Outdoors: Curb Appeal for Days
When Chip and Jo roll back that house-sized poster, you'd better believe the yard will be stocked with style to spare. Hallmarks of their front yard game: Curvy stone front walks and mature landscaping, like in this tree-filled lawn.
Outdoors: Greenery-Filled Windowboxes
Joanna loves to add life to a home with lots of plants. No green thumb? No worries! Here, the crew added rustic windowboxes filled with easy-to-care-for spider plants.
Outdoors: A Fab Front Door
A front door doesn't have to be a bold hue to make a statement. To copy the Fixer Upper look, opt for a dark neutral hue or a natural wood version that hints to the modern-rustic details inside.
Outdoors: Twin Container Gardens
Think of it like a set of earrings for your house: Flank that new front door and embrace traditional symmetry with two oversized planters.
Outdoors: Unpainted Wood Accents
Chip and Jo love to accent their homes with unpainted wood accents, which adds a modern touch to more traditional exteriors.
Outdoors: Rocking Chairs
Once you have that big, roomy front porch, it's pretty much mandatory to enjoy it via rocking chair...
Outdoors: Porch Swing
...unless, of course, you'd prefer to cozy up on a porch swing.
Entryway: Family-Friendly Function
Sure, every Fixer Upper home is packed with style. It's also packed with function, especially in the entryway, where Joanna is sure to create space for families to store all the clutter that comes with kids. Got baseball gloves, soccer balls and backpacks? Assign each kid an under-bench cubby to keep the entryway organized and clutter-free.
Entryway: Seating for a Crowd
An entryway bench can double as a staging area for trips or the daily grind. That's why an old church pew is perfect: It's sturdy and spacious, plus scuffs from daily activity will just add character.
On the Walls: Quote Art
Take a cue from Joanna and add something inspirational just inside the door. A glance when you walk in or out could totally change your daily outlook.
On the Walls: Magnolia Wreaths
A true signature, Joanna loves to incorporate a magnolia wreath into every home — after all, the family company is called Magnolia Homes.
On the Walls: Life Lessons
Especially in kids' spaces, like this playroom and guest room, Joanna is fond of reminding young minds what's really important.
On the Walls: Oversized Clocks
Large-scale clocks serve as both wall art and as functional pieces that remind kids there's a way to tell time that doesn't involve looking at a screen.
On the Walls: Large Object Art
Joanna loves to personalize her homes with objects that speak to the homeowners personality — yes, even guitars! The lesson? Even non-traditional art can become wall decor when a frame is added. (DO try this at home.)
On the Walls: Vintage Maps
It's easy to see why vintage maps are a wall art standby for Joanna: They add instant history to a wall, whether the home was built last century or last year.
On the Walls: Vintage Mirrors
Snatch these up when you see them at the thrift store; they look as at-home in a Fixer Upper-inspired master bedroom as they do in an entrway.
On the Walls: Vintage Mantels
No fireplace? That doesn't stop Joanna from adding a vintage mantel to the wall, which adds instant architectural detail, not to mention a ready-made display shelf.
On the Walls: So Many Vintage Mantels
They're so versatile, Joanna uses them all over her houses, even in bedrooms.
On the Walls: Salvaged Architectural Pieces
When is a door not a door? When it's a piece of salvaged wall art. Joanna repurposes moldings, doors, windows and more as history-filled wall decor.
In the Living Room: A Cozy Fireplace
No Fixer Upper home would be complete without a hearth (real or faux) to gather around.
In the Living Room: Shiplap
Shiplap is practically Joanna's middle name. If Chip and the crew don't find it under the drywall, they add the rough-hewn wood paneling to add texture on the walls.
In the Living Room: Open Floor Plans
Chip and Joanna love to remove walls and widen doorways to make one room flow into the next.
In the Living Room: Durable Rugs
Natural fiber rugs, like jute or sisal, warm up hardwood floors while hiding dirt, spills and pet hair. Do I need to say more?
In the Living Room: Cozy Furniture
Joanna opts for durable furniture with a sense of history, like leather or linen Chesterfield sofas that look even better after a little wear-and-tear.
In the Living Room: Slipcovers
White slipcovers might seem like an odd choice for a home filled with children, but Joanna and lots of cottage design lovers know a secret: White covers can be throw in the washer with a little bleach, making them even easier to care for than dark colors.
In the Living Room: Modern Pipe Shelving
Galvanized pipe shelving is super-popular with homeowners who love the modern rustic look, for the same reason Chip and Jo love the shelving style: It's easy to build, inexpensive to create and adds industrial style to virtually any space, from a living room to a kitchen to a bathroom.
In the Kitchen: Farmhouse-Style Sinks
Apron-front and farmhouse-style sinks lend even the newest kitchen an air of history, so it's no wonder that Joanna loves to use them in her renovations.
In the Kitchen: Vintage-Inspired Plumbing
Leaky, inefficient plumbing from the 1890s? No thanks. Brand new plumbing inspired by the original? Yes, a million times yes.
In the Kitchen: Subway Tile
Whether white or gray, subway tile lends both traditional, classic style and modern simplicity to a kitchen, and also pairs well with the rough-hewn accents of which Chip and Jo are so fond.
In the Kitchen: Island Life
Chip and Joanna work a big island with tons of workspace into almost every kitchen. This one has room for eating, cooking and more, not to mention lots of texture and history thanks to the reclaimed wood used for the base.
In the Kitchen: Vintage-Style Barstools
That big island wouldn't be complete without vintage-style stools, perfect for homework, dinner parties and quick breakfasts.
In the Kitchen: Dramatic Lighting
Industrial pendants are a go-to for Chip and Joanna, since they combine modern style and a bright, functional light source.
In the Kitchen: Open Shelving
Joanna loves to display simple white dishes in front of rough-hewn wood walls or exposed brick. Here, the shelves become a functional focal point.
In the Kitchen: Even More Shiplap
If you're a fan of the show, you know that Chip and Joanna are shiplap-crazy. Here, they used the unpainted version of the material to create a modern-rustic look.
Plant Life: Wildflowers
Wildflowers are beautiful, easy to find and, oh yeah, free, if you know where to look. Here, Joanna displayed them in vintage-style blue glass demijohn bottles.
Plant Life: Two (or Three) of a Kind
What's better than one vase of wild alliums? Two, of course! Grouping vases adds more than twice the visual bang for your buck.
Plant Life: Make That Four of a Kind
See? Flowers are even better in fours.
Extra Accents: Vintage Books
Joanna uses vintag books as the base for colorful plant life, clocks and other accessories. Here, she paired volumes by color to create a cohesive look.
Extra Accents: Vintage Books
Another Joanna-approved trick? Display books spine-side-in for a monochromatic display that lets florals shine.
Extra Accents: Just Add Candlesticks
Joanna is a huge fan of the ambiance-boosting power of a few candlesticks (or more than a few, as seen here).
Door Style: Antique Additions
When it comes to Fixer Upper designs, antique doors often make an appearence in the most unlikely places. These dramatic doors lead into this home's pantry and laundry room.
Door Style: Barn Doors
Sliding barn doors are a staple on the show. Here, they conceal his and hers closets while adding an architectural element to the master bedroom.
In the Bedroom: White on White on White
Joanna's design mantra? When in doubt, paint it white. Here, white bedding and a salvaged white headboard sit against white shiplap walls. Master this monochromatic look and you're on your way to Fixer Upper-level style.
Meet Chip and Joanna Gaines
The hosts of HGTV's hit series Fixer Upper dish about their family, their home and their biggest design mistakes.
On Their Family of Six
Chip and Joanna have four kiddos who range in age from 7 to 11.
On Their Children
"They love being outside, they love farm animals and they are sure to always keep things interesting around here," Joanna says.
On Their Farmhouse
"Our home is a hundred-year-old farmhouse that sits on about 40 acres," Joanna says. The home features casual farmhouse style with lots of repurposed vintage pieces.
On Buying Their Own Fixer Upper
Chip and Joanna's families had complete faith in their renovation skills when they bought their own run-down property. "They have seen some pretty bad homes that we have purchased...this one honestly didn't scare them, mainly because the land was so pretty," the couple says.
On Their Renovation
"When we renovated the house we made sure we kept all the original molding and trim, flooring and shiplap walls to preserve the character," Joanna says.
On Joanna's Favorite Room at Home
Her favorite space post-renovation? The kitchen. "It's the heart of the home for me," she says. "No matter how much is going on, I don't feel overwhelmed because the palette is very clean and fresh. I love the farmhouse sink, and I love looking out the window at the animals and cows while I work."
On Chip's Favorite Room at Home
Chip's favorite room in the house is the boys' room, which comes complete with four custom-made bunk beds, an "Adventure" sign and a basketball hoop.
On Their Extended Family
The Gaines' 40-acre farm is also home to 60 animals, including chickens, cows, goats...
On Their Extended Family
...and horses! (Here, Chip takes a late-afternoon ride.)
On What Their Home Doesn't Have
"We didn't buy a TV when we first got married, and we have yet to buy one," Joanna says.
On Their First Design Project
Their first house as a married couple was "all over the map," Joanna says. "The front room had sailboats in it, the kitchen was mustard yellow and French themed, and the back den was rustic with cedar paneled walls, hanging horns and cow hides. I guess I was testing out my style."
On Their Design Style
Joanna's three-word explanation of their style: "Simple, clean and unexpected," she says. Chip's take? "Whatever Jo likes," he jokes.
On Chip's First Flip
Before he met Joanna, Chip partnered with his parents to buy his first flip property while still in college. "After that I was hooked," Chip says. "I started buying and selling homes and commercial properties."
On Joanna's Start in the Property Business
"When I met Chip, he was renting and flipping properties left and right to college students," Joanna says. "Once I caught on to the concept of buying something that is undervalued to then put value into it and sell it for a profit, I was hooked, too."
On Joanna's Vintage Decor Shop
"I started a local boutique and partnered with Chip to implement the Magnolia style in the homes he was flipping," Joanna says. "We later branched out and started renovations in the central Texas area."
On Joanna's First Big Design Mistake
"For our first high-end flip, I chose a tan stucco color," Joanna says. "After it was painted, I pulled up to the house and it looked like a big yellow school bus." Lesson learned? Always buy paint samples.
On Chip's First Big Design Mistake
"I wanted to surprise JoJo with a bold backsplash at a flip property," Chip says. "It took me all day to install this beautiful tumbled-stone backsplash, but when I went to grout it...it soaked up the color and turned maroon. It was horrible, and JoJo was surprised to say the least."
On Their Hidden Talents
You know about their renovation skills, but did you know that Chip can juggle and Joanna can do a back handspring? Believe it.
On the Number One Design Mistake People Make
"When people make their house too practical or too pretty," it doesn't work, Joanna says. Great design is a blend of both, like this functional yet chic white kitchen.
On Their Favorite Power Tools
"I'm a fan of the hand sander," Joanna says. "When a piece is painted, I like to distress it to give it more character." Chip's pick? The chain saw. "It's a powerful tool that gets the job done fast," he says.
On Their Favorite Reactions to a Makeover Reveal
"Jaws dropped, tears, and big hugs," Joanna says. "It made all the hard work worth it."
On Their Favorite Reaction to a Makeover Reveal
(Sometimes the reveal is part laughter, too.)
On Favorite Spots to Find Vintage Goodies
Where does Joanna find all the great products she uses in her farmhouse and in her shop? "Off-the-beaten-path antique stores and flea markets," she says. "My favorite thing to do is hunt for really cool pieces to sell or repurpose and use in my home."
On Their Favorite Guilty Pleasures
Joanna's secret indulgence? All-you-can-eat buffets. Chip's go-to guilty pleasure: "Buying stuff at auction," he says.
On Joanna's Favorite (and Least Favorite) Colors
Joanna loves the color green, but isn't a fan of purple.
On The Couple's Favorite Meals
Joanna's crazy for pasta, while Chip's most-requested dish is chicken-fried steak.
On How to Dress Up Any Room on a Tiny Budget
"Fresh flowers," Joanna says, make a huge impact for a tiny price. Other budget updates: Throw pillows in the living room and bright dishes or tea towels in the kitchen.
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