Fix it up!

Joanna and Chip Gaines are Waco, Texas, residents who own a shop and a remodeling business. They are in the second season of their very engaging show, Fixer Upper, on HGTV and will be in Kansas City on the main stage of the Home Show March 21st at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. and March 22nd at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. They are charming and talented, and you should do your best to be there. We recently caught up with Joanna to ask for a few words of advice.

Create value where you’re planted. We went to school in Waco and assumed that we would leave after graduation, but we realized the city has a ton of potential, so we decided to plant our roots here. We are so excited that Fixer Upper shows Waco in such a great light. It’s a great town with great people. It’s time for it to shine.

Invest in the big stuff. I’m drawn to a timeless look. When I’m investing, I want it to last. It’s like my clothes. When I buy jeans and boots and a nice top, I want to be able to wear them for a long time. It’s the same thing with a sofa or a table.

Follow trends in a small way. Your money goes further when you capture a trend that you like in a pillow or a throw or accessories. That way, if you get tired of it in a few years, you can replace it without guilt.

Be brave. Chip is a risk-taker and I’ve been more cautious. He loves having a full life. It makes it fun and it challenges me. Without him I would never have opened my shop. Risk makes me nervous, but it’s always fun on the other side. Now we’re starting to flip roles with me saying ‘Let’s go!’ When the production company first approached us about the show he said, ‘That’s a scam.’ And I said, ‘No, we’re calling them back. It’s been a great ride.


Since March is our month of before and after photos, we also asked Joanna to share some of her remarkable renovations.

Before:

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After:

This living room had amazing original architectural details, which Joanna made the most of with a light and bright color scheme.
This living room had amazing original architectural details, which Joanna made the most of with a light and bright color scheme.

Before:

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After:

A perfect West Texas meets industrial loft kitchen design that Joanna did for the homeowners, salvaging some of the original cabinets with fresh paint.
A perfect West Texas meets industrial loft kitchen design that Joanna did for the homeowners, salvaging some of the original cabinets with fresh paint.

Before:

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After:

Joanna likes to use hardwoods in most rooms but specified a soft-underfoot carpet for this master bedroom.
Joanna likes to use hardwoods in most rooms but specified a soft-underfoot carpet for this master bedroom.

Before:

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After:

Sometimes all a room needs are new hardwood floors, fresh paint and a pretty chandelier, as Joanna did for this dining room.
Sometimes all a room needs are new hardwood floors, fresh paint and a pretty chandelier, as Joanna did for this dining room.

 

Based on this article, we think you’ll enjoy So Go, Already by contributing writer Patricia O’Dell Shackelford

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