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My new favorite show on tv comes from Waco, Texas.  Joanna and Chip Gaines have a company called, “Magnolia Homes.”  Soon after they were married, they purchased a building which was turned into a home décor store for Joanna.  Chip was working as a realtor.  Now, they have merged their businesses and they rehab homes.  Chip does the construction work and Joanna designs and stages.  Their work is quite amazing.

The show goes something like this:  they show buyers around town and give them a choice of three properties.  Then, they work their magic.  Somewhere along the way Joanna gives the buyer a choice of three features that can be added to the plan.  For example, there might be a choice between a finished patio, a concrete drive, or a garage turned into a guest house.

The pictures below come from their website.  To find it, I looked up:  Magnolia Blog.

The first episode featured a couple who bought the house below for $24,000.  No, I did not drop a zero.

 

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Note the ship lap siding.

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I think that you will agree that the home was in bad condition.

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When the “after” exterior was shown I literally gasped.

After:

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photo courtesy of HGTV

Joanna stages each home with furniture and accessories from her shop.  She seems to try to use the home owner’s furniture when possible.  It is not clear on the program whether the home owner gets to keep the items.  Here is the kitchen.

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All interior photos courtesy of Molly Winn photography

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The center island was built from shiplap boards that were in the house.  Very often, Joanna seems to use a black and white color scheme.

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The family room and living room:

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Living room with original ship lap siding:

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Episode 2 found homeowners wanting to buy this 70’s fixer upper.  They wanted a more country French elevation.  Here is the before:

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…and the after.  Wow!

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Before:

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The original home featured an atrium in the center of house.  It was considered a wonderful design in the 70’s but not so much now.

Before kitchen:

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After:

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Dining Room:

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Breakfast Nook:

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Kitchen:

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The lady of the house opted for a craft room for her and the children.

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Bathroom:

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The sore thumb atrium was turned into this delightful room:

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Here is a photo of Chip and Joanna:

…and Joanna with their four children:

I don’t know how she manages four little ones, a store, design business, and they have just renovated a farm house for their own family.  She has more energy than I do!

Fixer Upper was on HGTV last night (Thursday).  I think that you will like it.  They did six episodes and have been renewed for more.

Create and be happy!

 

 

 

 

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