One Room Challenge – Week 1 and My New Home Office!

Okay, to say this post makes me both nervous and excited is an understatement!! I’ve wanted to do the One Room Challenge for a couple of years now, and for a myriad of reasons, I always seem to back out. It’s too soon, it’s too much, I’m not ready, etc. Well, this time, I’m doing it! And for the record, it’s still too much, too soon, and I’m not ready, haha! But you know how they say you’re never ready for your first child? I think you’re never really ready for the One Room Challenge, and so I’ve decided to just jump off the high dive and do it!


home office one room challenge week 1


For those of you not familiar with the One Room Challenge, twice a year interior design/decor bloggers come together to tackle re-doing one room in a six week period, hosted by Linda of  Calling it Home. That’s six weeks to pull off a complete room transformation (and yes, just writing that makes my hands sweat!) Because for those of you who know me or who have been here awhile, you know I am not a fast decision maker. I often hesitate, procrastinate, and over-analyze my design decisions. However, by doing this challenge I won’t be able to do that. I will have to make decisions, and make them fast!

Each week we all share our progress by linking them up together over at the One Room Challenge website, where you can see everyone who is participating. That’s six Thursday posts where you’ll be able to see everyone’s progress, with the Final Reveal happening May 10th!

So what is my One Room Challenge? I’ll be designing a new home office! I’ve been blogging for a few years now, and I spend a lot of my time working but I don’t have an office. Yet. The plan is to make my daughter’s former room our new home office. That’s the plan. Now let’s just hope I can do it!

So here is how the room looked before:

teen daughter's former room to turn into home office


teen daughter's former room to turn into a new French style home office

A cute teen/tween room, but definitely not ready to be my office!


Now let’s see some of the offices that have been my inspiration…

home office chic gorgeous french styleOffice by Brooke Giannetti.


I mean, does it get any more gorgeous than this?! However, before I could get too excited, my husband reminded me that we will be sharing this office. Yes, sadly, this is not my office, but our office. A home office we will both be using and working in, so going totally French and feminine is not gonna fly! So, a little more research, thought and planning, and this is more the direction I’ll be going…


home office book shelves french inspired vintage charming chic

Not the rock wall obviously, but I love the feel of the white chippy cabinet mixed with vases, books, and architectural elements. An antiques store in the South of France via Gal Meets Glam.


And here’s another inspiration photo. This office belongs to my friend Anita at Cedarhill Farmhouse and I love the white built-ins with lots of books and a natural wood desk.

home office french country style builtins desk


So that’s the plan! A kind-of French influenced office, but not too feminine, with vintage touches and lots of books. With my signature “casual chic” feel. Here’s a mood board I put together as just a preliminary guide…


Home Office Mood Board

home office mood board sophisticated casual chic french style office


And if you’re interested in trying to recreate this look, I’ve sourced most of what’s on my inspiration board below!


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And that’s it folks! I hope you’ll follow along for the next six weeks as I transform this space! Wish me luck! Be sure to check out some of the other guest participants linking this week!




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  1. Can you tell me where the desk on your mood board is from? I am currently designing my home office and am looking for something similar – French country but not too feminine, as my husband will also be sharing the space :). Thanks!

    1. Hi Beth! Thanks so much for asking – I’ve revised the post and put all the items at the bottom of the post. Sorry, I should’ve done that before! Also going to email you.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Love the choices you’ve made on your Mood Board and looking forward to seeing the finished room!

    1. Thank you so much! And thanks for following along:)


  3. I’m so excited you’re doing this round of the ORC Sheila! The one thing we really miss from our previous houses is a home office. I can’t wait to see your makeover play out over the next few weeks!

    1. Thanks so much Lisa! I’m excited too, but nervous about getting it all done in time! And I hear you on the office – I’ve never had one! So this will be a real treat for me:)