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One Room Challenge - Spring 2021 - Bathroom Remodel - Week 3

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

ORC is a fantastic challenge if you are looking for inspiration or want to know more about how to transform a room in eight weeks. It is fun, creative, and inspirational! This spring, as an interior designer, I will show you my process of turning an outdated guest bathroom into a bright and elegant space!

One Room Challenge logo with portrait Orange County interior designer Samia Verbist

"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's 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 creating interiors that go above and beyond what they would have thought of. I love wallpaper, gold and my fab color is turquoise! My favorite places are Palm Springs and French Polynesia!"


So, this week was dedicated to the selection of all the material. I visited several stores to look for tiles, mosaics, paint color, etc. Inspiration boards helped me a lot in focusing on the right products. I collected samples and presented them to my client. After a long reflection with Toni, we agreed on all the material and vanity, hardware, and lighting, and here is the result:

Interior design inspiration board for Orange County bathroom remodel

All hardware and lighting will be brass, the same porcelain tile for the floor and all the walls, but we're adding a diamond-shaped mosaic tile insert to add a touch of modernity and a sleek finish warm wood vanity to go with the modern style we wanted for this bathroom.

Let's have a look at the to-do list.


  • Design a new bathroom Done

  • Select new tiles for floor and walls. Done

  • Select new bathtub hardware. Done

  • Select new vanity. Done

  • Select new lighting. Done

  • Select a new medicine cabinet. Done

  • Select glass bathtub door style. Done

  • Select paint color for the wall. Done

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

I think it is pretty good! We are on a good way to having this bathroom done really soon!

Next week will be dedicated to the 3D Rendering. I love that phase in the design process! Before we start the demo, I like to give my client a detailed overview of the room. If she likes it, Armando, my contractor, will start the demo, and we will order all the material!

So, see you next week for the next step: 3D Rendering!

If you miss the first two weeks, please check it out and see how this bathroom was:

Have a lovely week!

Your Dedicated French Interior Designer


Orange County interior designer Samia Verbist

Don't forget to look at the fantastic projects of the featured designers:

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Shana Emily
Shana Emily
May 21, 2021

Looks like you are all set! I need a freaking contractor but I am settling for my husband! haha loving your design!!!

Samia Verbist
Samia Verbist
May 22, 2021
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Thanks Emily! Next week will be thr 3d rendering!

You will love it 🥰


Eric Carnes
Eric Carnes
May 20, 2021

We’ve been following your blog! LOVE your designs! 😍👏 Good luck from fellow ORC participants!

Samia Verbist
Samia Verbist
May 20, 2021
Replying to

Thanks Eric!!! 😍

what is your challenge? I would love to see and follow it too!

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