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: 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.