A Stunning Exterior
Joanna Gaines told Magnolia Magazine that the oak trees on the property of their lovely farmhouse in Texas were what initially caught her attention about the place. She knew that she wanted to live there as soon as the old-world charm of the exterior drew her in. But she knew that in order to move their family of 6 in, they would have to make some adjustments to the home.
But the couple fell in love with how the outside looked. They liked the color scheme, which consisted of mainly whites and neutrals. Joanna wanted to keep everything toned down to create a peaceful environment for the family. They decided to keep the welcoming brick steps and matching chimney, along with the white-toned walls.
An Entry Into a Home
Joanna wanted to ensure that the entryway into the farmhouse was welcoming for her and her husband, Chip, and also for their 4 (now 5) children. Keeping in mind that kids often take off and throw their shoes, coats and everything else when they first step foot into the house, she decided that setting up an area with hooks, drawers and a countertop would be beneficial for all. But she wanted the area to look beautiful as well, so she decorated it with rustic coloring and personalized wall sings.
Fans of the show know that Joanna is a fan of shiplap and uses it quite frequently. So, you won’t be surprised to see that she uses it throughout the entryway. She also displays her love of things that are both functional and fashionable, by using the rustic style hooks.
Where the Heart Is
Kitchens are where families come together at the end of their long, hectic days to cook and enjoy good food and each other’s company. Chip and Joanna kept this in mind when decorating their classic-style kitchen. Joanna fell in love with the island that they’d found in an antique shop, which was actually a cabinet from an old Waco church in its former life. They loved the open-air feel and high ceilings, which meant plenty of room for the large family to move around each other in the kitchen.
But acquiring the church cabinet wasn’t an instant thing, but rather something that occupied her mind for quite some time before she jumped into action. She spoke to HGTV magazine and described how she’d seen it years before she actually got her hands on it – but had to wait for the perfect time to pounce. Once she had it, she painted it bright white and topped it with a glossy, grey, concrete counter. Then, she hung 3 lights from the ceiling directly above it to show it off and add some more light to the room!
The Open Living Room
The Gaines decided to go with an open-feel for their living and dining area, which many families choose to do, due to the ability to keep an eye on children from room to room. Again, Joana infuses shiplap into the walls, which are also bright white, to make the room appear even larger than it is. Antique, classic, farmhouse-style rustic furniture decorates the space to make it feel warm and cozy.
The dining area is at the opposite end of the living room and also situated just next to the kitchen. This makes it easy for the family to sit together, even if some of them are snacking at the table in one room and some are seated on the couch in the other. But for meals, they made sure to get a slab-style 6-seater table that can fit the whole bunch.
No TV Zone
If you’re a fan of the show, then you know that you won’t find a TV in the Gaines’ living room, nor will you ever see their children parked in front of one, mindlessly watching YouTube videos. This is because the couple is raising their family to be more ‘outdoorsy’ and trying to keep them out of the digital “matrix” as much as possible. Joanna reported that she loves for them to just head outside and play with their friends, as she did when she was a child.
Since there’s no TV, they utilize the empty space to make the most of every square foot in the room. There’s enough seating for the family to sit around for a nice chat, and a coffee table to hold drinks, snacks, and board games. Plus, it’s nice to have a space to come and sit in comfort on a hot (or cold) day!
Joanna loves sifting through antique shops in an effort to find furniture to restore and decorations that she can use and/or renovate to be used throughout a project home. On their own, they’ve got plenty of refurbished pieces of furniture that Joanna has discovered while “thrifting,” including their lovely kitchen island. But it isn’t just furniture she likes to pick up in antique shops. She’s got everything from signs to books and more.
Rustic, antique items balance out the bright white walls throughout the farmhouse and make for a warm and welcoming environment that screams “country home on the farm.” Joanna loves that they give the home a more authentic, “lived-in” feel.
Adding on to the Home
When the Gaines originally purchased their farmhouse, it had only 2 bedrooms. They knew that if they were going to fit their family of 6 into the home that they desperately wanted, they were going to have to make some additions – or at least one. The couple made the decision to expand the house by adding on a master bedroom.
To create the new room that they would call their own, they pulled boards from the unfinished attic to use it for the floors. They also used the doors from the same area to make the new room look and feel just like the rest of the home. The house was first built in 1895 and hadn’t had any rooms added on before the Gaines moved in.
Joanna designed their new master bedroom into the ultimate cozy space where she and her husband could truly unwind. To do this, she included an area with some comfy chairs in front of a fireplace where they could read or have conversations away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home. After all, every parent needs a little break once in a while, and Joanna created the perfect “take 5” zone right there in the master suite.
The space is designed to accommodate the couple and make them feel super comfortable, day or night. Two large windows accommodate the area and let in natural light during the day, and the white fireplace provides heat on chilly nights. Two fluffy white chairs and a large footrest big enough for husband and wife are at the center of the area. Neutral, light-colored furniture and darker candles and wall decorations provide a nice touch and keep up with the tone of the rest of the house.
Making the Master Bath
Joanna famously loves searching through antique shops and other places where she can find one-of-a-kind furniture and pieces to complete the rooms she designs and brings to life. Take for instance the adorable door that she chose for the master bath on the new addition to their farmhouse. It has a kind of charm that she couldn’t get if she’d gone to just any old store. She has said before that she likes antiques because every individual thing is not only one-of-a-kind but also tells a story.
The entrance to the master bathroom looks like the entryway to some kind of magical garden that you’d read about in a fairytale, thanks to the wooden archway door and the two lamp holders that Joanna turned into decorations hanging on each side of it, holding decorative candles and (fake) plants. The color scheme works very nicely against the neutral gray walls that surround the master bedroom.
Vintage Style Bathroom
Although the house itself was built in the mid-1890s and the rest of the place may have looked rustic pre-Gaines, the master bath is a brand-new addition. But Joanna managed to turn the room into a gorgeous, vintage style bath suite that matches the rest of the place beautifully. The room is decorated in the classic white and gray style, with a mixture of materials.
Of course, Joanna managed to get her fill of shiplap into the design of this room, too. She decided to flip it on its side and use it vertically, to break up the otherwise gray walls. She opted to use the same material in a different design for the ceiling, which is covered in thick panels of the white wood, rather than the thin strips that were used below. Then, they opted to add a lovely chandelier to pull the concept together.
Chandeliers for All of the Gaines Girls
Before moving into the house, Joanna and Chip knew that they’d need enough space for all the children. So, they added on the master bedroom for themselves and gave the original bedrooms to the boys and girls. Joanna wanted her daughters’ room to look just as beautiful as her own, so she designed it accordingly. The room features a chandelier that is similar to the one in her own master bath.
The girls' bedroom is decorated in a very classic, minimalistic feminine style. The walls are painted in a light gray that matches the rest of the rooms, and the floor is laid with white shiplap. An adorable white dollhouse that looks like a miniature farmhouse sits between the girl’s beds, and there are a few additional splashes of color throughout the room, like the paintings and plants hanging on the walls.
The Boys’ Room Is About Adventure
When Chip and Joanna moved into their farmhouse, they only had their two daughters and two sons, and no idea that Joanna would find herself with a bun in the oven anytime soon. However, after living in the house for a little while, that’s exactly what happened. Luckily, at the time they initially designed the boys' room, they decided to use the space to include 4 bunk beds. Or, maybe they planned on adding to the family all along…
The boys' room, unlike the girls', has walls that are entirely made of shiplap in semi-wide paneling. A big sign that reads the word “Adventure” hangs across the top row of the bunk beds in a rustic silver metal, to break up the all-white walls. Silver ladders and protective bars are installed not only for safety and convenience but to match the rest of the room.
Fun Little Touches
Joanna not only likes to add decorative elements but also fully-functional design elements that are fun for the children. Take for instance this silver wall ladder that she decided to include in the boys' room. It perfectly matches the two leading up to the bunk beds on the other side of the room.
She also added a floating bar to do homework on as they sit on dark-colored, matching stools. The map hanging above the bar is both decorative and helpful for social studies assignments! The flooring in this room is made with darker wooden boards, much like the ones used in the master bedroom.
Chip and Joanna had a specific kind of home in mind when they bought this farmhouse. They knew they had to expand it a bit, but they also wanted something warm and cozy, and they just fell in love with this place.
They designed the top of the staircase so they could see family photos from the entryway. The couple used black frames to create a contrast against the white shiplap walls.
A Creative Space in the Attic
After pulling up the floorboards and using the doors from the unfinished attics to create the master bedroom of their dreams, Joanna knew she needed to do something with the space at the top of the home. So, she decided to create an in-home coffee bar in the attic – something that most people would probably do, given the time, materials and talent. After all, who wouldn’t want a little slice of heaven available 24/7? Joanna chose to use a floating café bar, topped with coffee makers, sugar packets and flavored syrup for lattes.
A lifted table with bar stools sits in the corner, to provide two additional seats than the two that sit directly in front of the bar top itself. The brick chimney next to white shiplap creates a cozy nook-like area that’s perfect for a room to sip morning coffee in. Wooden floors provide an additional nice touch to the lovely space.
A Room for Arts and Crafts
As you can imagine, considering the fact Joanna is highly creative, she and Chip wanted to be sure they provided their children a space in the home where they could let out their own creative energy. Enter: the craft room. It’s situated in another little corner of the attic and has inverted walls made of white shiplap that gradually come to a peak in the center of the room.
Joanna knew just what to do with the semi-small space that was seated underneath an A-frame shape. The room manages to appear naturally well lit like the rest of the home, regardless of the fact that the only source of natural lighting in the room is a small window in the sidewall. Two wooden bins full of art supplies sit on each side of it, for easy reach when the children want to create something.
The Home Office
Chip and Joanna have an office away from home, as well, but there are just some days when they want to stay home with the family, and they’ve got some business to take care of. So, they created this amazing in-home office, with room for several bodies to sit in and help with the workload! While the room is also designed within an A-frame, it’s a bit larger and roomier than the kid’s arts and crafts room.
A large farmhouse slab-style table with 6 seats sits in the center of the room, and a bar with additional seats lines one wall, while the other holds storage compartments for office supplies. While there aren’t any windows directly within the room, they’ve got the lighting set up so the room still appears light and airy.
But Enough About the Interior
The interior of the farmhouse looks gorgeous, there’s no question about it, but they only partially chose to move into that particular house for its exterior. For the most part, they wanted to live in the farmhouse for one thing: the farm, of course. They fell in love with the outside of the property just as much as they did with the inside.
Chip and Joanna didn’t want the children sitting around watching TV all day. They wanted them outside playing, and spending quality time together as a family. They thought that living on a farm could turn that dream into a reality. The couple installed an outdoor seating area for family meals and get-togethers just for that reason.
A Whole Lot of Land
One thing about living on a farm is that you’ve got a lot of land to take care of, and the Gaines farm is no exception. The house sits on a total of 40 sprawling acres in Waco. Not only did it come with the beautiful home, but it also already had a barn and fenced-in area for the animals. Plus, Joanna fell in love with the lovely trees strewn throughout the acreage.
The animal area was important, considering that was something they’d definitely planned on doing as a part of farm life – raising a lot of animals. And, that’s exactly what they did. Thus far, they’ve welcomed more than 60 new animal family members to the farm, and Chip apparently brings one home every now and again. There are all sorts of animals living on the Gaines farm, including horses, goats, and cows.
Staying True to Their Roots
Fame and money are known to have a habit of changing people for the worse. But that isn’t always the case, and it certainly hasn’t been for the Gaines. With the salary that they make from their show, Fixer Upper on HGTV, they could definitely afford a bigger house out in Los Angeles or something, if they wanted to. But they chose to remain where their roots were, in Waco, Texas, where they knew they wanted to raise their children, and where they had first found and fallen for each other.
The farmhouse is decorated beautifully from exterior to interior with a classic rustic style that’s down-home chic and yet modern at the same time. It is a truly unique way of decorating that only Chip and Joanna Gaines could bring to life, and it shows off their signature style that they’re most known for using throughout the majority of their work: open spaces, lots of natural light and of course – shiplap everywhere.
A Glance at Her Talent
In the middle of season 4, there was an episode of the show where Joanna specifically showed off her skills when it comes to transforming a shabby space to a shabby-chic haven. The living room features an open glass wall and an island with a decorative stack of wood next to a black fireplace. She certainly has a flair for both making neutral colors pop and using wood in a decorative manner.
Joanna transformed a simple, boring wall to a wall of windows that beautifully allowed natural light to flow freely throughout the room. She also switched up the flooring to her signature wooden style, which matches the rest of the finished theme. The caramel-colored leather couches add a nice touch.
Opening up the Kitchen
Joanna Gaines loves her open spaces, as she’s proven time and time again on her show. But when it comes to her own home, she decided to open up her kitchen not just for aesthetic purposes, but because of her family. But each individual household has its own needs…
In this particular episode of 'Fixer Upper', Joanna is working to deliver the dream kitchen one couple is looking for. You can see in the before pic how dark the room seemed, due to lacking windows and natural light, but check out the magical second picture. She lightened the place up a lot, both by installing more windows and painting everything white. She also expanded it and added the island in the center, to give the family a large enough working space where they could create meals together.
Dream Room (For Dreaming)
Joanna has a signature style that most of her clients call her for, but that doesn’t mean she’s not able to break out of her comfort zone every once in a while. In this episode of the show, a Chaplain and his wife were looking for a bedroom that felt uniquely…them. Joanna was able to deliver a truly incredible master suite to the happy couple.
The wall-to-wall white cabinetry was removed, which freed up a lot of space and made the room appear larger. She tore up the carpets and replaced them with beautiful hardwood flooring and changed the tone of the walls, keeping with the green color. She then installed a lighting arrangement that truly pulled the room together and made for a warm and welcoming environment.
From Walk-in to Clock in
Early on in season two, Joanna was brought in to help one couple who desperately needed her design expertise. The young woman was pregnant, and the father-to-be wanted the ability to work from home to help his wife out with the new baby. So, they called Joanna to help them figure out a home office solution – and fast.
When she went through the home to note their best options, she found the golden ticket to the couple’s woes: the old walk-in pantry! Of course, Joanna added a window to open the space up and give it some lighting, along with adding a desk, a chair and some shelving for efficiency. The new office ended up looking great and being fully functional, and the young couple was pretty thrilled to see the results.
A Converted Garage
Sometimes, Joanna and Chip are given some pretty cool rooms (or buildings) to transform. In this case, one couple whose youngest child had moved out of the house years before were ready to spice up their living situation a bit. Plus, they needed some extra sleeping space for when their grandchildren came to visit. The solution? Joanna decided to convert their garage into the ultimate lounge and living area/sleeping space for the kids.
The garage looked like a completely different place when she was done with it. She put in beautiful hardwood floors, painted the walls a lovely shade of green and opened up the space with some more natural lighting. She also installed a set of bunk beds with a silver ladder, adding a nice touch to the contemporary layout.
A Barn for Hosting Guests
In another episode of 'Fixer Upper', the couple was called to completely transform an old barn into a livable home. The owners wanted them to include an area for hosting parties, and boy, did they deliver! They turned the majority of the first floor into this exquisite area for entertaining, while they used the second story for the living areas. The layout was designed perfectly for dinner parties in the home.
Of course, she went for her signature style here, starting with the white shiplap walls. She installed additional windows on one side of the barn which really allowed for more natural light to penetrate the room – another one of her specialties. Then, she chose a table that’s long enough to host several people at a party and placed rustic décor throughout.
From Too Tight to So Right
In this episode, this family needed help with their master bath, which was too small for them to be able to comfortably maneuver through. But of course, they called Joanna to come and open the space up! She turned the room into a gorgeous bath suite that anyone would be lucky to have.
She completely opened up the room, knocking out parts of the walls and rearranging the whole area. The shower that she chose is a beautiful, gray tile, rainfall shower with glass doors. And of course, she installed a new window to not only make the room feel more open but allow for more natural lighting to both cut down on energy costs and provide the perfect light for makeup applications (see, that’s why she loves natural light so much!) The family was amazed when they first laid eyes on their incredible new bathroom and said it was like a “dream come true.” We don’t blame them. It is pretty impressive, but then again, almost everything that the Gaines do is!
The Perfect Country Living Front Porch
This home got a complete facelift when Joanna created this beautiful front porch and changed the placement of the front door. She covered a decorative area in gravel leading up to the lifted porch, which has wooden pillars that match the shutters she added to the outside windows.
Then, she added a number of plants throughout the area, along with some outdoor furniture to pull it all together.
Transforming the Ranch
In the first episode of season 4, one young couple is planning on moving into their very first home together and they want it to be perfect. They’ve purchased this 1950’s ranch-style home, and it’s adorable yet pretty outdated, as far as the aesthetics are concerned. So, they called up Joanna and she worked her magic on it until it was the (first) home of their dreams! This one was a bit different for the couple, however, since it already had an open floor plan, wood floors, and sufficient natural light. What were they to do?
The one thing that wasn’t necessarily open about the space was the kitchen, which as you can see from the before pic was in desperate need of expansion. So, they opened it up and added an island-style bar. The fireplace was moved and redesigned to match the more modern style, and everything was painted to appear lighter and fresher, giving it a more contemporary feel. Plus, they raised the ceilings to give the already open-room an even more airy feel.
Some surprises are bad, but in the case of this family, their surprise was pretty life-changing in an amazingly positive way. One couple’s son got in contact with Chip and Joanna, in the hopes that they would help transform the lives of his parents by creating the house of their dreams. Being who they are, and wanting to help out Kevin Beachum Jr, of the Jacksonville Jaguars parents, they accepted the challenge.
When Beachum took mom and dad to see their new home, they were beside themselves with joy. The kitchen area was absolutely stunning and offered an open and light space that they really needed. The dining area is large enough to host family dinners and visible from the kitchen so everyone can talk while food is being made and served. The white fireplace is something else they’d always wanted and finally had.
The Houseboat Project
In the 14th episode of season 4, Joanna and Chip completely transformed this man’s houseboat into a new space for his family. As you can see in the before picture, the boat really doesn’t seem large enough to accommodate a family of 4 – so, he called in the big guns. Joanna had some incredible design ideas in mind for this one. You can see just how amazing the transformation was from the second picture.
As per their specialty, they opened the place up so it was much roomier. They installed more doors/windows, so the living area appears larger and lighter, and therefore more welcoming and comfortable for the family. But they didn’t just transform the first level, they created a new one in the form of a loft playroom for the kids.
Transforming a Tiny House
In season 3, Chip and Joanna were called in to transform this quaint 400-square foot home into a still-just-as-classic, but also more modern and updated shotgun-style house. You can’t blame the owners for wanting to preserve the same style, after all, it was one of only a few dozen of those kinds of houses still in Waco. Joanna gave them exactly what they wanted, and made the house look pretty incredible.
But Joanna and Chip admitted that they loved the challenge of fixing up a small space. After all, the more space they’ve got to work with – the larger the room for error. If they messed something up while working within such a small space, they were in trouble! But of course, they had nothing to worry about and transformed the home into a lovely living space that seemed a bit roomier than before. The house renovation experts even added a second story to the home.
Inside the New 400+ Square Foot Home
When you’re working with small spaces, you’ve got to learn to compromise and create a space that works just for you and your family. Tiny homes aren’t going to have every single traditional room that a large family home may have, so it’s important to utilize every square foot and make the most of the space. For instance, in this tiny home, the couple decided to use an island with lifted chairs in their kitchen as their dining area, rather than adding on an additional room just for that.
Before Chip and Joanna worked on the place, the kitchen was a mess. No one had been living in the house for quite some time, so it was in need of some serious repairs. The experts were ready for the job and completely transformed the kitchen until it was unrecognizably stunning. There was light flowing through the room, it felt much more open and clean, and it was decorated very nicely.
The Waco Bachelor Pad
A man, who had grown up in Waco and moved to New York to work on Wall Street, was ready to come home to Texas. He called Chip and Joanna because he knew they’d help him find the perfect house to suit his needs as a single gentleman. They found him this stunning house and transformed it into the perfect, personalized place for him.
Before the transformation, the place didn’t feel as roomy. Joanna opened the space up a bit, but unlike the majority of the houses they work on, they decided to keep the more moody/dark feel to the place, rather than letting in a ton of natural light.