Holla! That time of year has finally come around again for the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE™ and I’m so excited to be participating in the linking party!
Linda from Calling it Home has once again put together an awesome group of 20 interior designers, decorators and bloggers with one major goal- transforming 1 room in only six short weeks. They will be updating their progress every Wednesday (click over to Linda’s blog if you miss any), and then join the rest of us on Thursdays!
I’ve been anxiously preparing our next big project to align with the Fall ORC and I’m so happy to share our progress along the way with you. Choosing which room to makeover was simple. I couldn’t stand our Home Office in it’s current state even one more day! Since I work from home, having to spend 8+ hours in this space everyday, by golly, it needs to be gorgeous! How else am I supposed to get through my work day lol.
Also, since the office is the first room you see from the front door, I feel ultra compelled to make it just as beautiful as it is functional. What we started with was just a boring 12×12 empty room, still sporting contractor beige paint and lacking, well, everything! The only real design element that exists is the french doors- thank goodness for those!
Pardon Our Mess (I was so anxious to get started that I didn’t even stop to take ‘real’ before photos)
I originally outfitted the space with all of black office furniture from our previous home (the Oxford Collection from HomeDecorators.com). And while it couldn’t NOT work in this new space, it truly wasn’t adding much either. It had to go, along with all of the other miscellaneous items that don’t ‘go’ in any other room so they’ve been housed in this makeshift storage room-slash-office (don’t judge me, you know you have one of those rooms, too).
I began my design planning process based around a more functional work station that both my husband and I could use in tandem (we’ve had two separate desks until now and it just doesn’t ‘look’ the best). Since I do work from home, I definitely need functionality to the max, but since he simply docks his laptop and checks a few emails each evening, he can work with much less fluff. I’ve tossed around the idea of custom built-ins, but think we can achieve a similar look by altering some off the shelf items. More on that later.
If you’ve read even a single post from me, it will be no surprise that I chose a color scheme that includes… wait for it… grey! gasp, I know! But this time, I’m adding in lots of gold, ivory and (husband willing) pops of fuchsia.
I don’t know about you, but this mood board makes me giddy! I love it all and hope the real thing turns out just as fabulous.
If you want to follow along, here is a run down of what’s to come:
- Week 1: Introduction and Design Plans (yay, you’re here!)
- Week 2: Painting, Wallpapering and Constructing a Board+Batten Wall
- Week 3: Designing and Building a Semi-Custom Workstation
- Week 4: Up-cycling Existing Pieces with Paint and new Hardware
- Week 5: Custom Window Dressings
- Week 6: The BIG REVEAL!
Wish me luck!