Spring ORC: Week 4

Somehow, I get the sense that this round of the ORC is going to be 90% completed within the last two weeks. Don’t ask me how I know, I just have a feeling about these things…

If you don't already know, the One Room Challenge is a event hosted twice a year in which anyone from anywhere across the interwebs can join in on the fun of making over one room, from start to finish, in 6 weeks. The 20 featured designers post updates every Wednesday and all the guest participants update each Thursday.


We are renovating our home office for this round of the challenge. And when I say “we,” I really mean “my husband.” Brandon has done approximately 99% of the work so far in this room and trust me, I’m thankful!

Just yesterday, the IKEA shelving units were delivered! I talked about those in my post from last week. We’re actually going away for the weekend with friends, so hopefully this evening after work I can get the shelves painted.

Even though we don’t have the book shelves installed yet, I thought I’d get a head start on filling the rest of the walls in this room. I went through my hoard of art and picture frames that was collecting dust in the basement and came up with a few options for arrangements. I’m really drawn to the cozy, borderline-cluttered library feel. Think of the library in Beauty in the Beast, or Dumbledore’s office. So, drawing vibes from that, I really wanted a gallery wall on the wall bordering the book shelves. I love that gallery walls can feel so collected and effortless. But be ye not fooled, these pictures were not without effort. I am not really happy with any of these options, but it’s the best I’ve got for now.


The painting is something I had been thinking of moving to the living room for a while, but had never gotten around to it. But once I saw it against the wall color in the office, my heart melted and I think it belongs in here! After trying to piece together a gallery wall for a bit, I held it up above the desk and LOVED it there.


Oh, and speaking of the desk, THAT HARDWARE. Yuck, those silver pulls offend me. I haven’t picked out new ones yet, but here are a few favorites from Lowes:

Pretty glass pulls that feel a little glam to me.


If I really want to lean into the old-timey, curl up in an ancient arm chair vibe, I think these would do nicely.


And these might be my favorite! But at $33/each, they’d be like, the most expensive item in the room.


I think this week actually gave me new energy for this challenge. Maybe it was seeing all my sentimental art in the space…even if it was just laving on the floor and not hanging on the wall. I’m so excited to keep working and hopefully finish as strong as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.