Office/Sewing Room Makeover – One Room Challenge – Week 1

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Hey guys! I came across the One Room Challenge on Instagram a couple of weeks ago and unknowingly signed myself up and got an email approval for this Springs ORC! This is super exciting for me because it sounds like so much fun and I love that it not only puts you to the test with timelines, but it also helps build this design community we have here on social media.

For those of you that don’t know what the One Room Challenge is, it is a 6 week “challenge” where you start and complete a one room re-design project. This challenge brings supportive individuals together during their re-decorating process. The ORC is currently on its 15th season and is a widely anticipated bi-annual event that happens every April and October.

The ORC selects 20 Design Influencers to be their featured designers, where they will post their design journey once a week for 6 weeks. In addition to this, anyone with a blog or Instagram account is welcome to join along and post on their social media platforms about their ORC’s.

I don’t really have a room of my own that I am ready to start re-designing. I am planning on fixing up my bedroom, but I am not ready to dive into that quite yet. Maybe I will do this for the Fall ORC?

Anyways, back to the Spring ORC, my Grandma has been asking me to re-decorate her office/sewing room, and I have a temporary plan for this space ready to go. So, I decided that this was going to be my One Room Challenge!

The budget for this room is $800 (Canadian) and while it could be tough, I think we can do it!

To do list:

  • Paint the walls
  • Replace the blinds
  • Buy a new desk with drawers
  • Dual desk space
  • Buy extra drawers for storage space
  • Re-arrange the layout
  • Change the closet door handle
  • Purchase a rug
  • Add some greenery
  • Create a proper gallery wall to display her favorite family photos
  • Make space for her sewing machine somewhere by the window so she has natural light to work with
  • Donate any items in the room she no longer uses
  • Declutter

Here are some photos of the office in its current state. I blurred out the photos on the walls because they are photos of family members and I did not want to post their faces online without their permission!

Brace yourselves for this one, this space has become a dumping ground for everything that does not have a home! It is time for some serious TLC!

Office 1

Office 2

Office 3

Office 4

Office 5

The end goal is to create a welcoming space that she enjoys being in. A place that she can Skype call her family in Italy and be comfortable showing off her home. Somewhere she can go to relax, read a book or sew on her beautiful sewing machine.

I do have to say that I am so torn on the direction I want to go on with this project. Part of me wants to keep this a chic modern design, but then the other part of me wants to go the Mid-Century Modern route. I guess we will see in the coming week what I decide to do!

Here are some inspiration photos of what I would like the space to look like.

Inspo 1Sharrah Stevens Instagram
Inspo 2More Aesthetics
Inspo 3Fomfest

Below is the 3D Sketchup I created to get a feel for the rooms size and play around with the layout.

sketchup 3


sketchup 2

By this time next week I hope to have emptied the room, chosen a paint colour and completed my concept design board.

I will be posting on my Instagram stories throughout this journey, showing you guys some tips and tricks I have up my sleeve and giving some sneak peeks of what is to come!

Wish me luck on this 6 week journey as I join many talented designers on the One Room Challenge!


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