One Room Challenge… Home Office, Week 4

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Well, another week has passed and I’m supposed to be posting an update on the progress of my One Room Challenge.  I considered not writing this week because, I really didn’t accomplish anything.  But then I realized that I DID accomplished a lot… Well, kinda… It just didn’t have anything to do with the office makeover.  I was still sick, had to work, went to a 2 day Design Conference, had kid’s activities to attend, and managed to muster up the energy to go to the pumpkin patch and carve jack-o-lanterns with some friends.  That’s just REAL life.  And, I’m extremely grateful for the full life that I have despite the fact that it feels like a whirlwind at times and deadlines can seem daunting.

Anyway, back to the One Room Challenge… The neurotic side of me really wants to finish this office ASAP so I can move on and focus on the more pressing projects that I should be focussed on.  Sigh… Do you ever struggle with trying to maintain balance between the projects that you WANT to do with the projects that you NEED to do…  Mostly for the sake of income?  Yeah, that’s me… Self-employment problems, right?

Ok, so I decided to share a few tidbits with you of my design inspiration and what I still need to do and hope to get done this weekend.  There are only 2 weeks left to get this makeover done.

1. Build bookshelves on each side of the window.

2. Build a new desktop out of  a live-edge walnut slab that was leftover from a design job that I did last spring.

3. Build display ledges for photos and artwork.

If you’re not sure what a display ledge is… Here is an example.  You can click on the image to be redirected to the source.

art ledge

You can also click over to Apartment Therapy to see more examples of this look.

This is a product sold at Bed Bath and Beyond… I think it’s pretty cool, too!


I’m pretty excited to incorporate the art ledges into the office.  The reality is, I want to display art and photos but I really am terrible at hanging things on the wall… It’s tricky to get the placement right and then it seems like they are always crooked!  Anyone relate to this?  So annoying!

A few years ago, I went a little nuts at an annual juried art and craft show in our town, Art in the High Desert.  I fell in love with an artist, Lisa Telling Kattenbraker, and bought a few of her prints because her originals were not in my budget.  Then, my dad bought me a few more of her prints.  And, a good friend bought me one, too!  Needless to say, I ended up with a handful of her colorful prints.  Here is a sampling of her work.  She is a contemporary batik artist.  If you don’t know what that means, you should pop over to Lisa’s page to see her process… It is super time-consuming and detail oriented.  I have tried batik before… It is finicky, to say the least.  Having done it before gives me a DEEP appreciation for her skills!

Mr Henry's Audience Grows
Chicken as a Hat

Mr Henry reads between the lines

I really love the vibrant color and texture that she creates.  The subject matter is fun and whimsical, too!  It’s hard to believe that these originals are done on fabric with wax and dye.

Ok, so that’s it folks.  Just a little update.  I have lots to do, and I look forward to doing it…. Until next Thursday, have a great weekend friends, and definitely go check out the other designers and bloggers that are also participating in this event by clicking on this link.

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Here are my other posts, in case you’re curious…

One Room Challenge… Office Makeover, Week 1

One Room Challenge… Office Makeover, Week 2

One Room Challenge… Office Makeover, Week 3

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