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.
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.
Kate Riley wanted a "hazy zone" that would shift from night to day. She added lots of blues (including a pair of azure club chairs) and mixed metals to make her escape happen.
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.
Christine Covey used three different Farrow and Ball shades — All Black, Wimborne White and Slipper Satin — to create her neutral backdrop.
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.
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."
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.
Caitlin Kruse swapped French door blinds for floor-to-ceiling curtains, but new baseboards and crown molding really gussy up her master suite.
William and Susan Brinson created this elegant jewel box by going green. Lucky guests now sleep in a regal suite painted Farrow & Ball's Inchyra Blue.
Brit turned an unused closet into an en suite spa with a double vanity, but the herringbone tiles in the shower stall really steal the show.
Joanna chose this AllModern rug because it married her living and dining areas, but the piece also provided the room's color palette. With navy as a base color, pinks, oranges and gold all make complementary appearances.
Jacquelyn Clark wanted a "sanctuary" for both entertaining and movie-watching. The fix? An from AllModern that's both elegant and cozy.
A former white box got a brunch-ready makeover thanks to the new chair rail and gold paint. A live edge table adds some heft — and balances out the seriously-gorgeous chandelier.
For the sitting area outside of their master bedroom, Andy and Candis Meredith went with a rich clay color, but mounted a sculptural light to break out of "granny mode."
Jen loves her traditional-style colonial, but she needed a little more personality in her home. The original mantel stayed, but nautical accents and a vintage shield mirror rev up the living room.
Nicole Cohen embraced the midcentury vibes and decked out her living space with burl stools and cozy textiles. She customized the wood coffee table to fit the scale of the room.
Erin's daughter requested a purple bedroom — "the last color I want to design around," the mom said. She kept lavender as an accent, but made the space more grown-up with cactus wallpaper.
The ceiling! The wallpaper! The carpet! There's so much to discuss here, but the acrylic bed makes it all work. Holly Hollingsworth Phillips even treated herself to a new mattress too.
Myquillyn already used her back porch as a mudroom and laundry room, but the space also greeted the guests coming from the driveway. Now, cleaning supplies and coats disappear in a storage-packed library and matching armoire.
Traditional chairs don't need a traditional table. A modern pedestal provides a crisp contrast to the room's classic elements.