6 Oddly Satisfying Moments From Your Favorite HGTV Shows + Stars

Dive into inexplicably pleasing moments from your favorite HGTV shows.

By: Ryan Reed

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

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.

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You refer to the Gaines couple as JoJo and Chip when discussing the show, like they are your close friends.
-Facebook fan Mindy

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.

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)

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images

You not only know the names of all the Gaines' children, you know the names of their goats and chickens, too!
-Facebook fan Erin

The 40-acre farm owned by Chip and Joanna Gaines, co-hosts of HGTV's Fixer Upper, is also home to 60 animals, including chickens, cows and goats.

"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.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images © 2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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

"We didn't buy a TV when we first got married, and we have yet to buy one," says Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper, of the home she shares with husband (and co-host) Chip.

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."

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images

You have used the term "shiplap" in the last 24 hours!
-Facebook fan Amy P.

Chip and Joanna Gaines had the homeowners' favorite quote etched in sheet metal and hung as an art piece in their master bathroom for them to reflect on everyday, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper

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 cry at some point during each episode.
-Facebook fan Jennifer M.

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines stand with homeowners Denitia and Norris Blount as they talk about their home before the renovation, 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.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images © 2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images © 2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You laugh at all of Chip's jokes.
-Facebook fan Lisa

Chip and Joanna Gaines, co-hosts of HGTV's Fixer Upper, have four kiddos who range in age from four to nine.

Everywhere you go, you're looking around envisioning how you could remodel the place.
-Facebook fan Shirley


From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images © 2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

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.

A section of a windmill fan serves as a compelling piece of wall decor above a rustic wood console.

You find yourself buying big clocks...

The study is staged with industrial shelving, antique furnishings and decorations.

...and metal letters.
-Facebook fan Bernie

A metal letter sign displays "g" for Gulley and serves as an art piece in the living room at the Gulley house.

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.)

Your eyes don't see the dump...

The Baston family home before renovation on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

...but instead, the dream.
-Facebook fan Pam R.

Fixer Upper Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed and updated this farmhome with new paint and warm natural wood support beams, porch railings and fencing.

You've filled every vase in the house with white flowers.
-Facebook fan Kim

A large glass vase with elegant white flowers serves as a centerpiece for the table in the dining room, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

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.

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Eye-Popping Paint

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.

Itsty-Bitsy Appliances

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...


...or park for a bit and tow yourself somewhere else when it’s time to move on. It’s no accident that many tiny house lovers go starry-eyed over classic trailers; a home on wheels is a must-have for the modern nomad.

A Luxe Loft

In traditional homes, loft spaces are often bonus quarters for occasional guests or little ones. In a tiny home, a loft takes on the importance of a master bedroom—because it is the master bedroom.

Pocket Doors

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.

Gorgeous Wood

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.

Bud Vases

A simple vessel with a single bloom or two fits anywhere and everywhere, delivers maximum impact with minimal effort, and is just plain elegant — no wonder they’re de rigueur in tiny homes. Plus, hanging them on the wall or in the windows saves valuable horizontal space. 

Photo By: Melissa Edgemont

A Throw Rug (or Two)

When a home’s footprint is small, its floor coverings follow suit — and for tiny house dwellers, throws are a strategic way to roll out the welcome mat without rolling out an entire carpet. Perfect.

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Retro Chic

If your tiny home is literally a vintage Airstream, carrying that atomic-era coolness inside is a given. That said, dwellings of all sorts lend themselves to playful midcentury details—trailers don’t get to have all the fun.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

High Ceilings

A shipping-crate-turned-home has a certain industrial cool, but tiny house hunters know a few extra inches of attic space can be the difference between a single story and two. That’s seriously high-value real estate.

"Creative" Plumbing

"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.

Photo By: Portland Press Herald

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...

Photo By: Mint Images - Tim Pannell

Paying Cash

...it’s hard to deny the appeal of living without a mortgage (as the majority of tiny house owners do). What’s an extra room or two compared to the feeling of being debt free? Plus, fewer debts mean more money to do the things you really love (Hello, Bonnaroo.) 

Photo By: Paul Bradbury

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.

Curtains (for Everything But the Windows)

Closet and cabinet doors: Who needs ‘em? When living and storage space compete for the same few hundred feet of territory, tucking stuff behind a cloth panel is as good as willing it out of existence. 

Lucite Furniture

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.


Nothing opens up a diminutive bedroom/loft like a regal view of the sun (and stars). Bonus: The odds of accidentally flashing the neighbors via a skylight are reassuringly low.

Photo By: Bodega Pictures

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? 

Photo By: Don Hamilton Studio

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.

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Hardwood Floors

Veneer or laminate flooring might be acceptable, but a home with wall-to-wall carpet? That’d be like wearing someone else’s socks.

Photo By: Principle Design & Construction

A Huge Yard (for the Dog)

It’s a simple veterinary fact that even tiny terriers need vast tracts of outdoor space if they’re really going to stretch their legs. An acre of land per pound of pooch sounds about right.

Photo By: Alexey Stiop

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.

Photo By: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Room for Entertaining

So what if you haven't had a party since your last college rager. The room makes the party, right? 

Photo By: Eric Perry © 2013, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

A Space that "Flows"

Modern living is complicated; who wants a room dedicated to just one thing? (Except the home office, of course.) Whether or not you believe in feng shui, you need an open floor plan. All that life energy needs to be free.

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Photo By: PK architects

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.

Walk-In Closets

Trendy as it is to de-clutter and get rid of extraneous stuff, even ultra-minimalist organizing gurus can’t deny the beauty of storage. Cavernous closets are downright sexy.

Photo By: Frank Paul Perez

A "Man Cave"

What home would be complete without space for framed athletic jerseys, taxidermy, overstuffed leather furniture, and table games? A home of sadness.

From: Robert Brown

An Eat-In Kitchen

Dining rooms are lovely for formal occasions, but for day-to-day munching, the eat-in kitchen — ideally, with a windowed nook that receives eastern light in the morning — is a must. Speaking of windowed nooks, it’s important to have...

...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.

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Photo By: Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

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.

Historic (But Not Too Historic) Details

A lovingly restored stained-glass window or an architectural flourish is ideal. Pre-war plumbing, on the other hand, is taking things a little too far.

Urban Perks at Suburban Sound Levels

Being within striking distance of nightlife and public transportation is important; the key word, of course, is distance. The city should be far enough away for a good night’s sleep.

Beach Access

If your home search is happening on a coast, any coast, you’d better be within a stone’s throw of the shore. What’s the point of living near the water if you can’t get your feet wet?

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Photo By: Michael Saunders & Company, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

A Guest Bedroom

A truly gracious home is one you can share with visitors...without sharing your actual bed.

A Grill...No, Make That an Outdoor Kitchen

Even vegetarian house hunters hear and respond to the siren call of the grill. What primitive remainder of our ancestors’ DNA drives us to seek indoor homes that allow us to prepare food outside? Property is a mystery, friends.

Photo By: Bryan Meltz/ Getty Images © 2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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