10 Clever Container Gardens We Love From Joanna Gaines
Let Joanna help you channel your inner gardener.
In addition to her formidable design skills, Joanna Gaines also has another not-so-hidden talent: An incredibly green thumb. She squeezes flowers and plant life into even the smallest of spaces.
Black Metal Mounts and Ceramic Pots for Indoor Herb Garden in Bright, White Kitchen
This kitchen features an indoor herb garden designed by Reckless Iron Works, as seen on HGTV Fixer Upper. A white brick wall and white granite countertop creates a bright backdrop allowing the pot color and greenery to pop. Wood cutting boards and ceramic cookie jars are functional and decorative.
If you caught the latest episode of Fixer Upper, you know what I'm talking about: This week's kitchen makeover included this rad, wall-mounted herb garden outfitted with custom pots from John Martin of Black Oak Art and an industrial-style metal framework created by Cody Benton of Reckless Iron Works.
In the new kitchen, shiplap and brick pavers painted in bright white offer a clean backdrop for the gray-green cabinets, new stainless appliances and black-and-white patterned tile.
Meet the Homeowners
Chip and Joanna with homeowners Cody and Katie Messerall on the expanded front porch of their newly renovated home. Cody and Katie had been living in Houston for about ten years but were ready to move back to Waco, seeking a more relaxed lifestyle and a good place to raise a family. They were looking for a three- or four-bedroom house in a quiet neighborhood in the heart of Waco, a large lot and a nice backyard. Their budget, including any renovations, was $185,000.
Living Room, AFTER
Key additions in the living room makeover include an arched opening onto the dining room and the addition of an antique wooden door.
Living Room, AFTER
The fireplace and mantel were entirely reworked and surrounded with bold, contrasty patterned wallpaper to create an accent wall that ties in visually with the trim, door and furnishings.
Living Room, Detail
Since there was no home office, Joanna incorporated this built-in work desk in the living room. The wallpaper in the alcove is the same as that used surrounding the fireplace, helping to create visual balance in the room.
Dining Room, AFTER
Floor-to-ceiling white shiplap, a rustic wood dining table and integrated cabinetry with sliding doors give the dining room a larger and more grand feel. The dominant white motif is counterbalanced with black straight-back chairs and dark metal hardware.
The backsplash above the apron front sink is simple brick paver painted in white. On the facing wall is a black-and-white patterned tile, custom vent hood and pot-filler faucet.
Joanna designed and commissioned a special "herb wall" with handmade terra cotta pots suspended in a custom wall-mounted iron rack. The pots were made by local potter John Martin of Black Oak Art and the metal hanger is the handiwork of Cody Benton of Reckless Metal Works.
Kitchen Breakfast Nook, AFTER
Master Bedroom, AFTER
The windows were enlarged to floor-to-ceiling height, new linen window treatments added and the carpet was replaced with hardwood flooring. White shiplap with chair rail and crown molding help enhance the space. Lighter design elements help make the room feel larger while the soft gray palette helps create a thoroughly relaxing atmosphere.
Master Bath, AFTER
Chip and Joanna reconfigured and opened up the bathroom, stealing space from an adjacent linen closet. They also gave it a whole new look with painted shiplap, white subway tile and rich navy wall paint.
Okay, just one more...
Chip catches a quick cat nap before the next project gets underway.
If you enjoyed this Fixer Upper makeover, you may want to check out this one: The Raggedy Ranch and the Rocket Scientist.
But this is far from Joanna's first creative container garden. Check out some of her most ingenious planter ideas and steal a couple for your own home. (Coming soon to my kitchen: An iron-and-clay herb station.)
Hang It Up
Instead of a light fixture, Joanna suspended a platform filled with vintage books and potted herbs in this breakfast nook. It provides a focal point and keeps the table clear for coffee and cereal.
Modern and Organic
Succulents in rustic, carved-wood planters fill an empty corner with plant life.
In one of Chip and Jo's first Fixer Upper renovations, they transformed a run-down atrium into a plant-filled greenhouse brimming with herbs.
Cedar planters line the walls, while chalkboard labels help keep these rows recipe-ready.
When In Doubt? Go Vintage
Joanna is a master of repurposing thrift-store finds as clever wall decor. Here, she uses vintage baking sheets to frame bud vases, but you could easily sub in pint-sized succulent pots. Vintage crates, chicken feeders, letter holders and tool boxes? Yep, she's done it all, with adorable results.
Accessorize With Plants
Match the planter to your surroundings. Here, Joanna was outfitting a midcentury modern home, so she went for a low, organic wooden planter filled with succulents and accented with smooth stones. Going for a nautical look? Search the bait and tackle shop for inspiration.
From Bauhaus to Our House
Jill and Josh Barrett were in search of "something different" in a new home. They found it in this house built in the modern style in 1959. Homes that can genuinely lay claim to the term "modern" — in the strict architectural sense — are a rare find in Waco, Texas. This one presented Joanna with an opportunity to branch into some new creative directions.
Where's Don Draper?
Joanna drew on the home's distinctly mid-century design when selecting furnishings. The living room sofa, coffee table and chairs exhibit the sleek and simple geometry that typified furniture design in the late '50s and '60s.
Nature as Backdrop
In keeping with the principles of mid century style, the home's design is deliberately integrated with its natural surroundings. Chip and Joanna took full advantage creating this inviting outdoor seating space.
Living Room, AFTER
Breaking from her often preferred white, Joanna turns the tables in this case with all black cabinetry. The black helps delineate the space and provides marked contrast with the white marble countertops surrounding walls.
New windows and glass doors were added to this corner space adjacent to the kitchen. The floating bar top with bar stool seating is the perfect spot for morning coffee and savoring the view.