One Room Challenge/Week 2 /Home Office

One Room Challenge/Week 2 /Home Office

If you are new to my blog -Hello and welcome! I’m Jana Donohoe, an interior designer, half time blogger, wife and mama to 3 beautiful kiddos in North Carolina. I’m really excited to be participating again as a guest in my second ORC! If you missed week 1 of the challenge you can read all about it here. 

If you have been following along welcome back to the one room challenge week 2 home office updates. It’s been a whirl wind…literally. Between hurricane Matthew and starting this challenge my head is spinning. We lost power for a few days but don’t think for a second that stopped me from working on our office. What else was there to do?? Seriously though, I’m so grateful that I have a space to continue working on. So many in our community were completely devastated by the storm. Please send thoughts and prayers their way. 

Remember all the great inspiration photos I showed you last week? They all had a common theme on their walls…beautiful mill work! Lots of it! With that beautiful custom mill work in mind minus the cost of the beautiful custom mill work I knew I wanted to create a similar look.  So we went with a popular wall treatment known as picture framing.  This technique involves mounting applied molding in a panel like fashion directly to the walls in either a square or rectangular pattern. Voila, a custom look that was really easy to install and budget-friendly. The end result is simple and sophisticated!



Wall molding

Going to the dark side

Some people might be wondering why I chose to go dark in our home office? Aren’t offices suppose to be light and bright? I decided that while I do love a bright space and the white on white interior trend has been an industry favorite for a few years now, I just wasn’t feeling it! It’s so much more interesting for me to play with color than to keep things bright and white. I wanted something a little moodier and more dramatic plus the room has two large windows so natural light is abundant. When contemplating how to blend my husbands traditional style with my more modern to transitional style, a dark color palette seemed like a good starting point since it can pair well with any interior style. Making this one cozy, happily married, co-working office nest!

This fabulous color is Sherwin Williams Black Fox. 


Applied picture frame molding

The idea continues with all things good

Now that the molding and painting are done I have been focusing on all the juicy details. To start, I plan on bringing in a grey upholstered velvet sofa with beautiful brass nail heads that will sandwich between my two bookcases. Remember all those great colors from my inspiration photograph last week? Those colors will show up in ways of accessories and throw pillows. I’ve chosen the intersections fabric from Tonic Living for the drapery treatments. They have a dynamic graphic hand painted look that I think is a perfect blend of style for me, yet masculine enough for the hubby.  

While we are on the subject of hand painted, I’m thrilled to be collaborating with E. Angelina Woehr again for some really cool original artwork that will hang above my desk. More on that next week!  In addition to the artwork  I will also incorporate the hand painted gold brush stokes lamp from Jana Bek.

One Room Challenge Fall 16



Also, in the lighting department are the chic sconces from Currey and Company that will mount on the sides of the bookcases. I’m still undecided on the overhead light.

I have a few DIY projects up my sleeves planned this week. One, is for my desk that needs a little added style and detail. I’ll talk more about that idea next week!  Hopefully it works out because I don’t have a back up plan. Wish me luck! Next week I’ll talk about all things DIY and little details that will make this room sing.  


Be sure to follow me on instagram for all the in between details and behind the scenes sneak peeks. 





Check out all thing great and beautiful with the other designers ORC here and the featured designers below. 


Jana Bek | Chris Loves Julia | Shannon Claire | Coco.Kelley | The Curated House |

Driven by Décor | The English Room | From the Right Bank | Sherry Hart |

Hi Sugarplum | House of Jade | Hunted Interior | The Makerista | Making it Lovely |

Marcus Design | Pencil & Paper Co. | Megan Pflug | Place of My Taste | Suburban B’s |

Waiting on Martha | Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH



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