Wednesday, April 2, 2014

One Room Challenge Week One

Welcome to One Room Challenge Week One. If you are new to my blog, welcome! I am delighted you are here. As you know, Linda from Calling it Home created this semiannual challenge, where 20 interior decorators and design bloggers are asked to transform a room within six weeks. The ORC has become one of the hottest design events in the blogosphere, and I am thrilled to join such a talented group!
Thanks to Jennifer at The Pink Pagoda for creating the fabulous ORC graphics!

The room I have selected for this challenge is my home office. If you follow my blog, you may recall that I attended the Lilly Pulitzer estate auction in February, and I purchased Lilly's very own desk! 


So naturally, I will be creating a Lilly Pulitzer-inspired office, with some Hollywood Regency and Chinoiserie thrown in the mix to achieve a look that is "Tropical Glam." My inspiration board is below... 

My goals for this room are as follows: 
  • Repaint Lilly's desk to its former glory. 
  • Use Lilly Pulitzer sheets to create a giant DIY bulletin board and chair pillow. 
  • Find and purchase the perfect office chair.
  • Purchase whimsical prints from The Pink Pagoda and frame. 
  • Move my vintage elephant console (an estate find!) from the garage to my office. 
  • Create storage for my vast collection of magazines using baskets beneath the console. 
  • Purchase and plant a palm in a Chinoiserie planter. 
  • Overhaul my disastrously messy bookcase, and give it some style! 
  • Organize, organize, organize! Even though we moved in last fall, this room has been a dumping ground until now, and I still have boxes to unpack! 
  • Accessorize. 
Coming into this challenge, my office already had a few key elements...  
  • Custom coral silk Dupioni drapes, salvaged and reused from our last home.
  • Vintage mirrored Ello cabinet, repurposed as a bookcase, from Again & Again.
  • Navy blue and white Stark rug in "Beatrice"... an eBay score. 
  • Tropical leaf ceiling fan... not the most glamorous lighting solution, but a necessity here in sweltering South Florida. 
  • Collection of Chinese blue and white porcelain. 
Here is my office, in its current state... (Don't be fooled... there are more boxes. I shamefully hid them in the hall for these pictures.)


My desk and bulletin board will go against this wall.

Elephant console table and framed prints from The Pink Pagoda here. 

What lurks behind those closet doors is not pretty... I must finish unpacking and get organized!

As you can see, the color scheme for my office is coral pink, blue, and white... which I think is such a Palm Beach Chic combination. Here are a few inspirational pictures I compiled when putting these colors and my story board together. 

My elephant console is identical to this one, but lacquered in white!



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I hope you will follow me along on this journey! Now, please go check out what the other One Room Challengeparticipants are up to... and don't forget to visit Calling it Home again tomorrow to see who will be participating in the ORC Linking Event

63 comments:

  1. Wow I LOVE it! So bold and fun, just your style. I can't wait to see it morph into your great style. Best of luck! xo Nancy

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  2. I am so excited to see your new desk become a part of your life!

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  3. That is so fun that you can do an entire room around Lilly's desk! Your plan looks great. You have some great pieces as foundation (that elephant table is terrific AND the Ello piece!). Can't wait to see how it goes!

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  4. How amazing is that desk!?!? This whole room is going to be ridiculously fabulous!!!

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  5. OMG...the desk and the console are amazing! I am loving this room already.

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  6. This room is going to rock my face off. Super excited to watch it unfold. I know it will be gorgeous!

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  7. Oh wow!!! Your vision for this room is so colorful and lovely, I can't wait to see it all come together!!

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  8. I think you are half way there already! The base things you have a great!! This will turn out fabulous!

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  9. I am going to be thinking about that desk all day! It would be the ultimate to do a room around the Holy Grail of girly. Can't wait to see this!

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  10. Girl!! I adore you and I love Lilly!!! This will be the best eye candy of the week!!! Can't wait!!! xo

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  11. I love it all. Your color scheme and that desk are amazing. Can't wait to follow this!

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  12. I was hoping your room was going to include that amazing desk!! Love the sheet bulletin board idea. Good luck!

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  13. This is fantastic!!! I can not wait to see this home office when your done!! So excited to be following you!

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  14. Love all the color! This will be fun to watch!
    -Shelley

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  15. Aaaaahhhh! For sure Andrea, your room is one I would follow along to a tee! I knew you'd be using your desk for this!!!!! LOVE the plan and all the details that go along with it! I can't wait, so excited for you!

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  16. My dear, you know I am crazy over the color combo!!! You have such an amazing plan, this room is going to be amazing. Lily would be proud! :)

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  17. You have got to be kidding me, that desk!!! Where was I? It's going to be so much fun watching you infuse your dramatic, lively style into this space!

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  18. Lilly's desk? Shut. The. Front. Door. Wow. I am beyond impressed and jealous. The design looks so perfectly you. This is gonna be good.

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  19. Well, what's behind the doors may not be pretty, but the doors themselves sure are! Lily's OWN desk - way cool. This is gonna be so, so good!
    ag

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  20. I am seriously so in love with your design board, I might squeal!!! This is going to be GREAT!!! Happy to be following along! :)

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  21. I die already!! that bookcase that you have is insane! and the elephant console is just amazing....don't even get me started on the desk. This is going to be amazing. I can't even wait another minute till next week!

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  22. I can't wait to see! Your inspiration pics are incredible...I know the room will be too!! :)

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  23. What an amazing desk! Love the inspiration pics too.

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  24. This is going to be a great room, I can tell. Love that rug!

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  25. Loving the color combos! This room is going to be fantastic when it's finished.

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  26. Great plans! Adore your inspirations as well. Looking forward to see this room transformed.

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  27. Yeeeeeeeeeei! Oh, this room is going to be so good. I can't wait to see how this turns out. I really want that mirrored bookshelf thing. So good!
    xoxo
    ashlina
    thedecorista.com

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  28. Wooo hoo I can't wait to see! You are the queen of palm beach brilliance and I just know this is going to be a good one!

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  29. I can only imagine how gorgeous this room will come out. Wow what a desk and you will be writing on a fashionable piece of history every time you sit there!! Its going to be amazing, cannot wait to follow along with you!

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  30. What an amazing desk cant wait to see the room progress its going to be fantastic so excited x

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  31. I can't believe that desk!!! You have so many good things in this room already. It's going to be so much fun seeing how it turns out!

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  32. Maximalism at its best, I Love it! That first inspiration pic is one of my all time faves.

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  33. Hot damn....I LOVE this color combo! Git down girl and WOW the heck out of us!

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  34. I am in elephant heaven. I am loving all of this. This would be my favorite place to hang out. Can't wait.

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  35. OMG! This is the bomb.com!!! I love it ALL!! I have been drooling all over it!! Can not wait to see your room as it progresses!!! LOVE your work!!!!

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  36. LOVE ALL of THIS!! Your the bomb.com! I can not wait to watch your progress over the next weeks!! I love your work!!!! :)

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  37. ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm...what. what what WHAT??? your office is going to show my office who's boss. what incredible pieces to work with!! cannot wait to see this. ox

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  38. Wow! I can't wait to see how this turns out, I love it all

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  39. I can't wait to see what you will do with Lilly's desk!!!!

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  40. Your desk is amazing and love the direction you are going with the moldboard…can't wait to see!!

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  41. SO exciting!! I cannot wait to see it! xoxo

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  42. Love that you are designing your room around that desk! I was wondering where it was going to end up in your house. I am sure this room is going to turn out great!

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  43. Wow, Andrea, this office is going to be GORGEOUS! You have a fantastic space here, and I'm honored you're using my prints! That desk. And that console table. OH MY GOODNESS.

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  44. This is going to be so fun! Love the look you're hoping to achieve...looking forward to following along :)

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  45. You have Lilly's old desk?? Wow! Love your inspiration board, and look forward to following the progress. It's gonna be fabulous! xoxo

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  46. I love what you have going on here! And that DESK! DYING.
    Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog... I can't seem to reply to it though! PS: I just saw your About picture the one done by Renato. What a small world- my best friend is good friends with him! So funny. Cute pic. Xx

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  47. Oh my gosh I love that elephant console! I love your plans! I may just have rent office space from you! :)

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  48. Andrea--this is truly amazing! That desk!!! That elephant console!! And I love your idea to use Lilly sheets for the bulletin and the pillow--so clever! I cannot wait to follow along--it will be tropical glam at its best!!! Xo!

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  49. So jealous of your space! Can't wait to see it all done! :)


    Http://www.perfectpieceinteriors.com

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  50. Um, wow! I'm speechless. Just gorgeous.

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  51. I am crushing on your chosen colour combo! Can't wait to see this progress!

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  52. Wow weeeeeeeee! I can't wait to see this one!

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  53. I am looking forward to seeing you transform your space! It's so exciting!

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  54. Forgive me if I absolutely stalk you over the next 6 weeks. THOSE DRAPES! Love!!

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  55. Love your inspiration...cant wait to see it!

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  56. omigosh this is going to be amazing andrea! AHHHHHHHHHHH

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  57. Anything that has Lilly Pulitzer's unbelievable desk as a starting point is going to be so incredible. When I saw your auction post I thought I'd die of jealous. AND an elephant console. Just too amazing for words.
    Tricia // Suburban Bitches

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  58. Omg that desk!!!!
    WOW, I die!!!!
    Speaking of elephants...
    Check out my post today.... I think you will like it!!!
    By the way, how's that bracelet you got from me. I am so thrilled it went to the right person!
    So looking forward to this transformation of yours !!!

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  59. I'm still obsessing over the powder room makeover and now this? It's going to be epic!!

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  60. Stop it with that desk! To die! I cannot believe you have her actual desk! It's gorgeous! And those curtains are perfection! Cannot wait to see this room lady! And that inspiration pic with the painted tented ceiling is one of my favs!

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  61. Again, LOVE your inspiration and colors! The desk, the closet door detail yes please! Can't wait to see what you do with this office!

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  62. I sent you an email in case you are looking for a red dresser. Pamela

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