Most Dramatic Transformation

You won't believe it's the same space — talented designers transform shabby "befores" into chic "afters."

And the award goes to... Lauren Levant Bland, winner of the most dramatic transformation category.

Lauren Levant Bland

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Neutral Transitional Kitchen With Exposed Ceiling Beams

In this stunning transitional kitchen, distracting ceiling lines and awkward angles are no longer a concern. By incorporating gorgeous exposed ceiling beams and low-voltage lighting tracks with pin-spotting heads, designer Lauren Bland believes she was able to attract the eye to every inch of the spacious eat-in kitchen.

From: Lauren Levant and Jennifer Gilmer

Photo By: Photography by Bob Narod for Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

Before: Yellow Country-Style Kitchen

Before the dramatic transformation, the room's layout minimized functional cooking space by limiting the kitchen to half of the space.

Photo By: Lauren Bland

Before: Yellow Wall With Peaked Ceiling & Cluttered Memo Board

Peaks and valleys in the ceiling were a distracting element in the kitchen that the homeowner worried could not be rectified.

Photo By: Lauren Bland

Neutral Kitchen With Wolf Range, Limestone Backsplash

"The main cooking area boasts a Wolf range and a custom-designed stainless ventilation hood, which has gorgeous little button details," says designer Lauren Bland.

From: Lauren Levant and Jennifer Gilmer

Photo By: Photography by Bob Narod for Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

Oversized Kitchen Peninsula With Wine Refrigerator

The combination of exposed wooden beams and sleek open shelving gives this kitchen a unique style. A wine fridge in the peninsula was a bonus feature in the stunning space, which features state-of-the-art appliances.

From: Lauren Levant and Jennifer Gilmer

Georgette Westerman

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White Cottage Kitchen With Gray Countertop, Tile Backsplash

Once dark and dated, the galley kitchen in this charming cottage home now gleams with a whitewashed paint treatment and luxurious finishes. White cabinetry extends to the ceiling to maximize storage space.

From: Georgette Westerman

Photo By: Georgette Westerman

Before: Cottage Kitchen Ripe for a Makeover

The small kitchen lacked personality and natural light before renovation.

From: Georgette Westerman

Photo By: Georgette Westerman

Arabesque Tile Backsplash & Stainless Steel Range Hood

White arabesque tile adds the perfect amount of interest and texture to this cottage-style backsplash.

From: Georgette Westerman

Photo By: Georgette Westerman

Contemporary Nickel Drawer Pulls in White Kitchen

The nickel drawer pulls add to the linear lines of this clean and crisp white galley kitchen.

From: Georgette Westerman

White Breakfast Nook With White Table, Colorful Throw Pillows

Before, the dining nook in this cottage was dim and dingy, with dated finishes that failed to take advantage of the room's natural light. Now, a built-in window seat serves as a banquette for a charming breakfast space. The all-white backdrop reflects light and makes colorful pillows and accessories pop.

From: Georgette Westerman

Nathan Fischer

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Art Deco Home Office With Neutral Wallpaper, Teal Ottoman

This striking home office commands authority with its unruffled gray palette and strong architectural lines. A teal upholstered ottoman and red leather desk chair add just enough color to the mix. The mirror above the fireplace is original, and adds to the grandeur of the space.

Before: Large Neutral Living Room Lacking Drama

The two-story living room wasn't an eyesore, but it didn't exude the drama the homeowner desired.

Photo By: Nathan Fischer

Dark Velvet Drapes & Black Window Trim

Full-length drapery and black window trim call your attention to the height of this living room, while the dark ceiling helps the space feel a bit more cozy.

Photo By: Nathan Fischer

Dramatic Details: Teal Ottoman With Nailhead Trim

Converging lines of nailhead trim add another layer of drama to an upholstered teal ottoman.

Jamie House

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Spacious Modern Living Space With Vaulted Ceiling and Brick Wall

This modern living space was brought back to life by opening up the floor plan and reconfiguring the windows and exterior doors. A new cork floor unites the separate entertaining areas.

From: Jamie House

Dimly Lit Open Floor Plan Living Room

This home was built in the late 1950s and had retained most of the original features. Before its dramatic renovation, the living room was two levels, dimly lit and divided by an HVAC chase.

From: Jamie House

Photo By: Jamie House

Bright and Open Modern Living Room With High Ceiling

The HVAC chase that originally divided the family room in this home was removed to create an open living area. The updated windows flood the space with natural light, a stark difference from the room's dim beginnings. Sleek furnishings and a subdued color palette lend to the living room's modern vibe.

From: Jamie House

Sitting Area in Open Neutral Modern Living Space

Subtle variations in color and texture bring a striking cohesiveness to the sitting area in this bright, open living space. The decorative touches are minimal which allow the modern style to shine, as well as drawing attention to features like the exposed brick wall, painted beams and natural cork floor.

From: Jamie House

Streamlined Modern Living Space With Exposed Brick Wall

An exposed brick wall infuses this bright modern living room with a warm ambiance. The ceiling beams and trim were painted espresso brown to further draw the eye to the brick wall. A cork table and cork flooring bring an organic element to the neutral space.

From: Jamie House

Lauren Clement

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Light, Bright and Elegant Traditional Sitting Room

Formerly a stark home office, this sunny living room now houses a light and airy array of neutral furnishings and accessories. A wall of built-in shelving once held office supplies, but now offers space to display photos, collected pieces and topiaries in the traditional space. Stationary panels at the French doors finish the room and tie together its taupe and white color scheme.

Before: From Office to Entertainment Space

Before, this space functioned as a home office, with ample built-in shelving that housed supplies. The homeowner wished to turn the space instead into a light, airy living room designed for conversation and relaxation.

Photo By: D. Randolph Foulds

Built-In Storage Made Functional in Traditional Sitting Room

In its past life as a home office, this room’s built-in shelving stored supplies for a home-based business. By varying the shelf heights, designer Lauren Clement added interest and made space to accommodate photos, topiaries and collected accessories. Greenery dotted throughout the room aims to link the traditional sitting room with the outdoors.

Before: Home Office-Turned-Music Room Needs Makeover

Before, this light-filled room served as a home office, with little in the way of style and a piano in the corner treated as an afterthought. The homeowner instead wished to turn the space into a gracious room for entertaining, relaxing and enjoying the music and views.

Photo By: D. Randolph Foulds

Traditional Light-Filled Room Lovely for Entertaining

Soft curves and lush textures define a sunny corner of this remodeled living space. Formerly a home office, the room now takes advantage of its light and views, offering a comfortable space for conversation and relaxation. Leaf-patterned drapery fabric frames the view and ushers in the outdoors.

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