Here we are: the beginning of another One Room Challenge, and this time I am taking on my Workroom. This multifunctional space is a combination of home office, library, sewing room, craft room, and art studio. And it needs some love and attention! So over the next six weeks I am doing a Workroom Makeover.
But this is part of the One Room Challenge — an Instagram-based challenge where people all over the world commit to redoing a room in their house in a six week period. Some are professional designers. Some are influencers. Some are DIY-enthusiasts. But we all have a problem area of our house that we need to fix. That’s the best part of the ORC — seeing the huge variety of projects that people undertake and cheering each other on. Each week I’ll post an update on my project with photos, tutorials, how-to projects, and more. I will post all of the resources I use was well.
And for this project, I am guided by several principles about which I have written in the past:
Sustainability and green design: home renovation can have a very negative ecological impact. It can be wasteful. And it can be toxic. But it doesn’t have to be any of those things. I’m committed to doing this project — and every project — with sustainability in mind. I will talk more about what this means later, but there are several commitments I have made for this project:
Using less plastic and more natural materials
Repurposing what I already have when possible
Sourcing vintage and pre-owned items as much as possible
KonMari: since discovering Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up several years ago, I have asked myself countless times, “Does this spark joy?” I will be taking on my Workroom as if it was an apartment — using the KonMari method to tackle everything in the room from art supplies to books to files to sewing materials. Can you KonMari a creative space? I aim to prove that you can, and it isn’t as bad as you might think.
The Not So Big House: while this is part of our house-buying philosophy, so much of what Sarah Susanka laid out in her book, The Not So Big House, informs every design decision we make.
So, I hope you will hop over to the One Room Challenge page and check out the first installment of this new project! I have the before photos as well as a roadmap for where I’m headed. It promises to be fun and exciting!
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