DESIGN, one room challenge, RENOVATIONS


Welcome to the Week 6!!! It’s Reveal Day for the One Room Challenge and I could not be more thrilled to present to you the final outcome! But first, as…
ORC Fall 2019 Erika Ward Interiors

Welcome to the Week 6!!! It’s Reveal Day for the One Room Challenge and I could not be more thrilled to present to you the final outcome!

But first, as a reminder, here’s where it all started…


and here is the final result!

ORC Fall 2019 Erika Ward Interiors

Beach-Inspired Backsplash

The kitchen’s mesmerizing backsplash is the perfect backdrop. Like a rare treasure, I discovered this glass mosaic tile with an iridescent quality much like the inside of a shell. Installing the tile to the ceiling makes a grandiose statement about my love of the sea and nature-inspired design elements.

Featured product: Redmond Bombay Glass Floor and Wall Tile, The Tile Shop

Monsoon II Vent Hood by Zephyr

Fresh Air

The secret to cleaner air and proper kitchen ventilation is underneath the gorgeous custom range hood. This powerful insert, with stainless steel baffles, helps remove grease from the air and protects against potentially harmful airborne particles. Inserts like these are gaining popularity because of the powerful venting it provides even while hidden.

Featured product: Monsoon II Range Hood Insert, Zephyr

Storage Galore

Most of the kitchen cabinets’ functionality has been vastly improved thanks to integrated cabinet storage. This newly organized space includes base cabinet pullout kits (pictured above), trash pull-out, an adjustable door mounted spice rack, and under sink pull out. Look out for a separate post about the power of an organized kitchen.

Featured products: Base Cabinet Pullout Two Tier Wire Basket Sink and Base Accessories , Double LEGRABOX Waste Containers, Door Storage Adjustable Spice Rack Wall Accessories, Undersink Pullout Towel Holder Sink and Base Accessories, Rev-a-Shelf

Schaub Menlo Park Hardware

All in the Mix

An elegant combination cabinetry hardware adds a ton of subtle, visual interest to a builder’s grade kitchen. The upper cabinets don a faceted knob for a simple grab when opening swinging cabinets. Base cabinets have a combination of both cup pulls and linear handles. Cup pulls are best for used for drawers or lower cabinets when you have a door-integrated pull out like a dishwasher or trash bin. Five-inch handles, installed vertically, signals a door swing. Installed horizontally would signal a pull out function. Though there is a lot going on, the hardware is unified by the polished chrome finish for an overall cohesive look.

Featured products: Menlo Park, Polished Chrome knob, cup pull, 5″ handle, Schaub and Company

Dualing Faucets

Why settle for one faucet when you can have two? The high-arching pro-style faucet is great for filling large pots in the sink. The two-spray pull down feature provides the option of a traditional stream of water or a spray feature perfect for cleaning a large sink.

We drink a lot of water around here. The cold water beverage faucet not only gives another access point to better tasting tap water, but it also makes filling a pitcher easier at the sink vs at the refrigerator.

Featured products: Talis C HighArc Kitchen Faucet, Talis C Beverage Faucet, both by Hansgrohe


Designer Tip: If you have an air switch, soap dispenser, or a dishwasher air gap alongside your standard kitchen faucet, you may prefer to rely solely on your refrigerator’s water dispenser to reduce visual clutter at the sink.

Gresham Park Hudson Valley Lighting

The Light Show

A trio of light fixtures—adjustable wall sconces, a linear chandelier, and flush mounts supply glamorous flavor accents and breathtaking spotlights. Our rustic, 90-inch breakfast table commanded a well-proportioned chandelier to match it’s scale. We love the weight of and polish the Gresham Park Chandelier which helped me to achieve the juxtaposition of rough and refined.

Latham Wall Sconce Hudson Valley Lighting

In lieu of under cabinet lighting, two adjustable wall sconces flank the vent hood and allows for directional light .

Hartland Hudson Valley Lighting

Lastly, I don’t recall seeing a flush mount more impressive than the Hartland. Delicate crystal isn’t typically what you’d find in a kitchen, however the bold metal gives a weightiness that allows it to stand on its own.

Featured products: Gresham Park chandelier, Latham sconce, Hartland flush mount

Lifecore Flooring

Utterly Floored

Nothing could have warmed up our new white kitchen better than the hand-scraped, acacia engineered hardwood floors. Not only do they coordinate perfectly with our existing kitchen table, the 7-inch wide planks makes our kitchen floor feel seamless and even more spacious.

Featured product:  Abella Moderna, LIFECORE

Fabricut Drapery Fabric


Fabricut Roman Shade

Fabric Softener

What adds back softness into a room full of wood, steel, and hard surfaces than free flowing drapery? I love to usher the outdoors in via Roman shade and custom drapery panels in a navy, chinoiserie printed fabric.

Featured product: 04235 Navy, Fabricut


Keeping It Cozy

The fireplace mantel and surround received a much needed facelift. The new mantel is 12″ higher than the former and the new tile marble mosaic surround and hearth reigns supreme, classic, and cool.

Featured product: Hampton Polished Barrington Marble Mosaic Tile, The Tile Shop

Family Matters

This entire renovation is dedicated to the loves of my lives–my husband Chris and our five children. Quality time is always a high priority for us and mealtimes is when we have a chance to reconvene after a long day. Here, we not only nourish our bodies, but we also nourish our spirits.

Thanks to Rustic White Interiors for capturing our new kitchen so beautifully!!


Week 1 –> Week 2 –> Week 3–> Week 4 -> Week 5


So grateful things are going well here, let’s check in on the others and congratulate them on a job well done!

At Charlotte’s House | Design Addict Mom | Erika Ward Interiors | Erin Kestenbaum | Girl & Grey

Gray Malin | Hommeboys | I Spy DIY | Jewel Marlowe | The Learner Observer | Making it Lovely

Nicole White Designs | Old Brand New | Oscar Bravo Home | Place of My Taste | The Rath Project

Room for Tuesday | SG Style | Undecorated Home | Veronica Solomon | Media BH&G | TM by ORC


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  • Zahra Sandberg
    November 6, 2019 7:18 pm

    What a beautiful transformation! love the soothing color palette and the drapery fabric is absolutely stunning!

  • Home Run Erika! It looks SO darn good. I’m really proud of all ur hard work!!!

  • Veronica Vilora Solomon
    November 6, 2019 8:21 pm

    Oh Mrs Erika Ward, you have outdone yourself! This is an amazing REVEAL! I am yearning for my island home in the Caribbean after looking at the beautiful materials you chose for your kitchen. Gorgeous! Hard to believe it’s the same space. And the gorgeous bonus of your dining area is drool-worthy! I love every piece of this. Congrats to you my dear! What an amazing and beautiful result in just 6 weeks!

    • Wow Veronica, thank you! This means my coastal-inspired vision was achieved. With you being a native Islander, I feel even more validated!

  • it looks incredible! like an entirely new kitchen and I love the backspace + hardware. The dining room also looks amazing!! Congrats on all your hard work 🙂

    • Hardwork indeed! Thank you Katrina. I feels so fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented team that helped me to pull it off.

  • This is all so beautiful! From the lighting to the backsplash and every intricate detail in this space. Love love love your new kitchen!

  • Good job. Love the tile you chose.

  • Schanda Leray
    November 6, 2019 9:49 pm

    I absolutely love everything about it! Well Done Mrs Ward!

  • What a gorgeous transformation! I love everything – especially the new flooring! I installed hand scraped acacia engineered hardwood as well throughout our bedrooms and absolutely love how it warms up the rooms. Plus – bonus, no brown carpets anymore! 🙂

    • Thank you Michelle and you’re right! The flooring brings so much texture and warmth to the home. The wider planks also adds to the overall design aesthetic giving it a coastal nod.

  • Hi, Erika, wow what a gorgeous renovation! You did a great job! I sent you a message on Facebook, but if you’d like to be featured on my blog, I would love to feature your whole house. You might get in a magazine, so I understand if it won’t work. You knocked it out with this kitchen! So beautiful, that tile is stunning on the kitchen walls!

  • Now that’s a transformation! Awesome details inside the cabinetry too! The fabric of the curtains is so incredibly beautiful, and I think my favorite addition may be the sconces over the fireplace!

  • Beautiful work Erika. Truly a transformation. Stunning

  • Shelly@ConfettiStyle
    November 7, 2019 1:17 am

    Erika, you kitchen and eating area are just perfection. What a transformation. I love the light, bright and airy feel you created and am totally in love with that backsplash. What a dream space.

  • Cassie Bustamante
    November 7, 2019 2:27 am

    it is totally transformed! i LOVE that tile work! WOW!

  • Beautiful job!!! It doesn’t even look like the same kitchen!
    November 7, 2019 2:40 am

    Beautiful job! It doesn’t even look like the same kitchen!

  • Mary Zeilinger
    November 7, 2019 4:32 am

    A beautiful space to nourish your family. Well done.

  • Aniko @Placeofmytaste
    November 7, 2019 11:47 am

    Wonderful transformation. I adore the gallery wall in the dining room and absolutely love your kitchen design.

  • I love an all white kitchen and you created one beautiful kitchen!! Love the pendants on the sides of the hood especially! Great touch. Very well done, every little detail.

  • Erica Pressley-Alston
    November 7, 2019 3:30 pm

    I love the colors and the lighting! Your new kitchen is so bright and plays so well with the colors! It’s beautiful….and kid friendly

  • This is a beautiful room- all lightened up with white paint, the sea evoking tile, clean counters and and gorgeous floor. The fabric and chandelier and mirror add elegance, but it is calm and warm and inviting too. I appreciate the reuse of the cabinets, table and chairs. Brava!

  • Wow, Erika what a transformation. It’s beautiful

  • So lovely! adore the entire transformation, but I absolutely adore the fabrics you used and the dining area. Congrats on such a beautiful space and of course on finishing in time!

  • Amy, Home Glow Design
    November 8, 2019 9:09 pm

    What a transformation without a gut job! Such an amazing, happy-but-serene space and so unique. I love the fabric and the backsplash combo, and your fireplace makeover is stunning.

  • holy smokes! I didn’t have your vision when you started. but this looks AMAZING!

  • Congratulations on your kitchen renovation! You did a splendid job! I love it

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  • […] This is my second season as a featured designer for the One Room Challenge and I’m thrilled to be included again with an esteemed group of creatives, fabulous sponsors, and our media partner Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. Last season I breathed new life and greater functionality in our family’s kitchen. We’ve since enjoyed it tremendously especially now that we are spending more time at home. You can read about the final reveal, here. […]

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