Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The One Room Challenge: Week 3

It's week 3 of The One Room Challenge and I am surprisingly ahead of schedule!
I cannot believe it.  Somehow I have found a happy balance with the big pieces in the room rather quickly.


As I shared last week, I purchased a distressed zinc desk because I really wanted to add an industrial feel to the space.  While the desk is pretty, it doesn't have any built-in storage- something I definitely need.  I decided to move the guest room console in to my office to serve as storage, at least for now- sorry guests!  It fits my printer/fax (yes- many vendors still require faxed invoices rather than emailed invoices- ummmmm, is it still 1980?) and a few fabric baskets.  The canvas above the console will be hung this week (a piece I found at Memorial Antiques and Interiors):


Although it looks very basic/clean now, I want to go a little crazy with accessories.  I want it to be a happy mess.  Something like this on the back console:


And something like this on my actual desk:


This image is my all-time favorite office.  The pagoda lamps, lacquered tray, touches of pink and JFK picture (wasn't he the hottest President ever?) make it delicious.  
I tend to be very OCD and freakishly organized (I have a "pretty organization" tab on my blog- come on!) so I think emulating a collected, stacked look will be a good exercise for me. 

Since I'm not making any structural changes to the room, this is really more of a "decorating" project than a "design" one for me.  Since I am ahead of schedule I am contemplating potential ways to up the ante.  Wallpaper? Change the paint color?  Add drapery? Hmmmmm....  let's hope I don't get too carried away here.  
I hope you like it so far! 


Go see how the other fabulous ORC bloggers are doing....



27 comments:

  1. Sam, it's looking fabulous! Can't wait to see how you zhush it up more! Love the console and all your elements in there. Have a great week and have fun !
    xo Nancy
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  2. Love that artwork, Sam ~ what a perfect backdrop for the collected look of accessories you're planning!

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  3. You are the hottest president ever. This is going to look amazing. I am hoping for a beautiful chaos!

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  4. Love the term happy mess. It is really looking great! Can't wait to see more!

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  5. i love that painting - im kinda diggin it tilted though - and not hung... :)

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  6. That zinc desk is just such a fantastic character piece for the room...and I'm totally into happy messes, sometimes they can actually be *better* than structured organization...sometimes (c; I'm with you (as you can see) on being crazy organized!

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  7. I cant wait till I have an office of my own (or I can convince my husband to let me have his) but till then I'll suck up all the pretty goodness of yours. I cant wait to see more of this space every week!

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  8. I love your inspiration images! Those little pagoda lamps are beautiful...I'm sure you can find something along those lines. Its going to be sooo good!!

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  9. Hahah, when someone asks me if they can fax something, I tell them to scan it and email it. I don't have a business, so I understand why you need one. Love that credenza and the art. I wish I had OCD.

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  10. Definitely coming along! I too love a chaotic but somehow organized office - it's so magazine editor or interior designer. Can't wait to see more!

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  11. I KNOW ... the fax thing ...!! I am sick of it!! But you will hide your fax machine beautifully!! Love the zinc desk! Can't wait to see how you organize pretty ... my biggest struggle!! Maybe you can come over??? xo

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  12. I'm really enjoying watching you decorate this room. I love your happy mess idea. Looks so chic!!

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  13. What a great work space already!!! It will be fun to see how you personalize it. Love the desk. Hate faxing, too...mine was supposed to be wireless but it never works. Looking forward to next week.

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  14. looks amazing already - and I love the idea of the organized clutter/chaos. makes it much more interesting and fun!
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  15. This is such a fantastic work space -- jealous! And you're ahead of schedule? Jealous again! I'm excited to see this -- it's going to be gorgeous!

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  16. Loving it!! And the painting is beautiful- like another window!

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  17. i LOVE what you have found so far! can't wait to see the finished product!

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  18. CANNOT wait to see how you accessorize. I struggle with that so much. And, the desk is awesome!

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  19. I agree with Shelley, the accesories are going to be my favorite part I think!

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  20. I love happy messes and the inspiration photos are perfect!

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  21. What a fabulous space already - it will look even more amazing with all the layers added in!

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  22. Dang it girl...don't be bragging about being ahead of the game....I'm a cut you! Of course accessorizing can be a bitch also....you know getting it just right:)

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  23. Love the controlled, pretty chaos you're working toward!

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  24. Two of my all time favorite offices for inspiration + One gorgeous Mecox desk = guaranteed success!

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  25. A happy mess sounds great! Going to be gorgeous!

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  26. It looks perfect. Accessorize away. And yes to some curtains.

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