For part of the final challenge on HGTV Design Star season seven, contestant Britany gave this once functionless dining room an eye-catching makeover. The wallpaper and wainscoting create a high-end look that nods to Britany's trademark graphic style.
One of the main challenges of this space is its long and narrow proportion. By lining three work stations lengthwise along the walls, there is instant privacy at each desk while still allowing communication to effortlessly flow.
This poolhouse is located on a lower terrace behind the main home at the basement level. The property's natural slope presented a design challenge, but it also allowed for a large rear terrace. The adjacent pool features large gray flagstones.
Challenges included the below-ground garden, cement walls, unmovable A/C pipes and a massive concrete pad that hides the dry well. The cement walls have a interesting way of reflecting light and fit with the modern structure.
One of the challenges in this roof deck makeover was working with the narrow space. Designers opted for a built-in bench on one side of the dining table, instead of chairs which need more room to pull out.
Low ceilings were a challenge in the guest house redesign, so Roman shades are mounted at the ceiling to add height. A neutral color palette keeps the space calm and restful, while dark floors ground the space.
Having virtually no natural light to work with is one of the biggest design challenges when creating a basement bathroom. Add dramatic elements with texture that make the space feel less like a basement or more like a spa-like bathroom.
For one of the HGTV Design Star challenges, an eclectic dining room features a fun abstract mural that flows from one wall across the floor to the other wall. A large white table is paired with light wood benches for dining.
A long, narrow living room presents a challenge when it comes to furniture arrangement. Here, designers opted to create several different areas: a family room with the tv at one end, a more formal sitting area and a separate dining room.
HGTV Design Star contestant Britany gave this once boring and mismatched living room a fashionable makeover for part of the final challenge of season seven. She used warm gray walls to tie the space together and give it a sophisticated-but-livable feel.
Stunning though it may be, this outdoor space also faces unique maintenance challenges, like caring for the lawn joints between the stone pavers. To keep the yard flawless, the landscape architects carefully trim around the concrete and so create a pristine pathway.
An outdoor oasis that complements the natural beauty of Hawaii is a challenge in itself. With a 360-degree wet-edge perimeter, 40-feet vanishing edge, underwater speakers and smart landscape lighting, this pool is a great place to gather in the day or night.
In the fashion challenge as seen on HGTV's Design Star, finalist Emily Henderson selects the tailored suit to use as her inspiration. Streamlined furnishings and luxurious fabrics reflect the suit's look. A mixture of metallic and faux fur pillows contrast well with the tailored sofa.
The area rug, as well as the lounge chairs, are custom pieces designed by Habachy Designs. The oval shape of the space posed a challenge, so the rug was made to accommodate the design. African and Asian decor throughout the home add a worldly touch.
The unique challenge to the designers of this kitchen was to create an efficient, high-style room that would tuck into a corner space. To accomplish that, the range and hood became the kitchen's focal point and innovative customizations were used like a triangular island.
Before the remodel, this former galley kitchen faced challenges such as a low ceiling and an unsightly plumbing stack. A custom cabinet with an appliance garage and notched pull-out trays helps maximize storage. A wood-toned island adds convenience and visual interest.