If you are new to this blog…welcome! I am a Southern California creator who owns a seaside ranch home that is in process of being decorated one room at a time. To learn more about me check this out.  Over the course of the next six weeks I will be participating in the One Room Challenge.

What is the One Room Challenge? 

The One Room Challenge is hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. Linda challenges design bloggers to transform a room of their choice over the course of six short weeks and document their weekly progress from start to finish. I will be participating by making over my “Sweet Seaside Studio” and posting updates each Thursday. The final reveal of my completed space will take place on May 12, 2016. Let the challenge begin…


I admit that it is taking a lot of courage on my part to post these pictures. But if I want to participate in the One Room Challenge then I really should include some “before” shots of space. I thought showing this montage of photos will give you a better understanding of what the space has looked like in its various forms,  whether it was tended by the prior owner or myself.

I keep reminding myself that a really, really bad “before” picture will make the best “before and after” story when all is said and done. –V.R., Author of Reviving Charm


No. 1: These pictures were taken the first time we toured the home in December 2012. I know what you are thinking…run…and run fast! Even though this space was a total hot mess we still decided to purchased the home. In fact the moment we walked into the house Mr. B said “This is the one.” At that point we had not yet even seen the entire home, including this room. You can say we both had vision. Lots of vision. Hence, the title of this blog…Reviving Charm. We felt that a little TLC is what the home needed and reviving its’ charm would be an exciting endeavor for us.

Old pictures of the home show how the previous owner attached beadboard to portions of the walls to serve as headboards for two twin beds. I am not sure how the beadboard was attached but it damaged the walls extensively when it was removed. The baseboard was also either missing or damaged. The pictures show the poor wall restoration done by the prior owner. You can also see that the original hardwood floor was in horrible shape after being thrashed by  the former human and canine occupants.

No. 2: Before we moved in we had professionals come in and repair the walls, restore the hardwood floors with a beautiful custom stain, install new baseboard and remove the popcorn ceilings throughout the entire house. It was better to do these things before we moved in without any furniture to get in the way. At the time I wasn’t sure what color to paint this room so I had the contractor leave the walls white. These pictures were taken after deciding to paint the walls grey. You can see several paint swatches on the wall.

No. 3: Who’s silly idea was it to purchase furniture that you have to assemble yourself?

No. 4: Photo from 2014. Grey paint is now up on the walls and I was still moving in. I was never really successful at moving into this space completely. I had every intention on finishing this space but it just never came together. Luckily, I can close the door to this room when guests come over!

No. 5: I purchased this chair for the office space at my old home and tried to make it work at my current home. The chair is by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair and I love its design. However, as part of the One Room Challenge it will be finding a new home in the family room to be paired up with a new desk in that space. I hope I can find a suitable replacement. There is a bit of nervous nail biting action going on with respect to finding a new chair in a timely manner. I do have a few things in mind so both you and me will be surprised with the final selection.


The goals for this project are simple:

  1. USE EXISTING FURNITURE. I will be reusing most of the pieces in the room. There is the potential of swapping out two small storage pieces and I am looking for a new desk chair. Whenever possible, I try to re-purpose a piece or reuse it somewhere else in our home. For example, the antique buffet now in this room was previously in the dining room at our old home. It provides a great amount of storage space.
  2. CREATE A MULTI-PURPOSE SPACE. The room will be used for a variety of creative uses. I use the space to write, blog, wrap gifts, make jewelry, sew, paint and papercraft. I need desk space and lots of storage. The room is located at the front of the house so I would like to maintain the desk near the window so i can enjoy the scenery when I work at my desk. I want the room to be an attractive space but I also have to realize that it is still a studio space so finding creative storage options will be on the list of things to do.
  3. LIGHTEN UP THE WALLS. The room is currently painted “Intellectual Grey” by Sherwin Williams. I love the dark, moody color but since this is a creative space I think it could benefit from a lighter color.


So here it is…a glimpse of what is to come. What do you think?

I have quite a bit to accomplish so be sure to check back here each Thursday so see what progress I have made. Alternatively, you can always subscribe to my posts and I can come to you (via your inbox) so you don’t miss a thing!

Also, make sure to check out the other One Room Challenge Wednesday featured designers and guest participants who are all so brave to tackle the six week challenge.


  1. Wanda @ From House To Home says:

    I love your inspiration pictures…exactly what you need for a creative environment. Your goals are pretty similar to what I want to do in my ORC home office makeover…looking forward to seeing how your room comes together!

  2. Karen B. says:

    I think it’s going to be lovely. First of all, what a great “before” post. You’ve really done a wonderful job with the graphics in the post…very nice. Second, I love your inspiration board. It will be fun to see progress.

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Hi Karen,
      Thank you! Thanks for being such a great supporter. The “before” was a tough one to put out there but the end result will be a dramatic contrast. Have a great day…

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Thank you! You’re pictures are great “before” shots…just think how dramatic your before and after will be! You still have 5 weeks to get plenty accomplished. The ORC is a great motivator to get projects started. And if you finish even better but if you don’t, who cares.

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