Thursday, October 2, 2014

Jumping In: The ORC


After years of sitting on the sidelines and being riveted to the manic pace of One Room Challenge, the genius brainchild of Linda at Calling it Home, I've decided to dive in head first this time around and participate.
That means, I'll have a deadline people. A dedicated date and time to complete a room in my home and it's about damn time. We moved into our home in July amid a major renovation and you guessed it, simply ran out of steam. Sure the major renovation work is complete - Amen to that - but there isn't a single room in this house that is done, finito, complete and it's time to do something about it or face the continued wrath and disdain of the hubs. 
So with much shame, trepidation and some excitement, I've decided to finally complete our home office. Why? Well, cause we both work from home and it would be nice to work in a space that's I dunno, finished? Not to mention a space that deserves to be kinda fab. 
Here's what the office looked like when we purchased our home back in May.

Arrgh right? Nothing sexy at all. It was in fact the dining room, but we have another space that works much better as such and so it made sense to make this the office/den/chill zone.
To do so we framed it in, added some pocket doors so the space could be private when needed but open up to the rest of the house to chat with friends and family.

The one gem the previous owner left behind was this book shelf system. It was destined for the junk yard. I balked, seeing visions of a beautiful home for my dizzying collection of books (yes, tangible books people, no E-reading for moi) and a dedicated hiding space for our printer and office supplies.   
Since then we've installed hardwood floors, framed in the walls to create the office, added the frosted sliding doors and even painted the bookshelves. 

See that hole underneath that cabinet? yep, there's a piece missing for this shelving system something we never realized til now! we'll be figuring out a creative solution for that hole during this challenge as well as making the piece look as custom as possible.
So here's my inspiration:

Next week we'll reveal the design plan and share any progress, which should entail my fabulous intern Amanda at The Home Body Interiors, cracking the whip and helping to get the office somewhat organized so it won't be a hot beaughetto mess once it's all dolled up. See y'all next week.


  1. Cannot wait ti see the progress and reveal!!

  2. Oh, wow, I love your inspiration pic and can't wait to see the office.

  3. You had me at 'beaughetto mess.' So glad you are joining the madness. So worth all the anxiety laden late nights! Have loved that first inspo pic forever, so if that is any indication of the vibe, I am sure it will be gorgeous.

  4. Loving your inspiration! Can't wait to see the final!

  5. You totally have my attention! Love Pocket doors.... I too can't wait to see the reveal!

  6. Yeay!! that is an amazing photo for inspiration. I know you will do amazing things with this office. ANd I do love me some pocket doors.

  7. My. Girl. Hahah, walls for $200! Love you, now show pictures of Xavier.

  8. What a lovely office space this is going to be. I cannot wait to see your progress and how it all unfolds.

    I too am participating in the One Room Challenge. My challenges? I just moved to a completely new state (Texas) last week and therefore have no idea where to source things other than Wal Mart and Home Depot. :) I am currently battling strep throat and just want to lay around and eat soup as opposed to painting a 30 year old polyurethaned oak coffered ceiling that has never before seen paint. The accompanying powder room rivals the worst gas station stall ever. But a bonus is that the previous owners installed a wine glass and bottle holder on the ceiling of the bathroom. I kid you not. Come take a peek.

  9. Yeah! I love pocket doors almost as much as the dark wall in your first inspiration photo. Can't wait to see the transformation!

  10. Love your ideas! Can't wait to see how it all comes together. Good luck :)

  11. Excited to be participating in ORC with you! Love your plan and even the shell of the office/den is looking great! I have to admit I was on the fence between finishing our office, which was the dinning room, or updating my daughter's bedroom. I Need inspiration and can't wait to see what you do, good luck!


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