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French Cottage with a Twist of Farmhouse:: Dining Room Inspiration Board {and $10,000 Giveaway!}

by | Jun 30, 2011 | Decorating Inspiration

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French Cottage with a Twist of Farmhouse:: Dining Room Inspiration Board {and $10,000 Giveaway!}

Design Board

Dining Room Inspiration


It is time for another round of voting for blogger’s design boards in the Apartment Guide Your Picks. Your Place $10,000 sweepstakes! I’m honored to be one of the four featured bloggers, along with Liz from Hoosier Homemade, Shelley from How Does She and Gina Luker!

Have you been voting for the boards every day? Maybe you should set your cell phone alarm to remind yourself because, really friends…I want YOU to win this.

If one of my readers wins I’ll be ECSTATIC!



You could come do a $10,000 makeover of my house!

Oh, OK. Well, no. Not really. I’m just getting carried away here.

You can totally keep the money and shop for you own home. But I do want YOU to WIN!

And the more times you vote, the greater your chances of being the WINNER!

This time for my design board I was asked to put together a French Cottage Dining Room.

I added a little twist with a farmhouse table, bench and some funky metal cafe chairs! I love LOVE love the farmhouse table (it was a virtual splurge but it is AMAZING) and the eclectic mix of chairs and the bench, the silver accessories and the beachy table runner and of course, the fabulous crystal chandelier — LOVE! and I hope you like it too!

Starting at 9:01 ET Thursday, you can VOTE for the newly posted design boards, including my French Cottage dining room! All the resources for where I found my virtual dining room pieces can be found with my design board at Your Picks, Your Place.
French Cottage with a Twist of Farmhouse:: Dining Room Inspiration Board {and $10,000 Giveaway!}


The Lowdown:

Is your place in need of a style update? Enter Apartment Guide’s sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000 to redo your place to fit your personal design style.

From now until August 10, visit to vote for your preferred room design showcasing furniture and home décor items selected by featured bloggers.

The site will feature four different room designs every two weeks.  By voting, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize or one of eight $250 weekly prizes to go towards your own selections for your home.

Sound like fun?

You can vote at Your Picks. Your Place every single day between now and August 20th! Set your computer or cell phone alarms! And I’ll be reminding you and showing off my other design boards during the sweepstakes period.

French Cottage with a Twist of Farmhouse:: Dining Room Inspiration Board {and $10,000 Giveaway!}

Thanks SO MUCH for voting!

You can find Apartment Guide on Facebook and Twitter as well as their website at Apartment Guide!

Be sure to check out their resources on everything from moving into a new apartment to decorating your dining room!

See my real life dining room transformation here, DINING ROOM BEFORE to DURING and NOW!

Question: how would you describe your favorite style of decorating?
Do you struggle with finding your style or does it come naturally to you?

Apartment Guide is owned by Consumer Source, Inc. Apartment Guide partnered with bloggers such as me to participate in its “Your Picks. Your Place.” Sweepstakes. As part of that program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to select or what to say about my featured design boards, or what to say in my blog posts about the “Your Picks. Your Place.” Sweepstakes. Apartment Guide and Consumer Source believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Consumer Source’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Sweepstakes ends at 9:00 PM on 8/10/11, subject to the Entry Periods outline in the Official Rules.  Must be a legal resident of the U.S. in the 50 states or Washington, D.C. and 18 years of age or older. Sweepstakes subject to full Official Rules available at Void where prohibited.


  1. Mary Beth

    I just voted…I love Shabby Chic…swooning at your choices. : )

    • Melissa

      Thank you Mary Beth :-)

  2. Glenda Childers

    It is fun to see the amazing opportunities that keep coming your way. Nice work on the dinning room.


    • Melissa

      Thank you Glenda, I have so much fun getting to do them too!

  3. Susan Cox

    Where can you buy this farmhouse table from the Shabby Chic dining look? I love the table too!

  4. Angela

    I just wanted to pop in to tell you that I’ve been enjoying your blog so much lately. I have to say that I loved your take on the modern living room. There was so much warmth and coziness that you don’t necessarily find in modern design. Loved the dining room too! So pretty. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Melissa

      Thank you Angela, I normally don’t like a full modern design so I enjoyed finding modern ways to add a little more warmth and eclectic personality! Glad you liked it too! Thank you so much for reading, and commenting!

  5. Susan Bailey

    just. wow. exclamation point!

    • Melissa

      Thank you Susan!!!!

  6. Holly

    This is so my style! I have a farmhouse table and plan to add some shabby around it. Love everything!

  7. susan

    Had to vote for yours-I just bought that table runner! :)
    LOVE how it’s coastal/beachy without having brightly colored fish or sea creatures on it looking like something outta sponge-bob LOL

    Room is great BTW-Fingers crossed for a winning entry!
    Now, off to refinish my 1940s side table…

    • Melissa

      Isn’t that table runner so awesome? I love it!

    • Melissa

      Thanks Amanda!

  8. Kimber

    I voted…for you even. :) If I won you’d be more than welcome to help me design my home. You don’t mind flying to Alaska do you?

    We own a 70’s split level that needs a LOT of help.

    Good luck and I hope you win the next few rounds!

  9. Colleen

    Voted! Copied the pic to my desktop for inspiration for the new house! What color would you paint the walls? Hubby was thinking pale blue-green. Like a soft Tiffany’s blue…

  10. Kathryn

    Awesome, as was the living room. Got me thinking again – always a bad idea according to my husband LOL!! Table runner is pretty, but LOVE that table! :)


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