This is week two of the New Year Refresh hosted by Stephanie over at Casa Watkins Living. Gosh, after today, I only have two more weeks. That's scary; like majorly scary. In hindsight, since I didn't preplan for refreshing a room, I probably should have picked a smaller room or a room that could have had a big transformation; or not. Maybe, real-life-messy to semi-organized or uninspiring to at-least-presentable is something you all are craving. Is it? Please lie to me if not. =) With this messy playroom/office situation, I hope you aren't expecting a drastic before/after; or a drastic styled, light and bright after, anyways. As with any home, any room (or maybe it's just me...) it takes a while to figure out how to use those bonus spaces. Am I right? You don't have to answer that... I know I'm right. Well, this bonus space has a purpose yet its purpose will change within the next year or two. So, it's been in flux and largely ignored to this point. For now, let's focus on actionable items that we can do (in all our spaces) to create a space that works for us. Today, I specifically want to chat about this space and The Shop Your Home Design Plan.
Let me be totally honest and upfront though, there were sponsors for this project. I did receive an amazing desk and light and can't wait to share those with you; BUT all decor and things are going to be done on the cheap! Well, I hope so anyways. Let's see what we've got going on.
If you remember last week, then you might remember that our space looked like this:
If you want to see more of crazy before - check out the Messy Playroom Office Combo.
Totally embarrassing, right? Hopefully you can relate.
My goal for this past week was to PURGE, PURGE, PURGE, and let me tell you... I did that! I filled up a truckload and gave it away. It felt so good!
There's still clutter, but much less; and now I can kinda see what I'm working with.
Ok, let's look at the design plan, but seriously, it should be called "The Clear Away All the Crap and Add a Few Good things and Call it Done Plan". =)
What do you think? I think it's lacking major personality but I think the baseline is OK. I'm working with wood flooring, wood paneling and a dark built-in bookshelf after all.
The light is GORGEOUS and it was a sponsored product. You can see it here if you love it too! Same thing with the mid-century desk! I absolutely love it and since I didn't have a desk to start with (only an old kitchen table), I'm thrilled to have drawers!
Besides the new light and desk, I had everything else. The shibori art set has been waiting on a forever home since before Thanksgiving. They look almost perfect in every room of my house and I just couldn't decide where to put them. I think they can add a lot to this space though. Throw pillows, printable art and a gallery wall should also help liven up the space.
My plan is to relocate a few plants to this area to help with the feeling of the space. I also plan to raid my decor closet where I store my extra decor pieces.
As far as DIYs, I'm thinking I might make a simple blanket ladder to break up the fireplace area. Another thing I'm thinking about is creating something similar to this wall of plants. How amazing is that space?
Ok, so I think that's it for today. I did round-up some of the items that I already own and you can shop them below if you'd like.
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I think it will look great. Actually love that you are working with the paneling. I cleared out half of our attic last week with my hubby and it felt so good too.
Thanks Julia! I'm just not ready to part with the paneling yet. This isn't going to be a drastic makeover but every little bit helps. AND The purging feels great!
Stephanie @ Casa Watkins Living
LOOOOOOVE it Ashley!! I love the idea of a plant wall there too. Can't wait to see what you do! Meanwhile, totally crushing on those prints.
Thanks Stephanie! I'm still hoping to do the plant wall but we shall see.
I love this design plan, beautiful! So much easier when everything is organized...I did the same in my sons room and then I could see it all clearer once everything was put back in place or tossed in the garbage.
Yes! Just getting rid of stuff helps so much!
Jen @ Fresh Crush
I love it already! It's amazing what a good purge can do! It's gonna be great!
Thanks Jen! I hope so.
It's a great plan Ashley! It already looks so much better. What a cool space. Can't wait to see your other items in there.
I'm hoping some progress will be made for sure.
It's amazing how just a good clearing out can improve a space! Looking forward to seeing what you wind up using in the room.
Yes! I'm actually surprised at how much that changed things.
I think it looks great already! Can't say I did much purging due to my injury, but I've been working on making some progress this week by clearing off some of the clutter on my desk. I can't believe how much trash was sitting on it! Excited to see more of your space next week!
I have the same problem. The trash and clutter just piles up.
for some reason I thought I commented...I remember reading this when you posted. Anyhow, I love love love your art for this space and your rattan chair. I think once you add some greenery, your space will come alive!!!
Haha, no worries! I hope so! I plan on adding quite a bit of greenery to help freshen it up!
I love this design plan, beautiful!
Thanks so much!
It feels good to get rid of stuff, right? I love that you're shopping your home to make this work- that's my motto in 2017. #spendless
oh my gosh, yes!
Rachael @ This is our Bliss
Oh my gosh! Your plan ROCKS!! Love the look and feel of your design board and yay for purging!! We did that in our playroom [actually, twice ;)] before getting started on the space and it felt amazing! Can't wait to check out your DIY next!
Thanks Rachael! Purging really worked wonders.