Magnolia Makeover: The Holmes Home

In Episode 9 of Fixer Upper—the Holmes Home—Joanna and Chip tackled a new challenge: a tiny house! At just 750 square feet, every design choice mattered. In her blog, Joanna shares that she loved finding new and creative ways to keep the space organized and functional. Her favorite space was the living area. Here are three tips you can borrow to get this look in your home:

Get Creative. The challenge in this home is being tight on space. The homeowner, Jake, wanted a ceiling fan, but that wasn’t possible. Instead, Joanna and Chip chose to install an oscillating fan on the wall. “I love that it’s different, a little masculine, and nostalgic. It’s perfect for this tiny house!” Joanna writes in her blog.

Think Function: Since the home is a bachelor pad out in the country, Joanna wanted to keep the design low maintenance. While wood floors were the right aesthetic, they do require some upkeep, so Joanna and Chip chose tile floors that look just like wood. “I definitely suggest using them if you want to achieve the same look as wood but you have pets, small kids, or if it’s in a high traffic area then they’re easy to clean and very durable,” Joanna writes.

Take Advantage of the Scenery. This house is located on a beautiful piece of land in the country. To capitalize on the scenery, Chip installed picture windows and French doors. “Not only do the windows serve as all the wall art Jake will ever need, but they make the space feel bigger. In a tight space, something as simple as a set of French doors with large windows can make a space feel larger and more open,” Joanna writes.

Magnolia Makeover: Plain Jane House

Did you catch the “Plain Jane” episode of HGTV’s Fixer Upper? Like all of renovations, this one was transformational, creating the ideal space for the family of four. In her blog, Joanna shares that her favorite room in the home was the dining room. It’s a special space that has so much inspiration. Here are three tips from the show you can incorporate in your home:

Look up. Joanna created a dramatic ceiling treatment that makes the smaller room feel larger. The circular design draws your eyes up, making the room feel big and bold. She also painted the ceiling a cool blue tone, which offers a nice contrast to the abundance of white trim.

Choose a statement fixture. Joanna used a brass pendant light that introduced an element of warmth to the rest of the cool tones of the room. “If you decide to install a trimmed out ceiling like this one, I’d suggest using a bold light fixture that will help complete the look of the overall design,” she writes.

Meaningful artwork. Joanna believes in telling a family’s story through home design, and she often uses personal items as artwork. “In this case, the family loves music, so we framed this antique sheet music,” she writes. Simple black frames and a white mat board let the artwork shine. “It’s simple, unique, and affordable—which is a win in my book!” writes Joanna.

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.

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?