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Fall 2019 ORC Week 1: Home Office Design

Well, I’m happy to announce that I decided to do it again! I’ve decided to do the One Room Challenge (ORC) for fall 2019.

So if you need a refresher here’s what the ORC is all about. The One Room Challenge™, currently in its sixteenth season, is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. Each round, twenty design influencers are selected to take the challenge, as Featured Designers, and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over six weekly posts. 

If you want to check out what I did for the Spring 2019 challenge, just click HERE.

Ok, so on to what’s planned this time around. We’re focused on a home office redesign. We’ve already tackled the attached but separate rental income property and now it’s time to address the owner’s space.

It’s a small and cozy room that was previously used for storage but the client is ready to transform the space into a dedicated home office.

The purpose of a home office is to of course have a space to work but should also support an environment to help you focus. This means free of clutter, include organizational components for books, files, electronics, etc., have adequate lighting and be distraction free.

Those are all things the client needs including:

  • ability to house many many books
  • contain plenty of files from several years of running a business
  • comfortable seating
  • a neatly organized desk

Let’s take a look at a few before photos:

More before photos as we work to completely clear the room.

We don’t have any structural issues this time around. Our main plans include paint, maybe wallpaper, window treatments, new pendant ceiling light, and purchasing furniture and accessories.

Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of pillows I picked up from the Modish Decor Pillow Popup Shop in DC. I can’t wait for install day so we can show off these lovelies!

Snag a couple for yourself right here.

See below for our initial inspiration photos…

As you can see where staying in the blue and gray color schemes…

So as you can see we have some bold looks with a mix of dark and moody but still vibrant vs. a more minimalist style. Since it’s a space for a man we’re not going to have too much glam and looked for more masculine and appealing office designs.

Well that’s it for now and come back next week where I’ll share the mood board/color scheme that will inspire the new home office and basic floor plans.

So stay tuned as we go from before to final. Remember we have six weeks. Do you think we’ll make it??

Now it’s time to visit all the other featured guest designer’s so go them check them out HERE.

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  1. Tarsha, I LOVE your inspiration photos and so happy to see you’re tackling your office – a space (if you’re like me) you spend more time in than any other room. Good luck! I’m doing my own master bedroom, first time as a ORC participant.

    1. Hey Crystal! Thank you and I’m looking forward to it. Welcome to the challenge! This is only my second time around and I do enjoy it. Can’t wait to see your final bedroom.

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