There’s always that lull when designing a room that’s the ‘sit and wait’ period. And my friends, we have entered it.

In the past few weeks orders have been placed, and now I’m just waiting for everything to arrive! The roman shades, the chandelier, the new console (marble!) and some other surprises…

coco+kelley one room challenge dining room accessories

west elm chandelier // minted art (by matthew sampson) and frame // west elm marble console // serena & lily stools 

This whole room has been a practice in compromise for me. I love all the pieces that we’ve settled on together, even if they weren’t my first choice, and I think it’s going to be a nice mix of rustic and modern. For example – the touch of brass in the chandelier vs. an entirely brass fixture (what I probably would have gone with).

After we chose the art, I saw these gorgeous Serena & Lily stools that I’ve been drooling over for a while now, and the pink ones had gone on major sale. Sooooo, I bought ’em. I’m considering tucking them under the console for a little bit of a feminine touch, but right now they’re hanging out in my dressing room. And if J is reading this, it’s definitely the first time he’s heard about that plan (sneaky sneaky).

coco kelley dining room with blue walls rustic table and tulips // art via minted

We do have the large piece of art from Minted already, and I love it. J and I picked it out together – I have a lot of art that I’ve brought over to the house, but I wanted something this big to be a piece we were both really into. Now I’m in the process of trying to figure out art for the large main wall because – as you can see – this one is going at the end of the table.

And then there’s the issue of the rug…


Most of you mentioned in the last post that you either a) weren’t into the rug at all or b) were into it but not in that room. Although I actually didn’t mind it, the moment the large piece of art went up I realized it was really competing with it. So… I’m considering all of the above options instead. (And also this one – thoughts?) 

Why these? Well, they’re neutral enough for texture and a bit of pattern (the diamonds are quite small) and are indoor/outdoor rugs, which I prefer in a dining room environment. They also come in the right size – a 6’x9′ which is harder to come by. Personally I’m leaning towards #4 to keep things light and soft, but I’m curious to know what you think! My goal is to have the rug ordered by the end of the week because… it’s getting close to crunch time for this challenge!

Speaking of which – have you been following along with the other participants? Any favorites so far? Here’s the full list just in case you’ve missed them… and you can also see the rest of my challenge posts right here! Can’t wait to hear your feedback this week!

Jana Bek * Autumn Clemons * The English Room * Vanessa Francis * Greige Design * Hi Sugarplum * I Heart Organizing * Jenna Sue Design * Stephanie Kraus * The Pursuit of Style * Julia Ryan * Savvy Home  * Simple Details * Simply Grove * 6th Street Design * Jill Sorensen * Swoon Worthy * Waiting on Martha * Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

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