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?

 

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: A First Home For Avid Dog Lovers

On last night’s Fixer Upper, Andrew and Brittany were looking to buy their first home together, and one of their must-haves was an inviting feeling for their two dogs. They settled on a four-bedroom house built 1958 that sat on a beautiful lot with mature oak trees. The couple wanted a large main living space, and we love with Joanna did with the living room, which offers casual sophistication for the couple. If you love it, too, it’s time to do a Magnolia Makeover in your home.

Start with the exact sofa Joanna chose for the room. Available by order at any Art Van Furniture showroom, the Modern Tailor Sofa from Magnolia Home features tuxedo style and smart tufting. The rich gray upholstery is sophisticated as well as family- (and pet-) friendly.

 

Next add the cocktail bench. You can get the exact Linear Upholstered Bench from Magnolia Home in a color called “fog.” Or mix things up a bit by choosing our Boice Black Bench, with a beautiful gold metal base. The dark upholstery offers a nice contrast to the gray sofa.

 

Next add two accent chairs. We have the exact Cambridge Accent Chairs from Magnolia Home in stock, available for immediate pickup or delivery. The European style offers a nice complement to the modern sofa, and the soft color lightens up the room.

 

Finally, anchor the space with a rug. The Kivi Ivory Multi-color Rug from Magnolia Home is the same one Joanna chose for the room. You’ll love the classic pattern for years to come, and it’s versatile style blends beautifully with any décor.

 

Add dogs and you’ll have the same room that thrilled this adorable couple! What do you think of this Magnolia Makeover? See the rest of our series by clicking here.