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If you thought the transformations we featured in our first One Room Challenge reveal blog post couldn’t be matched, just wait until you see the second half!

First, we’ve got to give a huge shoutout to all ORC participants who took on this crazy challenge–you inspire us! The ambition to pull off a project of this magnitude in such a tight timeframe and the talent to make each design something special are nothing short of superpowers.

It’s been a blast following along throughout each designer’s six-week journey from ideation to execution, rooting for them and crossing our fingers that everything would fall into place just in time for the big reveal!

Without further ado…


First up is Thalita from The Learner Observer. This designer took on the transformation of not just one space but two! She gave her master bedroom a facelift and transformed the unfinished adjoining bathroom, creating a dual space that is not only uniquely beautiful, but fabulously functional.

The before master bedroom space
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A peek into the adjoining bathroom space that had never been finished

“Somehow this room feels equal parts soft and feminine and moody and masculine – and, depending on the day, those words can easily all represent ME!”—Thalita

An after shot of the master bedroom. Design by The Learner Observer.

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A pocket door next to the vanity allows for the shower and toilet to be closed in, with the vanity remaining open to the bedroom. Featured: Umbria White. Design by The Learner Observer.

“When I was choosing tile for this space, I wanted something that felt classic, but I also wanted a bit of a punch. Because we have blue going on the wallpaper above the vanity, I thought a dark blue tile would be great here as well to tie the two spaces together as one.”—Thalita

We love the contrast between the white shower pan and the bold pop of color on the walls!


Stacey of Design Addict Mom was another designer that took on more than one space during the course of the challenge. In addition to completely gutting and transforming the master bathroom, she redid the small adjoining closet and gave a mini refresh to the master bedroom. Talk about a big endeavor!

The before space
The before space

Her overall goal was to transform the “dark and dated” feel of the bathroom to one that feels “bright, airy and spa-like.” We think she succeeded in a big way!

Stacey chose coordinating tile for the bathroom flooring and the shower pan, bringing cohesion to the space. “They are so pretty, and the subtle designs in the tiles add depth and interest to the space.”

As for the shower walls, she had a little fun.

“My color-loving self couldn’t resist these subway tiles from The Tile Shop, and I thought the rose color was a great opportunity to continue the coral pink color story from the master bedroom.”


This next one is GOOD. Jenni of I SPY DIY completed one of the most dramatic bathroom transformations we’ve seen! She turned the old, outdated bathroom in the 1980-built duplex she’s renovating with her husband into an absolutely dreamy space that we would never want to leave.

The bathroom before

“It feels more like an old library than a bathroom, a place where I would want to dim the lights, soak in the bath, listening to classical music and read for hours. Nothing makes me happier than giving rooms that have been abandoned in these old houses a new life and a new storyline.”—Jenni

“I’d been eyeing up this Siberian Pearl Chevron Marble tile for a while now but never had the right space for it until this bathroom. This tile is stunning! The marble is so classic and the variation in color is so beautiful. After Mr. Yolo installed it, I could not stop staring. We used London Fog grout and then sealed everything, and I have been so impressed with how resilient it’s been to footprints.”

This is only one of many amazing projects that Jenni has completed! Check out our spotlight post on Jenni here.


We can’t stop comparing the before and after pictures of this project! Jewel of Jeweled Interiors started with a kitchen full of warm-toned wooden cabinets and a living room with carpet installed in the ’90s and transformed them into a living space you’d never guess could be the same.

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The kitchen area before
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The living area before

“I love the way the 12″ x 24″ San Dona tile brightens my entire room. The San Dona line is so pretty! There is a subtle tonal difference from piece to piece, and if you look closely, you can see small crystalline flecks.”—Jewel

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Featured: San Dona Honed

“For the backsplash, we had the fun idea to use the same Tile Shop floor tile but cut it into 3-inch vertical strips. It helps my cabinets feel taller and countertops feel brighter.”

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Featured: San Dona Honed cut into three-inch strips
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You’ve probably seen plenty of man caves…but have you ever seen a mom cave?! Nicole of Nicole White Designs turned her office and living area into a combined office and dining area with more space and a mom cave added on the side. Brilliant, right?

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The before space. We don’t think this looks half bad but check out how much more elevated the after space is!
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The before space

What’s better than a cup of coffee? A cup of coffee served at one of the most chic coffee bars we’ve ever seen!

“The Tile Shop’s Streamline Stone Mosaic tile made us all swoon!”—Nicole

“While the challenge was for one space, our old office needed a new spin, and so it was time to make it my official mom cave, a place where I can now close the doors at the end of the day and just chill!”

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The mom cave in all its glory!
Learn more about the One Room Challenge here.

Do you have the same design taste and ambition as one of these extraordinary designers, but lack the design expertise? Have no fear! Let us take the intimidation out of the equation. Schedule a free design consultation with one of our tile design experts.

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