Chip and Jo Prove It: Yes, You Can Downsize Without Losing Out On Style

See how Chip and Jo turned a small and dated home into an open space packed with design details. 

Contemporary Kitchen With Blue and White Handmade Tile

Contemporary Kitchen With Blue and White Handmade Tile

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Rachel Whyte

So you want to cut down your square footage...without sacrificing style? You're not alone. That's why Ben and Stacie Childers, soon-to-be empty nesters from California, signed up for a Chip and Jo renovation. Why Waco? Apart from the obvious reason (A chance for a Chip and Jo makeover!!), their son is also enrolled at nearby Baylor University, meaning he's close enough to drop by anytime. (Read: Do his laundry.) 

The Childers were looking to streamline and simplify their life, so they chose this ADORABLE bungalow. So cute, right? 

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Rachel Whyte

To make a small space feel spacious, Joanna used a light, bright color scheme. Get more of her tips on making a small space feel huge: 

Designing for Empty Nesters 01:21

Joanna talks about using a color palette to design clean and simple spaces.

In the kitchen, a big island with a farmhouse sink and plenty of seating is perfect for eating and food prep. 

Farm Sink in Contemporary Kitchen

Farm Sink in Contemporary Kitchen

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Rachel Whyte

Open shelving against the wall keeps this space feeling open and airy. See more of Joanna's kitchen design tips: 

Empty Nest Kitchen 01:17

Using handmade tile and open shelving, Joanna creates a charming kitchen.

My favorite part of the house is this adorable bedroom that's full of natural light and, of course, shiplap. 

Renovated Bedroom With Exposed Wood Beams

Renovated Bedroom With Exposed Wood Beams

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Rachel Whyte

See how Joanna packed all this style into such a small space: 

Downsizing for an Empty Nest 01:50

Joanna managed to save space and keep the character in a small bedroom.

See more of this small but style-packed house with 58 photos of the makeover. 

A Storybook Bungalow Makeover

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Redefined Space

Soft Hues and a White Canvas

#shiplap

Economies of Space

Dining Almost Alfresco

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Meet the Homeowners

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BEFORE

AFTER

Exterior Detail

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Exterior Detail

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Front Foyer, AFTER

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Living Room, BEFORE

Living Room, AFTER

Living Room, Detail

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Living Room, Detail

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Living Room, Detail

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Living Room, Detail

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Living Room, Detail

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Dining Room, Before

Dining Room, AFTER

Dining Room, Detail

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Dining Room, Detail

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Dining Room, Detail

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Dining Room, Detail

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Kitchen, BEFORE

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, AFTER

Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, AFTER

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Kitchen, Detail

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Kitchen, Detail

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Master Bedroom, BEFORE

Master Bedroom, AFTER

Master Bedroom, Detail

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Master Bedroom, Detail

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Master Bedroom, Detail

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Master Bedroom, Detail

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Bathroom, BEFORE

Bathroom, AFTER

Master Bath, Detail

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Master Bath, Detail

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Master Bath, Detail

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Master Bath, Detail

Master Bath, Detail

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The Reveal

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The Reveal

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The Reveal

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The Reveal

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Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

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