Attic My Office One Room Challenge The Victorian House

One Room Challenge: Week 1 (Hello, Office!)

This is my third One Room Challenge. Enough time has elapsed that I’ve sort of forgotten the worst of the end rush, so here we are going for it again! Twenty of us designers and design bloggers are each doing a makeover from start to finish in six weeks, and sharing the whole process along the way every Wednesday. (A huge thank you to Linda, the organizer of the One Room Challenge, for inviting me back.) I’ve linked to the other official participants at the end of the post, so be sure to check out everybody’s ORC introductions today!

I was torn between two options this time around. The laundry room in the basement, or the office on the total opposite end of the house up on the third floor? I have big plans for both, and spoiler alert, I’ll probably do one right after the other. The laundry room is going to wait a smidge because the 7′ ceiling height and exposed pipes mean it’s always going to look a little like the basement of a house from the 1800’s. Because it is. I guess attics with weird layouts and crazy angles are inherently more photogenic? Let’s find out! Office, you’re up.

Finished Attic Space | Making it Lovely

It is a finished attic, so it has that going for it. I had set it up as a playroom for the kids initially, but they preferred being close to us on the main floor or in their rooms, and they didn’t spend much time on the third floor. Not enough to justify dedicating the whole room to toys.

Meanwhile, I’ve tried setting up my office in various places around the house. We have the luxury of space in our Victorian with 3,000 square feet (the house feels huge to us) divided up into lots of rooms. We learned that some rooms are much draftier or hotter than others though. What I thought would be a great office turned out to be freezing cold in the winter, so that’s now “the snug”. It’s still on the cold side even after we improved the heating situation, but you can feel cozy huddled up under a blanket to watch a movie, vs. typing with fingerless gloves because you can’t keep your hands in a blanket for warmth and expect to get any work done.

Side note: I’ve talked about my office shuffle before. And every time I bring it up, I feel like I have to reiterate that our house is not a ramshackle freezing/boiling/awful thing. We added a new, more efficient furnace and thermostatic valves to radiators in the troublesome rooms. There are a few window unit air conditioners. The house is now chilly/warm/character-building. Big difference! All part of that old house charm.

Finished Attic Space, Looking Toward Stairs

One Room Challenge Fall '17: Office, Before | Making it Lovely

Finished Attic Window Nook

I have the tiniest head start in choosing the office for this round of the ORC because I’ve already done some of the painting (black doors, white trim, palest blush on the walls and ceiling) and added a wall of storage. It looked like this last you saw it, while I was waiting for the backordered filing cabinet for the middle to arrive (which did, months later).

Setting up the office storage

Once I got that setup and had my desk up there, I fizzled. The office is functioning! It just isn’t as nice as it could be yet. Think brass, marble, and wood. Old meets new. Black, white, and pale pink, plus green and blue. I’m not anti-ceiling fan, but I’m replacing this one with the prettiest pendant. I’ll be sewing window treatments once I decide between curtains or a roman shade. I’m addressing the layout, making room for multiple people, and tying it all in with the rest of the house.

And you guys. This is the part of the house with the rainbow room! The room that led my kids to name our entire house The Rainbow House. (There’s embossed stationery and everything. It’s all very official.)

See the stained glass window in the top peak?

Making it Lovely's Queen Anne Victorian House

There’s a closet tucked inside, about 5′ x 6′ and only 6.5′ tall. The demilune window takes up most of the far wall, and while it’s already kind of magic in there, it’s about to get even better. I’ll be painting the trim and adding the most amazing wallpaper, then lining the sides with bookshelves.

The Rainbow Room (Before)

The Rainbow Room - Stained Glass Semi-Circle Demilune Window

The closet is going to be so good. The whole thing is going to be good! I’ll have all the design details for you next week.


Follow along with the One Room Challenge participants!

One Room Challenge• Boxwood Avenue • Coco & Jack • Design Manifest • Dwell with Dignity • The House That Lars Built • Little Green Notebook • The Makerista • Making it Lovely • Old Brand New • Old Home Love • The Painted House • Megan Pflug Designs • Pink Pagoda • Erica Reitman • Sacramento Street • Simply Grove • Jill Sorensen • Sugar & Cloth • Vintage Rug Shop • Waiting on Martha • Media Partner House Beautiful • TM by ORC

My One Room Challenge Posts

Follow along from the beginning!
• Week 1: Hello, Office

And check out my previous One Room Challenges!
• Spring ’16: Our Bedroom and Den • Fall ’16: Front and Back Entry, Stairs, and Hallways

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35 Comments

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    Jess
    October 4, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I would totally hide in the stained glass window book closet! It would be my happy place

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    Calling it Home (@callingithome)
    October 4, 2017 at 9:47 am

    You home is charming! I love all the character, and I can’t wait to see this.

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      Making it Lovely
      October 4, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Thank you for having me again! This is the push I needed to get this space done.

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    Kat Neunaber
    October 4, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Yessss I’m so excited to see this space come together. Such a unique layout and tons of character. xo Kat with Waiting on Martha

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      Making it Lovely
      October 4, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Looking forward to following along with the living room you guys are working on!

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    Vel
    October 4, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I still remember your fabulous master bedroom makeover from before so I’m super excited to see this space transformed!

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      Making it Lovely
      October 4, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Other than changing the bedding, the bedroom has stayed pretty much the same! That hardly ever happens around here.

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    charlestoncrafted
    October 4, 2017 at 10:27 am

    this is a really cool work space. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

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    Melanie
    October 4, 2017 at 11:08 am

    I couldn’t be more excited! Your room transformations are the best; I still reference your master/sitting room re-do for inspiration. Good luck!

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    Lyndsey
    October 4, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Ooooooooh! This is gonna be a good one! Can’t wait.

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    kristenluhring
    October 4, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I just can’t get over how much character your house has… Gorgeous! Excited to see what you do with your work space! I love the ORC!

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      Making it Lovely
      October 4, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      So many angles and nooks! It makes it fun, but it’s challenging at the same time.

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    chloe | boxwood ave.
    October 4, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I blacked out when I saw all of your doors. They are amazing! Please send help. ;) It’s going to be soooo beautiful! I love your home, excited to start following along all of your renovations! xx

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      Making it Lovely
      October 4, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      I’m excited to see what you do with your dining room. Pink! Hooray!

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    Lisa
    October 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I’m probably the only person who’s a tad disappointed that you didn’t pick the laundry room. It sounds like our laundry situation and I would love to see how you work out yours! That being said I’m still looking forward to the office makeover.

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      Making it Lovely
      October 4, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      The laundry room will be coming up soon though too! I’ve got a plan mostly in place. Before or after the rush of the holidays, I’m not sure, but soon-ish!

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    Loryn
    October 4, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    I have a second floor sitting room/studio in my Victorian for the same reason. No reason to crank up the heat when I can just go up a floor to a room that’s a lot cozier.

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    sarahsarna
    October 4, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Can’t wait to see what you do!

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    Lindsey Joy
    October 4, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    This post just got better and better as I read on – I was already hooked with the quirky layout of the room, then that Black door got me really excited, and then that magical stained glass closet!! Can’t wait to see where this goes

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    luluthebaker
    October 5, 2017 at 12:49 am

    It’s got such good bones already! I can’t wait to see what you do with it. And that little window is so cute!!

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    Peggi
    October 5, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Can’t wait to see the Rainbow Library come to life! (Had my fingers crossed for a kitchen redo…though getting it done in 6 weeks would probably require magic.) Always look forward to your work.

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    Celeste
    October 5, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Oh, man! This is going to be so, so good. I’ve been wondering when we were going to see the progress on this, so this is perfect. That rainbow room is gonna be great. Can’t wait to see your design plan.

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    designmaze1227
    October 5, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    oh my god, your home is incredible!! I am sure an old home comes with all sort of issues but just how charming is this beauty!! Can’t wait to see which wallpaper you will use for the office!

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    jenn aka the picky girl
    October 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Oh my goodness, I am SO excited to see this transformation!

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    doodletllc
    October 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Wow…the space is fabulous already…can’t wait to see the finished design. And that window in a tiny, tiny space…I’m with you all the way on this one….very exciting. :)

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    domesticcharms
    October 6, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    What a sweet house! This office is going to be so good.

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    Julie Saldana
    October 6, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    As usual, you always make me surprise with your pictures and with what you do. Your house looks so beautiful. Especially, I love the glass window! It looks so gorgeous from inside and outside.

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    Kelly
    October 8, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    I love me a good old house room makeover!! ^_^ That stained window! The doors! The wood floors! Already a beautiful slate. Looking forward to seeing more!

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    Susanne
    October 9, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    What a wonderful space! I love all the angles and character and that wonderful closet!! I can’t wait to see how it turns out

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