Outdoors: Twin Container Gardens
Entryway: Family-Friendly Function
Sure, every Fixer Upper home is packed with style. It's also packed with function, especially in the entryway, where Joanna is sure to create space for families to store all the clutter that comes with kids. Got baseball gloves, soccer balls and backpacks? Assign each kid an under-bench cubby to keep the entryway organized and clutter-free.
On the Walls: Quote Art
On the Walls: Salvaged Architectural Pieces
In the Living Room: Shiplap
Shiplap is practically Joanna's middle name. If Chip and the crew don't find it under the drywall, they add the rough-hewn wood paneling to add texture on the walls.
In the Living Room: Modern Pipe Shelving
Galvanized pipe shelving is super-popular with homeowners who love the modern rustic look, for the same reason Chip and Jo love the shelving style: It's easy to build, inexpensive to create and adds industrial style to virtually any space, from a living room to a kitchen to a bathroom.
In the Kitchen: Dramatic Lighting
Industrial pendants are a go-to for Chip and Joanna, since they combine modern style and a bright, functional light source.
In the Kitchen: Open Shelving
Joanna loves to display simple white dishes in front of rough-hewn wood walls or exposed brick. Here, the shelves become a functional focal point.
In the Kitchen: Even More Shiplap
In the Bedroom: White on White on White
Joanna's design mantra? When in doubt, paint it white. Here, white bedding and a salvaged white headboard sit against white shiplap walls. Master this monochromatic look and you're on your way to Fixer Upper-level style.
On Buying Their Own Fixer Upper
Chip and Joanna's families had complete faith in their renovation skills when they bought their own run-down property. "They have seen some pretty bad homes that we have purchased...this one honestly didn't scare them, mainly because the land was so pretty," the couple says.
On Joanna's Favorite Room at Home
Her favorite space post-renovation? The kitchen. "It's the heart of the home for me," she says. "No matter how much is going on, I don't feel overwhelmed because the palette is very clean and fresh. I love the farmhouse sink, and I love looking out the window at the animals and cows while I work."
On Their First Design Project
Their first house as a married couple was "all over the map," Joanna says. "The front room had sailboats in it, the kitchen was mustard yellow and French themed, and the back den was rustic with cedar paneled walls, hanging horns and cow hides. I guess I was testing out my style."
On Joanna's First Big Design Mistake
"For our first high-end flip, I chose a tan stucco color," Joanna says. "After it was painted, I pulled up to the house and it looked like a big yellow school bus." Lesson learned? Always buy paint samples.
On Chip's First Big Design Mistake
"I wanted to surprise JoJo with a bold backsplash at a flip property," Chip says. "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."
On the Number One Design Mistake People Make
"When people make their house too practical or too pretty," it doesn't work, Joanna says. Great design is a blend of both, like this functional yet chic white kitchen.
On Their Favorite Power Tools
On Favorite Spots to Find Vintage Goodies
Where does Joanna find all the great products 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."
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