In case you’ve been living under an HGTV sized rock, you may not know about their latest design superstars: Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame. After watching way too many episodes of House Hunters, Property Brothers and Love It Or List It, I find their fun, quirky humor and cozy design style so refreshing. For those that don’t know, Chip and Joanna are a husband-wife team that helps Waco, TX area families find, purchase and renovate homes.
Joanna got her start with a small home furnishing shop Magnolia Market (which now has an online presence) and they slowly graduated to more intense design and home renovations. Their recent skyrocketing success has allowed them to purchase and renovate a whole complex known as The Silos that houses an updated, larger shop for Joanna as well as a place for vendors to sell goods on the weekend and they’re soon opening a bakery on premise! You can read all about The Silos here.
Now in season 3, Fixer Upper showcases Chip and Joanna’s down-to-earth personalities and fun approach to home renovation. What I find so refreshing is how genuine and honest they come across vs. some of those other HGTV personalities that feel SO scripted. Fixer Upper is way more docu-series than how-to show. You see them interact as a couple, a bit of their home life with their 4 adorable kids, their huge farm the family calls home as well as all the fun design stuff.
And Joanna’s style is taking the internet by storm. Part shabby chic mixed with part rustic industrial, she finds a way to incorporate vintage style in traditional spaces with modern luxuries. Her expertise is truly finding something old and making it new again in an interesting way. Think old piping turned funky bookshelf or tobacco factory beams crafted into a beautiful dining table. Jo’s also fantastic at finding old but interesting architectural pieces and incorporating them in new ways.
I’m OBSESSED with these doors! She turned them into pantry & laundry room entries
On top of their show and the renovations that come with it, The Silos and their family farm, they also have a realty company. And because she doesn’t have enough to do, Jo has a great blog too (which is where I originally found her before I knew about the show). All of this in addition to the new B & B they just opened which was featured as season 3’s Christmas episode. They really have crafted a little Waco empire over the last few years!
So for your eyeballs’ enjoyment, here are just a few of my favorite Fixer Upper moments from season 3:
Knock a wall down, add an interesting iron railing
Highlight the traditional beauty of original bay windows by making them a serious focal point
Extra hallway space = loft turned library
An old map makes the perfect vintage artwork
Jo LOVES her some shiplap. #shiplap
A change of pace for the Gaines: a European-inspired entryway
Loving this colonial-like dining room. Reminds me of historic homes in PA!
Wouldn’t be a Gaines job without some added architectural detail!
Anyone else as obsessed with them as I am? I find Chip quirky but hysterical and it’s definitely one of the few design shows I’ve got Jefe hooked on too!