The One Room Designer Laquita Tate Will Never Forget

one room i'll never forget - laquita tate in her bathroom

Design: Laquita Tate of Laquita Tate Interior Styling & Designs, Photo: Kim Thomas of KPFusion

Interior designers and other experts in the home industry work on an impressive number of spaces throughout their careers. But even if some of the makeovers and redesigns start to blend together after a few years, there are some rooms that are just truly unforgettable. 

So, to give designers a chance to revisit their favorite projects—and to bring you plenty of inspiration for your own home—we’re sharing the one room these pros will remember forever. For some, there’s a sentimental connection, for others, there was an obstacle they never thought they’d overcome. But no matter what, these rooms are worth remembering.

one room I'll never forget - bathroom with cheetah wallpaper
Design: Laquita Tate of Laquita Tate Interior Styling & Designs, Photo: Kim Thomas of KPFusion

Designer Laquita Tate is no stranger to a bold room, and her own bathroom is no different. As a school principal and educator by day and designer by night, Tate has created a warm and inviting space in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. This bathroom, which she designed as part of the One Room Challenge, a celebration of creativity where participants are tasked with overhauling a room of their home in just eight weeks, makes use of bold wallpaper, a hand-stenciled mural, and plenty of personality.

"Every special detail stands out to me," Tate tells MyDomaine. "I won’t forget it because it’s the very first space that I did for the One Room Challenge, but also I was able to show more of my design and style skills. It's our personal bathroom, and I am just excited that it is all mine." 

I was able to show more of my design and style skills. It's our personal bathroom, and I am just excited that it is all mine.

Keep scrolling to see how Tate transformed her space into a bold yet relaxing oasis.

one room i'll never forget - laquita tate vanity with sconce and leaning artwork
Design: Laquita Tate of Laquita Tate Interior Styling & Designs, Photo: Kim Thomas of KPFusion

Tate describes this space as "bold, artful, and beautiful," and we'd have to agree.

"I love so much about this bathroom," Tate says. "I’m in love with the wallpaper, the water closet mural, and the beautiful artwork throughout the space. Additionally, I love the frameless shower, and the black ceiling and floor." 

No project is without its own set of challenges, of course, especially one that requires a quick turnaround.

"One obstacle was the eight week time frame," Tate explains. "I also had difficulty in the beginning finding someone who could hang wallpaper, and lastly, the painter didn’t show up for one of the details of the space." 

the one room i'll never forget - laquita tate leaning artwork
Design: Laquita Tate of Laquita Tate Interior Styling & Designs, Photo: Kim Thomas of KPFusion

Despite a few setbacks, the space was completed on time to a gorgeous result. Thought it's hard for Tate to pick a favorite part of the space, the moody leopard-printed wallpaper is at the top of the list.

"The Milton & King wallpaper is stunning," Tate says. "It is the first thing you see when you look into the bathroom. You will also notice the beautiful artwork created by Monica Lewis, and then my friend Carmeon Hamilton painted a mural in the water closet. I love it all."

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Tate, forever a fan of pattern-mixing, is using the lessons she learned on this overhaul for future projects for her clients.

"The room influenced my other projects by encouraging me to not hold back on my design choices for my clients," Tate explains. "I am now pushing them to try some elements that are a bit bolder instead of playing it safe." 

one room i'll never forget - bathroom with wallpaper and floating shelf storage
Design: Laquita Tate of Laquita Tate Interior Styling & Designs, Photo: Kim Thomas of KPFusion

Though some designers can feel like a project is never really complete, Tate wouldn't change a thing about her new oasis.

"I’m happy when I think back on the design of this room," Tate says. "I’m happy that I joined the challenge, but more importantly I’m happy that I got to show what I can do as an interior stylist."

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