ORC inspiration week4 reviving charm

I am attempting to makeover my office/studio/creative space over the course of six weeks as part of the One Room Challenge hosted by the Linda of Calling It Home. I have two short weeks left. I fell behind a little bit so this past week was all about catching up and starting new projects. The most important thing was to finish painting the walls. I am happy to report that I can finally cross that off the list. With the painting done, I was also able to tackle a few other projects this week.

New Art. Art work plays a key role in a space. I am designing the room in a series of vignette spaces with the main wall (the one you see when you first walk into the space) originally planned to display a series of floral photography alongside an over-sized mirror. Now that we are halfway through the Challenge I decided to change my design plan with respect to some of the artwork going into the space.

Has anyone else changed their plan halfway through the design?


A while back I created some artwork for the our master bedroom using vintage milk glass brooches. Unfortunately, they were never hung on the walls. The background was originally a gorgeous melon colored Clarence House silk but I decided to swap out the fabric for crisp bright white linen that will fit in with the scheme of my new creative space. This is a great way to put your beautiful jewels on display and enjoy them on a daily basis. It beats having them stored away in a drawer where they will most likely be forgotten about. Here are a couple of the pieces I created.

reviving charm artwork one room challenge office makeover vintage jewelry as art 1

New Fabric: I went shopping for fabric and found a wonderful linen for the my new/old desk chair. If you live in Southern California you must to pay a visit to Dorell Fabrics in Fountain Valley. It is a warehouse full of great finds at exceptionally reasonable prices. The linen I found is a nice heavy weight, backed fabric for only $9.99 per yard. I asked an employee about their fabric lots and was told that they purchase from various manufacturers so it’s not uncommon to find well known and designer brand fabrics. A while back I purchased a Lee Jofa fabric for $19.00 per yard. It was a Kelly Wearstler design which would typically cost well over $100 per yard (retail).  I felt like I hit the fabric lottery with this find.

one room challenge office craft room makeover reviving charm fabric shopping

The linen I selected is laying on the cutting table.

Organization. The towers of storage are in place and I started organizing a bit. The first thing I wanted to tackle was labeling the many, many, many storage drawers in this space. I purchased the drawers about two years ago from Ikea. All I can say is this: best purchase ever. The amount of storage they provide is phenomenal. I started adding metal label holders to them but never finished. I resorted to using post-it labels as a temporary measure because I wasn’t able to find anything. Afterall, all the drawers look the same! This week I started to put on the missing label holders and am replacing the actual Dymo labels with printed labels using the same font as my blog header. You’ll see the finished result in the reveal. It’s a simple detail but one that will make a huge difference.

one room challenge organization before


  • Find desk chair.
  • Finish painting walls. 
  • Paint window trim and closet door.
  • Order area rug.
  • Hang light fixture.
  • Install one new receptacle outlet.
  • Buy fabric for chair and have  it reupholstered and painted.
  • 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 (I have been waiting for the wind to die down)
  • Freak out because there are only 2 weeks left in the challenge.
  • Other….(because I am sure I am forgetting something!)

That’s about it for this week. There is still quite a bit to be completed but I’m determined to get this done! Be sure to also check out the other One Room Challenge Wednesday featured designers, other guest participants, and Linda’s blog.

Thanks for following along…XOXO, V.


  1. Karen B. says:

    The suspense is killing me. I love the idea of the broaches being used as art. The room sounds like it’s coming along. I feel your stress at only having 2 weeks left but have every confidence you’ll finish in time!

    • Reviving Charm says:

      I opted not to do custom built-ins to allow for flexibility and these turned out to be a great solution. I recommend them. The are time consuming to put together but they keep me organized. I would love to see your office.

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