Sometimes I feel like the shoemaker. I started my home office makeover more than two years ago (perhaps three), and then it happened, something Kimberley Seldon likes to call ‘Decoritus Interruptus’ (no, it isn’t some kind of illness)! You know those rooms you intend to transform from top to bottom, starting with all kinds of enthusiasm- furniture ordered, a fresh new coat of paint, accessories added here and there, some new organizing materials…
The room gets about two thirds of the way done and then, for some reason, you stop. Usually it’s all the other parts of your life that get in the way, and rightfully so. Your kids have games every weekend for months and your project load has increased at work. Eventually it is off your mind until something inspires you to get back on the saddle again.
For me the inspiration (rather, kick in the butt) I needed was a personal invitation from Linda, of Calling it Home, to join this season’s One Room Challenge as a linking participant. I’ve been following this series for a of couple years now and wasn’t sure it I’d be able to commit to transforming a room in six weeks given my client workload. However, I thought any progress on my office would be better than nothing, and accountability is always a great motivator. So, starting today and for the next five Wednesdays, I’ll be sharing progress updates on my office, big or small.
To start with, I have the main foundational pieces in the room, including a desk, upholstered chair, and Benjamin Moore Creamy White walls. I also freshened up the office closet a while ago with a coat of Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White paint and some white storage boxes. Currently the room is fairly well organized, but it does tend to become cluttered when I’m working on design projects for clients that require a variety of samples as mentioned here. However, I feel like the main issue is the lack of any sort of personality in the space.
See for yourself…
And a little peek into that closet…
The plan over the duration of this series is to inject some colour, texture and sparkle into my office. First thing to go, that hideous light fixture! I’d also like to address the not-so-organized areas, like the left-hand desk drawers and bottom portion of the office closet (what a disaster!). If time allows, I’d also like to add the extra workspace and storage required for working on larger design projects.
Of course, I’d love to replace the carpet and trim work (and I’m debating whether or not it’s worth getting rid of the popcorn ceiling), but that’s part of a bigger project when we tackle the flooring throughout the main and second floors of our house.
I hope you’ll follow along on my office makeover journey (I’m sure I’ll need some cheerleading along the way)!
Also, be sure to check out the other participants in this fall’s One Room Challenge.
Wish me luck,