Thursday, October 22, 2015

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 - Week 3

It's time for the week 3 check-in on the One Room Challenge. For those of you unfamiliar, the ORC is a 6-week makeover challenge for bloggers, coordinated by Linda of Calling it Home. Here's my ORC weeks 1 & 2 recap. Since I started a week late, I'm in week 2 mode, but I need to be in week 3 mode because time is moving by quickly. The most visible progress of the week is in the room layout.


The most visible change of the week is in the room layout. Before, there were too many angles on the furniture, and while the L-shaped work table layout was helpful a lot of the time, it jutted out toward my desk area causing a hazardous and narrow walkway (see below).

Yesterday I solved two problems with a new room layout. The two worktables are now side-by-side, lengthwise against the wall. That created a smoother walkway since I go in and out of the room frequently. And my beloved turquoise desk got switched out with a round table that was in my basement, adding some much-needed curves to the space.

I'm trying out the new round table for a few days to see how I like it. My favorite part is that I don't have to protect my hips when slipping behind the table to get into the chair. The table itself isn't much to look at, so if I keep it here, I'll sew a table skirt to cover it. For now, I draped a sheet over it to get used to the idea. The jury's out, but a table cover would be another opportunity for a soft surface with some texture and pattern.


I've been thinking sooo much about my lighting conundrum. I desperately want a pretty light fixture to hang in the middle of the room, which would be awesome 75% of the year. But 25% of the year a  fan is needed, at least in the afternoons.

My hairdresser's take: "I don't understand you people." She's referring to those of us who remove something functional for something pretty, even if we suffer for it. Yeah, I get it. But is it worth compromising aesthetics that would make me happy for something that only affects 1/4 of my days or less? I can always bring in a floor fan for those days ....

I purchased this ceiling fan, and it sits in the box while I still ponder my options. It's not ugly, but it's not exciting either.

On the other hand, I can still pull the trigger on any of these less wind-blowing but more mind-blowing options.

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

As you can see, I did eliminate the "Dynasty" glass and brass options and added additional modern options. Clearly I still have too many options (unless I go the ceiling fan route), but time is ticking seriously fast. Opinions greatly appreciated!!! Ceiling fan? Modern light fixture? If the latter, which?


Although my week 2 hurdle hasn't gone away, I have to keep moving forward on other decisions. This week's new conundrum is what to do on the long wall above my work tables. The good news is now that the tables are lined up along the wall, I can do something symmetric. My Virgo self thrives on symmetry.

 The photo above shows options A & B. Option A is round placemats which I would spray paint gold and/or white. There would be four in the same pattern on either side of the TV (which will be mounted on the wall). Option A is by far the cheapest option, but I don't want it to look cheap. Option B is gilded mirrors with interesting geometry. I would mount two or three on either side of the TV.

Option C is matching or coordinating wall art on either side of the TV. I've been loving these agate prints from Kristi Kohut of Hapi Art.

 Question is, if I go that route, should I get two matching or one of each? (The photos above are two different dimensions, but obviously I would purchase two of the same size.)

Option D is two of these.

Help! I'd love to hear what you think about my lighting and wall art options!

I hope to have the room painted by the next update. Wish me luck.



  1. What a great space to work in!! I love your tables side by side against the wall to streamline your traffic flow. I think two different prints over the tables would be gorgeous, love the pop of color from them!!

    1. Thanks for your vote, Lisa. I'm leaning toward those two prints as well.

      Your ORC room is coming along. I'm looking forward to seeing how your shelves end up looking. My son is off at college now but he would not let me touch his room previously. Maybe it will magically look different the next time he comes home!

  2. Those prints are fabulous! Definitely would do two different ones for a little asymmetry. Looking great!

    1. Asymmetry among the symmetry ... yeah, that makes sense!

    2. I agree! Prints win in my opinion, and two different ones for sure!

  3. My heart is torn between 1, 3 and 5 of your lighting choices. Get the light, get a standing fan and just use that when it gets warm ;) As for the art, definitely Option C - the prints - two different ones! See? Sorted. Hahaha! xx

    1. 1 is unusual, and I love to be different than the norm, but 3 and 5 have the glass that adds a little girly to the masculine lines. All are so tempting!

    2. And since all votes so far regarding the art are mirroring what was in my heart, which is the Hapi Art prints, I just might have to pull the trigger on those!

  4. In love with the agate prints. I would use two of those in the different prints. It will look fabulous against your wall color. Can't wait to see how it all comes together!! I'm hoping to work on my room this weekend.

    1. Aren't those agate prints cool?! I ended up ordering one of each. I'm excited to see how they look in the space!


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