One Room Challenge - Week Two - Light and (almost) Bright!

Welcome back, friends! This marks week two of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda at Calling it Home.  I am participating as a Guest Participant along with several other bloggers.  To see the featured designers click here.  

You may remember from my last post that I chose to redo my home office.  We are in a rental house, so there are things that I cannot change.  The lighting is one of them, and the tree that the neighbors planted in front of the window, thus blocking out a good portion of natural light is the other.  The drab tan paint color (which was in every room in the house but our bathroom) was making the room a bit dark.  The desk being in the corner didn’t help with the lack of lighting.  Thankfully, our landlord told me I could paint, so that is the first change I made to the room.  Of course, I wanted to go with white to brighten up the room. 

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I chose Pure White by Sherwin Williams. It has helped a bit with the drabness in the room, but it still needed a little brightening.  One day while strolling through Target, I happened upon this desk lamp.  It is from the Pillowfort line, which is for kids, but I think the entire line is adorable.  I saw this lamp and loved the green.  It was on clearance too, which is always nice.  Unfortunately it looks like the green that I bought is no longer available.

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To help with the dimness in this room, I am rethinking the layout.  This is where I am hitting a wall, honestly.  I am trying to incorporate some Feng Shui principals as far as the positioning of the desk, but it’s tricky.  I am not crazy about the idea of the desk being the first thing you see when you walk in (plus if I turn my head to the left I can see the madness that is my son’s room.) but I like the thought of it having what little natural light coming in, although it could glare on the monitor.  I was considering hanging a mirror on the wall behind the desk to help reflect the light into the room.  It feels kind of scattered to me though.  One good thing about this layout is the open space in the center of the room, which helps when you are designing two patio areas with multiple uses that all need to relate to each other. Here is how the room is now:

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Another option, but it would be even trickier, would be to have the desk in the center of the room, and then create the zones. This is what I have in my head.  This layout, and the design I am working on, have been in my head since I first saw this room.  But then you have a little thing called cords that would get in the way and I am not crazy about the monitor being at the mercy of a cord running across the room.  Grace is not a strong point of mine, ha.  

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Honestly, this is the layout I prefer.  I think we might give this one a try and see what happens.

So there is where I am right now.  I have a few DIY projects planned for the coming weeks, which will really transform this room and give it the personality I am after.  Next week is an exciting week!

See you soon!  Lori