Week two of the One Room Challenge and I’m slightly behind (like how last week I said that I was going to post updates on Wednesdays and here we are on Thursday…whoops!), buttttt I’m SUPER pumped for what’s to come!
After spending LOTS of time thinking through all the ways in which I need my home office / design studio to function — sewing, sketching, spreadsheets + research, painting + drawing, general admin work + organization, writing, conference calls, emails, etc…. — I then turned to Pinterest, Domino and various blogs I follow (plus good ol’ Instagram) to gather images and ideas that convey the look + feel I’m going for: think bold + subtle hues offset by crisp and creamy white, plus hints of black; elements of gold, chrome and acrylic; soft edges + interesting shapes; custom storage solutions; and a whole lot of personality!
Setting the mood
To get a visual sense of my design direction, below is the mood board! As I’d mentioned last week, my office shares space with the living area, so I took into account the existing colors (denim blue; hot pink; lilac; mustard yellow; sage, mint, forest and olive green; pale pink; teal and light blue) of that room. I also knew I’d be using a vintage Danish Modern desk base, in a mustard hue, that I’ve been hoarding in storage for the better part of the past 10 years. With that as my jumping off point and the myriad of colors mentioned above to pull from, I decided to let loose with this design and make it my boldest one yet!
Let’s talk money! Given that I’m living that self-employed, freelance life and just getting my business (design, styling + marketing for Airbnbs) underway, I’m doing as much of this design with items I already have (like the desk base) and some fun, creative DIYs. My goal is to keep the entire project (including supplies for the projects I have planned) between $500-750.
On the DIY docket for the next few weeks:
> Spray paint existing file cabinet (the tall one) + rolling cart
> Build and paint custom shelf
> Create extra large mood board (going to try and repurpose an existing cork board that I have in storage)
> Paint + reupholster an existing chair (in storage…shocker!)
> Sew custom shades for the two windows
> Cut + stain a piece of plywood for the desk top
> Paint a hand-lettered sign of my newly adopted (earlier this year) life + business motto: everything is an experiment
Wooooh…wish me luck!!
– S A D Y E E V Y N R E I S H