Magnolia Makeover: Tips From a Terrific Tudor

We love the new season of Fixer Upper, but it’s bittersweet since it’s the last. That’s why it’s important to grab as many design tips from Joanna and Chip as possible. If you haven’t checked it out already, be sure to visit Joanna’s blog where she shares her thoughts on each renovation.

 

In Episode 4, the Gaines due worked their magic on the Scrivano house, a charming Tudor-style home for a young family.

 

Joanna shared several design tips from the project, and here are three of our favorites:

Moveable island: If you have the space a moveable island is a super versatile piece that doesn’t lock you into a kitchen configuration. You can move it out of the way when you need space for entertaining. Buy a ready-made island, or convert an antique by adding wheels.

 

 

Add texture: This isn’t always easy, because adding an area rug, pillows or throws in a kitchen isn’t always practical, says Joanna. Instead, look for texture in other places. For example, balance sleek materials like marble or metal light fixtures with wood accents such as a rustic bowl for a centerpiece or distressed wooden chairs at the table.

 

Dare to be bold: When it comes to adding bold features, Joanna suggests limiting statement pieces to one or two for a room. “If there are too many strong design choices, the eye has no place to rest, causing the room to feel cluttered,” she writes. In the Scrivano house, Joanna chose checkered flooring for the kitchen, but toned down the look by choosing dusty black and cream tiles. “Don’t stray from using striking design choices – go with your gut and balance them with subtle details in the rest of the space!” she writes.

Give Your Dining Room a Thanksgiving Magnolia Makeover

The kitchen and dining room get a lot of attention during Thanksgiving, and you can make yours shine by giving it a Magnolia Makeover. While Joanna Gaines is known for her farmhouse style, her Magnolia Home collection features traditional, industrial, modern and French-inspired looks as well. Here are three dining sets that would up the style level of your Thanksgiving Dinner.

Joanna’s Neoclassic Windsor Oval Leaf Table is a versatile piece that works with one or both leaves up or down. Its grooved shiplap top is hand distressed in Jo’s white finish for a casual vintage look. Pair it with a primitive farmhouse chair for a casual look or choose a colorful Parsons for something more modern.

If you love a more traditional style, choose the English Country Oval Table and Emory Side Chairs, which were inspired by original antique furnishings to offer a sense of history. Joanna designed these pieces to include classical ornament and details, such as decorative molding on the apron and a leaf medallion on the base. The combination is a polished and timeless look.

Add an architectural feel to your dining space with the Double Pedestal Dining Table from Magnolia Home. Joanna was inspired by massive corbel brackets from grand old buildings,  often recycled as today’s architectural antiques. The tabletop has a rugged shop floor finish, while Revival Arm Chairs add elegance and grace.

 

Which one of these dining sets will create the best Magnolia Makeover in your home?

 

Magnolia Makeover: 4 Items Joanna Uses In The Entryway

Joanna Gaines’s Magnolia Home style won the hearts of homeowners across the country with many of us clamoring to create our own Fixer Upper style. We love the show and noticed that Joanna often uses four things in the entryway to make it welcoming as well as practical.

 

Rocking Chairs

Many of the homes have beautiful front porches, and the perfect way to enjoy them is on a rocking chair with a tall glass of iced tea and one of Joanna’s famous cupcakes. If your entry has room, add a rocking chair or two of your own. A hot cup of apple cider will turn afternoon relaxing into a sweet retreat.

 

Family-Friendly Storage

Joanna is always thinking of the kiddos, as well as their shoes, sports equipment, backpacks and toys. You’ll often find cute cubbies, bins and baskets in the entryway where kids’ (and adults’) things can be neatly and conveniently stored.

 

Seating

In addition to storage, Joanna loves to include an entryway bench where guests can sit or kids can stop to put on their boots. She usually finds something with a sense of history, to add character to the space. And a mix of materials adds that industrial touch.

 

 

Quote Art

Whether it’s beloved saying or simply words that have meaning, Joanna often has Texas artist Jimmy Don turn inspirational sayings into metal art hung in the entry or foyer. Words can welcome you home, or remind you of what’s important as you leave. Find the phrase that means the most to you, and display it with love.

 

How many of these items do you have in your entryway?

 

 

Magnolia Makeover: Tight Budget, Big Wish List

On last night’s Fixer Upper, we met Will and Lauren who were returning to Waco to raise their two daughters in the house of their dreams. They had a tight budget and a big wish list, and Chip and Joanna didn’t disappoint, turning a run-of-the-mill ‘70s ranch into a large, welcoming family home. We love the quaint breakfast nook off the kitchen. If you like its charm, too, here are the three easy pieces you’ll need to give your room a Magnolia Makeover:

 

Start with the exact table Joanna used in the renovation. The Round Pedestal Table allows you to add chairs and make room for guests, while the scalloped wooden edge turns breakfast into a special affair.

 

Next add metal chairs. These Gray Chairs add a sleek modern vibe, which provides a nice contrast to the farmhouse-style wooden table. The combination feels fresh and fun.

 

Finally, add a chandelier. Our Minnie Oak Chandelier offers the same look as our Fixer Upper inspiration room, with an arched oak frame and exposed bulbs. The chandelier provides the perfect piece to complement the mix of metal chairs and wooden table.

 

What do you think of this week’s Magnolia Makeover? Visit our showroom to see the entire Magnolia Home Furniture collection.

Magnolia Makeover: Plain Gray Ranch Made Bright and Spectacular

 

On last night’s Fixer Upper, young couple Matt and Melissa were looking to put down roots and buy their first house together. They settled on a ranch that needed lots of help to turn it into the bright, open home they envisioned. Of course, Chip and Joanna didn’t disappoint, and we love the open kitchen they designed. If you love it too, give yourself a Magnolia Makeover with these four pieces.

 

Start with the exact table Joanna used in the renovation. From the Magnolia Home Collection, the Double Pedestal Table has a beautiful base that was inspired by the massive corbel brackets used in antique architecture. The piece adds character to the room with its weathered “shop floor” finish.

 

Next, add dining chairs upholstered in a crisp white fabric. Our Brody Dining Chairs are sold in sets of two, and are part of our free-shipping collection. The light fabric offers a beautiful contrast to the rich finish of the wooden table.

 

 

If your room cannot accommodate a built-in banquette, create the same look by using an upholstered bench or settee. Our Fillmore Upholstered Bench is a great option if you’re trying to maximize space as it conveniently tucks under the table, freeing up your floor. Or add the tufted Lille Loveseat, which delivers the same cozy feel as our inspiration room.

 

Finally, give your room a modern touch with a chandelier. Our Lenora Steel Chandelier offers similar lines as our inspiration room, with its drum shade, traditional candle-style lights, and a touch of glamour with dangling prisms. The light shad complements the upholstered dining chairs.

 

What do you think of this week’s Magnolia Makeover? See the rest of our series by clicking here.