I can’t believe this day is here! I feel like it was a blink of an eye when I first read about the One Room Challenge and decided to try it out. About 1800 shopping trips and five ambitious DIYs later, and the end is here! The One Room Challenge is an 8-week community event in partnership with Better Homes & Gardens. More info in last Thursday’s blog post if you haven’t checked it out. Today I’m so excited for my One Room Challenge office reveal.
Finishing Week was the Toughest!
If my office looks easy breezy now, just know it took a lot of work to get here. And if you’ve been following me from the first One Room Challenge blog post, I have to be totally honest and say it got messier before it got better. But now that the office reveal is here, I want to snap my fingers and make this happen for the rest of our house!
The first thing on my list was to purchase new storage bins to sort out my Poshmark inventory for all of the concealed storage areas in the new cabinets, since my old bins were too large. Word to the wise, the Dollar Tree is an excellent place to save money on organization bins, but be sure NOT to rely on their online measurements. Bring your own measuring tape to make an accurate call. It took going to three Dollar Trees to find the white bins pictured below and they ended up being about two inches too wide for the shelf. Luckily, I was able to correct this before the big reveal day!
They don’t call it the One Room CHALLENGE for nothing! 🙂
You’ll also see above that I sprung for the matching door for the single Billy shelf unit. I was worried there wasn’t enough space to open it, but I made it work, and the door opens freely!
New Corner Gallery Wall
One of my favorite additions to the new office was this corner gallery wall. The piece of wood on the wall was here before us, and I had a vision to hang a few pieces from it. The gallery theme is watercolor which is something I’ve consciously added upon learning more about the principles of Feng Shui. While some people might include a fountain or aquarium to symbolize the water element in their office, I thought this would be cool to do with the artwork. As noted in the caption below, the sunset piece is by Omar Richardson. The sea turtle is by Marie Holdaway. The monstera plant print is from Target. And the last 4×6 blue piece is actually a water color that I created…TODAY…to further bring in the symbolic element.
The gold frames are from IKEA and I love them. None of them actually came with the chain, so this was a DIY. If you’d like to replicate this in your space, Home Depot didn’t have any gold chain that was fine enough for my vision. I actually ended up purchasing jewelry chain from Hobby Lobby and learned that they are like Michaels with their coupon situation. Although I paid full price, (ugh) I definitely love them! I hot glued the chains to the back of the frame, but actually hung the frames from the wall and tacked up the chain so the chain is not the only support.
More Before and After Photos
So much of this project was reorganizing, unpacking some final boxes and decluttering! As you can see in the photos below, that alone made an impact, but so did my new furniture design plan. 🙂
Other Final DIY Successes
If you checked out my story yesterday, you saw that I was spray painting with less than 24 hours left to go. I feel like I’m on HGTV’s Design Star! Working down to the final minutes. But I’m really happy with how the wall hook piece and cabinet knobs came out in the gold. The reason I have lots of hooks on the walls is for taking photos and hanging pieces that are part of my Poshmark inventory.
I definitely felt like I was part of a design reality show when I was hemming my curtains also TODAY. I used iron on hem tape which is great for me because I could let the curtains back out later. A great idea for people renting or in a situation where they frequently move. I love how it made the bench area look less cluttered.
Overall, I’m extremely pleased with what I’ve been able to accomplish in my office in under three weeks. I feel like I’ll be able to do better work for my amazing current and future clients from this space. I love how my Poshmark inventory now is arranged more like a store or a beloved closet. It’s definitely not as overwhelming as it once was. I love how the vertical and wall spaces are now more maximized, making my space feel more open. Everything is easier to find and it makes me even more excited to do my work.
What do you think of my One Room Challenge Office Reveal? Let me know in the comments and be sure to tag me on Instagram if you try any of these little DIYs.
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Hope you enjoyed today’s post! Stay tuned for part two. 🙂
About Kaitlyn Loos
Kaitlyn Loos [loh-s] is one of the newest designers for interiors and events in the west-central Florida area. (Tampa, Ocala, Gainesville, and everywhere in between.) She brings over seven years of graphic design, project management, and event planning experience to create amazing spaces and experiences for her clients. She is one of the only interior design companies in her area who offers modern, fresh, pattern and color-savvy designs. From styling an event to designing an entire home, Kaitlyn Loos Design is a full service company that delivers style for nearly any investment level. She also enjoys sharing her ideas and projects through her new blog which reaches over 325 people monthly.