See How Joanna Expertly Mixed His Rustic Style With Her Traditional Aesthetic
Repurposed Church Window Creates Focal Point in Newly Renovated Master Bedroom
As seen on Fixer Upper, the newly renovated master bedroom has been transformed with a new, neutral color palette that makes the space feel clean and bright. Joanna chose to incorporate wispy fabrics to soften the space, while wood accents and twin table lamps warm the space. Joanna also repurposed an old church window as a headboard, which created a focal point in the space.
It's the age-old dillema: Two people love each other, but not necessarily the same design aesthetic. With a baby on the way, Luke and Rachel Whyte were looking for a family-friendly home with both the rustic, outdoorsy style that Colorado-native Luke loves and the clean, traditional style Rachel favors. Chip and Jo delivered with a design that meets the whole family's needs. (But, don't they always?) Here's the before and after of the home's exterior:
Updated Front Exterior of Whyte Residence
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, a new coat of paint revitalized the old, faded brick on the exterior of this elegant home. By keeping the shutters on the second story windows only, the height of this home is highlighted, enhancing its grandeur. The new, rich wood doors make the front of this home feel warm and inviting, beckoning guests inside.
The exterior took on a more traditional look, but the rustic style got its due in the home's living room and entryway.
Modern Entryway with Rustic Accents
As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, the entrance of this newly remodeled home has been given an elegant, modern makeover with rustic accents. The wall that used to enclose the stairs has been knocked out, transforming the feeling of the space from claustrophobic and closed-in to open and inviting. The modern stair rail gives a bit of flair to the space, while the series of black and white photos throughout the stairway and entryway make the space elegant. Rustic accents, such as the bench in the front hallway make the space warm and inviting.
The framed photo nods to Luke's roots, while the chair rail adds traditional style. See how Joanna merged the two styles seamlessly:
Striking Entry and Staircase 01:13
Next up: the kitchen, where Rachel's bright, clean aesthetic took center stage.
Modern, Rustic Open Concept Kitchen
Joanna Gaines, of HGTV's hit show Fixer Upper, wanted to give these homeowners the kitchen of their dreams. They desired a modern, rustic open concept kitchen, but their previous kitchen was small and closed in, so Chip and Joanna knocked down the walls surrounding the space to give the kitchen more square footage, but also to provide the homeowners with the open concept home they've been longing for.
Joanna added rustic touches with the wood-and-metal barstools and statement lighting. See more of her tips to nail this look:
Kitchen Design Accents 01:17
Heading upstairs, the bedroom features that stunning, upcycled headboard, along with a muted purple, gray and blue palette.
Here's how Joanna added the finishing touches to this space:
Rugged, Classic Master Suite 01:21
You've toured three amazing spaces, but we have so much more to show you. Tour the entire house in the gallery below.
A Hint of Outdoors
The key in this remodel was in the careful blending of two styles to satisfy the differing tastes of both the husband and wife. The living room, nicknamed "The Mountain Room" by Chip, leans more toward the masculine with a dry-stack stone fireplace, butterfly chairs with leather covers and informal furnishings.
Wood and Stone
The new master bath is one of the most potent examples of the blending of styles, with clean marble countertops and matching white vanities offset by wood surfaces in natural finish as seen in the framed mirror seen here.
He Said, She Said
Luke and Rachel Whyte are new parents and were in search of a home in the family-friendly Woodway area in Waco. In terms of style, Luke's tastes lean toward the rustic and outdoorsy while Rachel likes things traditional and elegant. The two did, however, agree on a home wish-list that included 3 to 4 bedrooms, a big yard and and space for a home office and playroom. Their total budget, including renovations, was $277,000.
With the renovation complete, a new pitched metal roof, painted black, replaces the dilapidated balcony above the redesigned front entrance. New double doors in an arched design and dark stained wood make for a warm contrast against the freshly painted white brick exterior.
Joanna considered the foyer one of the most challenging parts of this makeover. She wanted to make a visual statement upon entering the home that showcased the melding of both rustic and traditional elements. A simple chair railing was added to add depth and texture to the space, but without too much formality. The new iron railing with contemporary cabled design is a counterbalancing element and a statement piece in a room that sets the tone for the home's carefully integrated design.
Dining Room, AFTER
The footprint of the original dining room was actually reduced somewhat to allow the expansion of the kitchen. The space still feels roomy and well suited for entertaining. Joanna added a farm style table, industrial metal chairs and botanical prints in simple black frames.
Living Room, AFTER
In the remodeled space, a rustic wood mantel provides a visual counterpoint to the gray stone of the fireplace. The trim is simplified and toned down, and new recessed lighting and sconces give the room an inviting glow.
Living Room, AFTER
The focal point of this living room is the elegant, vintage Sepia photograph hanging on the wall in the space. It contrasts with the rawhide chairs and the modern coffee table and floor lamp to help give this modern space some warm, rustic accents. As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.
The new island has a marble top that extends out at one end, facilitating barstool seating and adding extra prep space.
The new kitchen has all new appliances as well as plenty of storage and cabinets that extend to the ceiling.
Home Office, AFTER
Since Rachel is a work-from-home mom, the home office also incorporates a kids' play and craft area so she can keep an eye on the kids while working.
Home Office, AFTER
The kid-sized work table with scalloped edges and matching bench seats is the handiwork of furntiture craftsman Clint Harp.
Master Bedroom, AFTER
The master suite in this makeover was exemplary of blending two styles in one space. The result is a space that includes rustic elements but retains a warn and cozy feel.
Master Bath, AFTER
The newly remodeled master bath has marble countertops and backsplash, a pedestal tub and walk-in shower. The space is also brightened up with a new window, expanded door and updated white trim.
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Master Bath, Detail
To give this space some stylish organization, Joanna had a modern shelf installed, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.
With the renovation complete, the home represents an ambitious undertaking of designing for two people with different tastes. The underlying key to success, according to Joanna, was sticking with simple design accents that complement one another to really make each room stand out. From the outside, the idea was to take a house that was visibly a product of the 1980s and give it a more classic look.