When the author of the blog “Calling it Home” put out the spring challenge of making over a space in six weeks I jumped in with both feet and used this as a wonderful opportunity to update my studio/office space. Challenge accepted! I can’t say getting to this point was easy and I know many of you were doubtful that it would happen but I am happy to report that I actually (barely) made it to the finish line.  (Insert huge sigh of relief here).

This room serves as my creative space. It is an office and blogging space, as well as the studio where I design and make jewelry, paper craft, and paint…among other creative endeavors. I designed the room in a series of vignettes as there are very distinct areas in this space each with its own purpose, design and flair.

To be creative you must create a space for yourself where you can be undisturbed…separate from everyday concerns.   –John Cleese


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CHAIR. The chair was a craigslist find that was refinished and reupholstered. The original planned called for painting it white, which I was very gun-shy about. Instead, I opted to have it refinished which turned out to be a decision that I am very happy about. It came out so well that I am almost afraid to sit in it! Doesn’t it look pretty?

ARTWORK. I intended on framing a series of large peony photographs on this wall but deviated from my original plan mid-course. Since spring has arrived I can’t help but think of the garden and I came up with an idea of framing vintage floral milk glass brooches. I plan on finding two small round plates to fill in some of the space between the round mirror and jewelry artwork. I just have not yet found anything I absolutely love. I also figure that the objects on display may change periodically since like to tinker with things!

The picture below is close-up of one of the art pieces I made. I posted it on my Instagram feed a few weeks ago but I know not everyone may have seen it.


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AREA RUG. I ran out the door at 7pm the night the room needed to be completed. I had to make a last minute purchase to buy this rug. The room would not be complete without it and the bright colors and floral motif make the room sing. Don’t you agree?

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DESK. I strategically placed the desk in the corner of the room enabling me to enjoy the view out the windows while I work. This is a creative space so having what I need available at my fingertips is important, as well as having a few other items for no other reason other than because they simply make me happy. That alone is reason enough to find them useful.

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All space is space in which to create.   –Eric Maisel

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I particularly love my pink ceramic elephant, affectionately named ‘Lil Jumbo. He was a gift from my aunt and I am so happy that he will be keeping me company while I work at my desk.

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Stay loyal to your creativity because it’s a gift.   –Pharrell

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INSPIRATION BOARD. This past weekend I created an oversized bulletin board covered in a heavyweight white linen fabric. It’s now an empty “blank canvas”, but the goal is that over time it will be entirely covered with inspirational images. I will continue to share my inspiration board as it fills up.

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STORAGE. I need vast amount of storage in this space and these cabinets (below) fit the bill perfectly.  I chose to keep the wall space above the cabinets clear allowing the eye to rest since there is a lot going on in this room. Plus, I didn’t want anything to detract from my growing pile of books sporting their rainbow of colors.calling it home one room challenge office craft room studio reviving charmone room challenge library reviving charmpiles of books reviving charm one room challenge librarypiles of books reviving charm one room challengeone room challenge art studio office reviving charmone room challenge office studio craft room reviving charm black dogs 1

So that wraps up your glimpse inside my creative space. I hope you enjoyed your tour. Be sure to check out the other room reveals here and here. There is a lot of talent out there! Thank you, Linda for hosting the challenge and giving me the push I needed to get this done!


  1. After Orange County says:

    Words cannot adequately describe how blown away I am by your One Room Challenge but I’ll give it a shot… Stunning, sensational, soothing, brilliant, creative, feminine, INSPIRATIONAL!! You are one talented lady and I so applaud you for a fantastic effort and amazing outcome. As I sit in my office I am so motivated to follow your lead and make my office more inviting. Congratulations!!! You did it!!

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Wow..what a wonderful comment. I have to say, you made my day! Thank you for your kind words. If anything, I am glad to have provided you with some inspiration. I would love to see your office and if you choose to give it a makeover, please be sure to share! Yes…i did it…now I can rest!

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Hi Meg,
      Thank you for you stopping by and leaving such a wonderful comment. “Classy and Beautiful’…what powerful words and such a wonderful compliment. Thank you!

  2. Ellie Good says:

    Beautiful! I’m so impressed with how everything came together- I love your desk accessories and can’t wait to see how the inspiration board gets filled!

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Thank you for your kind words. I will be sure to post as the inspiration board gets filled. I’m actually excited about continuing to collect inspiring images. Hopefully, they will inspire others as well. Have a great weekend.

  3. Karen B. says:

    This is beyond magazine worthy! You really did such a beautiful job, it’s fabulous. I’m inspired to rethink my small office space. I love it all and the rug brings it all together. The chair turned out well and the paint color on the walls is so warm and welcoming. Congratulations!

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Hi Karen,
      You are making me blush! Thank you for you lovely compliment. I’m happy with the way the chair turned out also. And so glad that I decided to purchased the area rug late last night. You are right, it really does bring everything all together. Maybe one day you can visit it in person!

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Hi Wanda…Can you believe I almost didn’t purchase the rug? It really does make the room and glad you like it. Thank you for your kind words. Your comment is much appreciated.

  4. amanda says:

    This is such a pretty and refined craft room! I love all of the little details – like the trophies to hold paint brushes. I made over my craft room too! I thought I would never finish it on time. Great work.

  5. Reviving Charm says:

    Hi Amanda,
    Thank you for your lovely comments. Yes, the details make the room and its always fun to use items in ways they weren’t originally intended for. The trophies make perfect containers for brushes, pens, etc. Congrats on finishing your room. I will be sure to check it out.

  6. Sandy BRETZ says:

    I love everything about your one room challenge! Such a beautiful transformation! I hope you enjoy the calm, serene and organized setting you have worked so hard to complete! Thank you for sharing! I am inspired to work on my own craft room!

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Well, hello there my dear! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I love your space but an update is always fun…especially when you’re not doing it under pressure! We must get together sometime soon. xoxo.

  7. Decorating Delirium (@Decordelirium) says:

    Your space is so lovely and feminine. What a beautiful work space to get away from the world. I adore the pale pink walls and all of your vignettes and desk accessories. You did it!! Now you can kick up your feet and relax (if you are like me- for only a second!)

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Thank you for your sweet comments. You and I alike…yes, kicking up my heels for only a second. I should have known better but it’s all good! Have a wonderful weekend.

  8. docvel23 says:

    Your creative space is inspirational! I love how you managed to display and use your collections at the same time! Those brooch art works are so lovely too! Congrats and CHEERS to us for another room done!

  9. Sandy Bretz says:

    This is one of my favorite posts and I find myself revisiting it often! I love your organization, your brooch art and your collection of art brushes in the beautiful silver vase! I can’t imagine all the fun crafting goodies that are stored in your white drawers! You are one talented designer and a creative blogger! Keep up the great work and don’t forget to post more of your inspiration board. I would love to see what it looks like today, especially after your New Year post!! Love ya!!

    • Reviving Charm says:

      Hey Sandy, it’s so nice to hear from you. Oh, you are so kind my dear friend! I’m glad you enjoy the post and that it’s inspired you so much. I continue to work on my office and continually update my inspiration board (I love to tinker) and I will definitely share it here in the New Year. XO.

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