The fall season of One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda from , wrapped up just before Thanksgiving with the 20 official participants showing off their gorgeous new spaces! (If you haven't been following along, catch up by scrolling through all things on Instagram or go here for the finished looks.)
But once the main challengers debuted their new digs, it was time for guest participants to share their efforts too. Yes, the room makeover madness doesn't just end with those select few. Twice a year, dozens of other home bloggers and designers take on redoing an entire room of their choice — in a month and a half, eep! — alongside the official challengers.
It's always exciting to see the creative results from this guest crew — how people tap the trends, who falls back to classic styles, all the textiles and color — and this year's guest group (there were 200+ total!) didn't disappoint. We were honored to be asked to pick two guest participants to join next spring's challenge. To decide, we asked CQ editor in chief, Sophie Donelson, to comb through all the amazing transformations. Below are 10 rooms that really stood out to her and what she loved.
As for those two guest participants going on to next spring's official round? A huge congrats to and , who will be joining season 12!
took on redoing an already lovely office and really went for it with a personal touch. "Forget the hand-painted mural – which is amazing! – I'm impressed by the attention to detail, from felt drawer-liners to creative cord management," Sophie says.
This detailed library from proves that function and fashion can coexist. "The best part about this room is that it's wonderfully multi-functional," says Sophie. "Here, you can enjoy a night in with a good book and bourbon or catching up with a gaggle of friends." Invite us over!
Kris from gave new life to an otherwise empty — and lifeless— space by mixing bold florals, geometric nuances, and bright color. "The daybed is such a smart purchase. I'm a big fan of the turned-wood profile and the Vera Bradley linens she dressed it with."
This tiny powder room by has big personality. "The black and white and Lucite, give this space a ladylike feel. It's like an old movie come to life!" A perfect blend of new and old, this space is as classy as it gets.
This 1890's Victorian home got a major refresh. "It's tricky to pull off a bedroom that's both interesting and serene — this is it." The intricate wallpaper and dramatic chandelier add elegance to this getaway.
We're suckers for beautiful walls. used a cool color palette and watercolor feature wall to give this living space a lot of oomph."Point proven, that everything looks better against a rich color. I love that you get the dreamy-breezy vibe from one side and a brooding mood from the other."
At every angle, there's something new to see in this bold, blue dining space. "Ursula from really stretched out on her gallery wall for maximum impact and beauty, and I love that the art is all custom for the project — and by her dad!"
Fresh paint and bold patterns can do wonders even in the trickiest of spaces, including 's kitchen and eating area. "This is a really intoxicating palette," says Sophie. "I love the warmth of butcher block defining the space between the crisp white and navy."
The bright pops of color add a nice punch of energy to this guest bedroom, designed by Canadian-based . "This features a great mix of styles and a distinct spirit," says Sophie. Plus, the cloud wallpaper gives this room a feeling of weightlessness.
Designing multi-purpose spaces is tricky, but juggled functionality and style well with this downstairs space. "This is truly a life transformation," Sophie says. "I'm amazed that a subterranean space could be so beautifully reclaimed for living." Come for this corner but stay for the rest: This basement features a living, dining and exercise space.