty an sophisticated. Your mom deserves all the hugs for those drapes– they’re awesome. The dark band on the edge was DEFINITELY the right way to go. I think it really makes the room!

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    Shelly Mathes
    November 17, 2017 at 11:17 am

    So, so good. Your Mom did a heck of a job, congratulations to both of you! BTW, ignore your husband, ha!

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    November 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Jenny your dining room looks beautiful! I LOVE the drapes, the fabric and trim are so pretty and your mom did an amazing job with them! Also the rug, host chairs and new light! Gorgeous. Enjoy it all this Thanksgiving and Christmas!

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    November 17, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    it came out gorgeous! the drapes are awesome!!! They make the entire space. love the dining room chandelier too.

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    November 17, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Beautiful Dining room Jenny! Love the shades of blue and that rug! Congrats and Cheers to us for another room done!

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    November 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Wow, this is great!! Fabulous!! My favorites are the chandelier, slipcovered chairs, but mostly those drapes!!!! Your mother does nice work. I hope you get to relax and enjoy this beautiful room.

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    November 18, 2017 at 10:11 am

    OOOH, this turned out beautifully! Love the navy and that rug is perfection.

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    Jen @ Noting Grace
    November 19, 2017 at 12:01 am

    I am in love with this room! Blue is my favorite color and I have been introducing it to my home, and I may have to copy these curtains! I’m blown away!! Congrats on this stunning reveal – I’m honored to have done this ORC with you!

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    Michaela @ Michaela Graves Designs
    November 20, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    So pretty! The curtains and the fabric for the chairs are both so beautiful. The blue works really well in this space. Congrats on a beautiful new space!

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    November 23, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Looks great! Question on your family room wall color- is that also Revere Pewter? The stone on our fireplace looks similar to yours and we will be repainting that room soon– thanks!

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      November 24, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Yes – much of our main floor is Revere Pewter, including the family room – I love it!

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