WEEK 4: One Room Challenge Update

The One Room Challenge headed up by Calling It Home continues.

Here are WEEK 1,  WEEK 2 and WEEK 3 if you are just tuning in. 

ORCBanner Fall 13

This is a semi-annual event where 20 bloggers, made up of Professional Designers, Diy’ers, and Interior Design Bloggers, transform a room from start to finish.  For the next six Wednesday’s (we are at week 4), we will be giving you updates on our room progress.


1184e39838d011e3930d22000a1fb865_8Gallery Wall Sneak Peek

This week I have tackled a few tasks. The wallpaper and paint are complete. The gallery wall was the major task completed.

To Do List:

  1. put together the desk chairs
  2. have the light fixture installed
  3. install the inspiration/cork board (and order too)
  4. have the roman shade installed (the dang fabric just shipped…ugh)
  5. style the bookshelves. 
  6. style the desk area

Bookshelf styling is a time consuming job.  I like to group like items together in collection for a strong visual impact.  We have weeded out loads of books and donated them to our local library. What is left is not exactly what I would have kept without a dear husbands input…HUMMMM. Bookshelf styling tips:

  1. Group like items
  2. group books together in terms of color but, they can be mixed in groups on the shelves
  3. make your accent items interesting, a cabinet of curiosities of sorts
  4. limit the amount of picture frames, do not have more than 3 frame types
  5. give your items room to breath, DO NOT OVERCROWD
  6. lay some book stacks horizontally 
  7. for greater contrast remove books covers

Here are some of my favorite styled bookcases from Pinterest:










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  • October 23, 2013

    That wallpaper slays me!! Ahhhh so good!

  • October 23, 2013

    Love the gallery wall – so much to look at, so much color! Loads of interest. I, too, love styled bookshelves – there is so much potential.

  • October 23, 2013

    Your gallery wall balance is great. My daughter is just starting a similar size looking gallery wall. What is the largest size pic you used & what is the most common size used? THANKS!

  • October 23, 2013

    Thibaut Tanzania is a favorite of mine. Can’t wait to see it all come together.

  • October 23, 2013

    Love that wallpaper and gallery wall.

  • October 23, 2013

    still can’t get over that wallpaper. oh so good. and the gallery wall looks great!

  • October 23, 2013

    Love those gallery frames, where are they from? Orange ones are great!

  • October 23, 2013

    Love your new gallery wall. It’s looking great and so cheery! Of course, the stylish wallpaper plays a major part as the fab background!


  • October 23, 2013

    I love that gallery wall. Those were some of the best bookshelf styling tips I have read.

  • October 23, 2013

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that wallpaper. And the elephant!! Can’t wait to see your bookshelf styling!

  • October 23, 2013

    Awesome gallery wall ~ love your personal collection!

  • October 23, 2013

    GREAT gallery wall… and fun book shelf styling tips!

  • October 23, 2013

    Everything is looking great Holly! So many adorable works of art. The colors are awesome. Looking forward to the bookshelf styling!

  • October 23, 2013

    The wallpaper/art combo is superb! THis room is going to be a showstopper!!

  • October 23, 2013

    That gallery wall is oscar worthy….holy crap…I sincerely love it. I will be on pins and needles until I see the bookcases:)

  • October 23, 2013

    holy fantastic!! The gallery wall is so chic. Love the paper, love arrangement. I like that you included the elephant. It adds a nice dimension.

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