10 Clever Container Gardens We Love From Joanna Gaines

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Fixxer Upper Hosts, Chip and Joanna

Fixxer Upper Hosts, Chip and Joanna

Joanna Gaines stands next to the indoor herb garden designed by Reckless Iron Works in the Masserall's newly remodeled kitchen, as seen on Fixer Upper. (After)

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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

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.

From: Fixer Upper

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.

Photo Tour: A Fresh Ranch Update

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Flip through this renovated home full of fun details.

Fresh Face

Chip and Joanna raised the profile of an ordinary red-brick home in a quiet Waco neighborhood, giving it this bright, updated exterior and an inside that's equally appealing.

Bold Accents

The updated living room has a bright and spacious feel and is highlighted by a striking accent wall and a mix of modern and classic furnishings.

White Canvas

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.

Custom Addition

This wall-mounted herb planter in the new kitchen represents the combined efforts of two local artisans – a potter and metalwork specialist.

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Tranquil Retreat

Blue and white color accents combined with rich hardwood floors and soft gray walls create a master suite that feels uncluttered and serene.

Sparkle and Shine

The master bathroom is the space that underwent the most drastic visual change, with modern chrome and gray marble replacing dated fixtures and pink tile.

The Joanna Touch

Visually arresting accents with a nod to the past are one of Joanna's decorating trademarks – as seen here in these antiquarian and linen-wrapped volumes bookended by antique wooden corbels.

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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.

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BEFORE

This unspectacular looking ranch house – dubbed "The Chicken House" by Chip (there was a henhouse in the backyard) – was built in 1949 and had three bedrooms, two baths and 1650 square feet. The list price was $97,000, potentially leaving the clients with about $88,000 for renovations.

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AFTER

The curb appeal is markedly increased with an extended front porch, new wood columns and railing, enlarged windows, new shutters, a stone skirt, fresh landscapoing and new exterior stone surround for the chimney.

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Living Room, BEFORE

The living room was in fairly good shape and came with original hardwood floors. Joanna recommended sanding and refinishing the hardwood floors to remove the high gloss finish that had been previously applied.

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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, BEFORE

 

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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

The fireplace in the living room has newly painted white bricks and white tile. The graphic wallpaper behind the fireplace helps to give the room a fresh and modern feel, as seen on Fixer Upper. (After)

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Living Room, Detail

 

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Living Room, Detail

Modern upholstered furniture in solid gray helps ground the space and is accented with subdued touches of color.

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Living Room, Detail

"We wanted to keep things fresh and fun," says Joanna, "but also classic and functional."

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Living Room, Detail

 

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Living Room, Detail

 

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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.

Living Room, Detail

 

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Living Room and Dining Room

Iron sconces on either side of the arched entry coordinate nicely with the dining room's metal chandelier.

Dining Room, BEFORE

 

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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.

Dining Room, Detail

 

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Dining Room, Detail

 

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Kitchen, BEFORE

Prior to the renovation, the kitchen was sorely in need of an update. It was dingy, dated, had linoleum floors, overly busy wallpaper  – and was very yellow.

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Kitchen, AFTER

The new kitchen has a decidedly crisp and clean look as well as greatly enhanced functionality.

Kitchen, BEFORE

 

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Kitchen, AFTER

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.

Kitchen, BEFORE

 

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Kitchen, AFTER

Other noteworthy additions include plenty of upper and lower cabinet storage, granite countertops, open shelving, gooseneck lamps and new hardwood flooring.

Kitchen, Detail

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, BEFORE

 

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Kitchen Breakfast Nook, AFTER

The casual dining area at one end of the kitchen is now less closed off and has built-in bench seating with additional storage. 

Kitchen Breakfast Nook, Detail

 

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Master Bedroom, BEFORE

The master bedroom was stricly no-frills and had worn carpeting, but it was spacious enough that most improvements would merely be cosmetic.

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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 Bedroom, BEFORE

 

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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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Master Bath, BEFORE

The very-pink bathroom off the master bedroom was small and the layout didn't work well for the clients.

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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.

Master Bath, BEFORE

 

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Master Bath, Detail

The new master bath has a shower-tub combo and this antique vanity that's been updated with a marble top, twin vessel sinks and chrome faucets.

Front Entrance, BEFORE

 

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Front Entrance, AFTER

The home's entryway is given a whole new personality with an expanded and extended front porch, new wood trim and fresh landscaping with stone border.

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Exterior, Detail

Wooden flower boxes in dark stain offer nice contrast against the new gray exterior.

Detail Work

Joanna adds one of the finishing touches, with fresh herbs in the custom wall-mounted planter rack.

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Heroes in Denim

Chip and Joanna in the Messerall's newly completed kitchen

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Finis

 

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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.

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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

A hanging metal fixture above the table in the informal dining room in the newly renovated Dansby home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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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

A close up of the hanging wooden pots in the office of the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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Succulents in rustic, carved-wood planters fill an empty corner with plant life.  

Herb-Filled Atrium

Chip and Joanna Gaines

Chip and Joanna Gaines

Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper with her husband Chip (seen here also) loves the color green, but isn't a fan of purple.

From: Fixer Upper

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.  

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Cedar planters line the walls, while chalkboard labels help keep these rows recipe-ready. 

When In Doubt? Go Vintage

Design element hanging in the newly renovated dining room, as seen on Fixer Upper. (After)

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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. 

Fixer Upper: Repurposed Boxes Serve as Flower Planters

Fixer Upper: Repurposed Boxes Serve as Flower Planters

As seen on Fixer Upper, apple boxes used as flower planters on the living room table in the Reed's newly remodeled home.

From: Fixer Upper

Upcycled Herb Container

Upcycled Herb Container

This indoor herb pot displays and supplies fresh herbs in the King kitchen, as seen on Fixer Upper.

From: Fixer Upper

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A close up of the top of the hutch in the dining room of the newly renovated Childers home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (after)

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Tool Box, Repurposed

Tool Box, Repurposed

Chip and Joanna Gaines took an old wooden tool box and turned it into a rustic planter for the kitchen.

From: Fixer Upper

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Accessorize With Plants

Living Room Coffee Table Decor

Living Room Coffee Table Decor

As seen on Fixer Upper, a design element for the living room's coffee table has a natural feel to it.

From: Fixer Upper

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. 

Fixer Upper Goes Midcentury Modern

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Tour Joanna's favorite house of all time. 

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.  

Spare and Clean

Eames inspired molded chairs with metal bases, a simple unadorned dining table and visually striking chandelier help define the new dining space.

A Kitchen Revealed

Walls were removed to expose the formerly enclosed kitchen, freeing up more space and creating an open but elegant floor plan.

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.

Meet the Homeowners

Chip and Joanna visit with Jill and Josh Barrett in their newly updated kitchen. Though the Barretts were initially skeptical about the home and it's quirky, unconventional style, they quickly came to the realization that it possessed unique potential.

BEFORE

Chip and Joanna prepare to pull back the big "before" banner and reveal the home's newly updated exterior.

AFTER

Exterior improvements include horizontal wood-plank siding, enlarged and updated windows and new landscaping that includes giant Agave cacti known as century plants.

A Truly Blank Canvas

Aside from an awkwardly placed and enclosed kitchen, the home came with a floor plan that was already open and spacious. The visually arresting interiors and ample wall space made for a setting that Joanna was eager to refine and reimagine.

Dining Room, AFTER

To update and brighten the space, brick and wood-paneled walls are painted in pure white. Metal i-beam supports are wrapped in natural wood for a more organic look.

Dining Room, AFTER

In the dining room, Joanna installed a historical map of Waco as wall art, with sections framed and hung individually to create a six-panel design.

Dining Room, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, a decorative candle holder sits on the dining room table in the Barrett home.

Dining Room, Detail

This stylized metal chandelier makes an impressive statement in the dining room.

Living Room, BEFORE

The large living space was stark and had some dated features like folding accordion doors. The large windows and spectacular view, however, were among the home's selling points.

Living Room, AFTER

With the renovation complete, the large center section of the home incorporates this living room on one side and dining room on the other, with the newly opened kitchen dividing to two spaces.

Living Room, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, a design element for the living room's coffee table has a natural feel to it.

Living Room, Detail

This distinctive chandelier suspended above the coffee table is an ideal complement for the living room's modern furnishings.

Living Room, Detail

Vases with iron holders bring a touch of green to the new poured concrete hearth.

Living Room, Detail

Nature is brought indoors with this custom side table fashioned from the cross section of a tree.

Living Room, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, a side table sits in the living room of the Barrett's newly designed modern home.

Living Room, Detail

The Barrett's new living room features a baby blue chair with black and white throw pillow.

Kitchen, BEFORE

Prior to the renovation, the small and enclosed galley kitchen felt more like a pantry. Countertops were white laminate, cabinetry was basic modular and the appliances were dated.

Kitchen, BEFORE

With its box-like enclosure and awkward placement, the kitchen was a visual intrusion within the larger living space.

Kitchen, AFTER

Opened up and dramatically expanded, the new kitchen becomes, as Joanna terms it, "the heart of the home."

Kitchen, 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.

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

As seen on Fixer Upper, lighting in the the kitchen of the Barrett's newly designed modern home.

Kitchen Detail, AFTER

The new kitchen includes a wine chiller in addition to other updated and high-end appliances.

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

As seen on Fixer Upper, a Bertazzoni oven compliments the Barrett's newly remodeled modern kitchen.

Kitchen, Detail, AFTER

The modern kitchen in the Barrett home features a gas range stove.

Kitchen, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, this gold sink fixture gives the kitchen of the Barrett home a modern flair.

Kitchen, Detail

Joanna used brass cabinet hardware in keeping with Jill's love of brass. Brass was also incorporated in the support columns for the kitchen's floating glass shelves.

Coffee Nook

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. 

Work Station

Old built-in shelves were removed to make way for this work station just off the kitchen.

Bedroom Suite and Hallway, BEFORE

The master bedroom and bath, as well as other bedrooms, were located in this separate section of the house.

Master Bedroom, BEFORE

The master bedroom was dark and drab with worn beige carpeting.

Master Suite Bedroom, AFTER

Joanna brightened up the bedroom but kept the feeliing warm with dark wood floors and painted brick accent wall.

Master Suite, Detail

The framed number "7" represents the seven members of the Barrett family.

Master Suite, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, the master bedroom of the Barrett's newly remodeled modern home featured a message in a bottle.

Master Suite, Detail

The newly renovated master bedroom in the Barrett home features modern wall art and unique lighting fixtures.

Master Bath, BEFORE

The master bath had original tile and generally mid-century styling but was small and confining.

Master Bath, AFTER

Removal of the tub, carefully thought out use of space and a lighter earth-toned palette makes the small master bath feel much larger.

Master Bath, Detail

The new bath gets a wide vanity with dual faucets and poured concrete countertops.

Master Bath, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, a detail shot of the shower fixture in the Barrett's newly remodeled master bathroom.

Nursery, BEFORE

Joanna converted this office space adjacent to the master bedroom into a nursery.

Nursery, AFTER

The nursery has dark hardwood floors and the walls are painted in neutral gray.

Nursery, AFTER

Joanna accessorized the nursery with an antique window wall-hanging, green glass vases and mobile with carved birds.

Nursery, Detail

The pendant light with crystal shade casts an ornate pattern on the ceiling.

Nursery, Detail

As seen on Fixer Upper, the Barrett's new nursery uses an old window pane to hang over the baby's crib.

Nursery, Detail

An antique window turns into a decorative wall hanging with flowers in the Barrett's newly remodeled nursery.

Nursery, Detail

The wooden mobile that hangs over the crib in the Barrett home nursery is made of hand carved wooden birds.

Nursery, Detail

A teddy bear sits in a wire basket turned diaper holder in the newly renovated nursery in the Barrett home.

Front Entry, AFTER

The red-orange door with black hardware offers a bold and colorful accent against the warm gray of the painted brick.

Back Patio, AFTER

Chip and the crew built this new wood pergola for the backyard patio.

Back Patio, Detail

Outdoor string lights add a nice touch to the the patio pergola.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Joanna, Chip and the crew make ready for the big reveal of the Barrett house.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

As seen on Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines prepare to show the Barrett's their newly remodeled home.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Jill and Josh Barrett get their first look at their newly updated home.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

The Barrett's are shown their newly remodeled living room space.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

As seen on Fixer Upper, Joanna Gaines tells the Barretts a funny story about installing the gold fixtures in the house.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

Chip and Joanna Gaines bring the Barrett's in to the kitchen of their newly remodeled modern home for a first look.

Behind the Scenes, THE REVEAL

As seen on Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna Gaines and the Barrett family talk about the functionality of the backyard.

Behind the Scenes

As seen on Fixer Upper, Joanna Gaines admires the wooden mobile that hangs over the crib in the nursery of the Barrett's newly remodeled home.

Behind the Scenes: Happy Birthday, Chip!

A 40th birthday is one of the big ones. For Chip's, Joanna surprised him with a helicopter escape to a fishing trip. 

Behind the Scenes: Happy Birthday, Chip!

The surprises didn't stop with the fishing adventure. A party at the farmhouse with 100 or so friends and family members in attendance would be awaiting Chip upon his return.

Behind the Scenes: Happy Birthday, Chip!

The surprises didn't stop with the fishing adventure. A party at the farmhouse with 100 or so friends and family members in attendance would be awaiting Chip upon his return.

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