The Final Reveals from the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge Offer So Much Interior Design Inspiration
See how 20 designers and bloggers transformed a space of their choice in just seven weeks using clever DIYs and savvy remodeling skills.
For the past seven weeks, we've been following this spring's One Room Challenge as 20 talented design influencers (along with hundreds of guest participants) transform a room of their choice. The semiannual online event typically takes place over five weeks, but the timeline was extended this year to account for potential challenges, such as shipping delays, caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Along the way, each participant shared snapshots of the makeovers on social media, but the wait is finally over! Today, we're revealing a peek at each room's final design. For more inspiration, head to each participant's site for the full tour and dreamy design details. Then stay tuned for info on the next One Room Challenge!
A Glass of Bovino
Alisa Bovino of A Glass of Bovino worked with her husband to update their home's main bathroom. Some of the remodeling projects included tiling, painting, installing molding, and building a secret linen cabinet. Traditional molding and stunning marble give the space classic appeal, while Alisa's favorite colors, green and blue, add a dash of color.
Beginning in the Middle
Catherine and Bryan Williamson, the husband-wife team behind Beginning in the Middle, took on the ambitious project of adding two dormers to the second floor of a 1950s Cape Cod-style home. The renovation created an additional 100 square feet of usable space. Once an awkward, gloomy room, the room now serves as an airy suite flooded with sunlight.
Beth Diana Smith
For this spring's challenge, interior designer Beth Diana Smith transformed her open-concept kitchen, dining room, and living room, along with an adjacent powder room and entry. True to her maximalist style, she set out to create a space filled with art, color, and beautiful details. Patterned wallpaper, oversized art, new light fixtures, and bold tile complete the makeover.
Clark + Aldine
Danielle and Michael Gutelli, owners of design-to-build company Clark + Aldine, reworked the footprint of their traditional 1950 bungalow. The galley kitchen was opened up to create a more functional space for family and entertaining. Nearly every detail is brand new, including the plumbing, electrical work, flooring, cabinetry, and modern furnishings.
Coco & Jack
Alyssa and Steve Terpstra of interior design-build studio Coco & Jack tackled their master bedroom for the spring 2020 challenge. The remodeled space now includes his-and-hers walk-in closets and a completely overhauled en suite bathroom that add a sense of luxury to the small space. Layers of texture, including a shiplap-covered ceiling, lend the master suite an inviting, collected feel.
Deeply Southern Home
Leslie Davis of Deeply Southern Home revamped the large living and dining space in her new-construction home with architectural details and personal touches. Building on a neutral color palette, she wrapped the room in Tudor-inspired paneling, installed a DIY marble fireplace, and added faux wood beams to the vaulted ceiling to enhance the room's grandeur. Dramatic drapery, soft textiles, and a mix of new and antique furniture strike a balance between formal elegance and comfortable style.
Decorator Tim Lam of Design Maze added style and function to the cookie-cutter, open-concept kitchen and living room in his Toronto condo. The multifunctional space now works as a dining room, office, lounge, and gathering spot ideal for entertaining. The reimagined layout prioritizes practicality with a brand-new kitchen and showcases luxurious living room details like grasscloth wallpaper and curated artwork.
Dwell by Cheryl Interiors
The builder-basic kitchen in interior designer Cheryl Luckett's suburban bungalow now embraces color and pattern while maintaining some of its original features. With a design plan inspired by a tufted banquette from her licensed furniture collection, Cheryl gave the space personality while keeping the honey oak cabinets intact. New flooring, a fresh backsplash, upholstered doors, wallpaper, commissioned art, and a custom TV cabinet complete this charming kitchen overhaul.
Erika Ward Interiors
Atlanta-based interior designer Erika Ward remodeled a conference room in her brand-new showroom for this spring's One Room Challenge. The design includes warm oak floors and textural wallcoverings that add a homey feel to this space intended for client presentations. A neighboring butler's pantry and Erika's personal office also received major updates.
Home Made by Carmona
Design blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona put her DIY skills to work in her master bathroom and closet, as well as a nook that connects them. She executed every element of design and installation on her own, including building the closet storage units from scratch. The small space now lives large with glamorous style and new architectural details.
House of Hipsters
After gutting her home office and storage room, Kyla Herbes of House of Hipsters converted the area into a creative workspace and home gym. A last-minute decision to install an arched doorway gave the entrance a touch of luxury, while faux-marble porcelain flooring gives the space a fresh look. She also installed unique lighting, a textured wall covering, and a black tile accent wall. A mix of new furnishings and antique finds gives both rooms a timeless, one-of-a-kind look.
Kristin Jackson of Hunted Interior worked alongside her husband to refresh three areas around the basement entry of their home. The remodeled space now includes a mini mudroom, an updated guest bathroom, and a home office complete with custom-built shelves. Kristin also recessed her late father's bourbon cabinets into the wall to create a one-of-a-kind storage feature.
Kate Pearce Vintage
Vintage design blogger Kate Pearce remodeled an unfinished attic to create a guest suite that can also work as much-needed office space. Her husband, Bill, took on the labor, while Kate handled the design and sourced the vintage touches. Layered in rich colors and graphic neutrals, the attic is now a cozy reprieve that pairs old and new.
Interior design blogger Katrina Blair gave her small backyard cottage a much-needed design update. The previously dark, cramped studio is now a bright office that features light oak flooring, a skylight, and mid-century modern furnishings. The exterior also received an update with a freshly painted front door, updated hardware, a stone landing, and flower boxes.
Kandrac & Kole
Atlanta designers Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole redesigned their studio into a multifunctional space to record podcasts as well as hold meetings. Sound absorption and wire issues as well as a lack of storage presented unique challenges that the pair addressed in creative ways. The room also features a colorful gallery wall that highlights the work of female artists.
Throughout her kitchen renovation, interior stylist Liz Kamarul found creative uses for existing elements to help ensure nothing went to waste. She repurposed her cabinets, added open shelving, and reused a removed granite backsplash for cabinetry toe kicks. The ceiling features one of Liz's signature murals, and the walls are covered in grasscloth. She and her husband Tim did all of the work themselves, including tiling and hanging the grasscloth wallpaper.
Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators took on her poorly laid out basement for this spring's challenge. Shiplap and tile now hide the original 1970s stone fireplace, and new laminate flooring, wallpaper, and lighting infuse the room with casual coastal style. Using their DIY skills, Jennifer and her husband built a wall to improve furniture placement and incorporated a kitchenette with a sink and beverage fridge. The basement's new layout makes it the perfect spot for family movie nights.
David and Stephen St. Russell, the DIYers behind Renovation Husbands, renovated three areas in their Boston home to form a luxurious master suite. Doing nearly all the work themselves, the duo built a new Carrara marble shower, installed custom closets, and crafted millwork to dress up the room. Featuring traditional materials with a contemporary twist, the makeover was a major step in reviving the charm of their previously abandoned 1894 Victorian home.
Rebecca Plumb of Sacramento-based Studio Plumb revamped a basic white master bedroom into a modern retreat filled with color and texture. For architectural detail, she added prominent crown molding and baseboards, a built-in arched headboard feature wall, and a mix of boldly painted doors. The en suite bathroom now includes a skylight that fills both rooms with natural light.
Natalie Myers of Veneer Designs gave her daughter's bedroom an impressive makeover with a personalized painted desert landscape mural. After ditching the old bunk beds, she outfitted the space with a full-size bed, elegant lighting, and a desert-hued color scheme inspired by the mural. During the challenge, Natalie's husband convinced the family to take on a garage makeover as well. Some reorganization, a fresh paint job, and a new epoxy floor all happened in a flurry along with the bedroom makeover.