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.

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Magnolia Makeover: Inspiration from the Club House

When Chip and Joanna designed a home for Matt and Leigh Ellen Club, they wanted to give them a space to enjoy time with family as well as summers at Lake Waco. In her design blog, Joanna shares that her favorite room was the sunroom, a space that was added during the renovation. While it was small and the design is subtle, “I can picture them drinking their morning coffee or reading a book by the fire in this cozy, quiet room off the kitchen,” she writes. She brought a sense of old-world character and shares these tips for bringing the look and feel to your home:

Set an Intention for the Space

If you’re planning on adding onto your home, Joanna recommends identifying a purpose for the room so that the design will serve your needs appropriately. “What I love most about this space is that it’s intended to be enjoyed in the slow, intentional time found in the early mornings or on weekends. This home already had a formal dining room and living room, so this sunroom is more about family than entertaining,” Joanna writes. She achieves this goal by designing the space with comfortable chairs and a quaint breakfast table with bench seating.

Maintain the Character

The fireplace is the focal point for the room, and Joanna made sure the rest of the room’s design was consistent and didn’t distract. The german-schmear finish and antique mantel kept with the raw texture of the space, so the room felt like a natural extension of the home and not a recent addition.

Use Elements With A Story

The terracotta flooring in this room was salvaged from a chateau in France. “It doesn’t get more storied than that,” writes Joanna. If you’re striving for an authentic feel, look for reclaimed pieces that achieve that goal. Even subtle details, like trim, wall color and hardware make a difference.

Be Mindful of Light

When you add onto your home, you often take away windows and that can darken your existing spaces. To make sure not to steal natural light from other rooms, Joanna was mindful about choices. She installed a double-sided china cabinet between the sunroom and kitchen that let the light to flow through. “Design additions like sidelights, double sided bookcases, French doors and windows would also accomplish this same goal,” she writes.

Magnolia Makeover: Four Takeaways from the Copp House

Last week, Fixer Upper had a special episode where Chip and Joanna teamed up with the Tim Tebow Foundation to design a handicap-accessible home for a special family. Joanna says her favorite space was the bedroom she designed for the two boys.

“The goal was to give Calan and Lawson the freedom they need to play, have fun, and live life independently in rooms that have a practical, yet inspiring design that they won’t outgrow,” she writes in her blog. “Making the entire home wheelchair-accessible for the boys was the number one priority for this home, but it was especially important in their own bedrooms.”

While you might not need to have a home that’s accessible, you can definitely get some inspiration for designing a bedroom for boys. Here are four takeaways:

Be Kid-Friendly. Offer your child a sense of independence by having toys and books stored were they’re easy to access without needing to ask for help. Using wall anchors, Joanna drilled bookshelves and baskets into the walls lower than normal. “It makes playtime more fun when they’re able to pull out (and pick up) their toys without help,” she writes.

Keep An Eye on the Future. When designing a child’s room, it’s tempting to go all in on a theme they love right now, but kids grow up fast and their interests change. “I can’t tell you how many times Emmie and Ella have wanted a princess room—only to want something completely different a year later. I found that the key is to make the base of the room a design that they can grow into, and then add in easy-to-update elements that fit their age,” Joanna writes. For the Copp boys, she chose a beautiful deep blue, then added age-appropriate details like the Lego bins and dinosaur wall art that can be easily changed out.

Add Personal Touches. Joanna loves incorporating quotes in all of the homes she designs—it’s definitely one of her signature design elements—and it can be extra special in a child’s bedroom. She wanted the space to feel like home, and one way was to have their names over their beds. She also added a saying in the bathroom. “[The Copps] regularly use the encouragement ‘I can and I will,’ so adding it to the wall just felt like the perfect finishing touch. Incorporating little personal details, like this one, are what make a house feel like home,” she writes.

Be Creative With Storage. Kids need lots of storage, and you can incorporate it into the design of the room by thinking outside the box—literally! Joanna chose vintage lockers that Chip built into the walls for storage rather than classic cabinetry. “One of the hardest things about any kids’ space is keeping it somewhat clean and organized while still allowing them to be a kid. This is an interesting way to fit both organization and fun into one space,” Joanna writes.

Magnolia Makeover: Tips for a Modern Kitchen

We love HGTV’s Fixer Upper for so many reasons, especially for the inspiration that comes from watching Chip and Joanna renovate the homes. The La Pequeña Colina house, which was featured in Episode 5 of this season, introduced us to “Moditerranean” style, a combination of Mediterranean and modern. If you haven’t checked it out already, be sure to visit Joanna’s blog where she shares her thoughts on each renovation.

For this project, Joanna shared her thoughts on designing the kitchen. Here are four tips you can incorporate in your home:

 

Create Architectural Details: “Houses don’t always come with original charm, like arched doorways and original tile patterns, so sometimes you have to get creative when trying to make a remodel look unique and timeless,” writes Joanna.

Joanna used antique partitions that created a dramatic entrance into the kitchen. You could also use a kitchen island that looks like an antique or choose furniture that was inspired by architectural details.

Mix Cabinetry: Because the home mixed modern with Mediterranean style, Joanna chose to mix up the cabinetry, as well, combining modern-style on the lower pieces with more classic cabinets for the uppers. “I was intentional about painting the upper cabinets white, so that the architectural elements in the room could stand out,” she writes. “For this kitchen in particular, if the uppers had been wood as well, then the details, such as the open shelving, partitions, pendant lights, backsplash and beam, would’ve blended in with the rest of the space.”

We love this tip because it encourages us to think outside of styles and colors when designing your kitchen. You could use two different finishes or add furnishings in a different style for a unique or eclectic feel.

 

Put Essentials On Display: Joanna can make the most basic household item look loved simply by showing it off. In this renovation, she hung a modern pot rack to display and organize everyday pots and pans. “This saves the homeowner from having to look through a cramped cabinet or drawer, while also bringing the character and patina of their collection to this wall,” Joanna writes.

When choosing accent pieces for your kitchen, survey what you have in your cabinets. Or select new pieces that not only serve a function but are beautiful as well.

Finishing Touches: Sometimes the small things make all the difference, and in this renovation, Joanna introduced modern details with black metal pulls that feel minimal. “Even though hardware seems like a small detail, it’s actually an important element that has the ability to pull the overall design of a room together,” she says.

Give your kitchen a 10-minute makeover by changing out the hardware or fixtures. A small detail can make a big difference.