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: 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.