By now, we've seen bloggers make over every space imaginable for the semi-annual "One Room Challenge." A bedroom ensuite, an entire basement, three hallways, you name it. But someone raises the stakes every season Linda Weinstein from hosts the six-week-long endurance race for designers — and this spring it was .
Not only are they the first nonprofit to ever participate in the challenge, but with the help of two designers and 90 volunteers, they completely overhauled an entire two-bedroom apartment for a family who had just graduated from , a two-year live-in program for families escaping homelessness. The lucky recipient was Tiesha Davis, a mother of three, who the team believes is more than deserving of the makeover.
"Tiesha is so incredibly hardworking and is someone who gets up at 4 a.m. to go to work and then goes to school full time, so she doesn't get much rest," says Lathem Gordon, who along with her partner at , Cate Dunning, served as one of the designers behind the space. Their goal: "To create a space that was inviting and relaxing, but still energizing." That's why they infused it with color, boldness and texture to create a launching pad for her life.
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Since Tiesha was kept in the dark while volunteers took over her home, this project had a reveal day for the One Room Challenge followers, as well as the family who actually got to live in the beautiful space. As you can see, smiles were a mile wide.
Tiesha says it's impossible to describe she felt walking into her home for the first time — but the team nailed it. "I can't get enough of how modern, upbeat and bright everything looks!" she says. As for the gold wall in her bedroom, she says it took her breath away. But her favorite part of all are the framed photos on the walls, which she says makes it feel official this is their home.
The makeover not only brought happiness into the space, but it eliminated negativity, too. "The table, chairs and buffet were from a bad marriage and I don't think I realized how much those sad and fearful feelings stuck around just having those pieces in our place," she says. "Now, every night we sit down at our new table and talk about the day, vent, help each other and just get closer."
"Waiting in the line at the grocery store, I would always flip through home magazines and think 'I could never have this,' but now I do," she says. "My home could be a magazine!" We couldn't agree more.