Oh hey, another round of the One Room Challenge is here and you know me, I can’t pass this kind of fun up. Design and complete a room in six short weeks? That’s my kind of challenge. And also I am waning in any sort of motivation to finish a couple of projects around our home and I think this is the only thing giving me the motivation to do so. TBT, I am a little nervous I can pull it all off because there’s a lot of client work that’s going to take precendence in the coming weeks, but if there’s any chance of me staying focused on a personal project it’s going to be this. A weekly blog post and lots of sharing on Instagram mean a high-level of accountability, and that does the trick for me.
This round I’ve got my sights set on a some new digs for my HRDC home office. I’ve spent my first year of business working from home at the kitchen island, which has been a great little setup, but now heading into Year Two, I’m at a point where I need my own space to create + focus. Plus, I need one single room to contain all the burgeoning stuff that is spread across multiple places in our home… scores of books, piles of sample materials and stacks of mags because I’ll never give up that old school style of mood board making from paper clippings . I’m also really looking forward to moving the printer from our basement to a spot within arm’s reach. These tired old legs can’t handle anymore basement stair runs, guys…. Overall, I’m just looking to up my efficiency game and also find a more inspiring + fitting setting to do this dream job in.
As my business has grown, I’ve realized how much creative energy it takes and am surprised by how mentally + emotionally draining it can be sometimes. It helps to find ways to feel inspired and pull from there, so having a setting that feeds me in that way on a regular basis will do wonders, I think. I’ve been craving a den-like space to retreat in, especially when I’m working while the family is home, so I’ve thought about going darker + moodier than my typical light + bright spaces. On our last home project, I painted our water closet in a soft dark black - ceiling and all - and I love the vibe! There is something about being enveloped in a moody dark room that feels so cozy and special. So that’s somewhat where this moody-dark-den-like office inspo started.
When considering color scheme, I immediately gravitated to rich greens. Something instinctively felt right about it for this space. Then, I started doing some research into color psychology and turns out there’s so much to love about green! It’s associated with a calming, centering and healing effect on the body. Makes sense when you think about how we all feel out in the green expanses of nature. While being so relaxing and restorative, green has also been found to have a complimentary effect of spurring creativity + uplift - two of the things that I need to fuel me when things get busy.
Here’s a few of the inspirational pics I found in my online search for just the right shade of green…
This room is the perfect tint of dark green, accents of complimentary-colored pink flowers, hints of black + white contrast and a good amount of warm woods to pull it all down together in the most complete of ways.
There’s something so luxe about a space that’s completely color blocked in one shade of deep green - trim, doors, ceiling and all.
I love the idea of color-blocking dark + light green together, like the space above. It has the effect of making the ceiling look taller and keeps the room from feeling too overwhelmed with dark green. The black trim is something pretty brilliant too.
With the decision to go green set in stone, I started thinking about ways I could bring a sort of regalness to the space. I love a stately + formal office setting and there’s already some interesting crown moulding to work with in our room. Looking for inspirational ornate moulding details, I kept coming across neo-classical french designs. We have some traditional wainscoting in our dining room already, so I want to tie that into this space to bring an element of cohesion between this room and the rest of our bright white home.
All these ornate details feel so feminine and fancy. I love it all.
Then there was a serendipitous moment a couple weeks back where I was wasting time between client appointments wandering around Anthropologie. I came across this mirror on clearance for 40% off and all things really started to fall into place from there.
Just like our master bath renovation a few months back, this is another space that feels personal + special. It’s the first space in the house where I feel complete freedom to design with myself in mind. Every other space has had a husband and the durability requirements of a family-friendly home to contend with. Although, I have loved exploring how good design can fit in with those requirements, I am looking forward to having nothing holding me back this time around.
What do you think about my design plans so far? I’m so excited to go in a whole different design direction this time around!