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ORC-Week 6: The Final Reveal

Well, the time has finally already come for the big One Room Challenge reveal!  Six weeks to transform one room, what an experience!  I participated in the One Room Challenge to complete the office and playroom that my daughter and I share.  It’s a space for her to play, imagine, create, and grow, but I wanted to get a little work done while she’s doing that so I made part of the room my office.  The One Room Challenge has definitely helped me to make some decisions but more importantly given me the motivation to get a room done in a relatively short amount of time.  There is nothing like a deadline and a promise to blog readers that gets your butt in gear.

I won’t bore you with too many details, and just show you all of the pictures.  If you want to see where the room started and how it’s progressed over the course of six weeks click here for Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, and Week 5.  Now onto the reveal and what you’ve all been waiting for!

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and Playroom

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and Playroom

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomI made the “PLAY” letters out of cardboard then covered them with fabric that was left over from other places in the room.  It was pretty quick and it definitely adds some fun.  The tassel garland was used for my daughter’s first birthday and love that I can use it again in the room where she is going to learn and grow so much.

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and Playroom

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomMy desk area is a great place to work because I get to watch my daughter playing, everything I need is right within reach thanks to those floating shelves, and I have an area to hide papers and write down goals.

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and Playroom

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomHere is a close up of the pillow that everyone seems to love.  The computer doesn’t do it’s colors justice.  It’s so pretty and fluffy!

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomThe armoire is amazing, it hides all of my craft supplies, wrapping paper, work files, camera equipment, and so much more!  I’m absolutely in love with the turquoise cart from IKEA.  It’s the perfect size and fits my sewing machine exactly.  It’s a great little rolling cart I can move around when I want to work on my sewing skills.  I guess since my sewing machine is finally out of the box, I better learn how to use it!

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomI had to put some of my Navy plagues in here, I can’t forget about that part of my life, and this was a great place to incorporate it.

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and Playroom

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomMy DIY fabric covered bulletin board has come in handy to pin up reminders, invitations, and cards.

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomI’ve chosen a word of the year as a reminder of what I want to accomplish this year.  Kind of like a resolution but one word that will sum up the whole year.  I chose the word grow because there are numerous aspects of my life that I want to grow in, personal, professional, and spiritual.

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomI also added a piece of art to the top of the armoire that I’ve had for a long time just waiting to be used.  This office is the perfect place for it, along with several wedding and party planning books.

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and Playroom

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomThe TV wall is all about my daughter.  She has all of her toys and books right within reach.  Plus, there is a great place to display any art she makes.  If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I’m super proud of myself for hanging the wire display all by myself.  No husband supervising, and I used wire cutters and power tools.  I pretty much felt like I could build a house after hanging that, not really, but kind of.

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomAll of her art supplies are out for easy access although they might be moving so I don’t end up with a toddler trying to repaint the walls.  If she’d stop growing she wouldn’t be able to reach them, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and Playroom

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and Playroom

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and Playroom

ORC-craft suppliesI also purchased this small table from IKEA for art and craft projects.  It’s the perfect height for my daughter and it’s lightweight so I can just move it out whenever we need it and put it back out of the way when we’re done.

One Room Challenge Reveal Shared Office and PlayroomThis room has been fun to work on because it’s a place I get to share with my daughter, get my #bosslady on, and make totally mine.  It’s also been challenging with furniture placement and the time frame to get it done.  I’m glad that I participated in the One Room Challenge and so grateful to Linda at Calling It Home for hosting an awesome challenge.

Well that’s the final reveal, what do you think?  Would you want to play and work here?  Thanks for your support and encouragement to keep going to get this done.  Now on to the other 4,397 rooms in our new house to finish!




ORC-Week 5: Shelf Styling

It’s Week 5 of the One Room Challenge which means we are in the final stretches and probably have a lot to get done before the big reveal next week.  Here’s hoping I can push through to the finish.  If you’ve missed any of the previous weeks, see Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4 by clicking on the links.  This week I wanted to show you the progress we’ve made at my desk area.  My husband had no fun at all getting the shelves hung up but then I had all kinds of fun doing the shelf styling!

Shelf StylingI love that they really define my office space because most days there are just toys strewn about everywhere.  The shelves also give me a great spot to store and display a lot of things.  Don’t you love that little peak of the pillow you’re getting?

Shelf StylingThe shelves are from Ikea and screw right into the wall using the brackets on the end of each shelf.  We had to use drywall anchors in order to ensure they were sturdy and would allow for a little bit of weight.

Shelf StylingI love using books as decor and all of my party planning, recipe, drink, and wedding inspiration books are perfect in my office.  It doesn’t hurt that they also match the color scheme!  I’ve received several gifts in these cute little boxes and they make for perfect camouflaged storage.

Shelf StylingI love having all of my most used notebooks, journals, and calendars right within reach.  I use to have them all over the place and remembering where they were when I need to jot something down was super frustrating.  I also used two cute little bowls to hold my small collection of washi tape because I use those pretty frequently also, and they are cute to display.  I love washi tape because of it’s ability to be transferred so easily.  I’ve used the same two pieces to hold up my menu in the kitchen for weeks.  They just peal off one paper and stick right onto another.  Don’t be afraid to use things from other parts of your house for shelf styling.  Those bowls were in my kitchen, but their gold trimmed edges were screaming to be a part of my shared office and playroom.  Shelf StylingI also like to add a little life when shelf styling with plants or flowers.  A metal tin of (fake) succulents adds that desperately needed greenery to the shelves and my office.  That tin has moved around our house so many times, it’s just perfect everywhere.  I think I’ll eventually add a real plant because the shelves get great sunlight most of the day. Adding a candle is also a great idea in the work space, I’d recommend picking a smell that energizes you and helps you be productive in your work space.

Shelf StylingWell, that rounds out Week 5 of the One Room Challenge, and yet there is still so much to be done.  I keep adding things to my list but I’m steadily making progress and know that even if I don’t completely finish the room by next week, it’s come a long way in a short period.  Plus at the end of the day, the room is here to serve us and allow my daughter and I to work and play in the same space, that’s all that really matters.  Be sure to check out all of the featured designers here, and all of the guest participants at Calling It Home on Thursday.

Signature-2Also linked up to: Decor to Adore, White Spray Paint, At Home with Jemma, and Poofing the Pillows




ORC- Week 4: Craft Storage

Today’s post is getting out a little late due to the incoming rain and snow storm taking away all of the good light for photos.  So I’ll apologize now for the dimly lit photos.  This week’s One Room Challenge (click here to see Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3) is all about what I expect to be the workhorse of my shared office and playroom, my craft storage armoire.

Craft Storage ArmoireI’ve been stalking and searching Craigslist for weeks trying to find the right size piece to fit in this room yet still provide enough storage for everything I need to cram in here.  There were a few pieces I found previously that slipped through my fingers because I dragged my feet on contacting the sellers, but I think it worked out for the best.  The piece that I finally settled on had the perfect amount of storage and it even includes a work table.

Craft Storage Armoire

Craft Storage ArmoireBecause of the size of the armoire and the layout of the room I unfortunately had to lose the work table that my husband built me in college.  That table has been through a lot; writing college papers, studying for finals, working with my then boyfriend (now husband) to stain it, using it for crafts, and it even served as our kitchen island in our last house.  I’m pretty sad that I’m not going to be able to have it in this new office/playroom space.

Luckily though, I’ve got plenty of work space within my new armoire.  I love all of the little areas to store things.  This piece was originally used as a computer armoire, so the space for the computer tower and printer are perfect to store things like storage boxes and my sewing machine.  I also love the color of the stain and think it adds a nice warmth to the room.

Craft Storage ArmoireI do have a lot of organizational elements I need to incorporate into it still to keep all of my craft items tidy and easily accessible to accomplish whatever I’m working on at the time.  I need to get new magazine holders because the moving company crushed mine in our latest move, I need to organize the endless rolls of ribbon I have, provide a dedicated space for my sewing machine (Which I still need to learn how to use.  It would probably help if I took it out of the box.), and create a space to store and display tools so I can easily reach them.  At the rate this One Room Challenge is going, the organizing part of this armoire may come at a later date.

Craft Storage Armoire

Craft Storage ArmoireI’ve also finally gotten some art framed and ready to go up on the wall surrounding the TV.  I decided to go with white frames after initially thinking I’d paint them gold.  I thought the art was already fairly busy and the gold frames might be a little too much.  When all else fails use white spray paint.  I did have one little set back, there are supposed to be four prints, but when I was trying to attach the mounting hardware to the back of the frame the pressure from the hammer cracked the frame into pieces.  I had to go back to the store for another frame and repaint it.  Basically, I should have just waited for my handy husband to help me attach the mounting hardware instead of trying to rush and get it done, lesson learned!

Flamingo/123 ArtSo far I’ve met several of my goals:

  • Mount the TV over her storage book shelf, for Elmo and Mickey watching of course
  • Add an art display area
  • Add some learning, educational, and inspirational art around the TV (Just have to hang it up)
  • Maybe add a craft table if space allows (I don’t think this is going to fit, bummer.  Maybe down the road as my daughter grows we can figure something out)
  • Hang art and art display above kitchen set
  • Find a craft storage piece
  • Move desk and work table
  • Create pegboard storage and display above work table
  • Add shelves, art, and storage above my desk
  • Add in pops of color with pillow fabric (Just need to put the insert into the pillow)
  • Add a fun lighting fixture for the room (this one may have to wait until we have more funds, plus we’re mostly in this room during the day and we typically get plenty of sun light)
  • Add task lighting with lamps

Now that I’m looking at the list, there is still a lot to be done, yikes!  I have several things that need to be hung up and shelves to be styled, so we may be in luck that it’s supposed to be rainy this weekend so we can stay inside and have a hanging up party!

What do you think of that armoire, pretty great right?!  Keep me in your thoughts and prayers that I call pull this together over the next couple of weeks!


Also linked up to: Decor to Adore, Poofing the Pillows, At Home with Gemma, White Spray Paint




ORC-Week 3: DIY Fabric Covered Bulletin Board


One Room Challenge Week 3, already, geez!  I guess I’m confident enough to say that we made a little progress this week in my shared office and playroom, but I’m feeling like things really need to get into over drive in order to be done on time.  I do love that Linda at Calling It Home posted in the guest participant rules that even if you end up with a room that’s not done but at least started then you’ve succeeded.  There’s no pressure except my own to get this all completed.

Thanks to my husband we were able to get the TV mounted.  I’m so grateful that our new house already has outlets on the walls where TVs are to be mounted.  No more trying to hide cords hanging down from the TV, and thankfully all the places they put outlets make sense for where a TV should go.  I’ve also gotten a couple diy projects done or almost done.

DIY Fabric Covered Bulletin BoardHere’s my completed fabric covered bulletin board.  I used this tutorial from The Happy Housie to figure out how to cover it without taking it out of the frame.  It’s not perfect, but I can deal with a few errant strings and extra hot glue in places, so don’t judge on the close up pictures.

First, I used some metallic craft paint to cover the generic pine frame.  I used a small foam brush and put on about two coats.  I’m pleased with how metallic it actually looks when the light hits it just right.

DIY Fabric Covered Bulletin BoardI didn’t care about getting paint on the cork part because I was just covering it up with fabric anyway.  #packingpaperforthewinagain!

Next, I cut my fabric to the exact size of the cork board.  Then I used Elmer’s spray adhesive on the cork part and on my fabric to adhere them together.  Be sure to place your fabric right up against the bulletin board frame.

DIY Fabric Covered Bulletin BoardThen I got out my trusty hot glue gun and went to down hot gluing some hot pink ribbon around the edges of the frame, ensuring to cover any gaps between the fabric and the frame.

DIY Fabric Covered Bulletin BoardAnd here it is all finished.  Remember, don’t judge my extra hot glue.

DIY Fabric Covered Bulletin BoardI was also able to get some of the art printed out and framed, however, I think I’m going to be spray painting the frames before all is said and done.  Now that I’ve used gold on the bulletin board frame, I may not use the same color on the art frames.  Decisions, decisions.

Pink and Gold ArtI used some gold glitter polka dot scrapbook paper as a matte and purchased the ABC, along with a 123 print from Etsy here.  I was very impressed of the quality for the price.  Again, I’m probably going to be spraying the frames. Since these will be going around the TV I think the black frames might be too much black next to the black TV.

I still have a ton of things to do to get this room done, and plan on accomplishing more this weekend. I finally decided on a craft storage piece.  I just kept trolling Craigslist to find one that I think will fit the space.  I found a great piece, but waited too long and it was sold before I contacted the seller.  Now, I’ve found one that may work even better.  The dimensions are a little bigger, but it has a fold out table that will be great when crafting, wrapping gifts, or if I just need to spread out a bit.

I’m planning on getting the storage piece this weekend, then I need to turn my attention to the pegboard, see it in my plans during Week 1, and I desperately need some extra lighting in the space.  Now that we’re halfway done, I need to get my behind in gear and start crossing things off of my to do list!  Be sure to follow along with all of the featured designers of the One Room Challenge, and all of the guest participants as well.

Signature-2I’m also linked up to: Decor to Adore, Poofing the Pillows, At Home with Jemma, and White Spray Paint.




ORC-Week 2: Progress and Inspiration

It’s Week 2 of the One Room Challenge and I feel like I’m still in the making plans stage.  I’m hoping to make a lot of headway over the weekend so hopefully next week’s update will be full of updates and progress.  Today I’ll be showing you some more of my inspiration and a few things I’ve picked up or sourced so far.

orccollage2The design is definitely leaning towards pink, teal, navy, with pops of gold.  It’s pretty feminine, so it’s a good thing I’m sharing this room with my daughter and my husband has his own office that’s much more masculine.  That flamingo print is just too cute, and the ABC print is the perfect color for the room.  You can find it on Etsy here.  I’m loving this gold desk lamp from Target.  The room doesn’t have any overhead lighting so a task lamp will definitely be needed on my work table.

ORC-Inspiration boardI picked up most of the things in this photo from Hobby Lobby and everything was on sale so that’s a plus.  The gold polka dot fabric at the top is going to be covering a bulletin board where I can pin up lots of other inspiring things.  The coral box was a hostess gift I received and it will be perfect for storage that’s also cute to display.  The gold polka dot paper is going to be the matte for the flamingo and ABC prints in the collage above, and they will be hung around the TV we plan to mount.  I think I’m mostly excited about the pillow cover I found.  It closely resembles my inspiration pillow, which you can see in Week 1 of the One Room Challenge, but I got it for less than $5 so I think I love it even more.

As far as the rest of the room goes, I think I have finally settled on the furniture placement, thanks to a smaller armoire I found on Craigslist.  If we are able to get that, then we will have all of the large pieces for the room and then can really start putting everything together.  There are a lot of things that need to be hung up, so my husband may be a little busy this weekend.  I also plan to diy a couple of things, like the bulletin board, and some craft storage, so I need to start completing those projects.

Thank goodness for a six week timeline to help get you in gear, I’m hoping to get this all done before then.  Next week, I’d love to show you some more photos of the room with some major progress, wish us luck to get some things done this weekend!  I’ve also linked up to the Thoughts on Home on Thursday link party hosted by Laura at Decor to Adore, you’ll find a ton of inspiration for your home there.

Be sure to check the blog tomorrow, I’m going to be putting you all up to a challenge, and I hope you can help.




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