The Fall One Room Challenge Starts Today: Here's How to Follow Along
The semiannual design event of the year is here! The One Room Challenge (ORC) kicks off today, September 29, and is about to fill your Instagram feed with loads of design inspiration. Plus, we're thrilled to yet again be the media partner for this fall's challenge. (If you need a refresher of what past makeovers have looked like, check out the 20 official room makeovers from last spring's challenge.)
The One Room Challenge began in 2011 when Linda Weinstein arranged for a group of friends to hold each other accountable as they each finished tackling just one room in their homes. The challenge has since turned into a highly anticipated design event that takes place every spring and fall. Each season highlights the work of a select group of talented design influencers as well as a number of guest participants. Now in its 20th season, the ORC encourages and inspires design enthusiasts as it celebrates creativity and originality.
On Wednesday, September 29, this fall's featured designers reveal the spaces they've selected and their plans to overhaul them. This season's lineup includes Joy Williams of Joyful Designs Studio, who was selected as a participant by the Better Homes & Gardens home editors, along with 19 other talented designers and stylists. Every Wednesday for the following eight weeks, they will share the progress they've made and the challenges they're facing. Although it has traditionally run for five weeks, the fall 2021 ORC has been extended to accommodate potential challenges caused by COVID-19, such as shipping delays. It all culminates with the big reveal on Wednesday, November 17.
Follow us and One Room Challenge on Instagram as we share some of the ORC highlights. You can also follow #oneroomchallenge and #BHGORC so you don't miss a single post. And be sure to look for the full recap of all 20 spaces on November 17. We can't wait to see the stunning transformations!
Fall 2021 One Room Challenge Featured Designers
Here are the 20 talented individuals who will be documenting their room transformations this season.
Albie Knows: Albie Buabeng is the self-taught interior designer behind the blog Albie Knows. Leaning on her background in retail visual merchandising and freelance marketing, Albie shares unique ideas for transforming ordinary spaces into personalized and practical homes.
At Home With Savvy: Demetrius Robinson is the interior designer and photographer who runs the blog At Home With Savvy. His signature style is an edgy mix of high and low with a distinctive black and white color palette. This fall, he'll transform the primary bedroom in his Indiana home.
Beth Diana Smith: After working in accounting and finance for more than a decade, Beth left her corporate career to launch her own New Jersey-based interior design firm. Her style boldly mixes color, pattern, and luxurious details. For the ORC, she plans to transform the entire second floor of her home.
Eclectic Twist: The stylist and blogger behind Eclectic Twist, Tina Bousu has a colorful, no-rules approach to design. She shares creative DIY projects that revolve around saving money without sacrificing style. Her ORC is sure to include plenty of color and whimsical ideas.
Erika Ward Interiors: As the founder and principal partner of her Atlanta design firm, Erika Ward turns basic homes into beautiful sanctuaries. The last time Erika participated in the ORC, the designer wowed readers with the transformation of her family kitchen. This year, she'll update her open-concept family room.
From House to Home: Jenna Rutherford is a Canadian photographer-turned-DIYer who blogs at From House to Home. With a passion for woodworking and creating, she is currently working on customizing her builder-grade home. This fall, she plans to outfit her walk-in pantry with custom cabinets and creative storage solutions.
G. Lebron Interiors: Gloribell Lebron is the CEO and principal designer of G. Lebron Interiors in Miami. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she uses her cultural heritage and Spanish ancestors as inspiration for her organic, curated designs. For the ORC, she'll apply her modern aesthetic to the primary bedroom in her own home.
Goldalamode: Cara Irwin of the blog Goldalamode believes a happy home is key to a happy life, and she hopes to inspire readers to create their own havens. This fall, she'll create a beautiful and functional home office space in her newly purchased house.
Home Made by Carmona: Designer and DIYer Ursula Carmona thinks every space in your home should be designed for the way you live and reflect your personality. On her blog Home Made by Carmona, she shares attainable DIY projects for every skill level. For this season's ORC, she plans to tackle a garden shed and adjacent outdoor living space.
Impeccable Nest: Kimberly Carole and Emma Carole Paradis are the mother-daughter duo behind the blog Impeccable Nest. Their designs mix the breezy West Coast aesthetic with traditional New England style. The pair will be tackling a primary bedroom for this fall's challenge.
Jeweled Interiors: As a military spouse who's moved 13 times in the last 19 years, Jewel Marlowe is a pro at quickly turning a basic space into a polished and personalized home. The blogger behind Jeweled Interiors playfully mixes eras, decorating styles, and colorful patterns in her designs. Although she's currently in the middle of refreshing her new home in northern Virginia, she'll be working with a client to create a brightly colored, sophisticated design for the ORC.
Joyful Designs Studio: Interior designer, real estate investor, and business coach Joy Williams runs the Chicago-based boutique design firm Joyful Designs Studio. Her sophisticated design style draws influence from her extensive travels and often revolves around sustainable materials. She aims to balance style with functionality to create beautiful, well-appointed interiors.
Joy Street Design: Kelly Finley founded the Oakland, California-based design firm Joy Street Design in 2011. She holds degrees in interior design and interior architecture, law, and business, and she brings an impressive mix of management skills and creative ideas to all her projects. This fall, Kelly will transform a non-profit shelter for the ORC.
Our Fifth House: After moving into her family's fifth home, Carmel Phillips started the interior design blog Our Fifth House as a creative outlet. Now in the midst of building a house, she takes a fearless approach to decorating projects and DIY renovations. She plans to update a library and adjoining patio space this fall.
Peony & Honey: Erika's adventure in blogging began after a nine-year career as a radio and TV host. She now shares decorating ideas, crafts, and DIY projects on her site Peony & Honey. She plans to transform her kitchen for the fall 2021 ORC.
Pinch Plate Party: Creator of the blog Pinch Plate Party, Lauren Comer is currently transforming her early 2000s builder-grade house. Frequently tackling both small projects and large-scale DIYs, she hopes to empower others to craft their dream home, no matter their budget. This fall, she's using her DIY skills to transform her kitchen.
Rebecca Propes: After the financial crisis forced her out of her corporate interior design job in 2007, Rebecca pivoted to a career in blogging. She's spent the last decade running an Etsy shop and writing about design and DIY projects, and in 2019, she showcased her skills on NBC's competition show Making It. This fall, she'll show off her fresh, colorful style with an entry makeover.
Reem's Design: Reem Hassaballa's design journey began at a small gathering of friends at her Chicago home where one guest insisted on Reem's help updating her house. Reem agreed and later launched the home decor and lifestyle blog Reem's Design to share her unique style and knack for design. She has since helped design and decorate the homes of seven others in her area. Her ORC this fall will focus on a primary bedroom.
Saudah Saleem Interiors: Saudah Saleem is a native New Yorker who aims to evoke the energy and diversity of city life in her interior design work at Saudah Saleem Interiors. Drawing inspiration from fashion, culture, art, and history, she uses bold colors and patterns to create elegant yet approachable designs. She will transform a basement office and multi-purpose space for this season's ORC.
Whitney J Decor: Based in New Orleans, Whitney Jones helps clients fill their spaces with personality through her design firm Whitney J Decor. Her pattern-filled designs are inspired by music and culture, often showcasing unique art and rich colors. Her newly opened design studio provides a place for local and online clients to shop home decor, view wallpaper and fabric samples, and sit in custom furniture.