Hi all! This week was reveal week from the 20 featured designer/bloggers and nearly 300 guest bloggers on the One Room Challenge, the semiannual 6 week challenge to transform a space from top to bottom.
Having done the ORC 3 times (No Plain Jane Powder Room, The Ultimate She Shed, & my Artfully Fresh Foyer), I know how stressful and exhausting it can be to try to decorate, let alone renovate, a space in only 6 weeks.
Heck, custom upholstery & window treatments alone usually have 6-10 week lead times!
Every attempt to pull off an ORC in one’s own home is to be commended and celebrated, even if achieving the finish line happens a little later than the deadline. At the time of this writing, only about half of the guest bloggers have posted their reveals, so there may be a couple more great ones coming down the pike. But I say KUDOS to everyone! You’re one step closer to the home of your dreams. I admire you all.
That being said, there were a few standout spaces in my mind, regardless of their creators’ being featured or guest bloggers.
Project Fresh Start: Linda Holt Creative
I’ve known Linda through blogging & Instagram for a number of years, and we’ve even briefly met twice! I admire her uniquely colorful-but-livable aesthetic. She always puts together a space that is creative and fun, one you usually can’t pin down as “having seen something like it before.”
In Project Fresh Start, she took the builder-grade eat-in kitchen of her husband’s and her new downsizer condo and made the space their own.
I love the shots of green (my favorite color), unexpected patterns, and rugs by Sylvie & Mira, the textiles & rug creations by Lilu Interiors‘ Lisa Peck, with whom I got to spend a lot of time on the Design Bloggers Tour a few weeks ago!
See the rest of the before & after here.
Laundry Room Makeover: Nikole Starr Interiors
With my Remuddle Remodel in the final weeks (I hopefully just did laundry at the laundromat today for the last time!!!), I have laundry rooms and kitchens on the brain. I love Nikki’s use of color that isn’t in-your-face. She packs a lot into this small space!
The rest of the before & after can be found here.
Guest Room/Office & En Suite Bathroom: Design Maze
Oh my gosh, I’m not a modernist or a minimalist or a Zen/Fen Shui anything, but this makeover by Tim at Design Maze, in my opinion, is one of the best I’ve seen on the ORC … ever.
What he did with a square white box of a condo is just gorgeous, with amazingly thoughtful attention to texture and millwork details and creative use of small space. I can’t believe this was done in only 6 weeks.
Get all the details here.
Open Kitchen & Living Room Makeover: Jeweled Interiors
Jewel Marlowe has a glamorous sense of style and color. She was super ambitious in the amount of work she undertook here — living room AND kitchen makeover.
A few things I ADORE about this project: the wool-covered curvy sofa, the millwork-framed mural, and the sky blue/moss green color combination.
Re: the kitchen (and you’ll see this in another favorite), it’s amazing what an ENORMOUS difference painting cabinets and replacing the counters & backsplash can make in a kitchen with a decent layout. Yeah, it’s expensive. A professional paint job + counters + backsplash will probably cost $10-$20K depending upon what you choose, but that’s a darn sight better than adding on another $20-$40K in cabinets!!
The rest of the reveal can be found here.
Kitchen Makeover: Erika Ward Interiors
Erika also made over her kitchen without gut renovating. I love the combination of the backsplash and fabric she chose for her window treatments, and there’s plenty of white space so they don’t compete, but rather, complement each other.
You can see how she removed some of the upper cabinets to create visual space for a new hood and some sconce lighting. The fireplace mantel surround is beautifully updated, and the grid of black & white photos of her kids mixed with a cheeky blue of pigeons really tickled me.
You can see the rest of the reveal here.
Library Office Reveal: Christina Carleton Design Studio
Christina’s Library Office stole my heart in that she didn’t feel compelled to paint the gorgeous woodwork. To give a little color, she used grasscloth on the backs of the bookcases (a trick I’m also using in Project #HGDshinglestyle.) It also goes to show how sometimes just good ol’ decorating and finally investing in bringing a room together can make such a dramatic difference.
Rest of the reveal here.
Kitchen Renovation: Erin Kestenbaum
Unlike the kitchens above, Erin and her husband did a full gut reno of their kitchen. Their GC had the structural changes and the electrical, plumbing, and flooring done, ready to install all the new stuff. Still, 5 weeks IS NOT MUCH TIME to get a kitchen done!
She has done a gorgeous job with the smokey blue cabinets from one of the few stock cabinet companies that has a line of inset cabinets at a value-level budget. She chose the same maker for her refrigerator as I did in this post about whether or not to hide appliances in an unfitted kitchen, because it’s one of the best values for a panel-ready integrated style.
Read the rest of the reveal here.
Do you have a favorite?
Next week I’ll be back with some hidden goodies from High Point. See you next Saturday!