A winner was crowned Sunday on HGTV’s Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge, and they invited an exceptional – and fitting – guest onto the show to help do the honors: Barbie herself, Margot Robbie. The four-part event series was inspired and sponsored by the new hit film Barbie, which features Robbie as the iconic doll and Ryan Gosling as her boyfriend, Ken.
The show, hosted by multi-hyphenate Ashley Graham, sees teams of two (two HGTV design and renovation experts) compete to transform a Southern California home into a Barbie Dreamhouse. Each episode looks at a different decade, with designers drawing inspiration from pop culture and trends to make the space Barbie-esque. From a disco dance floor to a combination pet elevator/phone booth, the results are truly spectacular.
Each week, the teams are challenged to redesign a specific area of the house. The winning team will then be selected by a panel of judges, which includes designer Jonathan Adler and HGTV designer Tiffany Brooks, as well as weekly celebrity guest judge Nischelle Turner or Marsai Martin. The team will then move on to the season finale, where the best overall house will be crowned the winner. The winning team will also receive a donation in their name to a charity, and one Barbie superfan will get the opportunity to spend a night sleeping in the finished Dreamhouse.
Across the first four episodes of the series, there have been many celebrity appearances and exciting and unique designs. HGTV has shared some of the stunning before-and-after photos of each reimagined room, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite examples below.
In the series premiere, which aired on July 16, Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt (100 Day Dream Home) were tasked with creating Barbie’s bedroom and bathroom. The couple took a cue from the movie, creating a pink mega-slide and a lifeguard tower in the backyard reminiscent of the one in the blockbuster Barbie Land sequence.
The episode was fun and glam, with the judges praising the result. It was a great way to kick off the series and showcase the movie’s style and vibe.
The first of eight teams to complete their Barbie Dreamhouse was a pair of renovators who went head-to-head in the episode that aired on Sunday. Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson were tasked with redesigning Barbie’s entryway and living room. The designers took a cue from the 80s — not the punk or grunge styles associated with that era, but rather the soft Laura Ashley and Miami Vice aesthetics of that time. Their design was a big hit with the judges, who also noted that it complemented the upcoming release of the Barbie movie.