AT HOME | a blog by Joanna Gaines

Episode 01 - The Cargo Ship House

November 30, 2016

When we started working on a design concept for the Chapman home, I liked that Brittany and Andrew loved the traditional style, but didn’t want it to be too formal. They wanted their home to be comfortable, welcoming and a space they could entertain in without it feeling stuffy. From there, “relaxed traditional” is what I started calling the Chapman’s design style. It also encompassed a few traditional and french touches throughout the space.

Objective: Create a comfortable living and dining space that blends rustic and traditional styles.

 Objective: Open up the area to the rest of the living space and create an island that can double as a breakfast bar. Add a butler’s pantry with a wine service area for hosting.


Objective: A fun wish list item for the laundry room/mudroom was a dog shower for their furry friends.


Objective: I wanted to design a space that matches with the traditional ranch style but is a subtle and relaxing retreat for the Chapmans.

What is your favorite element in the house?
Definitely the fireplace! It’s the focal point of the living room. It was something we weren’t expecting, but we love it. We’ve already been through the whole stack of wood seen on the show, and it hasn’t even gotten really cold in Texas yet!
How did the “dog shower” come about and how has it worked in your home?
We had the silly idea of a dog shower, and Joanna turned it into something that was so much better than we could have imagined. Our chocolate lab is always so excited for bath time.
Have you invited any guests over since the remodel?
It’s been really special to be able to fit the entire family easily. With 20 people in the house, 2 large dogs and 2 little dogs—this is a big accomplishment. We are so excited to host holidays and have even more people over to the house in the future.

The Chapmans were fun clients and we loved working with and getting to know them. Chip and I appreciated their willingness to work with us and give us a few “firsts” of our own! This beautiful home was one for the books, and we hope they live happily here for years to come! 


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  • Carol Griggs
    8:39 pm, May 27, 2017
    We have always wondered when you stage the redo, do the byers keep the furniture and accessories or are they removed?
  • Melissa Hickman
    5:58 pm, May 25, 2017
    I'm a middle school teacher. I love my kiddos-I'd love a more comfortable place for them to take in all things literature. Would you ever consider "making over" a classroom?
  • Sherilyn FormyDuVal
    5:50 pm, May 23, 2017
    On Facebook it suggest there will not be any new Fixer Upper shows. Please tell me this isn't true.
  • Kathy
    10:21 am, May 20, 2017
    Where did you find the beams? Those are great for faux wood!
  • Torrey Shoaff
    10:11 am, May 20, 2017
    I love the wall color in the master bath! Please let me know what color it is as I've been struggling to match it and am going broke buying samples. Thanks so much! We love your show!
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