Today I’d like to introduce you to a project that is thrilling and terrifying to me! I am collaborating with HouseBeautiful Magazine and Calling It Home, for the One Room Challenge; a six week project that focuses on completely transforming one room of your house.
We moved into our forever home in November. It has everything we need and more! It is lacking in style however. As soon as we saw this room off the kitchen, we knew that it would be a great office. It already had a built in desk in the closet that could easily be closed off with a shut of the closet door. I’ve had big dreams for this room, and myself, but all that I have done is make it into the “crap” room, and space for the cats. I love our cats but they need to vacate the office! There is space for them elsewhere in the house. As the above picture shows, the room is a basic square, with two windows, many outlet plugs, and a built in desk in the closet. Currently it is a very pale blue, gray color, with brown laminate wood flooring, and atrocious valences. The above pictures were taken before we moved in; the one day of emptiness in the house between the old residents and us. As soon as we moved in, mostly because of me, what was a clear, empty space became filled to the brim!! Instead of becoming a calm, serene office where I could get down to business, it has become a pit, a catchall for things that don’t have a space, for papers that need filing, for clothes, makeup, and accessories that long for a home. I share the next pictures so you understand what I’m working with. It is not the empty canvas above. It is filled with crap, and in desperate need of love.
As soon as I plopped down my belongings, the room instantly became crowded, without purpose, and a haven for my junk without a specific home. The photos are honest, and embarrassing. The rest of our house, minus the huge craft room, are very clean and organized. This room has been driving us all nuts, especially being one of the first rooms you see when you come into the house. As you can see in the pictures above, there is a dry sink that belonged to my Grammie, an old Singer sewing machine that belonged to my Nana, our cats belongings, several chairs that I re-did myself, lots of bins with random things in them, clothes to sell, and knick knacks that just don’t know where else to go. The above pictures were taken right after we moved in. The next pictures were taken yesterday, and they make me very upset and overwhelmed. I let it get this far. This challenge is about taking control over this and creating a space where I can fulfill my mission of becoming a professional blogger. If you’re still with me, thank you, and… here we go!
I am writing this blog post at my kitchen table because it’s obvious that my desk is not functional. My glass bottles are taking priority over having a place to focus and work, which is not good. They need to be up out of reach somewhere safe, and I need a dedicated spot for blogging. The bright red of my leopard chair does not go with the color theme that I have in mind for the office.
This board was supposed to be more of desk ideas. I want to paint the inside of the closet as a focal wall; I’m thinking hot pink!! My husband probably won’t like that idea all that much… we’ll see… I do want to find a mini chandelier pendant lamp for inside the closet as there isn’t any light. I saw the pale pink filing cabinet and it gave me some good ideas for my crazy silver and neon green one.
I hope that you stick around to see the dramatic transformation as it unfolds in the next six weeks. I plan on documenting every little detail, including individual projects like the Hollywood mirror, refurbishing a free chair frame, painting, decorating using contact paper, and giving love back to items like my Grammie’s dry sink and my Nana’s old Singer sewing machine. I am looking forward to this transformation, and I get the feeling that this project is going to transform me as well!! Stay along for the ride. I promise it’ll be worth it.
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