WOOHOOOOOO! We made it to reveal week! You guys… its been a LONG time coming.
If you have been following along for a while, thanks!! If you are new around here – WELCOME! I also wanted to thank the folks over at the One Room Challenge for organizing this awesome virtual event and building such a fun community! And a huge thank you to Better Homes and Garden for being such a wonderful media sponsor. Make sure you stop by the ORC Blog to check out all the incredible room transformations!
This office has been in the making since 2018 when I was on residency, and would sit in hospital offices and dream of my own space which I could spruce up. The seed was planted even before that, when my lab-twin (we started our PhD’s together, and are basically academic twins) gifted me a ton of decor stuff for my desk in our graduate school lab. I went on residency before we could spiffy up the desk, but I had some beautiful pieces from here that were sitting in my closet when I returned to Toronto from Vancouver after residency.
My vision for this room started when I started pinning vertical shiplap walls to my Pinterest board. Initially, I did plan on doing shiplap…. but then as I stared at the empty room I saw how a shiplap wall wouldn’t necessarily work on the wall that I had in mind. Maybe it would have.. but it wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.
So I decided to take a leap of faith and paint it a BOLD colour. I went into Benjamin Moore, and saw Beau Green in a catalogue. I saw this EXACT picture, and I was sold. I knew THIS was it. I wanted these exact wood tones, the florals, the touches of black and white. Inspiration had struck. Design is a strange process right? You never know when and where inspiration can strike.
I shared how this room has a strange lay out in the post for Week One.
You can check out all the progress here over the past 5 weeks HERE. It has two distinct sections: 1. With the accent wall “corner” in Beau Green against which there is the desk and the shelves, and 2. The reading nook against which I put a chair etc.
I am so excited to share it all with you! Here is the full room in all its glory with a before and after!
Lets start at the Beau Green wall which I call the “accent corner”, against which there is the desk and shelves!
One of my favourite aspects of designing a new space is putting the final touches.
Small thoughtful and meaningful vignettes are really the key in tying together the whole vision of any room. Here, my accent colours are natural woods, neutrals, blush, and navy. I tried to tie that into all vignettes to create a more cohesive look.
Now.. lets move to the other side of the room, or the opposite diagonal, where there are only white walls!
Here, I used a bookshelf that was already in the room, along with a new gorgeous velvet chair and some faux greenery to create a cozy reading nook! But really, I needed an excuse to show off my graduate degrees! I am so happy I put these up, because I kind of love this corner maybe just as much as the desk area!
So thats the room for ya! My first and only one room challenge room transformation was pretty decent don’t you think? Now I am going to head over to the ORC Blog to check out the incredible rooms that hundreds of guest and design bloggers have transformed! You should check it out too, and get inspired!
Room SourcesLighting: Distressed White Wood Chandelier
Rug: Joaquin Rug by Loloi Rugs in Charcoal/Grey
Accent Wall Corner
Alex Drawer Unit
Gerton Table Top
DIY Shelf Brackets
Desk Lamp: Ikea Ranarp Lamp
Letter Board Words
Faux Plant in Basket
Photo on Acyrlic
Kate Spade Tape Dispenser
Kate Spade Stapler
Kate Spade Pencil Holder
Mixed Media Painting by Fariha | Pennies for a Fortune
White Candle Holder
Reading Nook Corner
Blush Knit Throw
Cream and Navy Pillow Case
Pom Pom Baskets
Faux Monstera Plant
Brass Floor Lamp
Wall Decor: Graduate School Degrees 😉