ORC Week 3-Coastal Eclectic Dining Room Update


This has been a productive week…although I am still in the “it is going to get worse before it gets better” phase of decorating. Thank goodness most of our purchases have been delivered and construction of the banquette has begun. I am still waiting on our bleached jute rug and the round poly foam for the back of the banquette. Needless to say it will be a huge stress relief when that arrives. Pretty much everything else can be bought off the shelf at this point.

Designing and building is one of my favorite things to do, so this project has been a really great process in getting my wood working stations set up and breathing life into my rusty tools. Living in a small space for the last couple years has made projects like this nearly impossible. The garage setup is far from pretty, but it is functional!

Ashley and I have probably sent 100 texts back and forth coordinating the design of the bench and cushions.  Over the weekend and each night after the kids went to bed I was able to chip away little bit by little bit on the banquette build

Sunday night:

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Monday Night:


Tuesday night:

IMG_2422-bench 50%

The frame is currently about 70% constructed and benches upholstered.¬† I still need to add the trim, top and side members. Then comes the real fun of sanding, caulking and painting the whole banquette. *like I said…its gotta get worse before we are in the home stretch*. After placing the frame in the dining room, it was obvious that it was way to big at 8′-0″. Luckily I had the foresight to layout the verticals initially and compare 8′, 7′ and 6′:

Eight foot long banquette:


Seven foot long banquette:


Six foot long banquette:


Ultimately the 7′-0″ length felt the best and still provided the visual extension past the 6′ table on either end. So that was a lot of words about the banquette and the building process…I am feeling a lot better now that it is so far along.

In other news I hit up the Long Beach flea market this past Sunday and was able to score some amazing pieces to use in styling the dining area. The blue velvet paired with mudcloth pillows and glass beads are such a cool combo together. This layflat really helped me pull the vision together and feel confident about the pairings.

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I am currently storing the over flow all over the piano…not the most attractive situation…hahaha!

IMG_2424-Piano storage

Across the dining room we made a few small tweaks that are helping the rooms feel cohesive and connected. Plus the addition of an indoor swing chair is always a hit:


Especially when this is the view:


SO that is a wrap on week 3! I can’t believe it is already half way through…OMG how am I going to finish this?!?! Deep breath…I got this… I may have miscalculated and forgot about a camping trip we have scheduled next week. So basically any work that is going to happen for week 4 is going to be jamb packed into Fri-Sat of this weekend. On the flip side, having a break might be good to re-energize me for the final push.

I can’t wait to check out everyone else’s progress over at the One room challenge. Check out the amazing participant spaces here¬†and the guest participant link ups on Thursday’s here.

Talk to you all soon!


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