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Joanna Gaines With Antique Finds

Joanna Gaines With Antique Finds

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."

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Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, have been flipping, remodeling and fixing up homes together for the past 12 years as owners of Magnolia Homes in Waco, Texas. They have worked on more than 100 homes together, combining Chip's great instinct on real estate and Joanna's unique eye for design.

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The hosts of HGTV's hit series Fixer Upper dish about their family, their home and their biggest design mistakes.

On Their Family of Six

On Their Children

"They love being outside, they love farm animals and they are sure to always keep things interesting around here," Joanna says.

On Their Farmhouse

"Our home is a hundred-year-old farmhouse that sits on about 40 acres," Joanna says. The home features casual farmhouse style with lots of repurposed vintage pieces.

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On Buying Their Own Fixer Upper

Chip and Joanna's families had complete faith in their renovation skills when they bought their own run-down property. "They have seen some pretty bad homes that we have purchased...this one honestly didn't scare them, mainly because the land was so pretty," the couple says.

On Their Renovation

"When we renovated the house we made sure we kept all the original molding and trim, flooring and shiplap walls to preserve the character," Joanna says.

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On Joanna's Favorite Room at Home

Her favorite space post-renovation? The kitchen. "It's the heart of the home for me," she says. "No matter how much is going on, I don't feel overwhelmed because the palette is very clean and fresh. I love the farmhouse sink, and I love looking out the window at the animals and cows while I work."

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On Chip's Favorite Room at Home

Chip's favorite room in the house is the boys' room, which comes complete with four custom-made bunk beds, an "Adventure" sign and a basketball hoop.

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On Their Extended Family

The Gaines' 40-acre farm is also home to 60 animals, including chickens, cows, goats...

On Their Extended Family

...and horses! (Here, Chip takes a late-afternoon ride.)

On What Their Home Doesn't Have

"We didn't buy a TV when we first got married, and we have yet to buy one," Joanna says.

On Their First Design Project

Their first house as a married couple was "all over the map," Joanna says. "The front room had sailboats in it, the kitchen was mustard yellow and French themed, and the back den was rustic with cedar paneled walls, hanging horns and cow hides. I guess I was testing out my style."

On Their Design Style

Joanna's three-word explanation of their style: "Simple, clean and unexpected," she says. Chip's take? "Whatever Jo likes," he jokes.

On Chip's First Flip

Before he met Joanna, Chip partnered with his parents to buy his first flip property while still in college. "After that I was hooked," Chip says. "I started buying and selling homes and commercial properties."

On Joanna's Start in the Property Business

"When I met Chip, he was renting and flipping properties left and right to college students," Joanna says. "Once I caught on to the concept of buying something that is undervalued to then put value into it and sell it for a profit, I was hooked, too."

On Joanna's Vintage Decor Shop

"I started a local boutique and partnered with Chip to implement the Magnolia style in the homes he was flipping," Joanna says. "We later branched out and started renovations in the central Texas area."

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On Joanna's First Big Design Mistake

"For our first high-end flip, I chose a tan stucco color," Joanna says. "After it was painted, I pulled up to the house and it looked like a big yellow school bus." Lesson learned? Always buy paint samples.

On Chip's First Big Design Mistake

"I wanted to surprise JoJo with a bold backsplash at a flip property," Chip says. "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."

On Their Hidden Talents

You know about their renovation skills, but did you know that Chip can juggle and Joanna can do a back handspring? Believe it.

On the Number One Design Mistake People Make

"When people make their house too practical or too pretty," it doesn't work, Joanna says. Great design is a blend of both, like this functional yet chic white kitchen.

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On Their Favorite Power Tools

"I'm a fan of the hand sander," Joanna says. "When a piece is painted, I like to distress it to give it more character." Chip's pick? The chain saw. "It's a powerful tool that gets the job done fast," he says.

On Their Favorite Reactions to a Makeover Reveal

"Jaws dropped, tears, and big hugs," Joanna says. "It made all the hard work worth it."

On Their Favorite Reaction to a Makeover Reveal

(Sometimes the reveal is part laughter, too.)

On Favorite Spots to Find Vintage Goodies

Where does Joanna find all the great products 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."

On Their Favorite Guilty Pleasures

Joanna's secret indulgence? All-you-can-eat buffets. Chip's go-to guilty pleasure: "Buying stuff at auction," he says.

On Joanna's Favorite (and Least Favorite) Colors

Joanna loves the color green, but isn't a fan of purple.

On The Couple's Favorite Meals

Joanna's crazy for pasta, while Chip's most-requested dish is chicken-fried steak.

On How to Dress Up Any Room on a Tiny Budget

"Fresh flowers," Joanna says, make a huge impact for a tiny price. Other budget updates: Throw pillows in the living room and bright dishes or tea towels in the kitchen.

From: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines

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The Gaines met after they both graduated from Baylor University, and like all of their projects, fate played a role in bringing them together. Shortly after their wedding, the couple purchased, gutted and renovated their first building together, and Joanna opened a home accessory store called Magnolia. Eight years later, this "can't be stopped" couple found an amazing way to balance having four kids while growing their business to include a real estate company, construction company, design firm and residential subdivision, Magnolia Villas.

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Chip and Joanna are passionate about walking their clients through every aspect of the construction and design process and helping to turn their dreams into a reality. The Gaines have lived in Waco for over ten years. They enjoy working together with the same goal in mind — to make Waco and all Texas communities more beautiful, one project at a time.

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Host Joanna Gaines, of HGTV's Fixer Upper

Joanna Gaines, co-founder and lead designer of Magnolia Homes, co-stars in HGTV's Fixer Upper with her husband Chip.

Joanna Puts Together a Flower Arrangement

Joanna works on a flower arrangement for display at the annual sale at their newly renovated farm house at Magnolia Farms.

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Joanna Draws Up New Plans

HGTV's Fixer Upper host Joanna Gaines lays out remodeling plans for a home renovation.

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Joanna Plans a Renovation

Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper, relaxes in a comfortable chair as she plans a renovation for a lucky family.

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Joanna Takes a Break on the Steps

Host Joanna Gaines sits on the back steps of the Hendricks Family's renovated home, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

Joanna Relaxes on the Hendricks Family's Back Steps

Host Joanna Gaines sits on the back steps of the Hendricks Family's renovated home, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

Joanna Presents a New Dining Room

Joanna Gaines reveals the newly renovated dining room at the Gaspar home, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. 

Joanna Prepares for the Trunk Show Sale at Magnolia Homes

Joanna sets up for the trunk show sale at the Magnolia Homes headquarters in Waco, Texas.

Joanna Shows Off Antique Finds for a Home Remodel

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."

Joanna Displays Some Items for Sale at the Trunk Sale

Joanna displays some merchandise for the trunk show sale at the Magnolia Homes headquarters.

Joanna Gaines Reveals a New Kitchen

Fixer Upper host Joanna Gaines presents the Batson Family's newly renovated kitchen.

Joanna and Chip in the Batson Family's New Kitchen

Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of HGTV's Fixer Upper, pictures in the homeowners' newly renovated kitchen.

Chip and Joanna Present a Newly Remodeled Dining Room

Joanna and Chip prepare to show homeowners their newly remodeled dining room.

New Living Room

Joanna Reveals the Sanders Family's Renovated Home

Joanna pulls back a large photographic banner of the Sanders home in its original state order to reveal the newly renovated home.

Joanna Takes a Walk Outside the Davis Property

Joanna Gaines and her husband, Chip, transform homes on HGTV's Fixer Upper

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Joanna and Chip Show Off a New Kitchen

Designers Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed the Davis family's kitchen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

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Joanna and Chip in the Davis Family's New Kitchen

Designers Chip and Joanna Gaines stand in the kitchen they renovated on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines Take a Boat Ride to the Renovated Home

Chip and Joanna take a boat ride with homeowners to reveal their new home on the Brazos river.

Joanna Gaines Reveals the New Holt Family Home Renovation

Joanna Gaines pulls back a large photographic banner of the Holt family's home in its original state in order to reveal the new renovation.

Chip and Joanna Gaines Present the Newly Renovated Holt Home

Joanna Takes a Quick Call on a Client's Steps

Joanna and Chip Prepare to Tackle the Harp Home Renovation

Joanna and Chip saw this house as an exciting challenge and encouraged the Harps to look beyond the mess and consider the financial and creative potential in buying and renovating it.

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Joanna Takes a Break Outside the Harp Family's Home

Portrait of FIxer Upper Host Joanna Gaines, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (portrait)

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Joanna and Chip at the Harp Family's Home

Portrait of FIxer Upper Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (portrait)

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Joanna Before the Bowman Family Reveal

Joanna prepares to show the Bowman family their newly renovated home.

Joanna and Chip Reveal the Craft Family's New Living Room

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines in the newly remodeled living room, as seen on Fixer Upper. (Portrait)

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Chip and Joanna Present the Craft Family's New Kitchen

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines in the newly remodeled kitchen, as seen on Fixer Upper. (Portrait)

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Joanna Gaines in the Erwin Family Kitchen

Host Joanna Gaines takes a seat in the Erwin family's newly renovated kitchen dining space, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

Joanna Shows the Changes in the Gulley Family's Craft Room

Portrait of Fixer Upper co-host Joanna Gaines in the dining/crafting room at the Gulley home.

Joanna Gaines in Front of the Gulley Home

Portrait of Fixer Upper co-host Joanna Gaines in front of the Gulley home.

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Joanna and Chip Take a Well-Deserved Text Break

Pleased to Meet You: Chip Clowns Around With Joanna

A off-camera moment with Chip and Joanna in front of the banner of the Gully family's original home.

Joanna Stands on the Walkway of the McCall Family Home

Close up photo of Host Joanna Gaines in front of the McCall family’s renovated home, as seen on HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

Sometimes, It's Hard to Hide Your Excitement

The first design mistake Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper ever made? "For our first high-end flip, I chose a tan stucco color," Joanna says. "After it was painted, I pulled up to the house and it looked like a big yellow school bus." Lesson learned? Always buy paint samples.

Joanna Gaines With Dust Mask

"When I met Chip, he was renting and flipping properties left and right to college students," Joanna Gaines, co-host of HGTV's Fixer Upper says of her husband and co-host. "Once I caught on to the concept of buying something that is undervalued to then put value into it and sell it for a profit, I was hooked, too."

Joanna and Chip Discuss Post-Demolition Cleanup

Joanna and Chip Gaines Prepare for Demolition Day

"When I met Chip, he was renting and flipping properties left and right to college students," Joanna says. "Once I caught on to the concept of buying something that is undervalued to then put value into it and sell it for a profit, I was hooked, too."

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X Marks the Spot: Joanna Marks a Wall for Demolition

Joanna marks which walls are going to be torn down in the Eberle home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Joanna Demonstrates the Best Way to Demolish a Wall

Joanna proves she can get just as enthusiastic about Demo Day as Chip does.

Joanna Steals Chip's Hat Before They Start Demolition

Chip and Joanna Gaines start demolishing the entryway, but not before Chip starts acting goofy and Joanna takes his hat.

Chip Clowns Around With Joanna As they Prepare for Demolition

Chip clowns around with Joanna as they start demolishing the entryway to the Bed and Breakfast.

Breaking for Entering

Joanna shows Chip how strong she is as they demolish the entryway of the Bed and Breakfast, as seen on Fixer Upper.

Joanna and Chip Prepare for Demolition

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines are ready to tear down the entryway of their new bed and breakfast, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Joanna and Chip Clean Up Demo Day Debris

Chip and Joanna Gaines remove debris from the kitchen of the Bell home.

Chip Flexes for Joanna During Demo Day at the Bell Home

Chip and Joanna pause for a "flex break" as they demolish the Bell home.

Joanna and Chip Show Off the Ivy Family's New Kitchen

Joanna and Chip took an awkward atrium and transformed it into a open-air herb garden and space for entertaining. 

Chip Loves the Ivys' New Herb Garden Almost as Much as He Loves Joanna

Joanna, shown here with husband Chip, loves the color green but isn't a fan of purple.

Behind the Scenes at the Ivy Home Renovation

Joanna and Chip Kid Around Between Takes

Joanna and Chip Present the Harp Family's New Dining Room

Portrait of Fixer Upper Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines in the Harp's new dining room, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (portrait)

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Chip Provides Some Quality Control

Joanna and Chip spend a little time in the kitchen baking Christmas cookies.

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You Missed a Spot

While baking Christmas cookies, Chip decides Joanna needs a little decoration, too.

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Joanna and Chip Decorate for the Holidays

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines decorate the Magnolia House bed & breakfast for Christmas, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Decorating the Tree at Magnolia House

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines decorate the Magnolia House bed & breakfast for Christmas, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Chip's Hard at Work

Joanna decorates the tree at the Magnolia House bed & breakfast while Chip's hard at work sawing logs.

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Joanna Hangs Christmas Decorations Inside Magnolia House

Host Joanna Gaines decorates the Magnolia House bed & breakfast for Christmas, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Joanna Decorates the Magnolia House B&B for Christmas

Host Joanna Gaines decorates the Magnolia House bed & breakfast for Christmas, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Joanna Puts the Finishing Touches on the Christmas Tree

Host Joanna Gaines decorates the Magnolia House bed & breakfast for Christmas, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Joanna Hangs Decorations at Magnolia House for Christmas

Host Joanna Gaines decorates the Magnolia House bed & breakfast for Christmas, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Joanna and Chip Take a Break

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines rest for a bit on the porch of the Zan family's newly remodeled house, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Joanna and Chip in the Ferguson Family's New Kitchen

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines present the kitchen of the newly renovated Ferguson home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Joanna and Chip Take a Seat on the Ferguson Family's Front Porch

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines pose for a portrait on the front porch of the newly renovated Ferguson home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (portrait)

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Joanna and Chip in a Newly Renovated Dining Room

Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of HGTV's Fixer Upper wanted to not only help Carolyn Muska find a new home, but also to help give the home the personal touch she deserved.

Joanna and Chip in the New Dining Room

Joanna and Chip Share Stories by the Fireplace

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

Joanna Gaines Reveals the Newly Renovated Jonklaas Home

Joanna pulls back a large photographic banner of the Jonklaas home in its original state to reveal the newly renovated home.

Joanna and Chip in the Dansby Family's New Kitchen

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines present the newly remodeled kitchen of the Dansby home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Joanna and Chip in the Dansby Family's Kitchen

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines pose in the newly remodeled kitchen of the Dansby home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (portrait)

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Chip Clowns Around With Joanna in the New Jones Home

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines pose for a portrait, as Chip is being goofy, in the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (portrait)

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Flowers Make Everything Better: Chip Offers Flowers to Joanna

Chip offers a vase of fresh-cut flowers to Joanna, but she doesn't look too sure about them.

Joanna and Chip in the Newly Renovated Jones Home

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines pose for a fun portrait in the newly renovated Jones home, as seen on Fixer Upper. (portrait)

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Joanna and Chip Outside the Harp Family's Home

Personality and Behind the Scenes, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

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Joanna Presents a Renovated Nursery

Joanna admires a wooden mobile that hangs over the crib in the nursery of the Barrett family's newly remodeled home.

Joanna Prepares for the Big Reveal

Host Joanna Gaines from HGTV's Fixer Upper prepares to pull back a screen to reveal a home renovation.

Joanna Takes Away the "Before" Screen

Host Joanna Gaines pulls back the "before" image of the Jones home to reveal their renovation, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Joanna and Chip Gaines at the Sliding Door Entry of a New Office

Chip and Joanna Gaines stand at the sliding doors of the Ermoian family's newly remodeled office.

Chip and Joanna Gaines Present the Ermoian Family's New Living Room

Joanna and Chip present the Ermoian family's newly remodeled living room.

Joanna and Chip in the Ridley Family's New Kitchen

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines pose for a portrait in the newly renovated Ridley family kitchen.

Joanna and Chip Get a Little Silly in the New Kitchen

Chip and Joanna get a little silly in the Ridley family's newly renovated kitchen.

Joanna Gaines Reveals the Newly Renovated Downs Home

Joanna Gaines at the front porch of the newly renovated Downs home.

Joanna Shows Off the New Downs Family Kitchen

Joanna reveals the newly renovated kitchen in the Downs family home.

Joanna and Chip Show Off the McKenzie Family's New Kitchen

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines in the McKenzie's newly renovated kitchen, as seen on Fixer Upper. (portrait)

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Joanna and Chip Prepare a Reindeer Surprise

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines suprise the kids with a reindeer visit at Magnolia Farms, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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Joanna and Chip Get Into the Christmas Spirit

Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines suprise the kids with a reindeer visit at Magnolia Farms, as seen on Fixer Upper.

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