For season 13 (and 11 and 12!) of the One Room Challenge, we partnered with Linda Weinstein from Calling It Home to exclusive photos and updates from the 20 designers who were challenged to completely makeover a room in just seven weeks. After patiently following their progress, we're super excited to their big reveals.
Chloe Mackintosh had big plans for her dining room. "Since this is one of the first areas you see when you enter our home, I knew I wanted to do something a little dramatic," she says. Enter: A super long statement table and a floating shelf that spans the entire length of her 20-foot-long wall.
When Naomi Stein's client asked her to redesign her hall bathroom and guest bedroom (which doubles as a laundry room), the vibe she was going for was preppy bohemian with a British colonial flare. "We strove to create a retreat that’s both relaxing and enchanting for either a guest to enjoy while visiting, or our client to adore while doing laundry," she says.
Andy and Candis Meredith wanted to make over their kitchen and living room, because it's where they spend the most time. Even though the blue cabinets are dramatic, Candis says the crown molding makes the biggest difference. "Our ceilings are not level, so we put a base molding up first that is pretty level and then we let the crown do what it wanted to," she says.
Jenny Komenda says her master bedroom makeover encompasses all of her favorite things: color with a neutral foundation, texture, layers and eclectic decor. "The was really our starting point for the design," she says. From there, the rest fell into place.
Brittany Watson Jepsen knew her wall paint was going to have the most dramatic impact on her home office. "I’ve said it once, I'll say it again, paint is the ultimate transformation tool," she says. Meanwhile, the paneling and molding from elevated the sophistication of the space.
Gwen Hefner transformed her daughter Milly's room from something that felt sad to a magical space. "I wanted the sleeping area to feel like a soft, Parisian dream and did so by sticking to mostly blushes, buttercreams and lavenders for the finishes," she says.
Before, Dabito's backyard was just covered in grass, but he wanted to change that. "It's not big so we wanted to create an intimate and vibrant space to chill and hang out all year round in Los Angeles," he says. His Moroccan magic inspiration certainly delivered — and then some.
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After hours of pinning, it became clear to Alyssa Terpstra that her vision for a casual and comfortable living room meant light tones with natural wood and black details. "I love the look of layered in interiors and knew it would be the perfect addition to get that cozy and casual feel," she says.
Since Angela's husband is the person who spends the most time in the basement of their home, she wanted the design to reflect his tastes, starting with the hallway. "A collection of concert posters, concert photos we've taken and art hang on the red wall as you enter the basement from the stairs," she says.
Jennifer Royal's biggest challenge with her kitchen and breakfast nook makeover was brightening up the "dark cave" of a room. Her solution: "The skylights are energy efficient, leak-proof and require no maintenance, so they’re basically magic," she says. Painting the walls helped too.
Megan Pflug wanted to turn the open living room in her country home into a place her family could hang out and eat. "The back keeps the view from the dining room unobstructed, and the round side table and lamp look good from either side of the space, something you have to think about when designing an open floor plan," she says.
Erica Reitman dubbed her project a "skinny makeover" — a.k.a. she changed her look, but kept some of her favorite pieces. "Our creamy, soft rug from was a fab addition to the space and helped pull together the neutral palette in there," she says.
Caitlin Flemming wanted to change her son's bedroom from a nursery to a toddler's room, complete with a twin bed, tons of texture and art made by Jackson himself. "He is so proud of his paintings and points it out to anyone entering his room," she says.
Kristen Grove made over her in-laws living room during this season's challenge, focusing on new furnishings, adding function and increasing the room's natural light. "I know that I stress this a lot, but paint changes everything! White ceilings allows you to breathe better while a dark moody color can set the tone nicely," she says.
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Jill Sorensen had big plans for this room: She turned it into a modern library and guest room combination, thanks to a stylish pull-out bed. " has really chic and well priced mid century items, which were all perfect for the room," she says.
Brittany Chinaglia knew she wanted to incorporate vertical paneling in her room and once she found a great vintage rug she picked a color palette. "My favorite bed styling trick is to have multiple layers of neutrals, then mix up the throw pillows whenever I feel like a change," she says.
The nonprofit Dwell With Dignity completely overhauled this living room with the help of IBB Design. To create a focal wall, designer Beth Rafferty hung tented fabric on the wall (nope, that's not wallpaper). " I love the backdrop that the tented wall provides for the artwork and sofa," she says.
Even though Ashley Rose says replacing the carpeting with wood floor made the biggest difference in her bedroom, it's the bright and bold accessories that are the most memorable. "My obsession with gold accents really shines through in this space in case you haven’t caught on to that theme yet," she says.
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Since blogger Nicole Balch works from home, she wanted to create a beautiful space to spend her days. An untraditional layout lead to nooks for different seating areas and tons of creativity. "Thehas five drawers, which I lined with scraps of that match the room's closet," she says.
Even though Mandy Kellogg Rye typically prefers color on her walls, running a blog and design business means she's been craving a calmer, more muted home. That's why she kept her walls white and chose a neutral . "As much as I love vintage and hand-knotted rugs, they just aren’t as comfortable as a silk woven one like this," she says.