I am bursting with excitement like I cannot even describe! I have been waiting for today for months now when I learned about the One Room Challenge. What is the One Room Challenge, you ask? Well, you are in for a treat!
The One Room Challenge is a six-week challenge, created by Linda from Calling it Home, to motivate home decorators and bloggers to focus on one unfinished space, put together a plan, and execute it, all while documenting it on your blog for the world to see. 20 featured bloggers will share their process each Wednesday, and the rest of us are invited to link up our own projects the following day. The inspiration and talent are insane y’all! This is my first time participating in the challenge because, frankly, until last fall, I was happy with my much-needed projects and a new deck. The idea of calling any room in the house “finished” was a laughable concept. However, things do change and we have made it to a point where that concept actually seems possible. Today marks the planning stages for all of our rooms and it feels just like those precious moments in the Kentucky Derby where the anticipation is revving up as the horses are loaded into the gate.
Of course, the race behind the scenes has already begun, but we are talking about only 6 weeks here ladies and gents! Here I am again bringing style and function together while the gears in my brain are on overdrive. The room for this space isn’t the one I had planned all along to do for this challenge. Honestly, it wasn’t even in the top 3 but the other rooms have so many furniture projects and DIYs that I could never hope to finish in 6 weeks. However, my excitement is actually boosted because I have designed an office for my husband! He gives and works so hard for our family (and my crazy projects) that I think it is actually the best space to do first! My heart sings whenever I get to see a smile on his face and his excitement for this project fuels my desire to give him the best office ever!
But, first, let’s take a rather embarrassing look at the room I will be transforming:
Just kiddin! That is my side of the room and, obviously it is already done. See here if you want to check that out. However, it does illustrate that we are doing a his and hers office and splitting the room right down the middle with very different personal styles. In this case, it will work, I promise. And here is his side:
Not very inspiring, is it? Yuck! It is like a catch-all for broken parts and hand-me-downs. The computer has been saying “hard drive failure imminent” for about 6 months. The mini-fridge is a re-gift (aka, someone was throwing it out). The desk actually has history. It was my father-in-laws desk while hubby was growing up. While it is showing it’s age, you can’t buy the memories that are associated with that desk. As you can see, the walls are very tall and not being utilized at all. In fact, many of my husband’s cherished treasures from his family and history are still in boxes in the basement because he has no where to display them. Well, that is about to change!
After careful thought and rummaging through said boxed-up treasures, I took my inspiration directly from the man himself. My husband is my opposite. Where I am shy and reserved, he is confident and brash. His Navy upbringing and American pride are always on display, and now his office will match that. This office cannot be better explained than by the man himself, so I invited him to give insight into my vision.
“I am much more comfortable working with my hands than describing myself, and I leave the blog stuff to the wife. The main inspiration for this office is that I want a nice place to display items that matter to me and I have collected or been gifted. The wife won’t let me have a man cave (yet) so the office will have to do for now. My collection over the years has very distinctive qualities. First, everything is usually over sized and I like it that way. Secondly, I come from a long line of service to the government, particularly the military with several friends and family members serving active duty or retired. I support our military through my job (if I told you what I did, I might have to kill you) and through various charitable activities. I am not sure that I can fully describe what it means to me, but one of my fondest memories of childhood was going to see the christening of my Father’s boat (Submarine) and listening to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless America”. Even to this day a, tear will come to my eye when the song comes on and I remember that night. I was able to board the boat and see the raw power, steel, and grandeur of such a magnificent war machine. Not only do I support our military, but I understand the value of history, heritage, and honor. For me, those values are guiding principles in life. You work hard, you play hard. Although my wife is the designer, I am putting a lot of trust in her skills to make this work for me. And she has come up with some really awesome ideas, but now we both have to figure out how to make them a reality.”
Ya see what I’m talking about?!
So here is the plan that we have come up with. The max budget is $1000, but I would really like to keep it closer to $500. First, the computer is already on it’s last leg so it goes. A new laptop isn’t in the budget but that’s ok. I am refinishing and painting his desk and the chair that goes with it. I am adding shelves to each side of the desk that will be filled with memorabilia from his life and a few new items to bring function and life to this space. There will definitely be a tasteful display of heritage, military, and patriotic decor. Over the desk, we are adding a series of clocks that show various international times. Also, I am making a few signs from the scrap wood in the garage. No surprise there if you have seen our other projects on the blog. And there is one more project that I am keeping under wraps for now. Seriously, it is the craziest, most imaginative project I think we have ever done! I really hope we can pull it off.
I think that’s it for now, but I wanted to share a few of the rooms that I came across while planning this room. They are certainly inspiring, and I hope they energize you to create a personalized and rockin’ space of your own!
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