One Room Challenge: Week 6 – The Big Reveal!

Did y’all hear that?  It was the sigh of relief that I let out yesterday when the final mirror was hung in the dining room at White Oaks Ranch.  The rug didn’t make it but I can live with that if you will let me off the hook on that one! Seriously, I was so down to the wire on this project that as John Cain Sargent was shooting the angles towards the window, we were hanging the mirrors behind him!  He has so much patience which is how we made it through shooting my upcoming book as friends!

I truly don’t know where to begin on the story of this room.  If you haven’t been following along with my progress on the One Room Challenge, you can catch up with these links. 
If you have been, then you know that my goal was to brighten up this dreary room to make it worthy of the celebrations that take place in it.  I wanted it to be happy and soothing and to draw people in and make them want to stay all they way past dessert after dinner.  
I also needed it to be flexible enough for a casual lunch to a holiday dinner. 
So, enough about what I needed!  This is really about what you can do to your home so I’ve opened my notebook to all of my sources and I hope you will follow your heart and follow the links and makeover a space in your home!
Wallpaper: Brett Design Ombre – As Stephanie from Custom Drapery Designs put it when she first walked in the room: “This wallpaper is a feeling.”  Loved that reaction!  The more time I have spent in the room since the installation, the deeper I have fallen in love with this paper.  I must admit I was a bit nervous about adding it to this traditional house but I love the way it adds a fresh and modern touch to a room filled with traditional decor.  The best part is that the colors in the paper transform as you adjust the lights and as the light coming in through the window changes.  It is like magic!
Drapes: Pearl Gray Lightweight Linen Custom Drapery from Loom Decor with Adjustable Window Hardware with Simple Cap Finial in Bronze and Simple Drapery Rings in Bronze.  I added this Fabricut Lavazzo Charcoal Trim from DecoratorsBest to the leading edge and along the bottom to add a finishing touch.  Big thanks to Stephanie and the team at Custom Drapery Designs for driving all the way out to White Oaks to help me with the installation!

Chandelier: This Shed Antler Chandelier was already in the room and the only thing my mother requested when I started this project was that it stay!  My original plan was to do trelliage in the room but I didn’t think that would work with this light fixture so we switched gears.  I’m so glad we did because I’m so happy with the wallpaper!

Mirrors: World Market Natural Geometric Wood Malika Mirror – Such a steal!  It is on sale today -from $179.99 to $107.99! That is what I call “Bang for the Buck!”

Buffets: Gustavian Buffet from Wisteria 
I’m completely obsessed with Wisteria.  First of all, they offer great design and great prices and secondly, they have a lot of what I need in stock!  I’m not very good at waiting for anything, especially once I’ve decided on a piece of furniture so the second part is major!

On the Buffets:

Antler Shed – Similar on major sale! 85% off!

TraysSimilar and I LOVE these.

Horn Tumbler with Succulents

These mounted horns were a Wisteria find from a few years back but this is similar.

On the Table:

Plates: Spode Glen Lodge Stag Dinnerware from Wayfair.

Placemats: Pearl Gray Lightweight Linen Custom Placemat Set from Loom Decor

Napkins: Pearl Gray Lightweight Linen Custom Napkin Set from Loom Decor with a custom monogram by Halo Studio Gifts (They do wonderful Facebook Flash Sales!)  I found this monogram in an old book of antique monograms.  It just happened to be my husband’s initials and Jen from Halo Studio digitized it and embroidered it for me!

Candlesticks: This was the most similar one I could find.

Art: Shamardal‘: One of a limited-edition run of giclee prints of multiple prize-winning racehorse, Shamardal, painted by animal oil portrait artist, Rory Mackay. Shamardal rose quickly to notoriety in the racing world after earning the 2004 European Champion 2-year-old status, before going on to win many other trophies and courses around the world. Original painting commissioned by a well-known horse trader in England, who later sold the horse to the famous Godolphin racehorse stable. Now, I’d love to tell y’all that Shamardal has a connection to White Oaks Ranch but he doesn’t.  The connection is that I am a big fan of Rory MacKay who does the most amazing pet portraits.  So, whatever type of pet you have, I hope you will check out what he offers!

Art Display System: Walker Displays 

Flowers: I’m not sure how I could have gotten through the shoot yesterday with out Shannon King.  You might know her from Hope Hill Designs. Didn’t she do a beautiful job of adding elegant pops of color to the dining room table?  Truly, she went above and beyond yesterday when we took these photos and I’m so grateful.

Monogrammed Mint Julep Cups used as vases – Hexagonal Mint Julep Cups from Mark and Graham.  We put one at every place setting for this tablescape but I can’t wait to use them in other ways as well!  So versatile!  

These chairs were from our first home when we were married.  They have been sitting in storage for nine years because they didn’t suit our second house but when I found this amazing Ronda Carman Fine Fabrics Pale Blue Check, I decided that I needed to give these chairs a makeover.  My upholstery gent added the old french nails to the trim and I love the rustic and ranchy touch.  

Table: Restoration Hardware Salvaged Wood Architectural Column Dining Table – On major sale right now!  This one was my sister’s but she moved two weeks ago and it didn’t fit in her new apartment.  Worked out great for me!

Paint:  Valspar from Lowes  After spending time trying to find the perfect match, we decided to head to Lowes with a sample of our wallpaper and simply color match so that the color of the baseboards matched the bottom of the ombre paper and the trim and ceiling matched the top.

Truly, throwing this room together has been a comedy of errors and I’m so grateful for the patience, determination and hard work of everyone who helped.

Don’t forget to check out the reveals of the other nineteen talented ladies who have been working hard to bring their visions to life over the last six weeks too!  I was so honored to be a part of such an outstanding group!

Photography by John Cain Sargent

There are so many credits to give and people to thank!  If there is something you want to know about that I failed to mention in the post, please leave a comment and I’ll try to get you a source or answer your questions.
Thank you all so so much for following along the way with this challenge.  It has been fun, exciting, and stressful but I have enjoyed the journey and I loved sharing it with you.  Please keep in touch and let me know what you would like to see more of on this blog! 


  1. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) on May 6, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    What a beautiful and inviting space. I love how it has such an elegant and rustic feeling. Gorgeous.

  2. Kate Collins on May 6, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Beautiful space!! Great work! I love the paper you went with and the detailing on the drapery. Gorgeous!!

  3. Albertina M. Cisneros on May 6, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    beautiful!! The wallpaper is so serene! It really feels like a sunset. And I love how it softens the room. Your tablescape is spectacular! And I love the chandelier. Beautiful dining room! Love your dress too 🙂

  4. Barbara Buzzell on May 6, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    gorgeous–as always!

  5. Vel Criste on May 6, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    This Dining room is absolutely gorgeous!!!! Love all the details you added!

  6. Anna Urbanowicz on May 6, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Beautiful and elegant, I love the chairs!

  7. Julia | Pawleys Island Posh on May 6, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    This is gorgeous! Definitely gives me some ideas for our dining room that's really similar in layout.

  8. Kimberly Duran on May 6, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Is there such a thing as Rustic Glam? If not, I think you should coin that one! This is stunning – so elegant and timeless and absolutely love the whimsy the horse painting brings in! Beautiful job xxx

  9. pam {simple details} on May 6, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Beautiful subtle wallpaper and trim detail, Kimberly! And, such a pretty inviting table setting!

  10. Jenna Sue on May 6, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Jaw dropping! That mirror and table and tablescape are to die for. Congrats on a fabulous reno!

  11. Unknown on May 6, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Oh my gosh, Kimberly, this is stunning! The wallpaper is so subtle but incredibly chic. Lovely job!

    Lindsay @ The Pursuit of Style

  12. Holly Phillips @ The English Room on May 6, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    So pretty. I adore the sophisticated rustic feel. Bravo!

  13. Casa Vilora Interiors on May 6, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Just stunning! Love the details of this room. Wonderful transformation!

  14. stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs on May 6, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Such a stunning space! LOVE the chandy and the rustic yet sophisticated feel of your space! Enjoy it!!

  15. jana bek design on May 6, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    You totally transformed the space & I'm with Kimberly – totally rustic glam!! The Rory McKay piece is perfect & every styling choice is spot on. What a gorgeous design!! Its incredible how fresh the pieces you choose to keep look, you gave them a whole new lease on life! Bravo lady!!

  16. Splendor in Spanglish on May 6, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Elegant and simple. Very day-to-day living with an amazing styling! Love the chandelier and the horse!! Congrats!

  17. autumn on May 6, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    what a gorgeous room! the trim on the drapes is making me weak in the knees, and i love the chairs! i am dying that the mirror is from world market! bang for the buck, indeed! what an elegant, textural space! such beautiful work! (and your styling is GORGEOUS!)

  18. Mallory on May 6, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Kim I love this!!! You totally stayed true to the ranch vibe yet made it seem really glam. That chandelier is everything in this space. Adore it all!! Xo

  19. Megan Weaver on May 6, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Gorgeous room! Loved all the details!

    Megan Weaver

  20. The Rozy Home on May 6, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    I love that you made this beautiful without going over-the-top! It's wonderful and so tastefully well done.

  21. Iris Watts on May 6, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Beautiful! I think you must have accomplished what you set out to at the beginning of this challenge. If I were a guest, I'd want to stay in this room all night!

  22. Linda {Calling it Home} on May 7, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Your mom has great taste, too. I love how this came together, and I was really nervous for you. What a wonderful transformation. That wallpaper and those drapes with the trim…perfections. You really know how to style a table. Great job, Kimberly.

  23. pam {simple details} on May 7, 2015 at 2:05 am

    Love the subtle wallpaper and such beautiful drapery trim! Gorgeous table setting and flowers, too!

  24. SHERRY HART on May 7, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Beautiful room! The wallpaper is so pretty and soft! I loves the chairs and how you recovered them….I am also in love with all of your styling!

  25. Decor To Adore on May 7, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    What an amazing transformation! A true job well done. I adore the the buffet! It feels fresh and fun. The six weeks went by so fast. I completed our entry, living and dining areas in a new to us 30 year old house. So, cheers to us! Have a wonderful weekend.

  26. Vanessa@decor happy on May 8, 2015 at 4:51 am

    What a beautiful transformation! It's the little details like the trim on the drapes and chairs that make all the difference. I love the mint julep cups as vases too and I wish we had Wisteria up here in Canada. Kudos!!

  27. Rashon Carraway on May 12, 2015 at 12:52 am

    I love everything, but that sideboard is pure heaven!


  28. Sarah @ 702 Park Project on May 13, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    This is so gorgeous! I've never been a big fan of yellow, but you've totally converted me! Now I'm off to buy something yellow! 🙂

  29. Deb Foglia on April 7, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Beautiful! Love this space, and that horse painting!

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