4.02.2015

One Room Challenge: guest bedroom to office



Hello blog land!  How are you?  It has been a while since my last post, but thanks to Linda's One Room Challenge, I just had to jump in.  This season, I'm a linking participant, which takes a bit of the pressure off, but not much. ;-)  To see my past ORC rooms (one bathroom and one bedroom) click here.

Let's start at the beginning, with this cute room for a little boy.  This is the image of the room when we walked through the house, before purchasing.  Then, it quickly changed into a guest room to fit our needs.

I've changed the guest room around a million times.  First, I painted all the walls white, but see that plate rail near the top of the ceiling?  I decided to paint the wall above the trim coral and take it all the way up the ceiling.  It looked very cool with the pillows, but in photographs, casts a pink hue on everything.  Shocker.


Now to get a bit personal, probably more than you care to know...
In January I had our second miscarriage at eleven weeks. Heartache. I told myself that if this room was not destined to be a nursery, then I'm going to turn it into my office!  God makes all things new, even our crappy guest room.  HE has given me abilities to see how to make something from nothing, and I hope to do that here.  Add a little Easter (new life) and Spring (new life) to the equation and I've romanticized this office to no end. My poor husband doesn't really know what he's gotten into, even after 13 years of marriage.
 ;-) 


I know, I know, try to hold back from pinning all these before images. HA!  

NOTE: the ceilings are not blood red in person.  It's nearly impossible to get a decent photo of the room, but you'll get the idea.  It's a white and coral box with a 
sweet non-functioning intercom from the 1970s. 


I have plenty of work to do!  

I did find a desk on Craig's List.  WOO HOO!  It's vintage, bamboo, and needs a paint job.  It looks tiny in scale, here, but it's actually a good size.  Lighting will be changed!

To Do List:
*paint the ceiling white
*paint desk
*change hardware
*rip out the disgusting carpet
*prep and paint the sub floor to make it fabulous
*add functional yet gorgeous storage
*desk chair
*window treatments
*art
*lighting
*add overall awesomeness
*don't forget the pretty

I have plans, lots of plans, many of which can be seen on instagram, my media of choice.  Follow me there at @abbyminteriors.  Otherwise, you'll need to come back and visit next Thursday and I hope you do!  There are almost 100 linking participants this round so be sure to visit Calling It Home to be inspired by all!

Whether you're near or far, I would love to work with you to create a home you love.  Email me at abbyminteriors@gmail.com for more information on my local & e-design services.
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42 comments:

  1. So so sorry to hear this Ab. Know that I am sending prayers your way. I am sure you will transform this into a gorgeous and functional space that you will use to continue to build and share your God given talents.

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  2. First off, I'm so sorry to hear about your miscarriages. So devastating, especially when you're so close to the end of the first trimester, where you can breathe a little easier.

    That said, I'm sure you will make this an amazing office space, and I love your style and design ideas. Hopefully you'll put together a nursery for a future ORC. This is my first ORC, so I'm a bit freaked out at what I've gotten myself into here! But my master bathroom must. get. done.

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    1. Jenny, thanks for your comment! The ORC is intense, but when it's over you'll be so happy to have a finished space that you love! Best of luck to you!

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  3. I'm so sorry about your loss, Abby. Your strength and grace are inspiring! I love the desk and know this will be an amazing transformation!

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! Here's hoping I can finish it all in time. I appreciate your kind words! xx

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  4. Love your transparency and willingness to show how you're coping/pushing through. No doubt you'll bring beauty into this room! (btw, I have those silly intercoms in our house too. Yuck!)

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    1. Thanks Dana! Aren't those intercoms annoying? If they worked, I might be more excited about them...

      Thanks for reading!! xx

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  5. My heart goes out to you during your time of loss! I hope that you will be able to work through your grief during this challenge. I know all to well how design and diy have helped me through mine! Big hugs sweetie!

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    1. Thank you! Grief always feels lonely, but we're really all in this together. Thanks for reading!

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  6. I'm so sorry to hear of your losses Abby. LOVE to hear that you are finding such a brilliant way to push through what I'm sure is a very difficult time. Cannot wait to follow along with your journey!

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  7. You always do an awesome job, so excited to follow along!

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  8. Abby. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. XO
    Also - I think it's a fabulous idea to do something NEW with this space. An office for you is perfect! After your last ORC, I can't wait to see what you do this time around.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I'm happy you like this project. I'm hoping for a drastic change around here. :-)

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  9. Oh Abby, I'm so sorry. Thanks for always being such an inspiration and sharing your perspective. I know you'll create one stunner of an office, can't wait to check in every week!

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    1. Thanks Pam! I'm excited to follow your progress, too! Can't wait for the reveals.

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  10. Abby, I'm sorry to hear about your miscarriage. That is heartache! You have such talent and will make this room shine. Love your ideas.

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    1. Thank you , Tracy! I appreciate your kind words. xx

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  11. Abby, I am sorry to hear about your loss. Stay strong. Love the beautiful desk you found. Can't wait to see how the room turns out!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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    1. Thank you, Jessie! I think the desk will be glossy black. ;-)

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  12. Words can not express how sorry I am about your loss. I can personally relate to the extreme heartache.. There's no doubt in my mind you'll make this space something new and fabulous. You show such strength and positivity and are such an inspiration to all. Healing wishes to your and your family.

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    1. Thank you! Your words are very kind and generous. xx

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  13. So excited you are in! Absolutely love doing anything with you! I didn't know what was going on but I have been worried and praying for you sweet girl. This office will be amazing and I can't wait to see it come alive! xo

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    1. Thank you Paige! I'm looking forward to seeing it finished. Dying to see your space finished, too! Can you just live across the street instead of so many states away? ;-)

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  14. Abby my love....I am so sorry about your loss.....you sweet girl. Honestly I know that must have been hard to say but I love how you inserted it in-between that before picture and a coral ceiling. You remind me so much of myself.....:) I am glad you are getting an office because you will need it when you are all famous and on the cover of a magazine.
    get going.....

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Sherry! Love you to pieces!

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  15. I am so sorry for your loss. Keep your chin up! You did a great job with the bedroom. Can't wait to see how your office turns out.

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  16. I hope it is comforting that so many kind people share in your sorrow. Who knew that the ORC could be about more than just making over a room? Hugs to you.

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    1. Thank you Brenda! Yes, my main hope is for other people going through loss to know they aren't alone. No one ever talks about miscarriage. Thanks so much for reading!

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  17. Oh Abby, I am so sorry. You are such a lovely woman and i know that your courage will get you through this. I'm so happy that you are making over a space for you. Thinking of you.

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  18. I am so sorry, Abby. I am thinking of you and I know you will make this space amazing. You deserve this space and I can't wait to check in and see what you do with it. Sending hugs your way! :)

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    1. Thank you Amber! That's so sweet. I hope you like the finished look. Can't wait to get it done! ;-)

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  19. Sorry to hear of your loss. God does make things new. You are blessed with a beautiful gift of creativity, and that always helps the healing process. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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    1. Thank you! I don't know what I'd do without His restoration. Thanks for your words and for stopping by! xx

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  20. Looks great Abby -- love your taste so I know its going to be awesome!

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  21. So sorry to hear about your miscarriage. It breaks my heart when sweet loving people can't create more awesome sweet loving people but you have the right idea...all in God's plan. I'm still eyeing my husband after 15 years going really God? HAH! (I hope that makes you laugh). xoxo

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  22. This is what I call designing for the soul :) This room will probably help you so much during such a hard time. So sorry for your losses.

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