Happy Birthday, Joanna Gaines!

Happy 40th Birthday to Joanna Gaines! Art Van Furniture has been a proud retailer of Joanna’s Magnolia Home Collection, and her pieces are among our customers’ favorites. To celebrate this special day, we thought we’d share 40 reasons why we love Joanna.

1. She made farmhouse style the hottest look in home design.
2. She taught the world what shiplap is.
3. She made t-shirts and jeans super fashionable.
4. She loves her kiddos.
5. She has an amazing eye for detail.
6. She isn’t afraid of a design challenge.
7. She regularly eats cupcakes!
8. She has put motherhood first.
9. She isn’t afraid to be silly.
10. She lets Chip be Chip.
11. She has the best facial expressions (especially when Chip is being Chip).
12. She has goats.
13. And chickens!
14. She tells a family’s story through design.
15. She taught us to create art out of everyday objects, such as baskets and buckets.
16. She supports local businesses when she does a renovation.
17. She has a deep respect for history and architecture.
18. She has an amazing talent for mixing styles and making rooms unique.
19. She finds the best stuff at flea markets.
20. She’s very involved in charity work.
21. She has an amazing green thumb.
22. She never seems to have a bad hair day.
23. She sees the beauty in everything.
24. She gets her kids involved in the design process.
25. She has a great smile.
26. She inspires other business owners with her thriving companies.
27. She isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
28. She’s down to earth and likeable—even after becoming a big design star.
29. She found time to write a cookbook and a book with her husband.
30. And she has a great blog.
31. And an amazing magazine.
32. She’s always willing to try something new.
33. She can do cartwheels!
34. And a flip on a trampoline.
35. She’s kicked down a wall during demo day.
36. She’s an early bird, who makes her kids a hot breakfast every morning.
37. She has hit TV show but she doesn’t have a TV, preferring to spend time with family instead.
38. Her talent is self-taught.
39. She has a marriage that many of us envy.
40. And she knows that home is the best place of all.

What are we missing? Be sure to share why you love Joanna in the comments below, and help us wish her a wonderful birthday!

Magnolia Home Dining Room

HGTV’s Fixer Upper may be over, but you can still enjoy Joanna Gaines’ style by bringing home furniture from her Magnolia Home collection.

The Double Pedestal Dining Table is one of her most popular pieces. Inspired by old buildings from yesteryear, it features massive corbel brackets for its base. To give the piece the look of an architectural antique, Joanna used a weathered shop floor finish on the base as well as on the plank top. Sleek chairs let the table be the centerpiece. Their simple lines and spindled back for just a touch of detail.

This grand dining set will become a family favorite, and will help you celebrate traditions new and old. See it and the rest of the Magnolia Home collection at your local Art Van location.

Magnolia Makeover: The Americano House

Where did the season go? Chip and Joanna finished their final Fixer Upper with a home they called the Americano House. They definitely ended on a high note and on a house that spoke to their design strengths. In her blog, Joanna shares that her favorite room is the kitchen and dining room.

“Our clients wanted an industrial farmhouse style, so we used a couple of tried and true farmhouse design elements with some unexpected industrial details,” she writes. If you like the style, too, here are three design tips you can use in your own home.

Combine Industrial and Farmhouse Styles

Joanna used a lot of traditional farmhouse elements in this home, including the existing shiplap ceiling, farmhouse sink, and subway tile backsplash. Then she gave the room a twist by adding industrial details, like the hardware, and stainless steel vent hood. “I’ve always liked to pair these two styles together because of how seamlessly they balance each other and blend together,” she writes.

Use Classic Colors

Joanna used the classic black and white palette, which gives the room a timeless and clean feeling. “Using this classic color palette is true to the farmhouse style, and it also allows for all kinds of additional accent pieces to be added in seamlessly,” she writes.

Add Dimension to the Ceiling

Joanna warmed up the high contrast color palette by making the ceiling a focus piece. “I decided to expose the shiplap on the ceiling. I love how the kitchen feels balanced with the black, white and natural tones,” she writes.

Do you love the Americano House? What will you miss most about Fixer Upper?

 

Magnolia Makeover: All-American Farmhouse

A recent episode of Fixer Upper featured a young couple that wanted to modernize a farmhouse, with clean lines and industrial details. Of course Joanna and Chip Gaines knew exactly what to do to get it right. In her blog, Joanna shared her tips for achieving this modern farmhouse look.

Less Is More

It only takes a few simple elements to get the farmhouse look, such as a metal X accent on the island or a black hood over the stove. “We went with vertical paneling on the walls to put a spin on the classic horizontal shiplap. A few wood accents, gray cabinetry, and simple, clean-lined pendants hanging over the kitchen island tie in familiar and classic details that don’t overpower the room,” Joanna writes.

Wood Details

Joanna loves to use warm wood tones in most of her designs, and with this white kitchen she added details beneath the sink, on open shelving and on the floors. “These areas of the room stand out in a subtle way, while also bringing warmer tones to the neutral palette of the design,” she writes.

Multi-Purpose Storage

Joanna installed a plate rack in the cabinetry, which keeps your dinnerware close at hand, but is easier to style than open shelving. Cubbies above the plate rack were specifically built for cookbook storage. “Catering a custom storage cabinet, like this one, to your family’s specific needs is a good way to work your practical, everyday pieces into the kitchen’s design,” Joanna writes.

Love the look? See Joanna’s Magnolia Home collection at your local Art Van Furniture showroom and on artvan.com.

Magnolia Makeover: No Place Like Home

Did you catch the Fixer Upper episode where Chip and Joanna design a loft? We love that they’re not afraid to tackle a new project and a new adventure. In her blog, Joanna said her favorite room was the office/guest room/library combo. Here are some of her tips she shares that you can use in your own home:

Look for Space-Saving Solutions

The homeowner wanted to accommodate guests as well as have a home office and library, but space in his residence was at a premium. Since the home was inside an apartment building, adding square footage wasn’t an option. So Chip and Joanna “built up,” by opening up the ceilings.

“It gave us a lot more usable space to build a lofted guest bed in this room,” Joanna writes. “In a small room like this one, every inch counts. For your own home, when you need a room to serve a specific purpose but have limited space to work with, get creative and think outside the box.”

Don’t Be Afraid of Dark Paint Colors

It can feel scary to choose dark paint colors in a small room, but this renovation proves that it’s nothing to fear. Joanna chose matte black paint for the walls and then lightened up the room with other details, such as the flooring, rug and furniture.

“Don’t be afraid of dark paint colors! Even bold shades can be balanced out by the other elements in your space,” Joanna writes.

Go All In With a Favorite Color

Joanna wanted to incorporate the color blue—lots of it!—so she used color blocking to bring in a variety of shades. “Choose a color you love and incorporate it throughout your space using books. I love the way this bookshelf turned out using so many different blue tones,” Joanna writes.

What do you think of this Fixer Upper?