One week into the One Room Challenge and I’m really feeling inspired and motivated. It feels so good to be excited about an interior decorating project again! (If you're new here, I'm participating as a guest in the One Room Challenge, a 6-week interior design challenge for bloggers, created by Calling It Home.)
My biggest challenge is keeping my pet bed & home décor business running smoothly while I’m tackling a sewing studio and office makeover. Everything is handmade by me, and packed and shipped by me, so that requires some level of organization.
I’d love to complete the entire basement family room, but it can’t be done in 5 weeks. I’m working in order of importance, with first two spaces my official goal for the One Room Challenge.
- Sewing Studio
- Office corner
- TV Lounge
- Toddler Playroom
Here’s a floor plan to explain the layout and function of the large area:
I hustled this week, and knocked out half of the big tasks:
- Sanded and painted the cutting & packaging table in the studio
- Vacuumed and rearranged the attic to organize the bulky Janery storage (dog bed and pillow inserts)
- Moved the smaller Janery storage to the new storage nook by the laundry area
- Emptied my wall of shelves / cabinets to prep for Craigslist sale
- Painted the family room white
- Created pattern and got supplies to hand cut a stencil for the office wall
What’s on tap for this week (let’s be real, maybe the next two weeks):
- Cut & paint the stencil on my office wall
- Touch up paint in studio
- Hang storage shelves in studio
- Move desk into office
- Build riser for monitor
- Build sewing machine, serger, and ironing tables
I’m usually terrible at planning ahead but this time I’ve organized all my tasks in Trello, a free project management app. I have them broken down by week, with due dates marked, so I can see the dependencies that will make or break this makeover.
Instead of an abstract mural on the wall, I fell in love with the art deco look of some wallpaper and I will recreate it with a stencil. Also, I’ve decided to move my office shelves (a 6-ft wide Elfa unit from the Container Store) to my sewing studio, where they are needed. I realized they’re not necessary in the office.
Because the shelves cover a 6 foot span, it’s easy to clutter them up. I like having a few special items above my desk at all times – some art, photos, and my notebooks. But I don’t need my camera, business books, etc. They can all be stored out of sight.
The most important function served by the shelves is raising my external monitor off the desk to a better height. This is important for your posture! I will build a riser and stain it to match the desk.
Current status: painted but boringly waiting for stencil. It feels great to have the yellow-beige paint covered with fresh, flat white paint!
Sewing Studio Progress:
The cutting table is finished and the paint touched up. After I get my shelves hung I will start building my new sewing machine, serger, and ironing tables in the smaller side of the room. However, I’m not sure of the storage layout yet.
I have trouble planning out a room ahead of time. I need to stand in it with the essential large pieces already in place, before I can get a feel for how I want the smaller things and accessories to play out. After I hang the shelves in here, things should start to come together.
Currently debating: Pegboard storage over the sewing machine, or a storage cabinet underneath? Install homasote on the entire window wall to create a large cork board for pinning orders, cut lists, fabric swatches, and pretty magazine tear sheets?
Family Room Progress:
This room will come third, and only if there’s time, but I do have a strong vision for it!
Sources (clockwise from top left): Hanging Chair, Wallpaper, Hipster Deer Pillow, Velvet Pillow (I'm sewing my own), Nefertiti Print, DIY Macrame Planters, Wassily Chair (thrifted), End Table, Lamp, Terrarium, Waterproof Dog Bed, Lamp, Jute Planter (thrifted)
And on that note, I’ll see you next week with some hopefully-fabulous updates!
Thanks to Linda of Calling It Home for organizing this challenge. For more inspiration, check out the progress of the other guest participants!
Janery's Spring One Room Challenge: