If you’re new here, welcome! My husband and I purchased our first home (a generic, 1960’s bi-level) two years ago in Northern NJ. Little by little, I’m adding personality and style to our builder-grade home and for this Fall’s One Room Challenge™, I’m tackling my office and have a goal to furnish most of the room with Facebook Marketplace finds (see previous One Room Challenge reveals here and here).
TODAY IS THE DAY.
My office makeover is officially complete and I am beyond ecstatic to (finally) share this with you.
The goal I set for myself was to furnish 75% of my office with Facebook Marketplace finds. With that said, I’d like to acknowledge the MVP of this transformation. It’s something I usually take advantage of, but have been extremely grateful lately:
Over the last few weeks, I spent a total of 26.5 hours driving to strangers homes throughout NJ, NY, PA and CT to haul their used stuff into my trunk.
Furnishing this room with mostly FB MP finds in ~5 weeks was not easy, as I developed a slightly time-consuming obsession with hitting the FB MP refresh button and turning into a stage 5 clinger with random strangers over what they had for sale. A typical message was something along the lines of “Hi! Is this still available? I’m definitely interested. Let me know and I’ll clear my entire schedule to take this off your hands. Thanks so much!!!!!!” *insert multiple teeth-y smileys*
One of my biggest concerns when I created this personal goal was not just relying on strangers to find everything on my list in a few weeks time, but also about creating a tasteful “secondhand” room while maintaining my personal style.
Even though 75% of this room consists of secondhand items from strangers, I feel that I ultimately didn’t sacrifice my personal style and was able to bring together old items with their own story to create a fresh, new story.
Forewarning – this is a lengthy post. After keeping the office a big mystery for the last few weeks, I had to fill this reveal with plenty of details and photos. And I hope it will make up for leaving you in suspense.
Let’s move on to the reason why you’re here, shall we?
I am obsessed with how these rooms rooms look side-by-side!
LET’S TALK DETAILS.
WALLS & CEILING:
I nixed the white during week 4 after realizing it just wasn’t me and decided to paint the walls a dark green – an idea that popped into my head during week 1 but I ultimately suppressed the thought until it built up and then… I exploded.
I tested three Benjamin Moore samples and ended up mixing two colors (Palmer Green and Dark Olive), which turned out to be an exact match Benjamin Moore Trailing Vines.
Green is my all-time-favorite color but I’ve never used this shade of green in our home (I’m more of a forest-y green type of gal), however, I’m absolutely head over heels in love with the contrast of Trailing Vines and the wallpaper.
Speaking of wallpaper…
I opted for a neutral and very traditional pattern – Brunschwig & Fils Bird and Thistle. It comes in other colors, in case you’re interested 😉
As usual, I cut and installed Metrie’s New Traditional molding throughout which completely elevated and transformed the room (pssst – to find a Metrie dealer near you, use their location search at the top of their website).
The ceiling medallion is from Architectural Depot. In trying to figure out how to create a visual effect on the ceiling without replicating exactly what I did in the bedroom, I pulled the green paint to the medallion instead of the whole ceiling to draw the eye up.
DESK & DESK CHAIR:
I found this Ethan Allen desk on FB MP and fell in love with the cabriole legs, but I wasn’t crazy about the wood tone, so I made the decision to paint it with Farrow and Ball high gloss Pitch Black.
Look at those LEGS.
The desk chair wouldn’t have been my first pick, but it works in the room. The woman who sold it to me said she purchased it at Home Goods a few weeks back and took the tags off and therefore couldn’t return it. I really couldn’t find an office chair that I loved – I was looking for something modern to pair with the traditional desk, but I’m pleased with the combo.
Side note – here’s the tutorial on how I made the textured canvas propped up on my desk (for less than $60).
ENGLISH ROLL ARM CHAIR:
This custom chair came from Greenwich CT (where I visited multiple times during this ORC – apparently it’s a treasure trove for nice stuff). Although not in the best condition, I was able to clean it up and iron out most of the wrinkles. Hard to pass up for $60!
I styled the chair with a few different pillows, but I always seem to go back to my Le tigre.
CARVER’S GUILD MIRROR
This Carvers Guild mirror was one of the first FB MP finds for my office – before I even really knew what wallpaper and paint color I’d be using. I assumed that no matter what wallpaper/paint combo I’d end up with I would just make it work. I love how it breaks up the wallpaper and it even has a dark green backing. Meant.to.be.
CB2 PEEK-A-BOO CONSOLE & LEOPARD BENCH
I clearly had a fun time styling these two together before the commode was brought up to my office. Ha! The acrylic console paired with the vintage leopard stool creates the perfect pairing of modern and classic.
Let’s quickly talk about one of the most stylish, eye-catching chandeliers I’ve ever seen – this Aerin Hampton Visual Comfort chandelier .
Light fixtures are often considered to be the ‘jewelry’ of the room and I’ve been eyeing this particular piece of jewelry for quite some time. When I decided that I was going to makeover my office, I didn’t think twice about which chandelier I’d want to replace the old, gross fan with and ended up buying this fixture from Capitol Lighting. I truly feel that it ‘makes’ the office.
I found four 98 inch Ikea Ritva curtains on FB MP, so I had to purchase one more set from Ikea since I needed 5. I also had to take about 10 inches off the bottoms because they were wayyy too long, so I hemmed curtains for the first time and it was way easier than I thought. I used this tutorial to hem these Ikea curtains.
Like the bedroom, I partnered with Select Blinds but this time chose their woven wood shades to pull in the natural texture from the rug to the windows and am very impressed with the quality and ease of installation.
My go-to has been layering contrasting cowhides over area rugs, but this time around I wanted to maintain visual consistency between the cowhide/area rug pairing to not distract from the busy wallpaper.
THE 19th CENTURY EMPIRE STYLE COMMODE FROM PARIS
Here she is….in all her Parisian glory.
Remember when I had my best FB MP find of all time – the nightstands for the bedroom – and was convinced I’d ever find anything better?
Well…. lo and behold, I stumbled upon this 19th century empire style marble top commode from Paris (not a toilet commode – had to specify after a bit of confusion on IG) and was all over it.
Probably the most stunning slab of marble I’ve ever seen.
The story to how this chic and timeless masterpiece ended up in my office is a lengthy one, but it involves me being a stage 5 clinger, spending 4+ hours in my car, a walking bat that turned out to be a cat, and someone I truly had the pleasure of meeting and connected really well with – all thanks to FB MP. If you’re interested in the full story, it’s in my “ORC Office 3” story highlight in my IG bio.
P.S. – that Maison Jansen chair is not a marketplace find, but after I was inspired by a similar chair after a recent trip to Stockholm, my friend Christine from Nouvelle Vie Furniture told me she had one. I’m using it in a different room, but I had to style it here for part of the photoshoot! You have to check out her Etsy and Chairish shop – she has some of the gorgeous vintage pieces for sale and also makes old furniture look fabulous again (she ships anywhere in the U.S., BTW).
Oh….almost forgot about the white walls. I’m not entirely pleased with how these photos turned out. I rushed through them so I could just paint the walls green. But here they are!
FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE GOAL & COST SAVINGS
OK, so this part is a bit detailed but it’s necessary for me to include because the whole point of this makeover was a goal I set for myself: to furnish 75% of the room with FB MP finds.
Here’s what I’m sharing:
– How much $ I saved from furnishing the room with FB MP finds
– If I actually met my goal to furnish 75% of this room with FB MP finds
Side note – the list of items I counted towards my 75% goal included furniture, lighting, rugs, window treatments and larger items like the mirror. The items I did not include on the list were paint, decor/accessories (i.e. books, candles, pillows, vases, lampshades) and architectural elements like molding and a ceiling medallion.
The best way to share this is through a spreadsheet I created that includes everything I sourced from FB MP and everything that was purchased/discounted/sponsored. Money is a taboo topic, but in order to show you just how much I saved by using FB MP finds, I’m being completely transparent about the cost of furnishing this room.
When I eventually added up the total amount I saved from buying through strangers on FB MP, my mind was just slightly blown.
See for yourself…
The magic number here is $8,229 – that’s how much I saved by sourcing 75% of the room from Facebook Marketplace versus buying new/retail.
But did I meet my going-to-furnish-75%-of-the-room-from-FBMP goal? Let’s do a quick equation to find out…
Total amount of items from Facebook Marketplace: 15
Total amount of items discounted/sponsored/purchased: 5
= 20 items counted towards my goal
15 ÷ 20 = 75%
I barely made it, but I did it. If it weren’t for the Restoration Hardware lamp that popped up as I refreshed MP one last time while in the Home Goods parking lot (where I was about to go inside to throw in the towel and buy a lamp), I wouldn’t have hit this goal.
Check out this post for my tips on sourcing quality furniture on FB MP.
I want to take the time to give the generous brands I partnered with for this makeover one last shoutout.
Molding – Metrie
Chandelier – Capitol Lighting
Wood Shades – Select Blinds
Unlacquered Brass Drawer Pulls – Emtek
Ceiling Medallion – Architectural Depot
I couldn’t leave without pulling together items for you to shop this look..
Thank you SO much to Linda from Calling it Home, for creating and organizing the One Room Challenge – this event inspires and encourages us all! And thank you to the media sponsor of the One Room Challenge, Better Homes and Gardens.
I just have one more thing to say before you go…
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support throughout this whole process. All of the encouragement, kind words or sharing something that made me laugh when I was on the brink of losing my mind means more than you can imagine. I can’t thank you enough. You’re the reason why I show up every day.
I love you guys!
Until next time…