These transformations are so dramatic!
Twice a year, in April and October, the best DIY and design bloggers in the blogosphere are invited to participate in the One Room Challenge, a makeover series run by Calling It Home. Over a span of just six weeks, the bloggers are tasked with making over an entire room. Blog updates show the progress week by week, and at the end, the big reveals are always breathtaking. And the current series that ended this month was no exception. While it’s hard to choose just a few from the giant pool of amazing makeovers (check out all of the “afters” here), take a peek at four designs that inspired us.
Jenny Komenda, the blogger at Little Green Notebook and interior designer behind Juniper Studio, decided to focus on one room in a larger home makeover called The Gentry Project. At the beginning of week one, the room had dingy wall-to-wall carpeting and wallpaper. Hint: It looks almost unrecognizable after week six.
After removing the carpeting and wallpaper, the room had a neutral base that could get perked up with pops of color in the pillows and rug. Pretty brass wall sconces make the room feel luxurious.
Before Sugar & Cloth embarked on a speed transformation of this master suite bathroom, it was clean and functional, but left much to be desired in the personality department. The outdated look of the room was in need of some sprucing.
After a long six weeks of work, modern brass fixtures now brighten up this serene, neutral space. Circular mirrors above the Jack and Jill sinks make what was once an outdated bathroom feel incredibly modern and of-the-moment.
This year, Brittany Jepsen from The House That Lars Built decided to tackle an office. Before Jepsen and her team started the six-week makeover, the room was uninspiring and boring—not the best office environment for a team that thrives on DIY ideas and creativity.
Six weeks later, the office looks much more polished and high-end, like the kind of office you’d expect from a creative company. The patterned tile floor is what catches our eye immediately, but the pretty blue wall color (it’s Farrow & Ball’s Oval Room Blue) is a close second.
Since last spring, interior designer Megan Pflug has been renovating The Woodhouse Lodge, a 10-room hotel in upstate New York. For the One Room Challenge, she decided to focus on the open floor plan living room.
Even though the makeover was reno-free, the transformation is remarkable. The power of paint is in full effect in this space, as the deep gray hue is rich and sophisticated—a far cry from the previous gray-beige color. The furniture and decor is fresh and modern, but vintage pieces and patina pay homage to the building’s past.