‘Rock the Block’: Alison Victoria Loves Her Living Room Design But Hated Working on This Space

On the March 15 episode of HGTV‘s Rock the Block, the design teams tackle the living room challenge. Flip or Flop Nashville host Page Turner will be on hand to judge the transformations and crown one pair of designers this week’s big winner. While we’ll have to wait until this episode airs to see who wins bragging rights, Alison Victoria is likely feeling pretty good about her chances. The living room was her favorite space to work on, she told reporters during a Rock the Block panel on March 2.

Alison Victoria loved her and Mike Holmes’ living room design on ‘Rock the Block’ 

Victoria and her partner Mike Holmes of Holmes on Holmes came out on top in Rock the Block Season 2’s first challenge. The pair knocked it out of the park with their French-inspired kitchen, with judges Tarek El Moussa of Flip or Flop and Heather Rae Young of Netflix’s Selling Sunset declaring them the winners.   

Will Victoria and Holmes repeat as winners in episode 2’s living room challenge? The Windy City Rehab host certainly sounded happy with the way the space turned out. She declared it her favorite room in the house to design. 

“I could just sit there all day,” she said. “And I feel like a lot of people felt that way too. It was just so calming.”

The ‘Windy City Rehab’ host didn’t like working on the basement

Alison Victoria holding a drill in episode of Windy City Rehab
Alison Victoria in Windy City Rehab | HGTV

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Victoria may have wanted to hang out all day in the living room she helped design, but she didn’t feel that way about another space in the house. She said she struggled most when it came to designing the basement. 

“I think living in Chicago, basements just bore me,” she admitted. “I’m just being honest. … Maybe that was not a great approach.”

But despite Victoria’s lack of enthusiasm, Holmes said their basement “turned out quite beautiful.” 

“There was nothing wrong with it,” he added. “It was stunning. I think it was up in the top no matter what.”

This ‘Rock the Block’ designer loved the way their basement turned out 

As seen on HGTV’s Rock the Block season 2, the cast and host Ty Pennington poses with the houses in the background.
HGTV’s Rock the Block Season 2 cast | HGTV

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Victoria had trouble getting inspired by her home’s basement, but that wasn’t the case for another Rock the Block designer. Mika Kleinschmidt of 100 Day Dream Home named the basement she and husband Brian Kleinschmidt created as her favorite space in their house. 

“I think the wildcard factor [was] the basement,” she said. “That was the space where basically all the teams have a blank canvas to freestyle it and do whatever they want. And I think that was a lot of fun.”

Rock the Block airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on HGTV. Episodes are also available to stream the same day on discovery+. 

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