Interior design superstar Brian Patrick Flynn just turned a dated 90s home into an exquisite riverside retreat for the HGTV Dream Home 2016 sweepstakes. His work on the Merritt Island, Florida house—the first-ever remodel for the network’s annual contest—is truly awe-inspiring. In fact, visitors to recently voted not 1, not 2, but 5 of his remodeled spots in this house as their all-time favorite among all Dream Home spaces ever designed. We had the privilege to ask Flynn about a few of our favorite spots from this year’s contest.

Let There be White.
Flynn believes natural light to be everything in rooms where people get ready in the morning. As such, he aimed to create a bright and airy master bath that would allow skin tones to read true to their values. The trick, of course, is in keeping the white room from falling flat. To do so, he says introduce opposing design forces such as mixing rough with smooth textures and reflective with dull surfaces. It’s also wise to incorporate a good variety of shapes. We think Flynn got it all right in this all-white bath. Don’t you?

The Great Room is the New Chicken-or-the-Egg Scenario.
We asked Flynn which design came first: was it the kitchen or the living room? In this instance, the kitchen came first. Flynn tied the varying wood tones of the upper and lower cabinets with the backsplash tile. He then mixed metals to create a collected feel for the open space. Blue-gray upholstery of the bar stools extends the kitchen as the tones meld with the muted hues of the living and dining rooms to create a breezy, coastal flow.

Work Hard. Play Hard. Wash Off Easy.
Flynn admits he had never designed an outdoor shower until the opportunity presented itself during the Dream Home project. “Now that I’ve done it, I am adding one to my own house in the north Georgia mountains. It really makes you wanna play outside more often,” he said. We think the open-air shower is a pretty playful concept, too.

Overall, Flynn is 100% thrilled with how the project turned out, and we 100% agree.