7 Before and Afters You Have to See to Believe

In case you missed it, the One Room Challenge ended this week.  I posted the big reveal of my son’s playroom yesterday, and afterwards spent time exploring all the other incredible rooms from the 20 professionals and 90+ bloggers who participated.  I am seriously awed by the talent and creativity of these women!

So much time, energy (and $$) went into these projects, I wish I could give them all their due here–but instead I’ve chosen six of my favorites to share with you.  These are some seriously stylish room transformations (+ one rooftop deck) that I’m literally drooling over. Check them out, and don’t forget to visit the other rooms over at Calling it Home.  A very big thank you goes out to Linda for organizing this event!  It was so much fun to follow everyone’s progress and encourage each other to make the deadline.  Can’t wait for the next one!


1. Celine’s rooftop deck makeover on Aquahaus.  If you’re a fan of mid-century design and you’re not familiar with Celine, you need to start reading this blog now.  Her home is just…unbelievable.  She actually tackled two rooftop decks for this challenge, and I can’t decide which I like more! (Pictured is deck #2):

Outdoor Patio Before And After 1

Rooftop deck before, via Aquahaus

Rooftop Deck Before And After

Rooftop deck after, via Aquahaus


2. Erin Neally’s blog Holtwood Hipster is one of my new favorites.  Her bedroom was lovely before, but the new look is more masculine and dramatic–that wall! That light! Just fabulous.

Bedroom Before And After

Bedroom before via Holtwood Hipster

Bedroom Before And After

Bedroom after via Holtwood Hipster


3. I just can’t get over Beth Barden’s mudroom transformation on design POST Interiors. I’m keeping this one for inspiration in our next house, because alas, our current home is too small for a mudroom.  I love the fiddle-leaf fig painting, the hairpin leg bench, and the gray slat wall behind. Functional and beautiful!

Mudroom Entryway Makeover 1

Mudroom before via design POST Interiors

Mudroom Entryway Makeover

Mudroom after via design POST Interiors


4. Vanessa Francis’ builder kitchen makeover on Decor Happy is in-sane, mostly because she didn’t change the layout of the kitchen or the cabinets at all.  And look at the end result!  The black-and-white wallpaper with those bar stools is just too cute, and adding antique mirrors to her cabinet fronts was such a genius move.

Modern Kitchen Before And After

Before kitchen via Vanessa Francis

Modern Kitchen Before And After

After kitchen via Vanessa Francis


5. Shannon’s bedroom transformation on Burlap and Lace.  I love the colors and patterns that she introduced here, especially how she styled her jewelry (click through to see some seriously pretty details).

Bedroom Before And After

Bedroom before, via Burlap and Lace

Bedroom Before And After 1

Bedroom after, via Burlap and Lace


6. Jessica’s boys’ camp bedroom makeover on Dear Emmeline.  Technically the ‘before’ photo is from when they first moved in, but it’s cool to see how far the room has come since then. I especially love how she painted the trim in that forest green!  And how adorable is that plant stand?

Boys Room Before Toward Window

De Boys Camp Bedroom

Boys’ bedroom after via Dear Emmeline


7. And finally, this kitchen overhaul by Naomi at Design Manifest.  Naomi was one of the 20 professional interior designers who participated in the ORC, and her new kitchen is just gorgeous!  The hardware and that veined marble is so elegant, and you should click through to see her backsplash!

Kitchen Door And Back Wall Before

Kitchen before via Design Manifest

De Boys Camp Bedroom

Boys’ bedroom after via Dear Emmeline


Well, there they are! My favorites from the past few weeks.  Don’t forget to visit the other AWESOME rooms and click, pin, and share to show your love for all these ladies’ hard work! And be sure to check out my own big reveal of C’s playroom and let me know what you think of it.  Congratulations to all the participants! You guys ROCK.

Comments (6 )
  • celine@aquahaus
    | 7 November 2014

    Thank you so much for including me!! I am honored! You definitely picked my faves, and yours was one of them for sure! xo Happy weekend.

    • annabode
      | 18 November 2014

      You’re very welcome, Celine! Both of your rooftop decks are incredible. Love, love the pillows. Thanks for stopping by!

  • cassie
    | 7 November 2014

    these are some of my favorites, too! i can’t wait to check out all of the links- i hadn’t seen the hollywood hipster and hello it’s awesome!

    • annabode
      | 18 November 2014

      I hope you do! I know, I’m definitely drawing some inspiration from that bedroom for our next house. So awesome.

  • Vanessa@Decor Happy
    | 9 November 2014

    Thanks so much for including me! I love all of the ones you chose as your favourites as well. PS I love your blog title – way to draw people in!

    • annabode
      | 18 November 2014

      Of course! Your kitchen transformation is so gorgeous, it had to be shared :). Thank you!

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