It’s finally One Room Challenge reveal time! I decided to transform our home office and entryway for this ORC because they were the last spaces in our condo that I hadn’t put any effort into decorating yet. The den basically functioned as a dumping area for all the clutter we didn’t have another place in our home for (yikes).
Earlier this year we realized that we need a functioning desk space for both of us individually instead of just sharing the small desk we had before. When you have very limited amount of square footage to work with it becomes crucial to optimize every inch into useful space. Switching the floor plan completely freed up so much space for a bigger desk without us losing any storage space.
I also wanted to create a focal point in our entryway to draw visitors’ attention in a positive way. The wall in our entry is the perfect spot for an accent wall because it’s the first thing you see when entering but not visible to the rest of our home so it can have a very creative and unique look.
Previous ORC posts
First things first, make sure you’re all caught up with the previous weeks ORC posts:
Now that you’re all caught up let’s get to the reveal!
In terms of colours I wanted to keep this space bright and simple with white, black and a few light brown leather and white oak details. I also incorporated some brass details in the lighting and accessories to add a few more warm finishing touches. All in all I’d say the vibe is scandi minimalist meets mid century modern. Keeping the colour scheme simple and adding mirrors truly helped make the room feel bigger than it was before. With our new designated individual work areas we can now comfortably work together side by side without having to take turns.
The entryway console table used to be a bench that I built some years ago for our old bedroom. The top is a piece of white oak and the base is built from 2 by 2 pine boards that I painted white. To turn the bench into a console table I simply detached the base and replaced the four corner pieces with taller ones. Now it’s the perfect drop off spot for keys and other essential (and non-essential) entryway items.
The design details – art, pinboard, mirrors & lighting
I purchased the large digital download arch print from Etsy and got it printed at Staples. The total cost was only $16 and I think it looks great in the large black Ikea Ribba frame. The other prints I used for this project are also digital downloads from Etsy and since they are smaller in size I was able to just print them at home. For frames I went with previously thrifted gold vintage frames for the small prints. I love mixing a few vintage details with otherwise very modern items for contrast.
I sourced the Svensas pinboard from Ikea for $20 to create a spot where I can attach inspirational photos from interior design magazines as well as display some beautiful fabric samples. The process of going through a bunch of magazines to find the perfect images to display was so fun and I love the idea of being able to change them up easily whenever I find a picture that inspires me.
I scored the large full length mirror for free because it has a big crack at the bottom of it and it’s not really usable as is. At first, I was toying with some DIY ideas to hide the damage but ended up just stacking another mirror and a frame strategically in front of the damaged part. The smaller mirror is from Walmart for just $11 and I painted the originally white frame with black paint so that it matches the space better.
I decided to go for black & brass light fixtures for this project mainly because I already had the ceiling light and the entryway sconce that fit the colour scheme. The only lighting I purchased for this project specifically are the desk lamp and the white neon hello sign. I love the cohesive look when all of the lighting match each other nicely.
Home takes time
If I’m being honest this project is nowhere near something that actually takes full 8 weeks to finish. A space the size of our den can easily be made over in a week or two. However, when I’m working on my own home decor projects I LOVE giving myself more time than necessary. That’s because I can be indecisive and often change my mind. If I would execute my plans immediately after making them I feel like I would want to change things again soon after.
It also takes time for me to do my thorough research, shopping around and ordering items. Especially now with all the Covid restrictions still in place it’s super important to not set unrealistic deadlines. There are a lot of delays when it comes to getting items right now. It hasn’t been an option to just walk into a store and buy what you need then and there. So patience is definitely needed but I think it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
There are definitely a lot of benefits to a slower lifestyle. Social media often makes us feel like everything needs to be extremely urgent and things should always happen with a snap of fingers. But that can feel daunting and in most cases that’s because it’s simply unrealistic. So all this is to say that taking things slow is perfectly okay. It’s okay to spend 8 weeks on a small one room makeover. In the end I know I’ll be happier with the results than I would be if I had tried to rush things.
Are you new to The One Room Challenge?
The One Room Challenge is a design challenge sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens. Twice a year 20 featured designers are selected to transform a space. During the eight weeks of the challenge they share their progress with weekly updates.
For more information about The One Room Challenge you can visit the official website here.
Thank you for following along!
Once again the One Room Challenge has been so much fun to participate in! If you’ve followed my journey with this home office transformation I hope you’ve enjoyed it and maybe got some new ideas for your next home project too.
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