One Room Challenge

One Room Challenge Spring 2018: Week 1

As a design and DIY blogger this is one of my absolute favorite times of the year! It is officially the start of the Spring One Room Challenge.

This is my sixth season as a guest participant and I have 3 1/2 beautifully completed rooms that we enjoy because of this room makeover challenge. What happened to the other 1 1/2?

We moved!  Well, most of what is currently on our beloved screen porch came from that room makeover in 2015 that’s where the 1/2 came in.

For the previous three challenges we have completed our Master Bathroom (pictured above), my Studio Office and most recently the Dining Room.

It is without hesitation that this season we decided to tackle my husband’s office.  It is right off the foyer and while it not quite an eyesore, it is definitely far from the vision I had for the space when we moved into #theTrailHouseReno.


But look closely, and you’ll see that new fabric is just draped over the antique settee and I am conveniently hiding the rest

The only thing that is sure to stay is the desk. And that unfortunate desk chair. This is my husband’s room so he’s the client and they function the way he likes so, if he says they stay. they stay. I may or may not at a minimum find a substitute chair for the reveal.


Now let’s move on to some inspiration for what the room will become, a library.  The room will continue to be his office, but he no longer works primarily from home so it will function more as a home office.

Source: Francesco Lagnese via Traditional Home

The room will feature a dark wall of library shelves.


Source: Durasupreme

Next week I’ll be back with more specific design plans! And yes, I am holding out on you.

There is one special architectural detail that will be added to the room that I have yet to show you. It will likely be the favorite part of the room makeover!  Stay tuned!

Be sure to visit the featured participants, the 20 amazingly talented design influencers are chosen and invited to lead the way by posting their updates on Wednesdays. Each Thursday for the next 6 weeks, the guest participants, bloggers and influencers across the web link up their progress as well. It is a crazy, fun and inspirational ride!!


  • Susanne
    April 4, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Oh my goodness! I used the photo of your powder room makeover as inspiration for my ORC guest bathroom! I found it on Wayfair’s site. I am a huge fan, I can’t wait to see this office makeover!!

    • Leslie
      April 4, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Thank you! How awesome, I’m honored. I can’t wait to see your powder room!

  • Jewel Marlowe
    April 4, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    This is going to be so pretty. I love your other make overs!

    • Leslie
      April 4, 2018 at 10:42 pm

      Thank you for the comment on my past makeovers. Makes me smile.

  • Cate
    April 5, 2018 at 3:04 am

    How exciting! Can’t wait to see what you do. I love the insipriation images!

    • Leslie
      April 5, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you!! I’m hoping I can execute a look or two from each of them. Good luck to you too!

  • Jordana @WhiteCabana
    April 5, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Ooh…moody inspiration! It’s going to be a beautiful space!

    • Leslie
      April 5, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Yes, another moody room for sure. It will be much more masculine than any of my other spaces and rightly so since it’s my husband’s space.

  • Emy
    April 5, 2018 at 5:42 am

    Love your inspiration photos! Your past ORC rooms are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see you work your magic in there.

  • Jturner
    April 5, 2018 at 6:10 am

    Absolutely Lovely! Your blog is so enjoyable. I either leave inspired or refreshed. You can remodel our home in Texas anytime!

    • Leslie
      April 5, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you! That is the absolute best comment ever! It is why I do all of this!! If I get to Texas I’ll look you up!!

  • Susie
    April 5, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Oh Leslie! This is going to be one fantastic space. Love your inspiration photos so much….I’d take any one of these copied into my living room space without hesitation. Looking so forward to watching your progress every week. 🙂 ~~Susie from The Chelsea Project

    • Leslie
      April 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm

      I know right! Hoping it comes out half as good as any one of them! I’ll be following you too!

  • Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod
    April 5, 2018 at 7:39 am

    My goodness Leslie – your ORC projects are stunning. There is no doubt that your husband’s office will look fabulous when you complete it! Can’t wait to follow along the journey these next 5 weeks!

    • Leslie
      April 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you!! Totally blushing here. Looking forward to having the room done! One of the best parts of the ORC!!

  • Joy
    April 5, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    I love your inspiration photos – can not wait to follow along!

  • Sonya~at HOME with the barkers.
    April 5, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Ohhhh…that inspiration is good! I love the concept you are after. Can’t wait to see it transpire. ~Sonya

  • Tiffany
    April 5, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    What a beautiful home you have (I sound like Yoda)! Excited to see the transformation as I am sure it will be beautiful.

  • Lindsey at HilltownHouse
    April 6, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Can’t wait to see how this turns out! I’m going to be helping my brother put together a library (complete with dark bookcases) after the ORC so super interested in how this room comes together!!

  • Andi
    April 6, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Oo I hope you put in built-ins! I love them and love seeing how much of a statement they make. Can’t wait to see what you do!

  • Brittany Goldwyn
    April 7, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Um your house is beautiful. My husband, who doesn’t care at all about anything I do in the house, just walked by and saw your porch pic and just said “I want that.” LOL, the pressure is on with my outdoor space now

  • Jenny
    April 8, 2018 at 6:48 am

    I love your idea to do a dark library wall in here. It’s going to look incredible! Can’t wait to follow along!

  • Ruthie
    April 8, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    I love what you have done so far in previous challenges! I can’t wait to follow along and I love the deep colors for builtins! It’s going to be beautiful!

  • Meghan
    April 9, 2018 at 9:27 am


    That porch has all the heart eyes!!! It feels like I’m on vacation just looking at it! I am so excited to see what you do with your space! We are participating in our first ever ORC by making over our mudroom! Best of luck!!!


  • Jessica | Petal + Ply
    April 10, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Your previous spaces are gorgeous!! Can’t wait to see how your office comes out! Your inspiration images are stunning!

  • Lisa
    April 11, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Leslie, after that gorgeous dining room you did, I just cannot wait for this room! So excited you’re doing the ORC again!!

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