One Room Challenge: Week No. 3

One Room Challenge: Week no. 3 • on @SavvyHome


You want the bad news or the good news first?

One Room Challenge: Week no. 3 • on @SavvyHome

Like most people, I always pick the bad news first. Despite the best intentions and the highest levels of planning and execution, some things always go unplanned, especially during projects with 6-week timelines! Here’s an update on what’s gone well, and not so well as of Week No. 3 of the One Room Challenge.


The pits

I found out last week that the bookshelf I ordered can’t be shipped to Canada! Noooo—it was the only one I found that fits perfectly the measurements of the little enclave beside my desk AND trust me, I searched a lot! I spotted it last summer at the Serena & Lily Beach Shop in Wainscott—it’s so gorgeous in person. Will I get it shipped to my niece’s place in Plattsburgh and rent a U-Haul to drive it across the border? Maybe… I love it that much. Still, dealing with customs officers and border fees is such a pain. Argh. Decisions.

Speaking of border issues, the samples for my roman shades were super delayed at the Canadian border… I worked with Loom to create the most GORGEOUS custom linen roman shades, but I have to stop stressing and trust that they’ll get here in time to install before the reveal. Eeek.

I also already purchased and returned some dining chairs. I’m ordering the same ones in a different finish, because the lighter natural finish just didn’t gel with the rest of the space. Thankfully I found the same wishbone chairs in the perfect color on Wayfair.


The peaks

In more positive news: look at all I’ve crossed off my list! The bar stools have arrived and are assembled (love ’em). The same goes for the new dining table (obsessed), the new desk (winning) and this stunning floor lamp (I loved the Aerin lamp but this one was half the price—you can’t argue with a good deal)!

I received a stunning lamp from Schoolhouse Electric—my favorite piece so far! The two-tone makes it look like a buoy and reminds me of the ocean, which fills me with joy. Doesn’t take much folks. We will get there!



Replace existing desk and find new desk chair

Order new bookshelf and sell the old one on Craigslist

Choose art for wall behind the desk

Assemble new counter stools

Hang mirror above dresser

Assemble new dining table and order new dining chairs

Replace the existing 9 x 12 rug with an 8 x 10 option

Install roman shades on all windows

Hang picture ledge and display art

Replace coffee table (maybe?)

Assemble floor lamp

Find a task lamp for the desk

Replace pillows and throws on the sofa

Accessorize and style



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.

A huge thank you to Loom Decor,  West Elm, AllModernWayfair and Schoolhouse Electric!

Images via @SavvyHome’s Instagram.

  • Natalie at Catalina Creative

    Ahhh it’s so good! When I get a future apartment alone, you must come visit and help me put it together! Love your taste (in everything).

    • Gabrielle | Savvy Home

      Done deal, I will be there. Thanks Nat!

  • Kimberly Duran

    Those stools are just all kinds of fabulous!! xx

  • jana bek

    Love those stools! What a bumper about the bookshelf, if any she;f was worth hopping the border for, it’s that one!

    • Gabrielle | Savvy Home

      You’re right. I just need to suck it up and do it!

  • CallingitHome

    Bummer about the bookcase. I will have high hopes that it comes together. Love the table, lamp, and chairs. It will be fantastic.

  • Jacquelyn | Lark & Linen

    Ahh this sounds like my installs! No matter how prepared you are, there are always unforseen things you have to deal with. It will all be worth the wait though! It’s looking so lovely already

    • Gabrielle | Savvy Home

      Thanks Jacquelyn! And totally. I’m considering myself lucky that the bookcase is the only real issue here… Stay tuned!!

  • michelle

    Looks amazing!!! The barstools and your new dining table are perfect! I am slightly sad you are switching out your rug though. Also, please tell me you are not getting rid of your awesome barrister bookcase.

    • Gabrielle | Savvy Home

      [insert “oopsies” emoji] — I loved my barrister bookcase, but it didn’t fit in the space where I needed it to. In such a small space, you have to make ruthless decisions sometimes… Same with the rug (which I am keeping in storage, safe and sound) — the size was wrong for the space… I hope you like the changes when they’re revealed!!

  • Comfy Cozy Couture/Dominique

    Oh i can’t wait to see…those barstools have always been a favorite of mine!!

  • Tobe | BIA

    It’s totally stressful to have this all figured out in 6 weeks, but you’re off to such a good start! LOVE the stools and the table. Good luck finding a new bookcase solution, lady. oxox

  • sherry hart

    Well customs suck. On the other hand those barstools are a definite “good” thing!

  • Sarah Sarna

    You are way ahead of the curve – and everything looks amazing! Love the bar stools. Hopefully the bookshelf situation will work out and the shades will arrive in time. Can’t wait to see the finished result!

  • Emilie

    Cool shoes! 😉