Magnolia Makeover: 5 Items Joanna Often Uses In Her Renovations

We love Fixer Upper style and our Magnolia Home Collection lets you bring home Joanna Gaines’ signature look style. While her makeovers are always stunning, we noticed that Joanna loves to use these five elements in each of her renos.


Admit it. None of us knew what shiplap was before Fixer Upper. Now we all want the beautiful reclaimed wood in our homes. From walls to furniture, every room can use a little shiplap.


Vintage Maps

There’s something nostalgic and beautiful about framing and hanging vintage maps. Whether it’s from your city, your travels or your dreams, framed vintage maps add a sense of adventure to your room.



Mirrors work magic in a room, adding light and visually enlarging the space. Joanna loves to use mirrors in many of her rooms, often featuring shapes that define the décor or mimic architectural lines.


Pendant Lights

Most of Joanna’s designs include large kitchen islands, and the way to create a sense of coziness is to anchor them with statement pendant lights. Not only do pendants provide task lighting; they underscore the design of the home.



When Chip and Joanna start to renovate a home, they often uncover original wood flooring under old carpet. While wood floors are beautiful, area rugs add warmth and style. Joanna always uses a beautiful rug or two to define special spaces.


Magnolia Makeover: Colossal Crawford Reno


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If you caught last night’s Fixer Upper, you were no doubt impressed by the dramatic renovation. Show producer Michael Matsumoto and his wife Jessie left L.A. to put down roots in Waco, and they chose a “before” home that Chip nicknamed “The Little Shack on the Prairie.”


Chip and Joanna transformed a super rustic dwelling into a quaint and contemporary home. We loved the master suite, which was simple and charming. If you liked it, too, we’ve got the look.


Magnolia Makeover 3 Bed

The focal point of the bedroom is the bed, and the classic metal bed Joanna chose is stunning and timeless. We carry the exact Trellis Metal Bed from Magnolia Home in queen and king size. The black vintage-inspired design is reminiscent of days past, featuring a higher profile headboard with a solid metal panel. It gets a special touch with ball finials and dainty castings.


Magnolia Makeover 3 Rug

The Colossal Crawford Reno master bedroom is anchored with an oversized rug in a soft neutral. The Ella Rose Natural Rug from Magnolia Home would be a great choice. Measuring 8’ x 11’, it is sure to fill your space and warm your feet in the morning. The muted tones will blend with your bedding and provide you with a dreamy atmosphere.


Magnolia Makeover 3 Lamp

On the nightstands, Joanna chose vintage-inspired lamps. Our Virider Desk Lamps would be the perfect choice. The adjustable base allows you to direct light where it’s needed, while the black metal material complements the black metal bed.


Magnolia Makeover 3 Nightstand

Finally, Joanna uses two simple black nightstands on either side of the metal bed. Our Abbot Black Nightstand would a great choice. The single drawer offers just enough bedside storage while the nickel hardware adds just enough sparkle. An open shelf allows you to stack reading material or display a favorite accent piece.


What do you think of the Colossal Crawford Reno?

Magnolia Home Makeover: The Flipper Upper


Flipper Upper

Before they were HGTV stars, Joanna and Chip Gaines were home flippers. In a recent episode, they returned to their roots by buying their own fixer upper and renovating it to sell.


We love the simple updates they did to the master suite, which turned a challenging floor plan with a wall of windows into a bright and open space. The Gaines’ replaced the ceiling fan with something more contemporary, refinished the floors, gave the walls a fresh coat of paint and added a single open shelf added above the headboard. The result combines urban with midcentury modern … and we’ve got the look.


Shiplap Bed

Joanna sets the stage in the room with the modern bed that features a shiplap headboard. The Framework Bed from Magnolia Home offers the exact same look, in a slightly darker finish. The bed can be used with or without a skirt.


Flipper Upper Table

A pair of single midcentury modern nightstands complements the rustic feel of the bed, and makes the space feel lighter. The drawers add just enough storage, while the modern lamps add light for reading in bed. Our Mila End Tables would be a great pick. The wood finish matches the bed, and the sleek lines mimic the tables in our inspiration room.


Flipper Upper Chest

Instead of a traditional dresser, Joanna uses a beautiful urban-style, which has a flat wooden front. The style complements the headboard, and keeps things clean and simple. Our Brisbane Dresser would be a perfect choice, matching the finish of the bed.


Flipper Upper Rug

Finally, the room is finished with an oversized ecru rug in a low pile. Breaking up the wood in the room and warming up the floor, the rug also softens the room by adding another texture. Our Edge Ivory rug would be perfect, with its hand-woven tactile feel.


What do you think of Chip and Joanna’s “flipper upper”?


Magnolia Makeover: Fixer Upper Rustic Italian Dining Room


If you caught Fixer Upper last night, you no doubt fell in love with what Chip and Joanna Gaines called the Hot Sauce house. (If you didn’t see it, check out the photos here.) The classic Texan home had a big overhang and a wrap-around porch that kept out the sun and provided space for relaxing in rocking chairs. Owners Jenny and Ramil had moved from Northern California to Waco, Texas to be closer to family, and Jenny wanted to create a dream home with rustic Italian flair.


Fixer Upper Rustic Italian Dining Room

“Our clients really wanted a rustic Italian feel, so I wanted to really be purposeful on all the design that we implement. All of these elements, I think, make it feel just warm and inviting,” Joanna said.


We agree! We fell in love with the dining room, where the Gaines duo removed a wall to create an arched opening between the dining room and kitchen. New French doors, in natural wood finish, replace the old windows, bringing in lots of light to the special space.


If you can picture yourself gathering here with family to enjoy a glass of Chianti and homemade bruschetta, we’ve got the look.


Italian Rustic Table

The heavy wood table is the star of this room, with its ornate trestle base. We have the identical table, Farmhouse Keyed Trestle Table from Magnolia Home. Big and roomy, it’s perfect for family dinner as well as gathering for coffee or craft projects. Pair it with matching ladder-back chairs for a cohesive, rustic look. Or match Joanna’s design by using X-back side chairs, like our Huron Chairs in russet.


Italian Rustic Arch


The arched mirror brings a sense of drama into the dining room. Joanna refurbished an antique window frame, adding mirror to create a sense of spaciousness and light in the room. The Eased Arched Window Casing by Magnolia Hone would bring the same look to your room. Use as is, or remove the panel doors and insert a mirror to duplicate the Fixer Upper home.


Italian Rustic Chandelier

Joanna chose a wood and metal chandelier to continue the rustic feel of the dining room, and the exposed candles add a old-fashioned character. Our Edmonton Chandelier would be a great choice, complementing the rest of the wood in the space and bringing a metal texture to the room.


Italian Rustic Rug

To balance all of the wood in the room, Joanna used a large light rug, which complements the wall color. Our Ella Rose Bone Rug is a great choice, and it was designed in coordination with Magnolia Home. The intentionally faded design creates a transitional look, and the Persian style is timeless.


Complete your Fixer Upper look with tabletop accessories from Art Van. From dinnerware to candlesticks, we can give you everything you need to bring the Italian Rustic Magnolia Makeover home. Bellissimo!