Take A Look Inside The Home of Chip And Joanna Gaines
As hosts of the famous home improvement show "Fixer Upper", Joanna and Chip Gaine are popular to many HGTV viewers. Just like many HGTV shows, Joanna and Chip go to people's homes to give them a trendy makeover. With such a fantastic eye for detail in home decor, what does their own home look like? Well, let's check out the home of Joanna and Chip Gaines which took more than 18 months to be ready just they wanted it.
The Early Years
Let's first look at the couple's background a little. Students of the same school in Texas, Joanna and Chip are three years apart and met in Waco in 2001. It was love at first sight, or shall we say, love at "first portrait". Before seeing her in real life, Chip saw a portrait of Chip at her father's shop, and he knew that this was the woman he wanted to marry. Two years after they met, they got married, and their mutual love for interior designing became their main shared passion.
Time To Settle Down
After they got married, Joanna and Chip lived in a total of nine different homes. They wanted to finally settle down and find the perfect home to raise their family in. So, they decided to finally renovate their home instead of moving to another one yet again. It wasn't the biggest house in the world, and it was a challenging project, but as you will soon see, it paid off for the interior designing couple.
The Farmhouse Next
As the house that Joanna and Chip decided to settle in and renovate wasn't massive, like a mansion, it would be a huge project to undergo. The farmhouse that they bought in 2012 only had two bedrooms and an unfinished attic. It seems like little, especially for a house that needs repairs to become suitable for the whole family. However, the handy couple was resolute on making it work and making the home not just suitable for the entire family, but also with a beautiful, charming interior.
A Long Project
The house renovation project was going to be complicated. To complete the project, it would take a total of eighteen months. Those working on this project were also servicing other renovations for other clients at the same time. The project was exciting due to the historic nature of the property and the land it is situated in. One of the most interesting finds might be the wealth of paperwork found inside dating back to 1895. It appeared that the couple had not only bought a beautiful farmhouse but one with an interesting story as well.
In October 2013, the family moved into the renovated home. As they have a large family, one would imagine that the farmhouse would need many extensions. However, Joanna wanted to keep some of the old charm and history of the property, so she tried to keep the extensions to a minimum. For the master bedroom, only one extension was made. The Gaines also added fixtures and fittings to make the place suitable for their family.
To choose the colors of their new home, on her blog, Joanna mentioned that her palette was that of white and natural colors. This choice of colors is evident when looking at the exterior of the home, with soft colors and classic wood beams. These light colors help draw more attention to the oak tree on the property, which was a major selling point for the couple when they bought the home. Why wouldn't you want to give some attention to such a beautiful tree?
Before heading into the home, let's take a closer look at the entrance. With the same hues as the exterior of the house, the entrance has a light and airy tone that is complemented by whites and grays. To complete the entrance is a coat rack, a motivational message on the wall, and a G for Gaines as their personal signature on the design. The presentation is so clean and tasteful, but would anyone expect any less from Joanna Gaines?
The Comfortable Kitchen
When you head into the kitchen, you may notice the wide, open sensation. In designing the home, the family focused on having ease of flow between rooms. This required a restructuring of the walls and the layout in general. With its white tiling, painted wooden ceiling, and black fixtures, its look is modern without losing the rustic appeal of the farmhouse. The shiny breakfast bar is the flashiest part of a kitchen that looks inviting for large family meals.
Lounge And Dining Area
As we turn away from the kitchen, we head into the lounging and dining areas with an effortless flow. It is simple to go from cooking food in the kitchen to having drinks in a more relaxed environment, and the home is excellent to receive company. The dining table had to be suitably sized to fit the whole family, and when dinner is over, the family can let loose on the big, comfy couch. It is also interesting to look at all the accessories in the area, which is reflective of Joanna's Magnolia Market.
Let's now take a look at the lounge area, as it is one of the most important spots in a house to make it feel like home. When you have to take care of many kids, it's important to have a place to take it easy in after a long, stressful day. The Gaines family room is a great blend of functional lounging and charming design. Thanks to Chip's structural work, the area feels even and open, making it a great place to relax in.
When you consider the exceptional design skills of Joana, one would expect the house to be decorated with the right things to make it charming without being too chic or pretentious. Here, we have a beautiful glass vase with flowers and a unique, attractive lamp that seems like it was bought in a flea market. These items greatly represent Magnolia Market, so they are a marketing feature as well.
Master Bedroom Addition
As we mentioned before, the master bedroom is the only entirely new addition to the home. The couple ensured that this addition would be in line with the rest of the interior, incorporating flooring from the original attic to keep the materials the same as in the original farmhouse. In this room, what sticks out is the stunning bed, a dazzling centerpiece in the center of the room, with just the right neutral tones to blend in with the rest of the home.
The Relaxing Part Of The Bedroom
Joanna and Chip have other places to unwind, too. Just to the left of the bed is a very comfortable sitting area with two cozy seats and a wooden desk with a chair against the wall. It's a great place to unwind, especially when it is cold in winter, with the fireplace to warm you up while having a nap or resting your feet. This spot is by far the coziest renovation made in the farmhouse.
The Master Bedroom Bathroom
If you looked at the right-hand side of the bed, you might have spotted this old door. This wooden door leads to an en-suite bathroom with a free-standing bathtub that blends brilliantly with the white tiling. The bathroom looks great from this view, but the most striking aspect of it is undoubtedly the old-fashion door and the lanterns, a truly inviting aspect of the bathroom. It seems more like the entrance to a Hobbit hole than a bathroom.
Inside The Bedroom Bathroom
Let's take a closer look at the bathroom and see if there may be some hidden mess masked by the beautiful entrance and lanterns. Well, that is going to be hard to find, as it is a lovely bathroom. Again, we can see the neutral palette in this room, with white floors, drawers, a sink, and even a chandelier. Aside from the rustic chandelier, the bathroom is still a relatively simple room that is sure to be a soothing spot to wash away the couple's problems.
The Bedroom For The Girls
Their daughters Ella Rose and Emmie Kay, eleven and eight years old respectively, also have a bedroom worth looking at. In this room, the color palette is consistent with the rest of the house, with the white and gray colors and the chandelier. However, you may have realized that there is a little bit of pink in the room as well, just to add a little bit of color and fun to the simple shades. Also, check out the beautiful dollhouse that looks very close to the farmhouse that the Gaines renovated.
The Bedroom For The Boys
When looking at the bedroom for their three boys, you may have noticed that the Gaines built something a bit different. They have three sons; one was born in June 2018, Duke is ten years old, and Drake is thirteen. In their rooms, they have stylish bunk beds with steel frames, lights by each bed, and even a buck head in the bathroom. Wait, why are there four beds? Well, the family is just keeping their options open, and if they have another boy, this will be their room too.
The Adventure Part Of The Boys’ Bedroom
Head into the boys' bedroom, and you will see that it is great for the adventurous Gaines boys. There is a map on the wall, certainly helping them with their geography homework, as well as a desk with a stool and a ladder, perhaps to blow off some energy. Also, there are boards on the wall, which is a perfect spot to hang photos. These little things help leave the room inspiring while still maintaining the airy feeling and ease of flow that is present throughout the entire house.
Stairs With Family Photos
While Chip and Joanna's style in decor and design may not be exactly classified as normal, they do not consider themselves above the simple aspects that make a house feel like a home. Just like their Instagram accounts, the stairs have plenty of framed family photos that make great memories. You may have realized how the photos are framed in black in white to keep the same color flow while still being able to showcase some of the family's greatest moments.
A Coffee Bar
This charming little spot is quite uncommon, but it is still a very welcome addition to the home. This coffee bar is a great place to have a hot and steamy cup of caffeine, with little stools and shelves holding coffees and syrups. Before looking at the Gaines home, we had no idea that coffee bars were a thing in homes. But now that we have seen this one and the way it is presented, it is bound to inspire someone in their next home renovation.
A Craft Room For The Kids
The farmhouse may seem like a small purchase for such a large family, but Chip and Joana used every inch of the home effectively. This can be seen when looking at the upper attic, where this quiet little corner has been made into a craft room for their children. This delightful little spot, with its table, stools, overhead light, window and box shelving on the walls is a great area to inspire the kids without making a mess in the rest of the house.
Adult Crafting Room
The children are not the only ones with a little creative space in the home. Joanna has ensured to build a similar area for her creations, with more shelving, a larger table, and chairs with wheels. This room is so brilliantly designed that it would also be a great place to hold business meetings, in addition to being a craft room. Perhaps the chairs with wheels give it a bit of an office vibe, but one thing's for sure, we definitely wouldn't mind working there.
The Outside Entertainment
Now, let's head outside and see what the Gaines have done with the massive yard they have on their property. For outdoor activities in the summer, the Gaines built a great spot to have a barbeque with friends and family. To cook the meat, there is a giant fire pit, and some parts of the barn have been used to furnish the outdoor dining area. Also, there is a vast space for the kids to play in.
As previously mentioned, Chip and Joanna were initially drawn to the land the farmhouse sits on, with 40 acres of plants, trees, and shrubs. They truly made the most of it, transforming the garden into a farm, with a chicken coop and silo. The way the couple kept the farm aspect of the land is quite traditional, sharing their backyard with their animals. Just because they wanted to renovate the farmhouse, it didn't mean that they wanted to take the farm out of the farmhouse.
Also, another great feature of the home is the greenhouse that is right outside their home. Although the land is a great farm, it is important to be able to grow things during the colder winter months. This farmhouse is perfect for exactly that, and again, it follows the white theme. It allows the family to keep their gardening going year-round, and it is completed with a spot to teach kids about botany.
A Relaxing Porch
Around the Gaines property, there are many spots to relax and contemplate when not busy with crafts or gardening. One such spot is the porch, the standard relaxation location of most country homes. Just look at how relaxed Joanna seems here, taking it easy with her dog Crew, admiring the land around them. It is so cozy and relaxing that we can image her spending hours kicking back in this spot during the summertime.
If you're wondering how this house is big enough for this whole family, check out this Christmas photo that shows the power of the living room and dining area. It's cute to see the girls taking it easy while the boys are having a game of Jenga. With the addition of the lit-up Christmas tree in the corner, these are the kind of moments that make renovating a house worth all the effort.
An Office In The Home
So, we have now seen that the Gaines household is a great place to relax. However, what about when work needs to be done? It would be great to keep work and pleasure separate, but that's not possible with Chip and Joanna's busy schedules. Just because you are working, it doesn't mean that you have to be uncomfortable. This desk and chair seem so comfortable and inviting that we wouldn't mind sitting there and taking care of some business. It beats sitting in an office any day.
While you may think that a fireplace isn't needed in Texas, it is still an excellent addition for when temperatures are low, and one wants a cozy place to warm up in. Well, Chip and Joanna are greatly prepared for that, with a gorgeous fireplace made from bricks, giving it some real character. If this was a snowy winter day, there is no place we would rather be than in front of that rustic fireplace.
The Results Of Their Progress
The renovation of the Gaines family home was a major accomplishment for the couple. Initially, it was a rundown farmhouse, but with some major renovations, they turned it into one of the most inviting and beautiful homes in Texas. The amazing thing about it is that it is stylish, yet it still managed to maintain the rustic-feel of the farmhouse. Once again, the Gaines have shown that they are true fixer-uppers, even when it comes to their own home.