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  • Writer's pictureSamia Verbist

One Room Challenge - Spring 2021 - Bathroom Remodel - Week 1

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

Wow! Another season for the One Room Challenge!

First, I would like to thank Linda Weinstein and her fantastic team who make this challenge possible every year! When I see the number of designers who participate in this challenge, I know that I am not the only one to appreciate it! We stimulate our creativity by sharing ideas. This challenge is so inspiring! So, let's start this spring 2021 edition with a bathroom remodel!

Dark Orange County bathroom with one light

"First time on my blog? Welcome and thanks for coming by! My name is Samia Verbist, I am a French Interior Designer based in Huntington Beach, California. I obtained my Bachelor Degree in Interior Architecture in Paris, France and created my own interior design company in California 5 years ago. I love creating interesting designs for my clients and coming up with interiors that go above and beyond what they would have thought of. I love wallpaper, gold and turquoise color! My favorite place on earth is Palm Springs! "


This year, I will share with you the makeover of a bathroom. Toni, my client asked me if I can refresh her guest bathroom to make it more elegant and classy! So, let's see the room:

White bathroom interior design

Mirror in white Orange County bathroom

Shower and toilet in bathroom remodel in Orange County

As you can see, this bathroom is outdated and is ready for a refreshment! This house was built in 1983. Toni and her husband bought it a few years ago. They waited before making changes, so this bathroom being almost original, it needs a complete facelift.

It is a small space 5' X 8'. There's a vanity, a toilet, and a bathtub. White square tile on walls and gray rectangular tile on the floor.

Towel rack in remodeled Orange County bathroom

What my client hates the most in this bathroom: the fabric cornice above the bathtub...Not a big deal to remove!

To keep this project in a budget, we will save the bathtub and the toilet but remove everything else!

MY TO DO LIST (as an interior designer):

  • Design a new bathroom

  • Select new tiles for the floor and walls

  • Select new bathtub hardware

  • Select new vanity

  • Select new lighting

  • Select new medicine cabinet

  • Select glass bathtub door style

  • Select paint color for the wall

  • Create a 3D rendering of the new bathroom based on selection

  • Manage budget and delivery of all material

  • Manage contractor's work


  • Remove cornice and shower curtain

  • Remove all tiles (floor and walls)

  • Remove all shower hardware

  • Remove vanity, mirror and lighting

  • Install new tiles (floor and walls)

  • Create a shampoo niche

  • Install new vanity

  • Install a surface-mounted medicine cabinet

  • Install new lighting

  • Smooth the wall and paint it

  • Install new shower hardware

  • Install a frameless bathtub glass door

This is a great challenge, and trust me, this bathroom will be stunning when it will be done!

So, see you next week for the first step: selection of material!

Have a nice week!

Your Dedicated French Interior Designer


Huntington Beach interior designer Samia Verbist
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Jennifer Laura Harrup
Jennifer Laura Harrup
May 06, 2021

Hi Samia, looking forward to following along!!

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