One Room Challenge…Week One

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I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be participating in Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge!  The ORC is an online, bi-annual event that brings together 20 bloggers (full list below) who have a love of design and challenges them to transform a room from start to finish and document the process.  The catch?  We only have six weeks to fully complete our room transformation.  And with that tight time line I think it’s best we begin.  The room I’ve chosen to design is, my office!

I’m sure that decision comes as a surprise to many of you who follow along on a regular basis as my office in theory is complete.  It’s actually the first room I completely finished when we bought our home and I adored it.  But now that the shine has worn off I see quite a few flaws the biggest being that it’s not functional for my growing business.  The second, it’s too harsh, a tad garish.  The plan; soften up the space with more neutrals, whites, and a few pops of color plus switch out all the furniture so that my team will actually have places to sit and work.  

So with that I bid farewell to the original WOM offices and hello to a new and improved vision.  Oh, and before you all ask…yes the wallpaper is staying!  Truly, MKR

P.S.  If you’re in the Atlanta area I’m selling my black desk and bookshelves, email for more info!

The Players…Abby 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

*Photography, Rustic White


…WAIT THERE’S MORE…Desk, Ballard Designs (removed the glass doors and changed the knobs)  ||  Ghost Chairs, AllModern c/o  ||  Desk Lamp, c/o Euro Style Lighting  ||  Chandelier, available upon request through Waiting On Martha, email me!  ||  Wallpaper, Thibaut Tanzania  ||  Hermes Tray, vintage  ||  Vases, Dwell Studio via Waiting On Martha  ||  Alligator magnifying glass  ||  Spindle Chairs, Taylor Burke Home  ||  Blanket, Hermes  ||  Horn Lights, available upon request through Waiting On Martha, email me!  ||  Urchins, silver and white  ||  Pig, Harry Allen via Waiting On Martha  ||  Buddha Stool, available upon request through Waiting On Martha, email me!  ||  Lucite box   ||  The Aestate Lips Print  ||  Made By Girl Skull Print  ||   Whitney English Striped Planner  ||  Books  ||  Mint Julep CupVase  ||  Lucite Desk Accessories  ||  Monkey Business Card Holder  ||  Hermes orange planner  ||  Jonathan Adler Studded Frames (on sale!)  ||  FRENDS rose gold headphones  || Heart

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  • NO!!!!! It’s perfect! But I am sure that the new room will be equally as stunning and totally you. Can’t wait to see the final project but I will probably go shed a quick tear over the loss of that great room!

  • WOAH! This room is spectacular. I can’t wait to see how it evolves. It’s already perfect, but I know how it is when you get used to things and you need to touch up! I’m participating in ORC as a linking participant. This is gonna be a fun ride! cheers

  • Phew! So glad that wallpaper is staying. What a beautiful office…I have always loved it, but am excited to see what its next life looks like. I’m sure with your taste it will be another amazing transformation. I can’t wait to follow along.

  • We were going to have to have a serious talk if you were removing that wallpaper! I think it’s a PERFECT jumping off point for a softer space though! SO excited to see what you come up with!!

  • Blair / 10.01.2014

    I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

  • Can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait! #teamWOM

  • I’ve always SO adored your office, was definitely surprised when you said you were updating it but I totally understand. I’ve been digging lighter & airy aesthetics lately too. Love that you are keeping the wallpaper & it will be so exciting to see how it’s look changes once everything is refreshed. Can’t wait to see what you’re up to! XX jana

  • THANK GOD the wallpaper is staying…its one of my most favourite patterns ever. I can’t wait to see how you change the overall feel and work with that amazing paper as a base. Will be watching with such baited breath each week!

  • The new version will be better? I’m not sure I can take it : )

  • I want a team. How big is your entourage? I can’t even imagine how you will improve this, but I know you will. This will be fun to watch. I’m sure half of Atlanta has contacted you by now. Good luck.

  • Can I please have your garish (read- amazing) office? It’s already spectacular, so I cannot wait to see the “improvements”.

  • I can’t wait to see the changes you make!! Like the others, I’m SO glad you are keeping the wallpaper, it’s gorgeous!

  • So happy you are keeping the wallpaper – can’t wait to watch it transform!!

  • I would have a hard time changing this beautiful office, but I know what you mean, and I’m certainly excited to see what you come up with or how your op this one off! Good luck!

  • I was so confused in the beginning…..thank God you explained:) Same wallpaper but new and improved space….yes…I’m in!

  • I’m a fan of your offices design, but also excited to see the changes you’ll make! To me, interior design is a bit of an addiction. Even though the room is complete, you can’t fight the itch to change it. Good luck!

    S. Roderick

  • I have long time admired your office, but I can relate on growing tired of your own space. And CONGRATULATIONS on expanding! I can’t wait to see what you come up with, I know it will be even better! XO

  • Extremely relieved that the wallpaper is staying. Can’t wait to see the transformation!

  • I agree with everyone else that the paper is divine, but I’m all for improving the rest. A pretty office is great, but it isn’t functional that it’s gotta go! Looking forward to seeing your progress. You have such chic taste.

  • lawd, i almost fainted when you started. the paper makes such a statement! it will be fun to see what direction you take this space now. no doubt it will be amazing. excited to follow along!

  • I can’t WAIT to see what you do with this space. I’ve always admired these photos of your office, but do love the thought of more neutrals (and can’t wait to see how you mix that in with the wallpaper, since I think the dark hues actually compliment it SO well). But I’m sure in true WOM fashion it’ll be amazing.



  • I have long loved your office but am excited to see a new transformation. I am doing my office as well so it will be fun to watch yours unfold! I am sure it will be awesome!

  • AH I LOVE your office. Can’t wait to see your new vision.

  • FABULOUS! I can’t believe you are working on this space, but I’m sure it will turn out so good! Looking forward to see your progress – and writing down a few of your tips for my own office 😉 Good luck!

  • Holy cow, I love this office as is, but I guess if it’s not functional… Can’t wait to see what you have in mind, as I’m sure it will be fabulous! 🙂

  • Can’t wait to see the office changes and really love that wallpaper, so I am glad it is staying! I think I need to go ahead and purchase the Whitney English planner for 2015!

  • Oh, one of my all time favorites! I’ll be on the edge of my seat watching your new creation unfold!!

  • such a great office to start with! will be following along to see how you transform an already cool space. dana

  • Hooray for growth! I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I know it will be gorgeous!

  • Stunning office space! I almost picked my office to work on as an ORC linking participant this go around, but the budget is a little too high for all that needs to be done. However, the sky is the limit with your inspiration! I love that wallpaper, so chic and GLAM! Hard to picture the space better than it is now, but can’t wait to see how you transform it!

  • Awwwww thank you. With a growing business and team my office just wasn’t functional anymore. Anyway, big hugs and can’t wait to see your completed space!

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