One Room Challenge, The Big Office Reveal

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I don’t know how we’re at week 6 of the One Room Challenge, time seems to have literally flown.  Looking back I also don’t know how I was able to actually pull this all off, and while the room isn’t 100% complete (which you’ll read about below) I must say I couldn’t be happier with how everything has turned out.  

If you remember when deciding to remodel my office the two most important things where to lighten up the space and make it more functional for myself and my growing team.  I kept the oh-so popular Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper, my giant silver chandy, and horned sconces, but everything else went out the door.  To lighten up the space I got rid of all the black and brought in modern crisp whites and warm maple woods which not only made the space immediately feel light and bright, but also much bigger which is always a plus.  Staying true to Martha’s signature colors I anchored the room with pops of orange, mango and all shades of blue plus metallic accents of gold and silver.  I mixed it all up with modern and traditional pieces giving it a more collected and eclectic feel.

When it came to functionality my old space only had one very large desk and because I can have anywhere from 1-3 team members with me on any given day I knew I wanted to add a table.  I’ve adored the Knoll table for years and now I had the perfect opportunity to add it to my arsenal, but the Knoll is made to order and wouldn’t make my tight turnaround.  However, I wanted to show the space finished so I subbed in an Ikea table while I patiently await the Knoll.  An Oomph Tini Table provides a catch all for keys, phones, and any personal affects plus its the perfect table for cocktails.  And the traditional jute rug balances out the modern touches and brings warmth to the stark white and clear acrylic ghost chairs, plus it defines the space allowing this area to not get lost in the room itself.   

I moved my Blu Dot Strut desk directly in front of the window because while the enormous silver chandy is gorgeous it doesn’t put out a lot of light so the more natural light I can utilize the better.  I also chose to face away from the window enabling me to converse with my team rather than have my back to everyone the entire day.  For my desktop I wanted to keep it clutter free so because the Blu Dot Strut doesn’t have drawers I added a rolling file cabinet from Ikea plus a second Oomph Tini Table which houses a few desk necessities.  I laid a sheepskin rug underneath allowing my feet to have a soft and cozy place to rest, plus it provides the perfect spot for Addison to cuddle up on.  Lastly, my custom drapes I agonized over for weeks turned out to be the centerpiece of the room.  Going forward I don’t think I’ll ever do a drape without a pop of color (preferably a velvet color) again!

The Modloft Pearl Bookcase, while beautiful, needed to fulfill its purpose as an actual shelf which is why you’ll find Shop products, styling props, and art sprinkled amongst my personal items.  The Pearl is also home to my latest, and quite possibly current favorite, Marshall Stanmore Speaker (worth every penny my friends).  On a side note another Pearl bookcase is on its way so the entire wall will be shelving, and when she arrives I plan on sharing a step-by-step #shelfie styling story so stay tuned (say that five times fast).  

Lastly, I replaced my black book shelves with two maple consoles from Ikea that have doors allowing me to store Shop products without feeling like a hoarder.  Instead of styling the consoles I chose to leave them simple and clean, but flanked the sides with two media towers to house my never ending book collection.

Well I think that about sums it all up, though I’m sure I’m forgetting something…oh yeah, what do you think of my new space?!  Truly, MKR 

*Photography, Rustic White


…DESK…Blu Dot Strut Desk, AllModern c/o  ||  Panton Chair, AllModern c/o  ||  Tini Table 1, Oomph c/o  ||  Brush Stroke Lamp, Jana Bek via Waiting On Martha ||  Blue Acrylic Charm Bowl, Alexandra Von Furstenberg  ||  Acrylic Pencil Holder, Waiting On Martha  ||  Gold Vase, Waiting On Martha  ||  Monkey Business Card Holder, Waiting On Martha  ||  Acrylic Tape Dispenser, Waiting On Martha  ||  Acrylic Stapler, Waiting On Martha  ||  Acrylic Letter Tray, Waiting On Martha  ||  Headphones, FRENDS  ||  Embrace Nude Print, Minted c/o  ||  Skull Print, Made By Girl  ||  Too Many Heads, Minted c/o  ||  Buddha Garden Stool, similar HERE  ||  Sheepskin Rug, Pottery Barn c/o

…TABLE…Ikea, but the Knoll Table c/o AllModern is on it’s way!  ||  Louis Ghost Chairs, AllModern c/o  ||  Muse Candle, Waiting On Martha  ||  Wick Cutter, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  Large Faceted Vase, Waiting On Martha  ||  Round Jute Rug, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  Tini Table IV, Oomph c/o  ||  Sunnies, RayBan  ||  Phone Case, Casetify c/o  ||  Rocks Glasses, Dwell Studio

…SHELF…Modloft Pearl Bookcase, AllModern c/o  ||  Point of View by R Studio,  Minted c/o  ||  Uncle Sam Hand, Jonathan Adler  ||  White Urchin, Waiting On Martha  ||  Ginger Jars, Collected  ||  Harry Allen Pig, Waiting On Martha  ||  Dauville Coasters, Waiting On Martha  ||  Calculation by Stephanie Nowotarski, Minted c/o  ||  Grass with Seeds by Jorey Hurley, Minted c/o  ||  Dauville Pebble Dish, Waiting On Martha  ||  Vintage Ice Bucket, Waiting On Martha  ||  Candles, Waiting On Martha  ||  Gestural figures by Becky Nimoy, Minted c/o  ||  Marshall Stanmore Speaker, Nasty Gal  ||  Chanel Books, Waiting On Martha  ||  Gnome Bottle Opener, Waiting On Martha  ||  Gold Wishbone, Waiting On Martha  ||  Lollia Bubble Bath, Waiting On Martha  ||  Gold Old Fashioneds, Waiting On Martha  ||  Gold Glitter Spoons, Waiting On Martha   ||  Matches, Waiting On Martha  ||  Medium Gold Starburst, Waiting On Martha  ||  Castle Peak Faceted Vase, Kate Spade c/o  ||  Basket, World Market  ||  Wrapping Paper, Waiting On Martha  ||  One Good Deed Penant, Waiting On Martha  ||  Vintage Found Cutting Boards, similar HERE

…EVERYTHING ELSE…Wallpaper, Thibaut Tanzania  ||  Horned Sconces, Waiting On Martha (email for details)  ||  Fiddle Fig Basket, World Market  ||  Maple Console, Ikea  ||  Stacked Book Towers, Hayneedle

THE PLAYERSAbby M. Interiors  ||  Because It’s Awesome   ||  Bijou & Boheme  ||  Chinoiserie Chic  ||  The Decorista  ||  Design Chic  ||  The Design Daredevil  ||  Design Darling  ||  Design Indulgence  ||  Design Manifest  ||  House of Turquoise  ||  Jana Bek Design  ||  Jill Sorensen  ||  Maddie G. Designs  ||  Mimosa Lane  ||  A Piece of Toast  ||  The Pink Pagoda  ||  Stone Textile  ||  The Zhush  ||  Trademarked by Calling it Home

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  • what a completely lovely and inspiring work space…..something to swoon over at every angle. great job, it’s just beautiful!

  • Congrats love! No surprises here, it’s beautiful. Enjoy your new space! xo

  • LOVE! What a fabulous space – I really liked it “before” and now I am in awe of the “after” I am so glad you kept the wallpaper! the curtains are gorgeous and how you styled your shelves is brilliant. Come to my house! great job!

  • this is exactly the kind of overwhelming design I LOVE to see. well done you, on every front!!!

  • I wasn’t sure if I could love your office more after seeing the before, but this is fab! I’m partial to white, airy, and bright décor and you nailed it! Those curtains against the wallpaper are stunning! I’ve been eyeing an Oomph coral mini table for some time and of course JEALOUS that you have one in your new office space in white! Jana Bek lamp is the perfect touch, might be my favorite new accessory that I’m seeing in ORC! Thanks for inspiring me to finally make my drab office space my own chic space! BRAVO!

  • I would work day and night in this stunning office! So fun and fresh, love it!

  • Lucy mccloud / 11.05.2014

    In love! Especially the wallpaper and the lamp. Now I just have to wait until Maggie is old enough to buy nice things so they don’t get destroyed!!

  • Your before was one of my favorite spaces, but OMG. This is so beautiful – I love the lighter airy feel of it, but with all your fun touches it feels comfortable and homey instead of stark. Congrats!

  • The space is so beautiful. I love it’s lightness and all the eye candy! Bravo!!

  • It turned out absolutely gorgeous!! amazing job!!

  • Oh lady, this is too good! I would DIE to have an office half as lovely. Your have fabulous taste and such a brilliant eye for styling. Bravo on your re-design and for your expanding business! XO

  • Lisa / 11.05.2014

    I loved your first office but this redo is just as gorgeous. I can definitely see how this would be an inviting work space to create in daily.

  • What a cool office! I just love the Buddha stool! So fun! Well, everything really is just picture perfect and your styling is perfection. You have such great style and its evident in every single details.

  • I don’t know how you could have topped your space prior but you certainly have. Perfect styling per usual. Love love it!

  • Like others, I loved the before. However, the after is even better. I love how this space is both stylish (of course) but so functional for your growing team. Bravo!

  • Glam and gorgeous!! So you. Love it!!

  • Very gorgeous and inviting room! So many beautiful details to look at. Love the stunning wallpaper and styling work. Great job!


  • So good Mandy! I love how bright the space looks & your fresh color palette! Of course I’m obsessed with how your Brush Stroke lamp pops in the design! I’m sure your team is so excited to have such a beautiful space to work in! x jana

  • those curtains are aaaaaaaa—mazing! i love them so much that i almost think the room could be empty, and have just those curtains and that wallpaper, and it would still be awesome! what a lively space with so many details!

  • Seriously, crazy amazing!!!! The curtains with the pop of color are brilliant and the next time I update, I’m doing this! Love your styling of the space…I’d be happy to work there every day! Enjoy the space!!!!

    xo Elizabeth

  • love the new space. You have an amazing talent. Thanks for sharing…I’m now feeling inspired.

  • stunning! there are so many exquisite elements in this space, I’m drooling over your drapes, your shelves, and that wallpaper! you’ve got crazy styling skills too m’lady.

  • I have been waiting to see the final reveal of this room after seeing sneak peaks on your instagram! I LOVE the wallpaper, the lamp and just about everything in this entire space. Well done!!

  • I love it! Well worth the wait.

  • There is so much goodness happening here…loving the drapery detail and the wallpaper is always a favorite of course!!

  • What a stunning fun place! The wallpaper is the perfect backdrop! beautiful photography too.

  • What a wonderful office! I love all your choices and the attention to detail. Well done. Glad you kept that great wallpaper.

  • You definitely have the “styling” gift:) It is such a fun space and everything in there is not only beautiful but functional…..

  • So very chic. I know this is a carryover from the last design, but those sconces absolutely slay me. I love the scale of them paired with the paper and those amazing curtains. Perfection on that wall.
    Also love the mix of natural woods and white. So crisp yet warm!

  • / 11.05.2014

    Unbelievable!! I love it all. The black and white is so crisp and gorgeous with those crazy good drapes. Love love it

  • Holy gorgeousness! This looks amazing and a complete overhaul from what it used to look like. Doesn’t even look like the same room! The drapes are pretty amazing. Absolutely love this!

    xo Jessica

  • Love your new space and am in awe of you mad design skills! Love how you put everything together and that wallpaper– outstanding!! xo

  • Easily one of the prettiest offices ever! Every detail fits in perfectly.

  • Holy sh##!! This is unbelievable. I would constantly be inspired if I worked from that room. Way to go, friend. Some movers just broke my Harry Allen piggy {grrrrr} so I may need to get that silver one from your shop for our nursery. Also, I need the King Charles stationery! So cute!! xo

  • I cannot get over this amazing transformation – every.single.detail. is fabulous!! The wallpaper, the sconces, the chandelier…want it all!!

  • I can’t get over how much brighter your office looks! It’s amazing 🙂 I wish I could have you do mine!

  • So fab. So light and airy and fun. I never saw the before but I’d definitely want to work surrounded by that wallpaper

  • This is INSANE GOOD! I don’t even know where to start! The walls, the shelves, the table & chairs! Oh the details! I’m in love. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Stunning, gorgeous, amazing details are the words that come to mind after seeing your space. Beautiful work! I love it all.

  • Did not think it was possible to improve much upon an already gorgeous work space. Boy did you blow my damn mind. Glad the sconces and paper carried over and those bespoke curtains are the absolute MOST. Showstopping. The velvet mango, I can’t even…

    Insane styling. Mad love claps all around.

  • Just amazing! I love every single detail!

  • Ahh, I remember it like it was yesterday…the early email exchanges :). You killed it! I adore your space and would love to work here. You know I have ‘team’ envy. It has been great following this. Beautiful office.

  • those drapes are out of this world!!! GREAT ROOM!!!

  • I couldn’t image how you’d improve upon what you’d done already, but wow you really did! It’s just masterfully done down to the last detail and it’s GORGEOUS. Your styling skills are beyond. LOVE it all.

  • Wow, this just might be one of my favorite spaces of all times. I love every detail you put into the space and personality that the space exudes. Fabulous job and so inspirational.

  • I remember thinking you might be a little cra cra b/c the space was gorgeous to begin with, but what a different the loss of the the big black pieces make! Love the whole table area and those drapes are absolutely killer. And of course the whole space is styled perfectly! Well done!!

  • No words. Seriously, this is unreal. I would be too distracted to ever work in here!! It’s GLORIOUS! Enjoy, lady. You deserve it. ox

  • DAYUM. I loved your office before, but this is…wow. WOW.

  • OMG!!!! I love everything about your space, all the detail is just perfect!!!!!

  • Love the rug in the first picture. Don’t try to clean it yourself. Always call a professional carpet cleaning company.

  • Sarah Persinger / 03.28.2015

    Hi, I have been searching high and low for this silver drum light. please tell me where you got it!! Also, this room is gorgeous!

  • Evelyn / 04.10.2015

    This is seriously stunning and great inspo for my home office. I was wondering what size (dimensions) this room is? I scoured your previous posts about your office to see if you mentioned it, but maybe my tired eyes missed it!

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