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Episode 01 - Lunar Lander

November 27, 2017


season 5  |  episode 1  |  “the lunar lander”

Chip and Joanna Gaines reveal episode 01 of HGTV’s season 5 Fixer Upper

Chip and Joanna Gaines reveal episode 01 of HGTV’s season 5 Fixer Upper

Season 5 is finally here! Leading up to the season premiere was like waiting for Christmas morning, to say the least. Chip and I had been counting down the days until November 21st. We are truly so proud of each and every one of the homes in this final season, and we’re more than ready for you to see them and meet the families who we designed these spaces for. We mean it when we say we saved the best season for last.

First up this season: Matt and Samantha. They are a young couple who moved from Austin to the Waco area. As first-time homebuyers, they were looking for a house with a home office, a backyard for their two dogs, and just a space that overall reflected their fun personalities. This cottage-style home built in 1932 ended up being the perfect place for the two of them to settle here in Waco


The inspiration materials I used to interpret the style of the family’s home

Because Matt and Samantha loved different design styles that fell under modern and Parisian style, the home’s final reveal reflected an eclectic design with a nod back to some of the original character of the home. To hone in on this style, I drew inspiration from bold patterns and colors and unexpected textures. Matt and Sam wanted to preserve as much of the home’s original character as possible, so we restored the original hardwood floors, the front door, the exterior brick, and left existing tile in the bathroom.

Chip and Joanna Gaines reveal episode 01 of HGTV’s season 5 Fixer Upper


Objective: Create a gathering space that matches the family’s eclectic design style


Objective: Open up the space and add a bold color to make the room a visual focal point when walking into the home


Objective: Utilize the existing layout while giving the space a modern and functional update

Design tip from Joanna Gaines about kitchen cabinetry


Objective: Convert one of the spare bedrooms into a home office for Matt to work in


Objective: Update the master bathroom while keeping the existing layout


Objective: Preserve the original character of the home while giving it a clean and modern update

This house was such a fun project to kick off season 5 because the couple’s style was so unique. Thank you for letting us be a part of your story, Hardy family! And congratulations on your very first home together!


What are some memories that you’ve gained from this experience?

We were so touched that Chip and Joanna incorporated Matt’s grandparents! Matt grew up watching his grandfather (or Pop, as we call him) woodworking in his shop, so having a part of that legacy in our first home is seriously priceless. We feel like those tables will be passed down for years to come.

Which room in the house do you use the most?

I think technically it’s a tie between the kitchen and living room, but I have to credit that amazing dining room for inspiring us to break our habit of always eating in front of the TV. Either way, with the open shelves and wider entry into the kitchen, they honestly don’t feel like separate rooms anymore.

Are there any details you would like readers to know about your house (or the Fixer Upper experience) that weren’t featured on the show?

The Magnolia team saved us a ton of cool stuff they found during demo, but not all of it ended up on the show. They framed our original blueprints and deed to the house, which was cool because they had notes and edits from the original owners scribbled all over them. They also saved us a couple layers of wallpaper they discovered. One is like a 1960s retro pattern, and the other is literally a hand painted floral pattern that’s probably original from the 1930s!

Preserve the original character of the home while giving it a clean and modern update


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  • Renée Dikeman
    7:08 pm, December 17, 2017
    Where did the dining table (round) season 5 episode 1 lunar lander come from?
  • Gina
    1:43 pm, December 17, 2017
    I love the coat rack next to the moon door. Can you tell me where to purchase it?
  • Gayle Daugherty
    12:28 pm, December 16, 2017
    I love the wood wallpaper in the kitchen! Where can I find it???
  • Ashley
    6:10 pm, December 15, 2017
    This house is my favorite of all the episodes for sure!! I love it!
  • Art
    1:07 am, December 15, 2017
    What color was used in the office?
    • Alycia
      1:28 am, December 15, 2017
    • Jacquie Brand
      2:34 am, December 18, 2017
      I also love the colour of the office! You mentioned the colour was “blue” but I would love the actual paint colour and brand, if possible? I would like to paint my living room the same colour and am finding it hard to get a good colour match. Thank you!
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