6 Oddly Satisfying Moments From Your Favorite HGTV Shows + Stars
Dive into inexplicably pleasing moments from your favorite HGTV shows.
Watching HGTV is satisfying for so many reasons, but there are some moments during each show where your senses tingle and you can’t seem to explain why. We like to call those "oddly satisfying moments."
"Oddly satisfying" is an internet phenomenon that has exploded in recent years. Whether it’s a video of someone mixing paint or a photo of a perfectly round tomato, these seemingly random things are enjoyed by millions.
Along with the help of my fellow editors, I pulled together a few oddly satisfying moments found on HGTV. If we missed yours, share it with us on social media using the hashtag #HGTVOddlySatisfying.
Giant Photo on Fixer Upper
There’s one moment in every Fixer Upper episode I always look forward to. Right before Chip and Joanna Gaines reveal the renovated home, they wheel out a gigantic photo of what the house looked like before they worked their magic. Not only does it add to the suspense, but the photo lines up perfectly with the surrounding landscaping.
You refer to the Gaines couple as JoJo and Chip when discussing the show, like they are your close friends.
-Facebook fan Mindy
You find yourself looking at old bikes, rusty signs and scrap wood and think..."Yeah, that would look good on my wall."
-Facebook fan Katherine
As seen on Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna have updated the dining room with a new redwood mantel, farm table, dark metal chandelier and black accents that offer a contrast against the white brick.
You make a big printed picture on wheels to reveal all surprises to your family.
-Facebook fan Laurie B.
Homeowners Jonathan and Amy Gulley cheer as Fixer Upper hosts Joanna and Chip Gaines pull back a large photographic banner of their home in its original state, to reveal the newly renovated home.
You want every room in you house painted gray.
-Facebook fan Natalie
With one wall removed, the old dining room was absorbed into the new kitchen, creating an open feel and making room for a long kitchen island. The old tile floors were replaced with wood flooring. New cabinets, appliances, marble countertops, tile backsplash, stainless fixtures and paint give the kitchen a modern look, yet the wooden vent hood and pendant light fixtures are complimentary to the Sanders' French Country style, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (After 14)
"If you want to buy the worst house on the best street so you can either hire them or say "Now, what would Chip & Joanna do???"
-Facebook fan Melissa F.
Before renovation, the landscaping was so overgrown that it obscured most of the house, so Chip and Joanna cleared out the unkempt trees and shrubs. Charmaine said, “It was a shame to see such a sturdy, well-built home going to waste.”
You do your best to recreate a design you saw. The chalkboard paint wall with reclaimed wood shelves and buffet? Did it!!!
-Facebook fan Maria M.
HGTV Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed this casual dining space into a family coffee bar – a place for family and friends to gather for eating and entertaining. Chalkboard paint on the wall creates a cafe-like atmosphere, while the floating shelves add a hint of rustic style.
Your birthday wish is that Chip and Joanna knock on your door and yell "We are here to fix up your home!"
-Facebook fan Sheryl
You consider moving to Waco just so you can hire them to find you a fixer upper!
- Facebook fan Cindy R.
"I started a local boutique and partnered with Chip to implement the Magnolia style in the homes he was flipping," Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper says of her husband. "We later branched out and started renovations in the central Texas area."
You have used the term "shiplap" in the last 24 hours!
-Facebook fan Amy P.
You check every mirror to see how your hair looks.
-Facebook fan Nell S.
A mirror hangs above a wooden end table providing light, color, and the illusion of more space in an otherwise dark corner of the living room, as seen on Fixer Upper.
You have more paint samples than shoes.
-Facebook fan Terri
The new fireplace blends into the built-ins with white paint providing a neutral palette for decor to pop, as seen on Fixer Upper.
You like old, distressed furniture better than brand new stuff.
-Facebook fan Heather R.
After removing a built-in in the living room new bar seating is added space between the family room and kitchen, as seen on Fixer Upper.
You can't pass up an old dresser with a "free" sign on the side of the road, because you want your house to look like an episode of Fixer Upper.
-Facebook fan Michele S.
This living space is open concept and connects the entryway, kitchen and dining room. White distressed furniture, slipcovered chairs and a soft color palette all lend a shabby chic style to the rooms.
You use the quote "Today is a good day for a good day."
-Facebook fan Tiffany
A custom black metal sign with a positive message greets guests in this entry space. A small black wood bench and floor lamp provide a cozy sitting area before entering the adjacent dining room and kitchen.
You brake for all garage sales and flea markets.
-Facebook fan Joseph Z.
This backroom was transformed into a play space for a young boy with light gray paint that contrasts with the new wood floors and corrugated metal awnings over the windows that bring a masculine element to this cottage-style room.
You wish every night was Tuesday night.
-Facebook fan Sue
A new large kitchen island with a countertop made from the wood of an old train car offers additional counter space and a casual dining area.
You see the potential in almost all old stuff.
-Facebook fan Julie D.
You possibly "considered" eating a "small" roach just to see if Chip is on to something.
-Facebook fan Grace U.
The 40-acre farm owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of HGTV's Fixer Upper, is also home to 60 animals, including chickens, cows, goats......and horses! (Here, Chip takes a late-afternoon ride.)
You've filled every vase in the house with white flowers.
-Facebook fan Kim
You plan a trip to Waco hoping to bump into them at the Magnolia store!
-Facebook fan Melissa R.
Where does Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper, find all the great pieces she uses in her farmhouse and in her shop? "Off-the-beaten-path antique stores and flea markets," she says. "My favorite thing to do is hunt for really cool pieces to sell or repurpose and use in my home."
You have pulled up the corners of your carpet looking for hardwoods.
-Facebook fan Debbie C.
Interiors spaces that were once segmented and closed off are now more open, giving a new sense of unity and breadth to the home's interior.
You envy and appreciate the rapport between JoJo and Chip, the love they have for each other and their children, and the amazing transformations they create for deserving families.
-Facebook fan Laurence B.
"I wanted to surprise JoJo with a bold backsplash at a flip property," Chip Haines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper says of his wife and co-host Joanna. "It took me all day to install this beautiful tumbled-stone backsplash, but when I went to grout it...it soaked up the color and turned maroon. It was horrible, and JoJo was surprised to say the least."
Reality Check on Property Brothers
Young homebuyers are often accused of having champagne taste on a beer budget, and no place is that more evident than on Property Brothers. At the beginning of each episode, the prospective buyers are taken into a stunning home by Drew and Jonathan Scott and wow’d by the granite, open floor plan and spacious backyard. They're, of course, blind to the fact that the home is grossly out of budget — that is until the brothers reveal the price tag.
Tiny House, Big Family
Often, oddly satisfying moments happen when something fits inside something else perfectly, like a lemon slice inside a mug. The same applies to Tiny House Hunters. During the show you wonder, can this family of three or four, and their dog, fit inside this tiny home? Sure enough, they always make it work.
For every itty-bitty-house enthusiast who wants their home to blend into the landscape, it seems there are another three who want their digs to be DayGlo bright — and why not? Electric yellow might get old fast on a full-size dwelling, but in small doses it’s pretty adorable.
Portable dishwashers that are only a foot and a half tall, two-burner electric cooktops, mini-fridges tucked beneath the stairs: Almost every gigantic chef’s-kitchen contraption has a (very) little sibling perfect for meal prep in close quarters.
The Perfect Spot
Since tiny homes themselves are comparatively inexpensive to construct, going tiny means the freedom to think outside the housing development —and the ability to settle down almost anywhere. Want to live on acres of farmland? Go for it. Fancy a woodsy spot upstate? If you can find a clearing that's up for grabs, you can put down roots there...
Interesting from an architectural-history perspective? Yes. The difference, in some tiny houses, between being able to eat dinner at a table and having to balance it on your knees? Also yes. All hail the pocket door, form and function in one satisfyingly slim package.
Tiny houses have no room to hide their skeletons, so tiny house builders often choose construction materials that can stand on their own as interior surfaces. Bare wood is ultra-efficient and awfully good-looking.
"Going with the flow" in a diminutive space can mean...well, not having a flow in a traditional sense at all. Some mobile tiny homes use gravity-fed rainwater collected on their roofs for bathing, while others have composting toilets (or outhouses across the yard.) It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, to be sure, but it is an intriguing way to go green and save space.
Reducing Dependence on the Grid
Tiny house dwellers who aren’t quite ready to simplify their way out of running water can still take charge of their energy use by using generated, solar, or wind power instead of a public source. While self-sustaining homes aren’t necessarily cheap or easy to get up and running, their proud owners say the simplicity they deliver is more than worth the trouble. Speaking of simplicity...
Windows, Windows, Everywhere
Tiny-house experts tell prospective buyers and builders to keep their window-to-wall ratio high, and it’s easy to see why; light, scenery and ventilation are all lovely, but the impression of extra space is priceless.
Space-age case goods might be a square peg in a round hole for rustic cabin living, but they’re right at home in more modern nooks, and provide a terribly convenient place to put one’s feet up without adding visual clutter.
Designing a Home From the Ground Up
Few of us have the time or inclination to assemble our own nests, but tiny home dwellers often do, and they enjoy the satisfaction of living spaces tailored to their personal specifications. What could be cost-prohibitive and tedious for a sprawling family home is, in miniature, more like an exquisitely demanding hobby. Plus, customization gives tiny house builders the freedom to choose the features they really want...cocktails in the shade, anyone?
Nicole Curtis' Hair
One of our editors spotted this oddly satisfying moment on Nicole Curtis’ Instagram. The Rehab Addict host was at Maker Faire preparing to showcase her torching skills when she whipped her hair into a bun with little effort — much to the delight of her nearly 200K followers.
Hilary + David Banter
The Love It or List It duo have great on-screen chemistry, and nowhere is that more evident than in the show's opening scene. As the real estate agent and designer walk through a home that will be renovated and potentially sold, they trade quips about the condition of the home that is oddly satisfying to listen to.
House Hunters Marathon
I can’t tell you how many Sunday chores I’ve left undone because I sat down to eat lunch only to discover perfectly-spaced blocks on the TV guide showing hours of House Hunters episodes yet to come. Perhaps the most oddly satisfying moment there is.
The Perfect Paint Colors
Changing the color on the walls is one of the easiest ways to change a home...for other homeowners, that is. Your take: Unless you love raspberry walls, this one is off the list.
A Chef's Kitchen
Working chefs’ stoves tend to be massive, less than aesthetically pleasing, and pretty beaten up, but that doesn’t stop the rest of us from insisting on "pro" kitchens. Look, fifty people could show up for dinner one of these days.
A Space that "Flows"
A Home Office
Even if you don’t actually work from home, it’s important to accomplish office-ish tasks in a dedicated space. No one should have to e-file their taxes from the kitchen counter — even a chef’s kitchen counter.
A "Man Cave"
...A View (Preferably From the Tub)
The most luxurious bath on earth is the one you take in your own king-size tub...with a slight chance of being seen by neighbors, birdwatchers, or wildlife.
Baths, Baths, and More (Full) Baths
It goes without saying that master bathrooms need double vanities and all the trimmings. Other WCs should be equally attractive — and there should be one of them for every member of the household.