When announced Christina Wilson as the winner of Season 10, the Philadelphia-based chef up and moved to Las Vegas to become head of the kitchen at one of Ramsay's restaurants there. But before she left the City of Brotherly Love, she used her winnings to purchase a 1920s row house to be her home base when she came back to Philly every couple of weeks. With her crazy schedule, Wilson never got a chance to renovate the place — so Ramsay decided to do it for her.
teamed up with Houzz to redesign the entire bottom floor of Wilson's home, including her kitchen, a small dining space, and the living room, for an episode of My Houzz. The Houzz crew lent designer Matthew Ferrarini to the project, and it took Ramsay just minutes to stir us drama.
Eventually Ramsay and Ferrarini, along with Wilson's brother and sister-in-law, agreed on a design … and the finished product is insane.
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Ferrarani installed French doors in the kitchen along the back wall of the house so more light would filter through the long room that makes up the entire bottom floor. He exposed the 1920s wood beams on the ceiling, painted the cabinets a bold navy blue, and swapped out the existing appliances for commercial-quality ones.
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Since the kitchen is relatively tiny, Ferrarini's redesign included features to expand the existing footprint. He reworked the configuration and added pull-out cabinets that create extra counter space.
The Dining Area
Before, Wilson had her small, black dining table pushed up against the wall, making the entire space feel cramped. Ferrarini brought in lighter furniture and brought some life to the room, hanging vertical plant beds filled with herbs. The brick wall he uncovered was originally red, but Ferrarini painted it white to brighten the room.
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The Living Room
Wilson's brother and sister-in-law argued that her space needed to match her personality: colorful and inviting. Ferrarini opted for a cozy, velvet couch in a turquoise shade. That — and other vintage-inspired pieces in the room — payed homage the age of the home.
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Wilson didn't hang out in the front part of her house during the winter because it got so cold, so Ferrarini installed a fireplace feature. Ramsay, in particular, was a big fan of the design, saying, "That looks like something right out of Hell's Kitchen."
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