Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The One Room Challenge

 What have I gotten myself in to, friends?  I eagerly agreed to participate in the infamous One Room Challenge last October, thinking I had plenty of time to get my room ideas together before February.  Well, as it always seems to go, time slipped away from me.


In case you are not familiar with the "One Room Challenge,”  let me explain.  I, along with nineteen other bloggers (see their links at the end of this post) have been presented with the challenge of re-doing one room in my home over a six week time period, sharing my progress along the way. I have been blabbing on and on to you guys for months that I would love to make my vision for a "home office" become a reality.  I think it's finally time to make it happen!  I currently have a room in my town home that is completely empty.  It's an awkward transition room, that sits just off the guest bedroom.  Here are a few pictures I took when I first toured the house.  They had staged it with furniture and accessories, most of which were quite boring in my opinion:



The room also has a bar with a mini fridge, which made me originally want to turn it in to an entertainment area when I first moved in.  However, the living room provides plenty of space for entertaining, and this room never gets utilized (especially with nothing in it!)


And here is another view of the room, as it looked when it was staged:


Now don't get me wrong- you know I love my neutrals.  But the vibe of this room as it was decorated above is not conducive to a high-energy workspace.  

With nothing to start with but a vision of a colorful, textured office space, I have my work cut out for me.  I hope you will follow along as I share my updates!  I already have a desk picked out, and can't wait to share it with you next week.

Here are the other bloggers participating:


Wish us luck!

32 comments:

  1. I love work space transformations - will enjoy following this.

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  2. YAY!!! I'm so glad you're doing the ORC! I've loved all the snippets you've shared and can't wait to watch you work your design magic in this space. It's going to be off the charts awesome, I just know it!

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  3. Can't wait to see what becomes of this room Sam! Will you ever host clients in your workspace or will it be exclusively a space for you to design and create?

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  4. Cool to have a bar in the office. Kinda reminds me of Mad Men. I would definitely have a 5 O'clock cocktail at my desk on Friday's. I really love beautiful work spaces. I don't have room for an office of that size, so this will be fun to envy. Can't wait.

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  5. Fun! I'm excited to see what you do with it!

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  6. Can't wait to see the stylish vibe you have planned, I'm sure it will be awesome!!

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  7. Sam, I can't wait to see your beautiful office! I know it will be awesome. I tune in EVERY MORNING to read your blog so am definitely looking forward to seeing the progress each week! Good luck!

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  8. What a great space - a little drink from the bar while working sounds like genius to me :) Can't wait to see what you do!

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  9. I love gorgeous work spaces -- mine is a nook so I like to live vicariously! This will be incredible. So glad you're doing ORC -- can't wait to follow along!

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  10. Can't wait to see your progress and design! Love love love your work!

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  11. I cannot wait to see what you do! With that bar + entertainment area it seems like such a great space to work with! (and big!)
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  12. Something tells me this is going to be great! How lucky to have the bar close by :)

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  13. That looks like an amazing room for an office!! All the best. can't wait to see how pretty it can be!

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  14. I'm a new reader here to check out the ORC! Looking forward to watching your transformation week to week!

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  15. so fun!! SO much potential here. I know it will be amazing! Looking forward to seeing it progress

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  16. So sad I'm not with you on this my blonde bestie. I'll root you on though!!! You're going to be fab!

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  17. An unused room? wow, what a blank slate to work with. And a BAR in your office? So cool, really. I can't wait to see your great taste applied to that space. Good luck Sam, and I'll be cheering for you!
    xo Nancy
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  18. This will be such a pretty and useful room when you are finished. Can't wait.

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  19. What a perfect space to do! So excited to be doing the challenge with all you lovely ladies and I cant WAIT to see what you come up with!

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  20. Ah, nothing like a blank canvas as a starting point. I have a feeling when you're done it will be your favorite place to hang out!

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  21. I love The One Room Challenge! So fun to see what each blogger comes up with.
    Can't wait to follow your progress!

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  22. if memory serves from instagram,i foresee a zebra rug and i cannot WAIT to see it in this space!! yippeeee

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  23. Hi I am new to your blog! Found you because of the ORC!! This will be fun to follow along with. Offices can be tricky spaces. They have to be functional as well as pretty for we designing types. Looking forward to following along with your process,
    Kathysue

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  24. Love that you are doing an office as well ... can't wait for us to finish and have a beautiful workspace! I LOVE that you have a wetbar area in your office!!! xo

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  25. I am so dying for an office space! Perhaps after I get my guest room finished I can clean out my other guest room which has become more of a staging room...and make it an office. I need a space where I can shut the door if it gets out of control :) Can't wait to see how this space unfolds!

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  26. What a great space! Looking forward to following along. Best, Lauren

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  27. based on your instagram I know this is going to be super chic! Can't wait to see it unfold. xo

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  28. Hi I'm Elisa, I've just started following you via bloglovin. I'm so excited to see how your space turns out!!

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