Thursday, April 7, 2016


The One Room Challenge.  This semiannual event belongs to Linda at Calling It Home. A number of interior designers and lifestyle bloggers are invited to participate in a six-week challenge of redecorating one room in a home, and everyone gets to follow along week by week watching the plans come to life.  Along with the invited participants, the rest of us can design our own spaces and show off our progress by linking in as guest participants.  The featured designers post progress on Wednesdays and the linking players post on Thursdays.  This is Week One, and the finale will be May 12, 2016. 

Twice in the past I've been contacted by participants to create items for their styled rooms, shams for House of Pemberley and shams + linens for Andrea's nursery at The Glam Pad.  It makes me so happy to see my work included in such lovely spaces. 

As luck would have it, just when I made the decision to get on with redecorating my studio office, this Spring's ORC begins this week as well.  Not being an interior designer myself, I am a bit wary of the commitment, however, I have been planning this makeover and collecting items for ages and have nearly everything needed.  There is just the hard work to put in and the courage to actually execute the plan. 

The studio office before:   

These photos were taken in 2008 when I thought calicodaisy handmade was going to produce monogrammed aprons and totebags and baby items – way before finding my home decor niche.  Remember when this shade of blue was so popular?  I have loved it and really regret painting it over, but it is time for a fresh modern look, and the gray-tinged white walls will be just right for shooting product photos. I spotted a handmade desk in Country Living magazine in 2008 with galvanized pipes for legs and had my husband make one for me.  A long desk to fit a computer on one end and a design area on the other.  

Three coats in and a make-do shoot in progress!  

Pretty much, I have all the hard furnishings for the room.  I plan to slip cover the sitting chair in white.  Two thrifted bamboo chairs may get skirted seat cushion covers and used for desk chairs.  Bamboo blinds.  Linen monogrammed valences.  The slip covered chair and valences will be my personal challenges for the room.  New adventures in sewing! 

At the top of the post, my design board features the overall goal of the space on the left and a number of design details to create on the right, including a portable backdrop panel for photographing finished products.  Please check back each week to see my progress AND pop by the ORC to check out the featured designers' updates and the linking participants updates.  

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