The One Room Challenge Starts Today—You'll Want to Follow These Designers, Stat
The biannual remodeling event kicks off this morning, and we can't wait to see what the 20 official makeovers will look like.
The semiannual design event of the year is here! The One Room Challenge (ORC) kicks off October 2 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 the spring challenge.)
The ORC 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 16th season, the ORC encourages and inspires design enthusiasts as it celebrates creativity and originality.
On Wednesday, October 2, this fall's 20 featured designers will reveal the spaces they've selected and their plans to overhaul them. Every Wednesday for the following five weeks, they will share the progress they’ve made and the challenges they’re facing—all culminating with the big reveal on Wednesday, November 6.
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 6. We can’t wait to see the jaw-dropping transformations!
There are some familiar names in this season’s designer lineup, including a number of veteran designers as well as two featured designers, Jewel Marlowe of Jeweled Interiors and Courtney of Girl & Grey. At the end of this challenge, we’ll select guest participants who will automatically get to participate as featured designers in the spring 2020 ORC.
Fall 2019 One Room Challenge Participants
Here are the 20 talented individuals who will be documenting their room transformations this season.
At Charlotte’s House: Charlotte is an avid DIYer who loves bright colors and flea market finds. With several of her projects appearing in past issues of Better Homes & Gardens, we’re looking forward to her creative transformation of the living and dining room in her current rental home in Connecticut.
Design Addict Mom: Stacey, a proud military wife and mother of three, lives in North Carolina where she pursues her passion for design. Stacy is returning as a featured designer in the ORC. This time, she'll make over her master suite with rich texture and pattern.
Erika Ward Interiors: As the founder and principal partner of her Atlanta design firm, Erika turns blank spaces into beautiful homes. This time, the designer becomes her own client as she takes us through the transformation of her family kitchen. Look for lots of design tips and creative ideas for managing all the moving parts of a renovation with a husband and five children.
Erin Kestenbaum: When Erin isn’t shooting photography, she and her husband are tackling impressive home improvement projects in their Connecticut home. As a returning featured designer, Erin’s last ORC transformation of her master bedroom left us wanting more jaw-dropping budget-friendly ideas. We can’t wait to see what she has planned for her kitchen.
Girl & Grey: After completing an incredible shed transformation this past spring, Courtney and her family recently moved into a new home in Oregon ready for updates. Selected by our editors as one of this fall's featured designers, we know she will pull off another impressive reveal as she and her husband tackle the heart of her new home, an open kitchen and family room.
Gray Malin: Fine-art photographer and author Gray Malin lives by his lifestyle brand's philosophy to “Make every day a getaway.” Last time Gray participated, he surprised readers with a rooftop deck comparable to a luxury resort. We’re excited to see how he updates his California company office.
Hommeboys: Austin and Alex design and build beautiful homes in the heart of sunny California wine country. We're expecting an enviable master bedroom with plenty of texture and color to emerge at the end of five weeks.
I Spy DIY: If you love DIY projects, then you likely know Jenni of I Spy DIY. Her projects range for small handmade decor to complete house renovations. She's currently gutting a duplex in Milwaukee; follow along for tips and tricks on creating a stylish bathroom without breaking the bank.
Jeweled Interiors: Jewel Marlowe, currently based in Virginia, is a master at layering pattern and color in a unique way. She was hand-selected by our editors to be a featured designer for the fall event and will transform a kitchen and family room. Jewel’s maximalist spin on traditional design is one-of-a-kind.
The Learner Observer: Canada-based designer Thalita is a familiar face—her charming laundry room was featured in the May 2018 issue of Better Homes & Gardens! We’ve been following her success and are excited to watch her master suite transformation.
Making It Lovely: Nicole Balch is the voice of this design and lifestyle blog about transforming the so-so. A woman with many talents, Nicole has been lovingly restoring her charming Victorian home in the Chicago area. If you enjoy old homes and the process of designing for today while respecting the character of yesterday, you’ll want to follow along on this teen bedroom makeover.
Nicole White Designs: Voted one of the top 25 interior design firms by the South Florida Luxury Guide, Nicole White and her team complete gorgeous home transformations throughout the Miami area. Not one to shy away from color, Nicole enjoys the challenge of major renovations and dated interiors. Solving her own need for a larger home office, she will be creating a multi-functional living, dining, and office space for the fall ORC.
Old Brand New: Dabito is a Los Angeles-based designer, photographer, artist, and passionate vintage hunter. He’s best known for his creative use of color, his seamless mix of modern and vintage pieces, and approachable DIY designs. After successfully completing several enviable ORC transformations, he’s ready to focus on guests as he creates a welcoming multifunctional guest bedroom and lounge.
Oscar Bravo Home: Oscar brings a casual, attainable approach to interior design. A San Diego resident, he describes his style as eclectic with a coastal vibe. Be sure to follow Oscar if you're looking for guest-room inspiration and budget-saving design tips.
Place of My Taste: Aniko is a Virginia-based business owner by day and DIYer by night. She’s passionate about design and photography with a love for cooking, dancing, and drinking coffee. Aniko is a constant renovator and her home is her canvas. We’re looking forward to her master suite renovation.
The Rath Project: As an interior designer, Diane creates family-friendly spaces that are both festive and functional. In addition to a successful house-flipping career and design business in Connecticut, she enjoys DIY projects and thrifting. She will be remodeling her open sunroom and dining area.
Room For Tuesday: Sarah and her husband Emmett are currently living in their third home renovation in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her love for DIY projects and cute dog pictures are always on display as Sarah includes both in most of her finished projects. We can wait to see how she includes them in her living room transformation.
Shavonda Gardner and Carmeon Hamilton: These real-life best friends are partnering up to transform a master suite. Shavonda’s previous ORC bathroom makeover was filled with genius ideas for creating storage and maximizing function. Carmeon, voted one of the top 15 interior designers in Memphis by BuildDirect, curates both residential and commercial spaces of all budgets. If you’ve dreamed about transforming a ranch home, this is a must-follow.
Undecorated Home: Megan, a DIY design addict, is currently working her way through her entire Wisconsin home, remodeling one room at a time. Growing up surrounded by artists and makers, she believes anything is possible. We can't wait to see her bathroom renovation process.
Veronica Solomon: If you browsed last season's ORC makeovers, it would be impossible to forget Houston-based Veronica’s master bedroom makeover, which featured luxe layers of moody black and metallic accents. We have a feeling her upcoming transformation will forever raise the bar on laundry room possibilities.