Friday, January 15, 2016

10 Ways to Decorate like Joanna Gaines

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If you've ever watched the oh-so-popular HGTV hit Fixer Upper, then you're likely just as obsessed with the show as I am. I think it's safe to say I've seen every episode at least twice and I never get enough of Chip and Joanna! From their upbeat personalities, adorable love for each other all the way to the amazing things they do with a house that is flat out scary, there's no getting tired of Fixer Upper. Not only is the family gorgeous but so is Joanna's style of decorating - something we all wish she could do for us!

Joanna's style is rustic but modern with farmhouse twists and elements of reused decor. She never fails to amaze all of us and no matter what style the couple on each episode is in search for, Chip works to find the right home and Joanna works to save it. My favorite episode to this day is where they renovated a home for their carpenter, Clint, and his family. Seeing the home they took the couple into - it was seriously hard to believe it could be saved - but Joanna always is able to see past the worst of the worst in a home.

It's a sad reality to believe that we can't all move to Waco, buy a really old and destroyed home and have Chip and Joanna do a complete overhaul renovation for not a lot of money at all. But let's face it - unless this dynamic duo starts traveling the country, the best we're going to get to Joanna Gaines' style is to try and decorate like her.

Here's 10 ways to make your home resemble an elegant farmhouse and answer the burning question: What would Joanna do?

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Knock the walls down


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In every episode of Fixer Upper, there's at least two walls that Joanna wants gone! Having a big, opened space that isn't cramped is how Joanna makes homes look the way they do. Open concept is something that the majority of us want to have in our homes and opening everything up but still maintaining separation between each room is what she strives for and definitely is what makes these homes so beautiful.

Go for the natural light


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Joanna always says how important natural light is in a home - especially in rooms like the kitchen and living spaces. Having big windows with lots of natural light coming in always helps make a small space seem bigger than it is. In a kitchen, using tons of rustic light fixtures helps turn a necessity into decor. She also is almost always able to use re-purposed windows (if needed) to create the natural light she always strives for.

Neutral and light color palettes are a must


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Filling a home with a light, fresh and airy color palette is how Joanna creates a modern, elegant farmhouse feel. Watching Joanna decorate episode after episode, it's obvious that she loves to use neutral tones to make a couple of special pieces in a space pop. Most rooms include colors like cream, eggshell blue, gray and taupe. Doing this throughout the entire home rather than having a completely different color palette in each room of the home makes it cohesive and fresh.

Two staples: Shiplap and a Farmhouse sink


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What's a farmhouse without the sink and shiplap EVERYWHERE?! Chip always makes fun of Joanna because of her love for shiplap, but with the way that it can make a space look, who wouldn't love it? In one of their recent promos, Chip tells Joanna that if she and a french door had a baby, it'd be shiplap! Before I started watching Fixer Upper I had heard of shiplap but never knew what the obsession was or how it was a really great design element. Shiplap is gorgeous and if Joanna can find it, she will use it! Farmhouse sinks are another element to add to your kitchen. These are almost always used on Fixer Upper and they are so pretty and implementing one into your kitchen adds such depth and beauty and is most definitely Joanna approved!

Incorporate natural and modern touches into the new space


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What I love about Joanna's style is that she always tries to reuse things that the couple may have owned, something she picked up from the side of the street or something she finds on one of her and Chip's antique hunts. Joanna always tries to use reclaimed wood from the home to create shelving, a gorgeous dining table or even a kitchen island. Mixing natural pieces with modern furniture is almost all you need to achieve a chic farmhouse look. Having exposed wooden beams in a home is also a way to go natural and looks so beautiful too. Think rustic, modern and reclaimed.

All about details 

 

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Looking like it didn't take much to create a look is the key to achieving the farmhouse style that Joanna loves. Using small hints of colorful patterns and decorative pieces will stand out in a semi monotone color palette. Joanna always uses old books, vases, candelabras and wall hangings that are delicate or even just relevant to the family to create tons of details. Hanging decor could be anything from a map, gallery wall or even a set of old, wooden chairs - Joanna once used a pair of the family's old chairs as wall decor and it looked every bit of fabulous that you would not have expected!

Less is more 

 

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Joanna always says that she loves working on houses that everyone else is scared to even touch. The overlooked homes are usually the ones that the Gaines show their clients and what they can become can be really hard to see at first. Now the prices of homes in Waco are hard to come by in other places, but it's amazing to see just how much can be done when there is little to start with. Chip and Joanna prove episode after episode that you don't need millions of dollars to create a fabulous space!

Create a timeless look


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Part of how the rooms that Joanna creates comes from how timeless she makes each space feel. Going with simple palettes like black and white tile in a bathroom or white, chic counter tops in the kitchen are ways to make sure that the space never goes out of style - while still managing to look sleek, chic and elegant.

Make it personal


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Adding personal touches to every home is so important to making a house into a home. Joanna always adds personal touches, but adding quotes and things that are of importance to a family is really the way to make them fall in love with their new home. Whether it's adding a personal quote decal to the wall, etching a quote into a hanging mirror or hanging big steel initials, adding these small details is a great way to decorate and feel great about your home too.

Everything can be functional


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When you watch Joanna decorating on an episode, you always see her trying to create storage and doubling up on decor and function. Doing something as simple as hanging decorative baskets to store things or adding floating wood shelves to a kitchen can add function and decor to your space.

Even if we can't all be lucky enough to have our homes renovated by Joanna Gaines, there are still things we can do to get on her level! Regardless of where my future home is, you can bet that I'll be incorporating some of Joanna's elegant and chic farmhouse style. If you're obsessed with Fixer Upper like I am, you'll totally see where I'm coming from - if not, go put HGTV on and get cozy and ready for a marathon! Trust me, it never gets old : )

XOXO

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97 comments :

  1. Joanna Gaines is such a talented interior designer I love the homes she's created! Nice tips, I can tell you watch the show a lot!

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    1. The amazing thing is this is a natural talent. She does not have a design degree.

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    2. I've also watched each episode a few times. And go to her blog on a weekly basis. I've incorporated so much into my life and home!

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    3. I've also watched each episode a few times. And go to her blog on a weekly basis. I've incorporated so much into my life and home!

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  2. I love the style in all of those homes! How gorgeous!

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  3. I am literally DROOLING over these pictures. I can't wait to decorate my next home in light shades with an emphasis on natural light and farmhouse chic style.

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  4. Joanna Gaines could easily design my dream house. I love her style and taste. I'm hoping I can recreate her ideas into my own home!

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  5. I'm totally obsessed with Joanna Gaines! Her home style is exactly what I like!!! Love this post and all the great tips!

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    Lauren
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  6. I love that whole house! Can I just move in? It has a lot the the features I would love to have in my own house.

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  7. all of these pictures are gorgeous! Im in a constant redecorating process with my home. lol

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    1. I love to constantly change it up too. It's fun and keeps it fresh.

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    2. I love to constantly change it up too. It's fun and keeps it fresh.

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  8. I'm not too into the shiplap, but the rest is great! I love that show!

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  9. Those definitely makes the house look a lot bigger. I adore neutral colors on walls, they make the house look brighter. Thanks for the tips!

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  10. Ugh - I'm jealous of these pictures!! They're just TOO good!! I love these ideas!!
    ~Mattie
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  11. So beautiful! This gives me a lot of inspiration for my own house. Such natural and beautiful elements.

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  12. This house is incredible, and I love Fixer Upper! I have seen almost every episode and she is the biggest reason my husband and I are actually considering doing flips.

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  13. I love Fixer Upper! I asked my husband if we could move to Waco TX just so I can be on the show and also so we can be bffs! Haha! Also he can just call me JoJo. Not even close to my name! Ha!

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  14. I love all of these clean designs. I love the pops of color as well. Clean & natural looks are so modern and popular right now

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  15. I'm obsessed with Fixer Upper! My mom talks about Joanna like she's her friend LOL

    This is such a great post idea. I love her design style too.

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  16. Thank you for these very helpful tips.

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  17. Thank you for these very helpful tips.

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  18. These were spot on! Love that show!

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  19. I absolutely love this show!
    So good.

    xoxo, Jenny

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  20. I have to watch this show! I love houses that look so cozy and those with large, open spaces. Joanna Gaines is pure genius!

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  21. These are really great suggestions and would love each of these rooms. Joanna Gaines is amazing, our styles are the same.

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  22. These are really beautiful suggestions! Our condo is pretty open concept, but it's not super modern. We rent though, so there's not much we can do about it right now!

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  23. I love love love their show. I have gotten a few ideas from her.

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  24. Love all these pictures! Very nice! I love decorating and would like to add a few of these looks to my home.

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  25. I don't watch the show but these are some beautiful spaces. I agree, less is more. I'm going to see if I can catch the show to get some more ideas.

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  26. Joanna Gaines is amazing when it comes to home decorate. Love those style especially on kitchen area.

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  27. i always love natural light! a huge big window is must whenever we're moving house haha

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  28. These are great ideas. I love using natural light and I don't like a house that looks so dark even during day time.

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  29. I LOVED this post! I am obsessed with Joanna Gaines, she has the most amazing taste and I would die for her to redo my house! I love Chip too, he reminds me of my boyfriend!

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  30. I am not familiar with Joanna gaines but I am loving these 10 ways of decorating and I want to incorporate these in my future home

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  31. So pretty! I love how bright it is. I want a house exactly like this.

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  32. Can I just move into that house? :) Great post!

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  33. I want to know the names of paint colors she uses. Any idea where i can find that with a picture of the room?

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  34. I totally agree. I am becoming obsessed with this show and this couple in general. Just an observations, I think you meant to say that "she never disappoints" instead of saying that "she never fails to disappoint" in your second paragraph. Thanks for a great article.

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  35. I'm in love with all of this! I wish our little rental home had more natural light and a farmhouse sink. Oh boy do I... but something to keep in mind when we become home owners. ~Jenn @BecauseImCheap

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  36. I love her design and she is talented no doubt but alot of it is that she has the resources to buy the beautiful stuff to make these homes look great like the accessories the furniture and the gorgeous stuff on walls. I wish that she would take what the homeowners have as far as accessories and use them let her help them use their own things.

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  37. I need to point out that your article above states that "She never fails to disappoint ....". I think you meant she never disappoints. I know that was just a typo but thought you would like to know. Love this show too!!!

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  38. I'm like you...I have seen each episode many times. I think if Joanna and a French door had a baby it would be "Chip Lap". haha....I love this show. I would love to find a fun guy like Chip! :)

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  39. the statement in your opening, second paragraph, "she never fails to disappoint" means she always disappoints. You may want to re word that. I enjoyed the pics very much.

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    1. This isn't English class, I think everyone knew what she was saying. I don't feel the need for you to correct her English

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  40. Watch your show all the time.you definitely have a talent for decorating and my style. We have a cape cod with no possibilities to remove walls. But do use your interior design ideas.

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  41. Chip and Joanna have such vision for getting to know the folks they design for. I love their design, craftmanship, and creative solutions to old homes that need new love. Keep up the great work!
    Rose Clark

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  42. Great if you're afraid of colour and creating cosy spaces. I would be bored to tears with this look after a month of living with it.

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    1. I recently remodeled and tore down walls and use light neutral colors etc. Occasionally I want more color and it is super easy to do with a throw and area rug. So I never get bored because the neutral backdrop is so easy to work with.

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    2. I recently remodeled and tore down walls and use light neutral colors etc. Occasionally I want more color and it is super easy to do with a throw and area rug. So I never get bored because the neutral backdrop is so easy to work with.

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  43. I LOVE her design style, but you forgot one of Joanna's staples: French doors!

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  44. Absolutely love this post!! I'm obsessed with Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna seriously know how to make a house into a home!

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  45. I love them and love her style. She breaks the rules about area rug size. Has antibody else noticed that? They always seem small. It must work though because the rooms are beautiful.

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    1. There are no rules with Joanna Gaines! Except that, it must. Look. Good!! ;-)

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    2. There are no rules with Joanna Gaines! Except that, it must. Look. Good!! ;-)

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  47. They are on my list if ever win the lottery! Fun to watch and dream. I would love to see what she can do with a handicap accessible home.

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  49. I, too, love the show and Joanna is a talented designer who infuses each Reno with not only flair, but actually livable design choices. I have one teenie, tiny negative comment and that is, at times, the interaction between Joanna and Chip can be a bit annoying on Chip's end. I am sure he is a hoot to live with, but some of the exchanges are so silly and take up time that could be used to show us more decor! I am a super fan, however.

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  50. While I'm always excited to see the renovation. I myself am not into the total rustic look. Yes I have a few pieces. I think the worst I saw of their renos was the ugly red, dented rusty over the island lights. Some stuff as with all the reno shows, is stuff I would use. Like cabinets. Need them badly. I do like the way Chip and Joanna pretty much stick to the budget, and get the job done. Some shows keep asking for more money, and do far less. Keep rocking you two.

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  51. While I'm always excited to see the renovation. I myself am not into the total rustic look. Yes I have a few pieces. I think the worst I saw of their renos was the ugly red, dented rusty over the island lights. Some stuff as with all the reno shows, is stuff I would use. Like cabinets. Need them badly. I do like the way Chip and Joanna pretty much stick to the budget, and get the job done. Some shows keep asking for more money, and do far less. Keep rocking you two.

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  52. We love the Gaines family. They're a refreshing change to American tv! Wish they lived in Florida!

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  53. I think they do a great job on the houses but interior accessories have too much junk on the walls. Do dads and all that, silk flowers -ugh! She could step it up a notch for sure and still keep it in low budget. I like the architectural elements that are used but colors of the walls are too dated. I would love for them to do a white house for once. There is no way they are doing any remodeling for the prices they state- I guess if all the work is pro bono from the production company maybe but not realistic. My two cents - I love the show but think it could be even better.

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  54. That is everything but a timeless look...don't like it at all.

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  55. I love all the gigantic clocks. They're amazing!

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  56. I love all the gigantic clocks. They're amazing!

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  80. We,too, enjoy the Fixer-Upper style, and have employed numerous farmhouse ideas into our new house. Since my wife grew up on an Iowa farm, and the house and corncrib were going to be demolished, we rescued several items for our new place. A three-blade section of the windmill is prominently above the fireplace, and a corn crib corner post is the mantle. The pine floor from my wife's chi!dhood bedroom now resides in the tray ceiling above our kitchen island. Three nicely distressed attic windows are hung above the master bedroom bed; and the attic door (with additional glass knobs) plays a new role as a coat rack in the mudroom. Downstairs, a sliding barn door constructed from salvaged corncrib shiplap provides a focal point and very functional entryway into the grandkids' playroom, Other decorative pieces include great grandma's ironing board displayed above the washer and dryer and a nicely weathered orchard ladder towel rack in the guest bath. Still adding pieces, and we need some things on the walls, but it's been a fun project, inspired by Chip and Joanne's rogram.

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  81. We,too, enjoy the Fixer-Upper style, and have employed numerous farmhouse ideas into our new house. Since my wife grew up on an Iowa farm, and the house and corncrib were going to be demolished, we rescued several items for our new place. A three-blade section of the windmill is prominently above the fireplace, and a corn crib corner post is the mantle. The pine floor from my wife's chi!dhood bedroom now resides in the tray ceiling above our kitchen island. Three nicely distressed attic windows are hung above the master bedroom bed; and the attic door (with additional glass knobs) plays a new role as a coat rack in the mudroom. Downstairs, a sliding barn door constructed from salvaged corncrib shiplap provides a focal point and very functional entryway into the grandkids' playroom, Other decorative pieces include great grandma's ironing board displayed above the washer and dryer and a nicely weathered orchard ladder towel rack in the guest bath. Still adding pieces, and we need some things on the walls, but it's been a fun project, inspired by Chip and Joanne's rogram.

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