How to Fake the “Fixer Upper” Look

Colour Saturated Life | How to fake the "Fixer Upper" Look

How many of you have said to yourself “I want Joanna Gaines to makeover my house!“? I know I have…….on numerous occasions. To be honest she could go buy a house for me and make it over, sight unseen, do anything she wanted and I would fall in love with it, guaranteed. Can someone make a show like that? Can you tell I love her style? I actually just love her and Chip, could they get any cuter? Joanna has incredible style both in fashion and especially when it comes to interior design, I think everything she does has a timeless look about it and she has a love of old stuff that I completely get. Until I can actually move to Waco, Texas and buy a home for them to makeover for me I thought I would put together a list of things that both you and I could do to get her look in our homes. So this is your guide on how to fake the “Fixer Upper” Look.

 1. Use Wood 

Seems like an obvious one but Joanna likes to add wood to all the homes she renovates, I have noticed the first thing she almost always says when showing a couple a house is something along the lines of “we would replace this flooring with hardwood“. Hardwood Floors form the basis of her design and I would consider them a signature element of her style. She also incorporates a lot of wood furniture. I personally love having warm wood tones in my home and my dream home has dark wood floors throughout. Our current home has “fake” wood floors so we have to fake it for now, but one day I will have them again.

2. Use Architectural Elements as Art

This is by far my favourite part of her makeovers, I love seeing what unexpected things she will hang on walls……doors, windows, a part of a windmill, ironwork….everything looks like it has been made to hang in that exact spot. It makes me want to buy a bunch of doors and hang them effortless from my walls, but somehow I don’t think the effect would be quite the same.

3. Add “Quotables” to your Home

If you have to figured it out already I love typography and one of the things that I am drawn to when it comes to the homes on “Fixer Upper” is that Joanna adds personal meaning to the homes with a quote or saying or even the use of simple typography. I believe it is the personal touches that make a home and adding words to your decor that mean something to you are the ultimate personal touch.

4. Paint your walls Neutral Colours

Joanna uses a neutral colour palette throughout all the homes she works on, the walls are kept to pale greys and creams allowing for a simple base colour to build her design style from. Besides my first home, which I would call an experiment in paint colours, all the walls in my homes have been neutral, it makes everything so simple to decorate around.

4. Upcycle, Upcycle, Upcycle

I think Joanna is the Queen of Upcycling, she is seen reusing a lot of discarded items from the home during the renovation and repurposing them as furniture or decor items. If she doesn’t find something in the home itself she sources second-hand materials to make one-of-a-kind items for her clients. I love items like this as they are then unique to you and makes it more special.

5. Use Vintage Furniture as Statement Pieces

Joanna regularly uses large vintage (or vintage inspired) furniture when decorating homes, they make a statement and really give each room a focal point. For me any furniture that has a history is such a great item to bring a room together, my living room sideboard is the oldest piece of furniture I own and I love the look and feel it brings to my home, it really says something about my style. When having large statement pieces like this you don’t then need to clutter your home with too much other “stuff”, let them speak for themselves. These are the pieces I think you should spend money on, they are timeless and will stand the test of time that cheap mass produced furniture will not.

6. Use Colour Sparingly

You won’t see a lot of colour in these homes, usually it is incorporated through throw pillows, bedspreads, tiles or the occasional piece of furniture but as mentioned before she keeps to a neutral colour palette. Even though I am a big fan of colour I think the reason I am drawn to Joanna’s design style is that she actually uses colour so sparingly, therefore when it is used it really pops. I am going to try to tone down the use of colour in my home so that the colours I use are not fighting against each other for attention.

7. Incorporate Metals

There is a slight industrial feel to the way Joanna decorates, she uses a lot of metals whether it is through lighting, vintage industrial decor, furniture or metal shelving. You will find that a lot of the items she sells in her shop are made from metal or wood, these two  materials form a huge basis to her design style. I especially like all the metal storage and decor items she uses to style the homes, they still keep to the neutral colour scheme but add texture and character to the rooms.

8. Style using Greenery

Joanna’s finishing touches always incorporate greenery of some sort, whether it is vases of flowers, an indoor herb garden or wreaths, her homes are full of life. All but one picture in this post has greenery in it somewhere. I know that a lot of you are like me when it comes to keeping plants alive and while it is great to have real plants you can also incorporate fake plants as well. You will notice that she mainly sticks to “green” plants rather than colourful flowers. Green is considered a neutral in this case and works great in any room.

9. Don’t let what you have limit what you can do. 

I think the greatest thing I have learnt from Joanna and Chip cannot be shown in a picture. What is probably the most important thing they teach each and every one of their clients is that you can make any house your dream home you just need to use your imagination, a little grunt work and a some style to make it into a place you would love to call home. How many times on the show do you see a buyer say they love any of the homes when they first see them? NONE! Every time they are completely shocked that Chip & Joanna are showing them these fixer uppers, but they show them what it could be and they start to see that what they thought was a lost cause could just as easily be their dream come true. So maybe we can all take something away from that, maybe we just need to look at our homes as “potential” dream homes and do what we can afford to make that a reality. I know I am  trying to do that with what I have.

If you have not guessed already this is by far my favourite show. Even my husband loves it and actually begs me to watch it. I think this says a lot about how good the show is and how much fun it is to watch this incredibly talented couple do what they do best. They are yet to do up a house that I don’t love and would be happy to move into tomorrow. I love that Joanna’s style incorporates so may different influences from farmhouse, industrial, french, vintage etc. people would say it is eclectic but I think it is a style of its own and has that ability to adapt to a particular client while still being distinctly Joanna. Hopefully, I have given you some useful advice on what I think you could do to achieve this timeless style in your home. If not at least there were pretty pictures to look at, I know I never tire of getting a peek into these homes.

If you loved this post you may also like to read my other post  in this series: How to Fake the Industrial Look.

I would love to know how many of you love the show too…..what has been your favourite home they have done?

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  • Annette Vandenberg - December 8, 2016 - 2:25 pm

    love the show!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Elsman - November 20, 2016 - 2:47 am

    Where is the chandlier from in the dining room picture. It is the open rectangular one in the picture that talks about neutral paint colors.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Lewis - August 5, 2016 - 7:41 pm

    Hi I love watching the program on TV i thinks they both got lovely idea Joanna the style of the designs are excellent.
    I wish you were in South Africa.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - May 26, 2016 - 3:12 am

    I LOVE this style. We are remodeling our guest house and we went with a super light grey kitchen cabinet with white exotic granite and and backsplash. Anyone know what the best “white color” would look good up again white door trim? Was thinking on doing an accent wall too to break up the white in the living area. Any ideas?? I need paint help!!ReplyCancel

    • Siatanner - July 24, 2016 - 1:28 am

      Try getting a small sample of white chalk by behr ( I used the regular behr ultra line at 26 bucks and covered great)
      Not warm but not a cold white- it was a perfect ‘chalk’ Nuetral.
      It was for one room and I ended up painting 6 rooms with it.ReplyCancel

  • Taylor - April 25, 2016 - 11:15 pm

    Loved this post- Great ideas for decor! I’m always adding this style to my home and recently started collecting more things to share with others! http://www.sugarandsucculents.comReplyCancel

  • Taylor - April 25, 2016 - 10:49 pm

    Loved this post! Great ideas for decor! I’m always adding this style to my home and recently started collecting more things to share with others! http://www.sugarandsucculents.comReplyCancel

  • Kim Pierce - March 22, 2016 - 9:06 am

    Where does one get the aqua bistro chairs around the dining room table!! LOVE them!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kathy - April 9, 2016 - 9:07 pm

      Wayfair has them ?ReplyCancel

  • Gerry - March 11, 2016 - 11:08 am

    I too am in love with this couple and Fixer Upper. My husband and I record and watch each episode with great anticipation of the “reveal.” I just want Joanna to come to my house and use the items I have – rearrange them and add her magic touch. I look around and I do have many of the items she uses – just don’t have her creativity. I love when she takes two or three items and combines them (ie a window frame and a wreath) for her unique design. Your article is spot-on describing main aspects of her design – I don’t have a favorite – each is so unique. I do notice she uses bold contemporary area rugs that surprisingly work to emphasize each “space”. With the omission of most walls, she has to float lots of furniture but she is able to create coziness by grouping throughout. Quite an accomplishment! I do worry a bit about the locations of some of these houses – some are “iffy” at best and putting so much money in these homes makes them at the upper price point for the neighborhood. However, the owners certainly don’t seem to worry. I think the Waco Chamber of Commerce should give them an award (it may already have)!ReplyCancel

    • DD - March 22, 2016 - 11:26 pm

      The Gaines success is a result of 2 creative people working together for great style and achievement. She has great ideas and her husband works with her to put it together. What do you do when your husband shoots down nearly every idea you have, and doesn’t really want to do any of it?ReplyCancel

      • Kelly - September 19, 2016 - 3:42 pm

        I had the same problem with my hubby. I finally stopped running ideas by him and just did it. When he returned (from work, coaching, etc) he glanced and said oh, nice. It looks great!”ReplyCancel

      • lacy - April 10, 2016 - 2:52 am

        ditch the hubby – he is lazy. i had one like that. he died. i used the insurance money to replace my countertops in my kitchen and have my kitchen repainted, remodeled a bedroom into a serious man cave for our 16 yr old son, bought new living room furniture, bought new car for my son and more. it feels good! and i’m no longer embarrassed to have guests over. I still have enough for my son to complete his private high school education and send him to a prestigious university. He used to fuss at our son for no good reason. He was mentally, verbally abusive. He fell and incurred a huge hematoma and died 16 days later. God works in mysterious ways.ReplyCancel

        • Jennifer Jewett - August 11, 2016 - 10:55 pm

          I found this post so hilarious! I too was married for 17-years, and now have been dating someone for 2-years. All I want is a house that I have decorated myself. Yes it’s a house with beautiful items that I chose, not a man-cave full of electronics. This is my chance to make it what “I” want it to be!ReplyCancel

        • Helen Woods - April 14, 2016 - 5:28 pm

          I’ve been wanting new counter tops for ages thanks for the tip Lacey (:ReplyCancel

        • Margo - April 12, 2016 - 6:16 am

          To DD: Decorating doesn’t have to involve both spouses.
          To Lacy….WOW! A bit harsh and way too much personal info revealed on a decorating blog.ReplyCancel

          • Bonny - July 18, 2016 - 7:14 am

            Agree. This is no place to air your dirty laundry. Unless u r using him as a vintage prop in the corner of your dining room. Lol

          • Gilly - April 12, 2016 - 11:17 am

            I agree on both counts Margo

      • Becky christian - March 23, 2016 - 10:53 pm

        Ignore him and do it yourself!!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Woods - February 26, 2016 - 1:04 pm

    Thank you for this great post! For some reason I have been adverse to greenery in my home’s design for a few years now and this post has inspired me to try again. I love watching Fixer Upper and I’m glad you have helped me bring some Joanna’s awesome style into my home.

    MelissaReplyCancel

  • Jessica - February 26, 2016 - 1:05 am

    This is the best post I’ve seen on creating a Fixer Upper house- great job!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Chris Behnke - February 18, 2016 - 3:12 pm

    I love fixer upper, even my husband watches it without groaning. We recently purchased a 125 yr old farmhouse and I want to try for Joanna’s style. Thanks for your list, I’m sure it will be looked at over and over.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Callahan - February 18, 2016 - 3:38 am

    We pulled up our rugs and have hardwood floors underneath!!! Love Joanna’s style. What color stain should we use to get Joanna’s Farmhouse look? My floor guy uses both Minwax and Bona Dri-Seal. I’ve heard Joanna say a neutral brown color. I’m thinking Special Walnut? Please help:)ReplyCancel

    • Jamie - April 10, 2016 - 6:57 am

      Having refinished many hardwood and softwood floors. After staining and polying. Found the poly creates its own stain and looks amazing with out the extra step.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - February 18, 2016 - 9:15 am

      Hi Katie, I think you should choose a colour you love and will look good in your home. I am not sure what colours Joanna uses but you have to live with it so good with something that feels right for you. Thansk for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Sell - February 11, 2016 - 5:52 am

    I to love Joanna style. I just wish she would share the paint colors she uses. I have fallen in love with a few, but I dont know where to begin to find them! Not everyone can live on Waco.ReplyCancel

    • Darcy - February 27, 2016 - 2:59 pm

      Deborah,
      I’ve seen a few posts on Pinterest with a list of paint colors. Silver strand is one of them. I actually have that color in my kitchen. I think I pinned the paint color list so I can share them with you.
      DarcyReplyCancel

  • Helen Woods - February 6, 2016 - 7:08 pm

    Hello Gilly , l was surprised to find out you live in Australia l thought you were american and therefore had access to the the shops and suppliers Gaines use . So where do you shop to pick up those special bits and pieces that have the Joanna look ? I love Provincial and Early Settler who else can you suggest that won’t break the budget or is my budget now dead and gone because I’ve totally fallen in love with their style ? Thanks HelenReplyCancel

    • Michelle - June 9, 2016 - 10:44 pm

      I too would love to know where one sources those light fittings in Aus. You guessed it Magnolia House don’t deliver to Australia. I have been impressed with Temple and Webster….ReplyCancel

  • Marie Bilotta - February 4, 2016 - 3:32 pm

    Love article and how you work with what you can afford and come out with a Joanna lookReplyCancel

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  • Freda Newcomb - January 25, 2016 - 10:55 am

    love Fixer upper. can’t wait to see what they do with the silos etc.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Grimm - January 25, 2016 - 9:54 am

    I couldn’t agree more. We only just got Fixer Upper on a new lifestyle channel in Australia and it’s already my favourite show. I too want Joanna and Chip to work on my house. I absolutely love everything they’ve done so far!! I keep looking at my kitchen, which is quite small, wondering how I could fit an island bench. I think that they’re a fun couple to watch and I love that they renovate existing homes which are often better built than cheaper new homes. LOVE IT!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - January 25, 2016 - 10:56 am

      Hi Kelly, I am in Australia too but I have been watching it since it first came oit in the US. You can actually watch past season episodes online, some are on you tube, not great quality but it is how I was able to watch the show before it came out here. Thanks for stopping by GillyReplyCancel

  • S baker - January 25, 2016 - 1:27 am

    I love and respect chip and Joanna. They are great minds for each other and have accomplished a lot. And they are family oriented. However, remember that in the state of Texas becoming a registered interior designer has several requirements including a degree, work experience and testing. Secondly, there are other interior designers or decorators that will come and consult with you on your home and bring it to life just like fixer upper. And probably for less than what Joanna rate would be considering her fame. I love their show and ideas,but there magic takes weeks and months to do. It’s hard to watch and not remember that. They have people at there call for anything they need, unrealistic in everyday life. Designing your home should be about you, incorporate your style and doesn’t have to be a complete do over.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - January 25, 2016 - 11:02 am

      I think finding the right decorator to work with all comes down to their style, you have to find someone who has a style that you love, I love everything that Joanna does. I am not sure I would ever hire a designer though, I love doing my own thing and reserving the right to constantly change my mind! Not sure a designer could handle working with me! I agree that your home should be about you. Thanks for stopping by! GillyReplyCancel

  • marie Ramirez - January 24, 2016 - 8:37 am

    Love your ideas and decorating suggestions. Please send me more.ReplyCancel

  • Donna - January 24, 2016 - 7:14 am

    I loved this article!!Thank you for all the good ideas and tips! I have such a Girl Crush on Joanna Gaines!! 😉 My favorite fixer upper was Clint’s home.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - January 24, 2016 - 4:01 am

    Love this blogReplyCancel

  • Tina Mercado - January 23, 2016 - 9:47 am

    Beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Kris clements - January 19, 2016 - 1:54 am

    I would like to receive email updates of your blog.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - January 22, 2016 - 10:10 pm

      Hi Kris – you can receive email updates by signing up on the pop-up box at the bottom of every post. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Pam - January 17, 2016 - 1:45 pm

    I have recently added Joanna Gains storage unit to my bucket list. It is currently number one thing I want to accomplish, I have the same taste in decorating , told my son what I wanted for any gift in the coming year was to go to Wacco Texas meet Joanna and Chip , go picking in their storage for free as I have no money and come home with a little bit of Wacco ,along with a few Wacco tee shirts to wear while , doing what love refurnishing designing , furniture pieces , one of a kind pieces.
    Life to short not to do what you love to do…
    Our youngest daughter passed away at the age of 32 of an asthma attack 2 1/2 yes ago, I gave up my working career to be a stay at home wife grandmother (mom) ,as we are raising her children.
    Doing what I love has given what I needed in my grieving process as I’m so greatful to my wonderful husband of 37 yrs.,as he makes this possible for me , he supports this family as he always has and keeps going. He makes my dreams come true .ReplyCancel

    • Pam - January 26, 2016 - 3:57 am

      Hi Pam, your comments really touched my heart. I’m so sorry about your daughter. You’ve talked in a lot by quitting your job and raising your grandchildren. God Bless you! I know it’s a joy but I’m sure it’s not easy either. I got to visit the Waco store last year before they moved to the silos. It was pretty small but still exciting. I can’t wait to go now that they have moved to a bigger space. Do you live in Texas or close to it? I live in Fort Worth so it’s not that far for me. I hope you get your dream trip! Let us know if you go!ReplyCancel

  • ann - January 15, 2016 - 1:38 pm

    Love their style. I try to study and copy it. Love the way Chip treats his young ones. He and Johanna make family life fun.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Woods - January 10, 2016 - 2:12 pm

    Gidday Gilly,
    last week l saw my first episode of “fixer upper”.Im from Melbourne and as far as I know its just started being screened here. Please tell me , is my life ever going to be the same? I have now discovered their web site (and yours) and all l seem to do is look at images of beautiful homes and what these clever people can do with them. Best wishes HelenReplyCancel

    • Gilly - January 18, 2016 - 3:52 pm

      Hi Helen, nice to meet a fellow Aussie! As far as I know being obsessed with fixer upper will be an ongoing problem, but I think that is definitely a good thing! Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Olga - January 8, 2016 - 7:04 am

    I am absolutely in LOVE with Joanna’s decorating style and Fixer Upper is my favorite show. I live even further from Waco- in Italy – so only a miracle can make my home “fixer upped”… but i watch every show and with each episode fall more and more in love with it.ReplyCancel

  • rosie - January 7, 2016 - 4:39 pm

    I also love Chip and Joanna!! I have watched he’d them from the first show, record the shows so I can reach them. My house was pretty blah until watching fixer for a few weeks, I was so inspired by the show that I finally started decorating and now love my home. Love your site by the way, you totally got her style and hit all the main points of her decor. My favorite home is the home that aired last night and the doctors home. The new B&B is pretty awesome too.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - January 4, 2016 - 11:23 am

    I’ve become obsessed with this show on Netflix! I love her style, too. Thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - January 4, 2016 - 11:21 am

    I’ve become obsessed with this house on Netflix! I love her style, too. Thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

  • Holly - January 4, 2016 - 10:41 am

    I love their style but its not my style. We are incorporating their style in our home but opposite. 😀 We have color everywhere and love it. We add the industrial style portion of Fixer Upper to our home. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Donna - December 31, 2015 - 9:09 pm

    I love this show! My husband and I watch it together all the time! I have said it over and over again that I would love Joanna to come make over my house! Love her style !ReplyCancel

  • Greg Raymond - December 28, 2015 - 8:02 am

    How do furnish all their projects or is that additionalReplyCancel

  • Jami - December 27, 2015 - 1:58 am

    I love this show! It’s not really my style of decor in my home but everything she does is beautiful! I laughed so hard on the episode with the doctor client who bought a home on a farm and she showed her own home to them and he said”this scares me!” LOL
    Of course their home was stunning and they loved it!
    What I love just as much is Chip and Joanna’s family life, a great example of how to treat each other and raise a family.
    So happy for new episodes this month!ReplyCancel

  • Becky Lafrenz - December 16, 2015 - 9:56 am

    Love this post. Let us not forget Joanna’s penchant for lightening up the kitchen cabinets and highlighting shiplap in homes. I can’t get enough of her style. Her design sense is timeless and oh so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Bunny - December 16, 2015 - 12:26 am

    Gilly, I enjoyed your article as much as the pics you shared! Something you said really spoke to my heart; that is each of us needs to look at the potential in our homes and make them into our dream home! (Grossly misquoted, sorry). I absolutely love Chip and Joanna and think they exude the attitude of being confidently happy with who you are and what you have. We all love them because they love each other and it shows…no sarcasm or one ‘upmanship’ here! They let each other BE who they are and their support of each other is so precious! My darling Italian husband of 34 years loves the show too…but we are comfortable with our colorful French country stuff. By the time Spring gets here though, I think I may have a ‘fixer upper’ attack and decolor everything ?. Thanks for a step by step tutorial on achieving the look…and those words of wisdom to this grandma! Keep up the good work!ReplyCancel

  • Jami - December 4, 2015 - 12:39 am

    Your post hit home. I love color too, and have always had an eclectic style in decor, but I’m always drawn to rooms (like ALL the ones you show) that are neutral with small pops of color. I painted last year and now it seems too much. There’s something elegant about neutrals and wood, when combined with simplicity and the unexpected, whether it’s farmhouse or French rustic.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - November 29, 2015 - 10:40 pm

    What a great idea for a post!!! It’s funny that you said something about your love for typography, because two lines in, I was wondering what font you use! Can’t wait to read more of your blog!ReplyCancel

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  • Julie - November 18, 2015 - 1:01 am

    Great ideas! Joanna is so authentic; the fact that her own house showcases her style and provides a basis for new clients trying to see the “vision” for their fixer upper is really neat. What I want to know is how she keeps her home so clean and white with all those little kids! Seem pretty risky lolReplyCancel

  • Debra - November 16, 2015 - 6:12 am

    I too love their makeovers. I have copied several of their ideas. My favorite was the rambling ranch. Not only do I love their style and t. V. Show, I love how they seem to be just everyday people who had a dream and worked hard to achieve it. That gives me a feeling of hope in this economy. I also like how they treat one another, their kids and others. They have fun, are not full of themselves, and are kind.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:20 am

      I loved the rambling ranch too! Thanks for stopping by Debra!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - November 13, 2015 - 6:05 pm

    Great post! Though I have one niggle about the hardwood floors decor advice. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having laminate flooring. You can obtain the same look for a more afforadable ‘practical’ price and save money for other upgrades around your home. It is my experience that many people who step into a home that is designed interiorly well, don’t care whether your floors are real oak, or not. If you do a great job creating a favorable ambiance no one will think twice about whether your floors are hardwood or not. I also recall not all home on HGTV shows like The property brothers, having used only hardwood. They actually suggest you try to use a more affordable option in both counter tops and floors because there really is no way of telling a difference. Though, if people have the cash, no harm in upgrading.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:22 am

      I completely agree! I have vinyl faux wood floors and there is nothing wrong with them. I just personally love real wood having lived on homes with both. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Jo - November 13, 2015 - 9:50 am

    This was an Awesome article…I too love Joanna and Chip, they are amazing people. Me and my husband also love to watch Fixer Upper together. He enjoys it just as much as me…yippee! We even tease through out the day, saying to each other “how’s my hair baby” lol
    I truly love what your saying about no matter were you are in life you can make your home what you want. And if Joanna’s style is what you love, then spend your efforts in achieving that goal!
    This is my dream too…I love her Farmhouse Industrial look and it would be amazing if I could have her as my fairy Godmother!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:25 am

      So good to find a show that both you and your hubby like! My hubby is the same, except I think, he thinks he is like Chip! Haha Thanks for stopping by LisaReplyCancel

  • Joyce - November 12, 2015 - 7:52 am

    I love Chip and Joanna’s style. I’m a firm believer in using what you have to ReThrive your home. Thanks for the great tips. I just used a big clock on my faux fireplace project. Take a peek if you can! ThanksReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:29 am

      I am going to check out your faux fireplace! Love those! Thanks for stopping by Joyce!ReplyCancel

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  • Sarita - October 29, 2015 - 2:36 am

    I love the fixer upper in fact we are building a home in Florida and their is a lot I can’t get because of the budget. But you made my day when I seen this. I still can have my house looking like the fixer upper. Your awesome for really giving hope to my new home. I hate tiles but I can’t afford the wood tiles. Have to manage the look with furniture. Thank you Gilly any ideas are welcome.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - November 17, 2015 - 10:54 am

      You are most welcome Sarita, I am so glad I could inspire you and give you hope. Have fun creating you home!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Rinehart - October 27, 2015 - 7:25 am

    One item you missed that Joanna would put in fixer uppers. That would be a LARGE clock…I love the show and watch my recordings every week. Great job and loved the pictures.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - October 28, 2015 - 12:22 pm

      I love a large clock Karen! She does use them quite often. Thanks for stopping byReplyCancel

  • Robin - October 22, 2015 - 11:19 am

    Very nice article. I also love the show & have told my family that I wanted Joanna to come decorate as well. I do think you forgot one tip that Joanna does in every show….the kitchen cupboards are always white. I just remodeled my kitchen & insisted on white cupboards because that is what Joanna would pick.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - October 28, 2015 - 1:30 pm

      White is definitely a timeless look and I think your kitchen will age better as a white kitchen. Thanks for stopping by RobinReplyCancel

  • Mandy - October 9, 2015 - 9:42 am

    Love the article – Love the show! I live in Houston and have been to Waco a couple of time to check out their cute little store. I was hoping to meet them but instead I got to meet her sweet Mom and Sister. What a great family! I love their relationship and how they are sharing their talents!
    I went to the coffee shop “Common Grounds” and drove to the new Silos too, a really cool place. Can’t wait for Oct 30th when they open up. We’re taking the day off and going to go check it out!
    I would love to incorporate her ideas into my home!
    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - October 12, 2015 - 11:10 am

      So jealous you get to go to the silos! I am hoping one day! Thanks MandyReplyCancel

  • Debbie Hahn - October 7, 2015 - 7:41 am

    I too love the show and can’t wait to see the silos. Hopefully one day I can see them in person. My favorite episode is the one of the young couple that owned the coffee shop. Chip discovered the fireplace in the middle of the house. Loved how they went with what was found and opened up the house.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - October 12, 2015 - 11:14 am

      I loved that fireplace it really was a spectacular feature in the home once they finished. Thanks for stopping by DebbieReplyCancel

  • Terri - October 6, 2015 - 6:17 am

    Found your article on pinterest and loved it. My favorite quote is “Maybe we just need to look at our homes as potential dream homes and do what we can afford to make that a reality.” I printed that out to put at my desk as inspiration. Thank you and Aloha!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - October 12, 2015 - 11:18 am

      Love that quote Terri, definitely inspiring! Thanks for stopping by.ReplyCancel

  • Jana Lee - October 4, 2015 - 10:55 pm

    Love this post! Thanks so much for all the pictures and tips/tricks! Fixer Upper is, by far, my favorite show on TV. Like most of us, I would gladly buy any house done by Chip and Joanna, sight unseen. I will be moving into a small apartment in NJ soon, so there are limits to what I can do from a Fixer Upper perspective, but I am definitely going to try to incorporate as much as I can. In answer to your question in your post, Gilly, my favorite Fixer Upper was the French Country remodel in the first season. Absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - October 5, 2015 - 10:03 am

      I love a few of the homes in the first season and the French Country one was one of those. Thanks for stopping by Jana Lee!ReplyCancel

  • Miranda - October 4, 2015 - 1:16 am

    I would move to Waco in a heartbeat too! Your article is well spoken. I don’t think I could agree with you more! Literally, EVERYTHING about Joanna’s style is amazing! I am a huge vintage fan, and feel that she truly brings history into a home that continues to make history! Everything has a beautiful story, and that’s what I love about the show! Anyways, thank you for sharing your inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • Patricia - January 25, 2016 - 8:01 am

      FYI. O don’t move to waco for them, unfornately they are a small part here, it’s all abt Baylor!!!!ReplyCancel

      • Gilly - January 25, 2016 - 10:58 am

        Thanks Patricia, I have actually been to texas myself, one of my favourite places on the states. My parents lived there for a few years and I was able to do some travelling about! Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - October 5, 2015 - 10:04 am

      Thanks MirandaReplyCancel

  • Bette Anne - September 30, 2015 - 4:51 am

    Are you kidding I would move to Waco tomorrow and take care of the kids, the dogs, the cows etc.. just to watch these two work. What God has blessed some folks with takes me to thinking they really stepped up to the plate and gave it all. Yes, I just love them, if I ever hear a negative word about this couple I may have to go and shake the stuffin out of the story teller. Unless of course it’s true then I will have to shake the stuffin out of them.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - October 5, 2015 - 10:06 am

      Haha! So funny Bette! I would be right there with you shaking the stuffing out of them.ReplyCancel

  • stillmb - September 22, 2015 - 7:28 am

    My favorite show, too. She has a distinctive industrial farmhouse look.
    The first thing you have to do is remove everything with color from your rooms. That’s where I have a bit of a problem because I’ve been collecting art for decades. None of the furniture is included in the plan. It is just there to show the clients (and us) what Jo envisions their house could look like. Of course, all of it is for sale and sometimes the families will purchase some or all of it.
    She has completely changed what look for at auctions, now. And at the age of 65, it takes a lot to make me want to change my style. I’m 100% aboard when it comes to using materials that have already been used before.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - September 7, 2015 - 7:23 am

    I found this article thru Pinterest, well written and informative! Fixer Upper is my favorite show, too.
    You gave me lots of good ideas, thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - August 24, 2015 - 2:43 pm

    Seriously – I LOVE that show! And the houses they start with are everyday homes – which is awesome. It really makes it seem possible to turn just about any home into a dream. For me, the hardest part is getting past the “builder beautiful” finishes and really turning it into something that reflects my taste. It feels so wasteful to paint over perfectly good wood and rip out perfectly fine carpet… yet, I think this is just what I need the courage to do! Still working up to it… 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 29, 2015 - 11:00 pm

      You can do it Susan! I would love to see what you do in your home, your furniture makeovers are AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • Alayna @AlaynasCreations - August 22, 2015 - 10:44 pm

    Great list. I am drawn to almost all of those things – especially the hardwood floors. It’s been a while since I’ve watched anything on HGTV (no idea why – I love those shows!) now I just might have to check that show out!

    I am co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty link party this month and would love to have you stop by for a visit. The door is open for the current party through Monday night. http://alaynascreations.co/2015/08/21/home-matters-liny-party-51/ReplyCancel

  • Emily - August 21, 2015 - 11:37 am

    This is one of the only shows my husband actually watches on HGTV too! I went color crazy in my first home also, but have picked mostly neutrals in our current home. I loved reading your insight from the Fixer Upper show. Joanna has such great style!ReplyCancel

  • Katie @ Upcycled Treasures - August 20, 2015 - 4:11 am

    This is such a great post! I love the photos and all of your awesome tips! Pinned 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 20, 2015 - 8:19 pm

      Thanks Katie, I find it really fun to deconstruct someones design style….way easier than actually doing any designing myself! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • liz - August 19, 2015 - 12:28 pm

    Oh my gosh – I absolutely, positively LOVE the show!!!! I am with you – Joanna could decorate a home for me sight unseen and I know I would love every bit of it. I have watched every episode at least twice and still can’t get my fill. This was a very helpful post, and I have been slowly adding a bit of “FIXER UPPER” to my own home.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 20, 2015 - 8:17 pm

      It is such a great show, I am like you…..I never get enough. Thanks LizReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - August 13, 2015 - 3:18 am

    I would love to live in a home they’ve redone. Sadly I don’t live in or near Waco. I love the show my most favorite, can’t get enoughReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 14, 2015 - 11:03 pm

      I can’t get enough either, I could re-watch the episodes again and again. Thanks CherylReplyCancel

  • Lorie Shuck - August 13, 2015 - 1:48 am

    I love the show too. I always wonder if the price includes the decorating and furniture.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 14, 2015 - 11:01 pm

      Yes! I wonder that too and I also wonder if they keep all the things in the end or if it done up for the show? But it always seems like they keep it all. How good would that be? Thanks for stopping by LorieReplyCancel

  • Breanna - August 12, 2015 - 10:42 pm

    Love this post! I don’t think I’ve met anyone who isn’t obsessed with Chip and Jo Jo. Even my hubs loves them and thinks he’s just like Chip. I’m totally trying to channel my inner Jo Jo as I decorate our new home and it’s so interesting about her use of color. I love it too, but have noticed that I’m leaning towards more neutrals with pops of greens and blues throughout.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 14, 2015 - 10:59 pm

      Haha my hubby thinks he is just like Chip too, I think all guys are a little like CHip though…..they are all just little boys at heart! Goo luck with channeling your inner Jo in your new home! Loved that you stopped by BreReplyCancel

  • darrielle Tennenbaum - August 12, 2015 - 3:03 pm

    Love the show and love your ideas to fake the look !ReplyCancel

  • Shonee - August 12, 2015 - 1:46 pm

    Wonderful round up of ideas! She does have beautiful style! I have to say that I love that you like color and use it a lot. I want to use more color, but struggle on how to get it to all work together. I do love to decorate with green so I guess that is my starting point!
    -Shonee
    http://www.hawthorneandmain.comReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 14, 2015 - 10:57 pm

      Thanks Shonee and it is nice to know someone likes my use of colour, it is so easy to second guess what you do in your own home.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah // Charming Imperfections - August 12, 2015 - 12:59 pm

    Love this post! It’s totally what I need for getting that “Fixer Upper” look in our house! Great guide, definitely sharing 😉ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 14, 2015 - 10:56 pm

      Thanks Rebekah and thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - August 12, 2015 - 11:15 am

    Cool post! I, too, LOVE them. It’s my favorite show. I love their style. The prices just blow me away!…what they buy things for and the changes they make for such reasonable amounts. I feel like I could copy some elements but just can’t quite seem to edit out enough stuff or color.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 14, 2015 - 10:56 pm

      I think the same thing about the prices, I wish I could buy and makeover a house with their budgets. Thanks JanetReplyCancel

  • Joy - August 12, 2015 - 10:50 am

    This is the first anything I have managed to read today from start to finish today. Yay ADD! I have the farmhouse in the country side, but in the wrong state. I need Joanna to come to Va to decorate. I even have a wall for Chip to take out!
    Great post, great tips! Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 14, 2015 - 10:55 pm

      Haha! Glad I did a good enough job for you to finish it! I have days like that too. I think Chip and Joanna need to do a world tour and we can all have our houses done. Thanks Joy!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie | anderson + grant - August 12, 2015 - 9:24 am

    Do you think we could get houses next door to one another in Waco and have the first ever double fixer upper? I love everything Joanna does too and really enjoyed seeing all these pictures of her style.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - August 12, 2015 - 10:24 am

      I completely laughed my head off when I read your comment! Yes! Let’s get onto that! Haha – how awesome would that be! Love you Jamie you always make me smile. xoReplyCancel

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