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It's week four of the One Room Challenge! If you're just joining us, I've been giving our family room a modern boho makeover, as a guest participant in the ORC.


Now that we're headed into the home stretch, let's take stock of the progress so far:

-̶ S̶h̶e̶l̶v̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶ ̶

-̶ Storage

- Decorative Pieces

-̶ U̶p̶d̶a̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶w̶i̶n̶d̶o̶w̶ ̶d̶r̶e̶s̶s̶i̶n̶g̶s̶ ̶

-̶ A̶ ̶f̶r̶e̶s̶h̶ ̶c̶o̶a̶t̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶p̶a̶i̶n̶t̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶b̶r̶i̶g̶h̶t̶e̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶s̶ ̶u̶p̶ ̶

-̶ B̶u̶d̶g̶e̶t̶-̶f̶r̶i̶e̶n̶d̶l̶y̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶s̶u̶s̶t̶a̶i̶n̶a̶b̶l̶e̶ ̶o̶p̶t̶i̶o̶n̶s̶

-̶ The signature minimalist-ish aesthetic

On the off chance you're not sick of seeing it yet, here's the mood board again:


This week, I've been working on storage solutions for the room.

Time to fill those empty shelves!

Shelf styling is something I get unusually excited about.

I got a few new baskets for shelf storage:

Felt Storage Basket ($8.99, These were a steal and I was really happy with the quality! I got two for this room and another two for the bedroom.

Foldable Hyacinth Storage Baskets - Set of 2 ($38.99, They look much better in person.


I've been shopping our home for decorative items for the shelves. Shopping your home is the new (budget- and environmentally-friendly) shopping!

Some of these things were stored away in basement boxes and some were literally yanked from other rooms:

I also sorted through our stacks of books and decided which to keep:

Hours later...

If you've been following along for a while, you may've notice some of these things have made an appearance elsewhere in our home.

I used earth tones, plants and rounded shapes to lend a laid-back, boho feel to the shelves’ otherwise modern, clean lines.

Since this is our family room, I wanted to fill it with reminders of our happiest times together, spent travelling.

On the shelves below: travel guides from our favorite destinations and souvenirs from these trips (a ceramic bowl from a local shop in Joshua Tree and carved gourds from Peru). ​

The hyacinth and felt baskets I got on Amazon fit perfectly between the CB2 Helix acacia shelves! This is another one of those things that brings me an inordinate amount of joy:

Baskets are the perfect way to store things on shelves while minimizing visual cutter!


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Wood & Metal Bookcase ($129.99,


And then there's this other set of shelves in the opposite corner of the room:

I continued with the travel mementos/family theme over here:

This vintage abacus belonged to Eric's grandma. She actually used it for arithmetic! I wonder if one day my grandkids will display my old Texas Instruments graphing calculator on a shelf as quirky decor from a bygone age...

Eric snagged this inlaid wood box while on a trip to Egypt:

This gorgeous bkb ceramic planter, another Joshua Tree find, was handmade by a local artist, Brian Bosworth:

And, of course, there's more basket storage:

This is our junk 'basket' for the room:

I put our remotes, wireless keyboard and controllers in here:

More book storage down here:

Board games go in the massive basket beside the shelves:

So that's where we're at with two weeks left! I still need to style the couch and area around the TV. I also have a cute little travel map DIY I'll share with you next week!


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