One Room Challenge: Week no. 2 — The Plan • via @SavvyHome


It’s week 2 already, time to reveal the master plan…


One Room Challenge: Week no. 2 — The Plan • via @SavvyHome


One Room Challenge: Week no. 2 — The Plan • via @SavvyHome

This is what I’ve learned from the One Room Challenge so far: I’m an OCD perfectionist. This means that I’m more comfortable with featuring picture-perfect things on SHB, than my own “perfectly imperfect” life. BUT seriously you guys, nothing beats sharing a picture of my living room in a state of disarray on move-in day, and get flooded with your comments and emails.

There’s not a more rewarding feeling than to get to know each of you better: from your love of Frank Sinatra to your dreams of purchasing pre-war apartments overlooking Central Park. You’re an awesome bunch! I truly feel like we’re all part of this mini-community of awesome gals (and guys). The internet amazes me sometimes.

One Room Challenge: Week no. 2 — The Plan • via @SavvyHome
1. Since I’m not painting the walls, I need art. And since I’m notoriously pretty bad at committing to pieces of art, I thought it would be better to install a gallery ledge so I can switch things around as I please while I build my collection. Eva Chen’s office was the main point of inspiration.

2. My dining “area” is only big enough to accommodate a round bistro table—so I want to make it multi-functional by turning it into a library table when not in use. The plan: stack coffee table books and anchor with a large vase filled with silver eucalyptus branches.

3. I traded my bulky desk for one that would accommodate small space living. A few friends asked: are you going to have enough space to work? The truth is, it’s forcing me to keep my desk really tidy. So it’s a win-win. I’m getting a large bookshelf to store all the office clutter that used to be on my desk and creating a setup similar to the one in Victoria de la Camara‘s Brooklyn apartment. So far, so good.

4. Since my “lounging” area sits right across from my desk, I need to make it extra inviting and cozy so I don’t get tempted to get up and work while I’m off-duty. I’m fixing it up with a floor lamp, pillows, throws and side tables to create the feel of a reading nook.

That’s it for now! Tune in next week for more updates, or re-read Week 1.


shop the inspiration

Floating Rainbows by Jan Sowarby | Hood River Boats by Shari Margolin | Brahms Mount Surf Throw | Wishbone Chair | Cabot Bookshelf | Real Good Blue Dot Counter Stools | Purple Cotton Pillow | Kuba Cloth and Batik Pillows | Cara Linen SofaAerin Charlton Lamp | Limited Edition SHB x Oomph Tini Table | Natural Woven Side Table | Braided Abraca Rug


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Jana Bek | Autumn Clemons | Coco+Kelley | The English Room | Vanessa Francis  | Greige Design | Hi Sugarplum | I Heart Organizing | Jenna Sue Design | Stephanie Kraus | The Pursuit of Style | Julia Ryan | Simple Details | Simply Grove | 6th Street Design | Jill Sorensen | Swoon Worthy | Waiting on Martha | Kimberly Schlegel Whitman | Trademarked by Calling it Home.

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Images via Eva Chen, Julia Leach, Victoria de la Camara, Peter Dolkas.

  • Kimberly Duran

    Loving your plan! It’s beautiful AND a clever use of space – win win 🙂 Can’t wait to see how this progresses! xxx

    • Gabrielle | Savvy Home

      Thanks Kimberly, I can’t wait to see yours too—I’m loving it so far!

  • Rebecca Apple

    I’m so excited you’re doing this. I love this inspiration board and can’t wait to see your new apartment come to life! The sofa is especially great. Would you mind sharing the source?

  • CallingitHome

    Love how light and airy the plan is. Perfect for you place.

  • sherry hart

    I also used 2 gallery ledges for my art so I could do just that…..change it out on occasion! I had used WE ledges before but found they were not as sturdy as I liked and I opted to get mine from Container Store. Can’t wait to see this small space come together!

  • Felt Ball Rug

    I’m sure your plan will pan out perfectly. All of the unique elements work fantastically together and really all work to create a wonderful vision! Consider a felt ball rug when making your final rug choice!

  • jana bek

    I love your vision and those pillows are divine! the stools, bubba bubba!

  • Emily Wignall

    love perfect mix of casual and formal you have planned! can’t wait to see more!