Hello! Jillian here, and it’s time for another One Room Challenge! If you are new to our blog, welcome! Check out our About page to learn more about us, and poke around a bit! It’s my third time around the One Room Challenge rodeo, and I keep coming back for more because it motivates me to finish a room to completion. This round I am giving my office a major refresh. Below are a photos from my past One Room Challenge makeovers of my guest bedroom and my daughter’s room.
Here is a little about how the One Room Challenge (ORC) works. The featured designers are shown first, and then the next day guest participants (like me) are invited to link up their ORC rooms too. There are usually hundreds of guest participants, and their projects are super inspiring, so you will want to spend some time over there. Also, click here to check out some of the great things happening over at Calling It Home. This go around I am tackling The Brick Nests HQ (I know, it’s very official sounding!). This room’s function has actually evolved for us in the time we have lived in this house. Before our basement was refinished and when the children were too little to navigate the stairs (wait, there was a time when they couldn’t jump down several stairs at a time???) we used it as a first floor playroom. A computer on a desk was the only sign of it ever being used as an office space. Well, the children went and grew up in the six years we have lived here, learned to walk down the stairs, and accumulated more toys than this room could handle. So we refinished the basement and turned it into a playroom (but I’m not showing you that disaster area anytime soon). Last year Lisa and I started this blog (read our Year in Review post here) and have frequent meetings in this office/playroom, so it’s time to make this room a dedicated blog HQ (no toys allowed).
Since it had been functioning as a playroom, I hadn’t really put much effort into decorating it, and it shows. Really all I did up until this point was add some new curtains, a rug, and lots o’ junk (I mean toys). Here are the before photos when the room was being cleaned out to be painted. Much of said junk is gone, but they are still scary before photos.
Okay, now that’s over, so let’s move on to the plan! Here is a room idea board I created so you can see what my vision for The Brick Nests HQ looks like.
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I am very excited about painting these walls gray, and we will chat more about paint next week! The paint color is a much needed change and a major driving force for this office redo! I plan to use some vibrant art for pops of color, as well as pillows with bold purple and coral in the print. I adore this simple but interesting flush mount light and the warm, textured rug. To complete the room I am planning on reusing and repositioning existing furniture, as well as bringing in some new additions.
That’s all for now, folks! Check back next week and we’ll chat about paint and rugs. Looking ahead, here is the game plan for the next five weeks.
Week 2–Rugs and paint choices (the tricky grays)
Week 3–Art, art, and more art
Week 4–Accessorizing the built-in bookshelves with an unexpected collection
- My nest is not a museum, it is a comfortable, charming, unique, fabulous home with young children. I have high-end custom pieces, vintage tag sale finds, authentic antiques, colorful prints, and basic box store staple furniture. There are many ways to add functional style to your home and I can't wait to share my ideas and inspirations with you!