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Fixer Upper: Renovation and Holiday Decor at Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast

December 18, 2015

'Twas just before Christmas, and Joanna had a great idea: take a beautiful Victorian home that's more than a century old, restore it and turn it into a charming B&B -- Fixer Upper style. Now you can check out the complete makeover in these 77 photos featuring the befores, afters and Joanna's distinctive holiday decorations.

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BEFORE: "The Wild West House"

It was Joanna's idea, but her enthusiasm was contagious. This stately (albeit neglected) Victorian in McGregor, Texas was one of the homes Chip and Joanna had shown to clients Jaime and Kyle Ferguson on a home tour. The Fergusons opted for a newer house on a wooded lot, but Joanna positively fell in love with this quaint and historic home built in 1880 – and with the idea of transforming it into a bed and breakfast. It wasn't long before Chip was on board with the project as well.

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AFTER: Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast

During the home tour, Chip had dubbed this "The Wild West House"  because it was built by a banker in in the late nineteenth century and sometimes served as a makeshift cash repository when money was being transferred via stagecoach. For the renovation, the home's exterior got a new brick skirt, fresh paint and a classic metal roof.

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New Adventure

This sign welcomes guests at the newly renovated Magnolia House. 

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Home for the Holidays

As it turned out, Chip and Joanna would welcome the B&B's first guests – both sets of their parents – during the holiday season. The new front entrance is decorated for the occasion with evergreen garland and urns filled with pine cones, greenery and large red ornaments.

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