One Room Challenge // Fall 2019
Well, I did it. I signed up for my first-ever One Room Challenge!
I’d initially planned on finishing my living room (since it’s nearly done and would feel less overwhelming to tackle in six weeks), but as my dear friend Christy pointed out, overhauling my home office/design studio will make a greater impact, not just for the challenge, but for my business, too. Thanks Christy!
For those who don’t know, The One Room Challenge™ (ORC) is a six-week design challenge (not a competition), where 20 featured designers and countless guest participants (that’s me!) transform a single room, documenting the process and sharing in both the frustrations and the joys of DIY design projects. It’s basically like a design support group! (You can read more about The ORC mission here).
As someone who thrives under the pressure of deadlines (and who typically puts my personal projects last, after all other work and life obligations), I’m thrilled (and slightly terrified) to have something holding me accountable to finishing a room in my house this quickly.
After nearly six years of living with what is currently a chaotic corner of fabric bolts, paint swatches and spray paints, art supplies, building tools, bills, a vacuum (which I never use, by the way), jewelry making supplies, my sewing machine (currently taking up residence on the floor) and a whole slew of random sh*t, I’m super excited to finally bring some organization, function and, of course, style to my creative workspace.
To give you a little perspective, I live in a one-bedroom apartment that’s about 700 square feet and filled with lots of character and charm (it’s one of four units in what was originally a Victorian house in Sacramento, CA). My unit is upstairs, so I have 12-foot ceilings with MASSIVE windows that let in tons of natural light (one of my favorite features), and then dark-stained hardwood floors and original molding around all the door and window frames (painted by the owners a high-gloss dark brown, which sounds odd, but is actually really cool).
My “office” is technically an off-shoot of the living room, but because it’s in the corner and flanked by two of those gorgeous windows I mentioned above, it’s easily defined as a separate space. That said, when deciding* on colors, patterns and other design features, I’ll definitely be considering what I already have going on in the living area and choosing elements that are complimentary.
*P.S. Did I mention that I’m currently in LA for a design/production gig and have barely begun to explore ideas and come up with a plan for my space, let alone a budget??? It’s going to be a wild and crazy few weeks…
At any rate, tune in here for my weekly updates (on Wednesdays starting next week), and follow along on Instagram (@lovelysplendidhappy) for all sorts of behind the scenes and sneak peeks in between.
Here we go!!
– S A D Y E E V Y N R E I S H