Wednesday, October 2, 2019

One Room Challenge Fall 2019 ~ Week 1

Hello Thursday and welcome to Week 1 of One Room Challenge! Twice a year, over 200 designers, decorators get together to transform one space into the room of their dreams.  For this upcoming challenge, I will be tackling a home office / guest bedroom with an adjacent bathroom (freshly handed over from the builder) all within six short weeks.

You would think by now I should be less nervous on this 6-week process after transforming a few spaces in the past challenges:


As much as I've tried to get ahead on prep schedule, the reality of a preconstruction project is that delays are both unpredictable and unavoidable.  We were setback by the discovery of leaks in a couple of rooms after a horrendous rainfall, construction / cabinetry errors that needed attention, and two firmed closing dates later, we finally got the keys to the unit!

Fingers crossed it's all going smoothly from here on now that we have contracted a fantastic local renovation team to look after the trades / project logistics, so yours truly just need to make sure all the materials required for the project are onsite when required.  

So today, I am sharing with you some of my favourite home offices and bathrooms from previous One Room Challenge.  I absolutely love this stylish and serene home office and I couldn't agree more with the sign: Remember Why You Started!  

image via Waiting on Martha
A solid desk surface, plenty of functional storage, and an inspiring display area are my key requirements in a home office.  I love the modern aesthetic and Scandinavian appeal of this work space, especially with the use of natural wood table top, chic black and white floral backdrop, and a touch of camel.        

image via Making Joy & Pretty Things
I've always tried to make my spaces "multi-tasked".  As this home office will also double as a cozy lounge spot + relaxing guest bedroom, I looked to my last ORC makeover for inspiration, particularly in the d├ęcor and artwork department.   


From inspiration to design concept, here is my vision for the home office / guest bedroom:


Originally a master bedroom, this office comes with an ensuite bathroom and we will be tackling it at the same time.  Because we have two bathrooms in this condo, I have the opportunity to leave the ensuite unfinished when we got our keys.  I want this bathroom to feel serene, relaxed, and luxurious through the use of materials and intricate design details.  Here are a few key elements I would love to incorporate in my bathroom: 

Black Sophistication: I love how the strategically use of black accent adds personality and sophistication to a light and airy space.    

image via Casey Keasler
Tile Play: creative use of simple tile to stunning effect ... all you need is a little creativity and safe huge on the pocket book. 

image via Design Manifest
image via Ollie Pop Design
Simply Luxury:  as little as a handcrafted soap dish and small patched furniture, their presence completely elevates the luxe factor in any spaces.


And here is my game plan in my true plain Jane bathroom: 

Six short weeks and my renovation is scheduled to start next week.  This will be the tightest One Room Challenge timeline I have ever embarked in ... wish me luck!  Be sure to also check out the 20 Featured Designers and Guest Participants!


11 comments:

  1. You have a lot of beautiful inspiration here, Tim. I'm looking forward to your beautiful reveal!

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    1. Thanks Stacy and OMG I love your bedroom AS-IS already! Lots of great features and can't wait to see that fun mural going up too!

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  2. Oh, yes! I am eager to see how all of this turns out!

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    1. you should jump on ORC and do it with me next time!

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  3. You're always an overachiever Tim! Can't wait to see you bring these two spaces to life.

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    1. Thanks Jen! that's a logical choice ... just not so much about the timeline. Fingers crossed it all comes together as planned!

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  4. Yours are always one of my favourite One Room Challenge makeovers to follow - I'm so glad you're doing it again.

    Good Luck!

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    1. thanks Michelle! Yes a short break in Spring was nice and now I am doubling up the work. Yes ... Luck, I need it!

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  5. I always love your designs. Can't wait to follow along : )

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    1. Thanks Andrea! Same to you as well and looking forward to seeing your laundry room!

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