12 Dazzling Rooms From The #OneRoomChallenge 2016

DecoratorsBest is a proud sponsor of The One Room Challenge and did these 12 designers make us proud! It’s a great feeling to see our products come to life and used in such creative spaces. From bright bold colors to edgy black and white with blues and neutrals in between, there are fabulous ideas for every taste and budget.

The One Room Challenge is the brain child of Linda of Calling it Home which inspires a group of carefully selected bloggers to  design and implement a complete room’s makeover in only six weeks. I’m sure the adrenaline rush and midnight bursts of energy contribute to the sparks of genius in these photos!



After many years of restrained decorating, vibrant colors are happily making a comeback.



Photos by: Christina Wedge

Channeling Lily Pulitzer for her pink and green family room, Paige Minear designed a warm and welcoming den that blended with her newly decorated kitchen for the Fall ORC.

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Photos by: Anna Marie Noellert

Mid-century meets sunny and blue. These uncharacteristic colors for this period give an edge to this light filled bedroom.

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Brightening her black and white kitchen with pops of red on her bamboo chairs “for a fun moment”, Naoimi Stein placed her Dash & Albert Rhapsody rug in her dining room.  “It bridges the gap perfectly between my kitchen and living room and adds a little warmth to this space.”

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Nicole Cohen did a makeover of her sister’s childhood bedroom. We love the bubblegum pink walls accented with black patterns to give it a very stylish look.

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At the opposite end of the spectrum is black & white which is used by our ORC participants in so many diverse and wonderful  ways.



Photos by:  Ashley Capp

‘It feels super good to be in’ wrote Christine Dovey about her newly renovated “grown up” bedroom.

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Laundry takes on a whole new meaning when doing this mundane chore in such a lavish laundry room! Congratulations to Sue De Chiara for focusing on this forgotten room.

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Craving storage space in her small home, Melanie Thompson first focused on cabinetry. Then the fun part- how to make the overly large and awkward tub area a space for her to luxuriate in.  She discovered  our terrific Schumacher Andromeda Charcoal fabric which pulled the entire room together.

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My favorite color combo for master bedrooms is blue and white. Serene and beautiful, it is timeless AND couples all seem to like it!



A major talent in the making, Kevin O’Gara juggled working on his first ORC project while finishing his high school ones! His father’s bedroom makeover is stunning- love the blue ceiling and chandelier as well as the creative way Kevin placed the bed against the window.

“The bold curtains were one of my biggest design risks in the room, but I’m so glad I took it! The curtain fabric is Futura by Robert Allen, found at a fabulous price at DecoratorsBest.”

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Kristin Jackson selected a client’s master bedroom renovation for her ORC project. The goal was a light and airy space. Her color palette and mixing of patterns and furniture styles definitely accomplished this.

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Photos by: Leslee Mitchell

This charming guest suite with an Asian flair is flooded with light. Meg Kelly said “Our little breakfast nook is the perfect spot for guests to escape with the New York Times and an espresso.”

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Grey and beige are easy to live with and appealing to a wide range of  tastes and styles. Whether you are a traditionalist, eclectic or modernist these colors will always work.



Struggling through one setback after another, Kris Jarrett managed to complete her master bedroom project on time! Inspired by the floral print on her pillow, she proceeded to follow in soft grey tones to create this calming bedroom.

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“Serene. Chic. Functional.” An apt description for this spacious master bath and walk-in closet, Cristin Priest warmed up this  area with two of our fun and fabulous Cole and Sons wallpapers.

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Thank you to our One Room Challenge design bloggers on their kind reviews or shout outs! We really appreciate it. Take a look at some of them below.

Design Manifest:

Thank you to DecoratorsBest for providing the beautiful fabrics that I turned into pillows.  I love the little repeat of leopard from the counter stools and the pop or red-orange in the ikat.

The Pink Clutch:

When I began to choose fabric for the room I immediately went to DecoratorsBest.  I absolutely love this company.  The customer service line is so helpful in helping me locate what I want.  

The Pink Clutch:

Oh, and when I changed my mind at the 11th hour for wallpaper they were so good to make the change and send me the new pattern.  No questions asked and nothing but “of course, its on the way”. Amazing products and incredible customer service!  #yesplease!!

With DecoratorsBest I achieved just that.  And every single time I needed to add more, I ordered it and a few days later it would show up.  I needed more samples?  No problem, here they came.  

Thou Swell: 

The bold curtains were one of my biggest design risks in the room, but I’m so glad I took it! The curtain fabric is Futura by Robert Allen, found at a fabulous price at DecoratorsBest.

The Zhush:

One of the nice things with Decorator’s Best, a direct to consumer site, is they tell you right up front if the papers in stock (or not)-thankfully it is!


Kips Bay 2016 Color Trend: Moody Blues

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The 2016 New York Kips Bay Designer Show House features luxurious living and quiet retreats from the bustling world. One major theme was gold accents- metallics, fabrics, wallpapers, to bring warmth and light to a room and blue was one of the predominant colors.


Known for their layered look and mixing old, new, humble and luxurious, this team designed the dark, moody lounge featured above for private time away from the hectic pace of New York living. “Multiple layers let you discover a room slowly” said Lance Scott, one of their principle designers. “We featured marine blue and gold tones from bronze to gold which add warmth to the space.”

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Opulent and serene describe the spacious master bedroom. Damasks, velvets and fur mix magnificently together. Draped Prussian blue silk draws attention to the luxurious half-tester canopy and bed setting.


“Always start with the floor” said Brian Sawyer. Inspired by an Italian Deco villa, this salon’s focal point is the custom designed terrazzo floor, asymmetrical to give an edge to this richly decorated space.


All Interior Images: Credit to Phillip Ennis, with the exception of Drake Anderson’s space, which should be credited to Marco Ricca.

Kips Bay 2016: Neutrals With A Pop of Color


When I think of spring, The Kips Bay Show House comes to mind. Recently opened, the 2016 show house in a 10,000 square foot limestone townhouse has certainly given me a lot to think about. Most of the twenty-one world-class interior designers feature layered looks and warm, personalized rooms. You can easily imagine yourself in so many of these settings, relaxing in a comfy chair, glass of wine in hand.

Several trends emerged and neutrals with a pop of color stands out. Making an easy transition from stark, monochromatic rooms of past years to neutrals with luxurious layering, several designers updated this look with a pop of color.

And drapery is happily making a comeback. Simple, elegant panels adorn many spaces, adding an extra layer of warmth.victoriahaganlogo

“Nothing happens unless first we dream.” Carl Sandburg’s quote inspired Victoria Hagen and she in turn said “I am forever grateful and consider myself to be a very lucky gal. Dreams can come true!”

“The Grand American Salon” (featured above) marks Victoria’s return to Kips Bay in twenty-five years and exemplifies this Architectural Digest 100’s design philosophy: a refined use of materials, sophisticated color, and strong silhouettes. “I design for the way modern families live” she says about her Classic American aesthetic.

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Hagen created a light and livable living room. She mixed technology and design seamlessly. Her airy curtains have LED lighting strips sewn into them to add sparkle to this stunning room.

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Livable is once again the main concept for Alex Papachristidis sitting room/dining room. “I always believe that a room should be lived in, used and enjoyed. I think it is modern for a room to have more than one purpose” said Alex.

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This room is a glamorous and enchanting space that features a magical custom hand painted wallpaper by Gracie . Alex designed his room to host guests in a space that is comfortable, fun and luxurious.


Alex created a neutral color palette with pops of soft mauve flowers on the wallpaper and hand painted on the silk pillows and dining chairs.

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The White Orchard  Room is both modern and timeless. Artfully mixing period furniture with bespoke pieces, Timothy’s bedroom creates a calm and inviting interior that evokes feelings of air and light.

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Layering pieces from different periods and cultures is successfully achieved in the sitting area.



Sophisticated simplicity defines this stunning Family Room. Inspired by the adjacent limestone terrace, the neutral palette is comprised of muted natural linens and velvets. Books and art make this a casual and refined room.

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Filled with beautiful objects perfectly placed, the console table and linen striped upholstery add another layer to create a relaxed environment.

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2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House
The Carlton House Townhouse
19 East 61st Street (Between Madison & Fifth Ave)
New York, NY 10065
May 12, 2016 – June 9, 2016
Monday through Saturday 11am – 5pm
Tuesday and Thursday 11am – 8pm
Sunday Noon – 5pm
Tickets: $35

All Interior Images: Credit to Phillip Ennis.

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Make your home unforgettable with Scalamandre’s uber-fantastic Zebra wallpaper. It’s now one of DecoratorsBest’s best sellers!


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 Make a bold statement with a safari theme.  Powder rooms and guest bathrooms are fanciful places to indulge your guests.

Running In The Wild

Sam Allen’s design for this guest room is enhanced with these brown zebras and pops of orange.

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This charming eclectic nursery is a special place for both young and old.

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The One Room Challenge™, currently in its tenth season, is a widely anticipated biannual event every April and October. This year DecoratorsBest is beyond proud to be apart of this. Take a look at how these top tastemakers transform a room into a brand new refreshing space with our fabric and wallpaper.

Hunted Interior

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“The other fabrics are going to be dressing the bed, the most important area of the room. Bed Pillows will be made out of the Pyne Hollyhock Floral & the Indigo Betwixt Fabric. I will also be taking the white bed to a new level by adding in lots of textures & details… One of my tricks from being a Hotel Designer in my previous life. Every hotel wants a White Bed! You have to switch them up somehow.” – Kristin of Hunted Interior

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Thou Swell


“I knew I wanted to make a statement with a large swath of pattern in the room, but I wasn’t sure whether this pattern would be incorporated through fabric or wallpaper. I ended up choosing Robert Allen’s FUTURA FABRIC from DecoratorsBest that will be featured in two huge curtain panels.” – Kevin of Thou Swell

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“As for the look and feel, I had a good idea what I wanted from the start. We used a neutral wave pattern wallpaper by Cole and Son (available through ORC sponsor, DecoratorsBest) in our last closet and loved it so much I’m using it again. It has a wonderful calming effect that my husband loves and it’s a great starting point for the overall design.” – Cristin of Simplified Bee

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The media room in this San Francisco home features a wool sectional and a pair of vintage Milo Baughman armchairs reupholstered in velvet.

Green Design Tip: Antiques are recycled treasures.
Let your spouse know just how environmentally conscious you are when buying THAT antique!

DecoratorsBest has a multitude of products made of sustainable & eco-friendly materials, including organic and mercerized cotton, wool and hemp.

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Once a public library in Portland, Oregon this building was remodeled into a unique home. Library shelving was added in many rooms to keep the spirit of the original structure.

Green  Design Tip: Restore Buildings
Instead of building a new home, save a building from destruction and restore it as your one of a kind home.

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A modern and clean look is warmed by the custom mohair chairs in this dining area. Mohair is sheared from the angora goat and this textile provides a unique, renewable and sustainable source of fiber.  Since it is very durable, it is an excellent choice for upholstery.

Green Design Tip: Stone floors
As a natural product, stone is inherently earth-friendly and has many environmentally friendly qualities: durability, ease of care and maintenance, recyclability, an enduring life-cycle plus quarry and manufacturing best practices.

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Photo by Blanche Garcia Designs

Soothing earth tones in eco-friendly fabrics like hemp, organic cotton and linen are layered to provide texture to this design. A punch of orange enlivens the space.

Green Design Tip:  Upholstered Cushions
Use natural latex cushions wrapped in organic wool for upholstery in order to eliminate chemicals.

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