The White Room Challenge: Trip to the Collectibles Store

See the designs and behind-the-scenes photos from The White Room Challenge as four designers transform their empty, wall-less spaces using only vintage collectibles and random pieces as their furnishings.

  • Working With Collectibles

    This white room challenge was even more out-of-the-box than usual. This week, designers were challenged to transform a completely wall-less space marked with a specific room title, using only items from a quirky collectibles shop and standard pieces from the stockroom. \"You need to create a sense of enclosure, meaning the feeling of walls without actually building walls, and the impression of a dining room, living room, bedroom or office,\" host David Bromstad advised. \"This room does not need to be a functional space, it just needs to look like one.\"

  • Meet the Designers

    From left: Jennifer Glickman, Rebecca Zajac, David Slivinski, Mark Griffin

  • Guest Judge: Meg Caswell

    Designer Meg Caswell, winner of Design Star season six and host of HGTV's Great Rooms, joined Jamie Durie and David on the judging panel for the wall-less, collectibles design challenge.

  • It's All About the Hunt

    David took the designers to Nick Metropolis Collectible Furniture in Los Angeles, a quirky outdoor shop chock-full of vintage statues, signs and furnishings. David's one requirement: Do not simply place furniture in the room and call it your assigned room. His hope was that the shop would inspire creativity and help form a working concept.

  • Outdoor Dining Brought Indoors

    Mark struggled to make his shopping trip worthwhile, but once he found an iron arbor trellis, his idea started to make way. He began building on the concept of turning his dining room into an outdoor dining space. \"I just want to make sure that you're pushing this far enough,\" David said.

  • Headboard in Action

    Jennifer chose the bedroom, but also struggled to come back to the studio with many collectibles from the shopping trip. What she did come back with, though, she immediately decided to deconstruct and turn into her headboard focal point. Halfway through the challenge, David suggested she rethink her idea and make it clearer and more focused. \"I still love my design, but it needs more punch, and I'm thinking about what David said and I need to take it to more of an extreme,\" Jennifer said.

  • Creativity in Progress

    Although Mark and David both wanted the dining room, David eventually decided to accept the office's greater design challenge. \"I didn't get the room of my choice, but I felt the opportunity to do something I don't want to work on is a lot more exciting to me,\" David said. From there, he decided to take his wall-less office space and turn it into a giant thought bubble with various desks to work at.

  • Hanging From the Ceiling

    From the moment Rebecca walked into the collectibles shop, she was reminded of Alice in Wonderland and all the oddities of that story. She decided to take that approach in her space. \"I'm drawn to things with curves, things with age,\" she said. So, she bought pieces of furniture that felt aged and dark, like the mustard-colored tufted chairs, to coordinate with her theme.

  • Rebecca's Finished Space: Alice in Wonderland

    Creating a darker twist on Alice in Wonderland, Rebecca suspended the chairs from the ceiling as if they're falling into the room, like when Alice falls into the rabbit hole. Since there were no walls to paint, it was important for Rebecca to bring in a sense of color and pattern, and the judges especially appreciated her floor graphic. \"I think your floor is definitely one of the most impressive aspects in your design,\" Jamie said. \"I can't believe you did that freehand. It is very hard to execute.\"

  • Collectibles for Enclosure

    Creating a feeling of enclosure within the space was an important aspect of the challenge. Rebecca added vintage, whimsical pieces around the perimeter to add a sense of enclosure, while also building onto her Alice in Wonderland theme.

  • Suspended Furnishings

    The judges loved her creative and playful idea, but wished she would have followed through and suspended every piece of furniture for even more drama. \"I appreciate the idea of Alice in Wonderland, but I do feel like you could have taken that concept a lot further, like the entire room is falling through,\" Meg said.

  • Tick, Tock

    A classic part of the original Alice in Wonderland story, this clock was created to help accessorize Rebecca's room along the exterior.

  • David's Finished Space: Think Tank

    When creating the concept for his office design, David immediately thought about its functionality: to think, to brainstorm and to exercise creativity. From there, he decided to turn his office into a giant, retro think tank. The judges thought that overall it was a clever idea. \"I like that you took this concept of brainstorming and then interpreted it into all of the space — you didn't just think of it in four planes,\" Meg said.

  • Tables at Every Level

    To bring his office to life, David took three tables he bought and cut them into different heights, so people could stand up and work, sit down and work or lounge and work. He then added interior lighting to make the space feel more inspiring. The judges immediately questioned the shot glasses on the table, which made the space appear more like a bar than an office. \"The shot glasses threw me,\" Meg said. \"If I didn't see 'office' above, I wouldn't have known it was an office.\"

  • Enclosed in Creativity

    Originally, David was concerned about creating a sense of enclosure within his space. Then he had the idea to string rope from the various pillars and hang silver disks. While this did help envelope the room, the judges felt David overaccessorized and overthought the room a bit too much.

  • Jennifer's Finished Space: Constructed Deconstruction

    Jennifer struggled to remove herself from the literal perception of a bedroom and instead chose to construct a livable space made from deconstructed materials. Every piece originated from something entirely different — the headboard was made from chairs, cubes and tables, and the rug was made from shattered glass and wool.

  • Conventional Bed

    The judges appreciated what Jennifer had in mind, but felt that what she had envisioned was stronger than what came out in the space. \"I would have loved to have seen one of the sculptures as your bed,\" David said.

  • Repurposing in Mind

    David was disappointed that none of the designers chose true collectibles at the shop. Instead, they all chose furniture. In response, Jennifer said, \"Well, when I chose the pieces that I selected at the furniture shop, I tried not to look at them as they were but thought of what I could turn them into that was completely different so they were not recognizable when I was finished with them.\"

  • Mark's Finished Space: Outdoor Romance

    Mark turned his wall-less dining room into a romantic outdoor living space with Moroccan charm by incorporating hanging lights, suspended bars, \"greenery\" and cozy lounge seating.

  • Romantic Lighting

    Mark repurposed old fixtures into chandeliers for his outdoor dining space. The illumination instantly amped up the romance in his room.

  • Moroccan Moment

    The judges loved Mark's idea, but felt it was too predictable for the challenge. David, in particular, wanted to see the room overflowing with pillows and surrounded by trees to really make the Moroccan outdoor room concept come to life in a dramatic way.

  • Ready for Entertaining

    Mark constructed an interesting bar for two by taking tabletops and hanging them from the ceiling. They instantly added a natural sense of whimsy to the space. \"I love that you've created these kind of swings and turned them into suspended tables, and I love the idea of dining underneath the tree, because I do think a tree does give you a sense of enclosure,\" Jamie said.

  • Seating for Two

    Adding to the Moroccan theme, Mark created low-seated tables in a warm color palette surrounded by cozy floor cushions. His idea was to create an inviting outdoor environment with cultural influence.

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