Home is where the heart is… and is where many of us are spending a lot more time this year. For a few families struggling to give their homes a boost during challenging times, Design at Your Door found a way to bring them expert design – from a distance. Using video calls to connect, HGTV stars delivered custom design plans, virtual guidance and everything the families needed to transform a room – on their own, in a weekend – with incredible results. From an elegant guest room for an emergency nurse to a character-filled living room to gather a family closer together and more, follow along for jaw-dropping DIY makeovers to help inspire you to redesign your own room over one (busy) weekend.
Marcia Brady is Calling
With Julie and Todd’s blended family spending a lot more time at their Tampa home, they were struggling to make their bland multi-purpose room a purposeful space for everyone. To give them design guidance, A Very Brady Renovation’s
Maureen McCormick (who also played the part of Marcia on The Brady Bunch) surprised them with a plan for total refresh over the weekend.
Though the room was spacious enough to accommodate everyone (with Todd using half of the room as a home office space and the kids’ using the rest as a family living space), it lacked the style needed to make it truly functional. Maureen’s design called for a more distinct, sophisticated office space for Todd (complete with a new desk, bookshelves and greenery) along with a cozier family space filled with texture, walnut finishes and chic brass details.
A Chic, Cozy Space
Equipped with Maureen’s design, supplies sent to their door and a lot of hard work, the whole family pitched in to transform the room into a space that everyone wants to spend time in. Deep grey paint created a luxurious-but-cozy atmosphere throughout, while the family’s existing couch and brass wall art were beautifully repurposed.
Emi and Carl’s Charleston home was brimming with charming collections and eclectic details – but their junk-filled bonus room was proof that there can be too much of a good thing. To help the couple make the jumbled room a functional, fun destination for the family, A Very Brady Renovation’s Eve Plumb (who also played Jan on The Brady Bunch) came up with a bright, beachy plan.
Clear the Clutter
Before Eve’s influence, the bonus room was beige, bland and boring – but it had plenty of potential. Eve had the couple clear things out and then style the updated room with a curated mix of their best pieces (like a gorgeous white couch) and decor goodies that she sent straight to their front door.
Emi and Carl made the most of the weekend, painting the wall a vibrant blue and following Eve’s expressive, stylish design for a colourful yet chic room that’s both flowing and functional. On one of the walls, the couple created inexpensive custom art by framing patterned fabric; on another, they tied the room together with a special gift from Eve – limited-edition lithographs of her beachy artwork.
Space for the Kids
Realtors Shonnie and Josh were able to continue working through the coronavirus quarantine, but – with school and daycare closed – they were struggling to keep their two young children occupied and entertained. They needed help to create an organized-but-fun playroom in their Dallas home.
A Problem Playroom
Luckily for them, designer Orlando Soria from Build Me Up had some playful (but still stylish) ideas to help take the jumbled, all-green (including the doors) space to the next level. Armed with Orlando’s plan to makeover the walls with bright white paint (and colourful polka-dot details) and packages of supplies delivered to their door, the family was up to the challenge.
A Candy-Colour Dream
After a weekend of hard work, the playroom became a truly delightful space for the family – bright, happy and completely child-friendly (while still staying elegant and stylish to match the home’s overall aesthetic). To keep things clean, Shonnie and Josh revamped the closet with shelves, storage bins and a fun pop of contrast colour.
More Than for Guests
Amelia and Tim (along with their baby and Amelia’s sister) moved from Kansas City to San Diego and set up a stylish home – except for their bland guest bedroom. More than just wanting to complete their home, this young family also had an urgent reason to renovate: As an emergency department nurse, Amelia needed a comfortable place at to stay separately at home if she was exposed to the coronavirus at work. To help, Bargain Mansions’ Tamara Day surprised the family with a step-by-step design to transform the room.
From Drab to Fab
Before, Amelia and Tim’s guest bedroom was dimly lit and uninviting – but Tamara saw plenty of potential. Inspired by classic European hotel guest room vibes, Tamara’s plan included having the family paint the room in a bright white, create a chic wallpaper feature wall and repurpose pieces they already owned.
Using Tamara’s instructions (as well as supplies and decor items shipped to their door from Walmart), the family worked throughout the weekend for a total transformation. Their new tufted bed completed the chic hotel-inspired vibes, while a stunning original artwork by a Kansas City artist that Tamara sent tied the room together – while bringing a touch of their old home into their new space.
A Leap of Faith
After a tough few years battling illness and loss, John, Kelly and their two children set out for a fresh start and moved to Austin, Texas – just as stay at home orders set in. With the kids stuck at home for the time being, Kelly and John wanted to give them an amazing bedroom. Using his signature playful style, My Lottery Dream Home’s David Bromstad came up with the perfect design plan for the family.
Since the family had just moved from California, David’s design was inspired by beachy, surfer-cool vibes. After sending along all the supplies that they’d need to reno the room, he taught John and Kelly how to paint a bold wave-inspired mural on all four walls. The kids got involved in the weekend’s work, too – making one-of-a-kind tie-dyed pillowcases.
An Ode to Bernie
In addition to the stress of the move and John’s recent struggle with cancer, the family’s dog Bernie had also recently passed away. To complete the room’s design and offer a special tribute to their beloved Bernie, David sent the family a custom painting of the late pup – which made for the perfect centrepiece over the kids’ repurposed dresser.
When Angie and Nick bought their first home in Santa Clarita six months ago, they had big plans to customize the house for their family. Unfortunately, when the pandemic hit, they both lost their jobs – and their plans to renovate came to a halt. The couple still had visions of the whole family gathering together in the living room, but they didn’t know how to start. Fortunately, One of a Kind ‘s Grace Mitchell had a plan.
Watch a video of this Design at Your Door problem room!
A Bit Boring
The family’s living room was spacious, but it was outdated and lacked the vibrancy and personality that they craved. To help, Grace sent them supplies and an ambitious plan that included adding soft colour to the walls, painting the dated brick fireplace, creating a big-impact wallpaper feature and swapping the bland furniture for the green velvet soft that Angie always dreamed of.
Colour and Character
The whole family pitched in, and the results speak for themselves with a modern living room finished with pops of sophisticated colour and stylish accents. No longer boring or bland, the new living room is a comfortable, cheerful space for everyone to hang out together. As an extra personal touch, they topped the newly revamped fireplace mantle with special art made by family.
Watch a video of how Grace gave this room a Design at Your Door transformation!