Thursday, November 12, 2015


One Room Challenge Black and White Gallery Wall

 It's the end of the Fall 2015 edition of the One Room Challenge, created and hosted by Linda of Calling it Home (I made it all the way through- whew!). Over these last 6-weeks, I've shared plans, progress and lots of sneak peeks for my guest room turned in-home office space. Today, I'm happy to finally reveal the finished design in its entirety. 

One Room Challenge Black and White Interiors Gallery Wall

What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been. After starting with a relatively blank slate, I got off to a quick start and made lots of progress between Weeks 1 and 2. I painted, Dad came by to help me hang the picture ledges and build out the shelves and I finished the light fixture revamp. I also got through some of the more hands on projects like the lined 'Pyne Hollyhock' drapery panels and buffalo check upholstery on my curbside find in Weeks 3 and 4. But somewhere between Weeks 4 and 6, the project caught up with me and I found myself hung up on the final accessories and styling. As it always does, it all came together over the past weekend - just hours before I was able to get the room photographed for the reveal. 

One Room Challenge Black and White Gallery Wall

In all honesty, I started working in the space before it was finished and I think that helped me make some of those final decisions I had been agonizing over. It was important to me to make sure that the space was functional as well as pretty. I also wanted to make it a true reflection of my personal style and a place that would make me feel motivated and productive each day while I worked in front of my computer. By moving in early, I was able to make sure I had lighting and a desk set up that was appropriate for the day to day grind - not just a pretty picture.

One Room Challenge Black and White Gallery Wall

I utilized a series of bins and files to organize my papers, magazine collection, fabric and project supplies. In styling the room, I also looked to some of my former display pieces like the mini tagines - which I now use (and display) desk side on the back console for paper clips and pins. I also incorporated an up-cycled filing cabinet (found at a local garage sale) to help keep important documents close at hand. I painted out the once dingy cream colored cabinet in white and the sprayed the hardware in a matte black, a scheme that now blends nicely into the other furniture in the room.

One Room Challenge Black and White Home Office

One Room Challenge Black and White Gallery Wall

My art collection came together pretty fluidly, from both flea market finds - like the mid-century gold horse plaque that was purchased long ago - and newly found treasures courtesy of Etsy. Some of these were even "print your own" images, purchased and downloaded for mere dollars. I used a selection of inexpensive, but well designed frames to showcase my finds and I'm really pleased with the result. To me, the gallery wall in particular and the room in general, was an exercise in designing with my heart and incorporating things that really spoke to me personally. Somehow, all of those individual elements came together into a cohesive design that was representative of my personal style. 

One Room Challenge Black and White Gallery Wall

One Room Challenge Black and White Gallery Wall

One Room Challenge Black and White Interiors Buffalo Check Chintz

As it always does, the One Room Challenge tested my DIY skills in new ways. I tackled the lined drapery panels in perhaps my favorite pattern ever - Schumacher's 'Pyne Hollyhock' - which frankly was a pretty smooth project thanks to an easy to follow blog tutorial. I also reupholstered my first chair, the most difficult part of which was breaking down the old upholstery - a testament to the quality of this old piece.

One Room Challenge

The closet demo gave way to a better utilized space, now organized to display more of my flea market finds and organize project materials. Truth be told, this area will likely evolve a bit as I fold in more supplies still hanging out in my old office space. But I've left plenty of room to organize and fill with more pretty woven bins to help conceal the chaos.

One Room Challenge Black and White Interiors Office Organization

One Room Challenge Black and White Buffalo Check Chintz

Black and White Home Office One Room Challenge

I kept my now spacious desktop simple and free of clutter. To give you a better idea of scale - that painting is a massive 40 x 40" and at least in photographs, it seems dwarfed on the wall above. Simple IKEA table tops paired with metal trestle style legs gave me more space to spread out my ongoing lists and daily planner each morning and keeps my workspace from feeling too confined.

One Room Challenge Black and White Gallery Wall Sputnik

This room gets the most glorious light throughout the day and has already been a big mood-lifter throughout my workday. 

One Room Challenge Black and White Gallery Wall

 I like to think my home will slowly be completed - one room at a time, every six months through the One Room Challenge. Setting a deadline on the internet is a big motivator to finally tackle a room like this that you know, just seemed to never really come together. It always feels good going into another season with a newly finished room - particularly one like the holiday season when the list of to-dos seems infinite. I can already feel a bit accomplished (and thankful!) walking into my new organized office space.

 A big thank you to Linda for hosting and for expanding the challenge to design enthusiasts like myself so that we might take part in all the fun. Be sure to check out reveals by all the bloggers who threw their hat in the ring this round. A big thank you to all who have supported with sweet comments here on the blog and on Instagram. I hope you will continue to follow along. Now that the challenge is over, I have a long list of design adventures still to share - floral projects and events as well as some still unrevealed renovations that have taken place here at the house. 

The 'before' and weekly progress on this room can be seen here:

Previous ORC reveals:

Guest Bath | Master Bedroom | Masculine Study 

A fresh, new look for Holtwood Hipster is currently in the works! Things may look a little sparse and formatting/fonts might seem a bit jumbled at the moment. But I'm excited to soon share a cleaner, easier to read layout that will help me better connect with all of you! Stay tuned...


Pidge said...

Wow! Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

So pretty! I love your color story and those drapes are ridiculously awesome!! Great styling too!!

whalingcitycottage said...

Seriously amazing! I love the art and the mix of Hollyhock and the buffalo check. And that light!!! So good.

Unknown said...

Looks beautiful! I love all the art on your shelves.

Laurie from Laurie Jones Home said...

Looks awesome! Great job!! Love that chair, I'm obsessed with buffalo check!

Anonymous said...

Love the light fixture, and how you styled the room! It looks great!

Arielle said...

Stunning! Great job on the space - especially the killer art collection. And your photos are BEAUTIFUL! Well done!

Katy Byrne said...

YES! This is stunning. I love those lamps. Bravo my friend!

Cassie Bustamante said...

oh wow! i adore this space- that chair is fab and love the half painted wall and shelves! gorgeous!

Sarah @ 702 Park Project said...

STUNNING! That sputnik's too good! Gorgeous space!

Domicile 37 said...

You are my kind of designer! This looks HOT...and I am so happy that you created a mood/vibe while editing your photos. LOVE IT!

Tricia said...

Erin - you are amazing! This room is so fabulous! I would love love love to hang out and work in this room. I love all the little ways you found to organize everything while keeping it all so beautiful. Love the artwork, the chair, the buffalo check and that light fixture most of all! Congrats on one incredible space!
Tricia @ Suburban Bitches

celine@aquahaus said...

Wow!!! It looks so so so good Erin!! I absolutely love it. You've outdone yourself. Congrats.

Corinna | A Designer At Home said...

Wow! Loving all the black and white. Looks like a fantastic space to work in.

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

My favorite!!! SO glad to see this beautiful office! it is so beautiful and so chic...and I just want to move into your amazing home. Every room is sensational. Love all your choices...and that pendant WAO!!!! I adore it! Congrats!

Erin @ The Organized Life said...

Great job in here. I just love the fabric you chose for the curtains!

Roxanne said...

I love how this turned out, the desk placement, the picture frame shelves...and that chandelier! Love!

Rachael @ This is our Bliss said...

This room is incredibly stunning! Its sassy and bold and I am in LOVE! beautiful job!


Oh Lord you had to go and use MY FAVORITE fabric!!! The room could look like poo poo but that fabric would bring it right back up to a 10!!! But seriously it's a fabulous space....there is not much I like better than black and white so this is all right up my alley. I have been seriously thinking about turning one of my guest rooms into my office.....this might be the push I need:) LOVE!

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