Thursday, November 6, 2014

ORC: Week 6 - Home Office Reveal


It's reveal day for the One Room Challenge Linking Soiree, brainchild of blogger Linda of Calling it Home and your girl is over here doing the happy dance!
I drank a lot of wine people, a lot. And with good reason! Who knew a 6 week deadline would cause so much pressure, so many sleepless nights, sheer panic as the thought of not finishing the room seemed very, very real. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I was painting this very space into the wee hours of the night on Sunday. But the truth is I needed this deadline in the worst way to finally, finally complete a room in our new home. Living in a renovation zone for the past five months has been a tad stressful (*no comment please from clients who know this pain all too well!)
Anywho, here's what this office looked like when we purchased our home in May. It was a dining room, but who uses a dining room anyway? So we framed it in and added the pocket doors so it could be completely closed when we needed to work, or open wide if we're entertaining and using it more as a den.

 
If you're new to this whole soiree, here's how to recap all the moments along this 6 week journey.



Here's my inspiration photo and design board:



I always knew I wanted a deep blue to anchor the office, but chose to do so on the bookcase instead of the walls. I also wanted a fun and playful chandelier and settled on the Mobile chandelier from West Elm since it was more affordable than any urchin light we sourced.
Okay, I'm done talking. 
Let's just take it all in shall we?


It is seriously the office of my dreams. Loads of color cause y'all know I'm a bit of a color addict. Playful enough to remind me to laugh a little at what can sometimes be a very stressful biz, and inviting enough for Xavier to hang out without feeling like he can't get his hands all up in the mix.  


That bookcase was a labor of love. It's the one thing the previous owner left behind and it was headed for the trash pile. I thanked heavens I popped by the house the morning of the closing, and rescued it before it was hauled away. A little paint, a new filing drawer to fill a gaping hole we dished about here, some gold handles and I gotta say she is now the star of the show. I am a lover of real books, and definitely wanted a room where some of my favorite books (yes, we've read most of them) could be celebrated and this book case has definitely allowed that to happen. 



Styling this bookcase was a BEAST. Amanda our intern, tackled the hardest part i.e. loading all them books in place and layering in the accessories. I then edited (yes, lots of books were removed) and tweaked. I think we found a way to balance our love of reading while showcasing little mementos that we love like that Bob Marley figurine, the typewriter gifted to me by my mother in law, plus some new faves like the pink hippo (hooray to Amanda for spotting that at Home Goods) and a globe for Xavier and I to plot our travels around the world (this week he's obsessed with Japan!)



I filled this space next to the bookcase with acrylic wine racks sitting atop floating shelves, a great place to store loads of design magazines.  
 
 
Next up, the rug and love seat, arguably the most difficult choices made in this
office transformation. We sourced a gazillion options before crazy moi went gaga for this rug - scored at Walmart.com! I know. Stop the freaking presses right? And this love seat. If you've been following along, you know I wanted this pink love seat but the hubby balked so this stunning tufted blue love seat was the winning choice. I love it to pieces and Xavier happily jumps on it all the time. 
And hello gallery wall! Searched through the rubbles of my renovation to find them lovable lips from Jessica at The Aestate, sprinkled in some of Xavier's artwork and a few favorite quotes that keep me motivated.


 
This gold dipped little stool from Target was just the little table we needed and will be used as a resting place for sure for a glass of wine or some tea.


I chose a white desk and chair to temper all the colors in the space, a bit of calm in a sea of bold colors. The desk is wide enough to seat two if needed. 

Gotta have a photo of the munchkin close by. And yes, that's a tray! Y'all know I love me some trays to anchor things. 


 These gold wire magazine holders were a great find at Target and have been keeping me organized. Well, at least somewhat organized.
I'm kinda manic about the time. Being late drives me bananas, which is so very non Caribbean like of me!  So a clock in my office is kinda mandatory. And this pin board was another great steal from Target. Such a stylish place to finally pin all my notes, fabric samples and so much more.


Here's a final tidbit. Poor Amanda had to take charge of this photo shoot! We shot photos on Tuesday aka, Xavier's birthday and double aka, election day. Translation: my afternoon was insane! Zipping back and forth to this job site, styling the room, picking up treats for Xavier's party and voting! I called her incessantly to tweak images as she sent em via text, which kinda drove our photographer and jack of all trades, Shaggy, bat shit crazy, so I eventually stopped and left them be to handle it. Methinks it was a great success so hats off to them both for capturing the spirit of this space so well. Eternally grateful.

 
It's good to now walk through my front door, and peek at this space through these frosted doors, and to sit here now each morning getting a jump start on my day. Thanks a million to Linda for organizing this design fest and for allowing so many of us to participate via the linking soiree. Thanks even more to the NWD team - Debbie, Amanda, Roy and Shaggy, who all chipped in to help to make sure I didn't embarrass the team by not finishing on time. Eternally grateful. A huge thanks as well to all of you for cheering us along these past 6 weeks. It meant the world! Let's go see how everyone else fared.



Source Guide
Nate Settee, Navy Velvet: Houzz I Office Chair: Wayfair | Rug: Walmart I Artwork: The Aestate Xavier Q original, Target, HomeGoods, Etsy | Desk 
Eurostyle Gilow Backert Writing Desk : Similar desk option Wayfair | Throw Pillows: Nate Berkus for Target, HomeGoods, custom leopard print I Lighting: Mobile Chanderlier West Elm I Gold-tipped end table: Target I Desk Lamp: Target I Floor Lamp: Ikea




































40 comments :

  1. Nikki!!!! You know I am in love with this room right?! I don't know where to start. From the rug choice to the chandelier to the pillows - absolute perfection! I'm swooning over that blue you chose for the bookcase. You rocked this challenge. Job well done friend!

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  2. What a colorful and happy place. It's so wonderful! Job well done. Absolutely beautiful.

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  3. It's gorgeous. I love all of the color. Great job!

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  4. Congratulations on a job WELL DONE!
    LOVE, LOVE THE COLORS

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  5. This is gorgeous!!!! Not only functional but just plain beautiful! You never cease to amaze me! Kudos to the NWD team, you all are the bomb diggity!

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  6. This is gorgeous!!!! Not only functional but just plain beautiful! You never cease to amaze me! Kudos to the NWD team, you all are the bomb diggity!

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  7. The bookcase - it's ridiculously good. But I'm quite sure you are the star of the show here. What you did here in 6 weeks just blows me away! I hesitate to even break anything down to tell you what I love about it because collectively it is such a fun, inspiring colorful space to work and it's obvious how much hard work went into creating this office retreat. I will tell you that I thought the acrylic wine rack as magazine storage was particularly genius. So glad you saved that bookcase from being tossed. Big fan of the space you designed here.

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  8. I love it!!! I love offices with bright colors to keep us inspired and energetic....great job!!!!

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  9. WOW what an amazing transformation!! The pocket doors & built ins so so good. I'm obsessed with the acrylic wine racks so lever to use them for magazines! Beautiful job - bravo! xx jana

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  10. Such a gorgeous space! I love all the bright colors together.

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  11. Holy wow! I love everything! Such a great idea to use wine racks as magazine holders!

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  12. Love love love this room. So fun and colorful!

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  13. What an amazingly happy space, truly reflective of woman who works there's positive energy. You did a fantastic job.

    Love that you mixed Jessica's lips print in Xavier's art! Love the painted built ins with brass hardware. Love that sofa and desk. Love you!

    Oh, magazines in acrylic wine racks? I'm stealing that idea! XO

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  14. TOO fabulous!! I love the bold use of color. Few can pull it off well, but you nailed it. Love, love love. Found you via ORC:)

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  15. Bright fun creative space! well done!!

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  16. This space is amazing!!! I love the details of the wine racks turned magazine holders. The colors you chose are fun. Great job!

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  17. Wow! What a great transformation!

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  18. love this room, everything about it! we love the same colors, i used blue and pink in my ORC this time too. i would totally enjoy working in this space!

    ashley

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  19. Mags in acrylic vino racks! Who knew you were so multitudinously talented in juggling biz with pleasure?! First off, the colors. Hell yeah. That rug. Second, your attitude in all things is bar none - I believe the 'fall in love with your life' displayed in the shelves perfectly captures what LiveLaughDecorate is all about. And heaven knows I'm all about you, sister. Gigantic wine cheers. Looking forward to the day we celebrate in person. It's coming. I feel it.

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  20. Nicole!! This is amazing!! I love every corner! The colors you chose are fantastic and work beautifully together. What a happy, lively space to call your own. I can just imagine all the wonderful projects and designs you will think of here. In love!!

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  21. This office is so great! You did an awesome job! love the blue bookcases!

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  22. You did it!! And it's so freakin awesome Nicole!! Love every bit of it (the acrylic magazine holders are so cool) for one and the bookshelves are stunning!

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  23. Dude, I am so glad you reworked those bookcases. They are starlets now. And the acrylic wine, I mean magazine, I mean wine racks. Genius. You rocked this out. And I love the peek through the sliding doors. Bravo on a job well done.

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  24. What a great room...from the colorful rug, to the styled bookcase, to the art wall...I love it all. Good job.

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  25. That looks AWESOME. I love how the rug and the bookshelves work together!

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  26. Wow~ An absolutely stunning space! I love the bookcase and rug. As a fellow 6 week participant the six weeks was indeed a challenge and you rose up. Well done!

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  27. What a fun space to work in! That blue bookcase is fabulous! I can't believe that rug is from Wal-Mart! They've really stepped up their home décor game lately.

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  28. Love the color! What an inspiring and happy space! Nice work :) You accomplished so much in 6 weeks.

    Amy

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  29. Such a bright and beautiful space! Love the colors and styling. Well done!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  30. I am dying. This is amazing!!!!

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  31. This my friend is a gorgeous office! Perfect use of color by using neutral on the walls. I applaud you:) I love everything and nfw you got that rug at Walmart. Dayum......it's perfect and perfectly styled....especially those awesome shelves!

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  32. Great colours. I love the last photo in particular because it shows how the books and the rug are playing so well together.

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  33. What a fantastic office. This was a serious construction project. So glad you saved those amazing bookcases. Amanda can't ever leave you. Great job, and congrats.

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  34. You already know how much I love this! Freaking amazing! I am in colour heaven. LOVE it all!!

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  35. Such a cheerful work space! Those bookcases are amazing!

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  36. This is absolutely beautiful!! I LOVE all the bright colors and color scheme! What a fun room, it would make me want to work thats for sure. I love all of the artwork you chose in your frames! Great job!! :)

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  37. Really really beautiful! I love the space!

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  38. I LOVE how you smack down the color missy! I LOVE it ... how fun to work in this space every day! Congrats!

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  39. You ladies did it again!!! I love the mix of colors, perfect!

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