The One Room Challenge reveal is finally here! I can honestly say as stressful as this was, I had so much fun and cannot wait for the next round.
The truth is, I ran out of time and I’m not where I would’ve hoped to be. And while I could talk your ear off about things like the shelves not being styled right, I’m proud of the progress I’ve made. I’ve learned a lot the past few weeks. A lot about myself, and a lot about the design process. And while I don’t claim to be a designer, my emotional love affair with design runs deep. When I rearrange a room, or buy a new piece for my home, it FUELS MY SOUL. Interior Design gives me a kind of energy I can never put into words. So let’s talk about the office.
Just a quick reminder of what it used to look like.
And while I am not 100% in love yet, here’s what it looks like now.
I’ve definitely had my share of struggles and rookie mistakes. So instead of breaking down the process (you can always reference my old posts for that), I thought I’d share some of the lessons I’ve learned while designing this room. Lessons I’ll definitely take with me for the next round of the One Room Challenge.
1. Think about the room as a WHOLE.
Oh how I wish I could turn back time on this one. I kept randomly buying things without thinking about how it would all go together. I bought and returned more things than I could count. If I had taken a step back and really thought through the ENTIRE room as a whole, I would’ve saved myself a lot of time and heartache. I have a new fond appreciation of a carefully crafted Mood Board.
2. Colors matter.
I wish I had thought about how well some colors go together, and how some colors mixed together may bring out certain hues only my nightmares were made of. I fell in love with a gray mural and with a cream high back chair, but didn’t think twice about how those two colors would truly clash. The mural brought out the yellow in the chair, and the chair brought out the purple in the mural, and it was a true disaster.
3. Lighting matters, and gray is a tough color.
My mural was so beautiful during the day, and then night would come and I’d be so confused why it looked so purple. Gray is definitely a tough color, and I’ve learned to be careful what other colors you pair with it. But what I’ve also learned, is that with the right lighting (and different lightbulbs), you can bring the color back.
4. Adding a personal element to a space makes a world of a difference.
I have Audrey Hepburn framed in my office not because I think it’s “cool,” but because I watched all her movies growing up. I also loved to play Moon River on the piano and that’s why I picked that photo. I also plan to add the sheet music for Vienna by Billy Joel. It’s one of my favorite songs, and if you know what the song means, you would understand how it all fits into this One Room Challenge.
5. Take your time and enjoy the process.
Lastly, enjoy the process. I know I joked about how stressed I was, but I really did enjoy the process. Don’t be afraid to do a little trial and error, most of us don’t get it right the first time anyway. And don’t rush to finish a space with things you don’t love. I guarantee you will end up changing it much quicker than you thought–and take it from me, it really hurts your pocketbook.
And that’s it! Thank you again for being here, and for taking the time to read my posts. It means more to me than you could ever know. Don’t forget to check out all the Featured Designers and Guest Participants and their reveals!
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