Time is up, pencils down! This officially concludes my first ever One Room Challenge, and dammmmn girl, what a ride it has been.
As you may recall, in Week 1, I started off planning to tackle a completely different room for the ORC, but as luck would have it, that client got called out of town and I had to regroup. By Week 2 I had secured another client space to work with, a home office, which looked a little something like this:
I encountered many other challenges during Week 3, Week 4, and Week 5, but finally, all is done and I am pretty thrilled with the results. Let’s cut to the chase. Here he is, in all his design glory: my client’s beautiful new home office!
Handsome, isn’t he?!
Let’s talk about the paint color. As you may recall from Week 3 and Week 4, we had originally selected Benjamin Moore’s Charcoal Slate but later changed our minds and decided on Deep Silver. Well, well, well…what do you know? We made yet another change (total game time decision), and went with Trout Gray (also Benjamin Moore), which is just one shade darker than Deep Silver. I’ve used it before on another client’s office, and I have to say yet again…I LOVE this color!!!
Now that I’ve had the chance to have the room professionally photographed (by the amazing Jessie Cederblom – her website is coming soon!), you can see how perfectly the custom desk, credenza, and floating shelf turned out. Pretty insane, right? These are all the handiwork of the super talented Michael Graham of Michael Graham Designs. I met Michael about a year ago at the Melrose Trading Post and he made one of his signature pieces, a wine console table, for my Manhattan Beach client’s home. Once we had the idea for the desk and credenza, I knew Michael would be the perfect person to bring our vision to life. You crushed it, Michael!
Remember how I promised that I’d come up with a way to update the much hated mirrored closet doors? Well I delivered – the idea, that is…and my client’s delivered on the labor portion.
I found an image of chalkboard doors on Pinterest, and while I had pulled the image purely for color, my client loved the idea of having a place where he could visually brainstorm (he’s a creative type) and his young daughter could play while in his office. The closet doors got a few coats of chalkboard paint and are looking much, much better, plus they now have a function!
Accessorizing a room is one of my favorite parts of the interior design process, and this room was particularly fun. It never hurts when your client already has a great collection of art and books, especially ones that have meaning to them.
Oh yeah, and a stand up bass doesn’t hurt either. Nor does an Emmy. Yes, it’s real.
Just for kicks, let’s compare my initial renderings to the final reveal to see how closely I followed my original plan.
Pretty darn close!
This was such a fun project to work on. Despite all of the stress and challenges of fitting this makeover (and weekly blog updates) into a 6 week time span, I truly, truly enjoyed participating in the One Room Challenge. I wanted to say thanks to Linda at Calling it Home for dreaming up this crazy event – it was rad! An enormous thank you also goes to my clients, who not only let me share part of their home and were awesome about my timeline, but were also amazing collaborators in this process. Lastly, I wanted to say thanks to the rest of the Guest Participants (a.k.a the JV Squad!) for all of their words of encouragement over the past few weeks. It’s been fun seeing their weekly updates and knowing that we were all in this together…for better or for worse!
I feel like I should be holding some champagne or a cocktail in this pic, but alas, it was barely noon and that just felt awkard. But “Cheers!” to the ORC being done! Stop by Calling it Home to see the other reveals (I’m dying to see several of them!) and leave me a comment to let me what you think about my big makeover
Room&Board Murphy Sofa; Michael Graham Designs Desk, Credenza, and Shelf (Custom); Vintage Rug; Copper Lamp; Artwork – all Client’s own; Orange Lamp – Client’s own, similar here; Faux Fur Pillows; Gold Cube Candleholder; Jonathan Adler Vases (similar); Gold Side Table (similar); Charcoal Vase (used as pencil cup); Geo Patterned Wood Box; Silver Paper Tray.