20 “One Room Challenge” Makeovers That’ll Inspire You to Roll Up Your Sleeves

Over the past six weeks, a brave group of designers raced against the clock to refresh their least-favorite rooms — or update an entire home. Check out the jaw-dropping results for yourself, and then visit their blogs to see more of each space.



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AN OPEN KITCHEN

No, you don’t really need upper cabinets after all. Abby Manchesky never kept many dishes in her tiny kitchen anyway, so she now stashes her pieces right out in the open. The new shelves also set the stage for trendy green cabinets.

See more at Abby Manchesky »



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A SERENE NURSERY

With a baby on the way, Chris and Julia needed a space for their youngest daughter. A textured poof brings the cloud wallpaper into the third dimension — and provides a place for tired parents’ feet.

See more at Chris Loves Julia »


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A BRIGHT BASEMENT

Christine Covey used three different Farrow and Ball shades — All Black, Wimborne White and Slipper Satin — to create her neutral backdrop.

See more at Christine Dovey »


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A FRESH START

The nonprofit Dwell With Dignity completely overhauled this family home, bringing in new furniture and art with the help of design duo Gordon Dunning and almost 90 volunteers.

See more at Dwell With Dignity »


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A CHARMING GUESTHOUSE

Erica Reitman reimagined her backyard guesthouse as a “cozy luxe boutique hotel room” for visiting Airbnb-ers. She kept her storage-savvy banquette (which holds sheets and towels) but added a new wallpaper “mural.”

See more at Erica Reitman »


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A SLEEK KITCHEN

The corner window made hiding ventilation impossible, so Erin Williamson knew she needed a showstopper hood. The custom piece features tiny metal rods welded in a chevron pattern, just like the floor.

See more at Erin Williamson »


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A MARBLED BATHROOM


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