Last week I announced that I would be participating in the One Room Challenge. My goal for the Week 2 was to create a blank canvas by clearing out the room and painting the walls. This is probably the most stressful part of the challenge for me because selecting paint colors is not on my top ten (or top 100) list of things to do. A great plan means nothing if you don’t get the foundation right. If your foundation isn’t right something will always looks a little “off”.

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Before: Marking my territory on the existing grey walls.

I will admit to leading a double life (executive by day; blogger and creator by night). I have a full-time job so evenings and weekends are the only time to get things done. Over this past weekend I was able to prime and get the first coat of paint on the walls. The second coat of paint will have to wait because I will be out of town in San Diego this upcoming weekend. Being out of commission for one weekend puts a little added pressure to get things done but luckily I planned the trip before the start of the challenge and adjusted my schedule accordingly. However, I had planned to actually finish painting the walls during week 1 so my calendar will need some additional adjustments since that didn’t happen. No stress, right??!!

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”  –Arthur Ashe


I did a lot of research to find a lovely, sophisticated shade of blushy, pale pink. Yes, lots of research on paint, of all things. If you follow me on Twitter then you already know that I consulted my House Beautiful paint guide (as I do before each paint job) to help select the perfect paint. This is a resource I have had for years. It was money well spent.

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I decided on “Intimate White” by Sherwin Williams. It doesn’t look like much on the paint strip but even with one coat on the walls, it really came alive. I can’t wait for the second coat to go up. I can already tell that it is a beautiful hue that will make a huge impact on space and create a wonderful backdrop for things yet to come. I haven’t done any interior photography with my “real” camera in a while and with so much going on I was really too tired to bust it out for a few practice shots. These photos don’t do the color justice (granted they are iPhone pictures) so this is as good as it is going to get for today…



With week one down, I now have a new blank canvas to (almost) work from. The soft romantic feminine vibe I am trying to achieve is slowly coming alive. My Sweet Seaside Studio makeover is finally happening! Thanks, Linda for hosting the challenge as it was the perfect motivation to get me started!

Other news to report:

  • With a stroke of luck, I found a desk chair. I need to make arrangements to pick it up.
  • The room accessories I ordered have arrived. Each day has felt like Christmas!

key items to be accomplished:

  • Finish painting.
  • Order area rug.
  • Hang light fixture.
  • Install one new receptacle outlet.
  • Buy fabric for office chair and have  chair reupholstered.
  • Buy supplies to make a bulletin board.
  • Order window coverings (I’m sure the neighbor’s will appreciate this one!)
  • Frame artwork.
  • Spray paint accessories.
  • Other….(because I am sure I am forgetting something!)

Meanwhile, I have admired a few other office spaces I thought I would share. After all, sharing is caring…


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Source: Pink Peonies

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Source: Linnnk.com

That’s it for this week. Thanks for following along!   XOXO, V.

Also be sure to check out the other One Room Challenge Wednesday featured designers, other guest participants, and Linda’s blog.


  1. Karen B. says:

    I thought my “pink anywhere” days were over but that barely pink paint color is so rich and lovely. Can’t wait to see the rest, although, not to be doubtful, you really do have a lot to do in the next few weeks. Yikes. Well, I’m sure you’ll surprise us all and get things finished. No pressure, right? 🙂

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Hi Karen, It’s definitely going to be a race to the finish line but I determined to GET IT DONE! I’ve committed to this so *hopefully* it will all come together. I appreciate your support, dear friend!

  2. Wanda @ From House To Home says:

    In case it helps, I’m in the same boat…only one week in and already behind! But somehow it’ll get done…and it does feel like Christmas with all the boxes arriving 🙂

  3. lauraingallsgunn says:

    I adore the direction that your room is headed towards! You did SO much better than I did in my room this week.

    I would love for you to share this post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. I think our readers would really enjoy it!

    Good luck in the upcoming week!

  4. heyitsfitzy says:

    I love the paint color you selected. While it can be time consuming to do the research, it is so worth it when you find the perfect color.

  5. Decorating Delirium (@Decordelirium) says:

    I think you have one of the hardest parts under your belt! I can so relate! I work full-time two and have two young kids, so finding the time to get this ORC done is a serious challenge. However, if not now, when, right? The barely there pink color is so feminine and chic. I used a spray paint on one of my DIY’s for my space and it is a bit to cotton candy pink, so it is back to the drawing table for me. Can’t wait to see what you get done next week.

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Hi! Thank you. Yes, fingers crossed that the chair will be done. Be sure to check this week’s post. Hint, hint. I hope your floor arrives in time. I will be sure to check out your progress.

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